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Four short links: 26 September 2014

By Nat Torkington
September 29, 2014

15 Lessons from 15 Years of Blogging (Anil Dash) — If your comments are full of assholes, it’s your fault. Good communities don’t just happen by accident. Replicating DeepMind — open source attempt to build deep learning network that can …

Four short links: 26 September 2014

By Nat Torkington
September 26, 2014

15 Lessons from 15 Years of Blogging (Anil Dash) — If your comments are full of assholes, it’s your fault. Good communities don’t just happen by accident. Replicating DeepMind — open source attempt to build deep learning network that can …

Four short links: 26 September 2014

By Nat Torkington
September 26, 2014

15 Lessons from 15 Years of Blogging (Anil Dash) — If your comments are full of assholes, it’s your fault. Good communities don’t just happen by accident. Replicating DeepMind — open source attempt to build deep learning network that can …

Four short links: 19 September 2014

By Nat Torkington
September 22, 2014

Deep Learning Bibliography — an annotated bibliography of recent publications (2014-) related to Deep Learning. Inside the Go Playground — on safely offering a REPL over the web to strangers. Wolfram Tweet-a-Program — clever marketing trick, and reminiscent of Perl …

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: 19 September 2014

By Nat Torkington
September 19, 2014

Deep Learning Bibliography — an annotated bibliography of recent publications (2014-) related to Deep Learning. Inside the Go Playground — on safely offering a REPL over the web to strangers. Wolfram Tweet-a-Program — clever marketing trick, and reminiscent of Perl …

Four short links: 19 September 2014

By Nat Torkington
September 19, 2014

Deep Learning Bibliography — an annotated bibliography of recent publications (2014-) related to Deep Learning. Inside the Go Playground — on safely offering a REPL over the web to strangers. Wolfram Tweet-a-Program — clever marketing trick, and reminiscent of Perl …

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: 17 September 2014

By Nat Torkington
September 17, 2014

Bill Gurley on Startups and Risk (Business Insider) — No one’s fearful, everyone’s greedy, and it will eventually end. Pants — a build system from Twitter and others. pup — commandline tool for parsing and processing HTML. Use Regulation (Slate) …

Four short links: 17 September 2014

By Nat Torkington
September 17, 2014

Bill Gurley on Startups and Risk (Business Insider) — No one’s fearful, everyone’s greedy, and it will eventually end. Pants — a build system from Twitter and others. pup — commandline tool for parsing and processing HTML. Use Regulation (Slate) …

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: 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: 12 September 2014

By Nat Torkington
September 12, 2014

Google Knowledge Vault and Topic Modeling — recap of talks by Google and Facebook staff about how they use their knowledge graphs. I found this super-interesting. djinni — A tool for generating cross-language type declarations and interface bindings. monit — …

Four short links: 12 September 2014

By Nat Torkington
September 12, 2014

Google Knowledge Vault and Topic Modeling — recap of talks by Google and Facebook staff about how they use their knowledge graphs. I found this super-interesting. djinni — A tool for generating cross-language type declarations and interface bindings. monit — …

Four short links: 11 September 2014

By Nat Torkington
September 11, 2014

windows_98.css — the compelling new look that’s sweeping the world all over again. BioGlass (MIT) — use Glass’s accelerometer, gyroscope, and camera to extract pulse and respiratory rates. (via MIT Tech Review) Building Blocks for Theoretical Computer Science — free …

Four short links: 11 September 2014

By Nat Torkington
September 11, 2014

windows_98.css — the compelling new look that’s sweeping the world all over again. BioGlass (MIT) — use Glass’s accelerometer, gyroscope, and camera to extract pulse and respiratory rates. (via MIT Tech Review) Building Blocks for Theoretical Computer Science — free …

Four short links: 9 September 2014

By Nat Torkington
September 9, 2014

bleve — A modern text indexing library for go. Scientific Consensus Has A Bad Reputation—And Doesn’t Deserve It (Ars Technica) — a lovely explanation of how informal consensus works in science. NB for anyone building social software which attempts to …

Four short links: 9 September 2014

By Nat Torkington
September 9, 2014

bleve — A modern text indexing library for go. Scientific Consensus Has A Bad Reputation—And Doesn’t Deserve It (Ars Technica) — a lovely explanation of how informal consensus works in science. NB for anyone building social software which attempts to …

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: 29 August 2014

By Nat Torkington
August 29, 2014

Inside Google’s Secret Drone Delivery Program (The Atlantic) — passed proof-of-concept in Western Australia, two years into development. Readings in Databases — A list of papers essential to understanding databases and building new data systems. (via Hacker News) Todd Park …

Four short links: 29 August 2014

By Nat Torkington
August 29, 2014

Inside Google’s Secret Drone Delivery Program (The Atlantic) — passed proof-of-concept in Western Australia, two years into development. Readings in Databases — A list of papers essential to understanding databases and building new data systems. (via Hacker News) Todd Park …

Four short links: 29 August 2014

By Nat Torkington
August 29, 2014

Inside Google’s Secret Drone Delivery Program (The Atlantic) — passed proof-of-concept in Western Australia, two years into development. Readings in Databases — A list of papers essential to understanding databases and building new data systems. (via Hacker News) Todd Park …

