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Four short links: 22 July 2014

By Nat Torkington
July 22, 2014

write-good — a naive `lint’ for English prose. cockroachdb — a scalable, geo-replicated, transactional datastore from a team that includes the person who built Spanner for Google. Spanner requires atomic clocks, cockroach does not (which has corresponding performance consequences). (via …

Four short links: 22 July 2014

By Nat Torkington
July 22, 2014

write-good — a naive `lint’ for English prose. cockroachdb — a scalable, geo-replicated, transactional datastore from a team that includes the person who built Spanner for Google. Spanner requires atomic clocks, cockroach does not (which has corresponding performance consequences). (via …

Materials that make up our world

By Max Shron
July 21, 2014

Editor’s note: This is part two of a two-part series reflecting on the O’Reilly Solid Conference from the perspective of a data scientist. Normally we wouldn’t publish takeaways from an event held nearly two months ago, but these insights were …

Materials that make up our world

By Max Shron
July 21, 2014

Editor’s note: This is part two of a two-part series reflecting on the O’Reilly Solid Conference from the perspective of a data scientist. Normally we wouldn’t publish takeaways from an event held nearly two months ago, but these insights were …

Materials that make up our world

By Max Shron
July 21, 2014

Editor’s note: This is part two of a two-part series reflecting on the O’Reilly Solid Conference from the perspective of a data scientist. Normally we wouldn’t publish takeaways from an event held nearly two months ago, but these insights were …

Transparency and transformation at PayPal

By Danese Cooper
July 21, 2014

Three years ago, PayPal was growing exponentially, staying profitable and was considered the most successful online payments company in the world. This should have been the recipe of a company that was attracting top talent across the globe, and keeping …

Transparency and transformation at PayPal

By Danese Cooper
July 21, 2014

Three years ago, PayPal was growing exponentially, staying profitable and was considered the most successful online payments company in the world. This should have been the recipe of a company that was attracting top talent across the globe, and keeping …

Transparency and transformation at PayPal

By Danese Cooper
July 21, 2014

Three years ago, PayPal was growing exponentially, staying profitable and was considered the most successful online payments company in the world. This should have been the recipe of a company that was attracting top talent across the globe, and keeping …

Four short links: 21 July 2014

By Nat Torkington
July 21, 2014

nupic (github) -GPL v3-licensed ode from Numenta, at last. See their patent position. Robocup — soccer robotics contest, condition of entry is that all codes are open sourced after the contest. (via The Economist) Security Data Science Paper Collection — …

Four short links: 21 July 2014

By Nat Torkington
July 21, 2014

nupic (github) -GPL v3-licensed ode from Numenta, at last. See their patent position. Robocup — soccer robotics contest, condition of entry is that all codes are open sourced after the contest. (via The Economist) Security Data Science Paper Collection — …

Four short links: 21 July 2014

By Nat Torkington
July 21, 2014

nupic (github) -GPL v3-licensed ode from Numenta, at last. See their patent position. Robocup — soccer robotics contest, condition of entry is that all codes are open sourced after the contest. (via The Economist) Security Data Science Paper Collection — …

Jeremy Rifkin unveils a return to the local in an interconnected future

By Andy Oram
July 18, 2014

Jeremy Rifkin is always predicting an avalanche of change: substitutes for human labor in The End of Work, pervasive genetic engineering in Algeny, and so on. Several interlocking themes run through his latest book, The Zero Marginal Cost Society. Behind …

Jeremy Rifkin unveils a return to the local in an interconnected future

By Andy Oram
July 18, 2014

Jeremy Rifkin is always predicting an avalanche of change: substitutes for human labor in The End of Work, pervasive genetic engineering in Algeny, and so on. Several interlocking themes run through his latest book, The Zero Marginal Cost Society. Behind …

Jeremy Rifkin unveils a return to the local in an interconnected future

By Andy Oram
July 18, 2014

Jeremy Rifkin is always predicting an avalanche of change: substitutes for human labor in The End of Work, pervasive genetic engineering in Algeny, and so on. Several interlocking themes run through his latest book, The Zero Marginal Cost Society. Behind …

Four short links: 18 July 2014

By Nat Torkington
July 18, 2014

Questions to Ask when Reviewing a Design (GDS) — GDS made stickers, but I might just put this in poster form on the wall. They missed, “can you make it pop?” though. Saturated — wonderfully unsubdued web palette for prototyping. …

Four short links: 18 July 2014

By Nat Torkington
July 18, 2014

Questions to Ask when Reviewing a Design (GDS) — GDS made stickers, but I might just put this in poster form on the wall. They missed, “can you make it pop?” though. Saturated — wonderfully unsubdued web palette for prototyping. …

Four short links: 18 July 2014

By Nat Torkington
July 18, 2014

Questions to Ask when Reviewing a Design (GDS) — GDS made stickers, but I might just put this in poster form on the wall. They missed, “can you make it pop?” though. Saturated — wonderfully unsubdued web palette for prototyping. …

