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From GatesNotes: The blog of Bill Gates: Youthful Energy The world’s youngest continent By Bill Gates | September 10, 2018 I’ve been traveling to Africa regularly for more than two decades. Whenever I go, I’m struck by the huge numbers of young people I see—everywhere from the biggest cities to the remotest villages. This is […]
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Kal Penn played Kumar in the 2004 cult comedy 'Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle.' Now he has a reason to return to the burger chain in real life. The chain's vegetarian sliders are made with patties from startup Impossible Foods. Impossible Foods is known for its Impossible Burger. The Impossible Burger sizzles and 'bleeds' just like a traditional burger. It as received funding from several big name investors, including Bill Gates and Richard Branson.
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Lyndsey Scott is a leading software engineer, is on the iOS tutorial team for Apple and has also done a number of video tutorials alongside Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg for Code.org. But, despite all of her achievements, many doubt that the 31-year-old can even code at all. Why? Because she’s also a Victoria’s Secret model. Scott’s vocation as a model means that she is […]

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          Oracle's head of cloud left after butting heads with Larry Ellison, source says (ORCL)      Cache   Translate Page      

Thomas Kurian

  • A source tells Business Insider that 22-year Oracle veteran Thomas Kurian has butted heads with his boss, founder, CTO and executive chairman Larry Ellison.
  • Bloomberg reports that the issue concerns Oracle's strategy on its cloud computing.
  • Kurian may have been advocating for a cloud strategy that is as risky as it is wise.

Last week, the Oracle eco-system was surprised to learn that Thomas Kurian, one of Oracle's longest serving executives in charge of Oracle's all-important cloud business, had left for an extended leave of absence.

Inside Oracle, word is that Kurian's departure was due to butting heads with his boss Larry Ellison, a source tells Business Insider. This person says that Kurian's good-bye was intended as a resignation, although the company says that he has not resigned but is simply "taking some time off. We expect him to return soon," a spokesperson said.

The disagreement seems to have centered on the direction Oracle should take with its bet-the-company cloud computing business, reports Bloomberg.

Sources told Bloomberg that Kurian was pushing Ellison to allow more of Oracle's software to run on clouds that compete with Oracle, particularly market leaders Amazon and Microsoft

If true, this disagreement between the two strategies, and the two men, would not be surprising. Both of them are known for being tough, outspoken and opinionated — characteristics which describe a lot of Oracle's culture.

A page ripped out of the Microsoft playbook

If Kurian is pushing Oracle to embrace multiple clouds — even the clouds of its bitter enemies — the strategy would make a lot of sense.

It's similar to what Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has done. There was a time when Microsoft's Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer were protectionist about Windows. But, with the rise of cloud computing, Nadella recognized that the world had changed.

Satya NadellaIt became far less important to push people to use Windows than to ensure that Microsoft's enormous catalog of software, particularly Office, could run on any device. So, Microsoft built out its cloud to serve up Office 365 to run on any device; it made sure that its Windows Server software could run on other clouds; and it embraced competitive software, like Linux, on its own cloud.

That way, Microsoft makes money when customers run its software on a competitive cloud (they still have to buy the software) or when they run a competitor's software on their own cloud (they have to pay for Microsoft cloud usage).

Oracle is in a similar quandary but with one key difference: Amazon has become a major threat to Oracle.

Amazon isn't just trying to get Oracle's customers to bring Oracle software to Amazon Web Services (which they can already do), it's trying to get customers to ditch Oracle's database and use Amazon's database instead. Amazon even built a tool to make it easier to move from an Oracle database to an Amazon one. Microsoft also has its own database and has been a bitter competitor with Oracle for years.

So Ellison has been building an Oracle cloud that competes with Amazon (and Microsoft) insisting Oracle's cloud is a faster, better way to run the database. If Oracle's customers don't stay within Oracle's own sphere, Oracle could lose them altogether.

The clock is ticking

Larry EllisonThe problem is, Oracle's cloud is years behind Amazon's in terms of features. It will take Oracle billions of dollars and several years to catch-up, if it even can because Amazon is adding features at an ever increasing rate, hundreds or more per quarter. Microsoft is widely considered the No. 2 cloud.

Enterprise customers are choosing their cloud providers now, based on the features they want and need now.

Oracle may not have years to play catch up. And the person responsible for that catch-up is 22-year Oracle veteran Kurian, and his team. Kurian is the president who heads engineering and product development. About a quarter of the company reports up to him.

There have been signs that Oracle's cloud ambitions are not growing as well as the company wants, too, putting Kurian on the hot seat. Although, to be fair, Oracle is doing a good job in getting many of its customers to sign up for the certain parts of its cloud. They like the cloud versions of its HR, marketing and financial software (similar to how Microsoft moved people from MS Office to Office 365). 

Should Ellison allow more of that software to run on competitors' clouds? And should it partner with its rivals (assuming such partnerships were an option) to run their software on its own cloud?

Probably yes. Other would-be Amazon competitors have either been crushed (Rackspace) or forced to eat crow and partner up (VMware). Once VMware got past the bitter taste, its partnership with Amazon has proved fruitful, filling a need with enterprise customers who want their datacenters to work better with the Amazon cloud (and making Amazon more of a beast, in the process).

But there's no question it's risky, and Ellison certainly wouldn't be crazy for being wary.

Oracle declined comment.

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          Oracle's head of cloud left after butting heads with Larry Ellison, source says (ORCL)      Cache   Translate Page      

Thomas Kurian

  • A source tells Business Insider that 22-year Oracle veteran Thomas Kurian has butted heads with his boss, founder, CTO and executive chairman Larry Ellison.
  • Bloomberg reports that the issue concerns Oracle's strategy on its cloud computing.
  • Kurian may have been advocating for a cloud strategy that is as risky as it is wise.

Last week, the Oracle eco-system was surprised to learn that Thomas Kurian, one of Oracle's longest serving executives in charge of Oracle's all-important cloud business, had left for an extended leave of absence.

