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Four short links: 19 September 2014

By Nat Torkington
September 19, 2014

Deep Learning Bibliography — an annotated bibliography of recent publications (2014-) related to Deep Learning. Inside the Go Playground — on safely offering a REPL over the web to strangers. Wolfram Tweet-a-Program — clever marketing trick, and reminiscent of Perl …

Four short links: 19 September 2014

By Nat Torkington
September 19, 2014

Deep Learning Bibliography — an annotated bibliography of recent publications (2014-) related to Deep Learning. Inside the Go Playground — on safely offering a REPL over the web to strangers. Wolfram Tweet-a-Program — clever marketing trick, and reminiscent of Perl …

Four short links: 18 September 2014

By Nat Torkington
September 18, 2014

Guide to Writing Testable Code (PDF) — Google’s testable code suggestions, though C++-centric. Enchanted Objects (YouTube) — David Rose at Google talking about the UX of magical UIs. (via Mary Treseler) hpn-ssh — High Performance SSH/SCP. Lost Lessons from an …

Four short links: 18 September 2014

By Nat Torkington
September 18, 2014

Guide to Writing Testable Code (PDF) — Google’s testable code suggestions, though C++-centric. Enchanted Objects (YouTube) — David Rose at Google talking about the UX of magical UIs. (via Mary Treseler) hpn-ssh — High Performance SSH/SCP. Lost Lessons from an …

Four short links: 17 September 2014

By Nat Torkington
September 17, 2014

Bill Gurley on Startups and Risk (Business Insider) — No one’s fearful, everyone’s greedy, and it will eventually end. Pants — a build system from Twitter and others. pup — commandline tool for parsing and processing HTML. Use Regulation (Slate) …

Four short links: 17 September 2014

By Nat Torkington
September 17, 2014

Bill Gurley on Startups and Risk (Business Insider) — No one’s fearful, everyone’s greedy, and it will eventually end. Pants — a build system from Twitter and others. pup — commandline tool for parsing and processing HTML. Use Regulation (Slate) …

Four short links: 16 September 2014

By Nat Torkington
September 16, 2014

The Epic Struggle of the Internet of Things — a Bruce Sterling Kindle single, a powerfully-written challenge to the presumed-benevolent technology-pervaded universe that we label “the Internet of Things”. The Internet of Things is not about a talking refrigerator, because …

Four short links: 16 September 2014

By Nat Torkington
September 16, 2014

The Epic Struggle of the Internet of Things — a Bruce Sterling Kindle single, a powerfully-written challenge to the presumed-benevolent technology-pervaded universe that we label “the Internet of Things”. The Internet of Things is not about a talking refrigerator, because …

Four short links: 15 September 2014

By Nat Torkington
September 15, 2014

The Care and Feeding of Weird Machines Found in Executable Metadata (YouTube) — talk from 29th Chaos Communication Congress, on using tricking the ELF linker/loader into arbitrary computation from the metadata supplied. Yes, there’s a brainfuck compiler that turns code …

Four short links: 15 September 2014

By Nat Torkington
September 15, 2014

The Care and Feeding of Weird Machines Found in Executable Metadata (YouTube) — talk from 29th Chaos Communication Congress, on using tricking the ELF linker/loader into arbitrary computation from the metadata supplied. Yes, there’s a brainfuck compiler that turns code …

Four short links: 12 September 2014

By Nat Torkington
September 12, 2014

Google Knowledge Vault and Topic Modeling — recap of talks by Google and Facebook staff about how they use their knowledge graphs. I found this super-interesting. djinni — A tool for generating cross-language type declarations and interface bindings. monit — …

Four short links: 12 September 2014

By Nat Torkington
September 12, 2014

Google Knowledge Vault and Topic Modeling — recap of talks by Google and Facebook staff about how they use their knowledge graphs. I found this super-interesting. djinni — A tool for generating cross-language type declarations and interface bindings. monit — …

