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Ten years of OpenStreetMap

By Tyler Bell
August 15, 2014

Next to GPS, the most significant development in the Open Geo Data movement is OpenStreetMap (OSM), a community-driven mapping project whose goal is to create the most detailed, correct, and current open map of the world. This week, OSM celebrates …

Ten years of OpenStreetMap

By Tyler Bell
August 15, 2014

Next to GPS, the most significant development in the Open Geo Data movement is OpenStreetMap (OSM), a community-driven mapping project whose goal is to create the most detailed, correct, and current open map of the world. This week, OSM celebrates …

Four short links: 15 August 2014

By Nat Torkington
August 15, 2014

Continuous Integration and Delivery Illustrated — worth many thousands of words. Thousand Robot Swarm Self-Assembles into Arbitrary Shapes — you won’t sleep. If they only chittered, it would be perfect. srclib — open source language analysis toolchains (currently for Go, …

Four short links: 15 August 2014

By Nat Torkington
August 15, 2014

Continuous Integration and Delivery Illustrated — worth many thousands of words. Thousand Robot Swarm Self-Assembles into Arbitrary Shapes — you won’t sleep. If they only chittered, it would be perfect. srclib — open source language analysis toolchains (currently for Go, …

Four short links: 15 August 2014

By Nat Torkington
August 15, 2014

Continuous Integration and Delivery Illustrated — worth many thousands of words. Thousand Robot Swarm Self-Assembles into Arbitrary Shapes — you won’t sleep. If they only chittered, it would be perfect. srclib — open source language analysis toolchains (currently for Go, …

Does net neutrality really matter?

By Andy Oram
August 15, 2014

It was the million comments filed at the FCC that dragged me out of the silence I’ve maintained for several years on the slippery controversy known as “network neutrality.” The issue even came up during President Obama’s address to the …

Does net neutrality really matter?

By Andy Oram
August 14, 2014

It was the million comments filed at the FCC that dragged me out of the silence I’ve maintained for several years on the slippery controversy known as “network neutrality.” The issue even came up during President Obama’s address to the …

Does net neutrality really matter?

By Andy Oram
August 14, 2014

It was the million comments filed at the FCC that dragged me out of the silence I’ve maintained for several years on the slippery controversy known as “network neutrality.” The issue even came up during President Obama’s address to the …

Smarter buildings through data tracking

By Andy Oram
August 14, 2014

Buildings, like people, can benefit from lessons built up over time. Just as Amazon.com recommends books based on purchasing patterns or doctors recommend behavior change based on what they’ve learned by tracking thousands of people, a service such as Clockworks …

Smarter buildings through data tracking

By Andy Oram
August 14, 2014

Buildings, like people, can benefit from lessons built up over time. Just as Amazon.com recommends books based on purchasing patterns or doctors recommend behavior change based on what they’ve learned by tracking thousands of people, a service such as Clockworks …

Smarter buildings through data tracking

By Andy Oram
August 14, 2014

Buildings, like people, can benefit from lessons built up over time. Just as Amazon.com recommends books based on purchasing patterns or doctors recommend behavior change based on what they’ve learned by tracking thousands of people, a service such as Clockworks …

Four short links: 14 August 2014

By Nat Torkington
August 14, 2014

$700 Ceramic-Spitting 3D Printer (Make Magazine) — ceramic printing is super interesting, not least because it doesn’t fill the world with plastic glitchy bobbleheads. Mathematics in the Age of the Turing Machine (Arxiv) — a survey of mathematical proofs that …

Four short links: 14 August 2014

By Nat Torkington
August 14, 2014

$700 Ceramic-Spitting 3D Printer (Make Magazine) — ceramic printing is super interesting, not least because it doesn’t fill the world with plastic glitchy bobbleheads. Mathematics in the Age of the Turing Machine (Arxiv) — a survey of mathematical proofs that …

Four short links: 14 August 2014

By Nat Torkington
August 14, 2014

$700 Ceramic-Spitting 3D Printer (Make Magazine) — ceramic printing is super interesting, not least because it doesn’t fill the world with plastic glitchy bobbleheads. Mathematics in the Age of the Turing Machine (Arxiv) — a survey of mathematical proofs that …

How to identify a scalable IoT network topology

By Mark Pacelle
August 13, 2014

Editor’s note: this article is part of a series exploring the role of networking in the Internet of Things. Three types of networking topologies are utilized in the Internet-of-Things: point-to-point, star, and mesh networking. To provide a way to explore …

How to identify a scalable IoT network topology

By Mark Pacelle
August 13, 2014

Editor’s note: this article is part of a series exploring the role of networking in the Internet of Things. Three types of networking topologies are utilized in the Internet-of-Things: point-to-point, star, and mesh networking. To provide a way to explore …

How to identify a scalable IoT network topology

By Mark Pacelle
August 13, 2014

Editor’s note: this article is part of a series exploring the role of networking in the Internet of Things. Three types of networking topologies are utilized in the Internet-of-Things: point-to-point, star, and mesh networking. To provide a way to explore …

