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All Programmers Are Self-Taught « null device. When I was a teenager I played high caliber baseball. I’m competitive to a fault and when I decide I want to be good at something, results usually follow. Now I’m a third year undergrad studying computer science. There’s something critically different between programming and sports though: A pitching coach teaches you how to pitch, but a CS professor doesn’t teach you how to code. I was surprised that neither my TAs nor professors critiqued my code during my first year, but grew concerned after my second year. But what is good code? I’m lucky enough to have worked with some students I think are great programmers, people who have interned at Microsoft, Google, Amazon and the like. All programmers are self-taught. My education is giving me awesome tools: data structures, algorithms, database design, concurrent programming, network programming, agile development and different programming paradigms.

Like this: Like Loading... Moai. Moai facing inland at Ahu Tongariki, restored by Chilean archaeologist Claudio Cristino in the 1990s Moai i/ˈmoʊ.aɪ/, or mo‘ai, are monolithic human figures carved by the Rapa Nui people from rock on the Chilean Polynesian island of Easter Island between the years 1250 and 1500.[1] Nearly half are still at Rano Raraku, the main moai quarry, but hundreds were transported from there and set on stone platforms called ahu around the island's perimeter. Almost all moai have overly large heads three-eighths the size of the whole statue. The moai are chiefly the living faces (aringa ora) of deified ancestors (aringa ora ata tepuna).[2] The statues still gazed inland across their clan lands when Europeans first visited the island, but most were cast down during later conflicts between clans.

Description[edit] The moai are monolithic statues, their minimalist style related to forms found throughout Polynesia. Six of the fifteen moai at Ahu Tongariki Characteristics[edit] Eyes[edit] Symbolism[edit] Dr. Escape From New York Theme (BEST QUALITY) The Absent-Minded Professor. The Absent-Minded Professor is a 1961 American film distributed by Walt Disney Productions based on the short story A Situation of Gravity, by Samuel W. Taylor. The title character was based in part on Hubert Alyea, a professor emeritus of chemistry at Princeton University, who was known as "Dr. Boom" for his explosive demonstrations. The film was a huge success at the box-office, and two years later became the first Disney film to have a sequel, 1963's Son of Flubber. Plot[edit] Professor Brainard (pronounced BRAY-nerd) is an absent-minded professor of physical chemistry at Medfield College who invents a substance that gains energy when it strikes a hard surface.

Looking for backers, he bounces his Flubber ball for an audience, but his investment pitch proves so long-winded that most of the crowd has left before they notice that the ball bounced higher on its second bounce than on its first. Cast[edit] Production notes[edit] The aforementioned Prof. Awards[edit] Releases[edit] Legacy[edit] Odayan, Odayan Issue 01 :DigitalEdition. Spotting the Great but Imperfect Resume - George Anders. By George Anders | 11:10 AM December 9, 2011 Recruiters and senior executives express frustration these days about corporate talent hunts at all levels. The gripe: “We’re pouring tremendous energy into finding the right resumes. But we’re losing the ability to find the right people.” Directors of summer internship programs, for example, have soured on seemingly “perfect” students with 3.9 grade-point averages from elite schools, who have mastered multiple foreign languages.

The reason: these recruits show surprisingly little initiative once they arrive at a big, busy company; they keep waiting to be told what to do. Ultra-rigorous screening of internship candidates has inadvertently eliminated the freewheeling mavericks of previous eras. Small-company chief executive officers voice a similar lament. Insist on a perfect resume each time, and it’s impossible to make the most of highly promising candidates with “jagged resumes.” Two insights are crucial. What was Evans’s secret? Materials - dynamic cube reflection. GNU/Linux Distribution Timeline. RSA Animate - The Secret Powers of Time. RSA Animate - Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us. Google Streetview stop motion. Scale of Universe - Interactive Scale of the Universe Tool.

Markandey Katju: What is India? Scott Hanselman's 2011 Ultimate Developer and Power Users Tool List for Windows. Nyancat. Students: The 9 things that matter more than GPA. The Pest Who Shames Companies Into Fixing Security Flaws | Magazine. Christopher Soghoian likes to find security flaws, and then shame big organizations into fixing them.Photo: Graeme Mitchell Every Christopher Soghoian production follows a similar pattern, a series of orchestrated events that lead to the public shaming of a large entity—Google, Facebook, the federal government—over transgressions that the 30-year-old technologist sees as unacceptable violations of privacy.

Sometimes he discovers these security flaws by accident, other times because someone has pissed him off, but mostly because he’s parked at his computer all day looking for security flaws. When he finds one, Soghoian, a PhD candidate in computer science at Indiana University Bloomington, learns everything he can about it and devises what he sees as a viable solution.

Then he alerts the offending party and gives them a chance to fix things, explaining that if they don’t, he’ll go public with his discovery. Consider Gmail. And he talks. Them: You can’t take these on board. Me: No.