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The Secret Life of Passwords

Howard Lutnick, the chief executive of Cantor Fitzgerald, one of the world’s largest financial-services firms, still cries when he talks about it.

Why We All Need a Personal Blog

Writing has been one of my favorite hobbies since I was 10. I have stacks of diaries, notepads, journals and blank books filled to the brim with my ideas, feelings, inventions, poems and short stories. Once my father bought the family’s first computer in the mid 90s, I was hooked.

Why Python is Slow: Looking Under the Hood

We've all heard it before: Python is slow.

Silicon kids

Wie techindustrie zegt, zegt Silicon Valley. Bedrijven als Google, Apple, Facebook en Twitter zijn er gevestigd. Maar ook duizenden Nederlanders vonden hun weg naar dit mekka van techstartups. Wat brengt hen hier en hoe doen ze het? ‘Het gaat om miljoenen, niet om tonnetjes, zoals in ons land.

No Issue Left Behind: Reducing Information Overload in Issue Tracking – Olga Baysal

Issue tracking systems are used for many purposes, like bug triage, project management and communication. Hence, data in these systems will grow, for example, Mozilla currently has 1 million bugs, and over 200 are added every day. Because of this, developers might miss important information.

Your developers aren’t slow

As managers, it’s easy for us to blame our team for missing deadlines. But are slow developers really the reason you’re not shipping on time? At Sprintly, we have a lot of data on developer cycle time.

Hoe twee miljard dollar van de tabaksindustrie achter een Brussels rookgordijn verdwijnt

‘Het is te erg wat er is gebeurd,’ zegt Ingeborg Grässle. ‘Ik kan niet opgeven. Het raakt aan de reden waarom ik politicus ben.’ De Duitse christendemocratische Europarlementariër voert een verbeten strijd om transparantie in de affaire-Dalli.Over die affaire schreef ik dit verhaal.

Voorbij sciencefiction: hoe reëel is het gevaar van kunstmatige intelligentie?

Raketbouwer Elon Musk waarschuwde vorige maand: kunstmatige intelligentie vormt waarschijnlijk de grootste bedreiging voor ons bestaan. Met de technologie zouden we demonen oproepen die we niet zullen kunnen bezweren. Ook sterrenkundige Stephen Hawking en andere wetenschappers slaan alarm.

Half-Life 2: 10 years on

Half-Life 2 has met the fate of all exceptional games. The 'classic' moniker almost instantly embalms them, gradually fossilising to a few forever-parroted talking points while the living entity is obscured. Physics, story, environmental design - Gravity Gun, City 17, Ravenholm.


Remember the time Jessica Fletcher wrote a virtual-reality game for the Oculus Rift? Don’t feel bad if you don’t.

Zwangerschap & gezwets

Ionica Smeets is zwanger, maar alle goedbedoelde bakerpraatjes zijn niet aan haar besteed. Ze is wetenschapsjournalist genoeg om uit te pluizen hoe het écht zit met die beweringen. Nu ik zwanger ben, regent het goedbedoelde tips en adviezen.

We zijn er allemaal ingetrapt: die trap bestaat

Escher Was die trap die omhoog loopt wel een verzinsel? Niet helemaal: Escher baseerde hem op de trap in zijn oude school. Wat bleek: de verveling die hij voelde als puber zette hij om in verwondering. Arnhem/Den Haag. Hij blonk uit in onmogelijkheid.

Nexus 9 vs. iPad Air 2: A [Mostly] Subjective Comparison

I've owned an iPad Air since the original model came out last year (my first iPad), and when the Air 2 came out late last month, I dove right in and bought another.

Microsoft Open Sources .NET ?

It looks as if Microsoft just unexpectedly gave away the farm. Of course, this being Microsoft it did no such thing. What has Microsoft just done? Microsoft has recently seen the sense of open source, but mainly where there is a big payoff to it.

Five mistakes that will kill any startup – Quartz

After Clark Benson sold his company eCrush in 2007, he had two choices: He could either take a sabbatical or he could jump right in and start building his fifth company, Ranker, a site that would crowdsource rankings of everything from movies to athletes.

