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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: 29 September 2014

By Nat Torkington
September 29, 2014

How Community Feedback Shapes Behaviour (PDF) — Not only do authors of negatively-evaluated content contribute more, but also their future posts are of lower quality, and are perceived by the community as such. Moreover, these authors are more likely to …

Four short links: 29 September 2014

By Nat Torkington
September 29, 2014

How Community Feedback Shapes Behaviour (PDF) — Not only do authors of negatively-evaluated content contribute more, but also their future posts are of lower quality, and are perceived by the community as such. Moreover, these authors are more likely to …

Four short links: 29 September 2014

By Nat Torkington
September 29, 2014

How Community Feedback Shapes Behaviour (PDF) — Not only do authors of negatively-evaluated content contribute more, but also their future posts are of lower quality, and are perceived by the community as such. Moreover, these authors are more likely to …

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: 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: 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: 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 …

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 …

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 …

OpenStack creates a structure for managing change without a benevolent dictator

By Andy Oram
July 24, 2014

When does a software project grow to the point where one must explicitly think about governance? The term “governance” is stiff and gawky, but doing it well can carry a project through many a storm. Over the past couple years, …

OpenStack creates a structure for managing change without a benevolent dictator

By Andy Oram
July 24, 2014

When does a software project grow to the point where one must explicitly think about governance? The term “governance” is stiff and gawky, but doing it well can carry a project through many a storm. Over the past couple years, …

OpenStack creates a structure for managing change without a benevolent dictator

By Andy Oram
July 24, 2014

When does a software project grow to the point where one must explicitly think about governance? The term “governance” is stiff and gawky, but doing it well can carry a project through many a storm. Over the past couple years, …

Online communities could benefit from the power of offline meetings

By Andy Oram
July 22, 2014

As software vendors, open source projects, and companies in all fields rush to gather communities around themselves, I’m bothered that we haven’t spent much time studying the lessons face-to-face communities have forged over decades of intensive work by a dynamic …

Online communities could benefit from the power of offline meetings

By Andy Oram
July 22, 2014

As software vendors, open source projects, and companies in all fields rush to gather communities around themselves, I’m bothered that we haven’t spent much time studying the lessons face-to-face communities have forged over decades of intensive work by a dynamic …

Online communities could benefit from the power of offline meetings

By Andy Oram
July 22, 2014

As software vendors, open source projects, and companies in all fields rush to gather communities around themselves, I’m bothered that we haven’t spent much time studying the lessons face-to-face communities have forged over decades of intensive work by a dynamic …

Four short links: 22 July 2014

By Nat Torkington
July 22, 2014

write-good — a naive `lint’ for English prose. cockroachdb — a scalable, geo-replicated, transactional datastore from a team that includes the person who built Spanner for Google. Spanner requires atomic clocks, cockroach does not (which has corresponding performance consequences). (via …

Four short links: 22 July 2014

By Nat Torkington
July 22, 2014

write-good — a naive `lint’ for English prose. cockroachdb — a scalable, geo-replicated, transactional datastore from a team that includes the person who built Spanner for Google. Spanner requires atomic clocks, cockroach does not (which has corresponding performance consequences). (via …

Four short links: 22 July 2014

By Nat Torkington
July 22, 2014

write-good — a naive `lint’ for English prose. cockroachdb — a scalable, geo-replicated, transactional datastore from a team that includes the person who built Spanner for Google. Spanner requires atomic clocks, cockroach does not (which has corresponding performance consequences). (via …

Materials that make up our world

By Max Shron
July 21, 2014

Editor’s note: This is part two of a two-part series reflecting on the O’Reilly Solid Conference from the perspective of a data scientist. Normally we wouldn’t publish takeaways from an event held nearly two months ago, but these insights were …

Materials that make up our world

By Max Shron
July 21, 2014

Editor’s note: This is part two of a two-part series reflecting on the O’Reilly Solid Conference from the perspective of a data scientist. Normally we wouldn’t publish takeaways from an event held nearly two months ago, but these insights were …

Materials that make up our world

By Max Shron
July 21, 2014

Editor’s note: This is part two of a two-part series reflecting on the O’Reilly Solid Conference from the perspective of a data scientist. Normally we wouldn’t publish takeaways from an event held nearly two months ago, but these insights were …

