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Does WordPress power 27% of the Internet?

This number comes from W3Techs - World Wide Web Technology Surveys. According to that survey, as of December 2016, WordPress is used by 27.2% of all the websites that they monitor. (Source.) However,...
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Is this a photo of Margaret Hamilton standing next to Apollo Project code that she wrote?

The photo depicts Margaret Hamilton Yes, this is an official NASA picture of her: Margaret Hamilton was the lead software engineer of the Apollo Project Indeed, from the same source: Margaret ...
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Are there more open jobs than available developers?

A report which was issued by the Economic Policy Institute in 2013, analyzed the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) labor market and workforce and the supply of high-skill ...
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Is this a photo of Margaret Hamilton standing next to Apollo Project code that she wrote?

I've known Margaret for 20 years and when my son pointed this question out to me I emailed her and Ron Hackler (who I've also known for 20 years) to clarify some of this. They replied as follows: "...
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Do any ATS companies advertise entirely automated resume rejection?

I only looked at the first ATS system I found when I searched (Freshteam). It seems to have the features you're asking about: Automate tasks for screening better Now that the incoming candidate ...
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AI can guess whether you're gay or straight – how do they get 91% success rate?

Is it true or fake? The research paper in question has passed peer review, suggesting that the methodology was deemed to be sound by other experts in the field. It is conceivable that the results ...
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Does talking to a rubber duck improve programmer performance when debugging?

You're not going to find studies that do something like compare the effectiveness of a rubber duck vs a stuffed parrot specifically for programmers working on debugging tasks, nor can we really ...
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Are there more open jobs than available developers?

The issue is mostly raised in the context of tech talent being brought to US on H1B visas. They are good proxy for showing how many openings are there, as the companies struggling to find talent on ...
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Are some software programs "illegal" in Germany?

Yes, there is a Law, 202c StGB, which prohibits several things in relation to computer programs: http://dejure.org/gesetze/StGB/202c.html (1) Wer eine Straftat nach § 202a oder § 202b vorbereitet,...
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Are some software programs "illegal" in Germany?

Computer Games are programs and there are many computer games banned in various countries around the world due to their content, which are summarized in a Wikipedia article on the issue. ...
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AI can guess whether you're gay or straight – how do they get 91% success rate?

Summary: This paper is a real scientific paper that has passed peer review. The real judge of whether their findings are true or not is whether they can be replicated. There simply has not been enough ...
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Is the MacKeeper software service a scam?

Yes. Firstly, let's define "scam": my dictionary says a dishonest scheme, while my thesaurus suggests confidence trick which "…exploits characteristics of the human psyche, such as ...
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Are piracy rates for PC games often 85-90 percent in 2016?

Issue: Whether Personal computer games are being pirated between 85 to 90%? Evidence: Global Personal software piracy rate is measured at 38% in 2007, 41% in 2008, 43% in 2009 and 42% in 2011 by ...
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Sharing tool claims files can be "unshared"

No, it's not legit (in the sense you used the word). Perhaps the file won't appear inside their application, but doesn't mean that nobody else will be able to open it again. “Favorite” files so you ...
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Do 95 percent of the world's ATMs use Windows XP?

Unfortunately, I could not find any world-wide data. However, the reputable German IT news site Heise says they have a report of the German Credit Association dated November 2013, which "seems to ...
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Are some software programs "illegal" in Germany?

Yes, programs can be illegal in many jurisdictions. For example distribution or sale, and in some jurisdictions even possession, of tools (be it physical or software), which exclusive use is hacking ...
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Is this a photo of Margaret Hamilton standing next to Apollo Project code that she wrote?

This question has been asked on Quora - here is Christopher Burke's answer: I downloaded the source code this afternoon and ran some simple metrics on it, looking only at the ".agc" files ...
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Do professional software developers write an average of 10 lines of code per day?

The 2nd edition of Code Complete cites Cusumano et al. (2003) for the best-known (till then) industry figure(s). The paper is based on a survey of 104 projects in four regions of the globe. The ...
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Do any ATS companies advertise entirely automated resume rejection?

Filtering suitable candidates vs not-likely-suitable candidates (which can be in effect auto-rejection) was among the first feature releases of the in-house ATS we use where I work. It's not ...
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Has Telegram decrypted user messages and provided them to a gov agency?

As far as we know, the police did not go to Telegram and ask them for the data. Vice (Germany) states - based on non-public papers by the LKA - that the police got the data directly from the phone ...
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Did MIT develop software that can recover sounds from video of vibrating objects?

As a Video DSP Engineer, I can attest that it is definitely possible and practical to register motion of a fraction of a pixel. I've used such a technique myself (and this general notion is far from ...
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Airplane software crash caused by zero/negative altitude at Dead Sea

Not like the story, but negative altitudes have been problematic This article reports that the aircraft navigation computer on a Lockheed-Martin C-130J Hercules started misbehaving when landing at the ...
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Do software patents stifle creativity?

The accepted answer is a good one. Here I'd like to illustrate it by giving concrete examples from the field of data compression. LZW, the "GIF Patents" In the late 1970s, two fundamental ...
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Does a webpage with a black background save energy?

On amoled (active-matrix organic light-emitting diode) screen types, such as the Galaxy s5, each pixel is individually lit when powered, so using pitch black backgrounds theoretically reduces power ...
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Does WordPress power 27% of the Internet?

While the number is real it means (as per other answer) something different in W3Techs report (source for it) — share in top 10 million sites by traffic sample. But that doesn't say if the number is ...
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Are there more open jobs than available developers?

I think there's a very large variation in estimates. Even from BLS itself. Compare the accepted answer with the more recent BLS data from a 2017 NYT article which show near parity for the 2014-2024 ...
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Is Tetris by Electronic Arts the best selling video game on mobile?

According to a different Wikipedia page, the one for this very game, the initial release was September 12, 2006 for the iOS, with an Android release only coming out in September 1, 2011, almost a full ...
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Did the NSA pay RSA $10 million to make Dual_EC_DRBG the default in BSafe?

You've got two questions there: 1) Did the NSA pay RSA Security $10 million to make Dual_EC_DRBG the default? Quite likely. The way the statement by RSA Security is worded does not deny the core ...
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Does having a specification result in better code?

After reading this question I wondered if there be statement about this on the free book Evidence-based Software Engineering. After a quick review I was able to find a statement on chapter 6 "...
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