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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: 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: 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: 26 August 2014

By Nat Torkington
August 26, 2014

The Poisoned NUL Byte, 2014 Edition (Project Zero) — from Google’s public security efforts, this detailed public description of how an exploit was constructed from a found vulnerability. They’re helping. Kudos! Myths About the Coming Robot Economy (Eric Sofge) — …

Four short links: 26 August 2014

By Nat Torkington
August 26, 2014

The Poisoned NUL Byte, 2014 Edition (Project Zero) — from Google’s public security efforts, this detailed public description of how an exploit was constructed from a found vulnerability. They’re helping. Kudos! Myths About the Coming Robot Economy (Eric Sofge) — …

Four short links: 26 August 2014

By Nat Torkington
August 26, 2014

The Poisoned NUL Byte, 2014 Edition (Project Zero) — from Google’s public security efforts, this detailed public description of how an exploit was constructed from a found vulnerability. They’re helping. Kudos! Myths About the Coming Robot Economy (Eric Sofge) — …

Four short links: 19 August 2014

By Nat Torkington
August 19, 2014

Robot Cars with Adjustable Ethics Settings (Wired) — no user-servicable virtues inside. In an important sense, any injury that results from our ethics setting may be premeditated if it’s foreseen. Face-Tracking with Projection Mapping: Weird (BoingBoing) — amazing video of …

Four short links: 19 August 2014

By Nat Torkington
August 19, 2014

Robot Cars with Adjustable Ethics Settings (Wired) — no user-servicable virtues inside. In an important sense, any injury that results from our ethics setting may be premeditated if it’s foreseen. Face-Tracking with Projection Mapping: Weird (BoingBoing) — amazing video of …

Four short links: 19 August 2014

By Nat Torkington
August 19, 2014

Robot Cars with Adjustable Ethics Settings (Wired) — no user-servicable virtues inside. In an important sense, any injury that results from our ethics setting may be premeditated if it’s foreseen. Face-Tracking with Projection Mapping: Weird (BoingBoing) — amazing video of …

Four short links: 14 August 2014

By Nat Torkington
August 14, 2014

$700 Ceramic-Spitting 3D Printer (Make Magazine) — ceramic printing is super interesting, not least because it doesn’t fill the world with plastic glitchy bobbleheads. Mathematics in the Age of the Turing Machine (Arxiv) — a survey of mathematical proofs that …

Four short links: 14 August 2014

By Nat Torkington
August 14, 2014

$700 Ceramic-Spitting 3D Printer (Make Magazine) — ceramic printing is super interesting, not least because it doesn’t fill the world with plastic glitchy bobbleheads. Mathematics in the Age of the Turing Machine (Arxiv) — a survey of mathematical proofs that …

Four short links: 14 August 2014

By Nat Torkington
August 14, 2014

$700 Ceramic-Spitting 3D Printer (Make Magazine) — ceramic printing is super interesting, not least because it doesn’t fill the world with plastic glitchy bobbleheads. Mathematics in the Age of the Turing Machine (Arxiv) — a survey of mathematical proofs that …

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 …

Four short links: 11 August 2014

By Nat Torkington
August 11, 2014

Anthropology of Mid-Sized Startups — old but good post about the structures, norms, and dimensions of startup culture. Like a religion, a startup will care for its collective interest by defining certain things as sacred. A classic example is the …

Four short links: 11 August 2014

By Nat Torkington
August 11, 2014

Anthropology of Mid-Sized Startups — old but good post about the structures, norms, and dimensions of startup culture. Like a religion, a startup will care for its collective interest by defining certain things as sacred. A classic example is the …

Four short links: 11 August 2014

By Nat Torkington
August 11, 2014

Anthropology of Mid-Sized Startups — old but good post about the structures, norms, and dimensions of startup culture. Like a religion, a startup will care for its collective interest by defining certain things as sacred. A classic example is the …

Four short links: 8 August 2014

By Nat Torkington
August 8, 2014

Everything You Wanted to Know About Synchronization But Were Too Afraid to Ask (PDF) — This paper presents the most exhaustive study of synchronization to date. We span multiple layers, from hardware cache-coherence protocols up to high-level concurrent software. We …

