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This presentation on property-based testing with ScalaCheck is very good.

OS X Yosemite Security and Privacy Guide

This is a collection of thoughts on securing a modern Mac running OS X Yosemite and some steps on how to improve privacy. It is targeted to “power users” who wish to adopt enterprise-standard security, but is also suitable for novice users with an interest in improving their privacy and security on a Mac. There is no security silver bullet. A system is only as secure as its administrator is capable of making it.

If we were to film an intimate portrait of the wolf, we needed to get close enough to see into their eyes. By socializing with the pack from the time they were pups, we were able to gain the wolves’ trust and observe their behavior in a way that few people ever have.

On the edge of Idaho’s Sawtooth Wilderness we built the largest enclosure of its kind and created an environment where a pack of wolves could open their lives to us and accept us as just another part of their world.

This is an article by Netflix engineers about “auto scaling” with Amazon Web Services. Here’s a brief excerpt:

The Story Behind Axl Rose And Slash Not Speaking To Each Other Since 1996.

An article about whether you should buy Walmart of JC Penney.

I don’t know how good this article is, but at least it’s a reminder to start some good daily habits. leadership principles.

“Our Leadership Principles aren’t just a pretty inspirational wall hanging. These Principles work hard, just like we do. Amazonians use them, every day, whether they’re discussing ideas for new projects, deciding on the best solution for a customer’s problem, or interviewing candidates. It’s just one of the things that makes Amazon peculiar”

This is an article that attempts to explain via analogy/metaphor what functional programming (FP) is, and why it’s (arguably) better than other programming styles, such as object-oriented programming (OOP). As part of its analogy it compares the development of a software application to an automobile factory, i.e., the process of building cars, specifically a Tesla. Since a lot of people like to compare the process of building a software application to manufacturing (or an assembly line), this is an interesting comparison.

The URL shown helped me set up the wireless network on my new Raspberry Pi 2. I can confirm that it works as of August, 2015.

From the article:

ANCHORAGE - A longtime Anchorage pizzeria received some national recognition Wednesday, as a travel website named it one of the top pizza parlors in the United States.

According to website, the Moose’s Tooth Pub and Pizzeria is the third-best pizza place in the U.S., behind first-place Juliana’s Pizza in Brooklyn, N.Y. and Pizza Time of St. Augustine, Fla. Each restaurant ranks about 4.5, on a five-point scale employed by TripAdvisor.

How To Reset Your Mac’s SMC & PRAM

Sometimes your Mac will act strange for no apparent reason — lights won’t be working correctly, volume settings will be off, display resolution will change, or a number of other issues that aren’t related to specific apps will pop up. Most of the time, these issues can be solved by closing all of your apps and restarting the computer. Sometimes, though, you’ll need to reset the SMC and PRAM.

If you are having problems with getting an Apple Wireless Bluetooth keyboard, mouse or trackpad from connecting to your Mac (iMac, Macbook or Mac Pro), you can try this trick. The following mentions the keyboard, but it should work for other wireless devices that have a on/off switch of the contact type (i.e. press on and off, rather than a physical slide switch).

This is a link to a Haskell cheat sheet (reference card) on the Haskell wiki.

A discussion by Marius Eriksen (of Twitter) about the use of Futures, and how they compare to threads.

This New York Times article is part of a series that looks at robots. This part looks at “sexbots,” and something called the “uncanny valley.”

Six high-altitude roads in Colorado you need to drive:

  1. Skyline Drive
  2. Old Fall River Road
  3. Mount Evans Byway
  4. Million Dollar Highway
  5. Trail Ridge Road
  6. Pike’s Peak Highway

The links shows a way to subclass java.util.Random using an XORShift generator, with the Java source code looking like this:

From the URL:

Monads are very useful in Haskell, but the concept is often difficult at first. Since they have so many applications, people often explain them from a particular point of view, and that can confuse your understanding of monads in their full glory.

As the title implies, this link is to a print version of the Haskell Wikibook. A nice thing about this is that all of the content is on one page, so you don’t have to flip through pages while reading, and of course it’s printable.