/Entertaining

-2000 Lines Of Code (1982)

- Andy Hertzfeld 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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Doom Captcha

- Miquel Camps Orteza tl;dr: Miguel created a captcha where you have to kill 4 enemies to pass. "Don't take this too seriously, this is a little project for fun, if do you know how to code it's pretty easy to break the security of this."

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The Beauty Of Programming (2001)

- Linus Torvalds 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

- Bert Hubert 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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Advent Of Code

- Eric Wastl tl;dr: "An advent calendar of small programming puzzles for a variety of skill sets and skill levels that can be solved in any programming language you like."

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What The F*ck JavaScript?

- Denys Dovhan tl;dr: "We all know that JavaScript is quite a funny language with tricky parts. Some of them can quickly turn our everyday job into hell, and some of them can make us laugh out loud."

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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

- Trey Harris 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)

- Hillel Wayne 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

- Erica Klarreich 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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