Embracing hardware data

By Max Shron
July 11, 2014

Editor’s note: This is part one of a two-part series reflecting on the O’Reilly Solid Conference from the perspective of a data scientist. Normally we wouldn’t publish takeaways from an event held nearly two months ago, but these insights were …

Embracing hardware data

By Max Shron
July 11, 2014

Editor’s note: This is part one of a two-part series reflecting on the O’Reilly Solid Conference from the perspective of a data scientist. Normally we wouldn’t publish takeaways from an event held nearly two months ago, but these insights were …

Embracing hardware data

By Max Shron
July 11, 2014

Editor’s note: This is part one of a two-part series reflecting on the O’Reilly Solid Conference from the perspective of a data scientist. Normally we wouldn’t publish takeaways from an event held nearly two months ago, but these insights were …

Four short links: 23 June 2014

By Nat Torkington
June 23, 2014

Minimum Viable Block Chain — What follows is an attempt to explain, from the ground up, why the particular pieces (digital signatures, proof-of-work, transaction blocks) are needed, and how they all come together to form the “minimum viable block chain” …

Four short links: 23 June 2014

By Nat Torkington
June 23, 2014

Minimum Viable Block Chain — What follows is an attempt to explain, from the ground up, why the particular pieces (digital signatures, proof-of-work, transaction blocks) are needed, and how they all come together to form the “minimum viable block chain” …

Four short links: 23 June 2014

By Nat Torkington
June 23, 2014

Minimum Viable Block Chain — What follows is an attempt to explain, from the ground up, why the particular pieces (digital signatures, proof-of-work, transaction blocks) are needed, and how they all come together to form the “minimum viable block chain” …

Four short links: 17 June 2014

By Nat Torkington
June 17, 2014

Eris — a platform which allows developers and users to deploy consensus driven applications which rely on decentralized architecture and a consensus driven blockchain database backend. Open source (modified MIT). The Disruption Machine (New Yorker) — long detailed critique of …

Four short links: 17 June 2014

By Nat Torkington
June 17, 2014

Eris — a platform which allows developers and users to deploy consensus driven applications which rely on decentralized architecture and a consensus driven blockchain database backend. Open source (modified MIT). The Disruption Machine (New Yorker) — long detailed critique of …

Four short links: 17 June 2014

By Nat Torkington
June 17, 2014

Eris — a platform which allows developers and users to deploy consensus driven applications which rely on decentralized architecture and a consensus driven blockchain database backend. Open source (modified MIT). The Disruption Machine (New Yorker) — long detailed critique of …

Four short links: 4 June 2014

By Nat Torkington
June 4, 2014

Swift on GitHub — watch a thousand projects launch. HTTP API Design Guide — extracted from work on the Heroku Platform API. End-to-End PGP in Gmail — Google releases an open source Chrome extension to enable end-to-end OpenPGP on top …

Welcome back, Weblandians

By Jim Stogdill
June 2, 2014

Note: this post is a slightly hydrated version of my Solid keynote. To get it out in 10 minutes, I had to remove a few ideas and streamline it a bit for oral delivery; this is the full version. In …

Driving demand for full stack developers

By Matt Makai
May 23, 2014

Buzzwords in the software industry arise and then die off with startling frequency. Ambiguous terms such as “growth hacker”, “sales engineer” and “rockstar developer” trip a developer’s spidey sense that the person saying them is just handwaving. However, occasionally a …

Why PayPal jumped the software-hardware gap

By Jon Bruner
May 22, 2014

PayPal is a software company, but when I met with Josh Bleecher Snyder, director of software engineering at PayPal, it was to talk about hardware. He’s leading the development of Beacon, PayPal’s new hands-free payment platform. At its heart is a …

Four short links: 14 May 2014

By Nat Torkington
May 13, 2014

Data Jujitsu — new O’Reilly Radar report by the wonderful DJ Patil about the exploration and problem solving part of data science. Me gusta. Style Finder: Fine-Grained Clothing Style Recognition and Retrieval (PDF) — eBay labs machine learning, featuring the …

Four short links: 2 May 2014

By Nat Torkington
May 2, 2014

NewsPad: Designing for Collaborative Storytelling in Neighborhoods (PDF) — Microsoft Research report about tests of a tool to address needs in community reporting. Burying the URL — makes you suspect that “users interact with the web directly instead of via …


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