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Somehow Teen Girls Get the Coolest Wearable Out There

Jewelbots are bracelets with programmable plastic flowers made for middle-school girls. They’re also the most interesting wearable I’ve seen this year. Their creators describe them as “friendships bracelets that teach girls to code.

The Implications of Cloud Native

Two months ago, “Cloud Native” was something of a new term, adopted most visibly by the Cloud Foundry project; a term both aspirational and unburdened by legacy at the same time. As of this week at OSCON, it’s a statement, borderline manifesto.

De 7 meest mysterieuze, echte X-Files die nooit zijn opgelost

Tussen 1968 en 1969 werd Noord-Californië geteisterd door een bijzonder nauwkeurige seriemoordenaar. Hij wist dusdanig te werk te gaan, dat de politie constant op een dood spoor uitliep. Op 1 augustus 1969 kwam daar verandering in.

Moving Fast With High Code Quality

A high-quality codebase boosts the long-term development speed by making iteration, collaboration, and maintenance easier. At Quora, we take the quality of our codebase seriously.

If you think women in tech is just a pipeline problem, you haven’t been paying attention

Over a decade after I first learned to program, I still loved algorithms, but felt alienated and depressed by tech culture. While at a company that was a particularly poor culture fit, I was so unhappy that I hired a career counselor to discuss alternative career paths.

One in every 600 websites has .git exposed

For web developers, exposing your .git folder to the world is a novice mistake. It allows anyone to download your entire source code repository, which often includes database passwords, salts, hashes, and third party API keys or usernames and passwords.

I used this crazy alternative 'Ubuntu' phone for a month and ended up liking it more than Android

Business InsiderIf you walked into any bar in Europe or the US and asked if anyone had heard of the "Ubuntu" phone, you would count the positive responses on one hand. And almost certainly none of them would own an Ubuntu phone, because everyone uses iPhone or Android.

Could Next-Gen Reactors Spark Revival In Nuclear Power?

Leslie Dewan was only in sixth grade, building a mini water wheel in science class, when the last new U.S. nuclear reactor began producing power. Now, at age 30, she’s the millennial face of next-generation nuclear.

Do CDs Sound Better Than Vinyl?

James Russell's mother told him that his first invention was the "automated battleship" he built when he was 6. By the time he was 13, he was fixing toasters, irons and fans at a local appliance store in his hometown outside Seattle.

How High Def Is Changing Your Brain—and Driving the Prop Master Crazy

The human eye needs to see images projected at 18 to 26 frames per second in order to register film or video as continuous motion. That’s our built-in refresh rate—below that, the illusion of motion breaks back into a series of individual images. Above it, things begin to look a little too real.

Was je handen in onschuld

Wat we fysiek ervaren – het stromende water over onze handen, de kleur roze voor onze ogen – heeft onbewust invloed op wat we voelen en denken. Maar met dat effect kun je ook bewust aan de slag. De nieuwste inzichten over 'lichaamstrucjes’.

It's the Data, Stupid!

I would like to take a moment to discuss databases. Most people use Shodan to find devices that have web servers, but for a few years now I've also been crawling the Internet for various database software.

Python Not Recommended

Braintree is a Ruby shop. By default, we use Ruby and Rails for projects. We also use Ruby-based projects for much of our tooling, including puppet, capistrano, and rake. However, we strongly believe in using the right tool for the job.

How to destroy Programmer Productivity

As Homer Simpson might say, it’s funny because it’s true. Sometimes I just can’t get anything done.

Thoughts on Canonical, Ltd.'s Updated Ubuntu IP Policy

Wednesday 15 July 2015 by Bradley M. Kuhn Most of you by now have probably seen Conservancy's and FSF's statements regarding the today's update to Canonical, Ltd.'s Ubuntu IP Policy.

Hackers Remotely Kill a Jeep on the Highway—With Me in It

Skip Article Header. Skip to: Start of Article. I was driving 70 mph on the edge of downtown St. Louis when the exploit began to take hold.

Inside the Secret World of Russia’s Cold War Mapmakers

A military helicopter was on the ground when Russell Guy arrived at the helipad near Tallinn, Estonia, with a briefcase filled with $250,000 in cash. The place made him uncomfortable. It didn’t look like a military base, not exactly, but there were men who looked like soldiers standing around.

The self-hating Web Developer

Hi, I'm Joe! I'm a web developer primarily specializing in Python/Django. I frequent /r/learnprogramming to help answer both technical and career oriented questions about programming. It's an extremely gratifying use of time.

Nudging Novices: 5 Persuasive Patterns

Back when I was at the University of Hannover working on my PhD, I was also involved in teaching. One of the most memorable experiences was organizing and managing the “software project” course four years in a row.

How We Deploy Python Code Without Git

We love Python at Nylas. The syntax is simple and expressive, there are tons of open source modules and frameworks available, and the community is welcoming and diverse. Our backend is written exclusively in Python, and our team frequently gives talks at PyCon and meetups.

How the ANC sent encrypted messages in the fight against apartheid

In the last decade of apartheid, the ANC faced many obstacles in its fight against the National Party’s regime in South Africa.