Inside Oracle, word is that Kurian's departure was due to butting heads with his boss Larry Ellison, a source tells Business Insider. This person says that Kurian's good-bye was intended as a resignation, although the company says that he has not resigned but is simply "taking some time off. We expect him to return soon," a spokesperson said.

The disagreement seems to have centered on the direction Oracle should take with its bet-the-company cloud computing business, reports Bloomberg.

Sources told Bloomberg that Kurian was pushing Ellison to allow more of Oracle's software to run on clouds that compete with Oracle, particularly market leaders Amazon and Microsoft

If true, this disagreement between the two strategies, and the two men, would not be surprising. Both of them are known for being tough, outspoken and opinionated — characteristics which describe a lot of Oracle's culture.

A page ripped out of the Microsoft playbook

If Kurian is pushing Oracle to embrace multiple clouds — even the clouds of its bitter enemies — the strategy would make a lot of sense.

It's similar to what Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has done. There was a time when Microsoft's Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer were protectionist about Windows. But, with the rise of cloud computing, Nadella recognized that the world had changed.

Satya NadellaIt became far less important to push people to use Windows than to ensure that Microsoft's enormous catalog of software, particularly Office, could run on any device. So, Microsoft built out its cloud to serve up Office 365 to run on any device; it made sure that its Windows Server software could run on other clouds; and it embraced competitive software, like Linux, on its own cloud.

That way, Microsoft makes money when customers run its software on a competitive cloud (they still have to buy the software) or when they run a competitor's software on their own cloud (they have to pay for Microsoft cloud usage).

Oracle is in a similar quandary but with one key difference: Amazon has become a major threat to Oracle.

Amazon isn't just trying to get Oracle's customers to bring Oracle software to Amazon Web Services (which they can already do), it's trying to get customers to ditch Oracle's database and use Amazon's database instead. Amazon even built a tool to make it easier to move from an Oracle database to an Amazon one. Microsoft also has its own database and has been a bitter competitor with Oracle for years.

So Ellison has been building an Oracle cloud that competes with Amazon (and Microsoft) insisting Oracle's cloud is a faster, better way to run the database. If Oracle's customers don't stay within Oracle's own sphere, Oracle could lose them altogether.

The clock is ticking

Larry EllisonThe problem is, Oracle's cloud is years behind Amazon's in terms of features. It will take Oracle billions of dollars and several years to catch-up, if it even can because Amazon is adding features at an ever increasing rate, hundreds or more per quarter. Microsoft is widely considered the No. 2 cloud.

Enterprise customers are choosing their cloud providers now, based on the features they want and need now.

Oracle may not have years to play catch up. And the person responsible for that catch-up is 22-year Oracle veteran Kurian, and his team. Kurian is the president who heads engineering and product development. About a quarter of the company reports up to him.

There have been signs that Oracle's cloud ambitions are not growing as well as the company wants, too, putting Kurian on the hot seat. Although, to be fair, Oracle is doing a good job in getting many of its customers to sign up for the certain parts of its cloud. They like the cloud versions of its HR, marketing and financial software (similar to how Microsoft moved people from MS Office to Office 365). 

Should Ellison allow more of that software to run on competitors' clouds? And should it partner with its rivals (assuming such partnerships were an option) to run their software on its own cloud?

Probably yes. Other would-be Amazon competitors have either been crushed (Rackspace) or forced to eat crow and partner up (VMware). Once VMware got past the bitter taste, its partnership with Amazon has proved fruitful, filling a need with enterprise customers who want their datacenters to work better with the Amazon cloud (and making Amazon more of a beast, in the process).

But there's no question it's risky, and Ellison certainly wouldn't be crazy for being wary.

Oracle declined comment.

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          五条重要原则,让你能够思路清晰地考虑问题       Cache   Translate Page      

编者按:我们总是在预设自己立场的情况下思考问题,或者把自己置于利益相关者的身份,纠缠其中无法自拔,Vaclav Smil是一位令人钦佩的学者,也许从他的身上,我们可以一窥考虑问题的奥妙。本文作者Charles Chu,原文标题A Few Principles for Thinking Clearly

今年我写过的文章里面,我最喜欢的就是《A Few Principles for Intellectual Freedom》这一篇了。在那篇文章里,我从科学家James Lovelock的生活中摘选了几个场景片段,来阐述追求知识自由的若干原则。在这篇文章里,我想跟那篇文章一样,从另一位鼓舞人心的人物身上再发掘点人生经验出来,他就是Vaclav Smil。

没错,他就是那种看上去像是超级英雄的人

Smil本来是一位鲜为人知的学者,后来在Bill Gates的帮助下才逐渐有了知名度。Gates读过Smil的所有书(超过30多本),甚至声称:“我从Vaclav Smil这儿学到的东西比从其他人那里学到的都多。”

Smil的许多书主题都是环境,如人口增长、气候变化和能源转型。这些领域往往充斥着政治偏见和感性认知,但Smil成功地用一种既不自欺欺人、也不教条的方式把重要而有趣的事情娓娓道来。

我从他那里学到的最重要的事情,就是如何思路清晰地考虑问题。

怀着好奇心广泛地阅读

正如Philip Tetlock在其《Superforecasting》一书中所言,那些思路最清晰的人往往有跨学科背景。这些人是狐狸和蜻蜓的融合体——它们能做很多事情(就像狐狸一样),也能从不同的角度去认识世界(像蜻蜓,有很多眼睛)。

Smil就是狐狸和倾听的融合体。虽然已经74岁高龄,但他仍旧每年阅读超过80本书(同时还有时间在一年内写3本书):

在过去的50年里,我每年读大约80本书。我汲取精神食粮。我没有手机,毕竟如果把所有的时间都花在回复消息和刷Facebook(我也没用过Facebook)时,你就没有时间去看书了。

这种学习的习惯,养成于Smil的学生时代:

