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another coworker, on a past hack:

"There was a Ruby... abomination that someone wrote that hooked on the 'undefined method call' hook of the base Ruby object, computed the closest actual method by using Levenshtein distance, and delegated to that function instead."

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Friend says "Yeah" and then burps several times, which sounds a bit like more words

Me: Did you forget to null-terminate the string

Today I learned there's a new Stack Overflow alternative in the works! Seems to be made by former Stack Exchange users. I haven't done any vetting or read more than the front page, but at least the front page looks good:

I wonder why the impact of a joke is different when I read it in a screenshot off some other website versus when I read it as "native" text on a website

for one of my projects, I've encountered a bug that's so difficult to solve that I just started adding more features instead

just fixed a mind-numbing heisenbug in which I was (indirectly) depending on the order of keys in a hashmap

I've stopped testing my compiler with hello world because "hello world" generates too much code (what's a data section /s), so now it just prints "h"

a new thing to say when I see something intelligent: "wow! that really made my brain wrinkle!"

(from the 2020-01-11 Grayfruit YouTube video)

I find one sign I've worked on a personal project too long is that line length standards go out the window and I start working with the terminal window maximized all the time

fascinating factoid about those Wikipedia links under YouTube videos: apparently nobody really clicks them (i.e. Wikipedia gets on the order of hundreds of hits per day from those, which isn't too many compared to the number of YouTube viewers)

the "save da world my final message" meme was gone too soon

so I was browsing the criminal code of the state of New York when I came across this interesting one

the fediverse has a strong custom domain game; for example,

(no comment on the content of that instance (seems like typical bleroma to me), just the domain)

why is "prescribe" positive but "proscribe" negative even though "pro" is also a positive prefix and they share the same root

"Allowed electronic devices may ONLY be powered by [the hub] except as follows.... [The hub] is powered by the Robot main battery."

I'm reading through the Tech Challenge rules right now (because I'm volunteering tomorrow). I'll live-post the most entertaining parts. This is the most lawyer-ese collection of robotics rules I've ever read. Example:

"Energy used in [the robots] shall come only from the following sources:

(a) Electrical energy drawn from approved batteries.
(b) A change in the position of the Robot center of gravity.
(c) Storage achieved by deformation of Robot parts. [...]"

My favorite, of course, is (c)

it's awesome that there's a variant of echocardiography that uses the Doppler effect

apparently echocardiograms use color-coding to express both flow velocity *and* flow direction? I gotta look into this more


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