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Radar gets a refresh

By Mac Slocum
June 19, 2014

Today we’re excited to roll out a number of important updates that refine Radar’s content and freshen up the site’s design. A new approach The most notable change is also the least obvious. In the months ahead, Radar’s editorial mission …

Open teaching stacks help us teach at scale

By Elliott Hauser
June 19, 2014

Elliott Hauser is CEO of Trinket, a startup focused on creating open sourced teaching materials. He is also a Python instructor at UNC Chapel Hill. Well-developed tools for teaching are crucial to the spread of open source software and programming …

Open teaching stacks help us teach at scale

By Elliott Hauser
June 19, 2014

Elliott Hauser is CEO of Trinket, a startup focused on creating open sourced teaching materials. He is also a Python instructor at UNC Chapel Hill. Well-developed tools for teaching are crucial to the spread of open source software and programming …

Open teaching stacks help us teach at scale

By Elliott Hauser
June 19, 2014

Elliott Hauser is CEO of Trinket, a startup focused on creating open sourced teaching materials. He is also a Python instructor at UNC Chapel Hill. Well-developed tools for teaching are crucial to the spread of open source software and programming …

AI’s dueling definitions

By Beau Cronin
June 18, 2014

Let me start with a secret: I feel self-conscious when I use the terms “AI” and “artificial intelligence.” Sometimes, I’m downright embarrassed by them. Before I get into why, though, answer this question: what pops into your head when you …

Four short links: 18 June 2014

By Nat Torkington
June 18, 2014

Javascript Cryptography Considered Harmful — tl;dr: “don’t”. If you don’t trust the network to deliver a password, or, worse, don’t trust the server not to keep user secrets, you can’t trust them to deliver security code. The same attacker who …

Expect no, but fight for yes

By DJ Patil
June 18, 2014

Editor’s note: this is the transcript of DJ Patil’s commencement address to the 2014 graduating class at UC Santa Cruz’s Jack Baskin School of Engineering; it is published here with permission. Thank you, Dean Ramirez and the distinguished faculty here …

Four short links: 18 June 2014

By Nat Torkington
June 18, 2014

Javascript Cryptography Considered Harmful — tl;dr: “don’t”. If you don’t trust the network to deliver a password, or, worse, don’t trust the server not to keep user secrets, you can’t trust them to deliver security code. The same attacker who …

AI’s dueling definitions

By Beau Cronin
June 18, 2014

Let me start with a secret: I feel self-conscious when I use the terms “AI” and “artificial intelligence.” Sometimes, I’m downright embarrassed by them. Before I get into why, though, answer this question: what pops into your head when you …

Expect no, but fight for yes

By DJ Patil
June 18, 2014

Editor’s note: this is the transcript of DJ Patil’s commencement address to the 2014 graduating class at UC Santa Cruz’s Jack Baskin School of Engineering; it is published here with permission. Thank you, Dean Ramirez and the distinguished faculty here …

Expect no, but fight for yes

By DJ Patil
June 18, 2014

Editor’s note: this is the transcript of DJ Patil’s commencement address to the 2014 graduating class at UC Santa Cruz’s Jack Baskin School of Engineering; it is published here with permission. Thank you, Dean Ramirez and the distinguished faculty here …

Four short links: 18 June 2014

By Nat Torkington
June 18, 2014

Javascript Cryptography Considered Harmful — tl;dr: “don’t”. If you don’t trust the network to deliver a password, or, worse, don’t trust the server not to keep user secrets, you can’t trust them to deliver security code. The same attacker who …

Four short links: 13 June 2014

By Nat Torkington
June 17, 2014

Mapping the Decentralized Movement (Jon Udell) — the pendulum is about to swing back toward a more distributed Web. John Ioannidis: Reproducible Research, True or False? (YouTube) — his talk at Google. (via Paul Kedrosky) Tessel — a microcontroller that …

Four short links: 17 June 2014

By Nat Torkington
June 17, 2014

Eris — a platform which allows developers and users to deploy consensus driven applications which rely on decentralized architecture and a consensus driven blockchain database backend. Open source (modified MIT). The Disruption Machine (New Yorker) — long detailed critique of …

Where did the issue of health data exchange disappear to?

By Andy Oram
June 17, 2014

On the first morning of the biggest conference on data in health care–the Health Datapalooza in Washington, DC–newspapers reported a bill allowing the Department of Veterans Affairs to outsource more of its care, sending veterans to private health care providers …

Four short links: 16 June 2014

By Nat Torkington
June 17, 2014

Quick DT — open source (Java) decision tree learner. Revealing Hidden Changes to Supreme Court Opinions — WHEREAS, It is now well-documented that the Supreme Court of the United States makes changes to its opinions after the opinion is published; …

Streamlining feature engineering

By Ben Lorica
June 17, 2014

Why do data scientists spend so much time on data wrangling and data preparation? In many cases it’s because they want access to the best variables with which to build their models. These variables are known as features in machine-learning parlance. …

Four short links: 17 June 2014

By Nat Torkington
June 17, 2014

Eris — a platform which allows developers and users to deploy consensus driven applications which rely on decentralized architecture and a consensus driven blockchain database backend. Open source (modified MIT). The Disruption Machine (New Yorker) — long detailed critique of …

Where did the issue of health data exchange disappear to?