Smil在布拉格 Charles University自然科学系完成了他的本科学业,那会儿的他每周上35节课,每年有10个月都在学校,学制5年,他系统地学习了自然科学。毕业后,他拒绝与当局合作,尽管他在一个地区规划办公室找到了工作,就业前景依然堪忧。

一切从实际出发,不教条

把模型与现实相混淆会让你没法清晰地思考问题。如果你过于相信模型,你就会开始忽视那些证明你的模型是错误的证据。

Smil从不笃信模型。19世纪70年代,颇具影响力的《the Limits of Growth》一书使用计算机模型预测了即将到来的厄运,当时Smil就对它表示怀疑:

Smil当时兴致勃勃,并自学了编程,想要创建新的模型。他回忆说,我觉得那个预测的东西完全是胡说八道,模型太过简单,很容易被最初的假设所扭曲。他构建了一个关于二氧化碳排放如何影响气候的类似模型,并发现其同样具有不足之处。他了解了温室效应的物理原理,以及二氧化碳积累导致地球变暖的可能性,但模型似乎过于依赖对事物的假设。从那以后,他对各种各样的模特都不屑一顾。因为他时时刻刻都尊重现实。(来自维基百科)

如果你看一看历史,你就会明白,人类是多么容易用错误的预测和神话驱动的理论来误导自己。面对这种情况,我认为唯一恰当的姿态,就是保持谦逊。

Smil就一直保持着谦逊的态度。他拒绝做出长期预测(因为他知道这些预测毫无用处),只专注于说值得说的话:

我从不硬着头皮做任何事情,因为我不相信什么问题都有答案……我试图阐明问题的复杂性,引起大家的关注,并提出一些可取的办法和合理的结果。

这与许多专家和政治评论员所做的恰恰相反。在没有确定性的地方,人们总是渴望着确定性。从这种意义上来讲,专家和长期预测者是我们这个时代的牧师和心灵治疗师。

然而,那些对真理感兴趣的人,将不得不学会忍受不确定性。

远离金钱和名誉

另一件关于Smil的趣事是他的原则性。他可以说对知识的重视远远超过名誉或物质财富。

Smil的生活非常简单,他讨厌采访,也没有手机。而且,尽管他和盖Gates是朋友,Gates的家门永远对他敞开,但Smil也没有利用这层关系为自己捞点什么好处:“我不会求他帮什么忙,就这么简单。”

在经济学中有一个定律叫做坎贝尔定律(Campbell’s law),即当你根据特定的标准对人们进行奖励时,人们总会找到一种应对的方法。

印度就是一个典型的例子。印度政府悬赏捉蛇和杀蛇的人。结果为了得到赏金,人们开始饲养更多的蛇。

如果大学录取需要写论文,那些有钱人家的父母会付钱给论文作者。如果新闻好不好是由点击量说了算,记者们就会“语不惊人死不休”。科学家和学者也绝不会例外。

这就是为想法获得报酬的危险:你很容易因为害怕金钱减少或地位下降而自我审查。

就我所知,只有对成功不屑一顾,才能杜绝这种情况的发生。

我不知道Smil是否有意这么做,但在我看来,他对隐私的偏执和节俭的生活方式似乎表明他在努力保护自己清晰思考的能力。

最近,我正试图效仿他。因为我发现,自从我开始接受打赏后,我开始迎合那些迎合金主们了,我发现自己很难不同意他们的观点,也很难写出他们可能不喜欢的东西。

身份和认同

Paul Graham写过一篇名为《Keep Your Identity Small》的深度好文,告诉我们你越是深陷于自己的身份,你就越难以清晰地思考问题。

当人们接触到与自己的身份或定位相抵触的证据时,他们实际上会对自己所相信的一切更加自信。这就是为什么我们想要清晰地思考问题时,避免预先设定定位是很重要的。

Smil有一本书叫《Should We Eat Meat? 》。在书中,他没有走极端,而是表明吃肉很好,但要适量。

人类是社交和群体生物,我们没法完全逃避群体认同的需要。

不过,如果你必须选择一个群体,我认为最好的做法是Annie Duke在她的《Thinking in Bets》一书中建议的那样:与一个重视真理的群体保持一致。

践行

我不确定这和“思路清晰地考虑问题”有什么关系,但我发现Smil另一件令人钦佩的事情就是,他从不说一套做一套,他并不只是单纯地给别人建议,他也在践行自己的建议。

我想,这就像老话说的那样,厨师应该吃自己做的菜,建筑师应该住在自己建造的房子里。如果你也喜欢给人提建议,那你最好确保自己能做到。

最后的一点想法

不知为何,我不认为Smil知道我写了这篇文章后会很高兴。我可能做错了一些事情,因为我们看待事情的方式可能不一样。

不过,我还是认为这值得一写。从Smil身上我学会了重新安排自己的生活。也许你也可以从他身上得到很多启发。

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          Oracle's head of cloud left after butting heads with Larry Ellison, source says (ORCL)      Cache   Translate Page      

Thomas Kurian

  • A source tells Business Insider that 22-year Oracle veteran Thomas Kurian has butted heads with his boss, founder, CTO and executive chairman Larry Ellison.
  • Bloomberg reports that the issue concerns Oracle's strategy on its cloud computing.
  • Kurian may have been advocating for a cloud strategy that is as risky as it is wise.

Last week, the Oracle eco-system was surprised to learn that Thomas Kurian, one of Oracle's longest serving executives in charge of Oracle's all-important cloud business, had left for an extended leave of absence.

Inside Oracle, word is that Kurian's departure was due to butting heads with his boss Larry Ellison, a source tells Business Insider. This person says that Kurian's good-bye was intended as a resignation, although the company says that he has not resigned but is simply "taking some time off. We expect him to return soon," a spokesperson said.

The disagreement seems to have centered on the direction Oracle should take with its bet-the-company cloud computing business, reports Bloomberg.

