Thursday February 20th, 2020

Detecting Agile Bullshit

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US Department of Defense: DIB Guide: Detecting Agile BS

Agile is a buzzword of software development, and so all DoD software development projects are, almost by default, now declared to be “agile.” The purpose of this document is to provide guidance to DoD program executives and acquisition professionals on how to detect software projects that are really using agile development versus those that are simply waterfall or spiral development in agile clothing (“agile-scrum-fall”).

Looks like the final version, and other papers, are at Defense Innovation Board — Software Acquisition and Practices (SWAP) Study

TSASB playthrough

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Traumatic flashbacks: too many consecutive hours of my life were spent working on this product, including optimizing the Windows codecs. Pretty sure that I knew more about how QuickTime for Windows worked than anybody at Apple. Game Play: Toy Story Animated StoryBook (YouTube video)

Wednesday February 19th, 2020

@property (nomatomic

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@property (nomatomic, strong) Food *lunch;

Tuesday February 18th, 2020

Coding as Cooking

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This is a really good musing on the concept and motivations of software development: An app can be a home-cooked meal

Dear composer of the grocery store easy

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Dear composer of the grocery store easy listening jazz version of Ma Cherie Amour: who hurt you?

Trump pardons Blagojevich

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We have given up any pretense of the rule of law: Trump Commutes Sentence Of Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich

Monday February 17th, 2020

few notes on a misspent Sunday

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A few notes on a mis-spent Sunday afternoon with a piece of cherry scrap:

Presdential Politics and Bullying

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Friday February 14th, 2020

3d printed wood appearance

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Tara Calishain, of Research Buzz fame, forwarded me this: How to 3D Print Something That Convincingly Looks Like Wood, Using Simple Hand Techniques which is basically a click-baity republishing of Justine Haupt's 3d printed concertina, which she gave a wood look to by way of filler and 60 grit sandpaper.

Previously, you saw Justine Haupt's rotary cell phone.

West Linn police corruption

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‘Old-boy-style racism’ by small-town cops leads to $600,000 payout to Portland man

“This case vividly illustrates a ready willingness on the part of the West Linn police to abuse the enormous power they have been given, and a casual, jocular, old-boy-style racism of the kind that we Oregonians tend to want to associate with the Deep South rather than our own institutions,” Buchanan said.

That settlement isn't enough, and isn't coming from the right people.

Thursday February 13th, 2020

LSD overdose case reports

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LSD Overdoses: Three Case Reports Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 81(1), 115–118 (2020).

The first case report documents significant improvements in mood symptoms, including reductions in mania with psychotic features, following an accidental lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) overdose, changes that have been sustained for almost 20 years. The second case documents how an accidental overdose of LSD early in the first trimester of pregnancy did not negatively affect the course of the pregnancy or have any obvious teratogenic or other negative developmental effects on the child. The third report indicates that intranasal ingestion of 550 times the normal recreational dosage of LSD was not fatal and had positive effects on pain levels and subsequent morphine withdrawal.

Oh, look, the side-effects of overdosing on LSD are either neutral or positive.

But, please, tell me again how we're overprescribing opiods and hallucinogens are still illegal.

Wednesday February 12th, 2020

Diagnoses for Medical Marijuana

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Ohio medical board committee says Browns, Bengals fandom not enough for medical marijuana

According to The Cincinnati Enquirer, the panel that met in Columbus turned down several petitions regarding conditions that could help Ohio residents take advantage of a 2016 law that allowed them to buy marijuana medicinally.

In December, being a "Browns/Bengals fan" was among the multiple petitions filed, according to the newspaper. In three of the past four years, one of those two franchises has been the worst in the NFL. The fandom was rejected among other petitions that lacked the required support to continue with the process.

Rotary Cell Phone

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Justine Haupt - Rotary Cell Phone. A cool device, but/and also a reminder of different use cases for phones. Voice calls are about the lowest priority on my current list of what a phone can do, but it's clearly what she designed for.

Tuesday February 11th, 2020

Unlimited capacity in wireless networks with massive MIMO

MIMO is an acronym for "Multiple Input, Multiple Output" and the technology involves connecting hundreds of small antennas, each with a power of around 10 mW, either in something that can resemble a large computer monitor or distributed across the façade of a building.

All the antennas send a few tens of signals with carefully determined delays. The delays are chosen so that the copies of a signal arrive at the intended receivers at exactly the same instant, but at slightly different times at all other receivers. This gives a strong signal at the intended receiver and only a slight disturbance at all the others. Pilot contamination arises when the delays are to be estimated using signals known as "pilots."

Ghost Kitchens

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More Than 20 ‘Ghost Kitchens’ Are Operating Out Of This Dump In South Of Market.

A reader sent us this photo of a ghost kitchen in the Mission, where six ‘delivery-only’ kitchens are operating out of one location. The New York Times described another ghost kitchen at the old Discolandia location on 24th Street, funded by Uber Eats, a venture that TechCrunch describes as “essentially WeWork for restaurant kitchens.” (so you know that’s gonna end well). Last week the Chronicle found a ghost kitchen operating several restaurants out of “a long white trailer occupying four parking spots” beneath a highway overpass. When you order food on GrubHub or Uber Eats, you may not realize that you are not ordering from a real established restaurant, but from a warehouse, and with a business name and listing that is more or less catfishing you with fake photos on their interior or offerings.

Sometimes these ghost kitchens completely steal an established restaurant’s identity to market themselves as the real thing. SFist recently discovered a fake version of Michelin-starred Kin Khao listed on both GrubHub and Seamless.

And in today's doublefacepalm

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And in today's double-face-palm news, "hey, people are kinda over cryptocurrencies, but what if we crossed them with mesh radio networking?" Did nobody read the Gupta paper on the scalability of mesh networks?

how the CIA and the BND used Crypto AG encryption devices to spy.

From 1970 on, the CIA and its code-breaking sibling, the National Security Agency, controlled nearly every aspect of Crypto’s operations — presiding with their German partners over hiring decisions, designing its technology, sabotaging its algorithms and directing its sales targets.

Then, the U.S. and West German spies sat back and listened.

Monday February 10th, 2020

Should Australia Ban Petrol Cars?

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Well, I guess we're not headed for a Mad Max world after all: University of Sydney: Should Australia ban petrol cars?

Friday February 7th, 2020

Presidential Grift

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