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Four short links: 15 October 2014

By Nat Torkington
October 16, 2014

Guidance Note on Uncertainty (PDF) –expert advice to IPCC scientists on identifying, quantifying, and communicating uncertainty. Everyone deals with uncertainty, but none are quite so ruthless in their pursuit of honesty about it as scientists. (via Peter Gluckman) pageres — …

Four short links: 15 October 2014

By Nat Torkington
October 15, 2014

Guidance Note on Uncertainty (PDF) –expert advice to IPCC scientists on identifying, quantifying, and communicating uncertainty. Everyone deals with uncertainty, but none are quite so ruthless in their pursuit of honesty about it as scientists. (via Peter Gluckman) pageres — …

Four short links: 15 October 2014

By Nat Torkington
October 15, 2014

Guidance Note on Uncertainty (PDF) –expert advice to IPCC scientists on identifying, quantifying, and communicating uncertainty. Everyone deals with uncertainty, but none are quite so ruthless in their pursuit of honesty about it as scientists. (via Peter Gluckman) pageres — …

Asynchronous now!

By Sanders Kleinfeld
October 1, 2014

Editor’s note: this post originally appeared on Medium; it is republished here with permission. Conventional workplace wisdom declares email a daily scourge. We receive too much of it. We spend too much time replying to it. We concoct elaborate strategies …

Asynchronous now!

By Sanders Kleinfeld
October 1, 2014

Editor’s note: this post originally appeared on Medium; it is republished here with permission. Conventional workplace wisdom declares email a daily scourge. We receive too much of it. We spend too much time replying to it. We concoct elaborate strategies …

Asynchronous now!

By Sanders Kleinfeld
October 1, 2014

Editor’s note: this post originally appeared on Medium; it is republished here with permission. Conventional workplace wisdom declares email a daily scourge. We receive too much of it. We spend too much time replying to it. We concoct elaborate strategies …

What Amazon, iTunes, and Uber teach us about Apple Pay

By Tim O'Reilly
September 30, 2014

Something’s been nagging at me about Apple Pay, and the hype about it. The Apple-Pay web page gushes: “Gone are the days of searching for your wallet. The wasted moments finding the right card. The swiping and waiting. Now payments …

What Amazon, iTunes, and Uber teach us about Apple Pay

By Tim O'Reilly
September 30, 2014

Something’s been nagging at me about Apple Pay, and the hype about it. The Apple-Pay web page gushes: “Gone are the days of searching for your wallet. The wasted moments finding the right card. The swiping and waiting. Now payments …

What Amazon, iTunes, and Uber teach us about Apple Pay

By Tim O'Reilly
September 30, 2014

Something’s been nagging at me about Apple Pay, and the hype about it. The Apple-Pay web page gushes: “Gone are the days of searching for your wallet. The wasted moments finding the right card. The swiping and waiting. Now payments …

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 …

Multipeer Connectivity on iOS 8 with Swift

By Paris Buttfield-Addison
September 19, 2014

Multipeer Connectivity is a means of identifying and connecting services together, and allows for very easy passing back and forth of data with minimal setup. If you are thinking that this seems similar to Bonjour, you are correct; however, Bonjour …

Multipeer Connectivity on iOS 8 with Swift

By Paris Buttfield-Addison
September 19, 2014

Multipeer Connectivity is a means of identifying and connecting services together, and allows for very easy passing back and forth of data with minimal setup. If you are thinking that this seems similar to Bonjour, you are correct; however, Bonjour …

Multipeer Connectivity on iOS 8 with Swift

By Paris Buttfield-Addison
September 19, 2014

Multipeer Connectivity is a means of identifying and connecting services together, and allows for very easy passing back and forth of data with minimal setup. If you are thinking that this seems similar to Bonjour, you are correct; however, Bonjour …

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 …

Be a squeaky wheel, but always bring oil

By Jenn Webb
September 17, 2014

There are times when we all wish we could clone ourselves so we could get more done at work. In a Velocity New York 2014 keynote, Camille Fournier, CTO at Rent the Runway, presented an alternative, practical solution, that she …

Be a squeaky wheel, but always bring oil

By Jenn Webb
September 17, 2014

There are times when we all wish we could clone ourselves so we could get more done at work. In a Velocity New York 2014 keynote, Camille Fournier, CTO at Rent the Runway, presented an alternative, practical solution, that she …

