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Stop hacking random stuff. It’s getting trivial.

By Jon Bruner
September 30, 2014

I was gratified to read Dave Aitel’s rant about junk hacking last week [via Peter Lewis and abridged below]: “Yes, we get it. Cars, boats, buses, and those singing fish plaques are all hackable and have no security. Most conferences these …

Stop hacking random stuff. It’s getting trivial.

By Jon Bruner
September 30, 2014

I was gratified to read Dave Aitel’s rant about junk hacking last week [via Peter Lewis and abridged below]: “Yes, we get it. Cars, boats, buses, and those singing fish plaques are all hackable and have no security. Most conferences these …

What Amazon, iTunes, and Uber teach us about Apple Pay

By Tim O'Reilly
September 30, 2014

Something’s been nagging at me about Apple Pay, and the hype about it. The Apple-Pay web page gushes: “Gone are the days of searching for your wallet. The wasted moments finding the right card. The swiping and waiting. Now payments …

What Amazon, iTunes, and Uber teach us about Apple Pay

By Tim O'Reilly
September 30, 2014

Something’s been nagging at me about Apple Pay, and the hype about it. The Apple-Pay web page gushes: “Gone are the days of searching for your wallet. The wasted moments finding the right card. The swiping and waiting. Now payments …

Four short links: 30 September 2014

By Nat Torkington
September 30, 2014

Continuously Testing Infrastructure — “infrastructure as code”. I can’t figure out whether what I feel are thrills or chills. Engineer Sees Big Possibilities in Micro-robots, Including Programmable Bees (National Geographic) — He and fellow researchers devised novel techniques to fabricate, …

Four short links: 30 September 2014

By Nat Torkington
September 30, 2014

Continuously Testing Infrastructure — “infrastructure as code”. I can’t figure out whether what I feel are thrills or chills. Engineer Sees Big Possibilities in Micro-robots, Including Programmable Bees (National Geographic) — He and fellow researchers devised novel techniques to fabricate, …

Four short links: 26 September 2014

By Nat Torkington
September 29, 2014

15 Lessons from 15 Years of Blogging (Anil Dash) — If your comments are full of assholes, it’s your fault. Good communities don’t just happen by accident. Replicating DeepMind — open source attempt to build deep learning network that can …

Four short links: 29 September 2014

By Nat Torkington
September 29, 2014

How Community Feedback Shapes Behaviour (PDF) — Not only do authors of negatively-evaluated content contribute more, but also their future posts are of lower quality, and are perceived by the community as such. Moreover, these authors are more likely to …

Four short links: 29 September 2014

By Nat Torkington
September 29, 2014

How Community Feedback Shapes Behaviour (PDF) — Not only do authors of negatively-evaluated content contribute more, but also their future posts are of lower quality, and are perceived by the community as such. Moreover, these authors are more likely to …

Four short links: 29 September 2014

By Nat Torkington
September 29, 2014

How Community Feedback Shapes Behaviour (PDF) — Not only do authors of negatively-evaluated content contribute more, but also their future posts are of lower quality, and are perceived by the community as such. Moreover, these authors are more likely to …

Python 3: threat or menace?

By Bill Lubanovic
September 26, 2014

I wish I still had my copy of this: a Harvard Lampoon parody of Life magazine from the ’60s, displaying a picture of a flying saucer and the ominous headline: “UFOs: Threat or Menace?”. I was reminded of this when …

Python 3: threat or menace?

By Bill Lubanovic
September 26, 2014

I wish I still had my copy of this: a Harvard Lampoon parody of Life magazine from the ’60s, displaying a picture of a flying saucer and the ominous headline: “UFOs: Threat or Menace?”. I was reminded of this when …

Python 3: threat or menace?

By Bill Lubanovic
September 26, 2014

I wish I still had my copy of this: a Harvard Lampoon parody of Life magazine from the sixties, displaying a picture of a flying saucer and the ominous headline: “UFOs: Threat or Menace?”. I was reminded of this when …

Four short links: 26 September 2014

By Nat Torkington
September 26, 2014

15 Lessons from 15 Years of Blogging (Anil Dash) — If your comments are full of assholes, it’s your fault. Good communities don’t just happen by accident. Replicating DeepMind — open source attempt to build deep learning network that can …

Four short links: 26 September 2014

By Nat Torkington
September 26, 2014

15 Lessons from 15 Years of Blogging (Anil Dash) — If your comments are full of assholes, it’s your fault. Good communities don’t just happen by accident. Replicating DeepMind — open source attempt to build deep learning network that can …

Four short links: 24 September 2014

By Nat Torkington
September 25, 2014

Introducing Heroku DX — instrumentation is now a must-have for platforms. Practical Lessons in Code Review — for every “gosh you should do this!” practice, I’m fascinated by the myriad “it just works better if you approach it like this” …

Four short links: 25 September 2014

By Nat Torkington
September 25, 2014

NGA Releases Hi-Res Elevation Data — 30-meter topographic data for the world. Soft Robotics — a collection of shared resources to support the design, fabrication, modeling, characterization, and control of soft robotic devices. From Harvard. OpenGov — In many domains, …

