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Can Reddit Grow Up?

Since its founding nine years ago, Reddit has stuck to its own weird guns.

Banned for Life — Medium

Who am I? I’m an indie software developer living in San Francisco. I have a wife and two kids. I have had a long software career since 1990 creating successful apps for MacOS / OS X.

Microbe's Innovation May Have Started Largest Extinction Event on Earth

The environment can produce sudden shocks to the life of our planet through impacting space rocks, erupting volcanoes and other events. But sometimes life itself turns the tables and strikes a swift blow back to the environment.

The TTY demystified

The TTY subsystem is central to the design of Linux, and UNIX in general. Unfortunately, its importance is often overlooked, and it is difficult to find good introductory articles about it. I believe that a basic understanding of TTYs in Linux is essential for the developer and the advanced user.

What happened? The day Flight 17 was downed

SNIZHNE, Ukraine (AP) - It was lunchtime when a tracked launcher with four SA-11 surface-to-air missiles rolled into town and parked on Karapetyan Street. Fifteen hundred miles (2,400 kilometers) to the west, passengers were checking in for Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.

Domo Arigato, Mr. Roboto

“I can’t wake up one morning and say, ‘Screw the letter B,’” type designer Matthew Carter told me last year when I interviewed him for the Economist, just after he had received a MacArthur Foundation “genius” fellowship.

Malaysia Flight 17: The Unique Way the Dutch Mourn

With their innate distrust of ideology, the Dutch are strikingly different from Americans in their gut reactions. A cultural conundrum that I struggled to comprehend during my six years of living in Amsterdam concerned the Dutch attitude toward celebrities.

Living With Wear: Some Observations After A Month With Android Wear

Like other Google I/O attendees, I picked up an Android Wear device at the conference. I went with the LG G Watch. What follows is not really a review so much as my experiences and thoughts about Wear thus far, having lived with it literally every day since picking it up.

Don't Underestimate The Impact Of The Internet Of Things

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a new hot buzzword and like most buzzwords, its purpose and definition are grossly misunderstood.

Meet the Online Tracking Device That is Virtually Impossible to Block

Update: A spokesperson said that the website was "completely unaware that AddThis contained a tracking software that had the potential to jeopardize the privacy of our users." After this article was published, YouPorn removed AddThis technology from its website.

What Vacation Looks Like, Before and After Kids

I recently survived my first family vacation (physically; emotional scars linger).

Peeling the onion: Almost everyone involved in developing Tor was (or is) funded by the US government

“The United States government can’t simply run an anonymity system for everybody and then use it themselves only. Because then every time a connection came from it people would say, “Oh, it’s another CIA agent.” If those are the only people using the network.

Can you answer these 4 questions and save the media industry from Taylor Swift?

That headline is 100 percent pure clickbait, the finest in the world. Let's talk about why after you answer the following four questions, which I adapted from Boyd Multerer, Microsoft's brilliant head of Xbox platform development.

The Pre-Pregnancy Contract

I’ve been wavering on the subject of motherhood for what seems like decades. Like Ruth Graham, who wrote of her fear of parenthood on Slate not long ago, when I contemplate jumping the gap between not-mom and mom, I see only catastrophe.

The dark side of .io: How the U.K. is making web domain profits from a shady Cold War land deal

The .io country code top-level domain is pretty popular right now, particularly among tech startups that want to take advantage of the snappy input/output reference and the relative availability of names —, and are just a few examples.

Exclusive: A review of the Blackphone, the Android for the paranoid

Based on some recent experience, I'm of the opinion that smartphones are about as private as a gas station bathroom. They're full of leaks, prone to surveillance, and what security they do have comes from using really awkward keys.

The Laughing Muggers

Doubtless, the founders of America— a notably prescient group — anticipated that one day it would be possible to come into your home via fiber-optic wires, view your correspondence without touching it, and slip out the electronic equivalent of the back door, unnoticed. Or maybe not.

The New Yorker Alters Its Online Strategy

The New Yorker is overhauling its website and making all the articles it has published since 2007 available free for three months before introducing a paywall for online subscribers.

What does the Facebook experiment teach us?

I’m intrigued by the reaction that has unfolded around the Facebook “emotion contagion” study. (If you aren’t familiar with it, read this primer.) As others have pointed out, the practice of A/B testing content is quite common.

Pixels are expensive

The other day I was reading through What Every Frontend Developer Should Know About Webpage Rendering and I came away feeling like it missed out some crucial points.

I am not as stupid as I write

It’s not that I am inexperienced in writing, its just that trying to write for an online audience can be a challenge. At least when we speak, most of what we say evaporates in the ether of the conversation, leaving only an ephemeral emotion in its wake.

Rumor Recap: Which Rumors Have Come True, And What's Yet To Come

In the run-up to I/O (starting all the way back in March), we posted a relatively large number of leaks and rumors based on information that was provided to us about some of Google's plans.

Presenting Presenting

Recently, I posted something mildly snarky about presentation styles (specifically, the disconnect between the highly-rehearsed performance that conference organizers expect and the reality of me simply winging it on stage).

Unit test your Django views

How to test views of a Django application? Django's builtin test client is not suitable for unit testing! It performs system tests: it handles your views as a black box in a project's environment.

Crosswords: the meow meow of the 1920s

Some people associate crosswords with respectability: the suburbanite knocking off the Times on the 7.22 from Twyford, or the major's wife tidying away her coffee morning and settling in to the Telegraph. It wasn't like that when they first appeared.

Text: Time, Mark, and "Presentational"

Time time is by far the chocolate ice cream sexiest sweet sugar lovely of these tags and is used to make dates and times super-semantically rich and mmm.

How Much Data Is Generated On Twitter, Instagram, Vine, Tinder & WhatsApp Every Minute? [STATS]

Here’s the thing: the internet never sleeps. Which means data never sleeps, and the internet sure likes to use up a lot of it. How much? In any given minute, 277,000 tweets are published on Twitter, 216,000 photos are sent to Instagram and 8,333 videos are shared on Vine.

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