EDSAC Display Officially Opened
Nov 28 | Sue Gee
EDSAC, the Electronic Delay Storage Automatic Calculator, was originally built immediately after World War II at the University of Cambridge, England. It is now being re-built at the UK's National Museum of Computing.
Hack.Summit Speaker Schedule Posted
Nov 28 | Alex Armstrong
A 4-day virtual conference in which we are all invited to "Learn from the master of our craft" starts on Monday December 1st at 9:00 PST (17:00 UTC). There have already been over 44,000 registrations so this event is set to make history by being the largest ever developer conference.
Machine Learning Pioneer Vladimir Vapnik Joins Facebook
Nov 28 | Mike James
Facebook's AI Research (FAIR) has announced that it has hired Vladimir Vapnik - inventor of the Support Vector Machine and statistical learning theory.
Twitter Indexes Every Single Tweet Ever
Nov 27 | Kay Ewbank
Twitter is creating an index of every public tweet ever made, to make it possible to search without restrictions on the age of the tweet. This is being achieved using Apache Mesos, an open source cluster manager that provides efficient resource isolation and sharing across distributed applications, or frameworks.
Cutting Edge Topics At SDD 2015
Nov 27 | Sue Gee
Registration is now open for the Software Design and Development conference, SDD 2015. It takes place in London from May 11-15 and dozens of speakers will cover topics of interest to all developers.
Feminist Hacker Barbie?
Nov 26 | Kay Ewbank
Can you see Barbie as a computer engineer? No, apparently nor can Mattel, though the online community is giving a much more accurate and amusing view of how things would work out under the hashtag #feministhackerbarbie.
Halting Problem Used To Prove A Robot Cannot Computably Kill A Human
Nov 26 | Mike James
As far as missuses of computability, and the halting problem in general, goes you probably couldn't find a better example. A recent paper set out the arguments over an important topic - robots that have the power to kill. The conclusion is that computer science proves they should be banned.
Developer Salaries Rise - But What About The Gender Gap?
Nov 26 | Janet Swift
It's a well known and deplorable fact that women are under-represented in software development. Average pay for developers is increasing, but what are the salary differences between men and women?
PyCharm 4.0 Released
Nov 25 | Alex Armstrong
IPython Notebook Support and a NumPy array viewer are two of the new features in PyCharm 4.0 and support for unit test subtests is another.
Google Gets Closer To Killing Old Style Browser Plugins
Nov 25 | Mike James
Google announced last year that it was planning to remove support for NetScape style plugins. Now the timetable for removing the feature from Chrome has been announced. How big a problem does it pose?
IBM Big Data Contest
Nov 25 | Sue Gee
A top prize of $20K is on offer in a contest that asks devs to use big data to provide insights into real world civic issues.
Robot Security Guards Demoed At Microsoft
Nov 24 | Harry Fairhead
Microsoft has showcased K5 robot security guards at its Silicon Valley Campus. The 5-foot tall machines are said to provide a “commanding but friendly physical presence.”
Lovelace 2.0 Test - An Alternative Turing Test
Nov 24 | Sue Gee
To pass the Turing Test an artificial agent has to convince human judges that they are conversing with a human rather than a computer. To overcome the flaws in this test as a demonstration of intelligence a new test has been proposed based on creativity.
How Google Does Multi-Platform In Inbox
Nov 24 | Mike James
One of the biggest problems programmers face today is making a single code base work across a range of systems. How a giant company like Google solves the problem is obviously going to be interesting.
Finland Dumps Handwriting In Favor Of Typing
Nov 23 | Janet Swift
It seems incredible that in the 21st century schools are still teaching children to scratch marks on paper. Well in Finland they are taking a step in the direction of the future by giving up teaching handwriting.
November Week 3
Nov 22 | Editor
If you need to know what's important for the developer, you can rely on I Programmer to sift through the news and uncover the most relevant stories. Our weekly digest gives a handy summary. This one is for November 13-19.
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