Sources told Bloomberg that Kurian was pushing Ellison to allow more of Oracle's software to run on clouds that compete with Oracle, particularly market leaders Amazon and Microsoft

If true, this disagreement between the two strategies, and the two men, would not be surprising. Both of them are known for being tough, outspoken and opinionated — characteristics which describe a lot of Oracle's culture.

A page ripped out of the Microsoft playbook

If Kurian is pushing Oracle to embrace multiple clouds — even the clouds of its bitter enemies — the strategy would make a lot of sense.

It's similar to what Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has done. There was a time when Microsoft's Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer were protectionist about Windows. But, with the rise of cloud computing, Nadella recognized that the world had changed.

Satya NadellaIt became far less important to push people to use Windows than to ensure that Microsoft's enormous catalog of software, particularly Office, could run on any device. So, Microsoft built out its cloud to serve up Office 365 to run on any device; it made sure that its Windows Server software could run on other clouds; and it embraced competitive software, like Linux, on its own cloud.

That way, Microsoft makes money when customers run its software on a competitive cloud (they still have to buy the software) or when they run a competitor's software on their own cloud (they have to pay for Microsoft cloud usage).

Oracle is in a similar quandary but with one key difference: Amazon has become a major threat to Oracle.

Amazon isn't just trying to get Oracle's customers to bring Oracle software to Amazon Web Services (which they can already do), it's trying to get customers to ditch Oracle's database and use Amazon's database instead. Amazon even built a tool to make it easier to move from an Oracle database to an Amazon one. Microsoft also has its own database and has been a bitter competitor with Oracle for years.

So Ellison has been building an Oracle cloud that competes with Amazon (and Microsoft) insisting Oracle's cloud is a faster, better way to run the database. If Oracle's customers don't stay within Oracle's own sphere, Oracle could lose them altogether.

The clock is ticking

Larry EllisonThe problem is, Oracle's cloud is years behind Amazon's in terms of features. It will take Oracle billions of dollars and several years to catch-up, if it even can because Amazon is adding features at an ever increasing rate, hundreds or more per quarter. Microsoft is widely considered the No. 2 cloud.

Enterprise customers are choosing their cloud providers now, based on the features they want and need now.

Oracle may not have years to play catch up. And the person responsible for that catch-up is 22-year Oracle veteran Kurian, and his team. Kurian is the president who heads engineering and product development. About a quarter of the company reports up to him.

There have been signs that Oracle's cloud ambitions are not growing as well as the company wants, too, putting Kurian on the hot seat. Although, to be fair, Oracle is doing a good job in getting many of its customers to sign up for the certain parts of its cloud. They like the cloud versions of its HR, marketing and financial software (similar to how Microsoft moved people from MS Office to Office 365). 

Should Ellison allow more of that software to run on competitors' clouds? And should it partner with its rivals (assuming such partnerships were an option) to run their software on its own cloud?

Probably yes. Other would-be Amazon competitors have either been crushed (Rackspace) or forced to eat crow and partner up (VMware). Once VMware got past the bitter taste, its partnership with Amazon has proved fruitful, filling a need with enterprise customers who want their datacenters to work better with the Amazon cloud (and making Amazon more of a beast, in the process).

But there's no question it's risky, and Ellison certainly wouldn't be crazy for being wary.

Oracle declined comment.

SEE ALSO: Read the email the Oracle executive once rumored to be the next CEO emailed the company to announce his 'extended' leave of absence

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          Is Bill Gates throwing some shade at Mark Zuckerberg’s philanthropy?      Cache   Translate Page      

“There are aspirations and then there are plans.”

Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg both quit Harvard and went on found companies that made them billions. Both have pledged to use their vast fortunes–the former via Microsoft money, the latter from Facebook–to improve humanity. But their approaches to acting philanthropically definitely differ, so much so that Gates appeared to recently knock the approach his younger counterpart has taken in his charity work.

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          Bill Gates‘ größte Schwäche als Unternehmer      Cache   Translate Page      
Auch der zweitreichste Mann der Welt ist nicht ohne Fehler. Microsoft-Gründer Bill Gates hat seine größte unternehmerische Schwäche offenbart – und eine simple Lösung parat, die jeder nachmachen kann.
          Untuk Satu Hal Ini, Jack Ma Yakin Bisa Lebih Baik dari Bill Gates      Cache   Translate Page      

Liputan6.com, Jakarta - Pekan lalu, Jack Ma, salah satu orang terkaya di China mengumumkan bahwa dirinya akan mundur dari perusahaan yang telah didirikannya sejak 1999, Alibaba. Ma menyatakan dirinya akan fokus pada bidang amal dan perikemanusiaan.

Terinspirasi dari Bill Gates, Jack Ma mendirikan organisasi amalnya, Jack Ma Foundation pada 2014. Meski begitu, Ma mengatakan, ada satu langkah penting yang tidak dilakukan Gates, tapi bisa ia lakukan lebih baik.

"Saya tak akan pernah sama kayanya, tapi satu hal yang lebih baik yang saya lakukan adalah pensiun lebih dini," ujar Ma seperti dilansir dari CNBC.

Ma mengatakan, dia banyak belajar dan mengambil teladan dari Gates dan Warren Buffett. Tapi dia akan berusaha dengan jalannya sendiri. Saat Buffett dan Gates menjadi salah satu miliarder hebat yang berjanji menyumbangkan mayoritas kekayaannya, Ma tida mengkonfirmasi akan melakukan hal serupa.

"Saya akan belajar dari Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, dan banyak dermawan kaya lain di dunia, tapi saya akan melakukan ini dengan cara saya sendiri," tutur Ma.

Pria yang juga dikenal dengan sebutan Teacher Ma ini menjelaskan, organisasi yang didirikannya ditujukan guna meningkatkan sistem pendidikan di China. Dia sangat menyadari betapa pentingnya pendidikan untuk masa depan.

"Saya belajar banyak dari petualangan Alibaba dalam 19 tahun terakhir, dan tanggungjawab saya untuk berbagi pengalaman tersebut," terangnya.

