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Four short links: 16 July 2014

By Nat Torkington
July 16, 2014

Inside bit.ly’s Distributed Systems — this is a 101 for modern web distributed systems design. Patent Trolls are Now 67% of New Patent Lawsuits in USA (WaPo) — data from PwC. Intel Made Half a Billion from Internet of Things …

Four short links: 16 July 2014

By Nat Torkington
July 16, 2014

Inside bit.ly’s Distributed Systems — this is a 101 for modern web distributed systems design. Patent Trolls are Now 67% of New Patent Lawsuits in USA (WaPo) — data from PwC. Intel Made Half a Billion from Internet of Things …

Four short links: 16 July 2014

By Nat Torkington
July 16, 2014

Inside bit.ly’s Distributed Systems — this is a 101 for modern web distributed systems design. Patent Trolls are Now 67% of New Patent Lawsuits in USA (WaPo) — data from PwC. Intel Made Half a Billion from Internet of Things …

Four short links: 16 June 2014

By Nat Torkington
June 17, 2014

Quick DT — open source (Java) decision tree learner. Revealing Hidden Changes to Supreme Court Opinions — WHEREAS, It is now well-documented that the Supreme Court of the United States makes changes to its opinions after the opinion is published; …

Four short links: 16 June 2014

By Nat Torkington
June 17, 2014

Quick DT — open source (Java) decision tree learner. Revealing Hidden Changes to Supreme Court Opinions — WHEREAS, It is now well-documented that the Supreme Court of the United States makes changes to its opinions after the opinion is published; …

Four short links: 16 June 2014

By Nat Torkington
June 16, 2014

Quick DT — open source (Java) decision tree learner. Revealing Hidden Changes to Supreme Court Opinions — WHEREAS, It is now well-documented that the Supreme Court of the United States makes changes to its opinions after the opinion is published; …

Four short links: 9 May 2014

By Nat Torkington
May 8, 2014

Hardening Android for Security and Privacy — a brilliant project! prototype of a secure, full-featured, Android telecommunications device with full Tor support, individual application firewalling, true cell network baseband isolation, and optional ZRTP encrypted voice and video support. ZRTP does …

Four short links: 23 April 2014

By Nat Torkington
April 23, 2014

Samsung UX (Scribd) — little shop of self-catalogued UX horrors, courtesy discovery in a lawsuit. Dated (Android G1 as competition) but rewarding to see there are signs of self-awareness in the companies that inflict unusability on the world. Tools for …

Four short links: 10 April 2014

By Nat Torkington
April 10, 2014

Rise of the Patent Troll: Everything is a Remix (YouTube) — primer on patent trolls, in language anyone can follow. Part of the fixpatents.org campaign. (via BoingBoing) Petabytes of Field Data (GigaOm) — Farm Intelligence using sensors and computer vision …

Four short links: 26 February 2014

By Nat Torkington
February 26, 2014

Librarybox 2.0 — fork of PirateBox for the TP-Link MR 3020, customized for educational, library, and other needs. Wifi hotspot with free and anonymous file sharing. v2 adds mesh networking and more. (via BoingBoing) Chicago PD’s Using Big Data to …

Four short links: 29 January 2014

By Nat Torkington
January 29, 2014

Bounce Explorer — throwable sensor (video, CO2, etc) for first responders. Sintering Patent Expires Today — key patent expires, though there are others in the field. Sintering is where the printer fuses powder with a laser, which produces smooth surfaces …

Four short links: 20 December 2013

By Nat Torkington
December 20, 2013

A History of the Future in 100 Objects — is out! It’s design fiction, describing the future of technology in faux Wired-like product writeups. Amazon already beating the timeline. Projects and Priorities Without Managers (Ryan Carson) — love what he’s …

Update Mobility: The Year in Mobile

By James Turner
December 16, 2013

As the end of December approaches, it’s time to take a look at the year that was. In a lot of ways, 2013 was a status quo year for mobile, with nothing earthshaking to report, just a steady progression of …