By Andy Oram
June 17, 2014

On the first morning of the biggest conference on data in health care–the Health Datapalooza in Washington, DC–newspapers reported a bill allowing the Department of Veterans Affairs to outsource more of its care, sending veterans to private health care providers …

Four short links: 16 June 2014

By Nat Torkington
June 17, 2014

Quick DT — open source (Java) decision tree learner. Revealing Hidden Changes to Supreme Court Opinions — WHEREAS, It is now well-documented that the Supreme Court of the United States makes changes to its opinions after the opinion is published; …

Streamlining feature engineering

By Ben Lorica
June 17, 2014

Why do data scientists spend so much time on data wrangling and data preparation? In many cases it’s because they want access to the best variables with which to build their models. These variables are known as features in machine-learning parlance. …

Four short links: 13 June 2014

By Nat Torkington
June 17, 2014

Mapping the Decentralized Movement (Jon Udell) — the pendulum is about to swing back toward a more distributed Web. John Ioannidis: Reproducible Research, True or False? (YouTube) — his talk at Google. (via Paul Kedrosky) Tessel — a microcontroller that …

Where did the issue of health data exchange disappear to?

By Andy Oram
June 17, 2014

On the first morning of the biggest conference on data in health care–the Health Datapalooza in Washington, DC–newspapers reported a bill allowing the Department of Veterans Affairs to outsource more of its care, sending veterans to private health care providers …

Streamlining feature engineering

By Ben Lorica
June 17, 2014

Why do data scientists spend so much time on data wrangling and data preparation? In many cases it’s because they want access to the best variables with which to build their models. These variables are known as features in machine-learning parlance. …

Four short links: 17 June 2014

By Nat Torkington
June 17, 2014

Eris — a platform which allows developers and users to deploy consensus driven applications which rely on decentralized architecture and a consensus driven blockchain database backend. Open source (modified MIT). The Disruption Machine (New Yorker) — long detailed critique of …

AI’s dueling definitions

By Beau Cronin
June 16, 2014

Let me start with a secret: I feel self-conscious when I use the terms “AI” and “artificial intelligence.” Sometimes, I’m downright embarrassed by them. Before I get into why, though, answer this question: what pops into your head when you …

Four short links: 16 June 2014

By Nat Torkington
June 16, 2014

Quick DT — open source (Java) decision tree learner. Revealing Hidden Changes to Supreme Court Opinions — WHEREAS, It is now well-documented that the Supreme Court of the United States makes changes to its opinions after the opinion is published; …

Where did the issue of health data exchange disappear to?

By Andy Oram
June 15, 2014

On the first morning of the biggest conference on data in health care–the Health Datapalooza in Washington, DC–newspapers reported a bill allowing the Department of Veterans Affairs to outsource more of its care, sending veterans to private health care providers …

Streamlining Feature Engineering

By Ben Lorica
June 14, 2014

Why do data scientists spend so much time on data wrangling and data preparation? In many cases it’s because they want access to the best variables with which to build their models. These variables are known as features in machine-learning parlance. …

Open teaching stacks help us teach at scale

By Elliott Hauser
June 13, 2014

Elliott Hauser is CEO of Trinket, a startup focused on creating open sourced teaching materials. He is also a Python instructor at UNC Chapel Hill. Well-developed tools for teaching are crucial to the spread of open source software and programming …

Four short links: 13 June 2014

By Nat Torkington
June 13, 2014

Mapping the Decentralized Movement (Jon Udell) — the pendulum is about to swing back toward a more distributed Web. John Ioannidis: Reproducible Research, True or False? (YouTube) — his talk at Google. (via Paul Kedrosky) Tessel — a microcontroller that …

From the network interface to the database

By Mike Loukides
June 12, 2014

From the beginning, the Velocity Conference has focused on web performance and operations — specifically, web operations. This focus has been fairly narrow: browser performance dominated the discussion of “web performance,” and interactions between developers and IT staff dominated operations. …

Four short links: 12 June 2014

By Nat Torkington
June 12, 2014

Norbert Weiner (The Atlantic) — His fears for the future stemmed from two fundamental convictions: We humans can’t resist selfishly misusing the powers our machines give us, to the detriment of our fellow humans and the planet; and there’s a …

