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6 Free E-Books on Learning to Program with Python

first_imgRelated Posts Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid Learn Python the Hard Way is a beginner’s programming book written by Zed Shaw. It was written for Python 2.6.Shaw is known as the creator of the Mongrel and Mongrel2 Web servers, and more recently as the author of this lively manifesto.Non-Programmer’s Tutorial for PythonNon-Programmer’s Tutorial for Python 2.6 and on-Programmer’s Tutorial for Python 3 are products of the WikiBooks project.Python ProgrammingPython Programming is another WikiBooks guide to Python. It’s one of the texts of the MIT course mentioned above.The Python TutorialThe Python Tutorial is the official tutorial from the Python project. It’s used in the MIT course. You can find a tutorial for Python 2.7 here and for 3.0 here.Think Python Think Python: An Introduction to Software Design was written by Allen B. Downey an Associate Professor of Computer Science at the Franklin W. Olin College ofEngineering. It’s is available in multiple formats, including a hard copy, here. It was written before Python 3.0, but has been updated with footnotes to explain discrepancies. There are a few variations of this book which may cause some confusion. Think Python is the online version of Python for Software Design: How to Think Like a Computer Scientist, which is an updated version of How to Think Like a Computer Scientist: Learning with Python. It has also been ported into other language such as C++, Java and Ruby.Downey has several other computer science books available for free from his publishing company Green Tea Press.See Also6 Free JavaScript E-Books and Tutorials A Byte of Python is a beginner’s book on Python by Swaroop C H. “If all you know about computers is how to save text files, then this is the book for you,” the site says.It’s been used in several academic programs, such as the above mentioned UC Davis course, and by the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.It’s available for both Python 2.X and 3.0, but only the 3.0 version is still updated. A hard copy version is available.Learn Python the Hard Way Python is an increasingly popular language, and it’s also a favorite language teaching first time programmers. We’ve compiled a list of beginner’s books to choose from.Just because they’re free doesn’t mean they aren’t good. Some of the books listed here have been used in courses such as MIT’s Introduction to Computer Science and Programming course and University of California, Davis’ Basic Concepts of Programming course.A Byte of Python How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Why You Love Online Quizzes Tags:#hack#How To 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… klint finleylast_img read more

Mobile Apps Could Be Affected by New COPPA Privacy Rules for Kids

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … brian proffitt The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology The Federal Trade Commission is considering new changes to the current Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)that would include more than just websites within its protective sphere: third parties such as mobile application developers and ad networks that gather information from children under 13 would also be responsible for obtaining parental permission before kids could use their services.These changes, should they go into effect, would place a broader range of responsibilities on application developers, a change that at least one industry observer fears could drastically reduce the amount of educational and gaming software available for children.The proposed changes, which were made public August 6, are the second round of changes proposed for COPPA after the initial round of public commentary that was made in September 2011. The FTC was deluged with so many comments during that first round, the commission opted to make more tweaks to the rules, thus prompting another round of public comments.Of particular note are the changes to the rules regarding the definition of a “website or online service directed to children,” which would expand to include apps directed at children.Will App Makers Still Cater to Kids?Morgan Reed, Executive Director of the Association for Competitive Technology (ACT), worries that this would be such a burden on app developers that they might change their willingness to produce apps for children.“Companies worried about liability might stop developing apps for kids,” Reed told ReadWriteWeb. There’s a lot of junk apps that won’t be missed, Reed added, but there would also be good educational and gaming apps dropped from the picture, too.Reed sees a lot of good in what the FTC is trying to accomplish, but the agency is working at a disadvantage. “We’re moving quite a bit faster than the FTC,” he explained. Indeed, much of the Commission’s wording in this new round of rule changes seems to highlight the FTC’s knowledge of its limitations. As [noted by ReadWriteWeb’s Antone Gonsalves (Kids’ Online Privacy: FTC’s New Rules Won’t End the Battle) in early August, one of the other rules changes addresses who has to obtain parental permission when gathering children’s’ information. When COPPA was first enacted in the late ‘90s, the entity doing the actual information gathering had to get parental consent.“At that time, the Commission did not foresee how easy and commonplace it would become for child-directed sites and services to integrate social networking and other personal information collection features into the content offered to their users, without maintaining ownership, control, or access to the personal data. Given these changes in technology, the Commission now believes that an operator of a child-directed site or service that chooses to integrate into its site or service other services that collect personal information from its visitors should be considered a covered operator under the Rule,” the proposal document stated.You Can’t Just Blame Facebook AnymoreThe rule change reflects the way many child-oriented sites now bypass COPPA regs by relying on users’ Twitter and Facebook IDs, foisting the parental permission onus on the social networks. No more, if the new rules take effect: the website still be on the hook for getting the parent’s okay.The expansion of COPPA’s enforcement is not the only change that could affect mobile app developers. The FTC is also proposing that persistent data, such as IP addresses and location, once defined as information that would be used only for the better functioning of the website, now be redefined as personal information. Such a change would mean parental permission would be needed to collect this information, too.Consumer groups love the idea, but “by contrast, the overwhelming majority of the comments filed by website operators, industry associations, privacy experts, and telecommunications companies opposed the Commission’s expansion of the definition of personal information to reach persistent identifiers, even with the limitation to activities other than or in addition to support for internal operations.”Little wonder, since now-ubiquitous functions like geolocation would have to get parental permission – which could make a lot of app developers nervous about liability.Reed says there’s still a lot of room for changes in this next round of public comments, and many organizations, including his, are trying to work with the FTC to balance innovation and commercial success with the need to protect children online.Lead image courtesy of Shutterstock. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfacescenter_img Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#mobile#privacy Related Posts last_img read more

