Four short links: 11 July 2011

Scammers Banks, DX, Scientific MTurk, and Teaching CS in Javascript

  1. Which Banks are Enabling Fake AV Scams? — some nice detective work to reveal the mechanisms and actors who take money from the marks in AV scams. (via BoingBoing)
  2. Developer Experience — new site from ex-Google developer evangelist Pamela Fox, talking about the experience that API- and software-offering companies give to the developers they’re wooing.
  3. Pros and Cons of Mechanical Turk for Scientific Surveys (Scientific American blogs) — So far, some indicators suggest Turk is a trustworthy source. Rand (2011) used IP address logging to verify subjects’ self-reported country of residence, and found that 97% of responses are accurate. He also compared the consistency of a range of demographic variables reported by the same subjects across two different studies, and found between 81% and 98% agreement, depending on the variable. (via Vaughan Bell)
  4. Stanford CS101 Demo — Stanford’s CS101 class now is taught in Javascript. I shared with a CS teacher from Christchurch, New Zealand, who said that JS had proven very useful after the earthquake–students could program just about anywhere on just about anything.
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