Selain itu, Jack Ma juga mengaku sangat rindu mengajar. Itu mengingat Ma terjun ke dunia bisnis secara tidak sengaja. Pria berusia 54 tahun ini memang pernah mengalami lebih dari 30 kali penolakan kerja termasuk salah satu pekerjaan di KFC.

"Saya rasa dalam waktu cepat saya akan kembali ke dunia pendidikan. Ini sesuatu yang saya rasa bisa lebih baik saya lakukan dibanding menjadi CEO Alibaba," tegasnya.

Sementara itu, transisinya dari Alibaba akan dilakukan sekitar tahun depan. Dia akan menyerahkan kepemimpinan perusahaan pada Daniel Zhang, salah satu pimpinan eksekutif di Alibaba saat ini.


          [原]这位闯进程序员界的维密天使,她到底可以编出什么?!      Cache   Translate Page      

格子衫、大裤衩、人字拖、黑色双肩包以及 BlingBling 的头发放置在一个人身上时,你首先想到的是他代表了哪一种群体?

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想必很多身处 IT 届的从业者都已了然于心,这不就是程序员的经典造型嘛。所以说如果有一天这个特立独行、沉默寡言且绝大多数为清一色的群体中突然加入了一位仙女姐姐且还是其他领域的知名人物,譬如接下来要讲的这位维密超模—— Lyndsey Scott 时,会发生什么样的化学反应?接下来,我们来一窥究竟。

1.猫步 vs 代码,超模 vs 程序员

生于 1984 年的 Lyndsey Scott,从小在美国的新泽西州西奥兰治长大,但素来因美国种族歧视因素,作为高中前三年学生时代唯一一名黑人,她备受同学欺凌和嘲弄,不过也正式因此,坚韧且坦率的性格被逐渐打磨出来。

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2009 年,她成为第一个与 Calvin Klein 签订独家走秀合同的非裔美国人模特。自从之后,她走遍全球时装周如 Prada、Gucci、Louis Vuitton、Vera Wang、Fendi 走秀,俨然成为大众视野中的一名光鲜亮丽的顶级模特,且集高挑、精致、性感、成功等美好的标签于一身。

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但是在台下,她有一个鲜为人知的身份——程序员。

八竿子打不着的时尚圈和 IT 领域,在常人难以想象的结合场景之下,这样一位名模却穿梭其间。探究其过往,我们也就理解为何她会对变幻莫测的编程感兴趣了。

在 Lyndsey Scott 很小的时候,身为程序员的父亲经常把家中最大的孩子 Scott 往计算机科学道路上引导。在 12 岁那一年,Scott 就开始正式学习编程,并为她的 TI-89 Titanium 图形计算器编写游戏。长大之后,Scott 在阿默斯特学院学习了 Java、C++ 以及 MIPS 架构,后来也自学了 Python、Objective-C。

用 Scott 自己的话来讲, “毕业后的两年内,我的父母总是往我的门缝下塞宣传单,上面都是他们听说的关于计算机科学各式各样的工作。”不过,倔强的 Scott 根据自己的兴趣爱好,抗拒了父母的安排,选择了自己更喜爱的模特生涯,并将程序员作为第二职业。

2.技多压身的 Lyndsey Scott,被推向舆论浪尖!

但就是这样一位女孩,在第二重程序员的身份曝光之后,即使有诸多成就加身,也没有迎来其他程序员的热烈掌声和帮助,反而接踵而至的是严重的排斥和来自四面八方的质疑:作为兼职的程序员,你有何能耐?

为什么会受到这样的质疑?

或许还不是因为 Lyndsey Scott 有一个让常人觉得不务正业的模特职业,虽然 Scott 通常会忽略这些舆论攻击。但近日,Instagram 上发布了的一个名为“This Victoria’s Secret model can program code in Python, C++, Java, MIPS, and Objective-C”的帖子:

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该博主的本意是希望大家以此为榜样,宣扬“超模可以当程序员,编程属于每个人!”的理念,却万万没想到弄巧成拙,评论区成为几千人质疑的战场。不少网友开始嘲笑 Scott 的真实能力,称或许她仅可以编出“Hello World!”罢了,也有人并不怀疑她能够编码的能力,而是质疑她的代码质量,他们表示“任何人都可以编写代码,但不是很多人都可以编写出优秀的代码。虽然不少编程语言易于学习,但想写出可扩展性、可读性、可维护性等高效代码并不容易。”

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这件事没过多久便引起事件主人公 Scott 的关注,最终她决定站出来以事实反击那些只看表面不言内在的网友:

  1. 我在 Stack Overflow 上有 27481 分;

  2. 我是 RayWendelich.com 的 iOS 教学团队成员;

  3. 我是 RallyBound 的 iOS 软件工程师;

  4. 我拥有阿默斯特学院的电影和编程双学位。

最后她有些失望地补充道,“看到这些评论,我才明白 41% 的女性离开了编程工作,原来是因为“工作环境”如此恶劣”。

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3.开发者的她究竟可以编出什么?

当然,仅凭三言两语就想让大家信服她的实力也不大现实。所以,身为开发者的她究竟可以敲出什么样的代码?