Nexus 6 review—The “premium” price still comes with compromises

Specs at a glance: Google Nexus 6 Screen 2560×1440 5.96" (493 ppi) AMOLED OS Android 5.0, Lollipop CPU 2.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon 805 RAM 3GB GPU Adreno 420 Storage 32GB or 64GB Networking 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.

Nexus 6 Review: Google And Motorola Have Made A Great Big Phone At A Normal Price

Reviewing a Nexus phone is always a daunting task. It’s one of the most important devices of the year for much of the Android community, and it represents - in theory - the very best of what Google has to offer on phones for the respective update period.

Taste, my dear Watson

Een computer recepten laten bedenken die zelfs sterrenkoks versteld laten staan: het is IBM gelukt. V probeert kookcomputer Watson samen met chef Onno Kokmeijer uit. Kan een computer koken? Zolang een laptop geen twee armen heeft om een beurre blanc mee te kloppen: nee.

Opheldering verzocht: acht op de tien misdrijven in Nederland wordt nooit opgelost

Er is iets vreemds aan de hand met de prestaties van de Nederlandse politie. Van het ministerie van Veiligheid en Justitie komt een constante stroom opgewekt nieuws waarin het ene na het andere succes in de strijd tegen drugs, jeugdbendes of overvallen wordt gemeld.

It’s Amazing That The Old Record Industry Existed In The First Place — Medium

The world was abuzz this week with reports that Taylor Swift removed her music from Spotify. She called the service “a grand experiment” and said she wanted no part of it. Music writer Bob Lefsetz said it’s just a PR stunt.

Clean Coder Blog

Consarned kids, can't keep the definitions of words straight. Do you remember when the word "responsive" meant fast? Yeah, that's what it used to mean all right. We used to say things like: "Boy, that system sure is responsive!" or "We're going to have to work hard to keep that system responsive.

How We Made Our Landing Pages Fast: A Grand Journey

We recently launched an overhaul to our landing and about pages. These are all the pages that aren’t part of the app, pages like Home, Business Class, Trello Gold, Tour, and Jobs.

The Trials and Tribulations of Writing a 3rd Party iOS Keyboard

I recently released my first commercial project: Translit Keyboard, a 3rd party keyboard for iPhone that lets you transliterate Latin characters into Cyrillic and some other alphabets.

How Intelligent Machines Could Take Over the GSM Network

Back in 1991, the then Finnish prime minister, Harri Holkeri, made a phone call that would go down in history, at least as far as trivia fans are concerned.

7 Principles of Rich Web Applications

This is a writeup based on a presentation I gave at BrazilJS in August 2014. It builds on some of the ideas I’ve been blogging about recently related mostly to UX and performance. I want to introduce 7 actionable principles for websites that want to make use of JavaScript to control their UI.

The API at the center of the museum

Beneath our cities lies vast, labyrinthine sewer systems. These have been key infrastructures allowing our cities to grow larger, grow more densely, and stay healthy. Yet, save for passing interests in Urban Exploration (UrbEx), we barely think of them as ‘beautifully designed systems’.


Had wel een beetje te doen met die staatssecretaris Martin van Rijn, wiens vader de klok had geluid over Martin zijn moeder bij wie in een woonzorgcentrum de urine af en toe over de enkels klatert.

The kernel and BitKeeper part ways

Back in early 1999, your editor got a call from Larry McVoy. He was worried that Linus Torvalds was on the verge of burning out as the kernel project grew. The problems in those days were quite evident; Linus, it was being said, did not scale.

Bazaar-NG: 7 years of hacking on a distributed version control system

For the last 7 years I've been involved in the Bazaar project. As I'm slowly stepping down from the project, I thought I would write up a retrospective of both my involvement in the project and thoughts on what went well and what did not.

Waste not, want not – the politics of why philosophy matters

And so now we officially know: philosophy is a waste.

