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Four short links: 24 July 2014

By Nat Torkington
July 24, 2014

Neglected Machine Learning Ideas — Perhaps my list is a “send me review articles and book suggestions” cry for help, but perhaps it is useful to others as an overview of neat things. First Crowdfunded Book on Booker Shortlist — …

Four short links: 24 July 2014

By Nat Torkington
July 24, 2014

Neglected Machine Learning Ideas — Perhaps my list is a “send me review articles and book suggestions” cry for help, but perhaps it is useful to others as an overview of neat things. First Crowdfunded Book on Booker Shortlist — …

Four short links: 24 July 2014

By Nat Torkington
July 24, 2014

Neglected Machine Learning Ideas — Perhaps my list is a “send me review articles and book suggestions” cry for help, but perhaps it is useful to others as an overview of neat things. First Crowdfunded Book on Booker Shortlist — …

Four short links: 10 April 2014

By Nat Torkington
April 10, 2014

Rise of the Patent Troll: Everything is a Remix (YouTube) — primer on patent trolls, in language anyone can follow. Part of the fixpatents.org campaign. (via BoingBoing) Petabytes of Field Data (GigaOm) — Farm Intelligence using sensors and computer vision …

Four short links: 21 March 2014

By Nat Torkington
March 21, 2014

Hack — PHP with types, generics, collections, lambdas. From Facebook. Solve Hard Things Early — Build great habits around communication and decision-making when everyone still knows each other well. Marginally Useful (Paul Ford) — The last two decades have suggested …

Four short links: 31 December 2013

By Nat Torkington
December 31, 2013

Toyota Manufacturing Principles (Joseph Cohen) — Jidoka: Automation with a Human Touch. The idea of jidoka is that humans should work with machines to produce the best possible outcome, leveraging the execution ability of a machine and the judgement of …

Four short links: 6 June 2013

By Nat Torkington
June 6, 2013

ShareFest — peer-to-peer file sharing in the browser. Source on GitHub. (via Andy Baio) Media for Thinking the Unthinkable (Bret Victor) — “Right now, today, we can’t see the thing, at all, that’s going to be the most important 100 …

Four short links: 22 April 2013

By Nat Torkington
April 22, 2013

Meshlab — open source, portable, and extensible system for the processing and editing of unstructured 3D triangular meshes. HTML5 Video on iOS (Steve Souders) — While it’s true that Mobile Safari on iOS doesn’t buffer any video data as a …

Four short links: 22 February 2013

By Nat Torkington
February 22, 2013

Indiepocalypse: Harlem Shake Edition (Andy Baio) — After four weeks topping the Billboard Hot 100, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’s “Thrift Shop” was replaced this week by Baauer’s “Harlem Shake,” the song that inspired the Internet meme. SplinterNet — an Android …

Four short links: 4 December 2012

By Nat Torkington
December 4, 2012

James Burke at dConstruct — transcription of his talk. EPIC. I love this man and could listen to him all day long. (via Keith Bolland) Mechanism Design on Trust Networks (CiteSeerX) — academic paper behind the Ripple Bitcoin-esque open source …

Four short links: 14 September 2012

By Nat Torkington
September 14, 2012

Post Lingo — automatically transcribe incoming emails from foreign tongues. (via Brian McConnell) All Briefs Should Now Be in Comic Book Form — does wonders for mass audience acceptance of the arguments. (via Andy Lester) Magic Carpet Can Detect and …

Four short links: 28 June 2012

By Nat Torkington
June 28, 2012

Bogan Ipsum -- the Australian version of Loren Ipsum. (via Seb Chan) Microsoft BASIC for 6502 -- reverse-engineering magic, this person has RE'd the assembly language for various versions of the BASIC interpreter that shipped on microcomputers in the 80s. This page talks about the changes in each version, the easter eggs, and the hacks. This, kids, is how...

Visualization of the Week: Global BitTorrent usage

By Audrey Watters
June 8, 2012

This week's visualization comes from BitTorrent, which has created a time-lapsed video showing a day's worth of geo-located logins.

Visualization of the Week: Global BitTorrent usage

Visualization of the Week: Global BitTorrent usage
By Audrey Watters
June 8, 2012

This week's visualization comes from BitTorrent, which has created a time-lapsed video showing a day's worth of geo-located logins.

