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06 January 2010

A tell, the poker term, exists in other fields-- kinda. An engineering tell indicates what someone doesn't know. Contrived example: "An external hard disk backup is always safe" → Never heard of bit rot. Some recent indicators I've come across: never used Linux; never used threads; never had a problem bigger than a single machine; never heard of Reed-Solomon; and many more. I want to know: What are my tells?
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