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Four short links: 16 April 2014

By Nat Torkington
April 17, 2014

morris.js — pretty time-series line graphs. Open Source CT Scanner — all the awesome. Alan Kay’s Reading List — in case you’re wondering what to add to the pile beside your bed. (via Alex Dong) Foldscope — origami optical microscope, …

IoT meets agriculture, Intellistreets, immersive opera, and high-tech pencils

By Jenn Webb
November 20, 2013

The Radar team does a lot of sharing in the backchannel. Here’s a look at a selection of stories and innovation highlights from around the web that have caught our recent attention. Have an interesting tidbit to contribute to the …

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: 13 November 2013

By Nat Torkington
November 12, 2013

ISS Enjoys Malware — Kaspersky reveals ISS had XP malware infestation before they shifted to Linux. The Gravity movie would have had more registry editing sessions if the producers had cared about FACTUAL ACCURACY. Big Data Approach to Computational Creativity …

Four Short Links: 7 May 2013

By Nat Torkington
May 7, 2013

Raspberry Pi Wireless Attack Toolkit — A collection of pre-configured or automatically-configured tools that automate and ease the process of creating robust Man-in-the-middle attacks. The toolkit allows your to easily select between several attack modes and is specifically designed to …

Four short links: 16 April 2013

By Nat Torkington
April 16, 2013

Triage — iPhone app to quickly triage your email in your downtime. See also the backstory. Awesome UI. Webcam Pulse Detector — I was wondering how long it would take someone to do the Eulerian video magnification in real code. …

Four short links: February 21 2013

By Nat Torkington
February 21, 2013

Administration Strategy on Mitigating the Theft of US Trade Secrets (Whitehouse, PDF) — the Chinese attacks on Facebook, NYT, and other large organisations are provoking policy responses. WSJ covers it nicely. What is this starting? (via Alex Howard) BodyMedia FitLink …

Four short links: 19 February 2013

By Nat Torkington
February 19, 2013

Using Silk Road — exploring the transactions, probability of being busted, and more. Had me at the heading Silk Road as Cyphernomicon’s black markets. Estimates of risk of participating in the underground economy. Travis CI — a hosted continuous integration …

Four short links: 4 February 2013

By Nat Torkington
February 4, 2013

Hands on Learning (HuffPo) — Unfortunately, engaged and enlightened tinkering is disappearing from contemporary American childhood. (via BoingBoing) FlashProxy (Stanford) — a miniature proxy that runs in a web browser. It checks for clients that need access, then conveys data …

The Holocene: TOC Startup Showcase Finalist

By Kat Meyer
January 31, 2013

We’re giving our readers a chance to get to know our TOC Startup Showcase Finalists a little bit better before the big showdown in NYC. We’re featuring the startups with a personality profile here on our website. Our next profile …

Four short links: 31 December 2012

By Nat Torkington
December 31, 2012

Wireless Substitution (BoingBoing, CDC) — very nice graph showing the decline in landlines/growth in wireless. Maker’s Row — Our mission is to make the manufacturing process simple to understand and easy to access. From large corporations to first time designers, …

Four short links: 28 December 2012

By Nat Torkington
December 26, 2012

Kenyan Women Create Their Own Geek Culture (NPR) — Oguya started spending some Saturday mornings with Colaco and other women, snipping code and poring through hacker cookbooks. These informal gatherings became the Akirachix. Oguya graduated and turned her mobile phone …

Four short links: 27 December 2012

By Nat Torkington
December 26, 2012

Improving the Security Posture of Industrial Control Systems (NSA) — common-sense that owners of ICS should already be doing, but which (because it comes from the NSA) hopefully they’ll listen to. See also Wired article on NSA targeting domestic SCADA …

Four short links: 25 December 2012

By Nat Torkington
December 24, 2012

RebelMouse — aggregates FB, Twitter, Instagram, G+ content w/Pinboard-like aesthetics. It’s like aggregators we’ve had since 2004, but in this Brave New World we have to authenticate to a blogging service to get our own public posts out in a …

