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Coding is not the new literacy

Despite the good intentions behind the movement to get people to code, both the basic premise and approach are flawed. The movement sits on the idea that "coding is the new literacy," but that takes a narrow view of what literacy really is.

No more JS frameworks

Stop writing Javascript frameworks. JavaScript frameworks seem like death and taxes; inevitable and unavoidable.

Waarom je van fictie lezen een beter mens wordt

Onderzoekers van de Amerikaanse universiteit Emory, in Atlanta, bestudeerden in 2013 gedurende negen dagen de hersenen van een groep proefpersonen. De helft van hen had de roman 'Pompeii' van Robert Harris gelezen, de andere helft niet.

Curry–Howard correspondence

In programming language theory and proof theory, the Curry–Howard correspondence (also known as the Curry–Howard isomorphism or equivalence, or the proofs-as-programs and propositions- or formulae-as-types interpretation) is the direct relationship between computer programs and mathema

‘Poor people don’t plan long-term. We’ll just get our hearts broken’

In the autumn of 2013 I was in my first term of school in a decade. I had two jobs; my husband, Tom, was working full-time; and we were raising our two small girls. It was the first time in years that we felt like maybe things were looking like they’d be OK for a while.

They Write the Right Stuff

As the 120-ton space shuttle sits surrounded by almost 4 million pounds of rocket fuel, exhaling noxious fumes, visibly impatient to defy gravity, its on-board computers take command.

The Coming Technological Singularity

==================================================================== The Coming Technological Singularity: How to Survive in the Post-Human Era Vernor Vinge Department of Mathematical Sciences

Facebook Messenger: Classically Bad AppSec

Facebook offers a textbook example of what the software industry needs to do to put application security in the forefront of software development.

What can we learn from Facebook’s annual Bullshit Report?

Last week was Davos week, the time of year when 2,900 movers and shakers (only 17% of whom are women, incidentally) congregate in a small town in Switzerland to talk the talk.

The Parable of the Two Programmers

The Parable of the two Programmers Neil W. Rickert Dept. of Math, Stat., and Computer Science, University of Illinois at Chicago.

Mind Your En And Em Dashes: Typographic Etiquette

An understanding of typographic etiquette separates the master designers from the novices. A well-trained designer can tell within moments of viewing a design whether its creator knows how to work with typography. Typographic details aren’t just inside jokes among designers.

Monopoly Money

Consider this: the government grants a private corporation a monopoly to provide an essential service—electricity—that everybody needs, and no one can do without.

The AI Revolution: The Road to Superintelligence

Note: The reason this post took three weeks to finish is that as I dug into research on Artificial Intelligence, I could not believe what I was reading.

Plasma 5.2 – The Quintessential Breakdown

KDE is one of the oldest open-source desktop projects which can be found today, and over the years it has established a rich history of highs and lows. During some points it has been the undisputed ruler of the desktop world, while other times it had fallen behind or faced hard trials.

Hacker Mythologies and Mismanagement

We think of ourselves as introverted: we retreat to a cave when we need to do work. We think of ourselves as having elevated intellects and intellectual preoccupations: as uniquely picky about working on “interesting” problems. We self-aggrandize.

The John Oliver Effect : The HBO Host's Real World Impact

Comedians mock our cultural and political institutions on TV all the time. But it’s not every day that a comic’s jokes crash a government website or directly inspire legislators to push for new laws.

Improving Linux networking performance

100Gb network adapters are coming, said Jesper Brouer in his talk at the LCA 2015 kernel miniconference (slides [PDF]). Driving such adapters at their full wire speed is going to be a significant challenge for the Linux kernel; meeting that challenge is the subject of his current and future work.

In Defense of the Selfie Stick

From the sophisticated opinion of the trendsetters to Forbes, the Selfie Stick is the recipient of scorn and ridicule. One of the popular arguments against the Selfie Stick is that you should build the courage to ask a stranger to take a picture of you or your group.

