Slideshow: A Tour of Photo Tampering

Doctoring photos for nefarious purposes

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PRESIDENTIAL POSE: This iconic portrait of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln [left] is actually a composite of Lincoln’s head and the body of Southern politician John Calhoun [right], an advocate of slavery. The image was most likely created years after Calhoun’s death in 1850.
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Why Functional Programming Should Be the Future of Software Development

It’s hard to learn, but your code will produce fewer nasty surprises

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A plate of spaghetti made from code
Shira Inbar

You’d expectthe longest and most costly phase in the lifecycle of a software product to be the initial development of the system, when all those great features are first imagined and then created. In fact, the hardest part comes later, during the maintenance phase. That’s when programmers pay the price for the shortcuts they took during development.

So why did they take shortcuts? Maybe they didn’t realize that they were cutting any corners. Only when their code was deployed and exercised by a lot of users did its hidden flaws come to light. And maybe the developers were rushed. Time-to-market pressures would almost guarantee that their software will contain more bugs than it would otherwise.

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