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Four short links: 18 July 2014

By Nat Torkington
July 18, 2014

Questions to Ask when Reviewing a Design (GDS) — GDS made stickers, but I might just put this in poster form on the wall. They missed, “can you make it pop?” though. Saturated — wonderfully unsubdued web palette for prototyping. …

Four short links: 18 July 2014

By Nat Torkington
July 18, 2014

Questions to Ask when Reviewing a Design (GDS) — GDS made stickers, but I might just put this in poster form on the wall. They missed, “can you make it pop?” though. Saturated — wonderfully unsubdued web palette for prototyping. …

Four short links: 18 July 2014

By Nat Torkington
July 18, 2014

Questions to Ask when Reviewing a Design (GDS) — GDS made stickers, but I might just put this in poster form on the wall. They missed, “can you make it pop?” though. Saturated — wonderfully unsubdued web palette for prototyping. …

Four short links: 17 July 2014

By Nat Torkington
July 17, 2014

Misjudgements Will Drive Social Trials Underground (Nature) — 34 ethicists write to explain why they see Facebook’s mood-influence trials as not an egregious breach of either ethics or law. Notable: No one knows whether exposure to a stream of baby …

Four short links: 17 July 2014

By Nat Torkington
July 17, 2014

Misjudgements Will Drive Social Trials Underground (Nature) — 34 ethicists write to explain why they see Facebook’s mood-influence trials as not an egregious breach of either ethics or law. Notable: No one knows whether exposure to a stream of baby …

Four short links: 17 July 2014

By Nat Torkington
July 17, 2014

Misjudgements Will Drive Social Trials Underground (Nature) — 34 ethicists write to explain why they see Facebook’s mood-influence trials as not an egregious breach of either ethics or law. Notable: No one knows whether exposure to a stream of baby …

Technical Literacy: Love At First Sight

By Christian Johns
July 9, 2014

I started working at O’Reilly School of Technology in May 2012 with very limited exposure to software development. I knew a few things, sure, but I’d never taken a course as an undergraduate in college that discussed programming concepts, networking, or logic/algorithms. Looking back on that fact years later, I feel kind of let down. …

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The Course is Ours to Plot. Right Now.

By Kerry Beck
June 21, 2014

I can’t remember exactly when this whole thing started. Maybe it’s in my Hawaiian DNA. Maybe it happened when I was a kid at Disneyland coveting the just-out-of-reach treasure of The Pirates of the Caribbean. It could have been after reading Robinson Crusoe in college. Maybe it was all of that, but for whatever reason, …

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Four short links: 18 June 2014

By Nat Torkington
June 18, 2014

Javascript Cryptography Considered Harmful — tl;dr: “don’t”. If you don’t trust the network to deliver a password, or, worse, don’t trust the server not to keep user secrets, you can’t trust them to deliver security code. The same attacker who …

Four short links: 18 June 2014

By Nat Torkington
June 18, 2014

Javascript Cryptography Considered Harmful — tl;dr: “don’t”. If you don’t trust the network to deliver a password, or, worse, don’t trust the server not to keep user secrets, you can’t trust them to deliver security code. The same attacker who …

Four short links: 18 June 2014

By Nat Torkington
June 18, 2014

Javascript Cryptography Considered Harmful — tl;dr: “don’t”. If you don’t trust the network to deliver a password, or, worse, don’t trust the server not to keep user secrets, you can’t trust them to deliver security code. The same attacker who …

Four short links: 20 May 2014

By Nat Torkington
May 20, 2014

Basics of Machine Learning Course Notes — slides and audio from university course. Watch along on YouTube. A Primer on Deep Learning — a very quick catch-up on WTF this is all about. 3D Printers Have a Lot to Learn …

Four short links: 8 May 2014

By Nat Torkington
May 7, 2014

OpenStack: A Plea — critical take on OpenStack, also in this presentation. Notes the proliferation of inefficiency, devops bolted onto the side, and the long feedback cycle. You code differently when you have a pager. (via Sam Ramji) What Could …

Four short links: 29 April 2014

By Nat Torkington
April 29, 2014

Bionic Legs Let Patients Walk Again — The Ekso costs about $100,000 and was purchased with a grant from Baptist Health Foundation. Chara Rodriguez, a physical therapist and neurologic clinical specialist at University Health System, called the machine “the Maserati …

Overcoming the Bottleneck in Content-Driven Website Design

By John Baker
April 7, 2014

Students of web design need to understand the relationship between content and presentation. It affects all programmers who work on the web, no matter which language they use. As an experienced designer and instructor of the O’Reilly School of Technology Introduction to HTML/CSS course, I’ve found that an effective approach to design begins with a …

