alexch's almanac

Oct 10

“The most effective debugging tool is still careful thought, coupled with judiciously placed print statements.” —

Brian Kernighan, “Unix for Beginners” (1979)

Teaching Novice Programmers How to Debug Their Code

Sep 23

Two Destiny details:

1. Level Advantages are Disabled in Standard Crucible Matches

"In the standard Control playlist, we normalize incoming and outgoing damage to keep players on a level playing field", explains Bakken.

Don’t fret that you’ll be out-matched by your rivals either, as “people bring in all their own gear, and we Matchmake players based on Skill.”

2. Control is a hybrid of Team Deathmatch and Objective Modes

Of course, the aim of the Control matches in the Crucible is to hold on to as many bases as possible for as long as you can. You get 10 minutes per match, so you either wait until the timer runs out or it’s the first team to reach 20,000 points that wins.

"Every action players do above the standard kill will give them more points. Getting kills with a headshot, melee, grenade, Super, Heavy weapons, or vehicle will all add additional points on top of each kill," said Bakken. "Most importantly, for each Control Point your team holds, everyone on that team gets a bonus modifier on every kill."

” — Destiny tips and tricks – A guide to help get you started - Opinion - Trusted Reviews

Sep 18

“If I ever accidentally make something that seems to gain traction, I’ll probably abandon it immediately.” — I’m leaving Mojang | notch.net

Sep 08

“The very notion of just deserts– the notion that some people have legitimate accomplishments that we must celebrate because they represent “merit,” whatever that is, distinct from their privileges– is what has to die. There is no space where privilege ends and legitimate accomplishment begins. There is, instead, a world of such multivariate complexity that we can never know whose accomplishments are earned and whose aren’t. Instead, we should recognize the folly of tying material security and comfort to our flawed perceptions of other people’s value, and instead institute an economic system based on the absolute right of all people to food, shelter, clothing, health care, and education.” — there is no such thing as legitimate accomplishment | Fredrik deBoer (via Gerry Canavan)

Aug 31

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Aug 11

“we have been trained too long to strive and not to enjoy” —

John Maynard Keynes

Why Not a Three-Day Week? - The New Yorker

Aug 02

onthemedia:


Alex Goldman: Have you thought about bringing in, say, like an ethicist to, to vet your experiments?
 

Christian Rudder, founder of OkCupid: To wring his hands all day for a hundred thousand dollars a year?

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TLDR interviews OkCupid founder Christian Rudder about experimenting on its users without informing them.

onthemedia:

Alex Goldman: Have you thought about bringing in, say, like an ethicist to, to vet your experiments?

 

Christian Rudder, founder of OkCupid: To wring his hands all day for a hundred thousand dollars a year?

— 

TLDR interviews OkCupid founder Christian Rudder about experimenting on its users without informing them.

Jul 07

“Wheaton College is effectively raising a religious objection to paperwork.” — Court conservatives add insult to injury on contraception | MSNBC

Jun 22

“Everyone’s like, ‘The natural, organic way is the best.’ And it sounded a lot like fundamentalist Christianity,” he told me. When I asked how his loss of faith had changed him, he said, “I guess after that I’ve always been a skeptic.” — Lizzie Widdicombe: Could Soylent Replace Food? : The New Yorker

“Soylent isn’t coming for our Sunday potlucks. It’s coming for our frozen quesadillas.” —

Lizzie Widdicombe: Could Soylent Replace Food? : The New Yorker

The Soylent backlash is astounding. Like Google Buses and Google Glass, Soylent seems to evoke a visceral “Die Yuppie Scum” reflex in otherwise rational upper-middle-class American consumers (aka hipsters-who-hate-hipsters).

Jun 20

“a yearlong course in Java, which is sort of like teaching cooking by showing how to assemble a KitchenAid” — Is Coding the New Literacy? | Mother Jones

Jun 19

“Cheney’s post should’ve been titled, “Why Hasn’t Obama Cleaned Up My Huge Fucking Mess?”” — http://thedailybanter.com/2014/06/read-cheneys-buffoonish-editorial-obama-iraq-dont/

Jun 13

“Too often the question is, What’s your exit strategy?” she recounts, “before you’re really understanding what your entry strategy is.” — Elizabeth Holmes, This CEO’s out for blood

May 30

“So the Chamber [of Commerce] is telling us that we can achieve major reductions in greenhouse gases at a cost of 0.2 percent of GDP. That’s cheap!” — Cheap Climate Protection - NYTimes.com
via Gerry

May 22

“We guess the problem was that the game was just too good… since there are certainly a great number of weed based apps still available, as well as games promoting other so-called ‘illegal activities’ such as shooting people, crashing cars and throwing birds at buildings.” — Apple Pulls Top Free iOS App ‘Weed Firm’ from App Store - Mac Rumors