The Complexity Copout

schrodinger's kitty

Back in my days as a physicist, my Ph.D. adviser came to me with a proposed theory. He wanted to study the many-body Schrodinger equation - to study the interaction of a single charged particle with a conductive screen. I didn't like this theory very much - it offended my sensibilities …

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Microservices for the Grumpy Neckbeard

Recently microservices have been getting a lot of attention, both positive and negative. Articles about them tend to fall into two camps, which I'll affectionately label the hipster camp and the neckbeard camp. The hipster camp tends to strongly favor microservices, due to the excellent benefits they provide regarding separation …

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Existence does not imply correlation (or causation)

A while back I had a problem - a spike in latency on the east coast. Log messages on the east coast were taking 50ms, whereas west coast messages were under 1ms. This was bad. I started probing for the answer, poking around my east coast servers and looking for the …

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Spaced Repetition is Awesome: Two App Recommendations

I've recently become motivated to learn Portuguese. Mulheres bonitas sao muito motivado. It's not the first time this has happened to me - in the past I've attempted to learn Spanish, Farsi and Konkani. But it is the first time I've made significant progress and it's the first time that I …

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