Four short links: 13 August 2014

By Nat Torkington
August 13, 2014

Viv — another step in the cognition race. Wolfram Alpha was first out the gate, but Watson, Viv, and others are hot on heels of being able to parse complex requests, then seek and use information to fulfil them. Universal …

Four short links: 13 August 2014

By Nat Torkington
August 13, 2014

Viv — another step in the cognition race. Wolfram Alpha was first out the gate, but Watson, Viv, and others are hot on heels of being able to parse complex requests, then seek and use information to fulfil them. Universal …

Four short links: 13 August 2014

By Nat Torkington
August 13, 2014

Viv — another step in the cognition race. Wolfram Alpha was first out the gate, but Watson, Viv, and others are hot on heels of being able to parse complex requests, then seek and use information to fulfil them. Universal …

Four short links: 12 August 2014

By Nat Torkington
August 12, 2014

US Digital Services Playbook — good sense from the US Govt’s latest “try not to cock up more Govt IT projects” brigade. Open Brain-Computer Interface — “open” as in “source”, not as in “cut”. Blockmarket — visibility into the in-game …

Four short links: 12 August 2014

By Nat Torkington
August 12, 2014

US Digital Services Playbook — good sense from the US Govt’s latest “try not to cock up more Govt IT projects” brigade. Open Brain-Computer Interface — “open” as in “source”, not as in “cut”. Blockmarket — visibility into the in-game …

Four short links: 12 August 2014

By Nat Torkington
August 12, 2014

US Digital Services Playbook — good sense from the US Govt’s latest “try not to cock up more Govt IT projects” brigade. Open Brain-Computer Interface — “open” as in “source”, not as in “cut”. Blockmarket — visibility into the in-game …

Four short links: 11 August 2014

By Nat Torkington
August 11, 2014

Anthropology of Mid-Sized Startups — old but good post about the structures, norms, and dimensions of startup culture. Like a religion, a startup will care for its collective interest by defining certain things as sacred. A classic example is the …

Four short links: 11 August 2014

By Nat Torkington
August 11, 2014

Anthropology of Mid-Sized Startups — old but good post about the structures, norms, and dimensions of startup culture. Like a religion, a startup will care for its collective interest by defining certain things as sacred. A classic example is the …

Four short links: 11 August 2014

By Nat Torkington
August 11, 2014

Anthropology of Mid-Sized Startups — old but good post about the structures, norms, and dimensions of startup culture. Like a religion, a startup will care for its collective interest by defining certain things as sacred. A classic example is the …

Four short links: 8 August 2014

By Nat Torkington
August 8, 2014

Everything You Wanted to Know About Synchronization But Were Too Afraid to Ask (PDF) — This paper presents the most exhaustive study of synchronization to date. We span multiple layers, from hardware cache-coherence protocols up to high-level concurrent software. We …

Four short links: 8 August 2014

By Nat Torkington
August 8, 2014

Everything You Wanted to Know About Synchronization But Were Too Afraid to Ask (PDF) — This paper presents the most exhaustive study of synchronization to date. We span multiple layers, from hardware cache-coherence protocols up to high-level concurrent software. We …

Four short links: 8 August 2014

By Nat Torkington
August 8, 2014

Everything You Wanted to Know About Synchronization But Were Too Afraid to Ask (PDF) — This paper presents the most exhaustive study of synchronization to date. We span multiple layers, from hardware cache-coherence protocols up to high-level concurrent software. We …

Four short links: 7 August 2014

By Nat Torkington
August 7, 2014

Material Design in the Google I/O App (Medium) — steps through design thinking as they put Google’s new design metaphor in place. I’ve been chewing on material design. It brings an internal consistency and logic to the Android world that …

Four short links: 7 August 2014

By Nat Torkington
August 7, 2014

Material Design in the Google I/O App (Medium) — steps through design thinking as they put Google’s new design metaphor in place. I’ve been chewing on material design. It brings an internal consistency and logic to the Android world that …

Four short links: 7 August 2014

By Nat Torkington
August 7, 2014

Material Design in the Google I/O App (Medium) — steps through design thinking as they put Google’s new design metaphor in place. I’ve been chewing on material design. It brings an internal consistency and logic to the Android world that …

Scaling up data frames

By Ben Lorica
August 7, 2014

Long before the advent of “big data,” analysts were building models using tools like R (and its forerunners S/S-PLUS). Productivity hinged on tools that made data wrangling, data inspection, and data modeling convenient. Among R users, this meant proficiency with …

Scaling up data frames

By Ben Lorica
August 7, 2014

Long before the advent of “big data,” analysts were building models using tools like R (and its forerunners S/S-PLUS). Productivity hinged on tools that made data wrangling, data inspection, and data modeling convenient. Among R users, this meant proficiency with …

