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Warren Buffett’s Snowflake, Barrick Gold bets signal new strategy

  • Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway has made surprise bets on Barrick Gold and Snowflake in recent months, clashing with the investor’s past warnings about gold, tech stocks, and IPOs.
  • Berkshire’s bosses may be pursuing smaller, more frequent investments and cashing in on corporate actions, Brian Gongol, a longtime Berkshire shareholder, told Business Insider.
  • “I wouldn’t be surprised if Buffett, Weschler, Combs, and Ajit Jain all got on the phone and had a talk where they decided to ‘think small’ with some fraction of the company’s cash pile,” Gongol said.
  • Buffett and his team also signaled Berkshire was “the best big investment they could find” when they spent $5.1 billion buying back stock in May and June, Gongol said.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway stunned investors when it revealed a $560 million stake in Barrick Gold in August, and shocked them again with its $735 million

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Software predicts the rise and fall of every river on Earth

Software predicts the rise and fall of every river on Earth
BYU civil and environmental engineering professor Jim Nelson at the Provo River. Credit: Jaren Wilkey/BYU

In July heavy rains triggered landslides and floods in Nepal that ultimately killed more than 130 people. As soon as the rain started falling, BYU professor Jim Nelson knew things could get bad.


That’s because the water-modeling software created by Nelson and colleagues from NASA under the Group on Earth Observations Global Water Sustainability (GEOGloWS) Partnership can predict the rise and fall of every river on the face of the planet. And in the case of Nepal, the streamflow forecasts were warning of severe flooding throughout the country.

Fortunately, the predictive models, accessible through the BYU software, made it into the hands of emergency agencies in Nepal, saving many lives in what could have been a catastrophic loss of life.

Nepali officials being able to access this vital information through Nelson’s large-scale visualization hydrologic data

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5 Best Programming Languages to Learn in 2020

In this fast-paced digital world, programming or coding literacy is no longer limited to the bespectacled denizens of Silicon Valley. Basic coding knowledge is not only preferred but also expected for most jobs — whether it’s programming or PR.

Moreover, the demand for competent programmers is at an all-time high right now. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment of software developers is projected to grow 22% from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all other occupations. This has created the need for learning platforms that can help Americans stay ahead of the curve and get the skills they need for the jobs of the future.

Udacity is an online education platform that offers real, project-based learning for higher-paying, in-demand tech skills such as programming. With them, learners have access to expert mentors, supportive project reviews, exclusive hiring partners, and an outstanding peer community

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Why a computer desk that’s also a PC is my latest obsession

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Since working from home these past few months, I’ve spent a lot of time at my computer desk. Normally, I’d only be seated at my desk when streaming on Twitch or doing a bit of design work – all of my actual gaming is usually enjoyed from the comfort of my couch.



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Make no mistake – my desk is a bit of a behemoth, supporting not only my mouse and keyboard at a comfortable typing level, but also a digital piano and two monitors on a dual-monitor arm. It’s a decent setup for streaming and for getting my work done, rather than tapping away on my MacBook while curled up on the couch (and eventually falling asleep). It’s also a desk that I had custom built a little over two years ago, just because I

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Elon Musk says Starlink now has enough satellites in orbit to launch a public beta of its high-speed internet service



Elon Musk wearing a suit and tie: SpaceX CEO Elon Musk. Patrick Pleul/picture alliance via Getty Images


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SpaceX CEO Elon Musk. Patrick Pleul/picture alliance via Getty Images

  • Elon Musk said on Tuesday that SpaceX’s internet satellite project, Starlink, had launched enough satellites for its public beta.
  • Once the most recently launched satellites are in position, the company will roll out a “fairly wide public beta” in the northern US and southern Canada, Musk tweeted.
  • Starlink’s goal is to put a constellation of satellites into orbit that can beam high-speed internet to remote parts of Earth.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Elon Musk’s goal of beaming high-speed internet to remote parts of Earth using orbiting satellites just got a step closer to reality.

SpaceX on Tuesday launched a batch of 60 Starlink satellites, bringing the total number in orbit to more than 700, according to Ars Technica. Musk, SpaceX’s CEO, said this was enough for a public beta.

“Once

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