The Web We Have to Save

Seven months ago, I sat down at the small table in the kitchen of my 1960s apartment, nestled on the top floor of a building in a vibrant central neighbourhood of Tehran, and I did something I had done thousands of times previously. I opened my laptop and posted to my new blog.

Scientists wowed by new views of ‘psychedelic’ Pluto

Pluto and its Texas-sized moon Charon share an alien environment on the solar system’s outer frontier, with patches of organic ices and diverse rock types illustrated in color imagery released Tuesday.

Bore-out - Ik verveelde me te pletter op het werk

Voor vijftien procent van alle mensen met een kantoorbaan is de verveling op het werk niet te harden. Ze crashen en zitten maanden thuis met als officiële diagnose: depressie of burn-out. In werkelijkheid zijn ze geveld door een bore-out, net als Frouke Vermeulen.

Finish your stuff

It's the most simple, yet the most disregarded software engineering princinple I can think of. Having hard time, eh?

The Really Big One

When the 2011 earthquake and tsunami struck Tohoku, Japan, Chris Goldfinger was two hundred miles away, in the city of Kashiwa, at an international meeting on seismology. As the shaking started, everyone in the room began to laugh.

Don’t be Fossil Fooled – It’s Time to Say Goodbye

It’s time to make the call – fossil fuels are finished. The rest is detail. The detail is interesting and important, as I expand on below.

Thomas Piketty: ‘Germany Has Never Repaid its Debts. It Has No Right to Lecture Greece’

In the interview, star economist Thomas Piketty calls for a major conference on debt. Germany, in particular, should not withhold help from Greece.

Greece's game theorist leaders overplayed their hand

The January election of Greece’s Syriza party on an anti-austerity platform brought with it high hopes among voters that the country would finally be able to get out from under the European yoke, rebuild its economy and agree to a sustainable debt package under prime minister Alexis Tsipras and

Future development of Trinity.

It’s been an odd few weeks regarding Trinity based things. First an email from a higher-up at my former employer asking (paraphrased)..

The Death of Reddit

Two or three times a year I get asked why I don’t use Reddit, typically from someone telling me about all of the great stuff on it. They’re right, there are a lot of interesting communities and activities that happen on Reddit and a lot of people doing good and interesting things…

Hackers watch "Hackers" (the movie) — Hopes&Fears — flow "Technology"

The widely acclaimed soundtrack to Hackers introduced American audiences to techno a full two years before MTV, and music journalists began predicting that electronic music would kill rock.

Reddit’s Terrorists Have Won: Ellen Pao and the Failure to Rebrand Web 2.0

Some of the worst trolls on the Internet are celebrating victory, as embattled interim CEO of Reddit Ellen Pao stepped down yesterday after what can charitably be described as a month or so of pure hell.

Why the Great Glitch of July 8th Should Scare You

Over at Fusion, Felix Salmon tells folk to chill out over The Great Technical Glitch of July 8, 2015 when a computer glitch grounded all mainland United flights, the NYSE went down for the day, and the website of the Wall Street Journal was down, too.

I, Racist — Medium

What follows is the text of a “sermon” that I gave as a “congregational reflection” to an all White audience at the Bethel Congregational United Church of Christ on Sunday, June 28th.

The Problem With a Euro Fix: What’s in It for the Dutch?

Economists agree: If the eurozone does not break up, it will have to move closer together. They’re right. But it’s easy to understand why Europeans are not eager to heed their advice. Basically, the proposition of European integration is that the Netherlands should end up like Connecticut.

A World Without Work

For centuries, experts have predicted that machines would make workers obsolete. That moment may finally be arriving. Could that be a good thing? 1. Youngstown, U.S.A.

Home Automation with Raspberry Pi

The Raspberry Pi has been very popular among hobbyists and educators ever since its launch in 2011. The Raspberry Pi is a credit-card-sized single-board computer with a Broadcom BCM 2835 SoC, 256MB to 512MB of RAM, USB ports, GPIO pins, Ethernet, HDMI out, camera header and an SD card slot.

The Long Slow Death of IPv4

Last week my inbox got flooded by PR comments about how the Internet was running out of addresses, as ARIN (American Registry of Internet Numbers) and its' public relations people were warning about IPv4 address availability. It's a story I've heard (and written) before.

De zin van zelfreflectie

Trouw zijn aan jezelf is niet altijd makkelijk. We gaan botsingen en moeilijke gevoelens liever uit de weg. Maar wie eerlijk in de spiegel durft te kijken, komt tot waardevolle inzichten. Aan de slag met de zelfconfrontatiemethode.

Best practices uit IJsland: zó pak je frauderende bankiers aan

Bankbestuurders die strafrechtelijk vervolgd worden, het is een zeldzaamheid. Maar niet in IJsland. Daar weet de voormalige politiecommissaris Olafur Hauksson de ene na de andere bankbestuurder achter de tralies te krijgen.

On Port 80

There’s been a joke for a few years now that all the web applications you’ve ever heard of are actually some other Internet protocol, reconfigured to answer on port 80, the standard port for (unencrypted) web traffic.

Thomas Piketty: “Germany has never repaid.”

This interview has been translated from the original German. Since his successful book, “Capital in the Twenty-First Century,” the Frenchman Thomas Piketty has been considered one of the most influential economists in the world.

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