- Cover your webcams with tape. They are impossible to protect.
- Floss your teeth every day.
- Donate to the ACLU.
- Use a password manager and protect your important accounts with 2FA, preferably not with a phone number.
A part of Trump’s success would be because Obama’s administration did not do enough – even without being critical of his administration, it’s possible to hypothesize that specific actions could have changed the narrative just that little bit.
He could have pursued a better foreign policy in Syria; he could have jailed more bankers; he could have made ARRA into a bigger stimulus package, or let it run a bit longer; etc.
At any rate, it’s worth it to me to keep track of specific reports of what did not go well in the Obama years. So here goes.
I’ve been meaning to wade into the NoSQL debate for a while but couldn’t figure out exactly where to start. A comment on a Reddit post about what “backend to choose” got me excited enough to write:
What is a NoSQL DB? That term means nothing – all DBs need a “structured query language” to convert its storage schema into an abstraction you use in your code. “NoSQL” usually means ‘NoSchema’ – or rather, “NoFixedSchema.”
Continue reading “Why Is There NoSQL? Who Took All The SQL?”
There are any number of people trying to advise people on the One True Way to program. Recently, a thread on Reddit quoted someone on 4chan who had their own opinion on this, an opinion that I thought was beyond ridiculous. The Redditor wanted to know if the 4chan post had any validity, and it moved me to respond with this:
Recently, while mentoring a couple of kids who are starting to learn programming (using Ruby), I encountered the challenge of explaining the %f/d/g notation for formatting data in a string.
The notation is used in converting data into representations that can be printed as (part of) a string. The operation is called string interpolation. The format is used in commands like printf, and the syntax is typically like this:
printf(<string with format specs>, data value 1, data value 2, …)