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Four short links: 21 July 2014

By Nat Torkington
July 21, 2014

nupic (github) -GPL v3-licensed ode from Numenta, at last. See their patent position. Robocup — soccer robotics contest, condition of entry is that all codes are open sourced after the contest. (via The Economist) Security Data Science Paper Collection — …

Four short links: 21 July 2014

By Nat Torkington
July 21, 2014

nupic (github) -GPL v3-licensed ode from Numenta, at last. See their patent position. Robocup — soccer robotics contest, condition of entry is that all codes are open sourced after the contest. (via The Economist) Security Data Science Paper Collection — …

Four short links: 21 July 2014

By Nat Torkington
July 21, 2014

nupic (github) -GPL v3-licensed ode from Numenta, at last. See their patent position. Robocup — soccer robotics contest, condition of entry is that all codes are open sourced after the contest. (via The Economist) Security Data Science Paper Collection — …

Four short links: 8 July 2014

By Nat Torkington
July 8, 2014

Virtual Economies — new book from MIT Press on economics in games. The book will enable developers and designers to create and maintain successful virtual economies, introduce social scientists and policy makers to the power of virtual economies, and provide …

Four short links: 8 July 2014

By Nat Torkington
July 8, 2014

Virtual Economies — new book from MIT Press on economics in games. The book will enable developers and designers to create and maintain successful virtual economies, introduce social scientists and policy makers to the power of virtual economies, and provide …

Four short links: 8 July 2014

By Nat Torkington
July 8, 2014

Virtual Economies — new book from MIT Press on economics in games. The book will enable developers and designers to create and maintain successful virtual economies, introduce social scientists and policy makers to the power of virtual economies, and provide …

Four short links: 2 July 2014

By Nat Torkington
July 2, 2014

Experimental Evidence of Massive-scale Emotional Contagion Through Social Networks — I suspect many more people have expressed an opinion on the research than have read the research. Mountain — a new game in which you are (wait for it) a …

Four short links: 2 July 2014

By Nat Torkington
July 2, 2014

Experimental Evidence of Massive-scale Emotional Contagion Through Social Networks — I suspect many more people have expressed an opinion on the research than have read the research. Mountain — a new game in which you are (wait for it) a …

Four short links: 2 July 2014

By Nat Torkington
July 2, 2014

Experimental Evidence of Massive-scale Emotional Contagion Through Social Networks — I suspect many more people have expressed an opinion on the research than have read the research. Mountain — a new game in which you are (wait for it) a …

Four short links: 25 June 2014

By Nat Torkington
June 25, 2014

Researchers Find and Decode the Spy Tools Governments Use to Hijack Phones (Wired) — I’m fascinated to learn there’s an Italian company making (and selling) the mobile phone rootkits that governments use. On the Near Impossibility of Measuring the Returns …

Four short links: 25 June 2014

By Nat Torkington
June 25, 2014

Researchers Find and Decode the Spy Tools Governments Use to Hijack Phones (Wired) — I’m fascinated to learn there’s an Italian company making (and selling) the mobile phone rootkits that governments use. On the Near Impossibility of Measuring the Returns …

Four short links: 25 June 2014

By Nat Torkington
June 25, 2014

Researchers Find and Decode the Spy Tools Governments Use to Hijack Phones (Wired) — I’m fascinated to learn there’s an Italian company making (and selling) the mobile phone rootkits that governments use. On the Near Impossibility of Measuring the Returns …

Four short links: 11 June 2014

By Nat Torkington
June 12, 2014

UK Copyright Law Permits Researchers to Data Mine — changes mean Copyright holders can require researchers to pay to access their content but cannot then restrict text or data mining for non-commercial purposes thereafter, under the new rules. However, researchers …

Four short links: 11 June 2014

By Nat Torkington
June 11, 2014

UK Copyright Law Permits Researchers to Data Mine — changes mean Copyright holders can require researchers to pay to access their content but cannot then restrict text or data mining for non-commercial purposes thereafter, under the new rules. However, researchers …

Four short links: 26 May 2014

By Nat Torkington
May 23, 2014

Car Alarms and Smoke Alarms (Slideshare) — how to think about and draw the line between sensitivity and specificity. 101 Uses for Content Mining — between the list in the post and the comments from readers, it’s a good introduction …

