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Sergey Brin

Sergey Mikhaylovich Brin is an American computer scientist and Internet entrepreneur. Together with Larry Page, he co-founded Google. Brin was the president of Google's parent company Alphabet Inc, until stepping down from the role on December 3, 2019. Brin and Larry Page will remain controlling shareholders of Alphabet; as of October 2019, Brin is the 10th-richest person in the world, with an estimated net worth of US$64.1billion. Brin immigrated to the United States with his family from the Soviet Union at the age of 6, he earned his bachelor's degree at the University of Maryland, College Park, following in his father's and grandfather's footsteps by studying mathematics, as well as computer science. After graduation, he enrolled in Stanford University to acquire a Ph. D. in computer science. There he met Page; the program became popular at Stanford, they suspended their Ph. D. studies to start up Google in Susan Wojcicki's garage in Menlo Park. Brin was born on August 21, 1973, in Moscow in the Soviet Union, to Jewish parents and Mikhail Brin, both graduates of Moscow State University.

His father is a mathematics professor at the University of Maryland, his mother a researcher at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. The Brin family lived in a three-room apartment in central Moscow, which they shared with Sergey's paternal grandmother. In 1977, after his father returned from a mathematics conference in Warsaw, Mikhail Brin announced that it was time for the family to emigrate, they formally applied for their exit visa in September 1978, as a result, his father was "promptly fired". For related reasons, his mother had to leave her job. For the next eight months, without any steady income, they were forced to take on temporary jobs as they waited, afraid their request would be denied as it was for many refuseniks. In May 1979, they were allowed to leave the country; the Brin family lived in Vienna and Paris while Mikhail Brin secured a teaching position at the University of Maryland with help from Anatole Katok. During this time, the Brin family received support and assistance from the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society.

They arrived in the United States on October 25, 1979. Brin attended elementary school at Paint Branch Montessori School in Adelphi, but he received further education at home, he attended Eleanor Roosevelt High School, Maryland. In September 1990, Brin enrolled in the University of Maryland, where he received his Bachelor of Science from the Department of Computer Science in 1993 with honors in computer science and mathematics at the age of 19. Brin began his graduate study in computer science at Stanford University on a graduate fellowship from the National Science Foundation. In 1993, he interned at the developers of Mathematica; as of 2008, he was on leave from his PhD studies at Stanford. During an orientation for new students at Stanford, he met Larry Page, they seemed to disagree on most subjects, but after spending time together they "became intellectual soul-mates and close friends." Brin's focus was on developing data mining systems while Page's was in extending "the concept of inferring the importance of a research paper from its citations in other papers".

Together, the pair authored a paper titled "The Anatomy of a Large-Scale Hypertextual Web Search Engine". To convert the backlink data gathered by BackRub's web crawler into a measure of importance for a given web page and Page developed the PageRank algorithm, realized that it could be used to build a search engine far superior to existing ones; the new algorithm relied on a new kind of technology that analyzed the relevance of the backlinks that connected one Web page to another, allowed the number of links and their rank, to determine the rank of the page. Combining their ideas, the pair began utilizing Page's dormitory room as a machine laboratory, extracted spare parts from inexpensive computers to create a device that they used to connect the nascent search engine with Stanford's broadband campus network. After filling Page's room with equipment, they converted Brin's dorm room into an office and programming center, where they tested their new search engine designs on the Web; the rapid growth of their project caused Stanford's computing infrastructure to experience problems.

Page and Brin used the former's basic HTML programming skills to set up a simple search page for users, as they did not have a web page developer to create anything visually elaborate. They began using any computer part they could find to assemble the necessary computing power to handle searches by multiple users; as their search engine grew in popularity among Stanford users, it required additional servers to process the queries. In August 1996, the initial version of Google was made available on the Stanford Web site. By early 1997, the BackRub page described the state as follows: Some Rough Statistics Total indexable HTML urls: 75.2306 Million Total content downloaded: 207.022 gigabytes... BackRub is written in Java and Python and runs on several Sun Ultras and Intel Pentiums running Linux; the primary database is kept on a Sun Ultra series II with 28GB of disk. Scott Hassan and Alan Steremberg have provided a great deal of talented implementation help. Sergey Brin has been involved and deserves many thanks.

- Larry Page pagecs.stanford.eduBackRub exhibited the rudimentary functions and characteristics of a search engine: a query input was entered and it provided a list

List of airports in Cape Verde

This is a list of airports in Cape Verde, which have been an important infrastructural need for the economy and development of the country, since being an archipelago makes it impossible to have terrestrial links between the main cities and towns. As such, in addition to frequent maritime connections, every island except Brava and Santo Antão has a domestic airport. Praia Airport, opened to international flights on September 2005, caters to the Cape Verdian diaspora. In late 2009 the São Pedro Airport on the island of São Vicente became an international airport. Transport in Cape Verde List of airports by ICAO code: G#GV - Cape Verde Wikipedia: WikiProject Aviation/Airline destination lists: Africa#Cape Verde

William Thorne (orientalist)

William Thorne was an English clergyman and orientalist, Regius Professor of Hebrew at Oxford in 1598. He was born at Semley, Wiltshire, in 1568 or 1569, entered Winchester College in 1582. Proceeding to New College, Oxford, he matriculated on 15 April 1586, was elected a fellow in the year following, he graduated B. A. on 12 April 1589, M. A. on 18 Jan. 1593, B. D. on 16 July 1600, D. D. on 8 July 1602. On 12 March 1597 he was licensed to preach, from 27 July 1598 until 1604 he filled the office of Regius Professor of Hebrew. On 30 December 1601 he was installed dean of Chichester, in the same year received the rectory of Tollard Royal, resigning his fellowship in 1602. In 1606 he was appointed vicar of Hampshire. In 1616 he became rector of North Marden, in 1619 of Warblington, Hampshire, he died on 13 February 1630, was buried in Chichester Cathedral. Thorne was a oriental scholar with an international reputation. John Drusius dedicated to him Opuscula quae ad Grammaticam spectant, Charles Fitzgeffrey devotes an epigram to him in his Affaniae sive Epigrammatum libri tres.

