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I have recently observed the buzzword "unicorn" enter into the lexicon on tech business. Every time I read it, I can only hear Inigo Montoya. You know: "You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means."

In this business/finance context, it seems to refer to something exceedingly rare, as opposed to a purely mythological creature.
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This week's attack on the C programming language is published by TechCrunch. This article takes a less confrontational tone and more of a pleading stance:

"So please, low-level programmers of the world, I beseech you (while, to be clear, also respecting you immensely): for your next project, try Rust rather than C/C++."
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who would take programming language advice from techcrunch seriously regardless of the content? Unless someone who wants to inflate the imaginary value of his/her startup.
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Things that are expected of a coder but not stated in any job description.

I like the one about piracy. About a year into my time in the real world workforce, I suddenly realized, "Why is it that, whenever someone wants to do something with computers that they perceive to be even slightly shady... I'm the first person they ask for advice?"

Granted, I usually knew how to do what they wanted...
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Want free WiFi? Check out a dying shopping mall desperately clinging to life. That seems to be one of the first things they push: Enjoy our free WiFi!

Noticed this again today when I wandered through a rapidly deteriorating mall. I noticed there seemed to be another consumer grade D-Link access point every few meters.
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Interesting upcoming presentation. Showed up in a Google alert for 'ffmpeg'.

Frankly... I was unaware that FFV1 was a success story.
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The EU are actually funding a project to use FFv1 in MKV as an archiving format. It's a major step forward from J2K in MXF.
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Depressing point #1: I made an experimental refactor to a Makefile that had the effect of making the 'clean' target delete the source files instead of the object files, when I still didn't have the source files under source control (bad developer!).

Depressing point #2: Realizing that I made the exact same mistake about a month ago when the project was much smaller. I was trying to remember why I shelved this makefile refactoring back then. Now it becomes clearer.

But when I sat down to think about it, I realized that it wouldn't take me too much effort to recreate the lost source files, which leads to depressing point #3: I obviously hadn't written that much code for this project yet.
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During an interview I once had to do a coding exercise. I wrote the source code and then compiled it with "gcc -o file.c file.c". (I still got an offer.)
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I'm reading that iOS 8.3 is out. Unfortunately, I can't read headlines about it without thinking it has some connection to MS-DOS and its 8.3 filenames.
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This blog post provided some emotional catharsis tonight after I encountered a web form that I needed to interact with which didn't allow pasting into the password field. Grumble. New annoyance in the name of security. Fun quote:

'Here’s an idea – if you really want to force people into creating short passwords because [insert baseless reason here], how about just watching for when the password field suddenly has the maximum number of allowable characters in it without the corresponding number of onkeypress events and then saying “Excuse me, you’ve pasted a password we can’t accept, could you please weaken it somewhat?”'
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I may finally be able to drop the wonky Chrome-only Native Client solution I presently use for playing music on my game music website and replace it with a pure JavaScript solution with much broader browser reach.
How to convert a CPU-intensive audio library from C/C++ to JavaScript and play and visualize the audio via Web Audio API and HTML5 canvas
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4k(Hz) is not HD
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It's interesting that Steam offers the free Blender program through its service. I almost want to install it just because I know it would be so easy to do so via Steam.
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It's my birthday and as usual, I take the matter of my own (cup)cake(s) into my own hands.

Every online service I've ever interacted with is taking a turn wishing me a happy birthday.
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+Dan Dennedy​ It's the only way I'll get my favorite cake on my birthday.

+Måns Rullgård​ Nonsense; my wife wants at least half. :-) 
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I think Google did an amazing thing recently: When searching for "download XYZ", where XYZ = some common, popular bit of software, they show a very large and clear box that shows where to get the official software. Also, no scammy ads that lead unsuspecting users to malware-laden downloads.

It's a start. I've been going through a bunch of the most common software I can think of. VLC is one notable hole in the system. While it gets its own download banner (meaning that Google's mechanism obviously has an entry for it), it still displays an ad link to vlc-2015 dot com above the banner.

"download windows drivers" is also troublesome, but also a bit vague.

I worry that this is only possible because economic times are good for Google. If they need the revenue, I can see them taking shady inventory again. I can't forget using SourceForge in 2003 and noticing that they were reduced to running ads for scammy pharma-spam. Such was the state of the economy.
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Nice! We're getting something...
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