BaliPure holds off Creamline, nears championship berth

first_imgMOST READ BaliPure came out of a layoff-induced stupor in the first set to turn back Creamline, 22-25, 25-23, 25-14, 25-21, Saturday night and move within a win of a Finals berth in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference.Jennifer Keddy proved a solid anchor for the Water Defenders, who slowed down Cool Smashers star Alyssa Valdez en route to a 1-0 victory in their best-of-three series at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Keddy and BaliPure were especially dominant in the final two sets. The top seeds pounced on the Cool Smashers’ sloppy reception late in the match with Keddy pounding out back-to-back aces to put BaliPure at match point at 24-17.Creamline pushed back and unloaded four straight points but BaliPure nipped the uprising with Aiko Urdas rebounding from a blocked attempt by softly dropping a point that caught the Cool Smashers’ defense napping.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe victory, which took two hours to hammer out, kept BaliPure’s mastery over Creamline in the season-opening conference of the league organized by Sports Vision.A fourth straight victory over Creamline on Tuesday will give BaliPure the first championship berth. Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Riding high on AFC triumph, Ceres trips rival Global Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Still, it was a tight match in the first two sets that no team led by more than three, with the Cool Smashers fighting back from 19-21 down in the opening frame by winning the next five points to go up, 24-21, capped by Kuttika’s ace.Sato scored on a quick set to move the Water Defenders to within two but Laura Schaudt hammered in a kill at the back to clinch the set for the Cool Smashers.Creamline broke away from a 19-all count in the second set by taking four of the next five points for a 23-20 lead.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession cloudscenter_img Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast No. 2 seed Power Smashers and the third-seeded defending champion Pocari Sweat were disputing the other finals seat in their own best-of-three series at press time.The Water Defenders clearly struggled coming off a weeklong rest they earned after snatching one of two outright semifinal berths. But once it got its engine humming, BaliPure went on a juggernaut.“We just focused on ourselves during the break. We practiced hard and got ready for the semis,” said Keddy, who finished with 24 hits. “Everyone just got together and worked together, especially in blocking.”Risa Sato produced a solid 13-hit output while Grethcel Soltones added 11 markers for BaliPure, which detonated in 50 attack points on Creamline.Valdez, a normal 20-point producer in the elimination round and quarterfinals, could only manage 12 for Creamline, which couldn’t break through BaliPure’s defense.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blastlast_img read more