Getting your book in front of 160 million users is usually a good thing

By Jenn Webb
April 15, 2011

Pirating your own book may seem like an odd promotion strategy, but that's just what Megan Lisa Jones did with her new novel. Matt Mason, author of "The Pirate's Dilemma," says P2P platforms like BitTorrent are a great way to reach audiences and distribute content.

Getting your book in front of 160 million users is usually a good thing

Getting your book in front of 160 million users is usually a good thing
By Jenn Webb
April 15, 2011

Pirating your own book may seem like an odd promotion strategy, but that's just what Megan Lisa Jones did with her new novel. Matt Mason, author of "The Pirate's Dilemma," says P2P platforms like BitTorrent are a great way to reach audiences and distribute content.

The quiet rise of machine learning

The quiet rise of machine learning
By Jenn Webb
April 11, 2011

From Goodreads to Google to Orbitz, machine learning is slowly becoming part of everyday life. Alasdair Allan discusses current uses and how machine learning factors into his own robotic telescope network.

The Locker Project: data for the people

By Tish Shute
February 11, 2011

Three data efforts -- the open source Locker Project, the TeleHash protocol, and commercial support from Singly -- look to help people get more value from their personal data.

Four short links: 21 January 2011

By Nat Torkington
January 21, 2011

Proof-of-Concept Android Trojan Captures Spoken Credit-Card Numbers -- Soundminer sits in the background and waits for a call to be placed [...] the application listens out for the user entering credit card information or a PIN and silently records the information, performing the necessary analysis to turn it from a sound recording into a number. Very clever use of...

2011 Watchlist: 6 themes to track

2011 Watchlist: 6 themes to track
By Mike Loukides
January 3, 2011

Mike Loukides says Hadoop, real-time data, the rise of the GPU, the return of P2P, social ubiquity and a new definition for privacy will all play important roles in 2011.

DC Circuit court rules in Comcast case, leaves the FCC a job to do

By Andy Oram
April 6, 2010

The DC Circuit didn't tell the FCC to turn back. It has a job to do--promoting the spread of high-speed networking, and ensuring that it is affordable by growing numbers of people--and it just has to find the right tool for the job.

Innovation Battles Investment as FCC Road Show Returns to Cambridge

By Andy Oram
January 14, 2010

Yesterday's FCC panel show that innovation and investment are not always companions on the Internet. An in-depth look at the current state of the debate over competition and network neutrality.

Vendor Relationship Management workshop

By Andy Oram
October 14, 2009

CRM can offer many valuable benefits, but ultimately the control lies with the vendor. A Vendor Relationship Management workshop at Harvard looked at what it would take to leave control with the customers.

RSS never blocks you or goes down: why social networks need to be decentralized

By Andy Oram
September 13, 2009

We may have been willing to build our virtual houses on shaky foundations might when they were temporary beach huts; but now we need to examine the ground on which many are proposing to build our virtual shopping malls and even our virtual federal offices. The next generation of social networking increasingly appears to require a decentralized, peer-to-peer infrastructure.

Results from Wolfram Alpha: All the Questions We Ever Wanted to Ask About Software as a Service

Results from Wolfram Alpha: All the Questions We Ever Wanted to Ask About Software  as a Service
By Andy Oram
May 6, 2009

Software as a Service, known in earlier decades as Application Service Providers, upends the relationship between computer users and software. I'm seriously tempted to say that Wolfram Alpha takes the SaaS model to its extreme. So Wolfram Alpha's chances at scaling the heights of fame should force us to stop for a moment and run our own calculations concerning the value to us of data integrity, reliability, privacy, and innovation.

Pirates are friends, not threats

By Emerson Niide
February 25, 2009

The entertainment industry don't realize that there are two very different pirate profiles.

Ignite Boston shows the way to beat commerce interruptus

By Andy Oram
June 2, 2008

I felt like was I drifting back to the dot-com boom last night during Ignite Boston. Movements that I saw getting stalled seven years ago seem to be finding their way forward again. I think such projects, nationwide, will pull us out of the slump that left so many dreams in the bit bucket after 2001.

Ignite Boston shows the way to beat commerce interruptus

By Andy Oram
May 30, 2008

I felt like was I drifting back to the dot-com boom last night during Ignite Boston. Movements that I saw getting stalled seven years ago seem to be finding their way forward again. I think such projects, nationwide, will pull us out of the slump that left so many dreams in the bit bucket after 2001.


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