Another random assortment of freshly picked links that struck my fancy. Some of them newsworthy. Some of them thought worthy. All of them, hopefully, worth your time. Today includes the Portland’s love of the Thorns, less and less code, more and more ADX, QuackCon, PIE and Built Oregon Community Hour[s], In-Q-Tel, and the Dropbox hack.
No other U.S. city exceeds an average home attendance of 10,000 for any professional women’s sport. Portland surpasses it every other week.
Throughout computing history, one change has been consistent: programmers achieve more each year with less code. In the earliest days there were punchcards and assembly code. For almost all programmers, work is much easier today. Still, the industry continues to improve, making a developer’s work more efficient, predictable, and enjoyable. Professional programmers continue to write many lines of code, and that will likely always be the case. There is still an undeniable trend at removing the repetitive pieces.
Portland makers space ADX is expanding once again, this time adding 10,000 square feet to its facility in order to create a campus for artists, designers and small manufacturers.
Calling all sports-loving techies: the University of Oregon is holding the first ever collegiate sports-tech hackathon. On October 14-16, QuackCon will be held on the Ducks’ campus. The town of Eugene has been a hub of sports innovation for decades. The home of Nike and the Ducks’ new Marcus Mariota Sports Performance Center is all about advanced athletics.
PIE and Built Oregon would like to invite you to our first Community Hour[s]. This will be an ongoing gathering of all the people who make up the entrepreneurial fabric in our community. There is no agenda, panel, or discussion. It’s a time to relax and network with old friends and new connections. As much as we all love technology, relationships are built through personal connections and shared stories. So we hope you’ll join us for a few minutes, or a couple hours at the CENTRL Office Main Bar on September 6th from 5-7pm.
Like the agency that founded it, the CIA-funded venture-capital firm operates largely in the shadows. In-Q-Tel officials regard the firm as independent, yet it has extremely close ties to the CIA and runs almost all investment decisions by the spy agency. The firm discloses little about how it picks companies to invest in, never says how much, and sometimes doesn’t reveal the investments at all.
Earlier today, Motherboard reported on what had been rumoured for some time, namely that Dropbox had been hacked. Not just a little bit hacked and not in that “someone has cobbled together a list of credentials that work on Dropbox” hacked either, but proper hacked to the tune of 68 million records.