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Issue 17.5 ('Numbers')
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Best of the Web

Great programming articles you may have missed

Issue: 17.5 (September/October 2019)
Author: Marc Zeedar
Author Bio: Marc taught himself programming in high school when he bought his first computer but had no money for software. He's had fun learning ever since.
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Article Length (in bytes): 5,121
Starting Page Number: 78
Article Number: 175009
Related Web Link(s):

http://nsaphra.github.io/post/hands/

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Here I share links to interesting programming-related articles from around the web. Note that these may not have anything to do with Xojo, and I don't necessarily advocate the opinions shared—I simply think they're worth reading for a broader perspective.

From a wrongful arrest to a life-saving romance: the typos that have changed people's lives

Tom Lamont (https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2019/aug/03/wrongful-arrest-life-saving-romance-typos-that-changed-lives)

Excerpt: Things go wrong. Back in March 2015, a single misplaced digit (15 degrees 19.8 minutes east, entered into a cockpit computer, instead of 151 degrees 9.8 minutes east) led to a passenger jet bound from Sydney to Kuala Lumpur landing in Melbourne. In January 2018, an extraordinary clerical error led to a million Hawaiians being texted the news that their destruction by ballistic missile was imminent. "Seek immediate shelter," the message read, "this is not a drill." Not a drill, no: an inaccurate click, later tracked back to one computer, one drop-down menu, one government employee who was a few pixels off in their aim.

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