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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: 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 …

Who holds your keys?

By Simon St. Laurent
May 6, 2014

Put your books, movies, and music on a gleaming shelf. Close the door to keep the dust off. Lock the door, so no one can take it, and hand me the key. I’ll let you have the key when you …

Four short links: 2 January 2014

By Nat Torkington
January 2, 2014

slic3r — converts a digital 3D model into printing instructions for your 3D printer. It cuts the model into horizontal slices (layers), generates toolpaths to fill them and calculates the amount of material to be extruded. gCodeViewer — GCode is …

Four short links: 28 November 2013

By Nat Torkington
November 28, 2013

OpenRefine — Google abandoned the excellent Refine tool for working with data sets, now picked up and developed by open source community. Intel’s Arduino-Compatible Board — launched at MakerFaire Rome. (via Wired UK) Game Maven — learn to code by …

Four short links: 22 November 2013

By Nat Torkington
November 21, 2013

Google Educator MOOCs — online courses for teachers who use Google in their classrooms. Algorithms and Accountability — Thus, the appearance of an autocompletion suggestion during the search process might make people decide to search for this suggestion although they …

Four short links: 15 November 2013

By Nat Torkington
November 15, 2013

Google Wins Book Scanning Case (Giga Om) — will probably be appealed, though many authors will fear it’s good money after bad tilting at the fair use windmill. IBM Watson To Be A Platform (IBM) — press release indicates you’ll …

Four short links: 14 November 2013

By Nat Torkington
November 14, 2013

TPPA Trades Away Internet Freedoms (EFF) — commentary on the wikileaked text of the trade agreement. Deep Learning 101 — introduction to the machine learning trend of choice. Large Scale Rapid Prototyping Robots — an informal list of large rapid …

Four short links: 14 October 2013

By Nat Torkington
October 14, 2013

An Interactive Machine Learning System for Recognizing Hand Gestures (Greg Borenstein) — a mixed-initiative interactive machine learning system for recognizing hand gestures. It attempts to give the user visibility into the classifier’s prediction confidence and control of the conditions under …

Four short links: 27 September 2013

By Nat Torkington
September 24, 2013

The Amen Break (YouTube) — fascinating 20m history of the amen break, a handful of bars of drum solo from a forgotten 1969 song which became the origin of a huge amount of popular music from rap to jungle and …

Four short links: 15 August 2013

By Nat Torkington
August 14, 2013

github realtime activity — audio triggered by github activity, built with choir.io. Makies Hit Shelves at Selfridges — 3d printing business gaining mainstream distribution. Win! The Datacenter as Computer — we must treat the datacenter itself as one massive warehouse-scale …

Four short links: 30 July 2013

By Nat Torkington
July 29, 2013

Why YouTube Buffers (ArsTechnica) — When asked if ISPs are degrading Netflix and YouTube traffic to steer users toward their own video services, Crawford told Ars that “the very powerful eyeball networks in the US (and particularly Comcast and Time …

Four short links: 8 July 2013

By Nat Torkington
July 8, 2013

QCL: A Language for Quantum Computing — QCL is a high level, architecture independent programming language for quantum computers, with a syntax derived from classical procedural languages like C or Pascal. This allows for the complete implementation and simulation of …

Four short links: 24 May 2013

By Nat Torkington
May 24, 2013

Ubiquity — Sears Holdings has formed a new unit to market space from former Sears and Kmart retail stores as a home for data centers, disaster recovery space and wireless towers. Google Abandons Open Standards for Instant Messaging (EFF) — …

Four short links: 20 May 2013

By Nat Torkington
May 20, 2013

Our Fair Deal — international coalition (EFF, InternetNZ, Demand Progress, Creative Freedom Foundation, many others) raising awareness and petitioning lawmakers to reject copyright proposals that restrict the open Internet, access to knowledge, economic opportunity and our fundamental rights. (via Susan …

Four short links: 29 April 2013

By Nat Torkington
April 24, 2013

Information Security Breaches 2013 Report (UK Gov) — over 80% of small UK firms reported a breach, and over 90% of large. (via The Register) Google Glass Forbids Resales (Wired) — leaving aside the braying naysayers with their “GLASS WILL …

Four short links: 26 April 2013

By Nat Torkington
April 24, 2013

The Engagement Cliff — Gallup surveyed nearly 500,000 students in grades five through 12 from more than 1,700 public schools in 37 states in 2012 and found that by the time students get to high school only about 4 in …

