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Brian Roy
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"I feel like to both the centre left and the right, Milton Friedman is too heretical now — too right-wing for the left obviously and too left-wing for the right. Consequently, everything about monetarism has been stripped out of the public consciousness and we are left with vulgar Keynesianism and vulgar Austrianism."

Quote of the year.

http://marginalrevolution.com/marginalrevolution/2012/06/from-johnleemk.html
It’s incredibly frustrating. The political and policy world falls into two camps: Those who believe no stimulus is necessary, everything is supply-side. Those who believe stimulus is necessary but onl...
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"Apparently, what college graduates want most is job security. Some 33% listed that as their top priority, above salary (23%) and benefits (23%)."

Well, someone should let them know that doesn't exist anymore...

http://www.readwriteweb.com/start/2012/05/college-grads-shun-startup-jobs-and-how-to-hire-them-anyway.php
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NoSQL is less about the absence of SQL in a database, and more about realizing that you can't solve every problem with one tool.

New version of my PHP Data Access Layer out today with pluggable persistance classes (for stuff like Cassandra, MongoDB, Riak, etc). A MongoDB pluggable class is included.

Another step toward a simple way to use the right persistance solution for the right problems in your web applications.

https://github.com/briantroy/DB-Plus-Memcache
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The kids are all right... we are broken.

Why should you expect them to respond to emails, text messages, and anything else on nights, weekends and on vacation (and make no mistake - WE do expect them to do it) and then tell them "work" is MY time, no personal business.

There is a values problem... it just isn't theirs.

http://www.usatoday.com/money/perfi/basics/story/2012-05-12/parents-helping-kids-get-jobs/54912010/1
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Happy Pi Day!!!

http://youtu.be/qsjrjPquqiA
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We all know hipsters. Every New York City neighborhood has its share of them, and a quick Google search brings up dozens of hipster blogs, hipster YouTube videos and hipster hangouts. Hipsters are the...
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That's right... terrible commutes are just annoying, wasteful of time and energy... the are also KILLING YOU.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/moneybox/2012/05/30/long_commutes_make_you_fat_give_you_high_blood_pressure.html
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We have a priorities problem which leads to both IMHO.
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As usual, +Dave Winer is 110% right. And he will get trashed for being right.
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We (computer scientists) made this mess... now we have to clean it up. This is a brilliant summation I (wish) would have written... but I'm experiencing a serial lock right now...

"Unless you are querying a read-only corpus or use a global lock, in distributed systems any answer to any query is potentially wrong, always. This is the hardest idea to get into your brain when working in distributed systems with many cores that experience simultaneous updates. The world never stops. It’s always in flux. You can never assume for a single moment there’s a stable frame of reference. The answer from a query you just made could be wrong in the next instant. A query to see if a host is up, for example, can’t ever be assumed right. That host maybe up or down in the next instant and your code won’t know about it until it finds a conflict."
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Entrepreneur, Product Guy, Software Architect, dad.
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  • Unicon
    Sr. Software Architect, 2011 - present
  • justSignal
    Disrupt the Status Quo - Entrepreneur, present
  • Intuit, eLoyalty, VCommerce
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