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An infinite number of mathematicians...

An infinite number of mathematicians walk into a bar. The first one orders a beer. The second orders half a beer. The third, a quarter of a beer. The bartender says “You’re all idiots”, and pours two beers.

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Ikutlah INAICTA 2008

Indonesia ICT Award, atau INAICTA, adalah bentuk penghargaan terhadap inovasi-inovasi yang dilakukan oleh bangsa Indonesia dalam bidang teknologi informasi dan komunikasi (TIK). Saya adalah salah satu pemenang dari INAICTA 2007 (tahun lalu) kategori Student Project.

Lomba Apaan Sih?

Lomba-lomba yang berhubungan dengan komputer, mulai dari OSP, OSN, sampai olimpiade internasional (IOI) semuanya mengadu kecerdasan dalam bidang problem solving dengan implementasinya menggunakan pemrograman. Tentu saja hal ini tidak salah sama sekali, bahkan sangat baik karena dengan mempelajari algoritma kita mempelajari cara berpikir sistematis dan logis.

Tetapi, dalam bidang informatika, algoritma hanyalah salah satu dari sekian banyak faktor yang diperlukan. Ada teknik pembuatan software, penguasaan API, design pattern, dan lain-lain. Nah, dengan faktor-faktor yang lain itulah baru kita dapat membangun sebuah program yang benar-benar digunakan oleh masyarakat. Mau maju sampai mana Indonesia kalau generasi mudanya cuma bisa membuat program dalam Pascal, command line pula? (Jangan pakai VB ya, berbahaya.) Read more »

World's Youngest College Professor

OMG, and she learned materials science and engineering too!

Perhaps in Alia Sabur’s wildly advanced studies she came across a famous quote from Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

“Knowing is not enough. We must apply,” the German writer once observed.

That could serve as explanation for what prompted the 19-year-old to become the youngest college professor in history.

Armed with prodigious wisdom, Sabur told TODAY’s Ann Curry on Wednesday that knowledge is power — especially when sharing it.

“I really enjoy teaching,” said Sabur. “It’s something where you can make a difference. It’s not just what you can do, but you can enable a lot of other people to make their changes.”

Sabur, from Northport, N.Y., has clearly been ahead of the learning curve since an early age.

She started talking and reading when she was just 8 months old. She had elementary school finished at age 5.

She made the jump to college at age 10. And by age 14, Sabur was earning a bachelor’s of science degree in applied mathematics summa cum laude from Stony Brook University — the youngest female in U.S. history to do so. Read more »

I Wish Every Employer Is Like Google

Stolen from The Cherry Avenue!

Google has been known for a long time as the best place in the world to work. They offer free massages, gourmet meals, and professional haircuts at their beautiful campus in California. That right there puts them above 99.99% of the other companies in the world. At any rate, you already knew all that so lets move on.

Have you ever wondered how much a Google employee makes? Well this data isn’t extremely easy to find, if you don’t believe me just search Google. However, here is some interesting statistics.
Google Programmer in Phoenix – $174,000/year
Google Programmer in California – $197,000/year
Google Programmer in Chicago – $222,000/year
Google Programmer in New York – $242,000/year
(according to Indeed.com)

...and thats just in salary. What other financial benefits does Google offer it’s employees? Read more »

Qassia - Share Knowledge, Gain Popularity, Earn Money

Today I noticed Qassia, a website so ambitious to be a knowledge repository – directly rivaling Wikipedia. What I really like about it is that it will credit the people who wrote in the knowledge, paying off your hard work instead of throwing it away to the society like Wikipedia (it’s not that charity is evil, but most people want to be known). The website says,

Qassia is fantastic because you get credit for sharing your intelligence. The more credit you earn, the better your websites will rank. And you get a backlink to your website for every intel you add – only Qassia gives you unlimited quality backlinks.

In other words, you can quality backlinks (perfect for SEO) by adding up more intelligence to the website. Also, they offer a revenue sharing scheme, which may give a boost on Google Adsense earnings.

If the concept of Qassia really rocks, it can be the next best thing after Wikipedia. It can also really build up money and fame if done right. Currently it is in closed beta, but feel free to use my Quassia invitation/invite! Let’s try this one and see whether it will work wonders.

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