Archive | September, 2011

The pros and cons of developing a complete Javascript UI

Cons1. Javascript Frameworks are still evolving2. Developing two applications instead of one
Pros1. Well thought out and tested API2. Your JS UI code as API reference

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iOS devs pay $50,000 for collecting children’s info in apps

Parent company W3 Innovations was targeted with an FTC lawsuit on Friday; the settlement was announced Monday morning. In its complaint, the FTC alleges that W3 “collected, maintained, and/or disclosed personal information” entered into its various kid-targeted apps—for example, the complaint claims that the company collected and maintained a list of more than 30,000 e-mails as well as personal information from more than 300 Emily’s Girl World App users and 290 Emily’s Dress Up users.

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OPEN – a tool for teachers to create and share lessons with their studenrs

OPEN, a free tool used by teachers to create digital lessons for their own students. Instead of learning content in the classroom, students will take lessons created by their own teacher at home and spend the class period working on homework-style problems.

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How Linux mastered Wall Street | ITworld

The largest exchange, the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) Euronext, is run on a Linux system that can generate 1,500,000 quotes and process 250,000 orders every second, offering acknowledgments of each transaction within two milliseconds.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux is now the dominant Linux distribution among exchanges, Lameter said. Red Hat counts among its customers the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, New York Mercantile Exchange, Frankfurt Stock Exchange, Eurex derivative exchange and Philippine Stock Exchange.

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GitHub: Rails Localisation YMAL Auto Translator

This little tool will automatically translate Rails localization yaml data into your specific. This translator understands YAML localisation data files, and will automatically presever placeholder strings ({{foo}}) in the cointent.

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Building data science teams – O’Reilly Radar

It’s hard to understate the sophistication of the tools needed to instrument, track, move, and process data at scale. The development and implementation of these technologies is the responsibility of the data engineering and infrastructure team. The technologies have evolved tremendously over the past decade, with an incredible amount of collaboration taking place through open source projects.hive

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Linux: 10 Cool Devices That Embrace You

Mashable’s top ten devices running Linux:
1. TiVo digital video recorder
2. Android smartphone operating system
3. MiFi mobile access points
4. Large Hadron Collider particle acclerator
5. Electrolux Infinity smart refrigerator.
6. Sony Bravia Television
7. Chumby app-enabled alarm clock
8. TomTom GPS
9. Amazon Kindle
10. Self-driving autonomous car.

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The Five Essential Questions for the first phone-screen with an SDE candidate:
1) Coding. The candidate has to write some simple code, with correct syntax, in C, C++, or Java. 2) OO design. The candidate has to define basic OO concepts, and come up with classes to model a simple problem.3) Scripting and regexes. The candidate has to describe how to find the phone numbers in 50,000 HTML pages. 4) Data structures. The candidate has to demonstrate basic knowledge of the most common data structures.5) Bits and bytes. The candidate has to answer simple questions about bits, bytes, and binary numbers.
Please understand:   what I’m looking for here is a total vacuum in one of these areas.

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The Cloud’s My-Mom-Cleaned-My-Room Problem – Alexis Madrigal – Technology – The Atlantic

Netflix, Twitter, and Google make unasked-for, unanticipated, and unstoppable change in their products, which also happen to be our work and play spaces.

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