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The life of a programmer before a deadline.  #SoTrue  
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Udacity are phasing out free certificates. They are keeping the course material free though. Ive done a couple of courses on Udacity and found them really helpful. I think if they are improving the value of the certificates then it could be a good thing to make them more appealing to employers. And it could be a lot cheaper and accessible than going to university. 


Hi John,

At Udacity, our mission has always been to support our students to advance not just their education but also their careers. To achieve this, we stress learning by doing. That’s why we introduced Verified Certificates back in January. These certificates authenticate both the identity and skills of our students, through real-life projects and a final assessment. Our industry partners and students value them as a strong signal of skills mastery.

In contrast, certificates for free courseware completion reward completing a rigorous course, but they are neither identity-verified nor based on a project completion review. We have now heard from many students and employers alike that they would like to see more rigor in our certification.

As a result, we have made the very difficult decision to stop issuing free courseware completion certificates. The courseware will continue to be available for free.
We really value the hard work you have put into our classes.

If you’ve already earned a certificate of completion you will continue to have access to your certificates in your account. 

If you're still working towards one, you can still earn a certificate of completion if you complete the courseware by May 16 at 11:59 PM PDT.
We want to support you, by standing behind your skills as you use them to advance your career. For any questions about this transition, please don’t hesitate to email support@udacity.com.
Keep Learning,

The Udacity Team
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Its a great source for picking up things. Ive flicked through a couple of courses just to get to specific bits. 
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Eat lettuce? In the US, there's a 3% chance it was tended by one of startup Blue River's robots. +Carol Reiley and I just visited Blue River technology, which is using very cool machine learning and computer vision to improve farming. http://www.bluerivert.com/ 
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Blue Boatshed II - Photography by +Leah Kennedy  www.leahkennedyimaging.com The Crawley blue boatshed on the Swan River, Perth. #australia #nightscape #boatshed
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I may have jsut bought myself an early birthday present. 
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+Scott Ellis i have one at home all ready for this bad boy :) 
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Goats have balls. And they can climb! 

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Every single wild animal has a special environmental niche that it occupies to survive, and wild mountain goats have evolved to occupy some of the weirdest and most hard-to-reach ecological niches out there – steep cliff faces. These goats aren't crazy - the cliffs they spend most of their ...
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I  live with my partner and 3 kids,2 cats and more recently 2 praying mantis.

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