Scaling up data frames

By Ben Lorica
August 7, 2014

Long before the advent of “big data,” analysts were building models using tools like R (and its forerunners S/S-PLUS). Productivity hinged on tools that made data wrangling, data inspection, and data modeling convenient. Among R users, this meant proficiency with …

WOOL author Hugh Howey is a tech optimist: The O’Reilly Radar podcast

By Jenn Webb
August 7, 2014

Editor’s note: you can subscribe to the O’Reilly Radar Podcast through iTunes, SoundCloud, or directly through our podcast’s RSS feed. You can download this individual episode via this link. Science fiction long has fueled the imaginations of scientists and inspired …

WOOL author Hugh Howey is a tech optimist: The O’Reilly Radar podcast

By Jenn Webb
August 7, 2014

Editor’s note: you can subscribe to the O’Reilly Radar Podcast through iTunes, SoundCloud, or directly through our podcast’s RSS feed. You can download this individual episode via this link. Science fiction long has fueled the imaginations of scientists and inspired …

WOOL author Hugh Howey is a tech optimist: The O’Reilly Radar podcast

By Jenn Webb
August 7, 2014

Editor’s note: you can subscribe to the O’Reilly Radar Podcast through iTunes, SoundCloud, or directly through our podcast’s RSS feed. You can download this individual episode via this link. Science fiction long has fueled the imaginations of scientists and inspired …

Java 8 functional interfaces

By Madhusudhan Konda
August 7, 2014

In the first part of this series, we learned that lambdas are a type of functional interface – an interface with a single abstract method. The Java API has many one-method interfaces such as Runnable, Callable, Comparator, ActionListener and others. They …

Java 8 functional interfaces

By Madhusudhan Konda
August 7, 2014

In the first part of this series, we learned that lambdas are a type of functional interface – an interface with a single abstract method. The Java API has many one-method interfaces such as Runnable, Callable, Comparator, ActionListener and others. They …

Java 8 functional interfaces

By Madhusudhan Konda
August 7, 2014

In the first part of this series, we learned that lambdas are a type of functional interface – an interface with a single abstract method. The Java API has many one-method interfaces such as Runnable, Callable, Comparator, ActionListener and others. They …

Four short links: 6 August 2014

By Nat Torkington
August 6, 2014

Mesa: Geo-Replicated, Near Real-Time, Scalable Data Warehousing (PDF) — paper by Googlers on the database holding G’s ad data. Trillions of rows, petabytes of data, point queries with 99th percentile latency in the hundreds of milliseconds and overall query throughput …

Four short links: 6 August 2014

By Nat Torkington
August 6, 2014

Mesa: Geo-Replicated, Near Real-Time, Scalable Data Warehousing (PDF) — paper by Googlers on the database holding G’s ad data. Trillions of rows, petabytes of data, point queries with 99th percentile latency in the hundreds of milliseconds and overall query throughput …

Four short links: 6 August 2014

By Nat Torkington
August 6, 2014

Mesa: Geo-Replicated, Near Real-Time, Scalable Data Warehousing (PDF) — paper by Googlers on the database holding G’s ad data. Trillions of rows, petabytes of data, point queries with 99th percentile latency in the hundreds of milliseconds and overall query throughput …

4 Steps to a culture of performance

By Mehdi Daoudi
August 5, 2014

Companies that are driven by web performance, like Google, develop a culture of performance from the top-down thanks to performance-minded CEOs. For the majority of organizations, however, this is not the case. Often, it’s up to those working at every …

4 Steps to a culture of performance

By Mehdi Daoudi
August 5, 2014

Companies that are driven by web performance, like Google, develop a culture of performance from the top-down thanks to performance-minded CEOs. For the majority of organizations, however, this is not the case. Often, it’s up to those working at every …

4 Steps to a culture of performance

By Mehdi Daoudi
August 5, 2014

Companies that are driven by web performance, like Google, develop a culture of performance from the top-down thanks to performance-minded CEOs. For the majority of organizations, however, this is not the case. Often, it’s up to those working at every …

Four short links: 5 August 2014

By Nat Torkington
August 5, 2014

Discussion Graph Tool (Microsoft Research) — simplifies social media analysis by making it easy to extract high-level features and co-occurrence relationships from raw data. Superlinear Productivity in Collective Group Actions (PLoS ONE) — study of open source projects shows small …

Four short links: 5 August 2014

By Nat Torkington
August 5, 2014

Discussion Graph Tool (Microsoft Research) — simplifies social media analysis by making it easy to extract high-level features and co-occurrence relationships from raw data. Superlinear Productivity in Collective Group Actions (PLoS ONE) — study of open source projects shows small …

Four short links: 5 August 2014

By Nat Torkington
August 5, 2014

Discussion Graph Tool (Microsoft Research) — simplifies social media analysis by making it easy to extract high-level features and co-occurrence relationships from raw data. Superlinear Productivity in Collective Group Actions (PLoS ONE) — study of open source projects shows small …


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