Four short links: 10 December 2012

By Nat Torkington
December 10, 2012

RE2: A Principled Approach to Regular Expressions — a regular expression engine without backtracking, so without the potential for exponential pathological runtimes. Mobile is Entertainment (Luke Wroblewski) — 79% of mobile app time is spent on fun, even as desktop …

The MOOC movement is not an indicator of educational evolution

By Andy Oram
December 3, 2012

Somehow, recently, a lot of people have taken an interest in the broadcast of canned educational materials, and this practice — under a term that proponents and detractors have settled on, massive open online course (MOOC) — is getting a …

Four short links: 6 November 2012

By Nat Torkington
November 6, 2012

Tilt-to-Fly Controller and Copter (Kickstarter) — This looks totally awesome and hackable. The controller has a USB port, the protocol is documented, and you can even connect your own electronics payload, like an Arduino, camera, or homebrewed project to the …

Four short links: 15 October 2012

By Nat Torkington
October 14, 2012

Cheap Thermocam — cheap thermal imaging camera, takes about a minute to capture an image. (via IEEE Spectrum) Observations on What’s Getting Downvoted (Ars Technica) — fascinating piece of social work, showing how the community polices (or reacts to) trolls. …

Four short links: 2 October 2012

By Nat Torkington
October 2, 2012

Print Your Own 3D Parts (Wired) — Teenage Engineering, makers of a popular synthesizer known as the OP-1, posted the 3-D design files of various components on digital object repository Shapeways, and is instructing 3-D printer-equipped users to print them …

Four short links: 25 September 2012

By Nat Torkington
September 24, 2012

Stewart Brand Interview (Wired) — full of interesting tidbits. This line from the interviewer, Kevin Kelly, resonated: One other trajectory I have noticed about the past 20 years: Excitement about the future has waned. The future is deflating. It is …

Four short links: 21 September 2012

By Nat Torkington
September 21, 2012

Business Intelligence on Farms — Machines keep track of all kinds of data about each cow, including the chemical properties of its milk, and flag when a particular cow is having problems or could be sick. The software can compare …

Four short links: 20 September 2012

By Nat Torkington
September 20, 2012

The Shape of the Internet Has Changed — 98 percent of internet traffic now consists of content that can be stored on servers. 45% of Internet traffic today is from CDNs, and a handful of them at that, which makes …

Four short links: 16 September 2012

By Nat Torkington
September 17, 2012

Aaron Swartz Defense Fund — American computer systems are under attack every day of the week from foreign governments, and the idiot prosecutor is wasting resources doubling down on this vindictive nonsense. Baghdad Community Hackerspace Workshops (Kickstarter) — Makerspace in …

Four short links: 5 September 2012

By Nat Torkington
September 6, 2012

DIY Spectrometry Kit — This open hardware kit costs only $35, but has a range of more than 400-900 nanometers, and a resolution of as high as 3 nm. A spectrometer is essentially a tool to measure the colors absorbed …

Four short links: 27 August 2012

By Nat Torkington
August 27, 2012

International Broadband Pricing Study Dataset for Reuse — 3,655 fixed and mobile broadband retail price observations, with fixed broadband pricing data for 93 countries and mobile broadband pricing data for 106 countries. The Dictator’s Practical Internet Guide to Power Retention …

Four short links: 7 August 2012

By Nat Torkington
August 7, 2012

Why Toys Make Good Medical Devices (YouTube) — Jose Gomez-Marquez profiled by CNN. His group at MIT is Little Devices. 3D Printed Exoskeletal Arms for Little Girl — researchers at a Delaware hospital 3D printed a durable custom device with …

They promised us flying cars

By Alasdair Allan
August 3, 2012

We may be living in the future, but it hasn’t entirely worked out how we were promised. I remember the predictions clearly: the 21st century was supposed to be full of self-driving cars, personal communicators, replicators and private space ships. …

Four short links: 25 July 2012

By Nat Torkington
July 25, 2012

Bank of England Complains About AR Bank Notes — After downloading the free Blippar app on iPhone or Android, customers were able to ‘blipp’ any ten-pound note in circulation by opening the app and holding their phone over the note. …

Four short links: 5 July 2012

By Nat Torkington
July 5, 2012

Neocover -- very clever idea: magnetic light-switch frames, from which you can suspend keys and other very-losable pocket-fillers. Design of Checkout Forms (Luke Wroblewski) -- extremely detailed, data-filled, useful guide to state of the art (and effect of) e-commerce checkout forms. In tests comparing forms with real-time feedback to those without, usability testing firm, Etre and I measured a:...

