Six year old children are primed with the ability to fixate upon and form obsessions about anything.
Many children choose as their fixation the Transformers, the subject of a documentary series first broadcast in the United States in 1984. These underrated documentaries tell the story — in an effective, moving fashion not unlike the documentaries of acclaimed director Ken Burns— of an epic battle between heroic Autobots and evil Decepticons as they crash-land on Earth.
Insatiable as children are for knowledge, I found myself in the unenviable position of being required to name and describe more Transformers than I was…
Starfleet Engineering and the USS Enterprise NCC-1701-D Engineering Team take security bugs in ship systems seriously.
The Enterprise is not just Starfleet’s flagship. It is also the most technologically advanced and complex starship in the Federation fleet. But while automated testing tools contributed by the entirety of Federation-aligned worlds catch many bugs, no system is perfect.
We appreciate your efforts to responsibly disclose your findings, and will make every effort to acknowledge your contributions.
If your security issue is urgent (e.g. crew or civilian safety is at risk due to the compromise or imminent compromise of the Enterprise computing system)…
The best, most effective programmers have an understanding of how long computers take to perform certain key operations.
This information is known as latency numbers. Programmers should memorize them: knowing them helps create better programs and better experiences for users.
For example, it takes:
You need to know this context about yesterday’s think piece.
Yesterday, we published a think piece about something that happened.
At press time, our contributor (who has now been terminated) asserted that what had happened was not what was initially reported, but instead something else.
This has turned out not to be the case. We regret the error.
The thing that happened really matters. Or doesn’t. The only way to learn whether it does or not is to read this think piece.
By reading this think piece, you’ll learn that what you thought happened didn’t actually happen. Only people who aren’t smart will think that what they thought happened, happened. While it is true that on some level, yes, that thing happened, what actually happened was something a lot more important. Only smart people — the kind who read this think piece — will understand what actually happened and realize its true importance.
The reason why what happened…
I was late paying the water bill, so the parking meter refused service until I coughed up.
The meter said I had 30 seconds to pay the water bill until I had to move my car, and… I just froze. Of course, then the meter attendant came. Said they were just doing their job as they booted my car, then looked down at their phone. Flashed me a wan smile, then reminded me I hadn’t taken out my recycling.
This wasn’t turning out to be a good day.
The attendant read off their screen — told me I was on…
Here’s a story about how subtly things that seem “good” can also be harmful. (It also appeared earlier on Twitter. I have re-written it slightly.)
I logged into Facebook this afternoon and at the top of my feed was a dialog asking if my workplace was also my business (it is):
There’s two things to notice here:
First, the direct question: “Is Very Little Gravitas, LLC your business?”
Second, the two dialog buttons. The dialog appears — whether intentionally designed to do so or not — to allow two routes to proceed, two route to resolution.
There had been so many arguments that week, it was just easier to hide in the spare room and close the door behind me. That way there’d be nothing to get angry or shout about, nothing to make me storm out of the house to get away from it all.
I had started feeling terribly trapped. There were big things, like a major invoice that hadn’t been paid and a tax deadline, and small things: a misplaced hospital letter, the frustration of persuading a preschooler to brush his teeth. Worrying about breaking a wine glass left carelessly, I thought, by…
… A razor is a cutting utensil, so maybe we can use some other sort of utensil to cut as well?
… maybe something sharper?
…laser swords? Upon reflection, I suppose a gun could be used to cut, or chip away, at something:
…well I suppose weapons could be —
…yes, a laser is a sort of directed-energy weapon that could be used to —
Come to think of it, while a hammer isn’t technically designed to…
Adapted from “We Are The Very Model Of Modern Humanist Technologists”, a lightning talk given at #foocamp 2017 in San Francisco on Saturday, November 4th, 2017. For context, a lightning talk is normally around five minutes long.
Foo Camp 2017’s theme was about how we (i.e. …
I come from the internet and I can type.