Discuss: Do we need the "Senior" Software Engineer title?
- For as long as I can remember, I have felt uncomfortable with the title of Senior Software Engineer.
- In the end, I'm not sure what it means when someone tells me they're a "Senior Software Engineer." I certainly have some ideas about what it should mean, but often they aren't carried out in real life.
- But it really only has meaning within a particular organization based on how they define their roles and titles.
- Do you think our overall industry will ever align on what it means to be a "senior" software engineer?
- I think people have a brilliant capacity to contort the meanings of words to fit their needs.
Meet the First American to Sell Her Home Using Blockchain
- But Purcell’s sale was fundamentally different: There’s a record of it on a blockchain.
- In 2017, the city of South Burlington, Vermont, agreed to begin recording real estate transactions on the Ethereum blockchain as part of a pilot program with Propy, a real estate platform developed by a San Francisco-based startup.
- Propy’s blockchain records each step in the transaction, from expressing interest in a property to signing agreements to title transfers.
- As South Burlington City Clerk Donna Kinville told Government Technology in February, the pilot program consists of four levels, with the integration of Propy’s system increasing at each level.
- If the project reaches level four, Propy will completely replace the software South Burlington currently uses to manage land records.
- However, as Propy noted in a blog post, it was one of the very first government-sanctioned uses of blockchain for a public service.
‘Fight Fire with Fire’: IMF Chief Lagarde Calls for Blockchain-Powered Bitcoin Regulation
- Christine Lagarde, the IMF’s managing director, wrote in a Tuesday blog post that she believes regulators can use blockchain or other distributed ledger technologies (DLT) to regulate Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies and prevent them from being used in connection with money laundering and other financial crimes.
- Elsewhere in the post, which bears the ominous title “Addressing the Dark Side of the Crypto World,” Lagarde explained that she believes DLT and other digital technologies can be used by financial regulators across the globe to “communicate seamlessly” and create registries of customer information and digital signatures that would be linked to biometric information.
- On Tuesday, Japan became the latest country to announce that it will formally call for G20 members to discuss international cryptocurrency regulations at the group’s upcoming finance summit.
Coltrane Pitch Diagrams: Wrapping notes around a torus
- I was looking for Slonimsky’s Thesaurus of Scales and Melodic Patterns, a book of algorithmically-generated scales which had a following among jazz musicians, most notably John Coltrane.
- Near it on the shelves I came across a similar but more peculiar book, Repository of Scales and Melodic Patterns, by Yusef Lateef.
- Of course, from a musician’s perspective this had the surprising result of converting from a whole-tone scale in Coltrane’s original to a chromatic scale in my single-ring version.
- This new three-ring version was visually strange and beautiful, and had a feature that wasn’t evident in either the one-ring or two ring versions: a winding pattern.
- He told me that Coltrane had been drawing the original diagrams between sets on a gig they did together, and had given them to him.
- That was probably during a period when Coltrane was studying Slonimsky and thinking about generative patterns for melodies.
Team17’s Planet Alpha sci-fi platformer plays gravity with by rotating the planet
- Planet Alpha is a platformer on a beautiful alien world.
- It’s Danish indie developer Adrian Lazar’s newest game, and he and his small team have partnered with publisher Team17 to bring it to PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch later this year.
- The planet rotation mechanic was in part inspired by the Danish landscape.
- Lazar also drew inspiration from Éric Chahi’s 1991 adventure game Another World as well as his love of sci-fi in general.
- Before devoting himself to Planet Alpha full time, he was a cinematic artist at IO Interactive and worked on games such as Hitman and Hitman: Absolution.
- Developer and publisher Team17 has an eclectic portfolio that includes titles like Ghost Town Games’ chefy co-op Overcooked, Pathea Games’ open-world adventure My Time at Portia, and Firecast Studio and Fableware Narrative Design’s tactical candlepunk title Sword Legacy: Omen.
Sea of Thieves shows how Microsoft can sail past PlayStation’s exclusive game lineup
- The success of games like Capcom’s Monster Hunter: World, which sold 1.6 million copies in January, shows gamers are hungry for titles they can play online with friends for months or years after launch.
- As a “Play Anywhere” title, Sea of Thieves enables Xbox One and PC owners play together.
- Microsoft also made headlines by announcing that Sea of Thieves and other future titles would be included in its Xbox Game Pass service.
- The success of subscription services like Netflix and Spotify shows that consumers often prefer paying a flat monthly fee instead of buying content a la carte.
- If Sea of Thieves and future games can keep players engaged for months, Microsoft can close the gap with a small number of titles.
- Sony currently leads in the console space, but games like Sea of Thieves are how Microsoft could win the future.
Conor McGregor's comeback fight in UFC could be bigger than the Floyd Mayweather bout if he takes on this fighter
- A fight between Conor McGregor and Georges St-Pierre would be the biggest fight of all time, according to St-Pierre's coach Firas Zahabi.
- Renowned as much for his epic putdowns as he is for his concussive punching power, McGregor is arguably the most famous fighter on the UFC roster.
- He is a former featherweight champion and won the lightweight title when he knocked out Eddie Alvarez in 2016.
- But he is not the only double champion in UFC history as he shares that honour with former welterweight and middleweight title holder St-Pierre.
- A fight between the UFC's two double champions would certainly make history, but for Zahabi there is only one winner.
5 things you need to know today
- Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said his deputies answered calls for dispatch to Cruz's home no more than 23 times.
- But a CNN review of records obtained from the sheriff's office found deputies answered calls for service relating to Cruz or his brother at least 45 times between 2008 to 2017.
- Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which bans employment discrimination based on sex, also protects against discrimination based on sexual orientation, ruled the 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals.
- The ruling is a loss for the Trump administration, which argued that Congress didn't mean to extend Title VII to sexual orientation claims.
- After days of conflicting reports, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari admitted that 110 schoolgirls missing from a school in Dapchi had been kidnapped, probably by Boko Haram.
- West Virginia's 277,000 public school students will sit at home again today as a teacher strike continues.