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Four short links: 20 October 2014

By Nat Torkington
October 20, 2014

Fix Mac OS X — each time you start typing in Spotlight (to open an application or search for a file on your computer), your local search terms and location are sent to Apple and third parties (including Microsoft) under …

Four short links: 20 October 2014

By Nat Torkington
October 20, 2014

Fix Mac OS X — each time you start typing in Spotlight (to open an application or search for a file on your computer), your local search terms and location are sent to Apple and third parties (including Microsoft) under …

Four short links: 17 February 2014

By Nat Torkington
October 17, 2014

Time to Enable Two-Factor Authentication on Everything (Gizmodo) — instructions for enabling 2fa on Google, Facebook, and other common consumer Internet services. (via BoingBoing) Project Naptha — automatically applies state-of-the-art computer vision algorithms on every image you see while browsing …

Four short links: 17 February 2014

By Nat Torkington
October 17, 2014

Time to Enable Two-Factor Authentication on Everything (Gizmodo) — instructions for enabling 2fa on Google, Facebook, and other common consumer Internet services. (via BoingBoing) Project Naptha — automatically applies state-of-the-art computer vision algorithms on every image you see while browsing …

Use data or be data

By Jenn Webb
October 17, 2014

Arguments from all sides have surrounded the question of whether or not everyone should learn to code. Trina Chiasson, co-founder and CEO of Infoactive, says learning to code changed her life for the better. “These days I don’t spend a …

Use data or be data

By Jenn Webb
October 17, 2014

Arguments from all sides have surrounded the question of whether or not everyone should learn to code. Trina Chiasson, co-founder and CEO of Infoactive, says learning to code changed her life for the better. “These days I don’t spend a …

Signals from Strata + Hadoop World New York 2014

By Mac Slocum
October 16, 2014

Experts from across the data world are coming together in New York City this week for Strata + Hadoop World New York 2014. Below you’ll find keynotes, interviews, and insights from the event that we think are notable. Unusual data …

Signals from Strata + Hadoop World New York 2014

By Mac Slocum
October 16, 2014

Experts from across the data world are coming together in New York City this week for Strata + Hadoop World New York 2014. Below you’ll find keynotes, interviews, and insights from the event that we think are notable. Unusual data …

What happens when fashion meets data: The O’Reilly Radar Podcast

By Jenn Webb
October 16, 2014

Editor’s note: you can subscribe to the O’Reilly Radar Podcast through iTunes, SoundCloud, or directly through our podcast’s RSS feed. In this podcast episode, I talk with Liza Kindred, founder of Third Wave Fashion and author of the new free …

Measure your open source community\'s age to keep it healthy

By Jesus M. Gonzalez-Barahona
October 16, 2014

To really grasp a free/open source software project, you need to know how the community that develops and supports it is evolving. Attracting lots of new members will be a reason for celebrating success in a young project — but …

What happens when fashion meets data: The O’Reilly Radar Podcast

By Jenn Webb
October 16, 2014

Editor’s note: you can subscribe to the O’Reilly Radar Podcast through iTunes, SoundCloud, or directly through our podcast’s RSS feed. In this podcast episode, I talk with Liza Kindred, founder of Third Wave Fashion and author of the new free …

Measure your open source community\'s age to keep it healthy

By Jesus M. Gonzalez-Barahona
October 16, 2014

To really grasp a free/open source software project, you need to know how the community that develops and supports it is evolving. Attracting lots of new members will be a reason for celebrating success in a young project — but …

Four short links: 16 October 2014

By Nat Torkington
October 16, 2014

Eye Catcher (We Make Money Not Art) — the most banal-looking wooden frame takes thus a life of its own as soon as you come near it. It quickly positions itself in front of you, spots your eyes and starts …

Fast data fuels real-time streaming applications

By Andy Oram
October 15, 2014

The era is here: we’re starting to see computers making decisions that people used to make, through a combination of historical and real-time data. These streams of data come together in applications that answer questions like: What news items or …

Fast data fuels real-time streaming applications

By Andy Oram
October 15, 2014

The era is here: we’re starting to see computers making decisions that people used to make, through a combination of historical and real-time data. These streams of data come together in applications that answer questions like: What news items or …

Four short links: 16 October 2014

By Nat Torkington
October 15, 2014

Eye Catcher (We Make Money Not Art) — the most banal-looking wooden frame takes thus a life of its own as soon as you come near it. It quickly positions itself in front of you, spots your eyes and starts …

Four short links: 15 October 2014

By Nat Torkington
October 15, 2014

Guidance Note on Uncertainty (PDF) –expert advice to IPCC scientists on identifying, quantifying, and communicating uncertainty. Everyone deals with uncertainty, but none are quite so ruthless in their pursuit of honesty about it as scientists. (via Peter Gluckman) pageres — …

