WYNC's Manoush Zomorodi investigates the gender gap in tech and computer science
, and finds a number of people working towards bridging that gap, from childhood to university: completely restructuring a required computer science course
to make it more welcoming to female university students
, celebrating women in computing history
(and recognizing that computer science wasn't so male-dominated
, and making children's books
!) for kids to explore programming concepts on their own. She also noticed that the majority of female computer science students in the US had grown up overseas - possibly because computer science isn't a common subject in American high schools
. This is slated to change: a new AP Computer Science subject is in the works
, with efforts to get 10,000 highly-trained computer science teachers in 10,000 high schools across the US
If you want to join Mindy Kaling
in supporting young girls
entering computer science, tech, and coding
, there's a lot [more inside]
101 Useful Websites
is "a frequently updated list of lesser-known but wonderful websites and cool web apps. Here are some of the most useful websites on the internet that you may not know about. These web sites, well most of them, solve at least one problem really well and they all have simple web addresses (URLs) that you can memorize thus saving you a trip to Google." [more inside]
Model View Culture
is a new online publication that concerns itself with technology, culture and diversity. [more inside]
Fireman Saves Kitten
, captured with a GoPro. (SLYT)
The year was 1986, and Lynda had just joined a small cadre of female engineers working for FI, a groundbreaking IT firm that laid the foundations for outsourced development and women’s rights in the workplace.
The company, originally called Freelance Programmers, was founded in the early 1960s by Stephanie Shirley, a German who had been evacuated to Britain — along with many fellow Jewish children — as part of the kindertransport shortly before the Second World War.
Gender equality is still a major issue in the technology industry, but 50 years ago one British company was blazing trails
"We worked through every possible disaster situation," Reed said. "We did three actual all-day sessions of destroying everything we had built
NASA will send you an email or text alert
when the International Space Station is visible from your area. IBM scientists have recently made significant advances in nanotechnology
. A mathematician thought a poorly-encrypted headhunting email from Google was testing him, but he had actually discovered a major security hole
. All of this found via The Brief: A Daily Briefing of Technology News Worth Caring About
from MeFi's own nostrich
. [via mefi projects
The iEconomy: Apple and Technology Manufacturing.
Since January, the New York Times has been running a series of articles "examining the challenges posed by increasingly globalized high-tech industries," with a focus on Apple's business practices. The seventh article in the series was published today: In Technology Wars, Using the Patent as a Sword
. Related: For Software, Cracks in the Patent System
and Fighters in the Patent War
. [more inside]
In the early 80’s, personal computers were a new innovation. Films like WarGames
made it seem as if a kid with a keyboard could hack into anything: a school or corporate mainframe, NORAD, the US nuclear arsenal or your neighborhood bank. Hoping to capitalize on this, in 1983 CBS premiered a show which could have been considered WarGames
’ intellectual successor. It featured a group of resourceful kids who solved crimes by hacking and cracking, led by Matthew Laborteaux, child star of Little House on the Prairie
, and advised by a Gavilan SC
-toting, mustachioed reporter played by Max Gail, formerly of the show Barney Miller
. Whiz Kids
lasted only a single season: 18 episodes, but all of them live on in cyberspace, on YouTube. Complete episode links contained within. [more inside]
- providing tools for creating interactive data visualizations for the web
Malaysia is proposing a Computing Professionals Bill
, based on the Registration of Engineers Act
[.PDF] which makes it mandatory for all practicing "computing professionals" to be registered with a government body. Dealing in the IT industry, including sending “proposals, plans, designs, drawings, schemes, reports, studies or others to be determined by the Board to any person or authority in Malaysia” without being registered
will incur a fine not exceeding RM20,000 (~US$6380) or 6 months in jail. Malaysian IT professionals
are up in arms, and similarities have been drawn to Nigeria's law on computing professionals
Let's say just for a moment that you were ready to cash out. Quit your job. Sell your house. Take you and yours out of the rat race with a few hundred of your friends and family and relocate onto arable land. What tools would you need to sustain a livable—maybe even comfortable—lifestyle? Open Source Ecology
suggests you start with ~2.6 million dollars and these
| machines (← watch this first)
, collectively referred to as the Global Village Construction Set.
