Apr 21, 2014

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It’s almost never interesting to hear Android developers talk about how difficult platform fragmentation might make things (answer: slightly difficult, but not exceptionally so), but it’s always really really boring to hear people with little to no experience on the platform do so.

Apr 15, 2014

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A note on Amtrak

For the record: there are exactly two ways in which Amtrak is better than the major Western European railways:

  1. power outlets on the trains

  2. better-working e-ticketing

That is all.

Apr 11, 2014

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a complaint

Apparently, Debian now has a thing called systemd. It can replace traditional init. Even if you don’t want that (and I have no clue how I’m supposed to form a preference anyway), you have to have some more minimal configuration of systemd anyhow, and that configuration causes severe bugs.

So here’s a configuration I had for years: when I closed my laptop lid, the screen would blank and lock if the system is on AC power; the system would suspend if on battery. This seems like a totally reasonable thing to want, no?

But, after so many years of The Year Of Linux On The Desktop, apparently we have entered the Brave New World of systemd, and so this is no longer even an available option. And if you want to choose among the more restricted set of options that are available, you have to type some random shit into config files.

There’s also a thing in that file called LidSwitchIgnoreInhibited and maybe it is somehow related but even after reading the docs I don’t understand what it does.

How are normal people ever supposed to figure this garbage out?

Apr 3, 2014

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The Dalvik Underground begins this coming Monday. Join us!

The Dalvik Underground begins this coming Monday. Join us!

Apr 1, 2014

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Airbnb to Pay San Francisco Hotel Tax

I like AirBnB as a user, but seriously this is the kind of insane hubris that makes me renew my hatred for Silicon Valley and its “disruptionism.” For its entire existence, AirBnB has ignored all local laws and regulations in every city in which is does business. Now that it’s following exactly one law in two cities, it expects one of those cities (San Francisco) to be so amazingly impressed that they repeal all the other laws so that AirBnB can be in ‘compliance’ with them.

Mar 21, 2014

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unicode.bike

It is my great honor to present to you a new project in the spirit of robtfirefly's ascii.bike but updated for the modern era of Unicode, CSS, new gTLDs, and the post-port-80 world.

Check it out: https://unicode.bike/

Feb 25, 2014

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"thinking putty"

Feb 13, 2014

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I wrote a thing for makingmeetup about a strange bug we found:

One of the joys of working at Meetup is seeing the variety of things people meet up about all around the world. So, as we were doing final QA for the next release of our Android app, we tried a search for all Meetups within 100 miles of Tbilisi and were surprised to find the Toddler Olympics in Oakland County, Michigan, among the results.

A bug, of course, but why?

We did a bit of research and found that our database does in fact believe that the Meetup is in Georgia, so it wasn’t a bug in our search algorithm. Our next guess was that we had somehow flipped a sign, or confused latitude and longitude, but the real problem turned out to be more subtle.

It turns out that the Organizer of the Toddler Olympics didn’t want to post the full address of her house, so she’d written “TBA” — “To Be Announced.” However, the Georgian word for “lake” is “ტბა”, which can be transliterated into the Latin alphabet as “Tba”, and so our geocoder was confused.

There’s always something new to learn when dealing with user-generated data and a global userbase!

(update: the Internet has a few photos of ბაკანი ტბა (Tba platform stop) on the Borjomi­–Bakuriani railway, and a timetable should you wish to make the journey yourself.)

I wrote a thing for makingmeetup about a strange bug we found:

One of the joys of working at Meetup is seeing the variety of things people meet up about all around the world. So, as we were doing final QA for the next release of our Android app, we tried a search for all Meetups within 100 miles of Tbilisi and were surprised to find the Toddler Olympics in Oakland County, Michigan, among the results.

A bug, of course, but why?

We did a bit of research and found that our database does in fact believe that the Meetup is in Georgia, so it wasn’t a bug in our search algorithm. Our next guess was that we had somehow flipped a sign, or confused latitude and longitude, but the real problem turned out to be more subtle.

It turns out that the Organizer of the Toddler Olympics didn’t want to post the full address of her house, so she’d written “TBA” — “To Be Announced.” However, the Georgian word for “lake” is “ტბა”, which can be transliterated into the Latin alphabet as “Tba”, and so our geocoder was confused.

There’s always something new to learn when dealing with user-generated data and a global userbase!

(update: the Internet has a few photos of ბაკანი ტბა (Tba platform stop) on the Borjomi­–Bakuriani railway, and a timetable should you wish to make the journey yourself.)

Feb 5, 2014

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Jan 31, 2014

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Bitcoin — like meritocracy, communism, and misandry — is a nice idea, but it will never be implemented in a way that could possible make it useful or replace the current currencies. To think it does would be irresponsible and glib. I say stop wasting time exploring it, and leave it to the people you voted into office to handle the economy.
Jenn Schiffer, “A Case Against Bitcoin”, Medium
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