Those who can, do – and teach

By Glen Martin
September 15, 2014

Synthetic biology is poised to change everything from energy development to food production to medicine — but there’s a bottleneck looming. How fast things develop depends on the number of people developing things. Let’s face it: there aren’t that many biocoders. …

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: 10 September 2014

By Nat Torkington
September 10, 2014

BERG Closing — may open source their Little Printer server and IoT middleware. A shame, as Warren Ellis says, because they pulled bits of the future into the present. They were optimistic, not dystopic. I have a feeling BERG grads …

Four short links: 10 September 2014

By Nat Torkington
September 10, 2014

BERG Closing — may open source their Little Printer server and IoT middleware. A shame, as Warren Ellis says, because they pulled bits of the future into the present. They were optimistic, not dystopic. I have a feeling BERG grads …

Those who can, do – and teach

By Glen Martin
September 9, 2014

Synthetic biology is poised to change everything from energy development to food production to medicine — but there’s a bottleneck looming. How fast things develop depends on the number of people developing things. Let’s face it: there aren’t that many biocoders. …

Four short links: 5 September 2014

By Nat Torkington
September 5, 2014

Intellectual Ventures Making Things (Bloomberg) — Having earned billions in payouts from powerful technology companies, IV is setting out to build things on its own. Rather than keeping its IP under lock and key, the company is looking to see …

Four short links: 5 September 2014

By Nat Torkington
September 5, 2014

Intellectual Ventures Making Things (Bloomberg) — Having earned billions in payouts from powerful technology companies, IV is setting out to build things on its own. Rather than keeping its IP under lock and key, the company is looking to see …

Four short links: 5 September 2014

By Nat Torkington
September 5, 2014

Intellectual Ventures Making Things (Bloomberg) — Having earned billions in payouts from powerful technology companies, IV is setting out to build things on its own. Rather than keeping its IP under lock and key, the company is looking to see …

Synthetic biology on the cusp

By Glen Martin
September 4, 2014

Whither thou goest, synthetic biology? First, let’s put aside the dystopian scenarios of nasty modified viruses escaping from the fermentor Junior has jury-rigged in his bedroom lab. Designing virulent microbes is well beyond the expertise and budgets of homegrown biocoders. …

Synthetic biology on the cusp

By Glen Martin
September 4, 2014

Whither thou goest, synthetic biology? First, let’s put aside the dystopian scenarios of nasty modified viruses escaping from the fermentor Junior has jury-rigged in his bedroom lab. Designing virulent microbes is well beyond the expertise and budgets of homegrown biocoders. …

Synthetic biology on the cusp

By Glen Martin
September 4, 2014

Whither thou goest, synthetic biology? First, let’s put aside the dystopian scenarios of nasty modified viruses escaping from the fermentor Junior has jury-rigged in his bedroom lab. Designing virulent microbes is well beyond the expertise and budgets of homegrown biocoders. …

Building pipelines to facilitate data analysis

By Hadley Wickham
August 21, 2014

In every data analysis, you have to string together many tools. You need tools for data wrangling, visualisation, and modelling to understand what’s going on in your data. To use these tools effectively, you need to be able to easily …

Building pipelines to facilitate data analysis

By Hadley Wickham
August 21, 2014

In every data analysis, you have to string together many tools. You need tools for data wrangling, visualisation, and modelling to understand what’s going on in your data. To use these tools effectively, you need to be able to easily …

Building pipelines to facilitate data analysis

By Hadley Wickham
August 21, 2014

In every data analysis, you have to string together many tools. You need tools for data wrangling, visualisation, and modelling to understand what’s going on in your data. To use these tools effectively, you need to be able to easily …

Four short links: 13 August 2014

By Nat Torkington
August 13, 2014

Viv — another step in the cognition race. Wolfram Alpha was first out the gate, but Watson, Viv, and others are hot on heels of being able to parse complex requests, then seek and use information to fulfil them. Universal …

Four short links: 13 August 2014

By Nat Torkington
August 13, 2014

Viv — another step in the cognition race. Wolfram Alpha was first out the gate, but Watson, Viv, and others are hot on heels of being able to parse complex requests, then seek and use information to fulfil them. Universal …