Time for Buffon to retire – Basler

first_imgGianluigi Buffon Juventus and Italy legend Buffon should retire, according to ex-Germany international Basler Alex Fisher Last updated 1 year ago 00:38 2/15/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(6) gianluigibuffon - cropped Getty Images Juventus Juventus v Tottenham Hotspur Torino v Juventus Torino Serie A UEFA Champions League The goalkeeping icon has been urged to hang up his gloves after a disappointing display in his side’s 2-2 draw with Tottenham Gianluigi Buffon’s less-than impressive showing in Juventus’ Champions League draw with Tottenham on Tuesday is evidence the Italy legend should retire, according to Mario Basler.After Juve raced into a 2-0 lead inside 10 minutes in Turin, Buffon made a point-blank save to deny Harry Kane.However, he could do nothing to stop Spurs’ fightback as first Kane and then Christian Eriksen beat the 40-year-old to earn a 2-2 draw for the visitors. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player An onrushing Buffon was beaten by Kane for Tottenham’s first goal after 35 minutes, and he was caught by surprise as Eriksen fired home a late free-kick.Buffon has previously said the 2017-18 season would be his last, but his future has been subject to huge speculation, with many calling for him to carry on.Basler does not agree, though, and believes Juventus will not win the Champions League with the stalwart in goal.”Gigi was an exceptional goalkeeper, but sometimes we miss the right time to retire,” former Bayern Munich winger Basler told Sport1.”He’s missed the moment to retire. The club and the coach [Massimiliano Allegri] have to tell him that the time to stop has arrived.”Maybe he really wants to win the Champions League, but he’s no longer an international level goalkeeper and Juventus won’t be able to win the trophy with him.”Buffon called time on his international career after Italy failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in November, but has repeatedly stated he would reconsider if his country needed him.last_img read more

Police watchdog investigating RCMP conduct following Colten Boushies death

first_imgAPTN NewsAn independent RCMP watchdog is launching an investigation into how police handled the investigation into Colten Boushie’s death after family members alleged they were mistreated during the process.The Civilian Review and Complaints Commission (CRCC) – an agency of the federal government separate from the RCMP – will look at whether officers conducted a “reasonable investigation” into the 22-year-old Red Pheasant First Nation member’s death, whether officers’ conduct amounted to racial discrimination and whether their actions aligned with proper RCMP training and procedure.The investigation will also look at whether RCMP training and policies are, in themselves, “reasonable.”“In the course of our review and our ongoing monitoring of events related to this tragic incident, it has become apparent that additional matters related to the conduct of RCMP members involved need to be examined. As such, I am satisfied that it is in the public interest to launch an independent investigation into this matter,” said Guy Bujold, the CRCC’s acting chairperson, in a statement issued Tuesday.Boushie was shot and killed on Aug. 9, 2016 on a farm outside Biggar, Sask. Gerald Stanley, the white farmer who held the gun that killed Boushie, was acquitted of all charges in February.Boushie’s family has alleged the case was mishandled from day one, when RCMP officers first notified them of the 22-year-old’s death. Boushie’s mother has said that when RCMP came to notify her about her son’s death, officers were insensitive, started searching her home without permission and asked her if she’d been drinking.Boushie’s uncle, Alvin Baptiste, launched a complaint with the RCMP on Dec. 16, 2016. An internal investigation cleared officers of any wrongdoing.Baptiste took his complaint to the CRCC on Jan. 2, 2018.Stanley’s not guilty verdict also sparked rallies across the country, with Boushie’s supporters calling for changes to the justice system.The federal government has said it’s planning a “broad-based review” of the criminal justice system, including the jury selection process.Critics have said Stanley’s defence team used its set of peremptory challenges to reject Indigenous people from the jury pool.Peremptory challenges allow lawyers to strike out anyone from the jury selection process without giving a reason.With files from The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Imperial Beach city official shot and killed while vacationing in Mexico

first_img KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom December 29, 2017 Updated: 1:59 PM Posted: December 29, 2017center_img Imperial Beach city official shot and killed while vacationing in Mexico IMPERIAL BEACH (KUSI) — Imperial Beach city officials were shocked to learn of the murder of City of Imperial Beach Administrative Services Director Doug Bradley while on vacation in Ixtapa, Mexico, over the Christmas holiday.Bradley, who was born in Huntington Beach, California, was an avid surfer and was killed on the day before he would have turned 50 years old. He was on vacation in the resort town of Zihuatanejo.News sources from Mexico indicate the State Secretariat of Public Security (SSP) was informed at 8:00 AM, Thursday, December 28, that Bradley had been shot and killed during a robbery in Ixtapa. Bradley was killed after being chased by gunmen in the resort town of Ixtapa about 4 a.m. Thursday, according to news sources in Mexico.Police apparently did not learn of Bradley’s death until about four hours after the incident.“Doug Bradley was loved by all that knew him,” said Imperial Beach Mayor Serge Dedina. “He was always positive, loved to surf, and had helped to turn around the City of Imperial Beach’s financial management as well as restructure city administration to make it more efficient and resident friendly. He will be missed by everyone who knew him and worked with him.”The City of Imperial Beach is working with the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City to help repatriate Bradley’s body back to the U.S.Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo is a resort region on Mexico’s Pacific Coast, 150 miles northwest of Acapulco and about 1,700 miles south of the U.S. border. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

