Thunkable. Plan – Project Fi. MIT spin-out Thunkable hopes its drag-and-drop app builder can be a money-spinner too. Bagging lots of users is a challenge one of the startups in Y Combinator’s 2016 winter batch is worrying about a bit less than the average. The two-man strong founder team of Thunkable is coming from the rather more comfortable position of already having fostered a community over four million strong — thanks to the drag-and-drop app builder interface they helped developed at MIT some five years ago.
The same core tech the pair are now aiming to build a business on. And while they don’t yet have all those millions of users locked into their new tool, they do have some 50,000 people signed up about month after launching their free app builder. And a clear path to encourage over more of their old users — and bring on new ones too. So why the fork of the original MIT project now? Hence the decision to seek to commercialize the core technology under a new name, building atop the MIT open source code with new features they hope will also support their intention to monetize down the line.
Building a Career in Technology - ben stopford. I was asked to talk to some young technologists about about their career path in technology. These are my notes which wander somewhat between career and general advice. Don’t assume progress means a career into management – unless you really love management. If you do, great, do that. You’ll get paid well, but it will come with downsides too. Focus on what you enjoy.Don’t confuse management with autonomy or power, it alone will give you neither. If you work in a company, you will always have a boss. The value you provide to the company gives you autonomy.
The Dream of Buying a Coffee With Bitcoin Is Dying, If It’s Not Already Dead. There was a time when believers in bitcoin, the virtual currency backed by math instead of any government, thought that it might one day replace cash as a relatively anonymous way to pay for everything from groceries to your morning coffee. Now, that dream might be smack dab in the midst of crashing down, a function of the currency’s code playing out. At stake is nothing less than two competing visions for the future of bitcoin itself. The problem is that the digital “blocks” of bitcoin transactions, which must be processed by users in order for transactions to be completed, are filling up. With more competition for space inside blocks, the users who process them—called miners—look for the transactions with the highest fee attached first, a voluntary reward from users who make the transactions.
The end result is that if you want to use bitcoin, you have to pay a few extra cents. “It’s not about higher fees, it is about loss of usability and users" Ethereum: What’s the fuss? – CryptoIQ. The inspiration for Bitcoin has largely emerged from discussion and work based in the cypherpunk movement beginning in the 1970s into the 1990s and continuing into today,,. The thought of digital currency entered into the collective consciousness via Neal Stephenson fictional work Cyrptonomicon published in 1999. However in 1982, David Chaum published an article formally introducing secure digital cash. Chaum went on to form DigiCash in 1990 applying his ideas about digital currency.
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Lab Documentation: To deal with the volume of information gathered during a penetration test, we suggest using KeepNote, a multipurpose note-taking application, to initially document all your findings. Using an application like KeepNote helps both in organizing the data digitally as well as mentally. When the penetration test is over, the interim documentation will be used to compile the full report. It doesn’t really matter which program you use for your interim documentation as long as the output is clear and easy to read.
Get used to documenting your work and findings — it’s the only professional way to get the job done! Final Reporting: During this course, you will be required to log your findings in the Offensive Security labs and exam. A robot just sunk a hole-in-one on the PGA Tour. In April, harvest season begins in Southern Africa. An ongoing drought means the season will yield a historically poor crop. Countries including Malawi, South Africa, and Zimbabwe will have major shortfalls of grain. By one count, more than 20 million people in the region already have limited access to food—notwithstanding the drought. Without intervention, the next year will put those people and millions more at risk of malnutrition or even starvation.
But knowing all this makes intervention more possible than ever. Famines are a powerful illustration of how suddenly nature can undercut a poor or poorly prepared society. Today, analysts employing new sources of information, better technology, and networks of human monitors have made it possible to foresee agricultural disaster far enough ahead so that resources can be mobilized to prevent starvation. How to foresee a crisis Many different organizations monitor food security around the world. Measuring a harvest before it happens. Whites earn more than blacks — even on eBay. "Race effects on eBay. " Ian Ayres, Mahzarin Banaji and Christine Jolls Race influences how people are treated in subtle – and not-so-subtle – ways. African-Americans are not only more likely to be pulled over by the police, arrested for marijuana use, and incarcerated than whites are. Past studies have shown that African-Americans are also charged more when buying cars, receive fewer letters from their state legislators, and get less extensive medical care.
Now researchers have shown that racial biases also extend to selling things on eBay. In a study published in October by the RAND Journal of Economics, Ian Ayres and Christine Jolls of Yale Law School and Mahzarin Banaji of Harvard looked at how the race of the seller affected 394 auctions of baseball cards on eBay. Some of the postings were accompanied by a photo of the card held by a light-skinned hand, and some with the card held by a dark-skinned hand, as in the photos above. You might also like: Africa Internet Group Raises More Funds in Bid to Become Continent's Amazon -- Update. Shutterstock photo By Stu Woo and Friedrich Geiger Africa has its unicorn. Africa Internet Group, the startup behind what has been called the Amazon.com of Africa, said Thursday it raised more than EUR300 million ($327 million) in its latest round of funding, with investors valuing the company at just over $1.1 billion.
