Doing a Test With Codility

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Two days ago I was called by an employer offering me a job as a Developer. After having a quick phone interview, she told me that they need to test my programming skill that I can do it at home. I was thought it really nice that I didn’t have to go to their office ( – always hesitate to go anywhere in Jakarta in busy work day), and their email come in the afternoon just sending a link to this site, codility.com:

To my surprise, this site offers exactly what the companies who in search for programmer and need to ensure their basic programming skills. We can look at how the test work by doing the sample test accessible from the homepage. The interface are nice, we can even choose our langauge of choice with the same given problem. The Help screen is intuitive. The IDE is enough…

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20 misused English words that make smart people look silly

Originally posted on Quartz:

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We’re all tempted to use words that we’re not too familiar with. If this were the only problem, I wouldn’t have much to write about. That’s because we’re cautious with words we’re unsure of and, thus, they don’t create much of an issue for us. It’s the words that we think we’re using correctly that wreak the most havoc. We throw them around in meetings, e-mails and important documents (such as resumes and client reports), and they land, like fingernails across a chalkboard, on everyone who has to hear or read them. We’re all guilty of this from time to time, myself included.

When I write, I hire an editor who is an expert in grammar to review my articles before I post them online. It’s bad enough to have a roomful of people witness your blunder—it’s something else entirely to stumble…

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When people ask to borrow money, the words they use can foretell whether they’ll pay it back

Originally posted on Quartz:

The words people use say a lot about their personalities, emotions, and thinking. And the ones they use when asking to borrow money, it turns out, also says a lot about whether they are likely to pay others back.

According to a new study, borrowers who try to appeal to their prospective lenders’ emotional side—by mentioning God, divorce, or the needs of family members, for example—are less likely to fulfill their loan obligations (something to keep in mind when our buddies or family members try to mooch off of us).

On the other hand, people who mention aspirations like graduate school or weddings are more likely to pay back their loans.

The findings were presented at the Boulder Summer Conference on Consumer Financial Decision Making this week and come from research by Columbia University professors Oded Netzer and Alain Lemaire, and University of Delaware professor Michal Herzenstein. The research is…

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Facebook Messenger Ditches Constant Mapping To Lay Groundwork For More Location Features

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Facebook is removing the confusing, slightly creepy always-on location sharing feature in Messenger for a more explicit, one-time way to share where you are or will be. Location will no longer be a “second class citizen”, Messenger Head Of Product Stan Chudnovsky tells me. Instead, Messenger has big plans for GPS features, saying “What we’re launching is the foundation of everything that’s coming.”

For example, “You might want to make reservations. How are we all getting there? Maybe there’s a transportation service somehow” Chudnovsky hints. When I ask if Messenger might build on Uber’s API to let you instantly book rides, he coyly replied “I didn’t say that, but that doesn’t mean I don’t like what you’re saying.”

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Here’s a quick demo of how the new location sharing system works:

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No More Marauders Map

Unfortunately for Facebook’s public image, the elimination of the toggleable, persistent location sharing feature…

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InboxVudu And The Uber That Got Away

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

We hear a lot of startup origin stories here at TechCrunch, and sometimes they can blur together. But this one’s a little different.

It’s about Ramesh Haridas, an entrepreneur and angel investor. He’s backed some successful startups, including Rapportive, which was acquired by LinkedIn. What Haridas told me about, however, was the one that got away — namely, Uber.

As you can see in the screenshot below, back in 2010, Haridas was actually corresponding with Ryan Graves. At the time, Graves was running the company then known as UberCab, and they were scheduling a call to discuss a possible investment. However, when Graves tried to reschedule, Haridas said he totally missed the message, and eventually the round closed without him.

Missing the email was “very costly,” Haridas said. After all, Uber has been valued at $40 billion, and even before the most recent funding and valuation, those…

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Google Adds Traffic Alerts To Maps

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Just in time for the hustle-and-bustle of Memorial Day Weekend, Google has added traffic alerts to Google Maps.

Google has shown traffic conditions for a while now, but this update actually brings with it explanations as to why various routes will be faster, alerts for a blockage or traffic jam up ahead, and of course, alternate routes to each destination.

If/When a traffic jam pops up while you’re en route, Google Maps will also tell you about how long it expects you to be waiting if you stay on the same path, or give you other options.

Simple, yet useful.

The company also pulled data from Google Maps searches in the past to see what people would be getting up to this weekend. Top searches from last year include the beach, the cemetery, the gas station, restaurants, furniture stores, and ice cream shops.

Google also used last year’s data to…

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IFood Raises $50 Million From Movile And Just Eat For Food Delivery

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

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Latin American mobile commerce powerhouse Movile and Just Eat, the global online take-out service, have announced a $50M investment in Brazil’s leading food delivery service, iFood. The raise brings iFood’s total funding to $62M.

Movile and Just Eat are responsible for investing in all but iFood’s original $1.6mm Series A. Movile invested $4.6 million in the company’s B and C rounds, and last year Just Eat funded a $5.7M Series D and merged its Brazil operations with iFood. Movile CEO Fabricio Bloisi and CFO Arthur O’Keefe sit on the board with Jerome Gavin from Just Eat and Dan Faccio from Naspers, which owns a majority stake in Movile.

Movile, which has a 60% controlling stake of iFood, bills itself as the largest mobile commerce platform in Latin America by a number of indices: Gross Merchandise Value through mobile, net revenues, profits and market share. They’ve seen 80%…

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