Frequency Illusion / Baader-Meinhof phenomenon, Example of

Welcome to the Baader-Meinhof phenomenon, otherwise known as frequency illusion or recency illusion. This phenomenon occurs when the thing you’ve just noticed, experienced or been told about suddenly crops up constantly. It gives you the feeling that out of nowhere, pretty much everyone and their cousin are talking about the subject — or that it is swiftly surrounding you. And you’re not crazy; you are totally seeing it more. But the thing is, of course, that’s because you’re noticing it more

KATE KERSHNER, HowStuffWorks

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When I moved I noticed all the other people moving, such as the people who got this UHaul. Now I’m settled in, either people are moving less or I’m just not noticing as much.

Rubber Duck Debugging

In software engineering, rubber duck debugging is a method of debugging code. The name is a reference to a story in the book The Pragmatic Programmer in which a programmer would carry around a rubber duck and debug their code by forcing themselves to explain it, line-by-line, to the duck. Many other terms exist for this technique, often involving different (usually) inanimate objects, or pets such as a dog or a cat.

Many programmers have had the experience of explaining a problem to someone else, possibly even to someone who knows nothing about programming, and then hitting upon the solution in the process of explaining the problem. In describing what the code is supposed to do and observing what it actually does, any incongruity between these two becomes apparent. More generally, teaching a subject forces its evaluation from different perspectives and can provide a deeper understanding. By using an inanimate object, the programmer can try to accomplish this without having to interrupt anyone else.

See also:
Code review
Pair programming
Socratic method
Software walkthrough
The Aha! effect
Think aloud protocol

Wikipedia

What are things from the early days of the internet that you don’t see much of anymore?

What are things from the early days of the internet that you don’t see much of anymore? from r/AskReddit

LeRacoonRouge
Website visit counters.

_nurse_
Especially ones that look like analog car odometers. I added one to my practice’s web site in 1996, and the doctors thought I was a genius.

tooboredtobebusy
“Under construction” GIFs and “Web rings”

jgladding
And an animated gif of a guy with a jackhammer, with an “Under Construction” sign.

Hinter-Lander
Active chat rooms.

MultiPass21
a/s/l?

What YouTube channels are genuinely worth watching? AskReddit

What YouTube channels are genuinely worth watching? from r/AskReddit

theceruleanflash
LEMMiNo is a personal favorite of mine.
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=LEMMiNo+
Documentaries and list videos narrated by a 20-something Swedish guy.

chubbybunnybean
Dead Meat. Even if you’re not a horror movie fan. They’re funny and solid reviews so I get to be informed and not have to sit through a 90 minute movie.
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=dead+meat
A horror movie channel celebrating everything great and awful about the genre. Home of the Kill Count series by James A.

JooFr
OverSimplified
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=oversimplified
Explaining things in an OverSimplified way

I_Love_Chairs
Bon Appetit! Especially their Gourmet Makes series.
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=bon+appetit+
Bon Appétit is a highly opinionated food brand that wants everyone to love cooking and eating as much as we do. We believe in …

bythespeaker
Ask A Mortician. Really anything by Caitlin Doughty IMO.
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=ask+a+mortician
Mortician in Los Angeles. You got death questions, we got death answers. Mortality + Culture. http://www.orderofthegooddeath.com …

Fartdeep
Crash course
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=crash+course
Tons of awesome courses in one awesome channel! Nicole Sweeney teaches you sociology, Carrie Anne Philbin teaches you …

Jayman3084
my mechanics.
It’s a dude restoring old rusty items to perfect condition without any talking! There are other channels like that, which are just as good, but he has to most subscribers. Very relaxing to watch before bed.
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=my+mechanics
Hello and welcome to my channel. I’m uploading videos all about mechanical stuff, new creations and also restorations. I love to …

simavok
TheOdd1sOut. Amazing and very funny contect from every day life. He talks about situations e all know.
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=TheOdd1sOut
What I use: I draw my pictures on Paint Tools Sai and I edit it all in Adobe Premiere. (Really? You don’t use any animation …

cerestrya
Daily dose of Internet!
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=daily+dose+of+internet%21
Welcome to your Daily Dose of Internet where I search for the best trending videos, or videos people have forgotten about, and put …

Ed Hawkes – (My personal recommendation)
3BlueOneBrown – Math and science stuff explained remarkably clearly
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=3+blue+one+brown
3blue1brown, by Grant Sanderson, is some combination of math and entertainment, depending on your disposition. The goal is …

Cobol Programmers Needed

“We have systems that are 40-plus years old,” the governor said at a press conference. “There’ll be lots of postmortems, and one of them will be how the heck did we get here?, when we literally needed COBOL programmers.” As an unintentional testament to the language’s highly niche status, Murphy pronounced it as “cobalt” (it’s unclear if this was an error or a speech quirk).

