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So I just read the Blink to "Poke the Box" and one question it raised was.
If you had no obstacles and unlimited resources (I guess like if you could retire right now and do anything you want), what would you do?
For myself I couldn't really think of something/a goal/big project that would keep me interested...
(I vaguely remember maybe there was a Weekly Rant about this...)1
So went to my bros graduation at CMU. Weather turned out to be really nice unlike forecasted.
And I was even able to meet myself 😀... Sort of10
I don't understand the hype with blockchain.... Everything at the end relies on a huge network of miners which uses a whole lot of resources and energy right?
So isn't the cost of running one of these extremely high? And well another source for pollution, climate change? The hardware isn't running on clean energy I think?12
OK.... I don't mind ads but when I'm on a mobile device n you just redirect without opening a new window...
You leave me no choice... You just earned 100% IP level blocking.2
I think I used to identify myself heavily by my work, career and so felt very dissatisfied I wasn't living up to my potential and getting the chances I deserved. I just couldn't get my dream job...
But now it feels like I've sorta split into Work and Life. Work does whatever is needed to pay the bills and is pretty satisfied now. Still gotta deal with monkeys but maybe devRant has helped provide an outlet to unleash the stress... and maybe sorta made it fun...
But Life juggles among different things, some time wasters, but seems now not so coding heavy anymore unless it's really inspired. And doesn't like putting aside time to prepare for interviews anymore or even actively seek out the latest tech news...
I sorta forgot what I was saying but does anyone else feel they used to have one identity but now split into 2 or more?
Actually I think this is what triggered it. Read this awhile ago but suddenly had this thought in my mind...
Oh... Git didn't like the \ ...
For a minute I thought there was something wrong with my screen... ¯\_(ツ)_/¯1
Hmm... OP6 is coming out...
I bought an OP1 3.5yrs ago for $350 and it still works pretty well with LineageOS...
So right now the amortized cost is $100/yr...
New one seems to be $500 but the only reason I want the new one is the camera...
The other options I can think of is Samsung or Google, are there any others... that can be bought in the US?10
How would you explain SSL, certificates, and CAs to a layman?
I just spent 30mins trying to explain it to them in a chat (related to Mpngo driver configs and the sslValidatrle flag), they sorta went silent on me so not sure if I explained it or understood the roles/purposes correctly...
One example I used was it prevents a man in the middle attack where your connection gets rerouted to another server. If the CA didn't recognize the cert the new server replies with then it rejects it and prevents the attack.10
My dad always told me to use my head...
Well now its raining and they need to get back home. My apartment is 15mins away from their office by train + Uber...
Their home is a 1.5hr train + car and that's assuming everything runs on time.
Somehow it didn't cross their mind that perhaps they would be better staying over at my place? ...3
So this week is Project Management Week. There was an email with a lot of scheduled online talks sent Friday which I just happened to see.
I forward it to my boss with specific talks I strongly suggest the team join... because it may help with a lot of problems we have (i feel like we're semi/barely agile)
Well he just forwarded the email to everyone else including the full history...
Not sure if this is a passives aggressive response subtly telling me to just keep my mouth shut about what I think everyone else should be doing...
I'm thinking I should learn a ML framework/platform (Tensorflow, Azure, ???).
Which should I choose? The only thing I can think of doing with it tho is to build a tic-tac-toe or maybe a gomoku AI...16
Just noticed the stuff on my desk now matches my profile... Except for the duck...
Maybe should've taken one after all...
OK no dual monitor but this monitor is probably just as big as 2...14
Thanks to McDonald's for such a wonderful morning... And this may explain why a busy store is now empty...
-Order mobile deal at home
-Walk 15mins to the restaurant
-Opens app, get message "your account has been deleted"
-Tried to sign up with Google, error
-Sign up with Facebook, OK!!
(btw I got a privacy message from Google this morning... Haven't got one from FB yet... hmm...)
-tried to redeem again. All coupons are like "not available at this location"
Well since I'm here anyway...
-Walks to machines and enters the codes, it works!!!!
FFS MCD JUST TELL PPL THESE COUPONS CAN BE REDEEMED IN STORE ONLY!!!! AND DON'T RANDOMLY DELETE ACCOUNT BC YOU CAN'T SUPPORT GPDR OR UR SYSTEM CRASHES FROM AN INTERNAL BUG
Lucky I redeemed my free coffee last week...2
Hey so are we going to get a new State of devRant post soon?
Think it's been more than a year since the last one?
Curious to see how things including users have changed.4
I think we may be getting too attached to our phones. First it was linking logins now important things that prolly shouldn't be left lying around in the open...4
Wow VSCode has gotten a lot better for Web Dev. JSDocs actually works and can be used to find functions from other modules (aka real Intellisense).
This could change my feelings about JS... now just need to get everyone else on my team to document their shit... uhm... I mean code.1
I have a buying dilemma.
Do I buy a new phone, laptop, or desktop?
Phone: I just want a better camera so I don't have to spend time photoshopping the RAWS manually. Everything else is fine, it's rooted and had no bloatware, have external powerpak
laptop/desktop: my current laptop is usable but it someone had boot error. Feels like 1 day it will just die, dunno when.