Four short links: 13 August 2014

By Nat Torkington
August 13, 2014

Viv — another step in the cognition race. Wolfram Alpha was first out the gate, but Watson, Viv, and others are hot on heels of being able to parse complex requests, then seek and use information to fulfil them. Universal …

Scaling up data frames

By Ben Lorica
August 7, 2014

Long before the advent of “big data,” analysts were building models using tools like R (and its forerunners S/S-PLUS). Productivity hinged on tools that made data wrangling, data inspection, and data modeling convenient. Among R users, this meant proficiency with …

Scaling up data frames

By Ben Lorica
August 7, 2014

Long before the advent of “big data,” analysts were building models using tools like R (and its forerunners S/S-PLUS). Productivity hinged on tools that made data wrangling, data inspection, and data modeling convenient. Among R users, this meant proficiency with …

Scaling up data frames

By Ben Lorica
August 7, 2014

Long before the advent of “big data,” analysts were building models using tools like R (and its forerunners S/S-PLUS). Productivity hinged on tools that made data wrangling, data inspection, and data modeling convenient. Among R users, this meant proficiency with …

Java 8 functional interfaces

By Madhusudhan Konda
August 7, 2014

In the first part of this series, we learned that lambdas are a type of functional interface – an interface with a single abstract method. The Java API has many one-method interfaces such as Runnable, Callable, Comparator, ActionListener and others. They …

Java 8 functional interfaces

By Madhusudhan Konda
August 7, 2014

In the first part of this series, we learned that lambdas are a type of functional interface – an interface with a single abstract method. The Java API has many one-method interfaces such as Runnable, Callable, Comparator, ActionListener and others. They …

Java 8 functional interfaces

By Madhusudhan Konda
August 7, 2014

In the first part of this series, we learned that lambdas are a type of functional interface – an interface with a single abstract method. The Java API has many one-method interfaces such as Runnable, Callable, Comparator, ActionListener and others. They …

Why local state is a fundamental primitive in stream processing

By Jay Kreps
July 31, 2014

One of the concepts that has proven the hardest to explain to people when I talk about Samza is the idea of fault-tolerant local state for stream processing. I think people are so used to the idea of keeping all …

Four short links: 31 July 2014

By Nat Torkington
July 31, 2014

Ocrad.js — open source OCR in Javascript, a port of GNU Ocrad software. HP’s IoT Security Research (PDF) — 70% of devices use unencrypted network services, 90% of devices collected at least one piece of personal information, 60% of those …

Why local state is a fundamental primitive in stream processing

By Jay Kreps
July 31, 2014

One of the concepts that has proven the hardest to explain to people when I talk about Samza is the idea of fault-tolerant local state for stream processing. I think people are so used to the idea of keeping all …

Four short links: 31 July 2014

By Nat Torkington
July 31, 2014

Ocrad.js — open source OCR in Javascript, a port of GNU Ocrad software. HP’s IoT Security Research (PDF) — 70% of devices use unencrypted network services, 90% of devices collected at least one piece of personal information, 60% of those …

Why local state is a fundamental primitive in stream processing

By Jay Kreps
July 31, 2014

One of the concepts that has proven the hardest to explain to people when I talk about Samza is the idea of fault-tolerant local state for stream processing. I think people are so used to the idea of keeping all …

Four short links: 31 July 2014

By Nat Torkington
July 31, 2014

Ocrad.js — open source OCR in Javascript, a port of GNU Ocrad software. HP’s IoT Security Research (PDF) — 70% of devices use unencrypted network services, 90% of devices collected at least one piece of personal information, 60% of those …

New scalable solutions for data analysis with R

By Federico Castanedo
July 24, 2014

The R programming language is the most popular statistical software in use today by data scientists, according to the 2013 Rexer Analytics Data Miner survey. One of the main drawbacks of vanilla R is the inability to scale and handle …

New scalable solutions for data analysis with R

By Federico Castanedo
July 24, 2014

The R programming language is the most popular statistical software in use today by data scientists, according to the 2013 Rexer Analytics Data Miner survey. One of the main drawbacks of vanilla R is the inability to scale and handle …

New scalable solutions for data analysis with R

By Federico Castanedo
July 24, 2014

The R programming language is the most popular statistical software in use today by data scientists, according to the 2013 Rexer Analytics Data Miner survey. One of the main drawbacks of vanilla R is the inability to scale and handle …


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