Feldman, Brian. 2020. “NJ Governor Requests Expertise Of 6 People Who Still Know COBOL”. nymag

New Jersey Needs COBOL Programmers, Says Governor Murphy from programming

Koutou
Like people said in other thread about this. It’s not cobol the problem really. It’s the huge undocumented decades old legacy systems that goes with it that takes make it a challenge.

tepkel
I prefer to roll my own undocumented, barely functional systems in modern programming languages.

AWildRedditorApeared
So it’s really no different from any ERP system, then? Tons of undocumented / mis-documented sub flows and reports, no one really understands “why” things work, and you are expected to simply update this without breaking anything else. Somehow.

Piisthree
That is exactly what the problem is. Not that cobol as a language helps matters much. There are some ugly things you can do in cobol, and back in the bad old days, they did them all. Ever hear of a goto statement that you can dynamically change the label where it goes to? Cobol has that, for example. Still, any language lets you build these monstrosities.

gilmore606
if you think about it, is this much worse than a function pointer?

Jam0864
Yes, because there’s no type, and there’s no return.

AWildRedditorApeared
You could call it: the point of no return. I’ll see myself out.

AttackOfTheThumbs
This is the world I live in and it is slowly killing me. The amount of time I reverse engineer shit and step line by line and send probing data just so I can figure out why theis black box works.

Netscape Navigator and Fax Machines – Filing for Unemployment in NY

As he and many others discovered, the state’s archaic systems were woefully unprepared for the deluge of claims. In Mr. Islam’s case, he said it took him four days to reach someone who could explain what he had to do to complete the application process.

State officials admitted as recently as last summer that there were problems with the technology used for such applications, describing New York’s unemployment-insurance systems as relics from the heyday of mainframe computers.

Would-be applicants’ frustration grew as their computer screens froze repeatedly and their calls went unanswered for days. Some attempts to apply for benefits yielded a pop-up message that suggested using Netscape, a browser that effectively no longer exists.

He Needs Jobless Benefits. He Was Told to Find a Fax Machine.
Thousands of newly unemployed New Yorkers desperate to stay afloat are being frustrated by the state’s 1970s-era technology.
Patrick McGeehan
NY Times

Lindsey Graham Is Quietly Preparing a Mess of a Bill Trying to Destroy End-to-End Encryption – Gizmodo

The draft version of the EARN IT Act, which has not yet been formally introduced but is reportedly being circulated by Graham and Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal, bills itself as a way to fight the distribution of child sex abuse material (CSAM) on major platforms. But it does so by threatening Section 230, a core building block of the modern internet that shields tech platforms from liability for user-generated content (for example, it’s why Gizmodo is insulated from libel lawsuits stemming from what happens in the comments section). The EARN IT Act would threaten tech companies like Facebook, Google, and WhatApp’s Section 230 immunity regarding CSAM unless they comply with a set of so-called “best practices” determined by a 15-member commission.

Dell Cameron and Tom McKay, Gizmodo

Is a beanbag a chair? Object Oriented Programming Dilemma.

It is hard to talk about a “chair” if nobody agrees on what a chair is. There is enough of a common example base in OO, the shape, animal, and device-driver examples; that one can start, but beyond that the nature of OO diverges from person to person.
I’ll take that challenge. Find a definition of chair. For any said definition of finite length, their is either an exception to the definition or a thing that is a chair that isn’t covered by the definition. And yet, we can still talk about chairs.

[A lot of this is because OO is a broad church embracing everyone from the prototype-based (Self, Io, JavaScript) to the class-based (Java, SmallTalk, etc ) to those who have built OO systems on top of other paradigms (CLOS, OCaml, various Scheme dialects, Python, Perl). Each of these have various flavors of usage as well so talking about OO without qualifying it usually becomes a meaningless debate about whose definition we shall use.

We can only talk about chairs if we first state that we’re only interested in wooden 4-legged chairs.]

I suppose we have beanbag chairs that are borderline “mini-couches”. But, this gets back to the need for a working classification system for OO. I don’t know if “modeling” can be separated from language or not.

