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Norman Borlaug

<b>Norman Ernest Borlaug</b> (March 25, 1914 – September 12, 2009)[3] was an American agronomist and humanitarian who led initiatives worldwide that …

A Really Good Article on How Easy it Is to Crack Passwords

Ars Technica gave three experts a 16,000-entry encrypted password file, and asked them to break them. The winner got 90% of them, the loser 62% -- in …

Marissa's Tumblr — Geeking Out on the Logo

Logo, Bullshit & Co., Inc. – iA

Everybody likes logos. Everybody wants their own logo. Everybody wants to <i>make</i> their own logo. Everybody has a computer and some fonts. Anybody can …

Jeff Dean facts: How a Google programmer became the Chuck Norris of the Internet.

<i>“The speed of light in a vacuum used to be about 35 mph. Then Jeff Dean spent a weekend optimizing physics.”—</i><i>Jeff Dean Facts</i><p>Jeff Dean facts aren’t, …

Khan Academy Statistics videos are not good

I don’t like the Khan Academy videos about statistics. But I can see why some people do. Some are okay, though some are very bad. I’m rather sorry …

CODE Keyboard

Jeff Atwood, of StackOverflow fame, created a keyboard.<p>this is the worst new keyboard possible.<p>first, it's PC standard form. Not ergonomic. And from …

Part Two: Resolving Collisions

<b>Update: The Sync and Datastore SDK has been deprecated. Learn more here.</b><p>Recap<p>In my previous post I reviewed the basics of conflict resolution in the …

Discover the Ladder Paradox, relativity's greatest thought experiment

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer retires: A firsthand account of the company’s employee-ranking system.

There were seven or eight of us managers in the conference room, all peers, as well as our own manager. The conference rooms all had large tables, …

The STEM Crisis Is a Myth

<b>You must have seen the warning</b> a thousand times: Too few young people study scientific or technical subjects, businesses can’t find enough workers in …

National Science Foundation

In which I do a little digging about the choices I've made with PHP. This is a long read, but it isn't something that can be explained in one or two paragraphs.

In the comments from my last post and on Twitter I noticed a lot of people who had something to say about PHP. The comments were varied but they …

On the Cleverness of Compilers

The “Sufficiently Clever Compiler” has become something of a trope in the Lisp community: the mythical beast that promises language and interface …

Webflow Lets You Design Responsive Websites Visually, Publish Instantly When You’re Done

Webflow, a Y Combinator-backed startup offering creative professionals an easier, more visual way to design and host responsive websites, is launching out of its closed beta, with already some 10,000 users signed up. It’s an idea whose time has come, as more of the world now interacts with the web …

Steve Blank: The Curse of a New Building

STEVE BLANK: One of the things you do right in a startup is moving from one cheap and cramped building to another as you grow, with desks, cubicles and engineers piled cheek by jowl. Then, one of the signs of success is when you outgrow your last cramped quarters and can afford a “real” building. …

SQUARED

Where necessary, the brand utilises Google’s four hue colour palette. This brings energy and youthfulness to the brand while aligning it with it’s …

Big Brother is Both Savvy and Incompetent

I heard an argument recently that the data collected by PRISM was safe from abuse because if the government had the technical expertise to gather the …

Jepsen: Testing the Partition Tolerance of PostgreSQL, Redis, MongoDB and Riak

Distributed systems are characterized by exchanging state over high-latency or unreliable links. The system must be robust to both node and network …

What happened to innovation?

There’s a lot of debate about whether or not the pace of innovation has slowed, and if so, what that means. After some particularly brutal pitches …

Mobile app startups are failing like it's 1999

<b>Stop the madness</b><br>The long cycle times for developing mobile apps have led to startup failures that look more like 1999 – it’s like we’ve forgotten all …

Autoscaling on AWS

We recently switched our infrastructure on Amazon Web Services to use auto scaling. Scaling capacity up and down, based on certain conditions (e.g. …

On the Tenth Anniversary of Quitting

or, the never-ending thirst to explore<p>On June 25th,2003, after months of intense deliberation, I took one of the boldest steps of my life. I quit my …

South-east Asia

Google says tricky job interview brainteasers were ‘a waste of time’

For years, Google had been known for being one of the toughest places to interview for a job because it asked candidates challenging brainteasers such as, “How many golf balls can you fit into a school bus?” But now Google is finally admitting that those tough questions were really a load of …

Your Feedback Matters

Last week at E3, the excitement, creativity and future of our industry was on display for a global audience.<p>For us, the future comes in the form of …

The Internet Just Made Microsoft Kill a Car for a Faster Horse

It’s most likely an apocryphal story, but there’s a quote from Henry Ford where he said, “If I had asked what my customers wanted, they would have …

Richard Branson

Google admits those infamous brainteasers were completely useless for hiring

You can stop counting how many golfballs will fit in a schoolbus now.<p>Google has admitted that the headscratching questions it once used to quiz job applicants (How many piano tuners are there in the entire world? Why are manhole covers round?) were utterly useless as a predictor of who will be a …

Employment

The real story in the NSA scandal is the collapse of journalism

A bombshell story published in the Washington Post this week alleged that the NSA had enlisted nine tech giants, including Microsoft, Google, …

Surveillance

New OS X uses Windows file sharing by default | Ars Technica

AFP is out, SMB2 is in—but whose version of SMB2? And what about Time Machine?<p>News about the new release of OS X, "Mavericks," is trickling out as …

Clojure Cookbook

The Book<p><i>Clojure Cookbook</i> marks Clojure's entry in O'Reilly's prestigious Cookbook Series.<p>The book contains hundreds of real-world problems and …