PayPal Holdings Inc. insists she should have known the minimum age is 18, because the rule is clearly stated in terms and conditions she agreed to. Clearly stated, that is, in a document longer than The Great Gatsby—almost 50,000 words spread across 21 separate web pages.
Most maintainers start working on open source software because it’s fun and solves a problem they have. Many continue out of a sense of obligation instead of fun and over time this unpaid, increasingly non-fun work grinds them down. When they make a controversial decision and receive abuse for it, their friends and family start to ask them if open source is worth the grief.
David Hemphill and Andrew Del Prete invited me to be on their podcast, Dads in Development and the episode just aired. We talked about on-demand learning, working out, managing remote-worker life with kids, and books we’ve been reading. Check it out →.Read more "Dads in Development Podcast"
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Would you like to go wherever the hell you want? Using its self-inflated tires, Russia’s SHERP ATV can give you that pleasure. It will climb over obstacles as tall as 27.5 inches, swim with ease, turn like a tank and look awesome in any situation for only $49,000 worth of Rubles.
I have nothing in my life I could use this for but I want it anyway.
Via the Verge: Today, Seattle design firm Invisible Creature released three gorgeous new space-themed travel posters commissioned by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory for a 2016 calendar that will be given to NASA staff, scientists, engineers, and government officials. JPL will also release digital copies of each month’s artwork for free, but you can buy physical prints of […]Read more "NASA Space Posters"
Taskwarrior has a short list of advice and quotes for open source maintainers. Some of my favorites:
Every change will ruin someone’s day. They will be sure to tell you about it. The same change will improve someone’s day. You will not hear of this.
People will threaten to not use open source software because it lacks a feature, thereby mistaking themselves for paying customers.
Many new users will submit feature requests, just to show that they are knowledgeable and clever. They don’t really want that feature, it’s a form of positive feedback.