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Inside the Secretive World of Tax-Avoidance Experts

A sociologist realized that if she were ever going to understand global inequality she would have to become one of the people who helps create it. So she trained to become a wealth manager to the ultra-rich.<p>Shakespeare said that all the world’s a stage, but the sociologist Erving Goffman added that …

U.S. Federal Courts

Colleges are spying on prospective students by quietly tracking them across the internet

“So, where else are you applying?”<p>It’s a question—sneaky, disquieting, and likely familiar to anyone who’s applied for a job—that used to be asked by many of America’s 4,800 colleges. Nervous applicants’ answers could be taken, sometimes unfairly, as indicators of how likely they were to accept an …

College & University
Raspberry Pi

Langton's ant

<b>Langton's ant</b> is a two-dimensional universal Turing machine with a very simple set of rules but complex emergent behavior. It was invented by Chris …

How to zero a buffer

In cryptographic applications, it is often useful to wipe data from memory once it is no longer needed. In a perfect world, this is unnecessary since …

Lost Lessons from 8-Bit BASIC

Unstructured programming with GOTO is the stuff of legend, as are calling subroutines by line number--GOSUB 1000--and setting global variables as a …

Python Programming