Peterselie verbinding doodt 86% van longkanker-cellen

Wereldwijd, is longkanker een verwoestende en zeer veel voorkomende vorm van kanker. Het geldt als de nummer een oorzaak van sterfgevallen door kanker voor volwassenen in de Verenigde Staten.

The Age of Unicorns

Stewart Butterfield had one objective when he set out to raise money for his startup last fall: a billion dollars or nothing. If he couldn’t reach a $1 billion valuation for Slack, his San Francisco business software company, he wouldn’t bother. Slack was hardly starving for cash.

'American Sniper' Is Almost Too Dumb to Criticize

I saw American Sniper last night, and hated it slightly less than I expected to.

Why the world’s most intelligent people shouldn’t be so afraid of artificial intelligence

Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk and a number of other tech luminaries from MIT, IBM and Harvard recently signed off on an open letter from the nonprofit Future of Life Institute warning about the perils of artificial intelligence.

Dolphin Emulator and OpenGL drivers - Hall of Fame/Shame

In light of the recent announcements by NVIDIA and AMD in support of Linux for their graphics drivers, we would like to share with the world some of the experience we had developing our open source project, Dolphin, a GameCube and Wii emulator for Windows, Linux, Mac and recently Android.

Groeien, innoveren? De Nederlandse ondernemer kijkt wel uit

Ambitieus, innovatief, dat is waar je aan denkt bij ‘ondernemer’. Nee dus. In Nederland zijn ze dat juist niet, blijkt uit internationaal onderzoek van het World Economic Forum, waarvan de Nederlandse uitwerking vandaag verschijnt.

Elon Musk announces 'space Internet' plan

Elon Musk, the billionaire technology entrepreneur, has announced plans for a space Internet project that would provide faster, cheaper access around the globe. The $15 billion plan would use hundreds of satellites placed 750 miles above the Earth, far lower than existing communications satellites.

Linux’s Creator Wants Us All to Chill Out About the Leap Second

The leap second is the rare and obscure practice of occasionally adding a second to the Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) system that most of us use to set our watches. It’s necessary, but not exactly computer friendly.

FAIR open sources deep-learning modules for Torch

Progress in science and technology accelerates when scientists share not just their results, but also their tools and methods. This is one of the reasons why Facebook AI Research (FAIR) is committed to open science and to open sourcing its tools.


In this blog entry I would like to explain how to write an annotation processor. So here is my tutorial. First, I am going to explain to you what annotation processing is, what you can do with that powerful tool and finally what you cannot do with it.

The Internet of Things needs a few SMACS — Medium

I just returned from CES and it was filled with discussion about who is going to win the standards war when it comes to the internet of things (IoT).

Waarom mannen en vrouwen andere games spelen

Mannen houden van actie en geweld in games. Vrouwen spelen liever een spel waarbij ze in een alledaagse, sociale rol kruipen. Waarom passen de stereotyperingen voor man en vrouw zo exact bij hun gamevoorkeuren? Mannen spelen liever games waarbij ze het opnemen tegen een vijand.

entr, run arbitrary commands when files change

entr(1) Run arbitrary commands when files change; works more direct/user friendly than inotify.

When Women Stopped Coding

Modern computer science is dominated by men. But it hasn't always been this way. A lot of computing pioneers — the people who programmed the first digital computers — were women. And for decades, the number of women studying computer science was growing faster than the number of men.

What Taking My Daughter to a Comic Book Store Taught Me

Don’t think I didn’t hear that snort of derision…lighten up – I didn’t say “perfect”, I just said “pretty decent”. But I really didn’t understand it before.

What David Cameron just proposed would endanger every Briton and destroy the IT industry

What David Cameron thinks he's saying is, "We will command all the software creators we can reach to introduce back-doors into their tools for us." There are enormous problems with this: there's no back door that only lets good guys go through it.

Hilarious: Activists Turn Tables On Political Surveillance Hawks, Wiretap Them With Honeypot Open Wi-Fi At Security Conference

Activists from the Pirate Party’s youth wing have wiretapped high-level political surveillance hawks at Sweden’s top security conference.

