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Four short links: 20 December 2011 - Maximum MySQL, Digital News, Unbiased Mining, and Congressional Clue

By Nat Torkington
December 20, 2011

How Twitter Stores 250M Tweets a Day Using MySQL (High Scalability) -- notes from a talk at the MySQL conference on how Twitter built a high-volume MySQL store. How The Atlantic Got Profitable With Digital First (Mashable) -- Lauf says his team has focused on putting together premium advertising experiences that span print, digital, events and (increasingly) mobile. Data...

Four short links: 11 November 2011 - Technocracy's Blind Spot, Progressive Enhancement, Libraries and ebooks, and Library Fablab

By Nat Torkington
November 11, 2011

Nudge Policies Are Another Name for Coercion (New Scientist) -- This points to the key problem with "nudge" style paternalism: presuming that technocrats understand what ordinary people want better than the people themselves. There is no reason to think technocrats know better, especially since Thaler and Sunstein offer no means for ordinary people to comment on, let alone correct,...

Developer Week in Review: Android proves fruitful for Microsoft - More bucks for Microsoft, more horsepower for SPARC, and more votes for ... someone.

Developer Week in Review: Android proves fruitful for Microsoft - More bucks for Microsoft, more horsepower for SPARC, and more votes for ... someone.
By James Turner
September 29, 2011

Samsung agrees to pay Microsoft royalties for Android use. Elsewhere, Oracle keeps the SPARC line alive, and the hackability of voting machines is exposed.

Four short links: 29 August 2011 - Rebooting Manufacturing, Politics, Disney Open Source, and CS Magic

By Nat Torkington
August 29, 2011

Laptops and Looms -- very thoughtful and thought-provoking summary of a UK conference on the kinds of Future of Manufacturing tools and businesses that Make and O'Reilly are into. It's easy to romanticise the industry of old but much of it was horrible and remains so in the countries where we now outsource many of our manufacturing needs. If...

The Great Reset: Why tomorrow may not be better than today - Hard truths about our values, the economy and the outlook for the future.

The Great Reset: Why tomorrow may not be better than today - Hard truths about our values, the economy and the outlook for the future.
By Mark Sigal
July 8, 2011

Mark Sigal says we're entering a period where the promise of a better tomorrow is no longer a generational expectation and our sense of a (mostly) fair and balanced system is being drowned by an elite class.

Four short links: 27 June 2011 - Poor Economics, Shrinking Web, Orphans Put to Work, Realtime Log Monitoring

By Nat Torkington
June 27, 2011

Poor Economics -- this is possibly the best thing I will read all year, an insightful (and research-backed) book digging into the economics of poverty. Read the lecture slides online, they'll give you a very clear taste of what the book's about. Love that the website is so very complementary to the book, and 100% aligned with the ambition...

Four short links: 19 May 2011 - Internet Access Rights, Statistical Peace, Vintage Jobs, and Errata Etymology

By Nat Torkington
May 19, 2011

Right to Access the Internet -- a survey of different countries' rights to access to access the Internet. Peace Through Statistics -- three ex-Yugoslavian statisticians nominated for Nobel Peace Prize. In war-torn and impoverished countries, statistics provides a welcome arena in which science runs independent of ethnicity and religion. With so few resources, many countries are graduating few, if...

Four short links: 24 January 2011 - National Facebook Relations, Personality Design, Lessons Learned, and Khan Academy

By Nat Torkington
January 24, 2011

The Inside Story of How Facebook Responded to Tunisian Hacks (The Atlantic) -- After more than ten days of intensive investigation and study, Facebook's security team realized something very, very bad was going on. The country's Internet service providers were running a malicious piece of code that was recording users' login information when they went to sites like Facebook....


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