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Four short links: 8 July 2014

By Nat Torkington
July 8, 2014

Virtual Economies — new book from MIT Press on economics in games. The book will enable developers and designers to create and maintain successful virtual economies, introduce social scientists and policy makers to the power of virtual economies, and provide …

Four short links: 8 July 2014

By Nat Torkington
July 8, 2014

Virtual Economies — new book from MIT Press on economics in games. The book will enable developers and designers to create and maintain successful virtual economies, introduce social scientists and policy makers to the power of virtual economies, and provide …

Four short links: 8 July 2014

By Nat Torkington
July 8, 2014

Virtual Economies — new book from MIT Press on economics in games. The book will enable developers and designers to create and maintain successful virtual economies, introduce social scientists and policy makers to the power of virtual economies, and provide …

Four short links: 7 July 2014

By Nat Torkington
July 7, 2014

Google Ventures Library — collection of design, engineering, founder docs. SWARM — crypto equity. Stock via the blockchain. (via Jesse Vincent) Organisational Anti-Patterns (Leigh Honeywell) — failure modes involving power and labour. Cognitive Biases in Software Engineering (Jonathan Klein) — …

Four short links: 7 July 2014

By Nat Torkington
July 7, 2014

Google Ventures Library — collection of design, engineering, founder docs. SWARM — crypto equity. Stock via the blockchain. (via Jesse Vincent) Organisational Anti-Patterns (Leigh Honeywell) — failure modes involving power and labour. Cognitive Biases in Software Engineering (Jonathan Klein) — …

Four short links: 7 July 2014

By Nat Torkington
July 7, 2014

Google Ventures Library — collection of design, engineering, founder docs. SWARM — crypto equity. Stock via the blockchain. (via Jesse Vincent) Organisational Anti-Patterns (Leigh Honeywell) — failure modes involving power and labour. Cognitive Biases in Software Engineering (Jonathan Klein) — …

Four short links: 25 June 2014

By Nat Torkington
June 25, 2014

Researchers Find and Decode the Spy Tools Governments Use to Hijack Phones (Wired) — I’m fascinated to learn there’s an Italian company making (and selling) the mobile phone rootkits that governments use. On the Near Impossibility of Measuring the Returns …

Four short links: 25 June 2014

By Nat Torkington
June 25, 2014

Researchers Find and Decode the Spy Tools Governments Use to Hijack Phones (Wired) — I’m fascinated to learn there’s an Italian company making (and selling) the mobile phone rootkits that governments use. On the Near Impossibility of Measuring the Returns …

Four short links: 25 June 2014

By Nat Torkington
June 25, 2014

Researchers Find and Decode the Spy Tools Governments Use to Hijack Phones (Wired) — I’m fascinated to learn there’s an Italian company making (and selling) the mobile phone rootkits that governments use. On the Near Impossibility of Measuring the Returns …

Four short links: 20 June 2014

By Nat Torkington
June 20, 2014

Dynamo and BigTable — good preso overview of two approaches to solving availability and consistency in the event of server failure or network partition. Goals Gone Wild (PDF) — In this article, we argue that the beneficial effects of goal …

Four short links: 20 June 2014

By Nat Torkington
June 20, 2014

Dynamo and BigTable — good preso overview of two approaches to solving availability and consistency in the event of server failure or network partition. Goals Gone Wild (PDF) — In this article, we argue that the beneficial effects of goal …

Four short links: 20 June 2014

By Nat Torkington
June 20, 2014

Dynamo and BigTable — good preso overview of two approaches to solving availability and consistency in the event of server failure or network partition. Goals Gone Wild (PDF) — In this article, we argue that the beneficial effects of goal …

Four short links: 17 June 2014

By Nat Torkington
June 17, 2014

Eris — a platform which allows developers and users to deploy consensus driven applications which rely on decentralized architecture and a consensus driven blockchain database backend. Open source (modified MIT). The Disruption Machine (New Yorker) — long detailed critique of …

Four short links: 17 June 2014

By Nat Torkington
June 17, 2014

Eris — a platform which allows developers and users to deploy consensus driven applications which rely on decentralized architecture and a consensus driven blockchain database backend. Open source (modified MIT). The Disruption Machine (New Yorker) — long detailed critique of …

Four short links: 17 June 2014

By Nat Torkington
June 17, 2014

Eris — a platform which allows developers and users to deploy consensus driven applications which rely on decentralized architecture and a consensus driven blockchain database backend. Open source (modified MIT). The Disruption Machine (New Yorker) — long detailed critique of …

Four short links: 5 June 2014

By Nat Torkington
June 5, 2014

beaglepilot (Github) — open source open hardware autopilot for Beagleboard. (via DIY Drones) IFR Robot Sales Charts (PDF) — 2013: all-time high of 179,000 industrial robots sold and growth continues in 2014. (via Robohub) The Top 5 Claims That Defenders …

