Peak Laziness

Apparently the new new thing is concierge gas service …

At least these guys had semi-custom trucks to transport the gas. This venture is just a bunch of guys in purple shirts lugging emergency gas containers.

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BookBub

BookBub is a site that lists discounted and free ebooks from the major ebook retailers (Amazon, iBooks, Google and some others). It’s slightly annoying that the first thing they ask you do is signup (before seeing any books) but I can vouch for the fact that it works like you’d expect: someone is doing the legwork see what books are free on Amazon this week and offering links to them. I assume the money is made on the discounted but not free sales they drive (and on the ancillary purchases you make on Amazon having gotten there by following one of their links).

Recommended.

https://www.bookbub.com

Sent from my tablet (ain’t the 21st century great?)

Software “Engineer”

So first there’s this: http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2015/11/programmers-should-not-call-themselves-engineers/414271/

While some of his examples are weak and suffer from a lack of awareness of scale (e.g. that only a few phones of 10’s of millions are “bricked” by a major software update) this does make a valid point that the title “engineer” was appropriated by the software industry while none of the attendant checks and balances like regulation, professional organizations and requalification were. We all know the old saw about if bridges were engineered the same way software is “engineered” we’d have no way to cross rivers. So there’s something to his position but one might argue that progress would not be nearly as rapid if software “engineering” were subject to the same strictures as “real” engineering and, really, are a few bricked phones really in the same league as the Tacoma Narrows?

But then there’s this: http://www.wired.com/2015/11/null/

And I put my face in my hands.

Just in case you don’t think that’s a real thing: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/4456438/how-do-i-correctly-pass-the-string-null-an-employees-proper-surname-to-a-so