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@mcdemarco
M. C. DeMarco

I'm a web programmer and speculative fiction writer, likely to post about #bioinformatics, diseases, board games, #linguistics, Boston weather, and the MBTA.

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@joe Regardless of the viability of a reset button plan, I don't think the investors are interested in punishing themselves for some employees' actions. @olszowka
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@joe @olszowka was complaining about not having heard any details about the replacements for these people. (He's not the only one to go.) I guess it depends on whether the new folks are just tools or are interested in changing things, and able to.
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I'd forgotten the joy of installing R packages. (R.app beachballed when I asked its GUI to do it, and even the command line failed until I googled enough to fix my mirror...)
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@hackernews: EHR vendor eClinicalWorks to pay $155M to settle whistleblower suit
http://www.healthcareitnews.com/news/eclinicalworks-pay-155-million-settle-suit-alleging-it-faked-meaningful-use-certification”

Who knew whistleblowing paid $30 million?
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@joe No, the clients still use IE... At least IE8 seems to be unaffected!
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The IE issue I was dealing with last week has now made the IT news: http://windowsreport.com/kb4022719-bugs/
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@prometheus One largely overlooked part of the analysis (even in my theory) was that they set aside the smaller group of mixed whitespacers because they weren't significantly different from pure tabbers in outcome.
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@prometheus They controlled for language; most of the comments overlooking that involved Go, which may say something about sampling issues when polling SO users.
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How to Improve a Legacy Codebase
http://jacquesmattheij.com/improving-a-legacy-codebase
» Comments [news.ycombinator.com]
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I conclude that developers who don't understand a question about tabs vs. spaces know less about development overall than those who understood (or just have a tendency to misunderstand) which leads to lower salaries in a (partly) meritocratic system. (6/6)
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The most entertaining part of the thread was people insisting that no one could possibly have misunderstood the survey question, just a few posts up- or downthread from obvious statements of misunderstanding of the survey question. (5/n)
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The best theory was repeated and/or rediscovered many times in the thread, including by posters of no obvious affiliation: people misunderstood the survey question in a way that consistently pushed them into the tabber group, weighing it down. (4/n)
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On the actually novel front, the evil spacer infidels leaned towards the idea that spacers are better team players or work for bigger companies -- and thus that the effect was real in some sense. The tabbers didn't have a common theory like that.

(3/n)
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The post accounts for the obvious confounding factors using other data from the source SO survey, and encourages the readers to come up with more. Of course they come up with the ones already accounted for...

(2/n)
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@hackernews: Developers who use spaces make more money than those who use tabs [stackoverflow.blog]”

There's a long, repetitive comment thread there, mostly just tabs/spaces holy war (die spacer infidels!) but occasionally touching on the actual statistical anomaly. (1/n)
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@jd Jekyll wouldn't build markdown files without frontmatter. Downgrading brought back this anti-documented but very convenient behavior. There's a plugin out there somewhere to do this for posts and/or pages, but not for collections where I needed it.
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Developers who use spaces make more money than those who use tabs
https://stackoverflow.blog/2017/06/15/developers-use-spaces-make-money-use-tabs/
» Comments [news.ycombinator.com]
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@hackernews YouTube up!
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I sort of figured it out: https://github.com/jekyll/jekyll-help/issues/223#issuecomment-308140360

I felt some deja vu about maybe having figured this out before. Just one of those times I wish I had my ADN archive; I'm sure I would have posted about it.

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