翻开 Scott 的履历,我们发现她并非上文介绍的那么简单。Scott 先是一名优秀的软件工程师,后是 Apple iOS 教程团队成员,且曾与 Bill Gates 和 Mark Zuckerberg 一起为 Code.org 完成了许多视频教程。

早期,Scott 主攻 Python 和 Objective-C,不少的 iOS 移动应用程序也是自己亲手编写的。她最初于 2011 年公开发布了第一个 App,并将其命名为“Educate!”,这是为了帮助赞助乌干达学者的慈善机构。后来当别的模特忙着四处面试、找秀走的时候,她在 2013 年已经开发出了一款 IPort应用,旨在让模特们轻松制作电子简历的 App。

Scott 有关 IPort App 介绍

之后,Scott 还相继开发了一些应用,如“Matchmaker”,相当于如今微信中“附近的人”这一功能,可匹配附近的好友从而进行社交;Code Made Cool 是一款 iPhone App,可以通过拖拽梦幻场景中的女孩来播放 Ryan Gosling 的动画照片;另外还有一款 Squarify 修图软件,可以 PS 也可将矩形图像或视频转换为正方形,以方便 Instagram 使用。

截止目前,Scott 已经开发出近 10 个 App。不过,这些应用有的仅是满足了 Scott 自己的需求,所以并未发布出来,但这似乎也不影响 Scott 的编程能力。

在自主研发的同时,Scott 也开始在 Stack Overflow(https://stackoverflow.com/cv/lyndseyscott) 上为很多的开发者答疑。2014 年初,她就拥有超过 2000+ 个声望和超过 38000 次的 profile 浏览量。2015 年,她成为解答 iOS 问题的最佳用户,为期一个月。截至目前,她在该网站上获得 27,820 个声望。

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此外,从 Stack Overflow 上我们也可以看出,Scott 早已在 iOS 开发中身经百战。

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而 Scott 本人所述的反击事实也进一步得到证明,她的确是 RayWenderlich.com 上多个 iOS 编程教程的作者,甚至曾用迪士尼的冰雪女王人物制作了一个视频教学节目。不仅如此,Scott 在哈莱姆和纽约大学的学校进行了编程讲座,并在洛杉矶的编程课上指导女童子军。

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回忆起每天摸黑编程的日子,常常带着眼镜的 Scott 曾无奈地说道“那些眼镜都碎了,我有好几次戴着它就睡着了,虽然也曾试着用胶带把它粘牢,但效果都不大好。”

至此,面对无端猜忌带来的攻击,Scott 用最有力的证据打脸无知的键盘侠们。同时她还在自己的 Instagram 帐户上分享了最初的攻击帖,并附上:“不要试图嘲笑,我只是陈述事实,也希望至少能说服我的一个负面的评论者,其实程序员会有各种类型、年龄、性别、种族的人,如果你们对科技领域中遇到的女性有所怀疑,还是请斟酌。“。

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4.同行兼程序员的 Karlie Kloss

其实,提起维密天使即程序员,还有一位响当当的人物,她就是 92 年出生如今火遍全球的 Karlie Kloss,人称小 KK。和 Lyndsey Scott 的经历正好相反,Lyndsey Scott 是从小在计算机的熏陶中跳跃至时尚界,KK 则是从时尚圈中逐渐萌生编程的兴趣,并于前几年,宣布进入纽约大学,进修编程。

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此外,她还推出自己的奖学金项目 —— KodeWithKarlie,为 20 位女性提供为期两周,在纽约 Flatiron School 学习编程的奖学金,她曾表示:「我坚信年轻女性越早的接触及学习编程,能够帮助我们在改变世界上拥有发言权与一席之地。」

5.写在最后

寻找程序员界的鼻祖,据各方资料显示,被珍视为“第一位给计算机写程序的人”乃是英国著名诗人拜伦之女阿达·洛芙莱斯(Ada Lovelace),她为计算程序拟定“算法”,制作了第一份“程序设计流程图”,高级编程语言 Ada 名称的由来也是为了纪念她而存在。

之后,世界上第一台通用计算机 ENIAC 的诞生,被记入科技史册,却鲜有人知道完成第一台计算机编译和部署的,是由 6 位女程序员组成的团队。

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对于科技圈而言,不论开端还是发展,女性所做的贡献丝毫不容忽视。如果身为程序员仅是因女性、模特等身份遭受的歧视,从根源上来看,也仅是弱者力所不能及的能力体现,正所谓「有志矣,不随以止也,然力不足者,亦不能至也」。

其实,对能者说一句“厉害”,真没那么难!

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BINTANGNEWS.com – Usia muda bukan hal yang mustahil bagi seseorang untuk menjadi orang-orang terkaya dunia. Para miliarder dunia tercatat memiliki usia yang relatif muda saat tercatat memiliki USD1 juta pertama (sebagai jutawan) dan kemudian USD1 miliar pertama (sebagai miliarder) dalam hidup mereka.
Hanya, rentang waktu mereka dalam menggapai kekayaannya berbeda-beda. Co-founder Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, misalnya, memiliki kekayaan USD1 juta pertama dalam usia 22 tahun pada 2007.

Zuckerberg hanya membutuhkan waktu setahun untuk mengubah posisinya dari jutawan menjadi miliarder pada umur 23 tahun. Pendiri Berkshire Hathaway Warren Buffett, meraih USD1 juta pertama pada usia 30 tahun, kemudian memiliki USD1 miliar pertama pada usia 56 tahun.

“Buffett membutuhkan waktu 26 tahun dari posisi sebagai jutawan untuk kemudian menjadi miliarder,” ungkap laporan Business Insider. Adapun pendiri Amazon Inc, Jeff Bezos, di usia 33 tahun sudah menjadi jutawan dan pada usia 35 tahun sudah menjadi miliarder.

“Selisih waktu yang diperlukan Bezos untuk menjadi miliarder hanya dua tahun dari saat dia memiliki kekayaan USD1 juta pertama,” papar laporan Business Insider.

Berdasarkan Bloomberg Billionaires Index (Indeks Miliarder Bloom berg), Zuckerberg merupakan orang terkaya kelima di dunia tahun ini dengan nilai kekayaan mencapai USD70,2 miliar. Posisinya di ranking lima besar orang terkaya di dunia tidak pernah goyah sekalipun meski kekayaannya pernah berkurang USD2,61 miliar.

Kesuksesan Zuckerberg berada di luar dugaan dan dipenuhi lika-liku. Awalnya, dia membuat program bernama Facemash di ruang asramanya saat kuliah di Harvard pada 2000-an. Saat itu dia iseng menyimpan nama dan foto seluruh teman asramanya dan diurutkan berdasarkan popularitas dalam program Facemash-nya.