Citizens as partners in the use of clinical data

By John Wilbanks
May 5, 2014

This article was written together with Mike Kellen, Director of Technology at Sage Bionetworks, and Christine Suver, Senior Scientist at Sage Bionetworks. The current push towards patient engagement, when clinical researchers trace the outcomes of using pharmaceuticals or other treatments, …

Four short links: 4 March 2014

By Nat Torkington
March 4, 2014

It’s Complicated — Danah Boyd’s new book on teens use of the online world is available for PDF download (but buy a copy anyway!). Building a Solid World — O’Reilly research paper about the “software-enhanced networked physical world”. Gonna be …

Four short links: 24 February 2014

By Nat Torkington
February 24, 2014

Understanding Understanding Source Code with Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (PDF) — we observed 17 participants inside an fMRI scanner while they were comprehending short source-code snippets, which we contrasted with locating syntax error. We found a clear, distinct activation pattern …

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: 17 February 2014

By Nat Torkington
February 17, 2014

imsg — use iMessage from the commandline. Facebook Data Science Team Posts About Love — I tell people, “this is what you look like to SkyNet.” A System for Detecting Software Plagiarism — the research behind the undergraduate bete noir. …

Four short links: 5 February 2014

By Nat Torkington
February 5, 2014

sigma.js — Javascript graph-drawing library (node-edge graphs, not charts). DARPA Open Catalog — all the open source published by DARPA. Sweet! Quantified Vehicle Meetup — Boston meetup around intelligent automotive tech including on-board diagnostics, protocols, APIs, analytics, telematics, apps, software …

Freud and Ford; listening and uderstanding

By Emerson Niide
January 22, 2014

In research, what really matters is not what people tell you -- but what is behind it

Four short links: 17 January 2014

By Nat Torkington
January 17, 2014

Making Remote Work — The real­ity of a remote work­place is that the con­nec­tions are largely arti­fi­cial con­structs. Peo­ple can be very, very iso­lated. A person’s default behav­ior when they go into a funk is to avoid seek­ing out inter­ac­tions, …

Four short links: 9 January 2014

By Nat Torkington
January 9, 2014

Artificial Labour and Ubiquitous Interactive Machine Learning (Greg Borenstein) — in which design fiction, actual machine learning, legal discovery, and comics meet. One of the major themes to emerge in the 2H2K project is something we’ve taken to calling “artificial …

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 …

Security firms must retool as clients move to the cloud

By Andy Oram
January 6, 2014

This should be flush times for firms selling security solutions, such as Symantec, McAfee, Trend Micro, and RSA. Front-page news about cyber attacks provides free advertising, and security capabilities swell with new techniques such as security analysis (permit me a …

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: 26 December 2013

By Nat Torkington
December 26, 2013

Nest Protect Teardown (Sparkfun) — initial teardown of another piece of domestic industrial Internet. Logs — The distributed log can be seen as the data structure which models the problem of consensus. Not kidding when he calls it “real-time data’s …

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: 3 December 2013

By Nat Torkington
December 3, 2013

SAMOA — Yahoo!’s distributed streaming machine learning (ML) framework that contains a programming abstraction for distributed streaming ML algorithms. (via Introducing SAMOA) madlib — an open-source library for scalable in-database analytics. It provides data-parallel implementations of mathematical, statistical and machine-learning …

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: 13 November 2013

By Nat Torkington
November 12, 2013

ISS Enjoys Malware — Kaspersky reveals ISS had XP malware infestation before they shifted to Linux. The Gravity movie would have had more registry editing sessions if the producers had cared about FACTUAL ACCURACY. Big Data Approach to Computational Creativity …

Four short links: 12 Nov 2013

By Nat Torkington
November 11, 2013

Quantitative Reliability of Programs That Execute on Unreliable Hardware (MIT) — As MIT’s press release put it: Rely simply steps through the intermediate representation, folding the probability that each instruction will yield the right answer into an estimation of the …

Four short links: 8 November 2013

By Nat Torkington
November 8, 2013

An Empirical Study of Cryptographic Misuse in Android Applications (PDF) — We develop program analysis techniques to automatically check programs on the Google Play marketplace, and find that 10,327 out of 11,748 applications that use cryptographic APIs (88% overall) make …