Four short links: 2 June 2014

By Nat Torkington
June 2, 2014

PirateBox 1.0 — turns a wireless router into a filesharing joy. v1.0 has a responsive ui, among other things for use on tablets and phones. Dystopia Tracker — keep on top of which scifi dystopic predictions have been realised. I’d …

Four short links: 19 May 2014

By Nat Torkington
May 19, 2014

Your Coffee Machine is Watching You (Mary Beard) — the future of surveillance isn’t more CCTV cameras, it’s every device ratting you out, all the time. Economics of Apologies — apologies work to restore relationships but are costly for the …

Four short links: 15 May 2014

By Nat Torkington
May 15, 2014

Pervasive Monitoring is an Attack (Tim Bray) — if your ap­pli­ca­tion doesn’t sup­port pri­va­cy, that’s prob­a­bly a bug in your ap­pli­ca­tion. Reconciling Mozilla’s Mission and the W3C EME — essentially, “we don’t want to put a closed source bolus of …

Four short links: 9 May 2014

By Nat Torkington
May 8, 2014

Hardening Android for Security and Privacy — a brilliant project! prototype of a secure, full-featured, Android telecommunications device with full Tor support, individual application firewalling, true cell network baseband isolation, and optional ZRTP encrypted voice and video support. ZRTP does …

Four short links: 7 May 2014

By Nat Torkington
May 7, 2014

Observations of an Internet Middleman — Five of those congested peers are in the United States and one is in Europe. There are none in any other part of the world. All six are large Broadband consumer networks with a …

Four short links: 5 May 2014

By Nat Torkington
May 4, 2014

This is What Comes After Search (Quartz) — it’s “context”, aka knowing what you’re doing and thinking to the point where the device can tell you what you need to know before you search for it. Also known as the …

Four short links: 1 May 2014

By Nat Torkington
April 30, 2014

US Providers Must Divulge from Offshore Servers (Gigaom) — A U.S. magistrate judge ruled that U.S. cloud vendors must fork over customer data even if that data resides in data centers outside the country. (via Alistair Croll) Inside Google’s Self-Driving …

Four short links: 18 April 2014

By Nat Torkington
April 18, 2014

16 Interviewing Tips for User Studies — these apply to many situations beyond user interviews, too. The Backlash Against Big Data contd. (Mike Loukides) — Learn to be a data skeptic. That doesn’t mean becoming skeptical about the value of …

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 …

Business models that make the Internet of Things feasible

By Andy Oram
April 8, 2014

For some people, it’s too early to plan mass consumerization of the Internet of Things. Developers are contentedly tinkering with Arduinos and clip cables, demonstrating cool one-off applications. We know that home automation can save energy, keep the elderly and …

Understanding the Now: The Role of Data in Adaptive Organizations

By O'Reilly Strata
March 31, 2014

By Chris Diehl of The Data Guild Slow and Unaware It was 2005. The war in Iraq was raging. Many of us in the national security R&D community were developing responses to the deadliest threat facing U.S. soldiers: the improvised explosive device (IED). …

Four short links: 28 March 2014

By Nat Torkington
March 28, 2014

WearScript — open source project putting Javascript on Glass. See story on it. (via Slashdot) Mining the World’s Data by Selling Street Lights and Farm Drones (Quartz) — Depending on what kinds of sensors the light’s owners choose to install, …

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: 18 March 2014

By Nat Torkington
March 18, 2014

On Managers (Mike Migurski) — Managers might be difficult, hostile, or useless, but because they are parts of an explicit power structure they can be evaluated explicitly. Big Data: Humans Required (Sherri Hammons) — the heart of the problem with …

Four short links: 17 March 2014

By Nat Torkington
March 17, 2014

De-Design the Web — quiz, can you recognise common websites from just their wireframes? For the non-designer (like myself) it’s a potent reminder of the power of design. Design’s front of mind as we chew on the Internet of Affordances. …

Four short links: 28 February 2014

By Nat Torkington
February 28, 2014

Programming Minecraft Pi with Python — an early draft, but shows promise for kids. (via Raspberry Pi) Terasaur — BitTorrent for mad-large files, making it easy for datasets to be saved and exchanged. Bucky — Open-source tool to measure the …

Four short links: 14 February 2014

By Nat Torkington
February 14, 2014

Bitcoin: Understanding and Assessing Potential Opportunities (Slideshare) — VC deck on Bitcoin market and opportunities, long-term and short-term. Interesting lens on the development and gaps. Queensland Police Map Crime Scenes with 3D Scanner (ComputerWorld) — can’t wait for the 3D …

Four short links: 10 February 2014

By Nat Torkington
February 10, 2014

Bruce Sterling at transmediale 2014 (YouTube) — “if it works, it’s already obsolete.” Sterling does a great job of capturing the current time: spies in your Internet, lost trust with the BigCos, the impermanence of status quo, the need to …

