Reader's Corner for December 2014

December 16, 2014

In one of Pakistan’s bloodiest attacks in recent years, scores of people were killed after Taliban gunmen stormed a school in the northwestern city of Peshawar, officials said, and hundreds of students remained trapped inside.

Sometimes you just don't have the words to express your feelings. Or they're just not appropriate for a public forum.

145 kids...

December 12, 2014

A query engine with a hybrid integer store that organizes data in memory and on flash disks so that a query can process terabytes of data in real time.

In case anyone was wondering about the sort of things l'll work on - this is a post by the Insights team on Audience Insights and all the glorious technical details behind it.

December 10, 2014

The Bay Area, which last month had seen hardly more than a few sprinkles since spring, was hit with a bout of storms last week that brought upward of 3 inches of rain to most cities and 6 inches to the hills. The National Weather Service has issued a high wind and flash flood advisory for late Wedne…

I should perhaps actually stock up on some food just in case (empty Fridge, I'm looking at you)

I was never much of a team sports kid. I grew up in Philadelphia (where it's culturally impossible to not passionately support your local sports teams), but when it came to actually competing, team sports weren't my thing. I was a math, science, and music kind of kid, which meant that aside from alw…

Twitch acquires goodgame (owners of EG, Alliance, Tinker).

I did not see this coming

December 9, 2014

Facebook is finally getting serious about search. Today it's challenging Google for finding answers and Twitter for checking real-time chatter with the launch..

Yay for search.

December 8, 2014

Summary: While they won't produce incorrect results when used appropriately, the mem* family of ...

This is a really good read.

An intense storm — expected to cause widespread damage and flooding — will slam the Bay Area with heavy rain and high winds midway through the week, forecasters said. Winds in some areas will gust up to 50 mph and close to 4 inches of rain may drench urban areas, said Steve Anderson, a forecaster wi…

I guess I should stay home on Wednesday

December 7, 2014

In order to give some structure to my ongoing investigation of git’s data structures, protocols and implementation I decided to re-implement git clone without using any of git’s plumbing commands or any of the existing git libraries. Along the way I tried to keep some implementation notes that shoul…

This is a great article on both Haskell and Git and I need to go over it in detail.

December 6, 2014 is a service allowing people to order a box with horse poop and send it anonymously to a person anywhere in the world. Apart from PayPal, we accept Bitcoin to ensure 100% anonymity of the buyer. Price: $16.95, including personalized message, packaging and shipping.

Horse shit can be a profitable business

December 1, 2014

I feel woefully inadequate after learning that this one guy did all this.

Any time you talk about money, you risk sounding like a jerk. I'm going to take that risk in this post. I'll start out by talking about a couple ways I shot myself in the foot financially and what ...

A great set of tips on managing your finances (mostly US-centric but still)

In object-oriented development, we are all familiar with design patterns such as the Strategy pattern and Decorator pattern, and design principles such as SOLI…

This is a really great set of slides.