Peer to Peer Reaching the Browser through WebRTC

By Simon St. Laurent
November 27, 2013

WebRTC promises to deliver computer to computer communications with minimal reliance on central servers to manage the conversation. Peer-to-peer systems promise smoother exchanges without the tremendous scale challenges of running video, for example, through central points. The WebRTC Conference and …

Patents, they’re not what they used to be

By Jim Stogdill
November 21, 2013

When I was about 16, I went to visit my grandfather in Denver, where he’d decided to retire. He moved there after spending 30 years in Midland, Michigan working for Dow Chemical. I guess he went west for the dry …

Upward Mobility: Microsoft’s Patent Arsenal Is Full of Blanks

By James Turner
November 11, 2013

It is with some amusement that your humble servant read this week of Microsoft’s lucrative business licensing their patents to Android handset makers. How lucrative? Evidently, over two billion dollars a year, five times their revenue from actual mobile products …

Four short links: 31 October 2013

By Nat Torkington
October 31, 2013

Insect-Inspired Collision-Resistant Robot — clever hack to make it stable despite bouncing off things. The Battle for Power on the Internet (Bruce Schneier) — the state of cyberspace. [M]ost of the time, a new technology benefits the nimble first. [...] …

Four short links: 24 July 2013

By Nat Torkington
July 24, 2013

What to Look For in Software Dev (Pamela Fox) — It’s important to find a job where you get to work on a product you love or problems that challenge you, but it’s also important to find a job where …

Four short links: 22 July 2013

By Nat Torkington
July 22, 2013

The Anti-Virus Age is Over — for every analyst that an AV company hires, the bad guys can hire 10 developers. 3D Printing’s 2014 Renaissance (Quartz) — patents on sintering about to expire which will open up hi-res production. Happened …

Publishing News: Apple’s used iBookstore?

By Jenn Webb
March 8, 2013

Apple patent points to used digital resale Quick on Amazon’s heels, Apple has filed its own patent for selling or loaning used digital content, including ebooks, music, movies, and software applications. Mikey Campbell reported at Apple Insider that the patent, …

Four short links: 23 November 2012

By Nat Torkington
November 23, 2012

Trap Island — island on most maps doesn’t exist. Why I Work on Non-Partisan Tech (MySociety) — excellent essay. Obama won using big technology, but imagine if that effort, money, and technique were used to make things that were useful …

Publishing News: DoJ lawsuit is great news for Amazon

By Jenn Webb
April 13, 2012

Amazon does a happy dance as five of the Big Six publishers and Apple are sued by the DoJ. Elsewhere, Yahoo looks to increase revenues with ebook ads, and B&N lights up its Nook.

Publishing News: DoJ lawsuit is great news for Amazon

Publishing News: DoJ lawsuit is great news for Amazon
By Jenn Webb
April 13, 2012

Amazon does a happy dance as five of the Big Six publishers and Apple are sued by the DoJ. Elsewhere, Yahoo looks to increase revenues with ebook ads, and B&N lights up its Nook.

Four short links: 11 April 2012

By Nat Torkington
April 11, 2012

Inside Apple (Amazon) -- If Apple is Silicon Valley's answer to Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory, then author Adam Lashinsky provides readers with a golden ticket to step inside. In this primer on leadership and innovation, the author will introduce readers to concepts like the "DRI" (Apple's practice of assigning a Directly Responsible Individual to every task) and the Top...

Developer Week in Review: The new iPad and the big meh

Developer Week in Review: The new iPad and the big meh
By James Turner
March 8, 2012

Apple unveils pretty much what it was expected to unveil, and decides to treat Android as a cash cow rather than an enemy. Meanwhile, the Raspberry Pi is finally out, so let the hacking begin.

