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Four short links: 18 September 2014

By Nat Torkington
September 19, 2014

Guide to Writing Testable Code (PDF) — Google’s testable code suggestions, though C++-centric. Enchanted Objects (YouTube) — David Rose at Google talking about the UX of magical UIs. (via Mary Treseler) hpn-ssh — High Performance SSH/SCP. Lost Lessons from an …

Four short links: 18 September 2014

By Nat Torkington
September 18, 2014

Guide to Writing Testable Code (PDF) — Google’s testable code suggestions, though C++-centric. Enchanted Objects (YouTube) — David Rose at Google talking about the UX of magical UIs. (via Mary Treseler) hpn-ssh — High Performance SSH/SCP. Lost Lessons from an …

Four short links: 18 September 2014

By Nat Torkington
September 18, 2014

Guide to Writing Testable Code (PDF) — Google’s testable code suggestions, though C++-centric. Enchanted Objects (YouTube) — David Rose at Google talking about the UX of magical UIs. (via Mary Treseler) hpn-ssh — High Performance SSH/SCP. Lost Lessons from an …

Four short links: 16 September 2014

By Nat Torkington
September 16, 2014

The Epic Struggle of the Internet of Things — a Bruce Sterling Kindle single, a powerfully-written challenge to the presumed-benevolent technology-pervaded universe that we label “the Internet of Things”. The Internet of Things is not about a talking refrigerator, because …

Four short links: 16 September 2014

By Nat Torkington
September 16, 2014

The Epic Struggle of the Internet of Things — a Bruce Sterling Kindle single, a powerfully-written challenge to the presumed-benevolent technology-pervaded universe that we label “the Internet of Things”. The Internet of Things is not about a talking refrigerator, because …

Four short links: 1 September 2014

By Nat Torkington
September 1, 2014

Sibyl: Google’s System for Large Scale Machine Learning (YouTube) — keynote at DSN2014 acting as an intro to Sibyl. (via KD Nuggets) Bitrot from 1997 — That’s 205 failures, an actual link rot figure of 91%, not 57%. That leaves …

Four short links: 1 September 2014

By Nat Torkington
September 1, 2014

Sibyl: Google’s System for Large Scale Machine Learning (YouTube) — keynote at DSN2014 acting as an intro to Sibyl. (via KD Nuggets) Bitrot from 1997 — That’s 205 failures, an actual link rot figure of 91%, not 57%. That leaves …

Four short links: 1 September 2014

By Nat Torkington
September 1, 2014

Sibyl: Google’s System for Large Scale Machine Learning (YouTube) — keynote at DSN2014 acting as an intro to Sibyl. (via KD Nuggets) Bitrot from 1997 — That’s 205 failures, an actual link rot figure of 91%, not 57%. That leaves …

Four short links: 21 August 2014

By Nat Torkington
August 21, 2014

Dat — an open source project that provides a streaming interface between every file format and data storage backend. See the Wired piece on it. Smithsonian Crowdsourcing Transcription (Smithsonian) — 49 volunteers transcribed 200 pages of correspondence between the Monuments …

Four short links: 21 August 2014

By Nat Torkington
August 21, 2014

Dat — an open source project that provides a streaming interface between every file format and data storage backend. See the Wired piece on it. Smithsonian Crowdsourcing Transcription (Smithsonian) — 49 volunteers transcribed 200 pages of correspondence between the Monuments …

Four short links: 21 August 2014

By Nat Torkington
August 21, 2014

Dat — an open source project that provides a streaming interface between every file format and data storage backend. See the Wired piece on it. Smithsonian Crowdsourcing Transcription (Smithsonian) — 49 volunteers transcribed 200 pages of correspondence between the Monuments …

Four short links: 20 August 2014

By Nat Torkington
August 20, 2014

Machine Learning for Plant Properties — startup building database of plant genomics, properties, research, etc. for mining. The more familiar you are with your data and its meaning, the better your machine learning will be at suggesting fruitful lines of …

Four short links: 20 August 2014

By Nat Torkington
August 20, 2014

Machine Learning for Plant Properties — startup building database of plant genomics, properties, research, etc. for mining. The more familiar you are with your data and its meaning, the better your machine learning will be at suggesting fruitful lines of …

Four short links: 20 August 2014

By Nat Torkington
August 20, 2014

Machine Learning for Plant Properties — startup building database of plant genomics, properties, research, etc. for mining. The more familiar you are with your data and its meaning, the better your machine learning will be at suggesting fruitful lines of …

