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Coding Horror

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Last Build Date: Fri, 20 Jan 2017 00:56:29 GMT


An Inferno on the Head of a Pin

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 11:37:18 GMT

Today's processors contain billions of heat-generating transistors in an ever shrinking space. The power budget might go from:

  • 1000 watts on a specialized server
  • 100 watts on desktops
  • 30 watts on laptops
  • 5 watts on tablets
  • 1 or 2 watts on a phone
  • 100 milliwatts on an embedded system


Let's Encrypt Everything

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 00:03:31 GMT

I'll admit I was late to the HTTPS party.


But post Snowden, and particularly after the result of the last election here in the US, it's clear that everything on the web should be encrypted by default.


  1. You have an unalienable right to privacy, both in the real world

Your Digital Pinball Machine

Wed, 02 Nov 2016 20:01:47 GMT

I've had something of an obsession with digital pinball for years now. That recently culminated in me buying a Virtuapin Mini.


OK, yes, it's an extravagance. There's no question. But in my defense, it is a minor extravagance relative to a real pinball machine.


The mini is much smaller than

Can Software Make You Less Racist?

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 07:52:37 GMT

I don't think we computer geeks appreciate how profoundly the rise of the smartphone, and Facebook, has changed the Internet audience. It's something that really only happened in the last five years, as smartphones and data plans dropped radically in price and became accessible – and addictive – to huge