Namun, selang sepekan, pihak kampus melumpuhkan situs tersebut karena mengganggu akses jaringan. Selain itu, banyak mahasiswa yang mengeluhkan foto mereka dipajang tanpa seizin pemiliknya. Setelah meminta maaf, Zuckerberg kembali menekuni bakatnya dan mulai menulis kode baru The-facebook pada Januari 2004.

Zuckerberg harus pulang dengan penuh kekecewaan karena di drop out (DO) dari Harvard setelah menghadapi sengketa. Dia dituduh menipu seniornya yang memiliki ide membuat jaringan sosial di lingkungan kampus bernama Harvard Connection.com dengan membuat produk lain.

Dia dituntut hingga pengadilan. Tiga tahun berselang, Zuckerberg yang kala itu masih berusia 20 tahun menjadi jutawan. Dia kemudian mendaftarkan Facebook dalam Bursa Saham New York pada 2007 dan pada saat bersamaan, menjadi miliarder termuda di dunia. Popularitas Facebook merangkak naik. Jumlah penggunanya mencapai 2,3 miliar per bulan.

Perjalanan berbeda dan cukup berliku dilalui Buffett. Dia tidak meraih sukses secepat dan semuda Zuckerberg.

Gelar miliarder baru diraihnya pada usia 56 tahun atau sekitar 26 tahun sejak dia menjadi jutawan. Kekayaan Buffett saat ini mencapai USD86,7 miliar. Dia menjadi orang terkaya ketiga di dunia di belakang Bill Gates dan Jeff Bezos.

Buffett dikenal sebagai raja investasi. Dia sangat cermat mengelola uang dan berani mengambil risiko. Awalnya, dia bekerja sebagai sales investasi di Buffett-Falk & Co pada tahun 1951-1954 sebelum menjadi broker dan agen public speaking.

Bermodal pengalaman itu, dia mulai mengajar di kelas malam Universitas of Nebraska-Omaha. Selama bekerja di lembaga pendidikan, Buffett juga mulai membeli saham di Sinclair Texaco, meski berakhir buruk.

Pengalaman itu tidak membuatnya menyerah. Dia menciptakan Buffett Partnership dan mengakuisisi pabrik tekstil Berkshire Hathaway. Saat ini Berkshire Hathaway menjadi perusahaan holding raksasa.

Miliarder lainnya, Bezos, lebih cepat meraih sukses dibanding Buffett. Dia hanya menjadi jutawan selama dua tahun sebelum kekayaannya naik bermiliar-miliar pada 1998. Lelaki kelahiran Amerika Serikat (AS) itu mendirikan Amazon pada akhir 1994 selama perjalanan lintas negara bagian antara Kota New York dan Seattle.

Dikutif Sindonews, Amazon awalnya hanyalah situs daring jual-beli buku. Namun, seiring dengan waktu, Amazon menjadi ritel daring raksasa dengan ribuan produk dan jasa, termasuk streaming video dan audio.

Saat ini Amazon merupakan perusahaan belanja daring terbesar dan penyedia layanan infrastruktur Cloud terbesar di dunia. Pada27Juli2017, Bezos menjadi orang terkaya di dunia dengan kekayaan mencapai USD90 miliar.

Kekayaannya melampaui USD100 miliar untuk pertama kali pada 24 November. Berdasarkan majalah Forbes, kekayaan Bezos mencapai USD150 miliar pada Juli dan menjadi orang terkaya di sepanjang sejarah modern.

Dewasa ini, perusahaan teknologi mendominasi ranking atas perusahaan tersukses di dunia. Ma Yun atau yang biasa dikenal Jack Ma juga menjadi miliarder setelah membuka situs jual-beli daring di China bernama Alibaba. Dia menjadi miliarder di usia 45 tahun dan merupakan salah satu orang terkaya di China dan dunia.

Ma sering dianggap sebagai duta global bisnis China dan memiliki pengaruh besar. Pada 2017, dia ditempatkan di posisi kedua dalam World 50 Greatest Leaders (50 Pemimpin Terhebat Dunia) versi Fortune.

Padahal, awalnya, dia bahkan kesulitan mencari kerja. Ma melamar pada 30 perusahaan dan tidak ada panggilan. Pada 1994, Ma mulai mengenali internet. Saat itu segala sesuatu terkait China masih jarang muncul di internet..(bin)

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Bei der Lösungsangabe fehlt ein weiterer wichtiger Punkt, speziell, wenn ein Unternehmen z. B. noch am Anfang stehen und ggf. über eine nicht so große Auswahl an vorhandenen Teammitgliedern verfügt: 3.) Das Recruiting an Profis auslagern und einen Personalberater bzw. -dienstleister mit der zielgerichteten Suche beauftragen. Eventuell kann man auch mit "Temp-to-Perm" oder "Mitarbeitern auf Zeit" direkt arbeiten. Das hat auch den Vorteil, dass man seine Wünsche bzw. Stellenbeschreibungen oder die Lücke mit dem Dienstleister offen besprechen kann und sich dieser mit einem gegebenen Zeit- und Kostenbudget in den passenden analogen und digitalen Kanälen um die Talente für das Unternehmen umschaut. Und während hier ein externer Spezialist die Zeit nutzt, kann man selbst sein Unternehmen weiter voran bringen.
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FILES-US-IT-LIFESTYLE-CHARITY-AMAZON-BEZOSWASHINGTON — O fundador da Amazon, Jeff Bezos, lançou um fundo filantrópico com um valor inicial de US$ 2 bilhões para ajudar famílias carentes e construir pré-escolas em comunidades de baixa renda. O homem mais rico do mundo, segundo a Forbes, fez este anúncio no Twitter um ano depois de pedir ideias sobre como ele poderia usar sua fortuna pessoal — estimada em cerca de US$ 163 bilhões — para ações de caridade.

