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Water Cooler / Re: 11% of Americans Think HTML Is an STD
« on: April 18, 2019, 09:08:05 PM »
Most are too busy winning the future to get bogged down in STDs other, of course, than HTML. The STD they fear the most.

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Water Cooler / Re: 11% of Americans Think HTML Is an STD
« on: April 18, 2019, 05:31:45 PM »
And the Obama administration thought WTF stood for Win the Future
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Win_the_Future_(group)

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Water Cooler / Re: 11% of Americans Think HTML Is an STD
« on: April 18, 2019, 05:30:45 PM »
Even worse, 11% of webmasters think an STD is a web standard
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_Standard#Internet_Standard

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Water Cooler / Re: Travoli right about micro-billing
« on: April 17, 2019, 07:03:08 PM »
Coning soon to Piazza San Marco and downtown Amsterdam from what I'm reading these days.

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Water Cooler / Re: Bomb cyclone warning for US Midwest
« on: April 10, 2019, 04:16:49 PM »
Our US Rep recently wrote an op-ed saying that "The Sky Isn't Falling," arguing that climate change is not serious, not having effects yet and that it is foolish to risk short-term economic harm on the off chance that maybe a warming planet might start to cause economic damage.

I thought: no, the sky hasn't FALLEN, but it is FALLING.

I also thought of Nestor going to Achilles in the Iliad and telling him that the enemy was making their watchfires next to the Acheaen ships and asking Achilles whether he didn't think it was better to defend the ship before they were on fire.

And of course, I also thought of the old battleship and lighthouse joke.

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Hardware & Technology / Re: Move over graphene. Borophene is here
« on: April 08, 2019, 10:48:51 PM »
He's using it to build a self-driving high-speed vacuum tube train to Mars powered on solar electricity and lithium-ion batteries.

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Hardware & Technology / Move over graphene. Borophene is here
« on: April 08, 2019, 09:49:56 PM »
https://www.technologyreview.com/s/613267/borophene-the-new-2d-material-taking-chemistry-by-storm/

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The reason for the excitement is the extraordinary range of applications that borophene looks good for. Electrochemists think borophene could become the anode material in a new generation of more powerful lithium-ion batteries. Chemists are entranced by its catalytic capabilities. And physicists are testing its abilities as a sensor to detect numerous kinds of atoms and molecules.

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Hardware & Technology / Re: Anybody here using IFTTT?
« on: April 08, 2019, 09:39:33 PM »
It sounds like they are only charging $200 or $500/yr to each company. I'm more comfortable with the Zapier and Integromat model - charge actual customers.

Zapier has had only one round of funding and that was only for 1.3 million and it was back in 2012.
https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/zapier/funding_rounds/funding_rounds_list

You might like working for Zapier:

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In March 2017, the company offered a "de-location package", consisting of $10,000 in moving reimbursement to employees who desired to move away from the San Francisco Bay Area.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zapier

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Hardware & Technology / Re: Anybody here using IFTTT?
« on: April 08, 2019, 08:19:11 PM »
HHH. Yeah.

It's the online services equivalent of Mr Weasley's comment: "Never trust anything that can think for itself if you can't see where it keeps its brain."

Never depend on a business if you can't figure out where it's money comes from.

https://techcrunch.com/2018/04/26/ifttt-raises-24m-led-by-salesforce-to-expand-its-platform-to-connect-everything/

Corollary: if the model depends on continually finding new investors, that might signal a problem.

They do, however, have a revenue stream in charging business to be open to the app
https://teknologya.com/how-does-ifttt-make-money/

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I am seeing the model 3 everywhere in the Bay Area.

The incentives just ran out... it will be interesting to see how that plays into thing. A Berkeley friend bought a model 3 at 11pm the night the incentives ended.

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Hardware & Technology / Re: Anybody here using IFTTT?
« on: April 08, 2019, 07:17:03 PM »
This encapsulates my fears around using free services.

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Economics & Investing / Re: At what age do you want to retire?
« on: April 08, 2019, 06:33:25 PM »
I find it very sad, but I also had trouble explaining to someone, who has never had a good relation with any of his family, why I find that sad.

The thing about the big win on property, is that it only helps if you can sell and move to somewhere cheaper.

>>what to give up

As much as possible, give up stuff in exchange for time and people, preferably time with people you care about.

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Missed the first two years, but spent a ridiculous amount of time on the PHP forum with Jatar_K and Coopster for a long time.

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Luckily, perhaps due to th3core, I haven't been exposed to that strain of the virus.  Forums, though.....

I feel like that calls for a sarcastic, insensitive response, but the right one is just not coming to mind....HHH

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