Nobody Agrees On What Oo Is

How To Take Smart Notes by Sönke Ahrens – Book Review

But recently I picked up How To Take Smart Notes by Sönke Ahrens. Ahrens is a Lecturer in Philosophy of Education at the University of Duisburg-Essen and also coaches students, academics, and professionals with a focus on time management, decision-making, and personal growth….

Principle #1: Writing is not the outcome of thinking; it is the medium in which thinking takes place
Writing doesn’t begin when we sit down to put one paragraph after another on the screen or page. It begins much, much earlier, as we take notes on the articles or books we read, the podcasts or audiobooks we listen to, and the interesting conversations and life experiences we have.

Tiago Forte, 10 smart note-taking tips that can boost your productivity

 

The Miseducation of Lisa Simpson, Slashdot on

On Sunday, The Simpsons aired The Miseducation Of Lisa Simpson, an episode in which Marge — with the help of a song from John Legend (“STEM, it’s not just for dorks, dweebs and nerds / It’ll turn all your dumb kids to Zuckerbergs”) — convinces Springfield to use a windfall the town reaped by seizing shipwreck treasure to build the Springfield STEM Academy to ‘prepare kids for the jobs of tomorrow.’ All goes well initially — both Lisa and Bart love their new school — until Lisa realizes there’s a two-tiered curriculum. While children classified as “divergent pathway assimilators” (i.e., gifted) like Lisa study neural networks and C+++ upstairs, kids like Bart are relegated to the basement where they’re prepared via VR and gamified learning for a life of menial, gig economy side-hustles — charging e-scooters, shopping for rich people’s produce, driving ride-share. Hey, it’s not so different from the two-tier caste systems at Google and Facebook, Lisa!

Slashdot

Google Ngram Viewer – Demo

“When you enter phrases into the Google Books Ngram Viewer, it displays a graph showing how those phrases have occurred in a corpus of books (e.g., “British English”, “English Fiction”, “French”) over the selected years.”

Here we typed in the word ‘neurasthenic’, and see its usage in the English 2012 corpus over the period 1800 – 2008.

Neuasthenic 2

Try it out here: https://books.google.com/ngrams

25 Open Datasets for Data Science Projects

Some of the best datasets for data science projects are those created for linear regression, predictive analysis, and simple classification tasks. This list will include the best resources from our past dataset articles tailored for said tasks. We’ll also highlight some of the best websites to search for open datasets on your own.

Lucas Scott, lionbridge.ai

“What are some HTML and CSS techniques, skills, know-how’s that are an absolute must? Just off the top of your head” – reddit user asks

What are some HTML and CSS techniques, skills, know-how’s that are an absolute must? Just off the top of your head from r/webdev

Learn Flexbox in-and-out. Whenever I can’t remember how something related to Flexbox works, this is the go-to article: https://css-tricks.com/snippets/css/a-guide-to-flexbox/

Five Open-Source Projects AI Enthusiasts Might Want to Know About

TensorFlow
The Google Brain team created TensorFlow. Its underlying software powers some of the technologies that Google uses today. It translates languages, improves search engine results, recognizes pictures in Google Photos, and understands spoken words, making its machine learning (ML) capabilities genuinely awe-inspiring.

To the surprise of the tech community, Google open-sourced TensorFlow, making it available to everyone. Developers can create ML models, classes for these models, and write imperative forward passes with it, among others. TensorFlow uses Python, C++, and CUDA.

Brittany Day,  linuxsecurity.com

5 Chrome DevTools Utilities You Need to Know

3. monitor / unmonitor
If we want to track when a method is called on our page we can use the monitor() function…

Alex Ritzcovan,
https://medium.com/dailyjs/5-chrome-devtools-utilities-you-need-to-know-5bfe58c75773

the link was via npm mailing list:

We came across this handy guide from Alex Ritzcovan for the Chrome users out there, including some lesser-known Chrom DevTools utilities you might not be aware of. Here are 5 of their favorite tools provided by the DevTools team.

go to https://www.npmjs.com/ to sign up or browse.

iPhone app is replacing the police notebook in New York

Why the N.Y.P.D. Dropped One of Its Oldest Crime-Fighting Tools
Officers’ most-used item since the 1800s isn’t the gun or handcuffs, but the handwritten activity log. Now an iPhone app is replacing it.

For more than a century, the New York City Police Department has required its officers to keep a detailed, handwritten memo book while on patrol.

“It’s basically our bible,” said Officer Ramses Cruz, who joined a platoon of officers writing down patrol assignments in oversize black leather binders at a recent afternoon roll call at the 90th Precinct Station House in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Corey Kilgannon, NY TImes