Four short links: 15 October 2014

By Nat Torkington
October 15, 2014

Guidance Note on Uncertainty (PDF) –expert advice to IPCC scientists on identifying, quantifying, and communicating uncertainty. Everyone deals with uncertainty, but none are quite so ruthless in their pursuit of honesty about it as scientists. (via Peter Gluckman) pageres — …

The human side of Hadoop

By Jenn Webb
October 15, 2014

Roger Magoulas, director of market research at O’Reilly and Strata co-chair, recently sat down with Doug Cutting, chief architect at Cloudera, to talk about the new partnership between Cloudera and O’Reilly, and the state of the Hadoop landscape. Cutting shares …

The human side of Hadoop

By Jenn Webb
October 15, 2014

Roger Magoulas, director of market research at O’Reilly and Strata co-chair, recently sat down with Doug Cutting, chief architect at Cloudera, to talk about the new partnership between Cloudera and O’Reilly, and the state of the Hadoop landscape. Cutting shares …

Python tuples: immutable but potentially changing

By Luciano Ramalho
October 15, 2014

Python tuples have a surprising trait: they are immutable, but their values may change. This may happen when a tuple holds a reference to any mutable object, such as a list. If you need to explain this to a colleague …

Python tuples: immutable but potentially changing

By Luciano Ramalho
October 15, 2014

Python tuples have a surprising trait: they are immutable, but their values may change. This may happen when a tuple holds a reference to any mutable object, such as a list. If you need to explain this to a colleague …

Let’s Use a Better Python Editor

By Richard Rios
October 14, 2014

For my first O’Reilly School of Technology blog post, I wanted to share some knowledge I’ve gleaned from my own experience using OST courses, specifically an alternative editor that I really like. This could be especially useful to Python students. I have had a wonderful experience, with my mentor Pat Barton working through the O’Reilly …

The post Let’s Use a Better Python Editor appeared first on O'Reilly School of Technology.

Celebrating Ada Lovelace Day

By Suzanne Axtell
October 14, 2014

October 14 is Ada Lovelace Day (ALD), an annual global event that recognizes not only the 19th century mathematician and aristocratic super nerd who wrote the first computer program, but other women in our community, too. ALD founder Suw Charman-Anderson’s …

Four short links: 14 October 2014

By Nat Torkington
October 14, 2014

VCs Return to Backing Science Startups (NY Times) — industry and energy investment doubled this year, biotech up 26% in first half, but a lot of the investments are comically small and the risk remains acutely high. dronecode — Linux …

Celebrating Ada Lovelace Day

By Suzanne Axtell
October 14, 2014

October 14 is Ada Lovelace Day (ALD), an annual global event that recognizes not only the 19th century mathematician and aristocratic super nerd who wrote the first computer program, but other women in our community, too. ALD founder Suw Charman-Anderson’s …

Four short links: 14 October 2014

By Nat Torkington
October 14, 2014

VCs Return to Backing Science Startups (NY Times) — industry and energy investment doubled this year, biotech up 26% in first half, but a lot of the investments are comically small and the risk remains acutely high. dronecode — Linux …

Using TV Whitespaces to Monitor Endangered Species

By Edie Freedman
October 13, 2014

The Zoological Society of London mines the gap. I am always impressed with the imaginative ways the Zoological Society of London uses technology to try to protect and conserve endangered species. Here’s their latest brainstorm, as described on the ZSL …

The post Using TV Whitespaces to Monitor Endangered Species appeared first on Animals.

Four short links: 13 October 2014

By Nat Torkington
October 13, 2014

Angular JS Style Guide — I love style guides, to the point of having posted (I think) three for Angular. Reading other people’s style guides is like listening to them make-up after arguments: you learn what’s important to them, and …

Four short links: 13 October 2014

By Nat Torkington
October 13, 2014

Angular JS Style Guide — I love style guides, to the point of having posted (I think) three for Angular. Reading other people’s style guides is like listening to them make-up after arguments: you learn what’s important to them, and …

Resume Driven Development

By Mike Loukides
October 11, 2014

I had a conversation recently with Martin Thompson (@mjpt777), a London-based developer who specializes in performance and low-latency systems. I learned about Martin through Kevlin Henney’s Tweets about his recent talk at Goto Aarhus. We talked about a disturbing trend …

Resume Driven Development

By Mike Loukides
October 11, 2014

I had a conversation recently with Martin Thompson (@mjpt777), a London-based developer who specializes in performance and low-latency systems. I learned about Martin through Kevlin Henney’s Tweets about his recent talk at Goto Aarhus. We talked about a disturbing trend …

It’s time to call time on nerd culture

By Pete Warden
October 10, 2014

Editor’s Note: 2014 has been a contentious year in the world around technology. I started a few times this week to write about it, but everything I wrote felt like a footnote to this clear piece from Pete Warden, which …