Four short links: 11 September 2014

By Nat Torkington
September 11, 2014

windows_98.css — the compelling new look that’s sweeping the world all over again. BioGlass (MIT) — use Glass’s accelerometer, gyroscope, and camera to extract pulse and respiratory rates. (via MIT Tech Review) Building Blocks for Theoretical Computer Science — free …

Four short links: 11 September 2014

By Nat Torkington
September 11, 2014

windows_98.css — the compelling new look that’s sweeping the world all over again. BioGlass (MIT) — use Glass’s accelerometer, gyroscope, and camera to extract pulse and respiratory rates. (via MIT Tech Review) Building Blocks for Theoretical Computer Science — free …

Four short links: 9 September 2014

By Nat Torkington
September 9, 2014

bleve — A modern text indexing library for go. Scientific Consensus Has A Bad Reputation—And Doesn’t Deserve It (Ars Technica) — a lovely explanation of how informal consensus works in science. NB for anyone building social software which attempts to …

Four short links: 9 September 2014

By Nat Torkington
September 9, 2014

bleve — A modern text indexing library for go. Scientific Consensus Has A Bad Reputation—And Doesn’t Deserve It (Ars Technica) — a lovely explanation of how informal consensus works in science. NB for anyone building social software which attempts to …

Four short links: 1 September 2014

By Nat Torkington
September 1, 2014

Sibyl: Google’s System for Large Scale Machine Learning (YouTube) — keynote at DSN2014 acting as an intro to Sibyl. (via KD Nuggets) Bitrot from 1997 — That’s 205 failures, an actual link rot figure of 91%, not 57%. That leaves …

Four short links: 1 September 2014

By Nat Torkington
September 1, 2014

Sibyl: Google’s System for Large Scale Machine Learning (YouTube) — keynote at DSN2014 acting as an intro to Sibyl. (via KD Nuggets) Bitrot from 1997 — That’s 205 failures, an actual link rot figure of 91%, not 57%. That leaves …

Four short links: 1 September 2014

By Nat Torkington
September 1, 2014

Sibyl: Google’s System for Large Scale Machine Learning (YouTube) — keynote at DSN2014 acting as an intro to Sibyl. (via KD Nuggets) Bitrot from 1997 — That’s 205 failures, an actual link rot figure of 91%, not 57%. That leaves …

Four short links: 29 August 2014

By Nat Torkington
August 29, 2014

Inside Google’s Secret Drone Delivery Program (The Atlantic) — passed proof-of-concept in Western Australia, two years into development. Readings in Databases — A list of papers essential to understanding databases and building new data systems. (via Hacker News) Todd Park …

Four short links: 29 August 2014

By Nat Torkington
August 29, 2014

Inside Google’s Secret Drone Delivery Program (The Atlantic) — passed proof-of-concept in Western Australia, two years into development. Readings in Databases — A list of papers essential to understanding databases and building new data systems. (via Hacker News) Todd Park …

Four short links: 29 August 2014

By Nat Torkington
August 29, 2014

Inside Google’s Secret Drone Delivery Program (The Atlantic) — passed proof-of-concept in Western Australia, two years into development. Readings in Databases — A list of papers essential to understanding databases and building new data systems. (via Hacker News) Todd Park …

Four short links: 28 August 2014

By Nat Torkington
August 28, 2014

PlotDevice — A Python-based graphics language for designers, developers, and tinkerers. More in the easy-to-get-started + visual realm, like Processing. (via Andy Baio) Scumblr and Sketchy Search — Netflix open sourcing some scraping, screenshot, and workflow tools their security team …

Four short links: 28 August 2014

By Nat Torkington
August 28, 2014

PlotDevice — A Python-based graphics language for designers, developers, and tinkerers. More in the easy-to-get-started + visual realm, like Processing. (via Andy Baio) Scumblr and Sketchy Search — Netflix open sourcing some scraping, screenshot, and workflow tools their security team …

Four short links: 28 August 2014

By Nat Torkington
August 28, 2014

PlotDevice — A Python-based graphics language for designers, developers, and tinkerers. More in the easy-to-get-started + visual realm, like Processing. (via Andy Baio) Scumblr and Sketchy Search — Netflix open sourcing some scraping, screenshot, and workflow tools their security team …