Four short links: 28 July 2014

By Nat Torkington
July 28, 2014

streisand — sets up a new server running L2TP/IPsec, OpenSSH, OpenVPN, Shadowsocks, Stunnel, and a Tor bridge. It also generates custom configuration instructions for all of these services. At the end of the run you are given an HTML file …

Four short links: 28 July 2014

By Nat Torkington
July 28, 2014

streisand — sets up a new server running L2TP/IPsec, OpenSSH, OpenVPN, Shadowsocks, Stunnel, and a Tor bridge. It also generates custom configuration instructions for all of these services. At the end of the run you are given an HTML file …

Four short links: 28 July 2014

By Nat Torkington
July 28, 2014

streisand — sets up a new server running L2TP/IPsec, OpenSSH, OpenVPN, Shadowsocks, Stunnel, and a Tor bridge. It also generates custom configuration instructions for all of these services. At the end of the run you are given an HTML file …

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 …

Four short links: 10 March 2014

By Nat Torkington
March 10, 2014

Wolfram Language — a broad attempt to integrate types, operations, and databases along with deployment, parallelism, and real-time I/O. The demo video is impressive, not just in execution but in ambition. Healthy skepticism still necessary. Maury, Innovation, and Change (Cory …

Four short links: 19 February 2014

By Nat Torkington
February 19, 2014

1746 Slippy Map of London — very nice use of Google Maps to recontextualise historic maps. (via USvTh3m) TPP Comic — the comic explaining TPP that you’ve been waiting for. (via BoingBoing) Synthetic Biology Investor’s Lament — some hypotheses about …

pushState to the Future: Progressive Enhancement Using HTML5 pushState at Twitter

By Peter Cooper
January 23, 2014

Fluent is O’Reilly’s conference dedicated to the Web Platform and all that entails, with a focus on JavaScript and HTML5. In 2013, over 1000 attendees and speakers like Brendan Eich, the creator of JavaScript and CTO of Mozilla, Paul Irish …

Four short links: 14 January 2014

By Nat Torkington
January 13, 2014

LayoutIt — drag-and-drop design using Bootstrap components. These tools are proliferating, as the standard design frameworks like Bootstrap make them possible. There’s unsustainable complexity in building web sites today, which means something will give: the web will lose to something, …

Four short links: Jan 1 2014

By Nat Torkington
January 1, 2014

Witrack — tracks the 3D motion of a user from the radio signals reflected off her body. It works even if the person is occluded from the WiTrack device or in a different room. WiTrack does not require the user …

Four short links: 29 November 2013

By Nat Torkington
November 29, 2013

Huaqiang Bei Map for Makers — excellent resource for visitors to an iconic huge electronics market in Shenzhen. (via Bunnie Huang) A 16th Century Dutchman Can Tell us Everything We Need to Know about GMO Patents — There’s nothing wrong …

Four short links: 27 November 2013

By Nat Torkington
November 27, 2013

CT Scanning and 3D Printing for Paleo (Scientific American) — using CT scanners to identify bones still in rock, then using 3D printers to recreate them. (via BoingBoing) Growing the Use of Drones in Agriculture (Forbes) — According to Sue …

Four short links: 26 November 2013

By Nat Torkington
November 26, 2013

The Death and Life of Great Internet Cities — “The sense that you were given some space on the Internet, and allowed to do anything you wanted to in that space, it’s completely gone from these new social sites,” said …

Four short links: 25 October 2013

By Nat Torkington
October 25, 2013

Seagate Kinetic Storage — In the words of Geoff Arnold: The physical interconnect to the disk drive is now Ethernet. The interface is a simple key-value object oriented access scheme, implemented using Google Protocol Buffers. It supports key-based CRUD (create, …

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: 22 August 2013

By Nat Torkington
August 20, 2013

bletchley (Google Code) — Bletchley is currently in the early stages of development and consists of tools which provide: Automated token encoding detection (36 encoding variants); Passive ciphertext block length and repetition analysis; Script generator for efficient automation of HTTP …

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: 4 July 2013

By Nat Torkington
July 4, 2013

ansible — Model-driven configuration management, multi-node deployment/orchestration, and remote task execution system. Uses SSH by default, so no special software has to be installed on the nodes you manage. Ansible can be extended in any language. The Golden Age of …

Four short links: 25 June 2013

By Nat Torkington
June 25, 2013

Cliodynamics: History as Science — a systematic application of the scientific method to history: verbal theories should be translated into mathematical models, precise predictions derived, and then rigorously tested on empirical material. In short, history needs to become an analytical, …