A good nudge trumps a good prediction

By Simon Chan
July 17, 2014

Editor’s note: this is part of our investigation into analytic models and best practices for their selection, deployment, and evaluation. We all know that a working predictive model is a powerful business weapon. By translating data into insights and subsequent …

A good nudge trumps a good prediction

By Simon Chan
July 17, 2014

Editor’s note: this is part of our investigation into analytic models and best practices for their selection, deployment, and evaluation. We all know that a working predictive model is a powerful business weapon. By translating data into insights and subsequent …

A good nudge trumps a good prediction

By Simon Chan
July 17, 2014

Editor’s note: this is part of our investigation into analytic models and best practices for their selection, deployment, and evaluation. We all know that a working predictive model is a powerful business weapon. By translating data into insights and subsequent …

Designing real vegan cheese

By Mike Loukides
July 17, 2014

I don’t think I will ever get tired of quoting Drew Endy’s “keep synthetic biology weird.” One of my favorite articles in the new issue of Biocoder is on the Real Vegan Cheese project. If you’ve ever tried any of …

Designing real vegan cheese

By Mike Loukides
July 17, 2014

I don’t think I will ever get tired of quoting Drew Endy’s “keep synthetic biology weird.” One of my favorite articles in the new issue of Biocoder is on the Real Vegan Cheese project. If you’ve ever tried any of …

Designing real vegan cheese

By Mike Loukides
July 17, 2014

I don’t think I will ever get tired of quoting Drew Endy’s “keep synthetic biology weird.” One of my favorite articles in the new issue of Biocoder is on the Real Vegan Cheese project. If you’ve ever tried any of …

Four short links: 17 July 2014

By Nat Torkington
July 17, 2014

Misjudgements Will Drive Social Trials Underground (Nature) — 34 ethicists write to explain why they see Facebook’s mood-influence trials as not an egregious breach of either ethics or law. Notable: No one knows whether exposure to a stream of baby …

Four short links: 17 July 2014

By Nat Torkington
July 17, 2014

Misjudgements Will Drive Social Trials Underground (Nature) — 34 ethicists write to explain why they see Facebook’s mood-influence trials as not an egregious breach of either ethics or law. Notable: No one knows whether exposure to a stream of baby …

Four short links: 17 July 2014

By Nat Torkington
July 17, 2014

Misjudgements Will Drive Social Trials Underground (Nature) — 34 ethicists write to explain why they see Facebook’s mood-influence trials as not an egregious breach of either ethics or law. Notable: No one knows whether exposure to a stream of baby …

Next-generation Web apps with full stack JavaScript

By Patrick Mulder
July 16, 2014

Since its introduction, JavaScript was often seen as a limited object-oriented language that had many “bad” parts. The situation today is almost the opposite. In competition with Java, C#, and Ruby, JavaScript is developing one of the largest ecosystems for …

Next-generation Web apps with full stack JavaScript

By Patrick Mulder
July 16, 2014

Since its introduction, JavaScript was often seen as a limited object-oriented language that had many “bad” parts. The situation today is almost the opposite. In competition with Java, C#, and Ruby, JavaScript is developing one of the largest ecosystems for …

Next-generation Web apps with full stack JavaScript

By Patrick Mulder
July 16, 2014

Since its introduction, JavaScript was often seen as a limited object-oriented language that had many “bad” parts. The situation today is almost the opposite. In competition with Java, C#, and Ruby, JavaScript is developing one of the largest ecosystems for …

Four short links: 16 July 2014

By Nat Torkington
July 16, 2014

Inside bit.ly’s Distributed Systems — this is a 101 for modern web distributed systems design. Patent Trolls are Now 67% of New Patent Lawsuits in USA (WaPo) — data from PwC. Intel Made Half a Billion from Internet of Things …

Need parking? There’s no app for that…yet

By Drew Dara-Abrams
July 16, 2014

“We will not abide businesses that hold hostage on-street public parking spots for their own private profit,” said the San Francisco city attorney last month, after declaring illegal Monkey Parking, ParkModo, and Sweetch, new start-ups that provide mobile apps for buying and selling curb …

Need parking? There’s no app for that…yet

By Drew Dara-Abrams
July 16, 2014

“We will not abide businesses that hold hostage on-street public parking spots for their own private profit,” said the San Francisco city attorney last month, after declaring illegal Monkey Parking, ParkModo, and Sweetch, new start-ups that provide mobile apps for buying and selling curb …

Four short links: 16 July 2014

By Nat Torkington
July 16, 2014

Inside bit.ly’s Distributed Systems — this is a 101 for modern web distributed systems design. Patent Trolls are Now 67% of New Patent Lawsuits in USA (WaPo) — data from PwC. Intel Made Half a Billion from Internet of Things …

