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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Cannabis 101 - The Basics

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC): A chemical found in the cannabis plant that is responsible for most of marijuana’s psychological effects. By activating specific receptors in the brain, THC can affect a person’s memory, pleasure, movements, thinking, concentration, coordination, and sensory and time perception.

PHPStorm for Linux Update Script

It's easy to get behind in updating PHPstorm for Linux when using the auto update on Ubuntu. This shell script is a useful tool for replacing the command line.

The Number one reason for Gun Control in the U.S. -- people

Some say there is not one single answer to explain why gun violence occurs in office settings. In high-risk occupations and locations, the business is usually the target and an employee becomes victimized during the commission of a criminal act. In the office setting the targets are co-employees and supervisors irregardless of the nature of the business.

Even though workplace homicides in business offices only represent a small percentage of the total, it is disconcerting that we can no longer feel safe in an otherwise safe setting. What makes workers go on a rampage and start shooting fellow workers is too complex an issue for this single web page. However, most experts agree that the rage associated with the desire to kill fellow workers was probably detectable before the incident and was not adequately addressed either at home or on the job. But no expert will ever look to the simplest of answers which is, availability. People use whatever is available to them at the moment without knowing when that moment will happen.

While experts agree that there are "triggers" in the workplace that sometimes will seemingly push the unstable person over the edge. How a company handles the triggering event can make a difference in the escalation of a potentially violent situation. Common workplace triggers that might instigate violence are terminations, layoffs, bad performance evaluations, and believing they were passed over for promotion. It seems that it is the workplace triggering event that often brings the focus of the aggression against the employer rather than some other target. However, we have seen rampages where family, friends, and co-workers were all targeted as if in one clean sweep.

Now imagine the man in the video with any type of automatic or semi-automatic firearm.

Bit torrent Client: Transmission-Qt for Windows

Transmission is a well known bittorrent client, widely used on Linux and Mac OS X, and with a well deserved good reputation as being a simple and light-weight set of programs. By set we mean that Transmission includes several different programs. that are common for many bit torrent clients. Included a daemon its tools and its Web client, a CLI application, an application for Mac OS X, a GTK application, and a Qt application. Except for the Mac OS X application, there are no binary distributions from the project. Each Linux distribution makes binaries available using their usual distribution methods. For Windows there were no distributions until now. What is not included is a series of installation questions designed to trick you into installing adware, toolbars and web browser homepages on you windows system.

Finding the Best PHP Hosting Available

In a previous post about PHP and how which verison that is used by a hosting company is the best judge of the quality of that hosting service.  I challenged the community to gather and use PHP versioning as a new metric for a points review system. To record and update the versions used by known hosting services.  Well it looks like Phil Sturgeon and a community of others can say "Challenge accepted!!"

5 Reasons that Learning Erlang is Hard

Why isn't Erlang more popular? The Erlang community is the last place with insight into why Erlang is not popular. Even with it's use by big names like Facebook and WhatsApp  Erlang remains a mystery to the greater percentage of web developers and programmers. Let's take a look at five good reasons for this mystery. Reasons that do not involve language syntax and functional programming.

Erlang is a great solution to many of the ailments of the internet. Note that I say Erlang is a great solution and not a great language. To become a great language the Erlang Community will have to embrace some things that it is not willing to do or is incapable of showing. The following is a list of the things that are strong in other language communities but are weak and missing for Erlang. If you are a devout part of the Erlang community please don't read this as what I am about to say can be considered flamebait ( inflammatory ). I hope though that it is taken more as constructive criticism. But it is necessary to show that the reason learning Erlang is hard is the fault of the community and not the language.

PHP7 Count Down to Final: RC 4

The PHP development team announces the immediate availability of PHP 7.0.0 RC 4. This is the ninth pre-release of the new PHP 7 major series. All users of PHP are encouraged to test this version carefully, and report any bugs and incompatibilities in the bug tracking system.

PHP 7.0.0 RC 4 contains fixes for 22 reported bugs and over 100 commits with various improvements. The next scheduled  releases until a final and possibly production ready release.

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