## The Floating Horde

Introduction The rain finally subsided. Most of humanity drowned due to a bug in @user12345's code. Survivors are scattered across a worldwide archipelago. Radio communication is up, and humanity is …

## A coworker beat me to resignation. How can I resign in a professional manner?

I began work at a medium-sized startup that neglected to inform me of their impending acquisition. It is possible that it had to be kept secret due to legal reasons, but the fact of the matter is I …

## Trolling the troll

A troll has captured you and is forcing you to write a malware (defined as a program that damages the computer that runs it). The troll can read and understand code, but is not so good at spotting ...

## How to remove ourselves from nuditiy blacklists?

We recently bought our domain. It turns out, two generations ago, it was a porn site. Now we're still blocked in some filters, resulting in blocked pages at several corporate routers. I'm now ...

## Is Hard Link equivalent to Windows Shortcut

Hard Link as explained by Wikipedia a hard link is a directory entry that associates a name with a file on a file system. (A directory is itself a special kind of file that contains a list of …

## $9999\ldots 9 \cdot 9999\ldots 9$ will always end with $1$?

Will a number consisting of only the digit $9$, multiplied with another number consisting of only the digit $9$, always result in a number that ends with $1$, and how can one know that this will ...

## Lock CREATE TABLE

In another application I was struck by bad design: multiple threads execute an EnsureDatabaseSchemaExists() method concurrently, which looks basically like this: IF NOT EXISTS (SELECT * FROM ...

## How to respond to “Why shouldn't we hire you?”

Can someone please explain what the employer wants to get from the question, "Why shouldn't we hire you?" What type of answers are generally acceptable responses to this question?

## Do accidentals override key signature?

I am wondering how the accidental in the first chord (see what is circled) is played? Does any accidental simply move the note up or down a half-step from what the note is supposed to be based on the …

## How to stop feeling guilty about the unfinished work?

My biggest challenge as a PhD student is best summarized by the following from PHD Comics: "Piled Higher and Deeper" by Jorge Cham www.phdcomics.com A consequence of working in research is that the …

## Occasional counter too large error despite \MakePerPage

I am using the bigfoot package to generate two styles of footnotes, which I signal using either the normal \footnote or my new \footnoteB. FootnoteB uses alphabetical numbering but the count is reset …