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1:02:19 Free and Open Source software Conference (FrOSCon) e.V. English 2015

Beginning of the End or End of the Beginning?

On August 7th maddog turned 65 years old. He started programming in 1969 after almost being electrocuted by 13,600 volts and 800 Amps (he figured software was safer). In celebration of 46 years in the computer in the computer field and five more years before he can afford to retire, come hear maddog explain the computer field in ways few people have thought of it. maddog
  • Published: 2015
  • Publisher: Free and Open Source software Conference (FrOSCon) e.V.
  • Language: English
41:40 EuroPython English 2017

Overcoming Cognitive Bias

Overcoming Cognitive Bias [EuroPython 2017 - Talk - 2017-07-14 - Anfiteatro 2] [Rimini, Italy] Starting with a brief description of how built-in mechanisms in our brains lead to cognitive bias, the talk will address how a variety of cognitive biases manifest in the Python and tech communities, and how to overcome them
  • Published: 2017
  • Publisher: EuroPython
  • Language: English
59:45 re:publica English 2013

Digital Labor: New Opportunities, Old Inequalities

While it doesn't smell or look like labor at all; digital labor is part of the working lives of millions in the U.S., China, Russia, and India. Amazon Mechanical Turk is a thriving marketplace where "folks who have work meet up with folks who seek work," as CEO Jeff Bezos innocently framed it. Work, as it turns out, is in fact radically atomized and inane zombie labor. Mechanical Turk does not reveal the identity of the employer to the worker and even if workers click away for 60 hours a week, they may have no idea what they're working on.
  • Published: 2013
  • Publisher: re:publica
  • Language: English
30:24 Confreaks, LLC English 2016

Computer Science: The Good Parts

You don't need a 4-year degree to learn the best parts of computer science. Maybe you've seen jargon like "Big O Notation," "binary trees", "graph theory", "map-reduce", or the "Turing test", but have been afraid to ask. But did you know that that these concepts are responsible for Mars rovers, self-driving cars, mobile databases, our air traffic control system, and and even how we elect presidents? In this beginner-focused talk, I will present some simple and very practical ways apply the "good parts" of computer science to your next app.
  • Published: 2016
  • Publisher: Confreaks, LLC
  • Language: English
49:10 Confreaks, LLC English 2016

That Works?! Quines and Other Delightfully Useless Programs

Performance, readability and correctness are fine and dandy, but what happens when we start optimizing for whimsy, illegibility and outright silliness? Self-rewriting programs that also function as ASCII art? Yup. Rewrite any JavaScript program only using six characters? Why not? Let's take a break from the practical and laugh at some of the most unbelievable code you've ever seen. Then let's pull out the magnifying glass to figure out how it actually works. Learn how to read the unreadable and how to write code that—to borrow a phrase from the Ig Nobel Awards—makes people laugh, then think.
  • Published: 2016
  • Publisher: Confreaks, LLC
  • Language: English
42:14 FOSDEM VZW English 2018

Reimagining EDSAC in open source

  • Published: 2018
  • Publisher: FOSDEM VZW
  • Language: English
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