He is sometimes cited as a member of the First Oxford Company of Bible translators working on the Authorized King James Version. The doubt concerning his involvement in the translation stems from the fact that he is not mentioned in the earliest lists of translators; the evidence in support of his involvement, however, is substantial. More than a dozen bishops signed a document recommending Thorne for ecclesiastical preferment; the recommendation explicitly mentions Thorne's involvement as a translator "of that parte of the olde Testament, committed to that Universitie". The recommendation states that Thorne was the King's chaplain. At least two of the signatories were themselves involved in the translation project, it seems unlikely that these men would have signed the document as worded if Thorne had not been involved in the translation. Moreover, it is plausible that the former regius professor of Hebrew at Oxford and the King's chaplain would have been involved in the project. Thorne was a member of John Case's circle.

One of them, Ralph Ravens, was omitted from some of the early lists, but was "certainly involved." Matthew DeCoursey suggests. Thorne was the author of: Willelmi Thorni Tullius, seu ῥήτωρ, in tria stromata divisus, Oxford, 1592. Ἔσοπτρον Βασιλικόν. Or a Kenning-Glasse for a Christian King. Dedicated to James I, London, 1603; this article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: "Thorne, William". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900

Malka Older

Malka Older is an author and humanitarian worker. She was named the 2015 Senior Fellow for Technology and Risk at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, she has more than eight years' experience in humanitarian aid and development. Infomocracy, released in 2016, is her first novel, is the first in the series The Centenal Cycle, which included Null States, released in 2017 and State Tectonics in 2018, which won a Prometheus Award in 2019. Older earned an undergraduate degree in literature from Harvard University, a Masters in international relations and economics from the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, she is a PhD candidate: her doctoral work on the sociology of organizations at the Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris explores the dynamics of multi-level governance and disaster response using the cases of Hurricane Katrina and the Japan tsunami of 2011. Older has more than a decade of experience in humanitarian aid and development, ranging from field level experience as a Head of Office in Darfur to supporting global programs and agency-wide strategy as a disaster risk reduction technical specialist.

In between, she has designed and implemented economic development initiatives in post-disaster context, supervised a large and diverse portfolio as Director of Programs in Indonesia, responded to complex emergencies and natural disasters in Sri Lanka, Darfur, Indonesia and Mali, in the last three as Team Leader. Centenal Cycle Trilogy Infomocracy. Tor, 2016. ISBN 9780765385147, OCLC 951464733 Null States. Tom Doherty Associates, 2017. ISBN 9780765399540, OCLC 1002493676 State Tectonics. A Tom Doherty Associates Book, 2018. ISBN 9780765399472, OCLC 1050141938Ebooks Tear Tracks. Tor, 2015 Trade Deal. Serial Box, 2018 Assassination. Serial Box, 2018 Ninth Step Station. Serial Box, 2019Other Work...and Other Disasters. Mason Jar Press, 2019. ISBN 978-0996103787 Named one of Kirkus's "Best Fiction of 2016" One of The Washington Post's "Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of 2016" Finalist for the 2017 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer

The Odd Gentlemen

The Odd Gentlemen is a video game developer founded by Matt Korba and Paul Bellezza in 2008. Its first video game is The Misadventures of P. B. Winterbottom, it was Matt Korba's graduate thesis at the University of Southern California. The Misadventures of P. B. Winterbottom is a puzzle platform game, it was published by 2K Play. They have released a game in the PlayStation 3's social gaming network, PlayStation Home, called Slap Happy Sam. In 2012, The Odd Gentlemen released Flea Symphony. Author Neil Gaiman announced in June 2013 he would be making his first game with the help of The Odd Gentlemen; the game is called Wayward Manor and was released in 2014. In 2014, the Odd Gentlemen were attached to the production of Andrew Hussie's Homestuck adventure game, Hiveswap. On June 19, 2014, Hussie announced their involvement via backer-only Kickstarter update; the studio publicly acknowledged their involvement with the game two days on June 21. On October 30, 2014, Hussie announced that The Odd Gentlemen's involvement was winding down and that the Homestuck merchandise and art studio, What Pumpkin, would finish Hiveswap and subsequent titles in-house.

On August 12, 2014, Activision announced that The Odd Gentleman would make a King's Quest adventure game as part of their revival of the Sierra plan. The game was developed as an episodic release consisting of five chapters and a bonus playable epilogue; the first chapter, "A Knight to Remember", was released on July 28, 2015. The fifth chapter was released on October 26, 2016. Official website


The Schurre is a stone run in the Bode Gorge in the Lower Harz near Thale in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. The stone run is slipping downhill, the sliding of its boulders being audible during periods of heavy rain, its name has been given to a much-frequented trail, blazed in 1864 between the Bode Gorge and the legendary Rosstrappe site. In 18 hairpin bends the Schurre wends its way up the steep stone run; the trail is cobbled in places. Several trees planted along the route, with its extreme climatic conditions, have survived. Negotiating this route uphill from the valley requires walkers to be fit due to its steep gradient and the requirement to climb around 200 metres in height. In May 2010 there was a rockslide; the path was closed in summer 2011 due to another major rockslide