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Always interested in offers/projects/new ideas. Eclectic experience in fields like: numerical computing; Python web; Java enterprise; functional languages; GPGPU; SQL databases; etc. Based in Santiago, Chile; telecommute worldwide. CV; email.

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References on Entropy

From: andrew cooke <andrew@...>

Date: Sun, 15 Jan 2017 05:53:52 -0300

Look interesting
https://www.reddit.com/r/askscience/comments/5nz64j/how_does_the_physical_concept_of_entropy_relates/

Andrew

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Amusing "Alexa.." broadcast

From: andrew cooke <andrew@...>

Date: Sat, 7 Jan 2017 14:34:45 -0300

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/01/07/tv_anchor_says_alexa_buy_me_a_dollhouse_and_she_does/

Andrew

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The Shame of Chile's Education System

From: andrew cooke <andrew@...>

Date: Mon, 26 Dec 2016 20:25:46 -0300

https://twitter.com/cgajardop/status/813435440581713920

Andrew

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Playing mp4 gifs in Firefox on Opensuses Leap 42.2

From: andrew cooke <andrew@...>

Date: Wed, 21 Dec 2016 06:32:56 -0300

Some imgur gifv images were not displaying in Firefox.  The following
four steps fixes this:

* Make sure you have the Packman repo configured (fro mcommunity repos)

* Load the gstreamer good, bad, and ugly plugins in yast

* From the command line as root do

    zypper lr
    zypper dup --from pacmanXXX

  where packmanXXX is the exact name of the packman repo displayed by
  the first command

* Restart firefox

Andrew

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Concurrency at Microsoft

From: andrew cooke <andrew@...>

Date: Fri, 16 Dec 2016 21:36:47 -0300

It's surprising how slowly this is advancing, really.

http://joeduffyblog.com/2016/11/30/15-years-of-concurrency/

Interesting comment here -
https://www.reddit.com/r/haskell/comments/5iog6i/concurrency_at_microsoft/dba0jwn/

Andrew

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Globalisation: Uk -> Chile

From: andrew cooke <andrew@...>

Date: Mon, 12 Dec 2016 20:28:47 -0300

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/dec/12/mark-carney-britains-car-wash-economy-low-wage-jobs

Andrew

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OpenSuse 42.2 and Synaptics Touch-Pads

From: andrew cooke <andrew@...>

Date: Fri, 9 Dec 2016 16:15:38 -0300

You need to install xf86-input-synaptics!

Without this, the three-finger tapping detection (right click) is
absolutely awful.  The package was installed by default in 42.1, but
not in 42.2 (due to some weirdness with Gnome).

Andrew

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Cherry Jam

From: andrew cooke <andrew@...>

Date: Mon, 5 Dec 2016 17:26:31 -0300

3kg of fruit -> 2.8kg once destoned
1.6kg of sugar (2/3)
Juice of 2 juicy lemons

All as normal.  Never "caught" on the bottom of the pan, so may have
cooked too long - very gooey.  Lots of whole fruits at end of cooking
- might be better to liquidise or chop up some at the start.

Destoning cherrirs is surprisingly easy and quick with a small
handheld device I bought for olives.  It has a small (cherry sized)
cup, with a hole, and a pin that presses down through the cherry and
hole.  Never had much success with olives, but awesome with cherries.

Produced about 2.5kg (a little less than expected, again suggesting it
was cooked too long).

Andrew

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Lebanese Writer Amin Maalouf

From: andrew cooke <andrew@...>

Date: Sat, 3 Dec 2016 11:56:07 -0300

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2002/nov/16/classicalmusicandopera.fiction

Amazon has very little available as new paperbacks in English.

https://www.amazon.com/First-Century-After-Beatrice/dp/0349105995 is
interesting.

Andrew

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Chinese Writer Hu Fayun

From: andrew cooke <andrew@...>

Date: Fri, 2 Dec 2016 16:36:08 -0300

http://www.nybooks.com/daily/2016/11/28/china-inside-and-outside-system-hu-fayun/
http://www.raggedbanner.com/

Andrew

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Apricot Jam

From: andrew cooke <andrew@...>

Date: Mon, 21 Nov 2016 14:37:12 -0300

Fruit 2.5kg (after removing stones - bought 3kg)
Sugar (rubia) 1.25kg
Juice 1 lemon
5tsp (old) vanilla extract (at end)

Made 5.5 0.5kg jars

Halved fruit and included skins.  Cooked until "superheated" and
catching n bottom pf pan.  Still appeared quite runny.  Initial taste
is quite tart (reduced sugar - previously using 2:3 instead of 1:2).

Early in cooking, foam overlfowed pan.  After cleaning up, adding some
(olive) oil seemed to stop that.

Andrew

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Excellent Article on USA Politics

From: andrew cooke <andrew@...>

Date: Mon, 21 Nov 2016 07:51:44 -0300

Missed this earlier.  Has a comment on police that is obvious, but
something I had bever seen or thought of before.

https://hbr.org/2016/11/what-so-many-people-dont-get-about-the-u-s-working-class

Andrew

(From https://ask.metafilter.com/302848/Help-me-build-a-post-Trump-reading-list)

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