Four short links: 8 August 2014

By Nat Torkington
August 8, 2014

Everything You Wanted to Know About Synchronization But Were Too Afraid to Ask (PDF) — This paper presents the most exhaustive study of synchronization to date. We span multiple layers, from hardware cache-coherence protocols up to high-level concurrent software. We …

Four short links: 8 August 2014

By Nat Torkington
August 8, 2014

Everything You Wanted to Know About Synchronization But Were Too Afraid to Ask (PDF) — This paper presents the most exhaustive study of synchronization to date. We span multiple layers, from hardware cache-coherence protocols up to high-level concurrent software. We …

Four short links: 6 August 2014

By Nat Torkington
August 6, 2014

Mesa: Geo-Replicated, Near Real-Time, Scalable Data Warehousing (PDF) — paper by Googlers on the database holding G’s ad data. Trillions of rows, petabytes of data, point queries with 99th percentile latency in the hundreds of milliseconds and overall query throughput …

Four short links: 6 August 2014

By Nat Torkington
August 6, 2014

Mesa: Geo-Replicated, Near Real-Time, Scalable Data Warehousing (PDF) — paper by Googlers on the database holding G’s ad data. Trillions of rows, petabytes of data, point queries with 99th percentile latency in the hundreds of milliseconds and overall query throughput …

Four short links: 6 August 2014

By Nat Torkington
August 6, 2014

Mesa: Geo-Replicated, Near Real-Time, Scalable Data Warehousing (PDF) — paper by Googlers on the database holding G’s ad data. Trillions of rows, petabytes of data, point queries with 99th percentile latency in the hundreds of milliseconds and overall query throughput …

Four short links: 5 August 2014

By Nat Torkington
August 5, 2014

Discussion Graph Tool (Microsoft Research) — simplifies social media analysis by making it easy to extract high-level features and co-occurrence relationships from raw data. Superlinear Productivity in Collective Group Actions (PLoS ONE) — study of open source projects shows small …

Four short links: 5 August 2014

By Nat Torkington
August 5, 2014

Discussion Graph Tool (Microsoft Research) — simplifies social media analysis by making it easy to extract high-level features and co-occurrence relationships from raw data. Superlinear Productivity in Collective Group Actions (PLoS ONE) — study of open source projects shows small …

Four short links: 5 August 2014

By Nat Torkington
August 5, 2014

Discussion Graph Tool (Microsoft Research) — simplifies social media analysis by making it easy to extract high-level features and co-occurrence relationships from raw data. Superlinear Productivity in Collective Group Actions (PLoS ONE) — study of open source projects shows small …

Four short links: 4 August 2014

By Nat Torkington
August 4, 2014

EtherCalc — open source web-based spreadsheet. Dynamics of Correlated Novelties (Nature) — paper on “the adjacent possible”. Here we propose a simple mathematical model that mimics the process of exploring a physical, biological, or conceptual space that enlarges whenever a …

Four short links: 4 August 2014

By Nat Torkington
August 4, 2014

EtherCalc — open source web-based spreadsheet. Dynamics of Correlated Novelties (Nature) — paper on “the adjacent possible”. Here we propose a simple mathematical model that mimics the process of exploring a physical, biological, or conceptual space that enlarges whenever a …

Four short links: 4 August 2014

By Nat Torkington
August 4, 2014

EtherCalc — open source web-based spreadsheet. Dynamics of Correlated Novelties (Nature) — paper on “the adjacent possible”. Here we propose a simple mathematical model that mimics the process of exploring a physical, biological, or conceptual space that enlarges whenever a …

Four short links: 29 July 2014

By Nat Torkington
July 29, 2014

Online Community Detection for Large Complex Networks (PLosONE) — readable recount of earlier algorithms and inventions in the area, as well as a new algorithm with linear time complexity for large complex networks. sel4 — open source OS kernel (GPLv2, …

Four short links: 29 July 2014

By Nat Torkington
July 29, 2014

Online Community Detection for Large Complex Networks (PLosONE) — readable recount of earlier algorithms and inventions in the area, as well as a new algorithm with linear time complexity for large complex networks. sel4 — open source OS kernel (GPLv2, …

Four short links: 29 July 2014

By Nat Torkington
July 29, 2014

Online Community Detection for Large Complex Networks (PLosONE) — readable recount of earlier algorithms and inventions in the area, as well as a new algorithm with linear time complexity for large complex networks. sel4 — open source OS kernel (GPLv2, …

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 …


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