Four short links: 4 February 2014

By Nat Torkington
February 4, 2014

UX Fundamentals, Crash Course — 31 posts introducing the fundamental practices and mindsets of UX. Why We Love Persona And You Should Too — Mozilla’s identity system is an interesting offering. Fancy that, you might have single-sign on without Single …

Four short links: 3 February 2014

By Nat Torkington
February 3, 2014

How In-App Purchases Has Destroyed the Games Industry — fantastic before-and-after of a game, showing how it’s hollowed out for in-app-purchase upsell. the problem is that all the future generations of gamers are going to experience this as the default. …

Four short links: 31 January 2014

By Nat Torkington
January 31, 2014

Bolts — Facebook’s library of small, low-level utility classes in iOS and Android. Python Idioms (PDF) — useful cheatsheet. Michael Abrash’s Graphics Programming Black Book — Markdown source in github. Notable for elegance and instructive for those learning to optimise. …

Business analysts want access to advanced analytics

By Ben Lorica
January 29, 2014

I talk with many new companies who build tools for business analysts and other non-technical users. These new tools streamline and simplify important data tasks including interactive analysis (e.g., pivot tables and cohort analysis), interactive visual analysis (as popularized by …

Four short links: 15 January 2014

By Nat Torkington
January 15, 2014

Hackers Gain ‘Full Control’ of Critical SCADA Systems (IT News) — The vulnerabilities were discovered by Russian researchers who over the last year probed popular and high-end ICS and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems used to control everything …

Four short links: 5 December 2013

By Nat Torkington
December 5, 2013

Deducer — An R Graphical User Interface (GUI) for Everyone. Integration of Civil Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in the National Airspace System (NAS) Roadmap (PDF, FAA) — first pass at regulatory framework for drones. (via Anil Dash) Bitcoin Stats — …

Day-Long Immersions and Deep Dives at Strata Santa Clara 2014

By Ben Lorica
November 16, 2013

As the Program Development Director for Strata Santa Clara 2014, I am pleased to announce that the tutorial session descriptions are now live. We’re pleased to offer several day-long immersions including the popular Data Driven Business Day and Hardcore Data …

Four short links: 8 November 2013

By Nat Torkington
November 8, 2013

An Empirical Study of Cryptographic Misuse in Android Applications (PDF) — We develop program analysis techniques to automatically check programs on the Google Play marketplace, and find that 10,327 out of 11,748 applications that use cryptographic APIs (88% overall) make …

Four short links: 21 October 2013

By Nat Torkington
October 21, 2013

Google’s Iron Grip on Android (Ars Technica) — While Google will never go the entire way and completely close Android, the company seems to be doing everything it can to give itself leverage over the existing open source project. And …

Four short links: 16 October 2013

By Nat Torkington
October 14, 2013

Scientific Data Has Become So Complex, We Have to Invent New Math to Deal With It (Jennifer Ouellette) — Yale University mathematician Ronald Coifman says that what is really needed is the big data equivalent of a Newtonian revolution, on …

Four short links: 15 October 2013

By Nat Torkington
October 14, 2013

BF Skinner’s Baby Make Project (BoingBoing) — I got to read some of Skinner’s original writing on the Air-Crib recently and couple of things stuck out to me. First, it cracked me up. The article, published in 1959 in Cumulative …

Four short links: 4 October 2013

By Nat Torkington
October 4, 2013

Case and Molly, a Game Inspired by Neuromancer (Greg Borenstein) — On reading Neuromancer today, this dynamic feels all too familiar. We constantly navigate the tension between the physical and the digital in a state of continuous partial attention. We …

Four short links: 26 September 2013

By Nat Torkington
September 24, 2013

Google Has Spent 21 Billion on Data Centers — The company invested a record $1.6 billion in its data centers in the second quarter of 2013. Puts my impulse-purchased second external hard-drive into context, doesn’t it honey? 10x Engineer (Shanley) …

Four short links: 19 September 2013

By Nat Torkington
September 19, 2013

How Jim Henson Turned His Art Into a Business (Longreads) — When Henson joined on to the experimental PBS show Sesame Street in 1968, he was underpaid for his services creating Big Bird and Oscar. Yet he spent his free …

Four short links: 18 September 2013

By Nat Torkington
September 18, 2013

No Managers — If we could find a way to replace the function of the managers and focus everyone on actually producing for our Students (customers) then it would actually be possible to be a #NoManager company. In my future …

Four short links: 9 September 2013

By Nat Torkington
September 8, 2013

How Google’s Defragging Android (Ars Technica) — Android’s becoming a pudgy microkernel for the Google Play Services layer that’s in userland, closed source, and a way to bypass carriers’ lag for upgrades. Booting a Self-Signed Linux Kernel (Greg Kroah-Hartman) — …


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