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Comment: Nothing new (Score 1) 292

by DavidHumus (#49217105) Attached to: Do Tech Companies Ask For Way Too Much From Job Candidates?

I remember seeing something very much like this - http://www.gshotts.com/HUMOR/f... - billed as a "system programmer's exam" back in the '70s.

Among my favorites:

21) Sketch the development of human thought; estimate its significance. Compare with the development of any other kind of thought.
23) Define the universe in detail. List three examples.

Comment: The tedium of everyday programming... (Score 1) 65

by DavidHumus (#49118547) Attached to: How One Developer Got the Internet To Watch People Code

..is well-expressed on that site: https://www.youtube.com/watch?... - over 2 1/2 hours.

It does provide a good contrast to doing the same thing using the power of a good functional notation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?...
  - Conway's Game Of Life in APL - in less than 8 minutes.

Comment: There used to be more women in the field (Score 0) 493

When I started in professional computing in the early '80s, there were probably 30-40% women in areas where I worked. It isn't some kind of innate preference - that tired excuse that gets trotted out to justify any conservative position.

What's changed is this idea of "tracking", as soft as it is. It used to be that a philosophy major, like myself, or an English or history major would get a programming job because most schools did not even offer CS courses, much less CS majors. Now, there is this idea of a course of study along the lines of math and engineering that leads to a career with computers. It's not any one thing that accounts for this shift, but turning the decision to work with technology from a late-stage one to an earlier, long-term one probably doesn't help. It's now like a long corridor of slight but persistent bias - highly evident in the bitter, stupid comments in this discussion - that weeds out women from the field.

+ - Bacteria discovered that both eats and excretes pure electrons

Submitted by Presto Vivace
Presto Vivace (882157) writes "Biologists discover electric bacteria that eat pure electrons rather than sugar, redefining the tenacity of life

Some intrepid biologists at the University of Southern California (USC) have discovered bacteria that survives on nothing but electricity — rather than food, they eat and excrete pure electrons. These bacteria yet again prove the almost miraculous tenacity of life — but, from a technology standpoint, they might also prove to be useful in enabling the creation of self-powered nanoscale devices that clean up pollution. Some of these bacteria also have the curious ability to form into ‘biocables,’ microbial nanowires that are centimeters long and conduct electricity as well as copper wires — a capability that might one day be tapped to build long, self-assembling subsurface networks for human use.


+ - DALER: A bio-inspired robot that can both fly and walk->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The issue of how to use one robot across multiple terrains is an ongoing question in robotics research. In a paper published in Bioinspiration and Biomimetics today, a team from LIS, EPFL and NCCR Robotics propose a new kind of flying robot that can also walk. Called the DALER (Deployable Air-Land Exploration Robot), the robot uses adaptive morphology inspired by the common vampire bat, Desmodus rotundus, meaning that the wings have been actuated using a foldable skeleton mechanism covered with a soft fabric so that they can be used both as wings and as legs (whegs)."
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+ - Is the time over the code websites from scratch?

Submitted by thomawack
thomawack (3990089) writes "As a designer I always do webdesign from scratch and put them into CMSMS. Frameworks are too complicated to work into, their code usually too bloated and adaptable online solutions are/were limited in options. Also despite I know my way around html/css, I am not a programmer. My problem is, always starting from scratch create menus, forms and now everything responsive too, it has become too expensive for most customers. I see more and more online adaptive solutions that seem to be more flexible nowadays, but I am a bit overwhelmed in checking everything out because there are so many solutions around. Is there someting your readers can recommend? Be it an online adaptive website or a CMS that works similar, which are very flexible but bring a good basis / templates?"

+ - Nanobots Deliver Medical Payload in Living Creature for the First Time->

Submitted by Zothecula
Zothecula (1870348) writes "Researchers working at the University of California, San Diego have claimed a world first in proving that artificial, microscopic machines can travel inside a living creature and deliver their medicinal load without any detrimental effects. Using micro-motor powered nanobots propelled by gas bubbles made from a reaction with the contents of the stomach in which they were deposited, these miniature machines have been successfully deployed in the body of a live mouse."
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+ - Google quadruples Nobel Prize in Computing to $1M->

Submitted by alphadogg
alphadogg (971356) writes "The Association for Computing Machinery has announced that its annual A.M. Turing Award, sometimes called the Nobel Prize in Computing, will now come with a $1M award courtesy of Google. Previously, the award came with a $250K prize funded by Google and Intel. The award, which goes to "an individual selected for contributions of a technical nature made to the computing community," is generally doled out in February or March. This past March, the winner was Microsoft Research principal Leslie Lambert. The ACM says the bigger prize should raise the award's visibility."
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+ - Taking photos of Eiffel Tower at night is illegal->

Submitted by schwit1
schwit1 (797399) writes "The next time you're in the City of Lights and are about to snap nighttime pictures of the Eiffel Tower don't: you could be fined.

An obscure clause in EU law states that the tower's evening light display is an "art work" — and therefore is copyrighted.According to the Daily Mail, under the EU's 2001 information society directive, tourists could be fined for taking pictures of the Eiffel Tower at night and sharing them on Facebook, Twitter, or online.

Built in 1889, the structure is the most-visited paid monument in the world that attracts almost seven million of tourists to Paris each year. Tourist flock to see the glittering lightshow, which made its first appearance in 1985. Originally the work of Pierre Bideau, an electrician and lighting engineer, the golden lights that flank the sides of the tower sparkle for five minutes every hour from dusk til dawn.

The tower is classified as public domain, so when the lights are off, picture taking and sharing is permitted."

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