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Web/Tech

June 23, 2014

"You Can Make Billions Saving People from Having to Do This"

Guess. Go ahead, guess.

June 03, 2014

"I am 24 years old and just started learning coding. I want to be a programmer. Am I too late in the game?"

The answer, on Quora, is a resounding "No!" Erin Parker's story is particularly inspiring.

Two about teaching yourself, online

"Online Learning: A Bachelor's Level Computer Science Program Curriculum (Updated)".

"Design Your Own Master’s Degree in 7 Easy Steps".

UPDATE: First link fixed now.

June 02, 2014

"Endless Electricity: Here's A Way Of Turning America's Roads Into Gigantic Solar Panels"

This sounds very cool. This short video about it is even more hype-a-licious.

I'm wary of the hype since they're trying to raise money from the public. And Wikipedia lists a few of the possible cautions:

Installation costs of building such roadways and parking lots are expected to cost at least 50 percent more than regular roads, and possibly more.[3] Maintenance costs will also be higher because road surfaces accumulate rubber, salt, soil and other substances that block sunlight and must be removed. The durability of the panels may also be less, further increasing maintenance costs. In addition, the solar roadways system is designed to replace many other road features that also cost drivers for road systems.

On the other hand, how will the technology develop once a lot of other very smart, ambitious people and some big companies get involved?

Kind of related: "Why Owning Your Own Power Plant Might Not Be Crazy".

May 24, 2014

"35 sci-fi predictions that have come true"

Probably a better batting average than so-called experts. 

May 22, 2014

"Dell Turns 30: This Is What A $3,000 PC Was Like Back In 1984"

A little hard to believe now.

But I was there and it's true.

May 05, 2014

What's up with the kids

"In 16 Years Of Teaching, Nothing Has Disrupted My Classroom More Than Snapchat's New Update".

I'm not real confident that these folks will be able to pay for my Social Security.

May 01, 2014

"SCOTUS hands victory to Microsoft in 20-year-old dispute"

What's a couple of decades of litigation among friends?

April 27, 2014

A very encouraging read for your Sunday

"These Beautiful Charts Show The Emerging Technologies That Will Change The World".

April 23, 2014

"‘The Dread Obodai’: Content Farmer From Hell"

Funny and alarming at the same time

Any website’s comments section — even our fancy new one — gets its share of scam artists, luring in clicks with promises of work-from-home schemes or miracle diets. They seem so easy to spot and resist, it’s a wonder how they can possibly work. The answer might be, as always, to innovate. Consider the case of Austin Obodai, an accused con artist who, before he was arrested, found a way to use the comments section to sue big Internet media companies for millions. According to prosecutors, Obodai came up with a novel method of exploiting intellectual-property law to invent a new type of fraud. You could call him a copyright troll — or, as Google's lawyers did, "the Dread Obodai."

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