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Four short links: 25 July 2014

By Nat Torkington
July 25, 2014

What is Public? (Anil Dash) — the most cogent and articulate (and least hyperventilated dramaware) rundown of just what the problem is, that you’re ever likely to find. talon — mailgun’s open sourced library for parsing email signatures. Signals from …

Four short links: 25 July 2014

By Nat Torkington
July 25, 2014

What is Public? (Anil Dash) — the most cogent and articulate (and least hyperventilated dramaware) rundown of just what the problem is, that you’re ever likely to find. talon — mailgun’s open sourced library for parsing email signatures. Signals from …

Four short links: 25 July 2014

By Nat Torkington
July 25, 2014

What is Public? (Anil Dash) — the most cogent and articulate (and least hyperventilated dramaware) rundown of just what the problem is, that you’re ever likely to find. talon — mailgun’s open sourced library for parsing email signatures. Signals from …

Signals from OSCON 2014

By Mac Slocum
July 24, 2014

Experts and advocates from across the open source world assembled in Portland, Ore. this week for OSCON 2014. Below you’ll find a handful of keynotes and interviews from the event that we found particularly notable. How tiny satellites and fresh …

Signals from OSCON 2014

By Mac Slocum
July 24, 2014

Experts and advocates from across the open source world assembled in Portland, Ore. this week for OSCON 2014. Below you’ll find a handful of keynotes and interviews from the event that we found particularly notable. How tiny satellites and fresh …

Signals from OSCON 2014

By Mac Slocum
July 24, 2014

Experts and advocates from across the open source world assembled in Portland, Ore. this week for OSCON 2014. Below you’ll find a handful of keynotes and interviews from the event that we found particularly notable. How tiny satellites and fresh …

OpenStack creates a structure for managing change without a benevolent dictator

By Andy Oram
July 24, 2014

When does a software project grow to the point where one must explicitly think about governance? The term “governance” is stiff and gawky, but doing it well can carry a project through many a storm. Over the past couple years, …

OpenStack creates a structure for managing change without a benevolent dictator

By Andy Oram
July 24, 2014

When does a software project grow to the point where one must explicitly think about governance? The term “governance” is stiff and gawky, but doing it well can carry a project through many a storm. Over the past couple years, …

OpenStack creates a structure for managing change without a benevolent dictator

By Andy Oram
July 24, 2014

When does a software project grow to the point where one must explicitly think about governance? The term “governance” is stiff and gawky, but doing it well can carry a project through many a storm. Over the past couple years, …

Four short links: 23 July 2014

By Nat Torkington
July 23, 2014

Talking to Big Machines (Jon Bruner) — “Selfless machines” coordinate across networks and modify their own operation to improve the output of the entire system. Docker Security — Containers do not contain and Stop assuming that Docker and the Linux …

Four short links: 23 July 2014

By Nat Torkington
July 23, 2014

Talking to Big Machines (Jon Bruner) — “Selfless machines” coordinate across networks and modify their own operation to improve the output of the entire system. Docker Security — Containers do not contain and Stop assuming that Docker and the Linux …

Four short links: 23 July 2014

By Nat Torkington
July 23, 2014

Talking to Big Machines (Jon Bruner) — “Selfless machines” coordinate across networks and modify their own operation to improve the output of the entire system. Docker Security — Containers do not contain and Stop assuming that Docker and the Linux …

Online communities could benefit from the power of offline meetings

By Andy Oram
July 22, 2014

As software vendors, open source projects, and companies in all fields rush to gather communities around themselves, I’m bothered that we haven’t spent much time studying the lessons face-to-face communities have forged over decades of intensive work by a dynamic …

Online communities could benefit from the power of offline meetings

By Andy Oram
July 22, 2014

As software vendors, open source projects, and companies in all fields rush to gather communities around themselves, I’m bothered that we haven’t spent much time studying the lessons face-to-face communities have forged over decades of intensive work by a dynamic …

Online communities could benefit from the power of offline meetings

By Andy Oram
July 22, 2014

As software vendors, open source projects, and companies in all fields rush to gather communities around themselves, I’m bothered that we haven’t spent much time studying the lessons face-to-face communities have forged over decades of intensive work by a dynamic …

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 …

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 …

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: 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 …

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 …

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 …

Four short links: 11 July 2014

By Nat Torkington
July 11, 2014

Awesome Awesomeness — list of curated collections of frameworks and libraries in various languages that do not suck. They solve the problem of “so, I’m new to (language) and don’t want to kiss a lot of frogs before I find …

Four short links: 11 July 2014

By Nat Torkington
July 11, 2014

Awesome Awesomeness — list of curated collections of frameworks and libraries in various languages that do not suck. They solve the problem of “so, I’m new to (language) and don’t want to kiss a lot of frogs before I find …

