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The Illusion of Protection

In The ethics of sunscreen Seth Godin explains how, in the US, sunscreen is marketed using measures such as SPF (which is largely irrelevant when it comes to protecting consumers from skin cancer and aging) and claims such as ‘waterproof’ … Continue reading

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Taking Stock of WikiLeaks

Julian Assange has declared that geopolitics will be separated into pre-“Cablegate” and post-“Cablegate” eras. That was a bold claim. However, given the intense interest that the leaks produced, it is a claim that ought to be carefully considered. Several weeks … Continue reading

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Video – Why I Don't Miss Consulting :)

This video shows what it’s like to be an IT vendor… except that everybody in it is far nicer than they typically (but not always) are in the real world: Thanks to Adam Monago for finding this one.

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That government is best which spends least

In reviewing the comments to my posting of Not Yours to Give by Davy Crockett I began to think of my favorite section from Thoreau’s Walden and Civil Disobedience. I heartily accept the motto – “That government is best which … Continue reading

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Not Yours to Give by Davy Crockett

Lately I’ve been helping out a client with a history project and have been reading a lot of old books. While reading “The Life of Colonel David Crockett” by Edward Ellis I ran across this speech. It’s not appropriate for … Continue reading

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Build a Better World in One Simple Step

Note that I didn’t say one easy step. Unfortunately the default programming of humans seems to be tribal competitiveness. However I believe there is a cure. A cure that doesn’t cost a dime. Have you ever noticed how, most of … Continue reading

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Curing the Curse of Creativity

Learn a few tricks to keep your creativity high and avoid the negativity that can arise when your ideas haven’t yet come to fruition. Earlier today, my friend @cianna tweeted “Contemplating further revelations about potential negative effects of my constant … Continue reading

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A Beautiful Visualization of Source Repository Activity

Michael Ogawa has created a mesmerizing animated visualization of the activity within source code repositories named code_swarm. This is truly a case of a picture being worth (at least) a thousand words. Go check it out at http://vis.cs.ucdavis.edu/~ogawa/codeswarm/  

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New Metric: C.R.A.P.

The good folks at Agitar have proposed a new metric, C.R.A.P and an Eclipse plugin crap4j for executing it. C.R.A.P. combines a method’s complexity with its coverage to come up with a single number that can help you determine if somebody will say,“Oh crap!” when they have to work with it. Continue reading

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Teaser: Breaking the Build in Panopticode 0.2

In the last post we learned that Panopticode 0.2 will allow us to create arbitrary reports using a SPARQL SELECT query. Another feature in Panopticode 0.2 is to use a SPARQL ASK query to break the build. Continue reading

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