Four short links: 16 July 2014

By Nat Torkington
July 16, 2014

Inside bit.ly’s Distributed Systems — this is a 101 for modern web distributed systems design. Patent Trolls are Now 67% of New Patent Lawsuits in USA (WaPo) — data from PwC. Intel Made Half a Billion from Internet of Things …

Open source biology

By Mike Loukides
July 15, 2014

At O’Reilly, we’ve long been supporters of the open source movement — perhaps not with the religious fervor of some, but with a deep appreciation for how open source has transformed the computing industry over the last three decades. We …

Open source biology

By Mike Loukides
July 15, 2014

At O’Reilly, we’ve long been supporters of the open source movement — perhaps not with the religious fervor of some, but with a deep appreciation for how open source has transformed the computing industry over the last three decades. We …

Open source biology

By Mike Loukides
July 15, 2014

At O’Reilly, we’ve long been supporters of the open source movement — perhaps not with the religious fervor of some, but with a deep appreciation for how open source has transformed the computing industry over the last three decades. We …

Need parking? There’s no app for that…yet

By Drew Dara-Abrams
July 15, 2014

“We will not abide businesses that hold hostage on-street public parking spots for their own private profit,” said the San Francisco city attorney last month, after declaring illegal Monkey Parking, ParkModo, and Sweetch, new start-ups that provide mobile apps for buying and selling curb …

Announcing BioCoder issue 4

By Mike Loukides
July 15, 2014

We’ve made it to our fourth issue of BioCoder! I’m excited about this issue — it’s the best collection of articles we’ve published so far. Some of the highlights are: Implanting Evolution: We spend a lot of time thinking about …

Announcing BioCoder issue 4

By Mike Loukides
July 15, 2014

We’ve made it to our fourth issue of BioCoder! I’m excited about this issue — it’s the best collection of articles we’ve published so far. Some of the highlights are: Implanting Evolution: We spend a lot of time thinking about …

Announcing BioCoder issue 4

By Mike Loukides
July 15, 2014

We’ve made it to our fourth issue of BioCoder! I’m excited about this issue — it’s the best collection of articles we’ve published so far. Some of the highlights are: Implanting Evolution: We spend a lot of time thinking about …

Governments can bridge costs and services gaps with sensor networks

By Anni Ylagan
July 15, 2014

Contributing authors: Andre Bierzynski and Kevin Chrapaty. It’s not news to anyone who works in government that we live in a time of ever-tighter budgets and ever-increasing needs. The 2013 federal shutdown only highlighted this precarious situation: government finds it …

Four short links: 15 July 2014

By Nat Torkington
July 15, 2014

Inside Data Brokers — very readable explanation of the data brokers and how their information is used to track advertising effectiveness. Elon, I Want My Data! — Telsa don’t give you access to the data that your cars collects. Bodes …

Four short links: 15 July 2014

By Nat Torkington
July 15, 2014

Inside Data Brokers — very readable explanation of the data brokers and how their information is used to track advertising effectiveness. Elon, I Want My Data! — Telsa don’t give you access to the data that your cars collects. Bodes …

Governments can bridge costs and services gaps with sensor networks

By Anni Ylagan
July 15, 2014

Contributing authors: Andre Bierzynski and Kevin Chrapaty. It’s not news to anyone who works in government that we live in a time of ever-tighter budgets and ever-increasing needs. The 2013 federal shutdown only highlighted this precarious situation: government finds it …

Four short links: 15 July 2014

By Nat Torkington
July 15, 2014

Inside Data Brokers — very readable explanation of the data brokers and how their information is used to track advertising effectiveness. Elon, I Want My Data! — Telsa don’t give you access to the data that your cars collects. Bodes …

Four short links: 14 July 2014

By Nat Torkington
July 14, 2014

Handheld Scanners Attack — shipping and logistics operations compromised by handheld scanners running malware-infested Windows XP. Adventures in Cognitive Biases (MIT) — web adventure to build your cognitive defences against biases. Quoc Le’s Lectures on Deep Learning — Machine Learning …

Four short links: 14 July 2014

By Nat Torkington
July 14, 2014

Handheld Scanners Attack — shipping and logistics operations compromised by handheld scanners running malware-infested Windows XP. Adventures in Cognitive Biases (MIT) — web adventure to build your cognitive defences against biases. Quoc Le’s Lectures on Deep Learning — Machine Learning …

Four short links: 14 July 2014

By Nat Torkington
July 14, 2014

Handheld Scanners Attack — shipping and logistics operations compromised by handheld scanners running malware-infested Windows XP. Adventures in Cognitive Biases (MIT) — web adventure to build your cognitive defences against biases. Quoc Le’s Lectures on Deep Learning — Machine Learning …

Mesh Networking Extends IoT Reach

By Mark Pacelle
July 14, 2014

This article is part of a series exploring the role of networking in the Internet of Things. Today we are going to consider the attributes of wireless mesh networking, particularly in the context of our building monitoring and energy application. …


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