Program Idea = Great; Name = ?

Last week a long list of distinguished technology, business and government leaders published a letter urging support for a new program in NYC called "Computer Science For All" (#CS4All). This program, and programs like it, are critically important to our national competitiveness, and the future of today and tomorrow's students.…

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USA Hockey’s Girl Problem

This month’s USA Hockey Magazine celebrated the national tournament winners at each age group. Unfortunately, the print edition went out with the boys teams pictured as the victors for both the boys’ and girls’ tournaments. While this was surely an unintentional oversight by some staffer, it unfortunately is symbolic…

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Great Job Opportunities

There's a lot going on at Applied Invention, and I wanted to highlight some specific talent that we're currently in the market for. If you have any interest or questions please email me at 'dd' at this domain. The first two positions are with our partner, Dark Sky (web-version is…

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Is a 2014 Global Temperature Record Significant?

The media have gotten the message out big time: the 2014 global temperature was a record high (here's the Huffington Post version and AP articles, but you can find the story everywhere). There have been three valid criticisms of the record temperature claim: it's widely agreed that the the earth…

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Never, Ever Change Your Apple Password.

I admit it, I’ve had the same password on my Apple account for a few years. “Pretty stupid”, you might say, and I’d agree, but I’ll do it again given the hassle involved with changing it. Last night I made a change to my Apple account, and…

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Yesterday Was Cool...Until We Tell You Otherwise

Meterologist Mike Smith's recent blog post provides a good reminder that the concept of global temperature is far more complex than a casual observer might suspect. If you think about it for awhile, you’d probably come up with two of the bigger problems. The first one is the poor…

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An 18-Year Climate Anniversary

Today, October 1, 2014, marks 18 years without a measurable increase in the earth's temperature according to the RSS temperature series (note: other series have different durations since warming stopped, some longer, some shorter). This is not a reason to declare victory, as the side effects of our energy usage,…

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Mac Hacking: Sending Email From the Command Line

In moving an automated process from a linux box over to a mac, I found myself missing cron's built-in ability to send an email as I switched over to OSX's launchd. The obvious answer, sending an email from within my bash script, send me looking for an easy way to…

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