Four short links: 14 February 2012

By Nat Torkington
February 14, 2012

Why I Hate The STOCK Act (Clay Johnson) -- an attempt to reform insider trading within government, but because Congress exempts itself from substantial penalties then it has little effect where it's needed most. We won't see change on the issues that matter to us (copyright, due process for Internet takedowns, privacy, etc.) while the lawmakers are distracted by...

Joaquín Almunia gets it: "Owners of ... standard essential patents are conferred a power .. that they cannot be allowed to misuse. "

By Rick Jelliffe
February 12, 2012

I think Almunia's speech does not go far enough: it still sees standardization as an escape hatch that a company that finds itself in a market dominating position can use when challenged.

Jury to Eolas: Nobody owns the interactive web

Jury to Eolas: Nobody owns the interactive web
By Alex Howard
February 10, 2012

A Texas jury has struck down a company's claim to ownership of the interactive web. Eolas, which has been suing technology companies for more than a decade, now faces the prospect of losing the patents.

Developer Week in Review: A pause to consider patents

Developer Week in Review: A pause to consider patents
By James Turner
February 10, 2012

We take a look at two major events that rocked the technology intellectual property wars, centered on a courtroom in Texas and a standards body a continent away.

Publishing News: Tech patent wars spill into the book world

Publishing News: Tech patent wars spill into the book world
By Jenn Webb
November 18, 2011

B&N's position against Microsoft was made public, causing quite a dust-up. Also, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) hearing was as controversial as the Act itself, and the Authors Guild says the Kindle Owner's Lending Library breaches contracts.

Publishing News: Tech patent wars spill into the book world

By Jenn Webb
November 18, 2011

B&N's position against Microsoft was made public, causing quite a dust-up. Also, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) hearing was as controversial as the Act itself, and the Authors Guild says the Kindle Owner's Lending Library breaches contracts.

Four short links: 17 November 2011

By Nat Torkington
November 17, 2011

Questioning University -- my take on the issue of whether a university education (particularly CS) is still relevant or whether kids should go straight to startups. So what do I tell my kids? Should I urge them to go to university? Should I tell them to jack it all in and run off and join a startup? This is...

Developer Week in Review: Linux turns the big 3.0

Developer Week in Review: Linux turns the big 3.0
By James Turner
July 28, 2011

The Linux kernel gets to version 3.0. Meanwhile, Oracle doesn't seem to remember the warm reception that Sun gave Android, and big players get lawsuits on their doorsteps.

Top stories: July 18-22, 2011

Top stories: July 18-22, 2011
By Mac Slocum
July 22, 2011

This week on O'Reilly: We examined the deeper and broader implications of Google+, four solutions to the patent quagmire were offered up, and we learned about the "art of mass organizational manipulation."

Developer Week in Review: Mobile's embedded irony

Developer Week in Review: Mobile's embedded irony
By James Turner
July 20, 2011

Microsoft profits from Google's toils, why you shouldn't put older developers out to pasture, and a new source control system enters the fray.

Intellectual property gone mad

Intellectual property gone mad
By Mike Loukides
July 18, 2011

Patent trolling could undermine app ecosystems, but who can mount a legitimate challenge? Here's four potential solutions.

Developer Week in Review: Christmas in July for Apache

Developer Week in Review: Christmas in July for Apache
By James Turner
July 15, 2011

In the latest Developer Week in Review: Apache gets a gift of code from IBM, and a handy patent / travel guide for your next trip to East Texas.

Four short links: 28 June 2011

By Nat Torkington
June 28, 2011

Networks Blocking Google TV -- the networks are carrying over their old distribution models: someone aggregates eyeballs and pays them for access. In their world view, Google TV is just another cable company. They're doubling down on this wholesale model, pulling out of Hulu and generally avoiding dealing with the people who ultimately watch their shows except through ad-filled...

Developer Week in Review: Start your lawyers!

