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Omar Rizwan
the astonishing, unfailing Bell System
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Omar Rizwan 12h
the iPhone command prompt
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Omar Rizwan 14h
"Few terms are used in popular and scientific discourse more promiscuously than 'model.'"
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Omar Rizwan 14h
"… until very recently, the meaning of 'simulation', at least, was manifestly stable: it invariably implied deceit."
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Replying to @turtlekiosk
i kind of believe that if a network exists it will attempt to ensure its existence by strongly disincentivizing isolated activity, like how society makes it basically impossible to leave society
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Replying to @turtlekiosk
dont you wish you felt this way about the supercomputer in your pocket, that it'd still be of use without network connection
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"the cumulative effect of an ever-expanding and conspicuously malleable new technology: a technology that may originally have been designed to meet existing needs, but that was, from its inception, already generating new opportunities and new needs."
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Oran Apr 19
Original black BART station sign set in Univers. New white BART station sign set in Frutiger. Both typefaces were designed by Adrian Frutiger.
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Liz Voeller Apr 19
I take seriously the concept that members of MIT's Building 20 had the *authority* to put holes in their walls. That freedom to adapt, with the knowledge of and access to systems within the space, allows for greater / unlocked opportunities.
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Omar Rizwan Apr 19
Replying to @rsnous
StackOverflow contains hard-won, irreplaceable knowledge, not just in the answers, but also in the _questions_ -- the questions capture knowledge about what people actually want to do + where they actually get stuck
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Omar Rizwan Apr 19
The method name 'init' tells you the method's abstract role in the system (it initializes!), instead of describing what the method does naming by role vs. naming by behavior
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Omar Rizwan Apr 19
Replying to @solarnaute @zooko
ahh i've been looking for this for days, thx
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alt-gr-adrian Apr 19
Replying to @rsnous
also stack overflow is necessarily indexed by the kind of question one will ask, while documentation probably contains the same info but is not.
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rf Apr 19
Replying to @rsnous
plus reference docs *have* to talk about stuff only a few people care about, because those few people are hosed if what they need is not documented anywhere. (of course, nothing keeps product authors from having their own FAQ etc., but some "bloated" docs kinda have to exist)
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Omar Rizwan Apr 19
tbh, it makes sense to me -- StackOverflow knowledge is produced in response to a concrete demand & audience, while documentation is more of an upfront kind of knowledge, trying to predict what people won't know (and therefore likely to miss the mark)
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Omar Rizwan Apr 19
Replying to @djmacrofeels
chicken & egg
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🥚 Apr 19
2019 USDA Ag Census results are in! Large operations (3% of all farms) account for 40% of production, 90% of farms are considered small (<$350k gross income), 50% generate <$10k, and 25% generate 0 sales (!) Why? Mostly rich landowners soaking up subsidies. Farming is a spook!!!
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Yuen Yuen Ang Apr 19
Love image for this cover! Rather than the usual sad, victimized "poor" woman, this lady on the cover looks savvy.
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Shannon Mattern Apr 19
Sidewalk Labs creates a set of icons to identify surveillance tech, sensors, beacons, etc., in the public realm - hexagons identify purpose of tech, who's responsible, privacy info; QR offer more info
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