2020 Toyota Prius Prime picks up Apple CarPlay and a fifth seat

first_imgEnlarge ImageThe Prius Prime arrived in the 2017 model year to replace the Prius Plug-In, and it’s remained relatively unchanged since then. Toyota Toyota may have given the regular Prius a redesign for the 2019 model year, but the Prius Prime plug-in hybrid soldiered on unchanged. The automaker will change that, though, with a slew of solid updates for the 2020 model year.Toyota this week unveiled a raft of changes for the 2020 Toyota Prius. However, the aesthetics remain unchanged, leaving the Prius Prime to look like a sharper yet also wackier version of the regular Prius. The two do look a bit more similar, though, thanks to the 2019 Prius’ visual updates. The adjustments focus on interior comfort and tech. Perhaps most importantly, Toyota has added Apple CarPlay, SiriusXM satellite radio and Amazon Alexa compatibility as standard equipment across the lineup. To ensure everybody’s devices are topped off for post-drive adventures, the 2020 Prius Prime now sports two extra USB ports in the second row.Speaking of the second row, it now accommodates three individuals, up from two in previous model years. That’s the major interior update, as the rest are pretty inconsequential. There’s a new extender for the sun visors, the white interior accents have been swapped out for black ones and the front-heated seat buttons have been relocated for easier access. Finally, Toyota also revamped the hierarchy of the lineup. Instead of Plus, Premium and Advanced trims, they’re now called LE, XLE and Limited, mirroring other Toyota vehicles. When the 2020 Toyota Prius Prime goes on sale this summer, it’ll start at $27,600 before destination, rising to $29,500 for the midlevel XLE and $33,500 for the top-tier Limited. Its battery still permits an all-electric range of 25 miles, but taking the gas tank into account, it can run up to 640 miles before it needs more go-go juice. 42 Photos More From Roadshow More about 2019 Toyota Prius • Preview • 2019 Toyota Prius AWD-e: Efficient stability 0 Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Share your voice Toyota Apple 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid: First hybrid minivan wins on fuel economy Review • 2019 Toyota Prius AWD-e review: A thrifty hybrid with more grip 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid review: Sip with subtlety reading • 2020 Toyota Prius Prime picks up Apple CarPlay and a fifth seat 2019 Toyota Prius AWD-e review: A thrifty hybrid with more grip Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Toyota Hybrids Hatchbacks Post a comment Apple Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 2017 Toyota Prius Prime: Meaner style, greener miles Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Tags See Alllast_img read more

12member body to be formed to resolve RMG worker unrest

first_imgWorkers of readymade garment factories continued their protest for third consecutive day. Prothom Alo File PhotoThe government on Tuesday decided to form a 12-member tripartite committee involving representatives of workers, readymade garment (RMG) factory owners and the government to resolve the ongoing problems in the country’s RMG sector by one month.“A decision has been taken to form a 12-member tripartite committee with five representatives from RMG factory owners and five from workers, and the secretaries of the industries and labour ministries to resolve the ongoing crisis in the RMG sector,” commerce minister Tipu Munshi told newsmen after a meeting of the crisis management affairs core committee, reports BSS.He said the committee will scrutinise all sorts of problems in the RMG sector and will take steps to resolve those by one month.State minister for labour and employment Begum Monnujan Sufian, labour secretary Afroza Khan, commerce secretary Md Mofizul Islam, Dhaka Metropolitan Police commissioner Asaduzzaman Miah, president of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) Siddiqur Rahman, president of Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industries (FBCCI) Md Shafiul Islam Mohiuddin were, among others, present at the meeting held at the Labour Department in the capital in the afternoon.Munshi urged RMG workers to join their work places and assured them of providing their salaries and allowances by one month.last_img read more