Four short links: 25 September 2014

By Nat Torkington
September 25, 2014

NGA Releases Hi-Res Elevation Data — 30-meter topographic data for the world. Soft Robotics — a collection of shared resources to support the design, fabrication, modeling, characterization, and control of soft robotic devices. From Harvard. OpenGov — In many domains, …

Four short links: 25 September 2014

By Nat Torkington
September 25, 2014

NGA Releases Hi-Res Elevation Data — 30-meter topographic data for the world. Soft Robotics — a collection of shared resources to support the design, fabrication, modeling, characterization, and control of soft robotic devices. From Harvard. OpenGov — In many domains, …

Four short links: 23 September 2014

By Nat Torkington
September 24, 2014

Thoughts on the Alibaba Bubble — Alibaba is an offering that encourages the kind of negative Wall Street behavior none of us really want to see happen again. (via Tim O’Reilly) Reactive Manifesto — We believe that a coherent approach …

Inside Solid: who will build the “god platform” for the Internet of Things?

By Jon Bruner
September 24, 2014

Everyone’s racing to build the “god platform” for the Internet of Things: the highest, most generalized layer of intelligence and user interface that ties together connected devices and web services. It’s tempting to look for analogy in mobile phone platforms, where …

In pursuit of universal IoT standards

By Peter Lewis
September 24, 2014

The first remotely operated domestic machine — a toaster — was connected to the Internet less than a quarter-century ago, in 1990. The Internet of Things (IoT) doubled in size a year later with the addition of a coffee pot. …

Scaling NoSQL databases: 5 tips for increasing performance

By Alex Bordei
September 24, 2014

Editor’s note: this post is a follow-up to a recent webcast, “Getting the Most Out of Your NoSQL DB,” by the post author, Alex Bordei. As product manager for Bigstep’s Full Metal Cloud, I work with a lot of amazing …

Scaling NoSQL databases: 5 tips for increasing performance

By Alex Bordei
September 24, 2014

Editor’s note: this post is a follow-up to a recent webcast, “Getting the Most Out of Your NoSQL DB,” by the post author, Alex Bordei. As product manager for Bigstep’s Full Metal Cloud, I work with a lot of amazing …

Four short links: 24 September 2014

By Nat Torkington
September 24, 2014

Introducing Heroku DX — instrumentation is now a must-have for platforms. Practical Lessons in Code Review — for every “gosh you should do this!” practice, I’m fascinated by the myriad “it just works better if you approach it like this” …

Scaling NoSQL databases: 5 tips for increasing performance

By Alex Bordei
September 24, 2014

Editor’s note: this post is a follow-up to a recent webcast, “Getting the Most Out of Your NoSQL DB,” by the post author, Alex Bordei. As product manager for Bigstep’s Full Metal Cloud, I work with a lot of amazing …

In pursuit of universal IoT standards

By Peter Lewis
September 24, 2014

The first remotely operated domestic machine — a toaster — was connected to the Internet less than a quarter-century ago, in 1990. The Internet of Things (IoT) doubled in size a year later with the addition of a coffee pot. …

In pursuit of universal IoT standards

By Peter Lewis
September 24, 2014

The first remotely operated domestic machine — a toaster — was connected to the Internet less than a quarter-century ago, in 1990. The Internet of Things (IoT) doubled in size a year later with the addition of a coffee pot. …

Four short links: 24 September 2014

By Nat Torkington
September 24, 2014

Introducing Heroku DX — instrumentation is now a must-have for platforms. Practical Lessons in Code Review — for every “gosh you should do this!” practice, I’m fascinated by the myriad “it just works better if you approach it like this” …

Four short links: 22 September 2014

By Nat Torkington
September 23, 2014

Significance of Javascript For OS X Scripting — not just for shell scripting-type automation, now you can build Cocoa applications with Javascript. This is huge. keybase.io — social media as trust vector. I Banned E-Mail At My Company — Email …

“Save the Whales”

By Edie Freedman
September 23, 2014

Back in the 1970s, a lot of cars sported “Save the Whales” bumper stickers. More than 2 million whales were caught by commercial whalers in the 20th century, and by the middle of the century, many populations were severely depleted. The “Save the Whales” …

The post “Save the Whales” appeared first on Animals.

Inside Solid: who will build the “god platform” for the Internet of Things?

By Jon Bruner
September 23, 2014

Everyone’s racing to build the “god platform” for the Internet of Things: the highest, most generalized layer of intelligence and user interface that ties together connected devices and web services. It’s tempting to look for analogy in mobile phone platforms, where …

Four short links: 23 September 2014

By Nat Torkington
September 23, 2014

Thoughts on the Alibaba Bubble — Alibaba is an offering that encourages the kind of negative Wall Street behavior none of us really want to see happen again. (via Tim O’Reilly) Reactive Manifesto — We believe that a coherent approach …

Four short links: 23 September 2014

By Nat Torkington
September 23, 2014

Thoughts on the Alibaba Bubble — Alibaba is an offering that encourages the kind of negative Wall Street behavior none of us really want to see happen again. (via Tim O’Reilly) Reactive Manifesto — We believe that a coherent approach …

Four short links: 19 September 2014

By Nat Torkington
September 22, 2014

Deep Learning Bibliography — an annotated bibliography of recent publications (2014-) related to Deep Learning. Inside the Go Playground — on safely offering a REPL over the web to strangers. Wolfram Tweet-a-Program — clever marketing trick, and reminiscent of Perl …

Inside Solid: who will build the “god platform” for the Internet of Things?