Developer Week in Review: Start your lawyers!
By James Turner
June 22, 2011

The legal community continued to feed off IP disputes among software giants, Microsoft brings the Kinect SDK to Windows, and the web switches IPv6 on for a day, but did anyone notice?

Developer Week in Review: The other shoe drops on iOS developers

Developer Week in Review: The other shoe drops on iOS developers
By James Turner
June 2, 2011

If you were an iOS developer, you may have gotten to meet a process server in person this week, as Lodsys doles out the first batch of lawsuits. Oracle gave Apache the keys to OpenOffice, and told them to take it out for a spin, and your faithful editor vents about a commonly overused Java pattern.

Developer Week in Review: Apple devs cry "gimme shelter"

Developer Week in Review: Apple devs cry
By James Turner
May 25, 2011

If you were an Apple developer, it was a good week. If you were a Sony executive, it was a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week. If you were Oracle, it was business as usual.

Four short links: 12 May 2011

By Nat Torkington
May 12, 2011

Telsta Scores Patent Win over Amazon (ZDNet) -- The delegate of the Commissioner of Patents, Ed Knock, found this week that Amazon's 1-click buy facility "lacks novelty [and] an inventive step", making Amazon's claim unpatentable. The Final Answer for What To Do To Prevent Piracy (Jeff Vogel) -- His advice is to do the minimum to encourage people to...

Developer Week in Review

Developer Week in Review
By James Turner
April 22, 2011

In the latest Developer Week in Review: Everyone sued everyone else, the iPhone's location abilities instigated lots of discussion, and Oracle let Open Office fly away home.

Four short links: 21 April 2011

By Nat Torkington
April 21, 2011

Rubular -- a way to write and test regular expressions interactively. Very cool. (via Adam Fields) gitx -- OSX ui for git. (via Marc Hedlund) Open Source Critical to Competition (Simon Phipps) -- DOJ and German Federal Cartel Office see danger for open source in Novell's patents being acquired by a consortium of Oracle, Microsoft, Apple, and EMC (fancy!)...

The Watering Hole - Maybe it wouldn't be so good to have a Wayback Machine

By Randy Silverman
April 13, 2011

Well, apparently, if modern technology existed in the 19th Century, rivals would be more polite to each other...at first.

Developer Week in Review

Developer Week in Review
By James Turner
April 6, 2011

In the latest Developer Week in Review: Google tries to bulk up its patent portfolio, filmmakers are taking a look at the life of an early software pioneer, and researchers decided to turn an April Fool's joke into reality.

Four short links: 23 March 2011

By Nat Torkington
March 23, 2011

The Heritage Health Competition -- Netflix-like contest to analyze insurance-claims data to develop a model that predicts the number of days a patient will spend in hospital in the coming year. $3M prize. (via Aza Raskin) Historically Hardcore -- fantastic fake Smithsonian ads that manage to make the institution sexy. Naturally they've been asked to take them down. Another...

Developer Week in Review

Developer Week in Review
By James Turner
January 12, 2011

This week, Unix was for sale, then it wasn't, then it was again. AT&T announced the most poorly kept secret in the history of secrets. And the tablet was all the rage at CES.

Four short links: 15 September 2010

By Nat Torkington
September 15, 2010

Privacy Commission Uses CC License For Content -- The office of the New Zealand Privacy Commissioner is releasing its content under the CC-BY license, including fact sheets, newsletters, guidance, case studies, howtos, and more. Magic iPad Light Painting (BERG London) -- continuing their stunning work, this concept video uses a form of long-exposure stop-motion to turn the iPad into...

Four short links: 30 August 2010

By Nat Torkington
August 30, 2010

Free as in Smokescreen (Mike Shaver) -- H.264, one of the ways video can be delivered in HTML5, is covered by patents. This prevents Mozilla from shipping an H.264 player, which fragments web video. The MPEG LA group who manage the patents for H.264 did a great piece of PR bullshit, saying "this will be permanently royalty-free to consumers"....


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