Seen, Heard, Said Archives

Things I’ve seen, heard, or was told by someone. Item in this category usually originate from the Internet.

  1. Voting Paradoxes

    via Hacker News1 In social choice theory, Arrow’s impossibility theorem, the general possibility theorem or Arrow’s paradox is an impossibility theorem stating that when voters have three or more distinct alternatives (options), no ranked ordervoting system can convert the ranked preferences of individuals into a community-wide (complete and transitive) ranking while also meeting a pre-specified…

  2. Authenticity. Stories. Integrity. My Word.

    From whatilearnd.com: A lot of the lessons that were learned by others, I felt that I had already learned in the past couple years. But I did take some notes of little reminders of these lessons. I’ll share them here – mostly because I want to write them down. My main takeaways were these: authenticity.…

  3. You Can’t Always Get What You Want

    Jeffrey Goldberg at Agilebits, who make 1Password, has a great primer on why law enforcement back doors are bad for security architecture. The entire article is worth a read, presents a solid yet easily understood technical discussion — but I think it really can be distilled down to this: From blog.agilebits.com: Just because something would…

  4. Version Number Philosophy

    From the documentation for Python’s distutils.version: StrictVersion Version numbering for anal retentives and software idealists. LooseVersion Version numbering for anarchists and software realists. Who ways programmers don’t have a sense of humor.

  5. A Calvinist arrives at the gates of heaven…

    He sees that there are two lines going in. One has a sign that reads “predestined,” and the other, “free will”. He naturally heads to the predestined line. While waiting, an angel comes and asks him “Why are you in this line?” He replies, “Because I chose it.” The angel looks surprised, “Well, if you…

  6. Конструктор: Engineer of the People →

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    This is one of those niche games that probably only applies to enginerds1, but if you — like me — are one of those people be prepared to lose yourself in this game as you deposit silicon and metal to make real life circuits. Конструктор is Russian for designer or contractor. and those who like…