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O’Reilly School of Technology 2013: Because It’s There

By Kerry Beck
April 7, 2014

“The first American sighting of Pike’s Peak is often credited to members of the Pike expedition, led by Zebulon Pike. After a failed attempt to climb to the top in November 1806, Pike wrote in his journal: …here we found the snow middle deep; no sign of beast or bird inhabiting this region. The thermometer …

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Four Hot Web Development Trends Learned at Conferences

By Sean Crawford
April 3, 2014

This Full-Stack Web Developer Talks about the Latest Web Development Trends Discussed at O’Reilly Media Conferences I’m finding that participating in tech conferences is a great way for me to keep up to date on modern web development trends. I attended my first OSCON last summer and more recently, I attended O’Reilly’s Fluent 2014. Here …

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Four short links: 20 March 2014

By Nat Torkington
March 20, 2014

Smart Interaction Lab — some interesting prototyping work designing for smart objects. Crypto 101 — self-directory crypto instruction. (via BoingBoing) Chipotle Culture — interesting piece on Chipotle’s approach to building positive feedback loops around training. Reminded me of Ben Horowitz’s …

New Web Security Course Teaches Web Application Protection from Hackers

By Michael de Libero
March 18, 2014

Become a More Secure Programmer by Learning How to Find and Fix Security Bugs It seems like every few months we hear about a new data breach where millions of credit card numbers or passwords get into the hands of the bad guys. Why does this happen so often? It isn’t because the bad guys …

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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: 12 March 2014

By Nat Torkington
March 12, 2014

High Volume Web Sites — Tim Berners-Lee answers my question on provisioning a popular web server in 1993. The info.cern.ch server which has the Subject Catalogue gets probably a relatively high usage, about 10k requests a day, or (thinks…) one …

Are You Ready for an Advanced JavaScript Course?

By Elisabeth Robson
March 4, 2014

New Advanced JavaScript Essentials Course Takes You from a “Scripter” to a Knowledgeable Programmer with a Deep Dive into the JavaScript Language One of the great things about JavaScript is that it’s relatively easy to get started. All you need is a text editor and a browser. That, plus a couple of lines of code …

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Four short links: 3 March 2014

By Nat Torkington
March 3, 2014

The Programming Error That Cost Mt Gox 2609 Bitcoins — in the unforgiving world of crypto-currency, it’s easy to miscode and vanish your money. Ford Invites Open-Source Community to Tinker Away — One example: Nelson has re-tasked the motor from …

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: 21 February 2014

By Nat Torkington
February 21, 2014

Mapping Twitter Topic Networks (Pew Internet) — Conversations on Twitter create networks with identifiable contours as people reply to and mention one another in their tweets. These conversational structures differ, depending on the subject and the people driving the conversation. …

Four short links: 18 February 2014

By Nat Torkington
February 18, 2014

Offensive Computer Security — 2014 class notes, lectures, etc. from FSU. All CC-licensed. Twitter I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down (Quinn Norton) — The net doesn’t make social problems. It amplifies them until they can’t be ignored. And …

New Advanced Java Course Covers Algorithms and Data Structures

By gheineman
February 11, 2014

Computer science is commonly described as the scientific and practical approach to computation and its applications, and it depends on a solid working knowledge of data structures and applications. Many Computer Scientists were drawn to the field because they were introduced to algorithms early in their education or professional development. Too often, however, the texts …

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Math Courses the O’Reilly School Way — Propelling Online Math Education

By Debra Woods
February 10, 2014

Introducing O’Reilly School of Technology’s new series of math courses delivered through Making Math. Our approach signals a groundbreaking contribution to the evolution of online math education. A wise math professor once said, “…the problem with introductory lectures is that they are full of words that have not yet taken on meaning and full of …

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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: 30 January 2014

By Nat Torkington
January 30, 2014

$200k of Spaceships Destroyed (The Verge) — More than 2,200 of the game’s players, members of EVE’s largest alliances, came together to shoot each other out of the sky. The resultant damage was valued at more than $200,000 of real-world …

The Self-made Developer: Bootstrap or Bootcamp?

