Originally posted on Get off the Table:
On the “Sphere Online Judge” competition site, there are hundreds of programming challenges which you can attempt to solve in any of 40+ different programming languages. You simply submit your code, and the online judge will execute the code in a controlled environment. If you’re program generates the correct output (answers the set problem) within a specified time limit, you get some points on the scoreboard.
Here’s the catch: The time limit is the same no matter what language you are using. This obviously puts interpreted languages like Python at a disadvantage, and often you need to squeeze every last ounce of speed from you algorithm. Many problems have never been solved in Python due to the time limit… it pays to check whether there have been any sucessful Python solutions submitted for a given problem before getting too frustrated trying to find a fast enough solution.
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Originally posted on TechCrunch:
One of the defining ironies of the social networking IPOs over the last decade is that the financial returns have been concentrated among so few when the value has been created by so many.
But current Reddit CEO Yishan Wong wants to change that.
When Wong served as an early director at Facebook for five years, crypto-currencies were around, but they weren’t as widely accepted or understood as they are today. He and Y Combinator head Sam Altman, who just personally led a $50 million round in the company announced today, want to use them as a tool to distribute shares in the company back to the millions of Reddit users, or Redditors, that log in every day. They’ve set aside 10 percent of the round announced today for that purpose.
“Everybody who has ever run the company has always wanted to give some ownership back to the community somehow,” Wong said.
He went on, “We have a crazy plan and what…
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I hope you enjoyed my previous posts in Technical Hacks category.
Starting with the project of the week – GitHub Profile Scraper. So, as I was done with my latest project GitHub Profile Scraper a few days ago, I decided to post it on ChallengePost. GitHub profile scraper basically, helps you to get details of someone’s GitHub profile and show the information in an elegant way!
As soon as I posted the project on ChallengePost, it really got kind of sudden attention from ChallengePost community and even the co-founder of ChallengePost liked my project and started following me. I was delighted by the immediate attention that I was getting for this (self-)project.
As said by the great men – “The more you get, the more you desire to have!”. Yes, I was not different in this sense. I started looking for more and more visitors to my project and more followers on ChallengePost.
Then an evil idea came in my mind! I thought of automating the project page views as I noticed that they count different page views from same IP address as different page views. This reminded me of how easily this is achievable using Python. So, I opened my weapons i.e. Python IDLE! :D
I wrote a simple python script within next 10 minutes and ran various versions(keeping time delays different) of it. The result was an increment of almost two thousand page views. My project was soon trending on top on ChallegePost. Soon after that, the co-founder Nealrs came to know about this(probably) and stopped liking the project. But I kept on running the script with increased frequency of the page visits. At a time I was sending almost 20 page requests every seconds. The only thing I was waiting for was a server crash, which didn’t eventually happen and page views on the project were soon 17,000+. Yes, an increase of almost 15,000 page views.
The best part was yet to come! Soon, the other co-founders of ChallengePost came to know about this and instead of taking any action against me or my project(I was actually expecting them to remove my project after this), one of the co-founders, Brandon Kessler (@bkessler) tweeted me something like this -
@sahildua2305 Hi, VERY friendly request: please chill on the pageview stuff. Much appreciated.
— Brandon Kessler (@bkessler) September 19, 2014
This absolutely made my day! Then, I replied back with a polite, humble tweet to assure that I will not continue that.
FYI, the project was trending on ChallengePost for almost 3 days, which is really a big thing. Today, it has more than 20,000 page views. ;)
You can view the project on ChallengePost here: GitHub Profile Scraper | ChallengePost
For feedback/suggestions/feature-requests, tweet me @sahildua2305 #FakeViews
DISCLAIMER: Since, I am making this trick public, ChallengePost staff may have problem with it. So, I am removing link to the script. It’s simple enough to write it yourself. ;)
Originally posted on Quincentenary Library Blog:
Reblogged from the Judge Business School Library Blog.
These are some of our favourite new-media tools for finding and organising information and presenting your work online. It is the list of tools that we presented at our ’30 New Webapps in 30 Minutes’ class on 24 May 2013.What are your personal favourites? Do you have other great apps to suggest? We’d love to hear from you.
|Skylines||Skylines is a real-time photo search engine that lets you see what’s happening in the world right now. Skylines searches and indexes over 5-million photos per day from places like Twitter and Instagram. You can easily search for topics, places or people and display live searches on your website using their easy-to-configure widget.|
|PhotoPin||Photopin is a search engine…|
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Originally posted on Quartz:
I’ve sent out hundreds of resumes over my career, applying for just about every kind of job. I’ve personally reviewed more than 20,000 resumes. And at Google we sometimes get more than 50,000 resumes in a single week.
I have seen a lot of resumes.
Some are brilliant, most are just ok, many are disasters. The toughest part is that for 15 years, I’ve continued to see the same mistakes made again and again by candidates, any one of which can eliminate them from consideration for a job. What’s most depressing is that I can tell from the resumes that many of these are good, even great, people. But in a fiercely competitive labor market, hiring managers don’t need to compromise on quality. All it takes is one small mistake and a manager will reject an otherwise interesting…
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“Here are the top 40 sites I have personally used over the last few years when I want to learn something new.
Hack a Day – Hack a Day serves up fresh hacks (short tutorials) every day from around the web and one in-depth ‘How-To hack’ guide each week.
eHow – eHow is an online community dedicated to providing visitors the ability to research, share, and discuss solutions and tips for completing day-to-day tasks and projects.
Wired How-To Wiki – Collaborate with Wired editors and help them build their extensive library of projects, hacks, tricks and tips. Browse through hundreds how-to articles and then add to them, or start a new one.
MAKE Magazine – Brings the do-it-yourself (DIY) mindset to all of the technology in your life. MAKE is loaded with cool DIY projects that help you make the most of the technology you already own.
50 Things Everyone Should Know How To Do – While not totally comprehensive, here is a list of 50 things everyone should know how to do. It’s a great starting point to learn new skills.
wikiHow – A user based collaboration to build and share the world’s largest, highest quality how-to manual.
Lifehacker – An award-winning daily blog that features tips, shortcuts, and downloads that help you get things done smarter and more efficiently.
100+ Google Tricks That Will Save You Time – Today, knowing how to use Google effectively is a vital skill. This list links out to enough Google related resources to make you an elite Google hacker.
Instructables – Similar to MAKE, Instructables is a web-based documentation platform where passionate people share what they do and how they do it, and learn from and collaborate with others as the tackle new projects and learn new skills.
Merriam-Webster Online – In this digital age, your ability to communicate with written English is paramount skill. And M-W.com is the perfect resource to improve your English now.
Lumosity – Learn to improve your memory by playing a series of fun and educational brain training games.
100 Skills Every Man Should Know – Another compilation article with instructions to help you learn new skills. This one says it’s geared for men, but I think most of these skills are applicable to women as well.
5min Life Videopedia – Lot’s of great tutorials and DIY videos………”