Great design is a product of care and attention applied to areas that matter, resulting in a useful, understandable, and hopefully beautiful user interface. But don’t be fooled into thinking that design is left only for designers. There is a lot of design in code, and I don’t mean code that builds the user interface—I mean the design of code. Well-designed code is much easier to maintain, optimize, and extend, making for more efficient developers. That means more focus and energy can be spent on building great things, which makes everyone happy—users, developers, and stakeholders. There are three high-level, language-agnostic aspects to code design that are particularly important. System architecture—The basic layout of the codebase. Rules that govern how various components, such as models, views, and controllers, interact with each other. Maintainability—How well can the code be improved and extended? Reusability—How reusable are the application’s components? How easily ...
NSA Data Center the Focus of Tax Controversy
Nerval's Lobster writes "Location is everything when choosing the site of a data center. Firms such as Microsoft and Google and Facebook spend a lot of time looking into the costs of land, power, regulation and taxes before placing their respective data centers in a particular place. Sometimes, that local tax bill comes into play in a big way. Just ask the National Security Agency which learned it faces a multimillion-dollar annual state tax on the power consumed by its new data center in Camp Williams, south of Salt Lake City. The Salt Lake Tribune obtained a series of email exchanges between the feds and the state, with the NSA protesting a $2.4 million tax on its annual power expenditure, pegged at about $40 million. Harvey Davis, director of installations and logistics for the NSA, sent a letter (subsequently quoted by the newspaper) to state officials that made the logistics argument: 'Long-term stability in the utility rates was a major factor in Utah being selected as our site for ...
Man cuts off his penis during argument with girlfriend
Ouch! A drunk man went to extraordinary painful lengths to end an argument with his girlfriend by cutting off his penis and testicles with a pair of scissors, and flushing them down the toilet.
Leaked Microsoft Video Parodies Chrome Ad
First time accepted submitter Stratus311 writes "An article from The Verge shows a video leaked from Microsoft that parodies Google's Chrome ad. From the article: 'Microsoft and Google have been locked in a war of words over a YouTube Windows Phone app, but in the midst of the arguments a new Scroogled ad has emerged. Designed to be an internal-only video, a copy has somehow managed to find its way onto the web right in the middle of Google's I/O developer conference.'" "Somehow" leaked.