Four short links: 11 July 2014

By Nat Torkington
July 11, 2014

Awesome Awesomeness — list of curated collections of frameworks and libraries in various languages that do not suck. They solve the problem of “so, I’m new to (language) and don’t want to kiss a lot of frogs before I find …

Four short links: 10 July 2014

By Nat Torkington
July 10, 2014

Ex-Google Hacker Taking On The World’s Spy Agencies (Wired) — profile of the security expert working on protecting reporters. Meet Google’s Security Princess (Elle) — would have preferred to see her story in Wired. Much is good here, but this …

Four short links: 10 July 2014

By Nat Torkington
July 10, 2014

Ex-Google Hacker Taking On The World’s Spy Agencies (Wired) — profile of the security expert working on protecting reporters. Meet Google’s Security Princess (Elle) — would have preferred to see her story in Wired. Much is good here, but this …

Four short links: 10 July 2014

By Nat Torkington
July 10, 2014

Ex-Google Hacker Taking On The World’s Spy Agencies (Wired) — profile of the security expert working on protecting reporters. Meet Google’s Security Princess (Elle) — would have preferred to see her story in Wired. Much is good here, but this …

Four short links: 3 July 2014

By Nat Torkington
July 3, 2014

DropBox Opensources Go Libraries — including memcache and a general abstraction for caching layers. Transparency with Salaries (NPR) — Atkison has meetings like this all the time. He says it gives him a chance to explain why some employees make …

Four short links: 3 July 2014

By Nat Torkington
July 3, 2014

DropBox Opensources Go Libraries — including memcache and a general abstraction for caching layers. Transparency with Salaries (NPR) — Atkison has meetings like this all the time. He says it gives him a chance to explain why some employees make …

Four short links: 3 July 2014

By Nat Torkington
July 3, 2014

DropBox Opensources Go Libraries — including memcache and a general abstraction for caching layers. Transparency with Salaries (NPR) — Atkison has meetings like this all the time. He says it gives him a chance to explain why some employees make …

Four short links: 1 July 2014

By Nat Torkington
July 1, 2014

word2vec — This tool provides an efficient implementation of the continuous bag-of-words and skip-gram architectures for computing vector representations of words. These representations can be subsequently used in many natural language processing applications and for further research. From Google Research …

Four short links: 1 July 2014

By Nat Torkington
July 1, 2014

word2vec — This tool provides an efficient implementation of the continuous bag-of-words and skip-gram architectures for computing vector representations of words. These representations can be subsequently used in many natural language processing applications and for further research. From Google Research …

Four short links: 1 July 2014

By Nat Torkington
July 1, 2014

word2vec — This tool provides an efficient implementation of the continuous bag-of-words and skip-gram architectures for computing vector representations of words. These representations can be subsequently used in many natural language processing applications and for further research. From Google Research …

Four short links: 27 June 2014

By Nat Torkington
June 27, 2014

MillWheel: Fault-Tolerant Stream Processing at Internet Scale — Google Research paper on the tech underlying the new cloud DataFlow tool. Watch the video. Yow. The Integer Overflow Bug That Went to Mars — long-standing (20 year old!) bug in a …

Four short links: 27 June 2014

By Nat Torkington
June 27, 2014

MillWheel: Fault-Tolerant Stream Processing at Internet Scale — Google Research paper on the tech underlying the new cloud DataFlow tool. Watch the video. Yow. The Integer Overflow Bug That Went to Mars — long-standing (20 year old!) bug in a …

Four short links: 27 June 2014

By Nat Torkington
June 27, 2014

MillWheel: Fault-Tolerant Stream Processing at Internet Scale — Google Research paper on the tech underlying the new cloud DataFlow tool. Watch the video. Yow. The Integer Overflow Bug That Went to Mars — long-standing (20 year old!) bug in a …

Four short links: 19 June 2014

By Nat Torkington
June 19, 2014

odyssey.js — storytelling tool to assemble interactive stories from narrative, pictures, maps. Our Work Here is Done: Visions of a Robot Economy (NESTA) — free downloadable ebook containing pieces from a variety of authors covering economics, engineering, history, philosophy and …

Four short links: 19 June 2014

By Nat Torkington
June 19, 2014

odyssey.js — storytelling tool to assemble interactive stories from narrative, pictures, maps. Our Work Here is Done: Visions of a Robot Economy (NESTA) — free downloadable ebook containing pieces from a variety of authors covering economics, engineering, history, philosophy and …

Four short links: 19 June 2014

By Nat Torkington
June 19, 2014

odyssey.js — storytelling tool to assemble interactive stories from narrative, pictures, maps. Our Work Here is Done: Visions of a Robot Economy (NESTA) — free downloadable ebook containing pieces from a variety of authors covering economics, engineering, history, philosophy and …

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; …


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