Four short links: 22 June 2012

By Nat Torkington
June 22, 2012

Reality Bytes -- We make things because that’s how we understand. We make things because that’s how we pass them on, and because everything we have was passed on to us as a made object. We make things in digital humanities because that’s how we interpret and conserve our inheritance. Because that’s how we can make it all anew....

Four short links: 21 June 2012

By Nat Torkington
June 21, 2012

Test, Learn, Adapt (PDF) -- UK Cabinet Office paper on randomised trials for public policy. Ben Goldacre cowrote. UK EscapeTheCity Raises GBP600k in Crowd Equity -- took just eight days, using the Crowdcube platform for equity-based crowd investment. DIY Bio SOPs -- CC-licensed set of standard operating procedures for a bio lab. These are the SOPs that I provided...

Four short links: 12 June 2012

By Nat Torkington
June 12, 2012

Amazon's Insanely Crap Royalties (Andrew Hyde) -- Amazon offers high royalty rate to you, but that's before a grim hidden "delivery fee". Check out Andrew's graph of the different pay rates to the author from each medium. SparkFun Education -- learn electronics from the good folks at SparkFun. TaskRabbit -- connects you with friendly, reliable people right in your...

In defense of frivolities and open-ended experiments

By Bradley Voytek
June 8, 2012

Before you scoff at the pointlessness of yet another social network, web app, or project, remember that we don't always do the research or build the company that is immediately useful or profitable.

Four short links: 23 May 2012

By Nat Torkington
May 23, 2012

Tale of Two Pwnies (Chromium Blog) -- So, how does one get full remote code execution in Chrome? In the case of Pinkie Pie’s exploit, it took a chain of six different bugs in order to successfully break out of the Chrome sandbox. Lest you think all attacks come from mouth-breathing script kiddies, this is how the pros do...

DIY learning: Schoolers, Edupunks, and Makers challenge education as we know it

DIY learning: Schoolers, Edupunks, and Makers challenge education as we know it
By Marie Bjerede
May 15, 2012

Schoolers, Edupunks and Makers are showing us what's possible when learners, not institutions, own the education that will define their lives.

Making innovation: Open hardware, personal fab and collaborative design

Making innovation: Open hardware, personal fab and collaborative design
By Dale Dougherty
May 11, 2012

Being held May 15-16, MAKE's Hardware Innovation Workshop is an intensive introduction to the business of making and the makers who are creating these businesses.

Announcing Make's Hardware Innovation Workshop

Announcing Make's Hardware Innovation Workshop
By Dale Dougherty
April 6, 2012

We're announcing the Hardware Innovation Workshop, a new business conference being held during the week of Maker Faire.

Four short links: 27 March 2012

By Nat Torkington
March 27, 2012

Five Tough Lessons I Had To Learn About Healthcare (Andy Oram) -- I don't normally link to things from Radar but this gels 110% with my limited experience with the healthcare industry. Makematics: Math for Makers -- I want the hardware hackers who are building the next generation of DIY 3D printers to be able to turn topological algorithms...

Four short links: 1 March 2012

By Nat Torkington
March 1, 2012

Crowdsourcing Radiation Data in Japan (Freaklabs) -- wardriving pollution detection. Backyard Brains -- measuring electrical activity of a neuron in a cockroach leg. Astonishing how much science is within the reach of backyard hackers now. (via BoingBoing) Cotton Candy Stick Pre-Orders -- a $200 Android computer on a USB stick, with HDMI out etc. Raspberry Pi Launches -- $35...

