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this is a picture of Betty Jean Jennings (left) and Fran Bilas in front of the ENIAC computer.

alongside a team of four other women, they invented such minor programming concepts as "subroutines" and "recursive nesting"

(LAYPERSON'S NOTE: this is sarcasm. these techniques are fundamental to programming.)

this is Betty Holberton. she invented the concept of breakpoints for debugging. ever heard of her? you probably haven't, because our field sucks ass and constantly erases its own history.

femdom: wanting to be dominated by a female

wisdom: wanting to be dominated by a wizard

if you're having trouble visualizing the recursive centaur i've made this helpful reference

The recursive centaur: half horse, half recursive centaur

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Watching a Cities: Skylines let's play video.

"So now we have a very nice and interesting interchange but..." yes, 25 minutes into building this spaghetti abomination you finally realise it only connects to one side of the highway. Whoopsie.

No sir there's no ramp that would put you on the highway on the westbound side, why would anybody want to travel west anyway? Who are you, a member of Pet Shop Boys?

So yesterday evening I went to the gym with a friend of mine, it's close to my place and her boyfriend doesn't want to go as he judges these group lessons are "girl stuff" and "not real sport". I could keep up with the pace (turns out high-intensity interval training really is highly intense) and today my whole body hurts. Girl stuff.

Individualism - like markets - is a philosophy for the strong, because in a conflict between a weaker individual and a stronger one, the stronger will always prevail. Morality is therefore necessarily socialist: only as collectives can we achieve equity and justice.

Before today, I knew: the reason Twitter was originally limited to 140 characters was so it could be transmitted over SMS (which was limited to 1120 bits, or 160 7-bit characters).

TIL: the reason SMS is limited to 160 7-bit characters is because Friedhelm Hillebrand, who was the chairman of the non-voice services committee within the Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM), found that a) the average sentence was <160 characters, and b) that matched the average postcard.

"The code you write makes you a programmer. The code you delete makes you a good one. The code you don't have to write makes you a great one." - Mario Fusco

Theory is when you know something, but it doesn’t work. Practice is when something works, but you don’t know why. Programmers combine theory and practice: Nothing works and they don’t know why.

These pictures of Jupiter taken by the Juno spacecraft are fucking with my emotions; I remember avidly staring at grainy black and white photos of the planets when I was very little. Absolutely breathtaking #astronomy

"I'd like to return my companion-bot, serial code JX99031."

"Sure; and could you describe the fault you encountered?"

"Fault? Nah, it's perfect. Never been so well taken care of. Hate having to send it back honestly."

"Then... why are you returning it?"

"This will sound really weird."

"Try me."

"It misses it's mum."

"Oh! That's a rare glitch. No return necessary, it can visit the factory any time during business hours."

"Oh good!"

#tootfic #microfiction #smallstories #scifi #terylstales

When you leave an ALDI why don't they say "Aldi best!"

You know what I hate?

That “nice guy” no longer means, well, a guy who is nice to you.

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