In 2010, Obama will have a miserable year
, NATO may lose in Afghanistan
, the UK gets a regime change
, China needs to chill
, India's factories will overtake its farms
, Europe risks becoming an irrelevant museum
, the stimulus will need an exit strategy
, the G20 will see a challenge from the "G2"
, African football
will unite Korea
, conflict over natural resources will grow
, Sarkozy will be unloved and unrivalled
, the kids will come together to solve the world's problems (because their elders are unable)
, technology will grow ever more ubiquitous
, we'll all charge our phones via USB
, MBAs will be uncool
, the Space Shuttle will be put to rest
, and Somalia will be the worst country in the world
. And so the Tens
The Economist: The World in 2010
. [more inside]
"Captain, the tech is overteching"
- Ron Moore confirms everything you suspected about the Star Trek TNG approach to writing.
Punctuality, privacy, dead time, concentration: all dead or dying at the hands of the Internet, according to this list in the Daily Telegraph
.Only at festivals with no Wi-Fi signals can the gullible be tricked into believing that David Hasslehoff
[sic] has passed away. [more inside]
Technology innovation will be a large part of late 20th century American history. Now the gearheads can explore the roots of all that geekdom. The Geek's Guide to Seattle
is a virtual tour of some of the region’s most interesting and notable technology locations. A Geek's Tour of Silicon Valley
hits hotspots there. Don't forget The Tech Museum
and the Computer History Museum
. Back east, there's Research Triangle Park (pdf)
in North Carolina, and The Computing Revolution
at the Museum of Science
Bots've come a long way, baby.
So everybody knows about Honda's flashy ASIMO
, and the sadly canceled QRIO
, but now Wakamaru
, Mitsubishi's entry into the field, seems to have been first among semi-autonomous humanoid robots to find a job. I wish it luck, but it might need to grow up a little
. Maybe it can learn from Domo
, son of Cog, robot of yore
India's Outsourcing Problems
One of the most controversial aspects of the global economy has been the newfound freedom of companies from physical location and the subsequent spread of outsourcing jobs
. No country had embraced tech outsourcing with the passion of India. Of late, problems there are beginning to rise
: engineers start a project, get a few months' experience, and then bolt for greener pastures, bringing a level of attrition that replaces entire staffs within the course of a year. Combine that with salaries in Bangalore that are rising at 12% to 14% per year and it is no surprise that companies are leaving India for a slew of emerging hot spots for IT outsourcing such as the old Soviet Bloc
, China, and Vietnam
. This comes as companies such as Microsoft continue to laud outsourcing
and proudly proclaim that it is here to stay
, and it looks as if Ho Chi Minh City will be the next Bangalore.
PCWorld magazine lists the top 25 worst tech products of all time
. via /.
2 GB of data per second,
piggybacking on your skin's electrical field. You == organic lan for small electronic devices. And it's a little more secure than bluetooth. via kottke, like everything else.
At least 10 percent of high-tech gifts
this holiday season may fall victim to "computer rage
" - acts of uncontrolled frustration by their owners - estimates University of Maryland
professor Kent Norman
, a cognitive psychologist who directs the Laboratory for Automation Psychology and Decision Processes.
Robert X. Cringely's Predictions for 2004
: first he updates readers on his 2003 predictions (80% accuracy) and then dishings 15 new techie prophecies.
Are national governments
about to take over
the Internet? Has ICANN
done such a terrible job
that they should be permitted to?
have a place in society anymore? Or is it incompatible
with a crowded and technologically-advanced world? If we must submit to constant surveillance, who should we trust to watch
Is The Economy Broken?
It was one thing when it was the tech/Internet sector
- the bubble burst, but now the wave continues with the 2002 recovery seeming like wishful thinking. If it's not layoffs
, companies are cutting their 401k plans
. Argentina's crisis
seems like it will have ripple effects as well. Then you have numbers saying people are confident
, so are we getting tanked by jittery Wall Street-ers
? Oh, there's also a war on.
As the technology industry lays off thousands, a division of the German conglomerate, Siemens, takes a different approach.
I like the idea of having a sabbatical of sorts with half pay instead of simply being laid off. Of course, this would never happen in the U.S. - we love laying people off here and contributing to overall unemployment and higher welfare rates
. Just look at what Salon
has to say about it.... (note, you need to scroll down to midpage).
- Definitions for thousands of the most current IT-related words.
Not everyone knows about this site. It is pretty helpful for a quick lookup for anything computer related.