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VIDEO: Stephen story gets celebrity backing

BBC - Sun, 2014-04-27 22:13
A gig organised by Jason Manford to support terminally ill teenager Stephen Sutton's fund-raising campaign sold out in minutes.

Anti-nuclear protests hit Taiwan

BBC - Sun, 2014-04-27 21:40
Taiwanese police clash with anti-nuclear protesters demanding that the ruling Kuomintang Party stop construction of a fourth nuclear power plant.

Missing Plane's Search Area To Be Expanded

NPR News - Sun, 2014-04-27 21:29

The underwater hunt for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet will be expanded to include a massive swath of ocean floor that may take up to eight months to search, Australia's prime minister said Monday.

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Bad Weather Hinders Search For Ferry Dead

NPR News - Sun, 2014-04-27 21:24

Divers renewed their search for more than 100 bodies still trapped in a sunken ferry. Officials said they've narrowed down the likely locations in the ship of most of the remaining missing passengers.

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Benefit changes and Clooney's 'fiancee' - the newspapers

BBC - Sun, 2014-04-27 21:23
Changes to the way in which jobless benefits are paid out are examined by the press - as is perpetual bachelor George Clooney's new British girlfriend.

People with MS 'being left behind'

BBC - Sun, 2014-04-27 20:49
Hundreds of people in Northern Ireland with multiple sclerosis could be left behind as new therapies emerge to treat the condition, the MS Society says.

Busting 'autism myths' with a camera

BBC - Sun, 2014-04-27 20:37
Photographer re-adjusts the picture on a complex condition

Police probe 'Cyril Smith cover-up'

BBC - Sun, 2014-04-27 19:58
Police examine whether there is evidence of a criminal cover-up over child abuse claims at a school linked to the late MP Sir Cyril Smith.

Deadly Storms Strike Central, Southern U.S.

NPR News - Sun, 2014-04-27 19:13

A powerful storm created tornadoes through several states Sunday evening. Hard hit areas included Little Rock and parts of Oklahoma.

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VIDEO: BBC guide to energy bills

BBC - Sun, 2014-04-27 18:35
The BBC's Steph McGovern takes a close look at the way energy bills are laid out and what we should expect from them.

Japan retail sales surge on tax hike

BBC - Sun, 2014-04-27 17:51
Retail sales in Japan grow at the fastest pace in 17 years in March as consumers rush to make purchases ahead of the sales tax hike in April.

VIDEO: Rookie police specials try pepper spray

BBC - Sun, 2014-04-27 17:47
As part of their training programme, rookie police specials are given the change to experience for themselves how painful pepper spray is.

RAF fast jets set for Nato mission

BBC - Sun, 2014-04-27 17:34
Four RAF Typhoons will leave their base in Lincolnshire later for Lithuania to help carry out Nato's air policing role of the Baltic states.

How India's iconic Gandhi cap has changed sides

BBC - Sun, 2014-04-27 16:02
The political rebirth of the Gandhi cap

VIDEO: Mills & Boon romance the app

BBC - Sun, 2014-04-27 15:56
Mills & Boon get pulses racing in the publishing industry

The strange case of the 'time travel' murder

BBC - Sun, 2014-04-27 15:53
Strange London case helps to advance use of DNA evidence

E-cigarette users reach 2 million

BBC - Sun, 2014-04-27 15:43
The number of electronic cigarette users in the UK has tripled over the past two years, says Action on Smoking and Health.

How many middle-aged men need HRT?

BBC - Sun, 2014-04-27 15:40
The rise of HRT among middle-aged men

The difference between coders, programmers and engineers

Marketplace - American Public Media - Sun, 2014-04-27 15:32
Monday, April 28, 2014 - 05:31

HBO's "Silicon Valley" airs Sundays at 10 PM 

There's a line in the new HBO show "Silicon Valley" that's making people ask a really basic question: What's the difference between a coder, a programmer and an engineer?

In the show, our hero is Richard Hendricks, a college dropout who works at the software company "Hooli" (which may or may not parody Google) and who has written a valuable algorithm on the side.

In an early scene, Richard is approached by two male co-workers. And under his breath, Richard seems to say "programmers, oh no, no."

The scene puzzled a lot of viewers, including Sid Gidwany, head of engineering at August, a startup in San Francisco.

"I thought that scene was kind of weird because he, himself, is a programmer," Gidwany says.

Hendricks, after all has written his own algorithm, so isn't he a programmer, too? Or maybe he's a coder, or maybe an engineer. Or maybe, because he wrote the program on his off hours, does that make him a hacker?

If you're confused, you're not alone.

Most Americans don't work at software companies, which means most of us have no idea about the distinction between these terms. If there even is one.

"There's not too much of a distinction," says Gidwany. "He can call himself a coder or engineer or whatever."

It turns out that you can indeed self identify as pretty much anything you like if you work in the software business these days.

Coder? You're a shut-in who spends most of his (yes, statistically, you're probably a dude) hunched over a laptop and rarely see the light of day.

Hacker? You're a bit dangerous (or at least you imagine you are).

Programmer? You're proud to be a nerd.

Engineer? You're filling in your profile.

In other words, you can call yourself whatever you think is cool. But it wasn't always that way. In fact, the distinction is a bit of a throwback, which is why it would make sense if the creator of the TV show Silicon Valley referred to it.

"Mike Judge was a Silicon Valley guy maybe 20 years ago," says Nick Heyman. He calls himself an engineer. I met him and Goodwani at the Founder's Den, a co-working space in San Francisco.

"There was was a big distinction back then," Heyman says. "Now much less."

Godwani agrees. "Especially, late 70s, early 80s," he says. "Companies back then made a distinction between engineers and programmers."

He says, back then computer science degrees weren't offered by a lot of colleges so if you wanted to learn about computers, you would get a more traditional engineering degree.

"Programmers were generally self-taught," Gidwani says. "So a lot of times, there was a distinction of 'I am more formally trained, I am more highly educated.'"

While some big tech companies still reserve the title of "engineer" for people with degrees, college dropouts like Bill Gates and Steve Wozniak, who co-founded Apple, helped disrupt that hierarchy.

And in recent years, new software tools have blurred the distinction even more by enabling people without formal training to build amazing tech products. So now anyone can call themselves a coder, programmer, hacker and even an engineer.

Oh and by the way, that scene in the show where Richard Hendricks recoils at the sight of his colleagues? A number of people told me what actually says is, "Bro-grammers, oh no, no!"

Yeah, who wouldn't be freaked out!

Marketplace Tech for Monday, April 28, 2014Marketplace Morning Report for Monday April 28, 2014by Queena KimPodcast Title The difference between coders, programmers and engineersStory Type FeatureSyndication Flipboard BusinessSlackerSoundcloudStitcherBusiness InsiderSwellPMPApp Respond No

Vulnerable to give pre-trial evidence

BBC - Sun, 2014-04-27 15:31
Vulnerable witnesses will be able to give evidence before trials start as part of a pilot in scheme starting in three Crown Courts in England.
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