Desktop n laptop are same price and have 2TB HD, 16GB RAM, i7
Laptop also has 256SSD.
Desktop I think has better GFX and was thinking I could just swap my laptops current SSD (also 256GB) and put it in as the primary, tho not sure how.
I usually go by don't buy this stuff until u need it (Moore's Law) but should I buy for just the sake of convenience/upgrade?7
So TripleByte ended in rejection though they gave very detailed feedback and specific areas and even resources to look at. 👍
But it seems I'm not going to be able to escape algorithms in interviews so I'm not getting a new job anytime soon, even in tech.
So the only thing left to try in order to get my cake seems to be joining an open source project.
So technical interview today but woke up (6am) and started thinking about it and it led to this rant about algorithms. This is probably going into a Medium post if I ever get around to finishing it but sort of just wanted to share the rant that literally just went off in my mind.
*The problem with Algorithms Technical Interviews Is They don't test Real skills*
Real world problems are complex and often cross domain combining experience in multiple areas. Often the best way is not obvious unless you're a polymath and familiar with different areas, paradigms, designs. And intuitively can understand, reason, and combine them.
I don't think this is something a specific algorithm problem is designed to show. And the problem is the optimal solution to some of these and to algorithm design itself is that unless you train for it or are an algorithm designer (practice and experience), you can only brute force it in the amount of time given.
And quite frankly the algorithms I think we rely on daily weren't thought of in 30 minutes. The designers did this stuff for a living, thought about these problems for days and several iterations… at least. A lot were mathematicians. The matrix algorithm that had a Big O of 7N required a flash of insight that only someone constantly looking and thinking about the equations could see.
-clean readable coding practices
TLDR: I could probably go on and on about this stuff for hours jumping from item/example/area to the next and back again... But I don't think you can test these (~20) years of experience in a 1 hr technical interview focused on algorithms...8
Sorry just had to cuz we used to see so much of this type of meme... http://commitstrip.com/en/2018/...5
I just solved (high level with a bit of POC) a problem that has been an issue for my team for over a year...
Not sure how I should feel...2
Today I finally got around to reading the manuals for my appliances as my Dryer didn't seemed to be working.
Apparently there is a filter that should be cleaned...
How it's not broken, it may be out of warranty...
Also the manual showed that the model that came with my new apartment is actually the cheapest version...5
How to deter me from working remotely.
Make the Remote Desktop app now catch ALT+TAB...
Well at least it isn't winter...1
Hmm... Why does name look so familiar...
Ohhh mind flash... Looks at notepad file with my commonly used commands to confirm:
tar -xvzf ...3
So today I started looking at an old project (site/api tester) I backlogged due to various blockers.
I started remembering things and after setting up the testing app, I realized it depended on an extraction app that I wrote before that. And this reminds me of the whole start of all this testing stuff going back more then a year ago.
It sorta felt like I just took the cover off a hole? And then remembered how deep it goes.
And thankfully I left myself documentation... Though took me a while to find and still looking... (tracing from 1 project to another)
Tech interview prep on leetCode... I solved this but wanted to read the optimal solution. I check the Solution page..... 😟 🙁 ☹️ 😣 😖 😖 😫 😩 😩 😦 😧 😮 😬 😬 😵
The way I solved it, basically just did a merge of the 2 lists as is iterates thru them...
Ialright i need a break after i try to understand this...
btw, tech/CS workers, when you approach a real problem do you think like this? Solve the problems in Big O and math symbols?8
Ok folks so u complained and I listened. Today instead of prepping for technical interviews... And bc the weather is nice... I am doing Spring cleaning!16
So next week I have a technical interview with TripleByte and I'm supposed to spent the next 2 days sorta preparing. Just woke up and had this thought tho:
What's the point? Yes I think I could try to get a better job but been trying for years (banking tech area) but now it feels like I'm at a "local optimum" sort of a sweet spot. Team/company could be smarter/more efficient but...
I've got my own place in a city that's also near NYC. It takes me 20 minutes to get to my current office, fairly flexible with the 9-5 work day, I can work remotely. I get enough money.
And then finding a new job === technical interviews about stuff you will rarely use and usually with no feedback like a pass-fail test where they only tell you if you pass or fail (and for me it always feels skewed towards fail the moment i walk since I'm deaf).
But at this point, I feel more like "you need to convince me to work for you". In my head, the plan is mostly to just have a nice chat and wing the technical questions just to see how good i am without any prep (i.e. poring thru Cracking the Coding Interview or Big O concepts, sorting...).2
The versatility of this app is pretty amazing... 3 years now and still able to make the changes needed... and still use daily.
(Anime site changed it's layout, had to rewrite the plugin)3
Technical question that I just cant find the answer to anywhere.
I have a load balancer and want it to pass the IP of the original caller to the server. Usually it is done by modifying the header? of the Request HTTP packet? and adding X-Forwarded-For: ....
The LB team though says it needs to modify X-Originating-IP and somehow causes a noticeable impact of the speed of all requests.
I don't know the details but it should only modify the first Packet that has the HTTP headers and should be appending X-Forwarded-For. If only need to modify the Header packet, how can it slow down the whole interaction so much:
-Adds 100ms to a 200ms request
-Increases a 10 minute download to like 20-30 minutes6