Four short links: 27 August 2014

By Nat Torkington
August 27, 2014

Discourse turns 1.0 — community/forum software that doesn’t suck. Programmable Matter (IEEE Spectrum) — recap of where research is going in this area. Liquibase — source control for your database. Apache 2.0 licensed. A Few Useful Things to Know About …

Four short links: 27 August 2014

By Nat Torkington
August 27, 2014

Discourse turns 1.0 — community/forum software that doesn’t suck. Programmable Matter (IEEE Spectrum) — recap of where research is going in this area. Liquibase — source control for your database. Apache 2.0 licensed. A Few Useful Things to Know About …

Four short links: 27 August 2014

By Nat Torkington
August 27, 2014

Discourse turns 1.0 — community/forum software that doesn’t suck. Programmable Matter (IEEE Spectrum) — recap of where research is going in this area. Liquibase — source control for your database. Apache 2.0 licensed. A Few Useful Things to Know About …

Four short links: 25 August 2014

By Nat Torkington
August 25, 2014

Greenscreen — Chromecast-based open source software for digital signs. Reverse Engineering Censorship in Chinese Cyberspace (PDF) — researchers create accounts and probe to see which things are blocked. Empirical transparency. USB Condom — A protective barrier between your device and …

Four short links: 25 August 2014

By Nat Torkington
August 25, 2014

Greenscreen — Chromecast-based open source software for digital signs. Reverse Engineering Censorship in Chinese Cyberspace (PDF) — researchers create accounts and probe to see which things are blocked. Empirical transparency. USB Condom — A protective barrier between your device and …

Four short links: 25 August 2014

By Nat Torkington
August 25, 2014

Greenscreen — Chromecast-based open source software for digital signs. Reverse Engineering Censorship in Chinese Cyberspace (PDF) — researchers create accounts and probe to see which things are blocked. Empirical transparency. USB Condom — A protective barrier between your device and …

Four short links: 22 August 2014

By Nat Torkington
August 22, 2014

Blame the Crowd, Not the Camera (Nina Simon) — Cameras weaponize an already unwieldy mob of people. The Botlr — the Cupertino Starwood hotel has a robot butler (botlr) doing room service. tcpcrypt — opportunistic encryption of all network traffic. …

Four short links: 22 August 2014

By Nat Torkington
August 22, 2014

Blame the Crowd, Not the Camera (Nina Simon) — Cameras weaponize an already unwieldy mob of people. The Botlr — the Cupertino Starwood hotel has a robot butler (botlr) doing room service. tcpcrypt — opportunistic encryption of all network traffic. …

Four short links: 22 August 2014

By Nat Torkington
August 22, 2014

Blame the Crowd, Not the Camera (Nina Simon) — Cameras weaponize an already unwieldy mob of people. The Botlr — the Cupertino Starwood hotel has a robot butler (botlr) doing room service. tcpcrypt — opportunistic encryption of all network traffic. …

Four short links: 21 August 2014

By Nat Torkington
August 21, 2014

Dat — an open source project that provides a streaming interface between every file format and data storage backend. See the Wired piece on it. Smithsonian Crowdsourcing Transcription (Smithsonian) — 49 volunteers transcribed 200 pages of correspondence between the Monuments …

Four short links: 21 August 2014

By Nat Torkington
August 21, 2014

Dat — an open source project that provides a streaming interface between every file format and data storage backend. See the Wired piece on it. Smithsonian Crowdsourcing Transcription (Smithsonian) — 49 volunteers transcribed 200 pages of correspondence between the Monuments …

Four short links: 21 August 2014

By Nat Torkington
August 21, 2014

Dat — an open source project that provides a streaming interface between every file format and data storage backend. See the Wired piece on it. Smithsonian Crowdsourcing Transcription (Smithsonian) — 49 volunteers transcribed 200 pages of correspondence between the Monuments …

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 …

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, …

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: 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 …


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