Aereo’s copyright solution: intentional inefficiency

By Mac Slocum
April 3, 2013

Aereo, an online service that sends free over-the-air television broadcasts to subscribers, scored a big win in court this week. At first glance, it would seem the service has to violate copyright. Aereo is grabbing TV content without paying for …

Four short links: 21 March 2013

By Nat Torkington
March 21, 2013

The Obfuscation of Culture — Tumblr and LJ users sep ar ate w ords thr ou gh o dd spacin g in o rde r to fo ol sea rc h en g i nes. Chinese users hide political messages …

Four short links: 20 March 2013

By Nat Torkington
March 20, 2013

Digital Music Consumption on the Internet: Evidence from Clickstream Data (Scribd) — The goal of this paper is to analyze the behavior of digital music consumers on the Internet. Using clickstream data on a panel of more than 16,000 European …

Four short links: 14 March 2013

By Nat Torkington
March 14, 2013

Our Weirdness is Free (Gabriella Coleman) — Often lacking an overarching strategy, Anonymous operates tactically, along the lines proposed by the French Jesuit thinker Michel de Certeau. “Because it does not have a place, a tactic depends on time—it is …

Four short links: 12 March 2013

By Nat Torkington
March 12, 2013

One Tab — turn tabs into lists, easily. (via Andy Baio) Deep Impact: Unintended Consequences of Journal Rank — These data confirm previous suspicions: using journal rank as an assessment tool is bad scientific practice. Moreover, the data lead us …

Four short links: 7 March 2013

By Nat Torkington
March 7, 2013

Pharmacovigilance — Signals from The Crowd (PDF) — in the NY Times’ words: Using automated software tools to examine queries by 6 million Internet users taken from Web search logs in 2010, the researchers looked for searches relating to an …

Four short links: 5 March 2013

By Nat Torkington
March 5, 2013

Eulerian Video Magnification — papers and the MatLab source code for that amazing effect of exaggerating small changes in file. (*This work is patent pending) CopyrightX — MOOC on current law of copyright and the ongoing debates concerning how that …

Author platforms and the Black Box Effect

By Anne Hill
February 20, 2013

If you’ve spent as much time reading author blogs as I have, you may have noticed a disturbing pattern. In nearly every “here’s how I did it” post in which the author explains her route to greater visibility and sales, …

Four short links: 13 February 2013

By Nat Torkington
February 13, 2013

CA Assembly Bill No. 292 — This bill would provide that the full text of the California Code of Regulations shall bear an open access creative commons attribution license, allowing any individual, at no cost, to use, distribute, and create …

Four short links: 30 January 2013

By Nat Torkington
January 30, 2013

Chinese Attack UAV (Alibaba) — Small attack UAV is characterized with small size, light weight, convenient carrying, rapid outfield expansion procedure, easy operation and maintenance; the system only needs 2-3 operators to operate, can be carried by surveillance personnel to …

Liability vs. leverage

By Cory Doctorow
January 14, 2013

[Editor's note: Be sure to catchCory Doctorow's opening keynote at next month's TOC Author (R)evolution Day in NY.] How much will your publisher pay you? There’s a short, easy answer to this: as little as they can. Not because they’re …

Four short links: 11 December 2012

By Nat Torkington
December 11, 2012

Burrito Bomber — drone that delivers burritos. (via BoingBoing) Copyright Hardliners Adopt the Language of Reform — Sadly, in the end, Barnier’s “copyright fit for the Internet age” looks depressingly like the current, dysfunctional version: one based on a non-existent …

Four short links: 29 November 2012

By Nat Torkington
November 28, 2012

Is It The Internet of Things? — we’ve moved from “they ignore you” to “they laugh at you”. Next up, “they fight you”, then finally the earless RFID-enabled location-aware ambient-sensing Network of All wins. (via BERG London) The 2012 We …

Four short links: 19 November 2012

By Nat Torkington
November 19, 2012

Wing Man — Mac app for source control management with git, implements workflow rather than simply being a wrapper for git commandlines. CodeKit — Mac app for web developers, automates (invisibly, thanks to watching filesystem changes) much of the web …

Strata Week: Data-driven politics

By Jenn Webb
November 9, 2012

Here are a few stories from the data space that caught my attention this week. Big data, big politics In the aftermath of the US presidential election, much attention has been focused on Nate Silver’s art of predicting the election …

Four short links: 9 November 2012

By Nat Torkington
November 8, 2012

Helping Drones Play Nice With Other Aviation — The U.S. airspace is quickly being filled with simultaneously flying drones. To such an extent, unmanned aircraft could soon become a nightmare for the ATC controllers. The ADS-B will improve Predator B’s …