By Aaron Sumner
January 29, 2014

Aspiring software developers have more avenues than ever to learn to code without going back to school. From free, self-paced online learning environments to not-so-free, structured, immersive experiences, a number of services have cropped up within the past few years …

The reason everyone should learn to code

By Mike Loukides
January 21, 2014

Why do we want everyone to learn to code? It’s certainly not to produce a nation of coders. I have no delusions about everyone learning to code: it’s not going to happen, and may not even be desirable. But the …

Four short links: 21 January 2014

By Nat Torkington
January 21, 2014

On Being a Senior Engineer (Etsy) — Mature engineers know that no matter how complete, elegant, or superior their designs are, it won’t matter if no one wants to work alongside them because they are assholes. Control Theory (Coursera) — …

Notebook Learning without Friction

By Josh Nutzman
January 16, 2014

For students, and OST students in particular, beginning a course likely means paper notebooks, notebook computers, and learning sandboxes. I spend a lot of time thinking about learning environments, because we provide them to the students of the O’Reilly School of Technology. I thought I’d share some of my thoughts regarding these tools, and give …

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Four short links: 8 January 2014

By Nat Torkington
January 8, 2014

Launching the Wolfram Connected Devices Project — Wolfram Alpha is cognition-as-a-service, which they hope to embed in devices. This data-powered Brain-in-the-Cloud play will pit them against Google, but G wants to own the devices and the apps and the eyeballs …

Online Education 2.0: Making Learning at OST

By Matthew Bronson
January 3, 2014

It became clear to me early on that the “secret sauce” in an OST education for our students is the personal interaction and mentoring of our instructors. At OST, we frequently hear comments like: Some parts of the assignments were really challenging and I would get stuck. I would send Mary my error code and …

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Four short links: 17 December 2013

By Nat Torkington
December 16, 2013

WebGraph — a framework for graph compression aimed at studying web graphs. It provides simple ways to manage very large graphs, exploiting modern compression techniques. (via Ben Lorica) Learn to Program with Minecraft Plugins — You’ll need to add features …

Four short links: 16 December 2013

By Nat Torkington
December 16, 2013

Suro (Github) — Netflix data pipeline service for large volumes of event data. (via Ben Lorica) NIPS Workshop on Data Driven Education — lots of research papers around machine learning, MOOC data, etc. Proofist — crowdsourced proofreading game. 3D-Printed Shoes …

Four short links: 4 December 2013

By Nat Torkington
December 4, 2013

Skyjack — drone that takes over other drones. Welcome to the Malware of Things. Bootstrap World — a curricular module for students ages 12-16, which teaches algebraic and geometric concepts through computer programming. (via Esther Wojicki) Harvest — open source …

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: 19 November 2013

By Nat Torkington
November 19, 2013

Why The Banner Ad is Heroic — enough to make Dave Eggers cry. Advertising triumphalism rampant. Udacity/Thrun Profile — A student taking college algebra in person was 52% more likely to pass than one taking a Udacity class, making the …

Four short links: 18 October 2013

By Nat Torkington
October 18, 2013

Science Not as Self-Correcting As It Thinks (Economist) — REALLY good discussion of the shortcomings in statistical practice by scientists, peer-review failures, and the complexities of experimental procedure and fuzziness of what reproducibility might actually mean. Reproducibility Initiative Receives Grant …

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: 10 October 2013

By Nat Torkington
October 10, 2013

ActiveLit — interactive fiction as literacy tool. (via Text Adventures blog) Your Car is About to go Open Source (ComputerWorld) — an open-source IVI operating system would create a reusable platform consisting of core services, middleware and open application layer …

Four short links: 30 September 2013

By Nat Torkington
September 24, 2013

Steve Yegge on GROK (YouTube) — The Grok Project is an internal Google initiative to simplify the navigation and querying of very large program source repositories. We have designed and implemented a language-neutral, canonical representation for source code and compiler …

Four short links: 23 September 2013

By Nat Torkington
September 23, 2013

Together.js — Mozilla-produced library for in-page collaboration. This Complex and Tragic Event Supports My Own View (Vaughan Bell) — pretty much every tactic he describes, you will see deployed daily. Natalie Silvanovich — a security engineer who has extracted and …

Four short links: 20 September 2013

By Nat Torkington
September 19, 2013

Researchers Can Slip an Undetectable Trojan into Intel’s Ivy Bridge CPUs (Ars Technica) — The exploit works by severely reducing the amount of entropy the RNG normally uses, from 128 bits to 32 bits. The hack is similar to stacking …

Four short links: 13 September 2013

By Nat Torkington
September 13, 2013

Fog Creek’s Remote Work Policy — In the absence of new information, the assumption is that you’re producing. When you step outside the HQ work environment, you should flip that burden of proof. The burden is on you to show …

Four short links: 12 September 2013

By Nat Torkington
September 12, 2013

Amazon Compute Numbers (ReadWrite) — AWS offers five times the utilized compute capacity of each of its other 14 top competitors—combined. (via Matt Asay) MIT Educational MMO — The initial phase will cover topics in biology, algebra, geometry, probability, and …


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