-2000 Lines Of Code (1982)
tl;dr: Bill Atkinson, author of Quickdraw, thought that lines of code was a "silly measure of software productivity." His goal was to write small and fast programs. After completing a project where he re-wrote an algorithm more succinctly, he was asked to complete a business form asking him how many lines of code he had written. His answer was -2000.
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The Beauty Of Programming (2001)
tl;dr: "It’s still hard to explain what can be so fascinating about beating your head against the wall for three days, not knowing how to solve something the better way, the beautiful way. But once you find that way, it’s the greatest feeling in the world."
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Reverse Engineering The Source Code Of The BioNTech / Pfizer SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine
tl;dr: "DNA is a digital code. Unlike computers, which use 0 and 1, life uses A, C, G and U/T (the ‘nucleotides’, ‘nucleosides’ or ‘bases’)." Bert discusses how the vaccine works using computational parallels.
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A Short Story for Engineers
tl;dr: "A toothpaste factory had a problem: Due to the way the production line was set up, sometimes empty boxes were shipped without the tube inside." The story outlines how the CEO approached the issue.
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We Can't Send Email More Than 500 Miles
tl;dr: Trey gets a call from the Chairman of The Statistics Department at the college campus he was working at and is told: "we can't send mail more than 500 miles."
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Are We *Really* Engineers? (Video)
tl;dr: Hillel talked to people who worked as both a software and a traditional engineer, learning 3 things: "we are in fact engineers, we’re not actually that different as a field, and there’s a lot we can both teach and learn."
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Graduate Student Solves Decades-Old Conway Knot Problem
tl;dr: "It took Lisa Piccirillo less than a week to answer a long-standing question about a strange knot discovered over half a century ago by the legendary John Conway."
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