The text aims to be readable even for people with little to no existing knowledge of the subject, and to work towards its conclusion without detours. Why Computers Are Interesting A clockwork represents just activity, going round and round without story or direction. An elementary computer has two parts, a memory (information) and a processor (action). Memory is the easiest of the two to describe. Memory words each hold a fixed number of bits. The processor's behaviour is somewhat more complicated. If memory simply contains numbers, how can instructions, which can be executed, be held in it?
The Mechanical Turtle Output. Introduction to Git - codepancake. At one point, if you’re getting more experienced with programming, you’ll be introduced to version control. And I think the most used form is Git. Git is a version control system that runs in command line interface. You can work on the same (code)projects together at the same time, without interfering one another. And that’s *super* convenient. For example, in simple words: if you’re working on a project, you can ‘save’ your code and when you mess up and can’t seem to find what’s wrong, you can restore an older version of your code. This saves you a lot of time. So to get you more familiar with this, I wrote this post on Git.
Important side note: it takes time to understand Git. Terminology branchclonecommitfetchforkmastermergepull requestpush remote repository These are some terms you have to get familiar with. Besides that, I’ve found this nice cheat sheet with all the Git commands you need. Online courses where you can learn Git: Online guides and other resources to learn Git: Volatile and Decentralized: Everything I did wrong as a professor. I really screwed things up as a young faculty member at Harvard. It worked out OK in the end, but, man, I wish I could go back in time to when I was a new professor and give my younger self some much-needed advice. No, not the "you shouldn't be a professor, get another kind of job" advice -- I wouldn't have listened to that -- but one of the reasons I ended up leaving academia is that I burned myself out.
Maybe that could have been avoided had I taken a different approach to the job. What did I get wrong? Working on too many projects at once. This one is tricky. Taking on high-risk projects with factors out of my control. Taking on too many students. Wasted too much time courting companies for money. Way, way, way too much travel. Conferences are a huge time sink. All the boondoggles. Hard to say if I could have really done things differently, and I know lots of faculty who seem to keep their shit together despite doing everything "wrong" on the list above.
Homeless Techie Launches Squiffy, a Janitorial Startup. Simon Brooks rolled into Silicon Valley with his border collie-black lab mutts, Lexy and Chelsea, and his life savings tied up in a promising wordplay app. The British ex-pat and lifelong language buff had already released a Dictionary.com-powered word game called Gadzookery. Buoyed by that success, he pawned his belongings in a weekend yard sale, gave the bank back the keys to his house outside Louisville, Kentucky, and headed west.
He arrived late 2013 in Mountain View, where he slept in his dinged-up ’99 Lexus between 16-hour shifts at the Hacker Dojo, a 24-7 startup incubator that famously spawned Pinterest. Six months later—spring of 2014—the money dried up. A Kickstarter to raise money for his Scrabble app spinoff failed to gain traction, despite a supportive tweet from the wildly successful Words with Friends creator Paul Bettner. “At that point, you’re stuck,” says Brooks, whose restive bent lured him years ago from his native London.
The U.S. “We go out in a group,” he says. Here Comes Another Bubble v1.1 - The Richter Scales. What (else) I learned about programmers after reading 200+ programming jokes (part 2) | APICO. Today’s post is a continuation of this article. I’d recommend reading it first if you haven’t already. A short summary of part 1 In the preceding half of this article I talked about some interesting patterns I found while reading more than 200 jokes about programmers. First, we can say with some confidence that the entirety of programmer jokes naturally fit into four categories: 1) Programming mindset 2) Programmer social skills 3) Programmers vs. non-programmers 4) Programmer fears Second, even a superficial analysis of the first two categories (mindset and social skills) is enough to see that the jokes in each tend to follow a basic construct.
The group of jokes about the programming mindset sees the comic effect coming as a result of programmers interacting with the world as they would with a computer. The jokes about programmer social skills mostly tee off on how programmers relate to women. . • Programmers vs. non-programmers • Programmer fears 3. 3.1. 3.2. 3.3. 3.4. 3.5. 3.6. 3.7. 3.8. 4.
Gravatar - Globally Recognized Avatars. If not Scrum, then what? Building software is unpredictable. Because of this inherent unpredictability, you should never constrain both a ship date and a feature list for a projected release. Not even adding more people to a project will get around this law. As Fred Brooks famously taught, “adding manpower to a late software project makes it later”. This a hard, inconvenient truth about software, and it makes many activities very difficult (marketing future releases, negotiating contracts, creating product road-maps), but ignoring it causes conflict and dysfunctional behavior. Process Suggestions: Pick a release cadence, like once a month, and ship whatever you have.Pick a set of features and ship whenever it is finished.Market what you have, not what you will have.Do not rely too heavily on long term road-maps, as they are likely to change.Do not force programmers to commit to complete certain features by the end of a sprint or by a certain date. 2.
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