Four short links: 27 February 2012

By Nat Torkington
February 27, 2012

Open Science Requires Open Source (Nature editorial) -- Our view is that we have reached the point that, with some exceptions, anything less than release of actual source code is an indefensible approach for any scientific results that depend on computation, because not releasing such code raises needless, and needlessly confusing, roadblocks to reproducibility. What's Still Wrong With ACTA...

Makers and hackers: The Where Conference is looking for you

By Brady Forrest
February 3, 2012

The 2012 Where Conference is looking for makers, hackers, developers and do-it-yourselfers who are working in the geolocation and mapping spaces.

Makers and hackers: The Where Conference is looking for you

Makers and hackers: The Where Conference is looking for you
By Brady Forrest
February 3, 2012

The 2012 Where Conference is looking for makers, hackers, developers and do-it-yourselfers who are working in the geolocation and mapping spaces.

Four short links: 23 January 2012

By Nat Torkington
January 23, 2012

Adafruit Flora -- wearable electronics and accessories platform. (via Tim O'Reilly) Killed by Code -- paper on software vulnerabilities in implantable medical devices. Discovered via Karen Sandler's wow-generating keynote at linux.conf.au (covered here). (via Selena Deckelmann) DIY London -- fun little Budget-Hero game to make apparent the trade-offs facing politicians. Kids should play Sim* and Civilization games: you get...

Four short links: 10 January 2012

By Nat Torkington
January 10, 2012

Samsung Develops Emotion-Sensing Smartphone (ExtremeTech) -- By analyzing how fast you type, how much the phone shakes, how often you backspace mistakes, and how many special symbols are used, the special Galaxy S II can work out whether you’re angry, surprised, happy, sad, fearful, or disgusted, with an accuracy of 67.5% From a research paper from a research group...

Four short links: 11 November 2011

By Nat Torkington
November 11, 2011

Nudge Policies Are Another Name for Coercion (New Scientist) -- This points to the key problem with "nudge" style paternalism: presuming that technocrats understand what ordinary people want better than the people themselves. There is no reason to think technocrats know better, especially since Thaler and Sunstein offer no means for ordinary people to comment on, let alone correct,...

Four short links: 8 November 2011

By Nat Torkington
November 8, 2011

Attempts to Make a Cell Operating System (Science Daily) -- finally we will be able to have the guaranteed quality of software and the safety of biological organisms. Why Kids Can't Search (Clive Thompson) -- kids need to be taught critical thinking skills about what they find on the web. Librarians are our national leaders in this fight; they’re...

Four short links: 8 November 2011

By Nat Torkington
November 8, 2011

Attempts to Make a Cell Operating System (Science Daily) -- finally we will be able to have the guaranteed quality of software and the safety of biological organisms. Why Kids Can't Search (Clive Thompson) -- kids need to be taught critical thinking skills about what they find on the web. Librarians are our national leaders in this fight; they’re...

The maker movement's potential for education, jobs and innovation is growing

The maker movement's potential for education, jobs and innovation is growing
By Alex Howard
November 4, 2011

Dale Dougherty, one of the co-founders of O'Reilly Media, was honored by the White House as a "Champion of Change" for his work on "MAKE" Magazine, MakerFaire and the broader DIY movement.

Four short links: 25 October 2011

By Nat Torkington
October 25, 2011

Nest Learning Thermostat -- learns how long it takes your house to adjust temperature, so can tell you not just "it's 55 now" but "it'll be 65 in 16 minutes". Looks gorgeous as well as being a good example of embedded intelligence. Data really does make everything better. lamernews (Github) -- an implementation of a Reddit / Hacker News...

Jason Huggins' Angry Birds-playing Selenium robot

Jason Huggins' Angry Birds-playing Selenium robot
By Timothy M. O'Brien
October 20, 2011

If you try to talk to Jason Huggins about Selenium, he'll probably do to you what he did to us. He'll bring his Arduino-based Angry Birds-playing testing robot to your interview and then he'll relate his invention to the larger problems of mobile application testing and cloud-based testing infrastructure.


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