Four short links: 10 June 2013

By Nat Torkington
June 10, 2013

Anatomy of Two Memes — comparing the spread of Gangnam Style to Harlem Shake. Memes are like currencies: you need to balance accessibility (or ‘money supply’) and inflation. Gangnam Style became globally accessible through top-down mainstream sources (High Popularity), but …

Four short links: 8 May 2013

By Nat Torkington
May 8, 2013

How to Build a Working Digital Computer Out of Paperclips (Evil Mad Scientist) — from a 1967 popular science book showing how to build everything from parts that you might find at a hardware store: items like paper clips, little …

Four short links: 6 May 2013

By Nat Torkington
May 6, 2013

Nautilus — elegantly-designed science web ‘zine. Includes Artificial Emotions on AI, neuro, and psych efforts to recognise and simulate emotions. A Short Essay on 3D Printing — This hands-off approach to culpability cannot last long. If you design something to …

Four short links: 25 April 2013

By Nat Torkington
April 24, 2013

Alcatraz — package manager for iOS. (via Hacker News) Scarfolk Council — clever satire, the concept being a UK town stuck in 1979. Tupperware urns, “put old people down at birth”. The 1979 look is gorgeous. (via BoingBoing) Stop Designing …

If you’ve ever wondered where those O’Reilly animal covers come from …

By Mac Slocum
April 2, 2013

The exchange often goes like this: Stranger: “Where do you work?” Me: “O’Reilly Media.” Stranger: “O’Reilly …” [Long pause while he or she works through the various "O'Reilly" outlets — the TV guy, the auto parts company.] Me: “You know …

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: 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: 15 February 2013

By Nat Torkington
February 15, 2013

Ed Startups in a Nutshell (Dan Meyer) — I couldn’t agree with Dan more: The Internet is like a round pipe. Lecture videos and machine-scored exercises are like round pegs. They pass easily from one end of the pipe to …

Four short links: 9 January 2013

By Nat Torkington
January 9, 2013

BitCoin in 2012, By The Numbers — Over the past year Bitcoin’s value when compared to the US Dollar, and most other currencies, increased steadily, though there was a large spike and subsequent dip in August. Interestingly, the current market …

Four short links: 8 January 2013

By Nat Torkington
January 8, 2013

13 Design Trends for 2013 — many of these coalesced what I’ve seen in websites recently, but I was particularly intrigued by the observation that search’s growing importance to apps is being reflected in larger searchboxes. How Twitter Gets In …

Four short links: 3 January 2013

By Nat Torkington
January 3, 2013

Community Memory (Wired) — In the early 1970s, Efrem Lipkin, Mark Szpakowski and Lee Felsenstein set up a series of these terminals around San Francisco and Berkeley, providing access to an electronic bulletin board housed by a XDS-940 mainframe computer. …

Four short links: 18 December 2012

By Nat Torkington
December 18, 2012

Credibility Ranking of Tweets During High Impact Events (PDF) — interesting research. Situational awareness information is information that leads to gain in the knowledge or update about details of the event, like the location, people aff ected, causes, etc. We found …

Four short links: 14 December 2012

By Nat Torkington
December 14, 2012

Which Science to Fund: Time to Review Peer Review? (Peter Gluckman) — The study concluded that most funding decisions are a result of random effects dominated by factors such as who was the lead reviewer. In general the referee and …

Four short links: 13 December 2012

By Nat Torkington
December 13, 2012

Top 10 Chinese Internet Memes of 2012 — most are political, unlike Overly Attached Girlfriend. Evaporative Cooling — thoughtful piece about the tendency of event quality to trend down unless checked by invisible walls. (via Hacker News) What Was It …

Serial fiction: Everything old is new again

By Alice Armitage
December 10, 2012

2012 may be remembered as the year that digital publishing brought serial fiction back to the reading public. Readers in the 19th and early 20th centuries often read fictional stories in installments in newspapers and magazines: books were simply too …

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: 30 November 2012

By Nat Torkington
November 30, 2012

Kids Use Minecraft to Design School — “Students have been massively enthusiastic, with many turning up early to school to work on their Minecraft designs and they continue to do so at home too.” Also see the school’s blog. Napster, …

Four short links: 15 November 2012

By Nat Torkington
November 15, 2012

Atkinson Dithering in Real Time — a Processing app that renders what the video camera sees, as though it were an original Mac black and white image. Patching Binaries — a patch for a crashing bug during import of account …


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