It’s time to call time on nerd culture

By Pete Warden
October 10, 2014

Editor’s Note: 2014 has been a contentious year in the world around technology. I started a few times this week to write about it, but everything I wrote felt like a footnote to this clear piece from Pete Warden, which …

Four short links: 10 October 2014

By Nat Torkington
October 10, 2014

Slow Release Malware — Prof. Vigna outlined scenarios in which an increasingly sophisticated and opaque breed of malicious executable will evolve to ‘mimic’ the behaviour patterns of benign software, in an attempt to avoid wasting its payload behaviour on a …

Four short links: 10 October 2014

By Nat Torkington
October 10, 2014

Slow Release Malware — Prof. Vigna outlined scenarios in which an increasingly sophisticated and opaque breed of malicious executable will evolve to ‘mimic’ the behaviour patterns of benign software, in an attempt to avoid wasting its payload behaviour on a …

Four short links: 9 October 2014

By Nat Torkington
October 9, 2014

dash — offline access to API documentation. Useful for those long-haul flights without wifi … Gartner’s Top Trends for 2015 — ubicomp, IoT, 3d printing, pervasive analytics, context, smart machines, cloud computing, software-defined everything, web-scale IT, and security. Still not …

Four short links: 9 October 2014

By Nat Torkington
October 9, 2014

dash — offline access to API documentation. Useful for those long-haul flights without wifi … Gartner’s Top Trends for 2015 — ubicomp, IoT, 3d printing, pervasive analytics, context, smart machines, cloud computing, software-defined everything, web-scale IT, and security. Still not …

What the data world can learn from the fashion industry

By Roger Magoulas
October 8, 2014

At O’Reilly Research, we focus our attention on trends in technology adoption — which tools are adopted and in which industries. In doing so, we uncover interesting cross-disciplinary opportunities and discover what we can learn from innovations in other fields. …

What the data world can learn from the fashion industry

By Roger Magoulas
October 8, 2014

At O’Reilly Research, we focus our attention on trends in technology adoption — which tools are adopted and in which industries. In doing so, we uncover interesting cross-disciplinary opportunities and discover what we can learn from innovations in other fields. …

Inside Solid: what won’t drones do?

By Jon Bruner
October 8, 2014

Extrapolation is great fun — especially over technology, where Moore’s Law has conditioned us to expect exponentially falling costs and fast adoption. Applied to drones, extrapolation might lead us to conclude that they’ll fill the skies soon, delivering anything we want …

Inside Solid: what won’t drones do?

By Jon Bruner
October 8, 2014

Extrapolation is great fun — especially over technology, where Moore’s Law has conditioned us to expect exponentially falling costs and fast adoption. Applied to drones, extrapolation might lead us to conclude that they’ll fill the skies soon, delivering anything we want …

Four short links: 8 October 2014

By Nat Torkington
October 8, 2014

Floodwatch — a Chrome extension that tracks the ads you see as you browse the internet. It offers tools to help you understand both the volume and the types of ads you’re being served during the course of normal browsing, …

Four short links: 8 October 2014

By Nat Torkington
October 8, 2014

Floodwatch — a Chrome extension that tracks the ads you see as you browse the internet. It offers tools to help you understand both the volume and the types of ads you’re being served during the course of normal browsing, …

Big data’s move to the cloud

By Mike Barlow
October 7, 2014

One night when our son was two years old, he abruptly decided that he didn’t like taking baths. As my wife recalls, he struggled mightily against the ritual of bathing for several months until, suddenly and mysteriously, he decided that …

Big data’s move to the cloud

By Mike Barlow
October 7, 2014

One night when our son was two years old, he abruptly decided that he didn’t like taking baths. As my wife recalls, he struggled mightily against the ritual of bathing for several months until, suddenly and mysteriously, he decided that …

Four short links: 7 October 2014

By Nat Torkington
October 7, 2014

On the Maker Movement in China (Clay Shirky) — Hardware hacking hasn’t become a hot new thing in China because it never stopped being a regular old thing. A History of Apache Storm and Lessons Learned (Nathan Marz) — his …

Four short links: 7 October 2014

By Nat Torkington
October 7, 2014

On the Maker Movement in China (Clay Shirky) — Hardware hacking hasn’t become a hot new thing in China because it never stopped being a regular old thing. A History of Apache Storm and Lessons Learned (Nathan Marz) — his …

Four short links: 6 October 2014

By Nat Torkington
October 6, 2014

Why Nerd Culture Must Die (Pete Warden) — Our ingrained sense of victimization has become a perverse justification for bullying. Hear, hear. Best Papers vs Top Cited Papers in CS (since 1996) — it is astonishing (to your humble not-in-academia …

Challenges facing predictive APIs

By Beau Cronin
October 6, 2014

In November, the first International Conference on Predictive APIs and Apps will take place in Barcelona, just ahead of Strata Barcelona. This event will bring together those who are building intelligent web services (sometimes called Machine Learning as a Service) …


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