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May 2014 News Wire

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Interesting stories about computer science, software programming, and technology for the month of April 2014. More stories can be found at the News Wire link at the top of every page of this site.

Introducing Steam Gauge: Ars reveals Steam's most popular games

http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2014/04/introducing-steam-gauge-ars-reveals-steams-most-popular-games/

Hydroponic Veggie Garden

http://makezine.com/projects/hydroponic-veggie-garden/

Expert Warns: Civilian World Not Ready For Massive EMP-Caused Blackout

http://tech.slashdot.org/story/14/04/21/130250/expert-warns-civilian-world-not-ready-for-massive-emp-caused-blackout

#IoTH: The Internet of Things and Humans

http://radar.oreilly.com/2014/04/ioth-the-internet-of-things-and-humans.html

How a website flaw turned 22,000 visitors into a botnet of DDoS zombies

http://arstechnica.com/security/2014/04/how-a-website-flaw-turned-22000-visitors-into-a-botnet-of-ddos-zombies/

It's Insanely Easy to Hack Hospital Equipment

http://www.wired.com/2014/04/hospital-equipment-vulnerable/

Hackers Can Mess With Traffic Lights to Jam Roads and Reroute Cars

http://www.wired.com/2014/04/traffic-lights-hacking/

10 Virtual Instruments You Can Play In Your Web Browser

http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/virtual-instrument-web-browser/

A reward for turning in Airbnb users? New SF proposal is harshest yet

http://gigaom.com/2014/04/30/a-reward-for-turning-in-airbnb-users-new-sf-proposal-is-harshest-yet/

5 ways developers win with PaaS

http://programming.oreilly.com/2014/04/5-ways-developers-win-with-paas.html

Bellman Confirms A Suspicion

http://existentialtype.wordpress.com/2014/04/21/bellman-confirms-a-suspicion/

NoSQL Meets Bitcoin and Brings Down Two Exchanges: The Story of Flexcoin and Poloniex

http://hackingdistributed.com/2014/04/06/another-one-bites-the-dust-flexcoin/

Glow Bike

http://makezine.com/projects/make-38-cameras-and-av/glow-bike/

12 Little Known CSS Facts

http://www.sitepoint.com/12-little-known-css-facts/

What, besides phone records, does the NSA collect in bulk?

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2014/04/what-besides-phone-records-does-the-nsa-bulk-collect/

How I Built My Design Startup

http://women2.com/how-i-built-my-design-startup/

Bringing My Product to Market: 5 Lessons I Learned at Age 14

http://women2.com/5-entrepreneurial-lessons-i-learned-at-age-14-on-the-journey-of-bringing-my-product-to-market/

Also In The May 2014 Issue

Computer Science Unplugged

The Computer Science Unplugged movement introduces non-technical people to computer hardware and software concepts that drive the technologies we use.

What is Computational Thinking?

While computers think in rigid predictable patterns, learning computational thinking helps us understand how and why computers work.

CAPTCHA

We've all used Captchas and found some impossible to solve. Here's why they exist, how they work, and less frustrating alternatives.

Data Types

Programming languages use data types to allocate memory and enforce data integrity. They also reveal the nature of a language.

Lauren Ipsum

If the idea of a computer science book without computers upsets you, please close your eyes until you've finished reading.

The Turing Test

The Turing Test, and its creator Alan Turing, have had a profound effect on computer science and artificial intelligence.

If debugging is the process of removing software bugs, then programming must be the process of putting them in.

May 2014 Learn More Links

Links from the bottom of all the May 2014 articles, collected in one place for you to print, share, or bookmark.

Fortran

One of two key programming languages (Lisp is the other), FORTRAN defined many of the key ideas used in programming languages.

May 2014 News Wire

Interesting stories about computer science, software programming, and technology for the month of April 2014.

How to Create (and Crack) Secret Codes and Ciphers

Secret codes, or ciphers, are a great way to teach computational thinking.

Grace Hopper

One of the first female programmers, Grace Hopper also worked as a mathematician and had an unusual career for women in the 1900s.

BOGONs

Bogons are not an evil race of aliens. But they do shine a light on one part of the internet little known outside of a few security technologists.