By Jon Bruner
September 22, 2014

Everyone’s racing to build the “god platform” for the Internet of Things: the highest, most generalized layer of intelligence and user interface that ties together connected devices and web services. It’s tempting to look for analogy in mobile phone platforms, where …

Four short links: 22 September 2014

By Nat Torkington
September 22, 2014

Significance of Javascript For OS X Scripting — not just for shell scripting-type automation, now you can build Cocoa applications with Javascript. This is huge. keybase.io — social media as trust vector. I Banned E-Mail At My Company — Email …

Four short links: 22 September 2014

By Nat Torkington
September 22, 2014

Significance of Javascript For OS X Scripting — not just for shell scripting-type automation, now you can build Cocoa applications with Javascript. This is huge. keybase.io — social media as trust vector. I Banned E-Mail At My Company — Email …

Multipeer Connectivity on iOS 8 with Swift

By Paris Buttfield-Addison
September 19, 2014

Multipeer Connectivity is a means of identifying and connecting services together, and allows for very easy passing back and forth of data with minimal setup. If you are thinking that this seems similar to Bonjour, you are correct; however, Bonjour …

Announcing Spark Certification

By Ben Lorica
September 19, 2014

Editor’s note: full disclosure — Ben is an advisor to Databricks. I am pleased to announce a joint program between O’Reilly and Databricks to certify Spark developers. O’Reilly has long been interested in certification, and with this inaugural program, we believe …

What every Java developer needs to know about Java 9

By Ben Evans
September 19, 2014

Java 8 may only have been released a few months ago, but Oracle has already announced the first set of features that will be targeted for Java 9. On August 11th, Mark Reinhold, a Chief Architect for Java, made available …

Signals from Velocity New York 2014

By Mac Slocum
September 19, 2014

Practitioners and experts from the web operations and performance worlds came together in New York City this week for Velocity New York 2014. Below you’ll find a handful of keynotes and interviews from the event that we found particularly notable. …

New Swift language shows Apple history

By Andy Oram
September 19, 2014

Like many Apple programmers (and new programmers who are curious about iOS), I treated Apple’s Swift language as a breath of fresh air. I welcomed when Vandad Nahavandipoor updated his persistently popular iOS Programming Cookbook to cover Swift exclusively. But …

Four short links: 18 September 2014

By Nat Torkington
September 19, 2014

Guide to Writing Testable Code (PDF) — Google’s testable code suggestions, though C++-centric. Enchanted Objects (YouTube) — David Rose at Google talking about the UX of magical UIs. (via Mary Treseler) hpn-ssh — High Performance SSH/SCP. Lost Lessons from an …

Multipeer Connectivity on iOS 8 with Swift

By Paris Buttfield-Addison
September 19, 2014

Multipeer Connectivity is a means of identifying and connecting services together, and allows for very easy passing back and forth of data with minimal setup. If you are thinking that this seems similar to Bonjour, you are correct; however, Bonjour …

Multipeer Connectivity on iOS 8 with Swift

By Paris Buttfield-Addison
September 19, 2014

Multipeer Connectivity is a means of identifying and connecting services together, and allows for very easy passing back and forth of data with minimal setup. If you are thinking that this seems similar to Bonjour, you are correct; however, Bonjour …

Four short links: 19 September 2014

By Nat Torkington
September 19, 2014

Deep Learning Bibliography — an annotated bibliography of recent publications (2014-) related to Deep Learning. Inside the Go Playground — on safely offering a REPL over the web to strangers. Wolfram Tweet-a-Program — clever marketing trick, and reminiscent of Perl …

Four short links: 19 September 2014

By Nat Torkington
September 19, 2014

Deep Learning Bibliography — an annotated bibliography of recent publications (2014-) related to Deep Learning. Inside the Go Playground — on safely offering a REPL over the web to strangers. Wolfram Tweet-a-Program — clever marketing trick, and reminiscent of Perl …

The promise of Promise Theory: The O’Reilly Radar Podcast

By Jenn Webb
September 18, 2014

Editor’s note: you can subscribe to the O’Reilly Radar Podcast through iTunes,SoundCloud, or directly through our podcast’s RSS feed. As systems become increasingly distributed and complex, it’s more important than ever to find ways to accurately describe and analyze those systems, and …

The promise of Promise Theory: The O’Reilly Radar Podcast

By Jenn Webb
September 18, 2014

Editor’s note: you can subscribe to the O’Reilly Radar Podcast through iTunes,SoundCloud, or directly through our podcast’s RSS feed. As systems become increasingly distributed and complex, it’s more important than ever to find ways to accurately describe and analyze those systems, and …


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