When I was in University there appeared - quite suddenly - new Thing called Napster, that allowed people to obtain Content (in this case audio files) for free; whereas just a few years before we had to pay for it. Or at least, the process of obtaining for free had previously been arduous enough that many were willing to pay for it.
You knew it would start to happen eventually. California has passed a law effectively making vaccines mandatory, and polls suggest other jurisdictions may follow suit. California has essentially said that a minority of opponents should no longer be able to threaten the safety of the majority of vaccinators, let alone their own children. Perhaps the days of the anti-vaccine scourge are finally numbered. I, however, do not want it to happen this way.
I've blogged previously about the problems I have with peer-review, especially about how lower publication costs would seem to make pre-publication review unnecessary.
Once, there was zealotry, and anger, and war. Once, humans were petty and closed-minded, unable to accept to accept that the world could be different from how they saw it.
No one knows where The Dress came from. No one knows who's Dress it was. No one knows who made it, or whether it was ever a real dress, or just a picture. But when we saw it, we truly saw for the first time.
Designers are incurable perfectionists. They always seem to want things that push just beyond what the current tools we as developers have available.
Until recently, outside widgets like Google Maps gave us a line in the sand. So that blue that Google uses for water doesn't quite match the blue in the logo? Too bad. Either use what we've got, or scrap that map and make a JPG.
In our information overloaded age, censorship no longer works as well as it used to. From the NSA, to Ferguson, to DNLee, to attempts to muzzle reports on climate change, we see one theme recurring over and over again: people using channels previously inaccessible to them to tell their stories. Attempts to silence them have only made the story all the more compelling, made it spread faster and further, as it did for DNLee.
Most political movements are composed of individuals whose goals are similar enough to work towards a common outcome, but which are nevertheless distinct. The soundest way to defeat a movement is usually not through brute force, but to expose these distinctions in such a way that the individuals simply fragment, when they begin to believe their interests were not so common, after all.
Most negative reviews of programming books are written by people the book is not for. So let's get that out of the way, first.
- This book is not an introduction to programming.
- This book is not an introduction to PHP.
- This book is not for people who hate PHP or think it's not a "real" programming language.
- This book is not the PHP Manual.
There's another discussion going on over at DrugMonkey about professors training more than their "replacement number" of graduate students.