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Web/Tech

August 20, 2014

". . . why Python is steadily eating other languages' lunch"

Tal Yarkoni:

The increasing homogenization (Pythonification?) of the tools I use on a regular basis primarily reflects the spectacular recent growth of the Python ecosystem. A few years ago, you couldn’t really do statistics in Python unless you wanted to spend most of your time pulling your hair out and wishing Python were more like R (which, is a pretty remarkable confession considering what R is like). Neuroimaging data could be analyzed in SPM (MATLAB-based), FSL, or a variety of other packages, but there was no viable full-featured, free, open-source Python alternative. Packages for machine learning, natural language processing, web application development, were only just starting to emerge.

These days, tools for almost every aspect of scientific computing are readily available in Python. And in a growing number of cases, they’re eating the competition’s lunch.

See also this much earlier piece by Eric Raymond, "Why Python?"

August 18, 2014

"Looking for a Job? How's Your COBOL?"

". . . hardware may come and hardware may go, but software is forever."

August 11, 2014

"Why Hoboken is Throwing Away All of its Student Laptops"

Guess. Go ahead, guess.

The second reason:

Hoboken school officials were also worried they couldn’t control which websites students would visit. Crocamo installed software to block pornography, gaming sites and Facebook. He disabled the built-in web cameras. He even installed software to block students from undoing these controls. But Crocamo says students found forums on the Internet that showed them how to access everything.

“There is no more determined hacker, so to speak, than a 12-year-old who has a computer,” said Crocamo.

August 07, 2014

"The future is now: The 10 gadgets that will change your life"

Number 6--"The camera that records your entire life"--could be, I think, both very good and very bad.

August 04, 2014

"You Are Not Late"

Warning: industrial-strength optimism. On my better days it's an optimism I share.

Right now, today, in 2014 is the best time to start something on the internet. There has never been a better time in the whole history of the world to invent something. There has never been a better time with more opportunities, more openings, lower barriers, higher benefit/risk ratios, better returns, greater upside, than now. Right now, this minute. This is the time that folks in the future will look back at and say, “Oh to have been alive and well back then!”

The last 30 years has created a marvelous starting point, a solid platform to build truly great things. However the coolest stuff has not been invented yet — although this new greatness will not be more of the same-same that exists today. It will not be merely “better,” it will different, beyond, and other. But you knew that.

August 01, 2014

"The Next Big Programming Language You’ve Never Heard Of"

What comes after "C"?

July 30, 2014

Two on Google

"Google Is About To Take Over Your Whole Life, And You Won't Even Notice".

"Google’s Master Plan--It’s easy: Turn everything into data."

July 24, 2014

"Serial Killers: The 6 Worst Hard Drive Destroyers"

#6--Human error--is, I'm guessing, the biggest threat

July 23, 2014

"Python bumps off Java as top learning language"

"Python has surpassed Java as the top language used to introduce U.S. students to programming and computer science, according to a recent survey posted by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)."

It's what Nobel Laureate economist Thomas Sargent is teaching these days.

"The 12 Most Popular Free Online Courses For Professionals"

For the online-interested autodidacts among you.

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