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“Recruiting the 10x developer” Auguste Toulmouche,...

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“Recruiting the 10x developer”

Auguste Toulmouche, 1866

(collaboration form Gary Dusbabek)

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Guy's Twitter Story About Girlfriend Getting Pregnant Is The Definition Of An Emotional Rollercoaster

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Guy tells ridiculous story on Twtter of his girlfriend getting knocked up.

All (very necessary jokes) about the infuriatingly incomprehensible nature of this idiot's "writing/style" aside; this is some definite internet gold. A true rollercoaster, as it were. I mean, this one's straight up worse than that atrocious live-tweet breakup post (see here) we ran a while back ago. Not a good thing. Just when you think our protagonist is ready to buckle his bootstraps and overcome what's truly a miraculous conception, he gets hit with a life-altering curveball. Let's just say, this is why you don't skip out on sex-ed. 

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Tagged: sex , twitter , cringe , Awkward , pregnant , funny
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ddillinger
7 days ago
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i am ded
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Tesla's demon-haunted cars in Irma's path get a temporary battery-life boost

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Tesla sells both 60kWh and 75kWh versions of its Model S and Model X cars; but these cars have identical batteries -- the 60kWh version runs software that simply misreports the capacity of the battery to the charging apparatus and the car's owner. (more…)

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ddillinger
9 days ago
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Cures me of any desire to buy a Tesla.
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Gasolina motorcycle boots

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I am mighty pleased with Gasolina's beautifully made leather motorcycle boots. I've had mine for 3 years.

A lot of beautiful leatherwork comes from Leon, in the Mexican state of Guanajuato. I was looking for a new pair of motorcycle boots, most of my gear is quite old, and Gasolina caught my eye. Their beautiful styles are built to be rugged and withstand the terrors of a fall.

Picking a style was rough, but Gasolina's cafe racer inspired "Ton Up" model seemed perfect for me. Cafe style for a guy stuck on 70s bikes seemed a perfect choice. I also like the deep rubberized tread and Goodyear welt. I had the soles on my last set of boots replaced several times.

Measuring is a bit of work. Gasolina makes shoes the old way and they'd like lots of info in picking the right patterns, forms and "lasts" to get you a great fit.

After three years and around 12k miles of riding the left boot is showing some wear, where the shifter on my airhead rubs it. The toe protector pad is not placed in the right spot for my posture and riding geometry, but only I notice. There is no other wear evident. I certainly feel great about the $269 price tag.

When it comes to rating this for motorcycle wear I'd say they meet my risk model for street and highway riding. The sole does bend or twist when I try. The toe cup is strong but not steel. These are fashionable street-able boots, not for track use.

I treat these boots with Bickmore Bick 5 every 6 months or so.

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ddillinger
9 days ago
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Buckles! :)
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Alexa and Siri are vulnerable to 'silent,' nefarious commands

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Hacks are often caused by our own stupidity, but you can blame tech companies for a new vulnerability. Researchers from China's Zheijiang University found a way to attack Siri, Alexa and other voice assistants by feeding them commands in ultrasonic f...
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15 days ago
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Forbes removed article critical of Google after it asked nastily

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Google's influence at a supposedly independent think tank it funds was exposed this week when staffers critical of the company were fired. But Kashmir Hill reports that there's nothing new about Google's ruthless treatment of critics in the press.

...I was pressured to unpublish a critical piece about Google’s monopolistic practices after the company got upset about it. In my case, the post stayed unpublished.

After joining Forbes as a writer, she learned from a meeting with Google salespeople that sites refusing to add the Google Plus +1 buttons to their sites would "suffer" in search results.

After the meeting, I approached Google’s public relations team ...The press office confirmed it, though they preferred to say the Plus button “influences the ranking.” They didn’t deny what their sales people told me: If you don’t feature the +1 button, your stories will be harder to find with Google. ...

Google never challenged the accuracy of the reporting. Instead, a Google spokesperson told me that I needed to unpublish the story because the meeting had been confidential, and the information discussed there had been subject to a non-disclosure agreement between Google and Forbes. (I had signed no such agreement, hadn’t been told the meeting was confidential, and had identified myself as a journalist.)

It escalated quickly from there. I was told by my higher-ups at Forbes that Google representatives called them saying that the article was problematic and had to come down. The implication was that it might have consequences for Forbes, a troubling possibility given how much traffic came through Google searches and Google News.

As if to make clear what would be brought to bear, Google immediately scrubbed the article from Google, including the URL cache.

the most disturbing part of the experience was what came next: Somehow, very quickly, search results stopped showing the original story at all. As I recall it—and although it has been six years, this episode was seared into my memory—a cached version remained shortly after the post was unpublished, but it was soon scrubbed from Google search results.

Ironic ending: the last place you can find the story is apparently the Internet Marketing Association, which scraped it from Forbes.

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20 days ago
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