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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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@hackernews
The transgenic petunia carnage of 2017
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/05/how-transgenic-petunia-carnage-2017-began
» Comments [news.ycombinator.com]
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A subway-style diagram of the major Roman roads, based on the Empire ca. 125 AD
http://sashat.me/2017/06/03/roman-roads/
» Comments [news.ycombinator.com]
@mcdemarco
I scored a pile of remnants at a little odd-and-ends shop on Prospect that's going out of business on Friday, on my way home from the actual fabric store.
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It's hot, but I'm out fabric shopping. I may need to bring my laptop somewhere more air-conditioned than home to work later; it's supposed to get up to 93 by 5pm.
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I don't know why I need to enter a code from my Mac onto my iPad to verify that I really want the iPad logged into my iCloud account WHEN THEY'RE WIRED TOGETHER to do an update. What security Apple thought this was providing I can't imagine...
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We got a used/new crockpot from someone who'd never used it. It's currently cooking its first meal of chicken and farro, and hopefully not burning anything in the process. (I already had a little crockpot, but this one is much bigger and not full at all).
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@hackernews: ElectronConf has been cancelled due to a lack of diversity among the presenters
http://electronconf.com

The highlight of the HN comment thread:
https://youtu.be/Gatn5ameRr8
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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.
@hackernews
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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