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Ranking Glassdoor's 25 Highest Paying Companies for Software Engineers

Competition for software engineers continues to accelerate, with salaries being an area employers compete aggressively on to win talent.<p>This week Glassdoor published the study, 25 Highest Paying Companies for Software Engineers 2013. Juniper Networks leads all 25 companies tracked in the study with …

An army of robot baristas could mean the end of Starbucks as we know it

Starbucks’ 95,000 baristas have a competitor. It doesn’t need sleep. It’s precise in a way that a human could never be. It requires no training. It can’t quit. It has memorized every one of its customers’ orders. There’s never a line for its perfectly turned-out drinks.<p>It doesn’t require health …

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Encryption is less secure than we thought

Information theory — the discipline that gave us digital communication and data compression — also put cryptography on a secure mathematical …

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Schnail Mail: free real mail for life!<p>9 Aug, 2013 Introducing our latest startup: Schnail Mail.<p>How would you like to send free snail mail for …

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The world’s new largest building is four times the size of Vatican City

China just cut the ribbon on the world’s new largest building.<p>The New Century Global Center, which recently opened in Chendgu, China, is 328 feet high, 1,640 feet long, and 1,312 feet wide. That’s roughly 20 times the size of Sydney’s legendary Opera House, four times the size of Vatican City, and …

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The Future of Computing, The Future of Computer Programmers - An Interview with Yukihiro "Matz" Matsumoto

A while ago I translated an interview with Matz done by a Chinese book publisher. The interview and the translation were well received, so this time …

Innovation

DigitalOcean Wants To Challenge Amazon, Linode And Co. With Better Prices, Marketing And Focus On Simplicity

DigitalOcean is quickly becoming a household name in the web-hosting world. For $5 a month, the company lets you rent a basic virtual private server (or “droplets,” as the company calls them) with 512MB of RAM and 20GB of SSD-powered hard disk space in one of its three locations (two in the U.S. …

Watch Richard Dawkins' most excellent and psychedelic explanation of internet memes

Probably the most famous atheist on the planet, British biologist Richard Dawkins is somewhat less well known as the inventor of the word "meme." He coined the term in his 1976 book <i>The Selfish Gene</i>, where he used it to denote the transmission of cultural or societal habits from one person to …

Return Of The $750 Gaming PC Build: Now With Blu-Ray, Modular PSU, Double The SSD Storage

In April I posted an article titled “How To Build A Powerful Gaming PC For $750 — SSD And Operating System Included.” In less than three months it has attracted a shocking amount of views and inspired throngs of readers to wade into the exciting waters of PC gaming. Hundreds of you built that …

Don’t Hash Secrets

Building secure systems is difficult. It would be nice if we had a bunch of well-designed crypto building blocks that we could assemble in all sorts …

Shortcat - Keyboard productivity app for Mac OS X

Click with the keyboard<p>Shortcat is a unique application that enables you to click without using the mouse! Shortcat is particularly suited to fast …

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Long Exposure Photographs of Fireflies in the Forests of Nagoya City by Yume Cyan | Colossal

<p>For the last month or so photographer Yume Cyan has been shooting some magical long exposure photographs of fireflies in a forested area around …

The Beetle Sphere: An Actual 1953 VW Beetle Formed into a Perfect Sphere by Ichwan Noor | Colossal

<p>This month marked a significant milestone for one of the world’s most famed art fairs as China hosted Art Basel Hong Kong for the first time. With …

Being An Intern Vs. Having A Real Job

Intern has one sensible drink at the holiday party. Real employee gets blackout drunk.

My takeaways from “Clean Code”

To write clean code, you must first write dirty code and then clean it.<p>With pleasure I have been reading Clean Code by Robert C. Martin. The book is …

List of unsolved problems in computer science

This article is a list of unsolved problems in computer science. A problem in computer science is considered unsolved when no solution is known, or …

Ghost Army: The Inflatable Tanks That Fooled Hitler

The Allies saved thousands of lives by embracing the artistry of war.<p>These props -- "advanced technology" as advanced technology -- were amazingly effective, doing what all good theater props will: setting a believable scene. The Ghost Army, some 1,100 men in all, ended up staging more than twenty …