There is an age-old debate about what qualifies as “Software Engineering” versus “Programming” or “Coding” and it stems from a misconception in many parts of the tech community about exactly what true engineering entails. As software engineers do not generally have the rigorous certification processes in the United States that our civil and other engineering counterparts do, there tends to be a lot of people calling themselves “engineers” when, in fact, they are more like “coders” or “programmers,” not that it is a bad thing by any means. They both have equally important parts to contribute to the field of software development, just at different levels and with different responsibilities.
So, what exactly qualifies someone as a Software Engineer?
Software Engineering is a highly technical field, but also one that is not merely concerned with writing code. Software engineering is typically much more about the process and lifecycle of software development…
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While you might not understand all of the background of Heartbleed – I know I don’t – you probably want to know how it affects you. Luckily, there is a resource that is being updated with information about all of the major websites that have been affected (or not affected) so you can see if you need to change your password or not.
Remember kids, use protection.
Post by Toby Wolpe (thank you)
People are often hung up on the volume aspect of big data but other factors can be just as telling in the issues they raise for business.
Big data isn’t necessarily big and can be as much about the complexities of processing information as about volumes or data types.
Personal genetic-profiling services such as 23andMe, which charges $99 to sequence an individual’s genome, illustrate the point, according to Forrester principal analyst Mike Gualtieri.
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Further to my last post on the religions of Game of Thrones, I spotted a couple of academic takes on the world Martin has shown us. Although my blog is about religion, and specifically New Religious Movements, I’ve decided to collate them here as they are very interesting:
So, again, there’s my take on the genealogy of religions I think Martin is tracing for us:
“All men must die, but we are not men” – Daenerys Targeryen. Thoughts on a Game of Thrones and Religion
The there is Peter Antonioni’s view of the technological development (or not) of Westeros, here:
Dr Antonioni is Senior Teaching Fellow and resident non-linear thinker in the department of Management Science.
I would like to ask Dr Antonioni whether the lack of a Protestant Ethic in Westoros could be one reason for this lack of development, but…
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I didn’t manage to say very much on Channel 5’s The Big Benefits Row, beyond an opening remark about people not being able to just rock up to a food bank with a carrier bag and help themselves. I started to talk about the Trussell Trust when Edwina Currie, also on my panel, cut over me to talk about my grandfather’s circumstances.
I wanted to say that poverty is almost indescribable to Edwina and co with their blinkered, self-righteous attitudes. That turning off the fridge because it’s empty anyway, that sitting across the table from your young son enviously staring down his breakfast, having freezing cold showers and putting your child to bed in god knows how many layers of clothes in the evening – it’s distressing. Depressing. Destabilising.
Imagine living for 11 weeks with no housing benefit, because of “delays”. Imagine those 77 days of being chased for rent…
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Over the last couple of days I have been walking from one end of the local high street to the other, my Nikon on my tummy, 35mm lens. ISO set high enough to yield a smallish aperture to get a safe depth of field. More or less. So much for the technicalities. The more interesting bit is the people who walk to and fro and generally inhabit this half mile of shops, paving stones and tarmac. From the quirky, to the pensive, the aggressive, the ugly, the resigned, the damaged, is there nothing that a camera cannot make look interesting? There’s little more to say on the matter. The true genius of photography lies in the ability to capture and freeze an instant of so called “normal” life, to be scrutinised at an almost forensic level, by anyone, at any time, and for however long into the changing future, as…
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For the last few months, I’ve had a draft post sitting in my dashboard listing all the words and phrases I’d like to see banished from the English language. At the top—jockeying for the #1 slot with “yummy,” “closure” and “it’s all good”—is “public intellectual.”
I used to like the phrase; it once even expressed an aspiration of mine. But in the years since Russell Jacoby wrote his polemic against the retreat of intellectuals to the ivory tower, it’s been overworked as a term of abuse.
What was originally intended as a materialist analysis of the relationship between politics, economics, and culture—Jacoby’s aim was to analyze how real changes in the economy and polity were driving intellectuals from the public square—has become little more than a rotten old chestnut that lazy journalists, pundits, and reviewers keep in their back pocket for whenever they’re short of copy. Got nothing to say?
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