16 April 2014

The Ruby Reflector

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By Joey of Global Nerdy 7 days ago.
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Grace Murray Hopper (December 9, 1906 - January 1, 1992) was an American computer scientist and United States Navy rear admiral . [1] A pioneer in the field, she was one of the first programmers of the Harvard Mark I computer, and developed the first compiler for a computer programming language. [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] She popularized the idea of machine-independent programming languages, which …

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By Lucas Welch of Chef Blog 13 days ago.
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…you feel like you are a character inside the novel, Moby Dick , one of the greatest American novels ever written and a brilliant analogy for the DevOps challenge. Sometimes you may feel like the hunted whale in Herman Melville's classic tale! And sometimes you may feel more like the whale's obsessed and crazed pursuer, Captain Ahab, trying to balance a passionate pursuit of almost mythical productivity improvements with the organizational necessities of building adoption and …

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By Joey of Global Nerdy 21 days ago.
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90% of American adults have a cell phone

58% of American adults have a smartphone

32% of American adults own an e-reader

42% of American adults own a tablet computer

Click the graph to see the source.

Currently, AT&T and Verizon are the two giants of the US wireless carriers, each about the same size, with AT&T at 110 million subscriptions and Verizon at 103 million. The next two, Sprint and T-Mobile, are about half the giants' sizes, with …

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By Mike Gunderloy of A Fresh Cup 28 days ago.
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Spiffing CSS - Fix your CSS to get rid of American spellings.

Nasty Icons - Why yes, they are. Free for commercial use, too.

Prawn 1.0 is finally here - This PDF toolkit has been a long time in reaching 1.0, but lots of activity lately.

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By Todd Hoff of High Scalability 1 month ago.
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…offers free texting in a cruel world where SMS charges can be abusive. As a sheltered American it has surprised me the most to see how many real people use WhatsApp to really stay in touch with family and friends. So when you get on WhatsApp it's likely people you know are already on it, since everyone has a phone, which mitigates the empty social network problem. It is aggressively cross platform so everyone you know can use it and it will just work. It "just works" is a …

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…war on its 'one percent,' namely its Jews, to the progressive war on the American one percent, namely the 'rich.'" The letter was widely criticized (in The Atlantic, The Independent among bloggers, Twitter users, and even "his own colleagues in Silicon Valley"). Perkins later apologized for making comparisons with Nazi Germany, but otherwise stood by the message of his letter.

Amidst Google bus protests and growing controversy over gentrification …

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By David of Signal vs. Noise 2 months ago.
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The 3 1/2" floppy disk as the go-to save icon gets a lot of play, but I don't think enough attention is paid to the venerable trash can icon.

First of all, trash cans never looked like this while I was growing up in Denmark — I only knew what it was from American TV. Second, I don't think there are any of these left even in the US.

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By Patrick Lenz of Patrick Lenz 4 months ago.
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While I'm not a fan of any sports that could be considered mainstream like soccer, baseball, or American football, none of these seem to have gained anything revolutionary in quite some time by my research. In soccer, FIFA announced the controversial roll-out of Goal-line technology to additional tournaments, but that's pretty much about it. And besides, does an improvement in rule-keeping really count as any kind of revolution?

A sport that is dearer to my own heart since …

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By Giles Bowkett of Giles Bowkett 4 months ago.
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The major dilemma in American politics is that we have excellent protections (at least on paper) against abuses of governmental power, and far weaker protections against abuses of corporate power. There's a danger there for the 99%, because in America, monetary policy has become something so similar to privatized that you need a constitutional lawyer, an economics professor, and an electron microscope to spot the difference.

Venture capitalists are undoubtedly going to build new corporations …

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By Sarah of the evolving ultrasaurus 4 months ago.
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Earlier this week, President Obama called on every American to learn to code . His message is spot on, mostly. Unfortunately, he said "No one's born a computer scientist, but with a little hard work and some math and science, just about anyone can become one."

Perhaps some colleges require advanced math for a Computer Science degree, that wasn't true in 1990 at Brown University. I did end up learning a lot of math and science. After I learned to code …

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