An amusing tale of how one teenager managed to land a high-paying job through sheer luck. Ned Utzig had little clue how to proceed in solving an auto shop owners issues; after an internal dispute, all of their files had been dismantled and their system was at a standstill. By luck, the files were written in the only programming language Ned was familiar with, and he managed to fix the issue through trial and error, leading to a job fixing up their system and significantly less harassment from his parents.
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With drug overdose deaths on the rise, authorities are attempting to curb the epidemic by tracking and sharing information in real time. In one unique effort, a nonprofit in New York City is using drug-testing equipment and stamping or marking habits of dealers to identify drug batches that may endanger users. Other approaches are also being used, such as monitoring drug-related chatter on Reddit and analyzing local wastewater for opioid and other drug levels. With the combination of these efforts, researchers hope to put a dent in the opioid crisis and reduce overdose deaths. Read full article here