Publishing News: US Supreme Court dives into the Kirtsaeng “first sale” doctrine case

By Jenn Webb
November 2, 2012

Here are a few stories from the publishing space that caught my attention this week. “First sale” doctrine arguments begin The US Supreme Court began hearing oral arguments on Monday in Kirtsaeng d/b/a Bluechristine99 v. John Wiley & Sons Inc. …

Four short links: 31 October 2012

By Nat Torkington
October 31, 2012

Turing Complete User — General Purpose Users can write an article in their e-mail client, layout their business card in Excel and shave in front of a web cam. They can also find a way to publish photos online without …

Publishing News: Amazon gets a brick-and-mortar bookstore, sort of

By Jenn Webb
October 26, 2012

Here are a few stories from the publishing space that caught my attention this week. U.K. bookstore teams up with Amazon Charlotte Williams and Lisa Campbell report this week at The Bookseller that Waterstones bookstore in the U.K. launched its …

The complex world of copyright, licensing, and piracy

By Joe Wikert
October 23, 2012

Our TOC theme this month is “legal” and I thought it would be interesting to have a conversation with Bill Rosenblatt covering a variety of topics in the legal realm. Bill is a recognized authority on intellectual property in the …

Four short links: 5 October 2012

By Nat Torkington
October 5, 2012

Improving Content ID (YouTube) — finally they’re adding some human intervention to lower the number of false positives. OECD’s Internet Economy Outlook (OECD) — lots of stats, from growth of streaming media to crime and EHRs. This caught my eye: …

Four short links: 4 September 2012

By Nat Torkington
September 4, 2012

Visual Strategies — book of useful tips for improving visualisations, described as “a useful Tufte”. (via NY Times) Copyright Enforcement Bots Killed Hugo Streaming (io9) — automated content policing ‘bots killed the live stream, and uStream wouldn’t bring it back. …

Four short links: 16 August 2012

By Nat Torkington
August 16, 2012

The Medium Terms of Service — easily the best terms of service I’ve ever read. Clear and English wherever possible, apologetically lawyered-up CAPITALS where necessary. Buy that lawyer a beer. All Nations Lose Under TPP’s Expansion of Copyright Terms (EFF) …

Four short links: 13 August 2012

By Nat Torkington
August 13, 2012

Mobile Numbers (Luke Wroblewski) — eBay’s mobile shoppers and mobile payers are 3 to 4 times more valuable than Web only [...] Yelp runs ads on the mobile web, and those ads see a higher clickthrough rate than their desktop …

Four short links: 16 July 2012

By Nat Torkington
July 16, 2012

Britain To Provide Free Access to Scientific Publications (Guardian) — the Finch report is being implemented! British universities now pay around 200m a year in subscription fees to journal publishers, but under the new scheme, authors will pay “article processing …

Four short links: 10 July 2012

By Nat Torkington
July 10, 2012

Learn to Write 6502 Assembly Language -- if retro-gaming is the gateway drug you're using to attract kids to programming, this is the crack you wheel out after three months of getting high. Ok, this metaphor is broken on many levels. (via Hacker News) Small Political Pieces, Loosely Joined -- MySociety: We believe that the wrong answer to this...

Four short links: 6 July 2012

By Nat Torkington
July 6, 2012

HM Government Consultation on Modernising Copyright (PDF) -- from all appearances, the UK Govt is prepared to be progressive and tech-savvy in considering updates to copyright law. Proof of the pudding is in the eating (i.e., wait and see whether the process is coopted by maximalists) but an optimistic start. Cisco Provides a Lesson (Eric Raymond) -- This is...

Top Stories: June 18-22, 2012

Top Stories: June 18-22, 2012
By Mac Slocum
June 22, 2012

This week on O'Reilly: Artist Nina Paley explained her "intellectual disobedience" stance on copyright, Shahid Shah looked at the future of health IT integration, and illustrator Laura Maaske discussed the next generation of digital imagery.

Copyright and "intellectual disobedience"

By Mac Slocum
June 18, 2012

"Sita Sings the Blues" creator Nina Paley explains her "intellectual disobedience" stance on copyright and notes that current copyright laws are "completely out of touch with human behavior."

Copyright and "intellectual disobedience"

Copyright and
By Mac Slocum
June 18, 2012

"Sita Sings the Blues" creator Nina Paley explains her "intellectual disobedience" stance on copyright and notes that current copyright laws are "completely out of touch with human behavior."


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