Four short links: 24 October 2013

By Nat Torkington
October 24, 2013

Visually Programming Arduino — good for little minds. Rapid Hardware Iteration at Scale (Forbes) — It’s part of the unique way that Xiaomi operates, closely analyzing the user feedback it gets on its smartphones and following the suggestions it likes …

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: 14 October 2013

By Nat Torkington
October 14, 2013

An Interactive Machine Learning System for Recognizing Hand Gestures (Greg Borenstein) — a mixed-initiative interactive machine learning system for recognizing hand gestures. It attempts to give the user visibility into the classifier’s prediction confidence and control of the conditions under …

Podcast: expanding our experience of interfaces and interaction

By Jenn Webb
October 7, 2013

At our Sci Foo Camp this past summer, Jon Bruner, Jim Stogdill, Roger Magoulas, and I were joined by guests Amanda Parkes, a professor in the Department of Architecture at Columbia University, and CTO at algae biofuels company Bodega Algae …

Four short links: 4 October 2013

By Nat Torkington
October 4, 2013

Case and Molly, a Game Inspired by Neuromancer (Greg Borenstein) — On reading Neuromancer today, this dynamic feels all too familiar. We constantly navigate the tension between the physical and the digital in a state of continuous partial attention. We …

Four short links: 2 October 2013

By Nat Torkington
October 2, 2013

Instant Translator Glasses (ZDNet) — character recognition to do instant translating, and a UI that turns any flat surface into a touch-screen via a finger-ring sensor. draw.io — diagramming … In The Cloud! Airmail — Mac gmail client with offline …

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: 26 September 2013

By Nat Torkington
September 24, 2013

Google Has Spent 21 Billion on Data Centers — The company invested a record $1.6 billion in its data centers in the second quarter of 2013. Puts my impulse-purchased second external hard-drive into context, doesn’t it honey? 10x Engineer (Shanley) …

Four short links: 17 September 2013

By Nat Torkington
September 17, 2013

Quark — a web browser with a formally-proven kernel. High-Assurance Base64 — formally verified C implementation of Base64. z3 — fast theorem prover from Microsoft Research. libphenom (GitHub) — Facebook’s open sourced eventing framework. (High-scalability, natch)

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: 9 September 2013

By Nat Torkington
September 8, 2013

How Google’s Defragging Android (Ars Technica) — Android’s becoming a pudgy microkernel for the Google Play Services layer that’s in userland, closed source, and a way to bypass carriers’ lag for upgrades. Booting a Self-Signed Linux Kernel (Greg Kroah-Hartman) — …

Four short links: 3 September 2013

By Nat Torkington
September 2, 2013

Achieving Rapid Response Times in Large Online Services (PDF) — slides from a talk by Jeff Dean on fanout architectures. (via Alex Dong) JS MESS — porting the stunning MESS ultimate emulator to Javascript. Interesting challenges like Chrome currently has …

Four short links: 30 August 2013

By Nat Torkington
August 29, 2013

intention.js — manipulates the DOM via HTML attributes. The methods for manipulation are placed with the elements themselves, so flexible layouts don’t seem so abstract and messy. Introducing Brick: Minimal-markup Web Components for Faster App Development (Mozilla) — a cross-browser …

Four short links: 8 August 2013

By Nat Torkington
August 8, 2013

Reducing the Roots of Some Evil (Etsy) — Based on our first two months of data we have removed a number of unused CA certificates from some pilot systems to test the effects, and will run CAWatch for a full …

Four short links: 9 July 2013

By Nat Torkington
July 9, 2013

Autonomous Intersection Management Project — a scalable, safe, and efficient multiagent framework for managing autonomous vehicles at intersections. (via How Driverless Cars Could Reshape Cities) Quantum Information (New Scientist) — a gentle romp through the possible and the actual for …

Four short links: 28 June 2013

By Nat Torkington
June 28, 2013

Huxley vs Orwell — buy Amusing Ourselves to Death if this rings true. The future is here, it’s just not evenly surveilled. (via rone) KeyMe — keys in the cloud. (Digital designs as backups for physical objects) Motorola Advanced Technology …


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