Space plane that could carry people anywhere in four hours another step towards completion

The ESA acted as an independent auditor for Reaction Engines’ Sabre technology, which works like a jet engine in the atmosphere and a rocket in space and could transform air travel. The company hopes to eventually attach the engine to its Skylon plane.

Why Do All Records Sound the Same?

There was once a little-watched video on Maroon 5's YouTube channel (now deleted, but visible here and here) which documents the tortuous, tedious process of crafting an instantly-forgettable mainstream radio hit.

I’m definitely not writing about that

“The deadline for my first essay on The Pastry Box is coming up on Tuesday and I have no idea what to write about,” I tell my wife nervously. It doesn’t take her long to come up with a suggestion. “Write about the things that are bothering you right now.

On Nerd Entitlement

A few people have forwarded me MIT professor Scott Aaronson’s post about nerd trauma and male privilege (link here, it's comment #171) It's part of a larger discussion about sexism in STEM subjects, and its essence is simple.


I hope she’s fine. She was only going to the store down the street to pick up toilet paper and juice. It’s a fifteen minute drive—eighteen if you get every single red light. How could she get in an accident in such a short amount of time? Maybe someone just bumped into her in a parking lot.

THE CODE: A declassified and unbelievable hostage rescue story

Colonel Jose Espejo was a man with a problem. As the Colombian army’s communications expert watched the grainy video again, he saw kidnapped soldiers chained up inside barbed-wire pens in a hostage camp deep in the jungle, guarded by armed FARC guerillas.

HTTP/2.0 — The IETF is Phoning It In

A very long time ago —in 1989 —Ronald Reagan was president, albeit only for the final 19½ days of his term. And before 1989 was over Taylor Swift had been born, and Andrei Sakharov and Samuel Beckett had died.

The Wreck of the Kulluk

In 2005, Royal Dutch Shell, then the fourth-largest company on Earth, bought a drill rig that was both tall, rising almost 250 feet above the waterline, and unusually round. The hull of the Kulluk, as the rig was called, was made of 1.

The One-second War (What Time Will You Die?)

As more and more systems care about time at the second and sub-second level, finding a lasting solution to the leap seconds problem is becoming increasingly urgent.

Obama ontketend

Ik wist niet wat ik hoorde. Een collega in Hilversum had zojuist tegen me gezegd dat het toch wel voorbij was met Obama, nu de democratische partij groot had verloren bij de 'midterm'-verkiezingen. Direct citaat: "Dat presidentschap van Obama is toch uitgelopen op een mislukking." Eh, ­nee.

Django Development Mistakes In 2014

With 2015 rapidly approaching, I took some time to think about what I would have done differently from a development perspective in 2014. In my previous article, 11 Things I wish I knew about Django Before Starting My Company, I started the list. Now it’s time to add to it!

Identifiable Images of Bystanders Extracted from Corneal Reflections

Criminal investigations often use photographic evidence to identify suspects. Here we combined robust face perception and high-resolution photography to mine face photographs for hidden information.

Why I quit OS X

After nearly 10 years of using OS X as my primary OS for personal work, I switched away in late 2014. I consider it to be the best tech decision I made last year. I started using OS X in 2005 when 10.4 (Tiger) was released.

Waarom mannen vrouwen niet begrijpen

Sorry dames, maar ik snap wel een beetje waarom mannen vrouwen niet begrijpen. We zijn zo tegenstrijdig, vaak.

My Old Friend, the Murderer

The third-to-last time I saw the murderer, we committed a few crimes together. It all started innocently: I hopped on a bus from Seattle’s University District to Seattle Center, where my newly-beloved Death Cab for Cutie was playing the mainstage of the annual Bumbershoot festival.

Could Android Survive Without Google?

Android is still seen as an open operating system with communal benefits for all, but it is also still closely associated with Google.

Hardcore Freestyle Emacs

I will admit, I spend way too long on computers. They're an integral part of my life and aren't going anywhere. I've always been fascinated with workflow hacking, the art of taking basic tools and morphing them in to something more efficient and interesting than they ever would be out of the box.

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