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News Wire Stories for November 2013

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Interesting stories about computer science, software programming, and technology for the month of October 2013. More stories can be found at the Software Programming and Computer Science News Wire link at the top of every page of this site.

Richard Stallman: How Much Surveillance Can Democracy Withstand?

http://www.wired.com/opinion/2013/10/a-necessary-evil-what-it-takes-for-democracy-to-survive-surveillance/

Flat UI and Forms

Some insights on flat design and its impact on page design, user interfaces, and forms.
http://alistapart.com/article/flat-ui-and-forms

NASA Shoots Lasers at the Moon to Create Insanely Fast Internet

Very cool sci-fi technology today.
http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2013/10/nasa-internet-laser/

Watch 15 Awesome MS-DOS Viruses in Action

http://www.wired.com/design/2013/10/15-awesome-looking-viruses-from-the-ms-dos-era/?viewall=true

There's One Key Difference Between Kids who Excel at Math and Those who Don't

And it’s not what you think. Turns out almost anyone can do well at math.
http://qz.com/139453/theres-one-key-difference-between-kids-who-excel-at-math-and-those-who-dont/

12 Basic Principles of Animation

From a book about Disney animation, ideas to understand and improve your animations.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/12_basic_principles_of_animation

You Don’t Need Millions of Dollars

To create online games. A neat history of an important game from way back in time, Doom. Learn about shareware and hacker ethics, too.
http://www.codinghorror.com/blog/2013/10/you-dont-need-millions-of-dollars.html

The Ultimate Tablet Comparison Chart, with the New iPads

http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2013/10/the-ultimate-tablet-comparison-chart-with-the-new-ipads/

Fly Through 17th Century London

http://londonist.com/2013/10/fly-through-17th-century-london.php

Microduino: An Arduino nearly as small as a quarter, for $20

http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2013/09/microduino-an-arduino-nearly-as-small-as-a-quarter-for-20/

Innovative monstrosity: Oracle makes tablet with Raspberry Pi and Java

http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2013/09/innovative-monstrosity-oracle-makes-tablet-with-raspberry-pi-and-java/

The Beautiful Code

A Braille system to teach math and science to the blind.
http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2013/10/the-beautiful-code/280216/

Microsoft Reportedly Looking To Put Windows Phone On Android Devices, Starting With HTC

http://techcrunch.com/2013/10/04/microsoft-reportedly-looking-to-put-windows-phone-on-android-devices-starting-with-htc/

Hotel Wi-Fi Sucks: Create Your Own Hotspot Using the Room’s Ethernet Connection

http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2013/10/tnhyui-hotel-wifi/

Hotwiring the future of in-car tech with a smartphone and Raspberry Pi

http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2013/10/hotwiring-the-future-of-in-car-tech-with-a-smartphone-and-raspberry-pi/

Edgar Allan Poe’s Debut: Hidden in Plain Sight?

Adventures with a software program to compare texts to determine authorship, in this case early stories by Edgar Allan Poe.
http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/books/2013/10/edgar-allan-poe-earliest-stories-language-software-investigation.html

17th Century Pocket Watch

http://www.neatorama.com/2013/10/09/17th-Century-Pocket-Watch/

Denied for that loan? Soon you may thank online data collection

Data collection can become discrimination. But you’ll never know it’s happening.
http://www.technologyreview.com/news/520131/data-discrimination-means-the-poor-may-experience-a-different-internet/
http://arstechnica.com/business/2013/10/denied-for-that-loan-soon-you-may-thank-online-data-collection/

Also In The November 2013 Issue

My Adventures with Raspberry Pi

Open source hardware geared towards artists, hobbyists, designers, and students, is a viable and far less expensive alternative to build your own computers.

Beth Rosenberg Talks How Tech Kids Unlimited Helps Kids Who Learn Differently

With a wave of kids with special needs graduating high school, how can technology help them with resumes, college, jobs, and careers?

Stop Words

A clever technique to speed up database searches also is an interesting concept.

More Fun with Raspberry Pi

Here are some videos, and links to even more videos, to learn how to use your Raspberry Pi and have all kinds of fun with Pi projects.

My goal wasn’t to make a ton of money. It was to build good computers.

News Wire Stories for November 2013

Interesting stories about computer science, software programming, and technology for the month of October 2013. More stories can be found at the Software Programming and Computer Science News Wire link at the top of every page of this site.

Bubble Sorts

With a bubble sort, numbers sort themselves as they bubble to the left of a group of numbers. Here's a fun catchy video to explain.

The 7 Bridges of Königsberg

This month's math puzzle dates back to 1735 when it was first solved by Leonhard Euler, a Swiss mathematician and physicist.

Pair Programming

From the start of computing history, people have tried to optimize the software programming process. This includes having two coders work together to code software.

Learn More Links for November 2013

Links from the bottom of all the November 2013 articles, collected in one place for you to print, share, or bookmark.

Icon-itis

The release this fall of Apple's iOS7 operating system is a great opportunity to explore the history of computer interface design.

Functions

Managing inputs and outputs is a key problem programming languages face. Here's how a few languages use functions to manage and transform data.