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Instructor, author, developer. Creator of Beej’s Guides.

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Related: Internet Archive hosts zillions of abandoned games. Publishers are currently trying to sue it out of existence. They accept donations.

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The subscription is only $11,000 to activate the additional features.

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My 25-year-old car is certainly not transmitting anything.

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I’m sure it was possible, but I’m also sure my car doesn’t do that.

Users ditch Glassdoor, stunned by site adding real names without consent (arstechnica.com)

Monica joined Glassdoor about 10 years ago, she said, leaving a few reviews for her employers, taking advantage of other employees’ reviews when considering new opportunities, and hoping to help others survey their job options. This month, though, she abruptly deleted her account after she contacted Glassdoor support to...

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I just went in there to make a new account, and they want real name and salary before you can do much. (I work for a public university, so my salary is public record, but even so I just quit out. Too invasive.)

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My simple home page is 10 KB now. And you might not think that’s such a big deal, but it has more content than Google’s search page and that rings in at a couple MB IIRC. 😁

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In the developer tools in the Network tab. FF sums it up at the bottom of the list when you reload (e.g. for this page “24 requests, 4.74 MB transferred”). Chrome must have something similar. Be sure to check “Disable cache” in the devtools.

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I asked candidates to bring me some code they were proud of and teach me how it worked. Weeded out people really quickly and brought quality candidates to the top. On two separate occasions we hired devs with zero experience in the language or framework and they rocked it. Trythat with your coding interview, eh? 🙂

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But how do you handle candidates who say something like “look, there’s heaps of code that I’m proud of and would love to walk you through, but it’s all work I’ve done for past companies and don’t have access (or the legal right) to show you?”

It never once happened. They always knew in advance, so they could code something up if they felt like it.

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One of my classmates years ago loved bash. They wrote a filesystem for their OS class in Bash. It was a really, really impressive and bad idea.

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It never happened–since they knew in advance, they had time to whip up something cool if there wasn’t anything else. It didn’t have to be massive. I just wanted to see some clean non-trivial code and a clear understanding of how it worked. Fizzbuzz wouldn’t have impressed. :)

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I always left it open-ended and that seemed to work. Part of the interview was seeing what they’d come up with. I’m pretty sure people always brought things they’d already written.

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The double-edged sword of isolation.

On the one hand, poor communication between apps and waste of storage.

On the other, relative safety from malicious applications, or from otherwise-safe applications built on top of a thousand libraries none of which have been audited by the dev.

I don’t know how it’s going to go down, but I suspect something will come along to address these issues and snatch the market away from Flatpak.

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Hadn’t tried it before, but went through the tutorial. Seems like a good editor; only modal editors for me, you know? :) I’ll probably stick with Vim for now, but it seems like something to watch.

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If only you could pass a law respecting the establishment of religion you could banish these heathens…

What's the best way to have a .bashrc that I can use throughout systems?

So, I just found out about a programme called SynthShell which kind of does the work for you and gives you a nice looking shell, the thing is that this also creates some config files and other stuff in my system, instead of just one .bashrc file to edit. What would be the best way to learn to have a nice looking bash where I can...

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This is the fun way. I have a ton of configuration files in git and I symlink to them from various places with an install script. And zshrc has enough brains to determine the OS it’s running under and the hostname. Between those two, I can have it do all the Right Things no matter what system it’s on. So far, it deploys to my personal Mac, my work Mac, my personal Linux box, my SDF account, and my Android phone with tmux.

Basically I clone the repo into .local/share/beejsys and then run the install script and everything just works. And I don’t typically have to rerun the install script after a pull.

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No, they’re inside my home directory, alas.

YouTube screwing itself with adblockers again

I use Firefox and uBlock Origin. Not sure what kind of experience anyone else is having with YouTube, but recently my home page has been empty because I “don’t have watch history turned on”. Okay, fine. I won’t be able to browse suggested videos, and I’ll spend less time on their platform....

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mpv also works well from the command line.

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Another approach to thinking about it is that draw() does two things. 1) it draws the line that’s 1 shorter than itself, then 2) it draws itself.

The for loop happens after it draws the line that’s 1 shorter than itself.

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The old C++ FAQ book was over 500 pages, and that was decades ago. Those were the “frequent” questions.

I drove deep into C, a much simpler language, and there’s all kinds of wild stuff in there that most C devs don’t know. Of course, it’s not applicable to 99.9999% of C programming, so who practically cares, but to learn 100% of C++? I don’t have that kind of time.

That said, it’s totally possible to learn enough C++ that covers 99.9999% of its use cases.

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The author said they wanted maximum accessibility, so they didn’t opt for a particular platform’s voting system.

What's the best website to learn and practice SQL?

I’m looking for a website where I can practice SQL by doing challenges. Like something where it provides you with some tables and you’re tasked with writing a script to achieve a certain output. I know how to do basic SELECT and UPDATE commands and stuff, but I need a way to practice writing more complex scripts. What do you...

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I also run Arch and have this same problem. I dug in for a bit, but found nothing. :( Webcam works perfectly well in all other circumstances except Zoom.

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It does work better for me in general. The video is no longer slow… unless I start using a virtual background, then it gets really sluggish. (Firefox.)

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I learn more about a candidate in 5 minutes of talking to them about their existing code than I would looking at their solution to a take home problem.

It’s a crap interview technique, these assignments. IMHO.

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