The role of Wi-Fi in the Internet of Things

By Mark Pacelle
June 12, 2014

This article is part of a series exploring the role of networking in the Internet of Things. In my previous post we evaluated a point-to-point networking technology, specifically Bluetooth, to determine its applicability to our building monitoring and energy application. …

Four short links: 11 June 2014

By Nat Torkington
June 12, 2014

UK Copyright Law Permits Researchers to Data Mine — changes mean Copyright holders can require researchers to pay to access their content but cannot then restrict text or data mining for non-commercial purposes thereafter, under the new rules. However, researchers …

The role of Wi-Fi in the Internet of Things

By Mark Pacelle
June 12, 2014

This article is part of a series exploring the role of networking in the Internet of Things. In my previous post we evaluated a point-to-point networking technology, specifically Bluetooth, to determine its applicability to our building monitoring and energy application. …

The role of Wi-Fi in the Internet of Things

By Mark Pacelle
June 12, 2014

This article is part of a series exploring the role of networking in the Internet of Things. In my previous post we evaluated a point-to-point networking technology, specifically Bluetooth, to determine its applicability to our building monitoring and energy application. …

The role of Wi-Fi in the Internet of Things

By Mark Pacelle
June 12, 2014

This article is part of a series exploring the role of networking in the Internet of Things. In my previous post we evaluated a point-to-point networking technology, specifically Bluetooth, to determine its applicability to our building monitoring and energy application. …

Four short links: 12 June 2014

By Nat Torkington
June 12, 2014

Norbert Weiner (The Atlantic) — His fears for the future stemmed from two fundamental convictions: We humans can’t resist selfishly misusing the powers our machines give us, to the detriment of our fellow humans and the planet; and there’s a …

From the network interface to the database

By Mike Loukides
June 11, 2014

From the beginning, the Velocity Conference has focused on web performance and operations — specifically, web operations. This focus has been fairly narrow: browser performance dominated the discussion of “web performance,” and interactions between developers and IT staff dominated operations. …

Four short links: 11 June 2014

By Nat Torkington
June 11, 2014

UK Copyright Law Permits Researchers to Data Mine — changes mean Copyright holders can require researchers to pay to access their content but cannot then restrict text or data mining for non-commercial purposes thereafter, under the new rules. However, researchers …

Four short links: 10 June 2014

By Nat Torkington
June 10, 2014

Trusting Browser Code (Tim Bray) — on the fundamental weakness of the ‘net as manifest in the browser. Deep Learning in the Raspberry Pi (Pete Warden) — $30 now gets you a computer you can run deep learning algorithms on. …

Your money or your life

By Simon St. Laurent
June 10, 2014

I know it’s hard to run a large company. I know that organizations can get too deep into their own visions to imagine conflicting values. I realized yesterday, though, that: Microsoft ruined their brand for me by holding too tightly …

Your money or your life

By Simon St. Laurent
June 10, 2014

I know it’s hard to run a large company. I know that organizations can get too deep into their own visions to imagine conflicting values. I realized yesterday, though, that: Microsoft ruined their brand for me by holding too tightly …

Four short links: 10 June 2014

By Nat Torkington
June 10, 2014

Trusting Browser Code (Tim Bray) — on the fundamental weakness of the ‘net as manifest in the browser. Deep Learning in the Raspberry Pi (Pete Warden) — $30 now gets you a computer you can run deep learning algorithms on. …

Four short links: 9 June 2014

By Nat Torkington
June 9, 2014

textql — execute SQL against structured text like CSV or TSV. Social Network Structure of Fake Friends — author bought 4,000 Twitter followers and studied their relationships. Hidden Biases in Big Data — with every big data set, we need …

Summer Reading: The Sixth Extinction

By Edie Freedman
June 8, 2014

A few months ago, just as the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a major report on climate change, I was in the middle of reading Elizabeth Kolbert’s recent book, The Sixth Extinction. The UN report scarily aligns …

The post Summer Reading: The Sixth Extinction appeared first on Animals.

Four short links: 6 June 2014

By Nat Torkington
June 6, 2014

Ethics and UX Design (Slideshare) –We are the thieves of time. This excellent talk challenges you (via Aristotle) to understand what a good life is, and whether you’re designing to bring it about. (via Keith Bolland) Pepper Personal Robot — …

Four short links: 5 June 2014

By Nat Torkington
June 5, 2014

beaglepilot (Github) — open source open hardware autopilot for Beagleboard. (via DIY Drones) IFR Robot Sales Charts (PDF) — 2013: all-time high of 179,000 industrial robots sold and growth continues in 2014. (via Robohub) The Top 5 Claims That Defenders …

Four short links: 4 June 2014

By Nat Torkington
June 4, 2014

Swift on GitHub — watch a thousand projects launch. HTTP API Design Guide — extracted from work on the Heroku Platform API. End-to-End PGP in Gmail — Google releases an open source Chrome extension to enable end-to-end OpenPGP on top …


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