As we posted
a couple weeks ago, one of our newest sponsors is Safari Books Online, the outfit that offers a digital library of tech books from publishers like O'Reilly, Apress, and Addison-Wesley. As part of Safari's sponsorship, they offered BB readers one month free online access
As mentioned previously, we thought it would also be a hoot to hold a contest based on what you might learn from those books. As a prize, Safari offered up a year of access to the complete Safari Books Online library, a $515 value. So now the contest... In Learning Perl, the authors write the following:
"Though we recommend you write clear code, some people like writing code that's as hard to understand as possible... We don't recommend it for normal coding purposes, but it can be a fun game to write confusing code..."
So in that spirit, we are holding an obfuscated code contest. To enter, come up with a wonderfully obfuscated code snippet that
prints out the phrase "Boing Boing." Post the snippet in the comments thread. Then, we'll pick a winner with the shortest, most elegant, or creative bit of code. The snippets have to be executable!
You have 24 hours from now, after which time we'll lock the comments thread. The winner will be announced here on November 19. Good luck!
Free tech books from Safari Books Online
The Cobham catalog, exposed by The Intercept, features countless pages of surveillance gadgets sold to U.S. police to spy on American citizens: tiny black boxes with a big interest in you. In the creepily bland feature lists and nerdy product names is a whisper of a dark future; perhaps darker than anyone can imagine.
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I’ve never really felt the need to purchase a smartwatch because a lot of them aren’t very functional, but at just shy of $30, the Martian Notifier Smartwatch was worth checking out. For that low of a price, it actually does feature an impressive amount of functionality, and comes in handy when you don’t want to be carrying around your […]
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If you like to DIY and you like helicopters, you’re going to really love the Flexbot Hexacopter Kit. This copter blows traditional models out of the water: it includes everything you need to actually build your own hexacopter, and then pilot it like a pro, too.The construction is complicated enough to give you a challenge, […]