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Why Are There So Many Programming Languages?
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Why Are There So Many Programming Languages?

Most languages differ less in what they make possible, and more in terms of what they make easy. 

The Other von Neumann
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The Other von Neumann

Was Klára Dán von Neumann the first person to write modern computer code?

Turing's Influence on Computer Construction is Overestimated
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Turing's Influence on Computer Construction is Overestimated

How great was Turing's influence on early British automatic computers? Opinions differ considerably.

InnovateFPGA: Wrong Strategy Drives One of the Best FPGA Development Contests into Crisis
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InnovateFPGA: Wrong Strategy Drives One of the Best FPGA Development Contests into Crisis

In my opinion, the main problem of the InnovateFPGA contest is the lack of a permanent team to lead.

Whence Machine Volition?
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Whence Machine Volition?

How could a computer develop or even express volition?

Programming is For More than Engineering; Computer Science is About More than Building Things
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Programming is For More than Engineering; Computer Science is About More than Building Things

Programming should be part of computing education curriculum, and take into account all the ways students will use computing.

5 Often Overlooked Coding Mistakes New Web Developers Need to Avoid
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5 Often Overlooked Coding Mistakes New Web Developers Need to Avoid

Avoiding these common, easily preventable blunders will help you maximize success in your career journey.

Can You Please Explain More Obscurely?
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Can You Please Explain More Obscurely?

On the appropriate style for technical writing.

Musk Buying Twitter Is Not About Freedom of Speech
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Musk Buying Twitter Is Not About Freedom of Speech

It's about freedom to control speech.

Software Architecture Decisions: Culture Considerations
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Software Architecture Decisions: Culture Considerations

Architecture decisions can have effects on a company and its culture that go beyond the soundness of the technology.

Forced Labor at Bührle's Arms Factory
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Forced Labor at Bührle's Arms Factory

As has only recently become known, forced labor occurred at a former Bührle textile factory in Toggenburg, Switzerland. This and other Bührle companies played a...

Biases in Author Recognition
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Biases in Author Recognition

When reading papers, we make simplifications and have assumptions about author roles and relative contributions.

The Mesm: Ukraine Beats Russia
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The Mesm: Ukraine Beats Russia

The Mesm is considered the first stored program digital computer in Continental Europe.

Students Speak to Ethical Issues
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Students Speak to Ethical Issues

What are the concerns of students after study of computer ethics?

Anti-Sanctions: New Operating System for Mobile Devices
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Anti-Sanctions: New Operating System for Mobile Devices

There comes a time not only of crisis, but also of great opportunities. And here, it is important to take advantage of these new opportunities.

Leonardo Torres Quevedo, a Brilliant but Forgotten Spanish Inventor
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Leonardo Torres Quevedo, a Brilliant but Forgotten Spanish Inventor

Although far ahead of his time, in the German- and English-speaking countries, Torres Quevedo has been largely forgotten.

Data Anonymization Using the Random Sum Method
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Data Anonymization Using the Random Sum Method

The purpose of this blog post is to present an anonymization method that can be applied to the digital attributes of personal data.

Promoting Economic Development through Technical Innovation
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Promoting Economic Development through Technical Innovation

A wealth of information about the history of technology and industry.

Blockchain For What, Exactly?
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Blockchain For What, Exactly?

Considering the real-world consequences of blockchain hype.
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