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O "Bezos Day One Fund" contribuirá para “organizações sem fins lucrativos existentes e que ajudam famílias sem-teto” e também financiará “uma rede de pré-escolas novas e sem fins lucrativos em comunidades de baixa renda”, segundo o tuíte. O fundo será dividido entre o Day One Families Fund e o Day One Academies Fund. O Academies Fund lançará e operará uma rede de pré-escolas de alta qualidade, com bolsa integral e que aplicarão o método de ensino Montessori em comunidades carentes.

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"O Families Fund emitirá prêmios anuais de liderança para organizações e grupos cívicos que realizam trabalhos filantrópicos e direcionados a fornecer abrigo e alimentação para atender às necessidades imediatas de famílias jovens", disse Bezos no Twitter.

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A visão de Bezos vem do Mary's Place em Seattle: nenhuma criança dorme do lado de fora.

"Usaremos o mesmo conjunto de princípios que impulsionaram a Amazon", escreveu Bezos. “O mais importante entre eles será a genuína e intensa obsessão do cliente. E a criança será o cliente.

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Anteriormente, o dono da Amazon era praticamente invisível no mundo da filantropia. Seu patrimônio líquido aumentou em US$ 64,7 bilhões este ano, já que as ações da empresa subiram. O relativo silêncio de Bezos foi um forte contraste com colegas como Bill Gates e Warren Buffett, que doaram dezenas de bilhões.

No ano passado, ao pedir ideias de como usar sua fortuna via Twitter, Bezos disse estar interessado em financiar projetos para ajudar pessoas carentes e que tivessem impacto duradouro. O tuíte desencadeou um frenesi de respostas de todos os cantos do mundo, incluindo pedidos de apoio à saúde, perdão de empréstimos e até mesmo apelos inusitados para apoiar um museu de fetiches de couro em Chicago.

Até agora, Bezos deu apenas pequenos passos iniciais no campo da caridade. A Fundação da Família Bezos, que é mais conhecida por seu apoio à educação de crianças, foi financiada em grande parte por seus pais, com o capital que eles adquiriram como investidores iniciais do empreendimento de seus filhos. Além disso, Bezos e sua família fizeram doações para a Universidade de Princeton e para o Centro de Pesquisa do Câncer Fred Hutchinson, de Seattle, de acordo com o Chronicle of Philanthropy.

A Amazon tem um histórico de apoio a programas de desabrigados em Seattle. Em 2016, a empresa reformou um hotel, instalado em um terreno designado para sua nova sede, para que pudesse ser usado temporariamente pela institutição filantrópica Mary's Place para abrigar 200 famílias sem-teto. Além disso, a empresa está reservando um espaço em seu novo escritório para abrigar permanentemente a Mary's Place, cujo trabalho está voltado a apoiar pessoas e famílias carentes que não têm moradia.

“Estamos profundamente comprometidos em fazer parte da solução para acabar com a falta de moradia em Seattle e continuaremos a investir em entidades sem fins lucrativos locais que trabalham com os sem-teto”, disse a Amazon em um comunicado.


          VLASNIK AMAZONA NIJE SE ISPRSIO KAO BILL GATES: Donirao je 2 milijarde dolara za školovanje siromašnih      Cache   Translate Page      
Vlasnik Amazon osniva dobrotvornu zakladu kojoj je donirao 2 milijarde dolara namijenjenih za školovanje siromašnih i smještaj obitelji bez krova Jeff Bezos, osnivač Amazona i najbogatiji čovjek na svijetu, najavio je u četvrtak osnivanje zaklade koja će za početak raspolagati s 2 milijarde dolara namijenjenih školovanju siromašnih i smještaju obitelji bez krova. PRETEKAO BILLA GATESA […]
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  • In 2016, Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan pledged a $3 billion donation to "cure all disease."
  • In a recent interview with The New Yorker, Zuckerberg said the reception he's received is either one of two things: he should focus on something else or be less ambitious with his goals.
  • But Zuckerberg isn't deterred — he thinks there's an upside to speeding up the increase in life expectancy, and he believes the framework behind his plan will do just that.

In 2016, Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan made a significant step toward humankind: Announcing that the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) will donate $3 billion to fund a plan to "cure all disease."

According to Chan, a pediatrician, the goal is not for no one to ever get sick, but to drastically reduce the frequency and severity of global disease. 

In the two years since, Zuckerberg has soaked up a range of criticism and response to this ambitious objective. In a recent in-depth interview with the The New Yorker, Zuckerberg said people in Silicon Valley react in one of two ways:

"A bunch of people have the reaction of 'Oh, that's obviously going to happen on its own — why don't you just spend your time doing something else?' And then a bunch of people have the reaction of 'Oh, that seems almost impossible — why are you setting your sights so high?'" 

But Zuckerberg is one for a challenge. The foundation intends to make riskier projects possible for scientists, even if they won't yield results for 20 or 50 years. "They want to give medical scientists the opportunity to work like coders in an ambitious Silicon Valley startup," Business Insider previously explained.

In 2017, the organization created an independent nonprofit Biohub, which committed $50 million to 47 scientists, technologists, and engineers working at UCSF, Stanford, and UC-Berkeley, reported Business Insider's Lydia Ramsey.

Despite the dubious reactions he's received, Zuckerberg remains positive about this plan.

"On average, every year for the last eighty years or so, I think, life expectancy has gone up by about a quarter of a year. And, if you believe that technological and scientific progress is not going to slow, there is a potential upside to speeding that up," he told The New Yorker.

He continued: "We're going to get to a point where the life expectancy implied by extrapolating that out will mean that we'll basically have been able to manage or cure all of the major things that people suffer from and die from today. Based on the data that we already see, it seems like there's a reasonable shot." 

The billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates seems to agree. 

"There are aspirations and then there are plans, and plans vary in terms of their degree of realism and concreteness," Gates told The New Yorker in regards to Zuckerberg's objectives. As Gates put it, Zuckerberg's long-range goal is "very safe, because you will not be around to write the article saying that he overcommitted."

Read the full The New Yorker story »

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