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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 …

Untapped opportunities in AI

By Beau Cronin
June 3, 2014

Editor’s note: this post is part of an ongoing series exploring developments in artificial intelligence. Here’s a simple recipe for solving crazy-hard problems with machine intelligence. First, collect huge amounts of training data — probably more than anyone thought sensible or even …

Four short links: 3 June 2014

By Nat Torkington
June 3, 2014

Machine Learning Done Wrong — [M]ost practitioners pick the modeling algorithm they are most familiar with rather than pick the one which best suits the data. In this post, I would like to share some common mistakes (the don’t-s). Bandits …

Welcome back, Weblandians

By Jim Stogdill
June 2, 2014

Note: this post is a slightly hydrated version of my Solid keynote. To get it out in 10 minutes, I had to remove a few ideas and streamline it a bit for oral delivery; this is the full version. In …

Four short links: 2 June 2014

By Nat Torkington
June 2, 2014

PirateBox 1.0 — turns a wireless router into a filesharing joy. v1.0 has a responsive ui, among other things for use on tablets and phones. Dystopia Tracker — keep on top of which scifi dystopic predictions have been realised. I’d …

A growing number of applications are being built with Spark

By Ben Lorica
May 31, 2014

One of the trends we’re following closely at Strata is the emergence of vertical applications. As components for creating large-scale data infrastructures enter their early stages of maturation, companies are focusing on solving data problems in specific industries rather than …

NASA’s Smart SPHERES robot teams up with Project Tango

By DW Wheeler
May 30, 2014

I work in the Intelligent Robotics Group (IRG) at NASA Ames Research Center, and when we got the chance to collaborate with our next-door neighbor Google on their new Project Tango, we knew exactly what to do: we’re sending the …

What it really means when people say “Everything in JavaScript is an object”

By Elisabeth Robson
May 30, 2014

When you begin programming with JavaScript you might run across books, tutorials, and people who say “Everything in JavaScript is an object.” While it’s not 100% true (not *everything* is an object), it is *mostly* true. And sometimes this can …

Four short links: 30 May 2014

By Nat Torkington
May 30, 2014

Video Quality Report — transparency is a great way to indirectly exert leverage. Control Your Traffic Flows with Software — using BGP to balance traffic. Will be interesting to see how the more extreme traffic managers deploy SDN in the …

It’s the End of the Web As We Knew It

By Simon St. Laurent
May 29, 2014

For the past 15 years, Google has enforced the classic “HTML as foundation” architecture at the heart of the Web. Content creators and the developers who support them had to present content and link information as part of their pages’ …

Exploring lightweight monitoring systems

By Sam Newman
May 29, 2014

For the last ten years I’ve had a foot in both the development and operations worlds. I stumbled into the world of IT operations as a result of having the most UNIX skills in the team shortly after starting at …

Four short links: 29 May 2014

By Nat Torkington
May 29, 2014

Beyond the Stack (Mike Loukides) — tools and processes to support software developers who are as massively distributed as the code they build. Mary Meeker’s Internet Trends 2014 (PDF) — the changes on slide 34 are interesting: usage moving away …

How to be agile with your big data

By Mike Barlow
May 28, 2014

Data analysis, like other pursuits, is a balancing act. The rise of big data ratchets up the pressure on the traditional enterprise data warehouse (EDW) and associated software tools to handle rapidly evolving sets of new demands posed by the …

Four short links: 28 May 2014

By Nat Torkington
May 28, 2014

Maciej Ceglowski on Our Internet — If you haven’t already read this because someone pushed it into your hands, read it now. If these vast databases are valuable enough, it doesn’t matter who they belong to. The government will always …

Four short links: 26 May 2014

By Nat Torkington
May 23, 2014

Car Alarms and Smoke Alarms (Slideshare) — how to think about and draw the line between sensitivity and specificity. 101 Uses for Content Mining — between the list in the post and the comments from readers, it’s a good introduction …

Applying Design Values to Programming

By Simon St. Laurent
May 23, 2014

For the past two decades, the Web has been a vibrant intersection of design and programming, a place where practices from art and engineering both apply. Though I’ve spent my career on the programming side – you don’t really want …

Driving demand for full stack developers

By Matt Makai
May 23, 2014

Buzzwords in the software industry arise and then die off with startling frequency. Ambiguous terms such as “growth hacker”, “sales engineer” and “rockstar developer” trip a developer’s spidey sense that the person saying them is just handwaving. However, occasionally a …

Four short links: 23 May 2014

By Nat Torkington
May 23, 2014

How to Educate Users (Luke Wroblewski) — help new users in your app, not in a video. Hardware By The Numbers (Renee DiResta) — slides from her keynote at the Solid conference. The mean success rate across all sectors is …

Why PayPal jumped the software-hardware gap

By Jon Bruner
May 22, 2014

PayPal is a software company, but when I met with Josh Bleecher Snyder, director of software engineering at PayPal, it was to talk about hardware. He’s leading the development of Beacon, PayPal’s new hands-free payment platform. At its heart is a …


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