Badassify your terminal and shell

As a developer you probably spend a lot of time using the terminal. Whether you only use it a couple of times a day or day in day out, your terminal should feel good. If your terminal still looks something like this: You're going to love this post.

Django models, encapsulation and data integrity

A design issue we've found when building large Django applications is that model instances lack any real encapsulation. As codebases grow it becomes difficult to make any cast-iron guarantees that you really are enforcing application-level data integrity.

UKIP, the Metropolitan Police Service and high corruption .

For me, a black, socialist activist, usually to be found defending poor people, facing institutional racism and gross injustice, this was very strange territory indeed.

Published for the First Time : a 1959 Essay by Isaac Asimov on Creativity

In 1959, I worked as a scientist at Allied Research Associates in Boston. The company was an MIT spinoff that originally focused on the effects of nuclear weapons on aircraft structures.

Verheijen ontving flinke bedragen van omstreden projectontwikkelaar

VVD-Kamerlid Mark Verheijen ontving in zijn tijd als wethouder te Venlo aanzienlijke bedragen van de omstreden projectontwikkelaar Piet van Pol. Verheijen was op hetzelfde moment verantwoordelijk voor de onderhandelingen met Van Pol over de overdracht van een terrein in de binnenstad.

Secure Messaging Scorecard

For years, privacy and security experts worldwide have called on the general public to adopt strong, open-source cryptography to protect our communications.

Hoe tussendoortjes ons zijn aangepraat door de voedingsindustrie

Tussendoortjes stillen de erge trek. Ze helpen je uit de ochtend- en middagdip. Allemaal gunstig en aangenaam. Daarom worden tussendoortjes als onschuldig gezien. Onterecht. Van die trek en dip hebben maar weinig mensen last. Ze zijn ons aangepraat door de voedingsmiddelenindustrie.

Twitter's Mobile Ad Shop Using Verizon's ID to Track Users

Twitter's mobile advertising arm enables its clients to use a hidden, undeletable tracking number created by Verizon to track user behavior on smartphones and tablets.

2015 Tesla Model S P85D First Test

"In the options selection, you'll be able to choose [between] three settings: Normal. Sport. And Insane." Elon Musk glanced around and grinned. Musk chortled, along with the 2,000-strong crowd eating out of the palm of his hand.

On small changes

My friend Wendy remade herself a few years ago. Facing a number of intra- and inter-personal struggles in her life, she announced Wendy 3.0, a new operating system aimed at identifying and fixing her “wetware.

Uitkeringen sinds 1970

ANALYSE - Hoe groot is de druk van uitkeringen op de (beroeps)bevolking? Hoe hebben de uitkeringen zich ontwikkeld? Dit onderzoek naar de ontwikkeling van het aantal uitkeringen sinds 1970 bevat enkele verrassende uitkomsten en daarnaast enkele anekdotes van mijn kant waarvan je misschien zal denk

The video of Sharyl Attkisson getting "hacked" actually just shows a stuck delete key

Former CBS News reporter Sharyl Attkisson has become something of a hero among segments of the right ever since she was pushed out from the network this spring over concerns that her reporting had taken an anti-Obama bias.

The failure of One World Trade Center – Quartz

We did it. Thirteen years after the towers fell, One World Trade Center has risen in their place. The massive, glass-panelled skyscraper, which welcomes its first tenants this week, restores the balance of Manhattan with an exclamation point at the southern tip.

The 10 greatest changes of the past 1,000 years

Most people think of castles as representative of conflict. However, they should be seen as bastions of peace as much as war. In 1000 there were very few castles in Europe – and none in England.

Today’s key fact: you are probably wrong about almost everything

Britons overstate the proportion of Muslims in their country by a factor of four, according to a new survey by Ipsos Mori that reveals public understanding of the numbers behind the daily news in 14 countries.

Is the internet God? Alexander Bard's Syntheism paves the way for a new elite

The participatory culture of the internet will overturn our sense of ourselves as individuals, says the activist and new religious leader It is two years since Alexander Bard founded a new religion called Syntheism in which he claimed that the “the internet is God”.

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