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 …

Four short links: 27 August 2014

By Nat Torkington
August 27, 2014

Discourse turns 1.0 — community/forum software that doesn’t suck. Programmable Matter (IEEE Spectrum) — recap of where research is going in this area. Liquibase — source control for your database. Apache 2.0 licensed. A Few Useful Things to Know About …

Four short links: 27 August 2014

By Nat Torkington
August 27, 2014

Discourse turns 1.0 — community/forum software that doesn’t suck. Programmable Matter (IEEE Spectrum) — recap of where research is going in this area. Liquibase — source control for your database. Apache 2.0 licensed. A Few Useful Things to Know About …

Four short links: 27 August 2014

By Nat Torkington
August 27, 2014

Discourse turns 1.0 — community/forum software that doesn’t suck. Programmable Matter (IEEE Spectrum) — recap of where research is going in this area. Liquibase — source control for your database. Apache 2.0 licensed. A Few Useful Things to Know About …

Four short links: 25 August 2014

By Nat Torkington
August 25, 2014

Greenscreen — Chromecast-based open source software for digital signs. Reverse Engineering Censorship in Chinese Cyberspace (PDF) — researchers create accounts and probe to see which things are blocked. Empirical transparency. USB Condom — A protective barrier between your device and …

Four short links: 25 August 2014

By Nat Torkington
August 25, 2014

Greenscreen — Chromecast-based open source software for digital signs. Reverse Engineering Censorship in Chinese Cyberspace (PDF) — researchers create accounts and probe to see which things are blocked. Empirical transparency. USB Condom — A protective barrier between your device and …

Four short links: 25 August 2014

By Nat Torkington
August 25, 2014

Greenscreen — Chromecast-based open source software for digital signs. Reverse Engineering Censorship in Chinese Cyberspace (PDF) — researchers create accounts and probe to see which things are blocked. Empirical transparency. USB Condom — A protective barrier between your device and …

Four short links: 22 August 2014

By Nat Torkington
August 22, 2014

Blame the Crowd, Not the Camera (Nina Simon) — Cameras weaponize an already unwieldy mob of people. The Botlr — the Cupertino Starwood hotel has a robot butler (botlr) doing room service. tcpcrypt — opportunistic encryption of all network traffic. …

Four short links: 22 August 2014

By Nat Torkington
August 22, 2014

Blame the Crowd, Not the Camera (Nina Simon) — Cameras weaponize an already unwieldy mob of people. The Botlr — the Cupertino Starwood hotel has a robot butler (botlr) doing room service. tcpcrypt — opportunistic encryption of all network traffic. …

Four short links: 22 August 2014

By Nat Torkington
August 22, 2014

Blame the Crowd, Not the Camera (Nina Simon) — Cameras weaponize an already unwieldy mob of people. The Botlr — the Cupertino Starwood hotel has a robot butler (botlr) doing room service. tcpcrypt — opportunistic encryption of all network traffic. …

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 …

Ten years of OpenStreetMap

By Tyler Bell
August 15, 2014

Next to GPS, the most significant development in the Open Geo Data movement is OpenStreetMap (OSM), a community-driven mapping project whose goal is to create the most detailed, correct, and current open map of the world. This week, OSM celebrates …

Ten years of OpenStreetMap

By Tyler Bell
August 15, 2014

Next to GPS, the most significant development in the Open Geo Data movement is OpenStreetMap (OSM), a community-driven mapping project whose goal is to create the most detailed, correct, and current open map of the world. This week, OSM celebrates …

Ten years of OpenStreetMap

By Tyler Bell
August 15, 2014

Next to GPS, the most significant development in the Open Geo Data movement is OpenStreetMap (OSM), a community-driven mapping project whose goal is to create the most detailed, correct, and current open map of the world. This week, OSM celebrates …

Four short links: 15 August 2014

By Nat Torkington
August 15, 2014

Continuous Integration and Delivery Illustrated — worth many thousands of words. Thousand Robot Swarm Self-Assembles into Arbitrary Shapes — you won’t sleep. If they only chittered, it would be perfect. srclib — open source language analysis toolchains (currently for Go, …

Four short links: 15 August 2014

By Nat Torkington
August 15, 2014

Continuous Integration and Delivery Illustrated — worth many thousands of words. Thousand Robot Swarm Self-Assembles into Arbitrary Shapes — you won’t sleep. If they only chittered, it would be perfect. srclib — open source language analysis toolchains (currently for Go, …

Four short links: 15 August 2014

By Nat Torkington
August 15, 2014

Continuous Integration and Delivery Illustrated — worth many thousands of words. Thousand Robot Swarm Self-Assembles into Arbitrary Shapes — you won’t sleep. If they only chittered, it would be perfect. srclib — open source language analysis toolchains (currently for Go, …

Four short links: 12 August 2014

By Nat Torkington
August 12, 2014

US Digital Services Playbook — good sense from the US Govt’s latest “try not to cock up more Govt IT projects” brigade. Open Brain-Computer Interface — “open” as in “source”, not as in “cut”. Blockmarket — visibility into the in-game …

Four short links: 12 August 2014

By Nat Torkington
August 12, 2014

US Digital Services Playbook — good sense from the US Govt’s latest “try not to cock up more Govt IT projects” brigade. Open Brain-Computer Interface — “open” as in “source”, not as in “cut”. Blockmarket — visibility into the in-game …


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