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Josiah Gaskin
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Pokemon? Or "Big Data" company?

Also known as the "how much of a web hipster are you?" quiz.

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It's so beautiful. In terms of aesthetics as well as the incredible engineering. Congrats to the SpaceX team.

F9R First Flight Test | 250m
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Next up on cheerful things to check while home with the family this weekend: http://blackfridaydeathcount.com/
Tally of all the unfortunate deaths and injuries that have ruined the holidays for Black Friday shoppers; violent shootings, pepper-spray accidents and shocking tramplings.
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AWESOME Commercial for... tissues?

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This is awesome! I would love to play around with this.
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I love what this guy has to say: https://training.kalzumeus.com/newsletters/archive/do-not-end-the-week-with-nothing

I like the way in which he says it as well. He's unapologetically capitalist, so he phrases everything in terms of reward gained for capital spent (whether that capital be time, sweat, reputation, or good old fashioned money)

Regardless of your personal feelings about capitalism, it's a solid lens from which to view the capitalist system that Western (and increasingly Eastern) nations live in.

His main point is that you should leverage your day job position or your free time after work into capital that can be exchanged for an earlier retirement, or more freedom to do the things that are important to you.

This can mean working on open source software in your free time, trying to open source parts of your work, or giving conference talks about your work or on behalf of your company. It's a good read and great advice for anyone who feels a little bit stuck in their career.
Hiya guys! Patrick (patio11) here. You're getting this email from me because you asked for my occasional thoughts on making and selling software. [Edit: Actually, it's possible that you've never gotten an email from me. Somebody might have just given you the link to this page, which is an online ...
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Great opinion piece backed up by lots of data about the housing crunch in SF. https://medium.com/p/ccb31944dce1
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Hey, I happen to think we should purge the landed gentry.
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In preparation for #GivingTuesday  tomorrow, why not start giving to charity whenever you surf the web?

Tab for A Cause uses the new tab page in your web browser (and only that page) to show you ads. The profit from those ads then gets donated to charities based on your input!

It costs you nothing and you get to be a part of bringing clean water to third world countries or books to at-risk children!
Surf the web, save the world!
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That's a neat thought, but looking at the current pools: http://bitcoinchain.com/pools#start=1383289260&end=1386143940 you would need to gather > 2300Gh/s to even play in the field.

This wiki page: https://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/Mining_hardware_comparison#CPUs.2FAPUs lists most CPUs as being capable of 2-30 Mh/s. Let's say an average CPU can do 10Mh/s at 100% utilization. But, we've gotta respect the user and only mine when they're away from their computer. Worst case is 33% of time (8 hours of sleep) Best case might be more like 66% (it's a work computer that gets used 8 hours a day). So, we need minimum 2300Gh/s / 6.6Mh/s ~= 350K users. If we had those users,  that would have yielded 3 blocks over November at current rates, or ~ $86.6K.

That's pretty good, but it's not sustainable. That same amount of processing power would have yielded about 7 blocks in October, and about 23 blocks in September (looking at pools of equivalent power). That's a pretty sharp downward exponential which we would have to counter with a corresponding exponential increase in users. 

In short, I think this would have once been a great strategy, but with the current rise in ASIC miners, I don't think a botnet (even a large one) is all that promising at the moment.
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Twitter went mad last week because somebody had transferred almost $150m in a single Bitcoin transaction. This tweet was typical: There was much comment about how expensive or difficult this would ...
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I never know how to react to 'net-speak invading everyday English. "LOL" and other acronyms as spoken items are unequivocally cringe-worthy, but most other 'net-isms are kind of fun when used sparingly or to drive home a point.

This, however, feels like we're descending into pidgin[1]: http://m.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2013/11/english-has-a-new-preposition-because-internet/281601/ 

[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pidgin#Common_traits_among_pidgin_languages
Linguists are recognizing the delightful evolution of the word "because." 
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Computer Programmer
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  • Optimizely
    Senior Software Engineer, 2014 - present
    Mobile SDK Work
  • Google
    Software Engineer, 2013 - 2014
  • Google
    Software Engineering Intern, 2012 - 2012
  • Self-Employed
    Software Contractor, 2011 - 2012
  • Harvey Mudd College
    CS Tutor, 2011 - 2012
  • Pilothouse Consulting
    Lead Developer, 2010 - 2010
  • Google
    Software Engineer Intern, 2011 - 2011
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I'm a CS Major at Harvey Mudd College. My passions in CS include programming frameworks and APIs and working on UI design.
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    Computer Science, 2009 - 2013
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