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Podcast: Design for how the world should work

By Jenn Webb
July 24, 2014

Editor’s note: this podcast episode is the first in our new bi-weekly O’Reilly Radar Podcast series. You can subscribe through iTunes, SoundCloud, or directly through our podcast’s RSS feed. As the Internet is increasingly embedded into our physical world, it’s …

Podcast: Design for how the world should work

By Jenn Webb
July 24, 2014

Editor’s note: this podcast episode is the first in our new bi-weekly O’Reilly Radar Podcast series. You can subscribe through iTunes, SoundCloud, or directly through our podcast’s RSS feed. As the Internet is increasingly embedded into our physical world, it’s …

Podcast: Design for how the world should work

By Jenn Webb
July 24, 2014

Editor’s note: this podcast episode is the first in our new bi-weekly O’Reilly Radar Podcast series. You can subscribe through iTunes, SoundCloud, or directly through our podcast’s RSS feed. As the Internet is increasingly embedded into our physical world, it’s …

Jeremy Rifkin unveils a return to the local in an interconnected future

By Andy Oram
July 18, 2014

Jeremy Rifkin is always predicting an avalanche of change: substitutes for human labor in The End of Work, pervasive genetic engineering in Algeny, and so on. Several interlocking themes run through his latest book, The Zero Marginal Cost Society. Behind …

Jeremy Rifkin unveils a return to the local in an interconnected future

By Andy Oram
July 18, 2014

Jeremy Rifkin is always predicting an avalanche of change: substitutes for human labor in The End of Work, pervasive genetic engineering in Algeny, and so on. Several interlocking themes run through his latest book, The Zero Marginal Cost Society. Behind …

Jeremy Rifkin unveils a return to the local in an interconnected future

By Andy Oram
July 18, 2014

Jeremy Rifkin is always predicting an avalanche of change: substitutes for human labor in The End of Work, pervasive genetic engineering in Algeny, and so on. Several interlocking themes run through his latest book, The Zero Marginal Cost Society. Behind …

Designing real vegan cheese

By Mike Loukides
July 17, 2014

I don’t think I will ever get tired of quoting Drew Endy’s “keep synthetic biology weird.” One of my favorite articles in the new issue of Biocoder is on the Real Vegan Cheese project. If you’ve ever tried any of …

Designing real vegan cheese

By Mike Loukides
July 17, 2014

I don’t think I will ever get tired of quoting Drew Endy’s “keep synthetic biology weird.” One of my favorite articles in the new issue of Biocoder is on the Real Vegan Cheese project. If you’ve ever tried any of …

Designing real vegan cheese

By Mike Loukides
July 17, 2014

I don’t think I will ever get tired of quoting Drew Endy’s “keep synthetic biology weird.” One of my favorite articles in the new issue of Biocoder is on the Real Vegan Cheese project. If you’ve ever tried any of …

Need parking? There’s no app for that…yet

By Drew Dara-Abrams
July 16, 2014

“We will not abide businesses that hold hostage on-street public parking spots for their own private profit,” said the San Francisco city attorney last month, after declaring illegal Monkey Parking, ParkModo, and Sweetch, new start-ups that provide mobile apps for buying and selling curb …

Need parking? There’s no app for that…yet

By Drew Dara-Abrams
July 16, 2014

“We will not abide businesses that hold hostage on-street public parking spots for their own private profit,” said the San Francisco city attorney last month, after declaring illegal Monkey Parking, ParkModo, and Sweetch, new start-ups that provide mobile apps for buying and selling curb …

Open source biology

By Mike Loukides
July 15, 2014

At O’Reilly, we’ve long been supporters of the open source movement — perhaps not with the religious fervor of some, but with a deep appreciation for how open source has transformed the computing industry over the last three decades. We …

Open source biology

By Mike Loukides
July 15, 2014

At O’Reilly, we’ve long been supporters of the open source movement — perhaps not with the religious fervor of some, but with a deep appreciation for how open source has transformed the computing industry over the last three decades. We …

Open source biology

By Mike Loukides
July 15, 2014

At O’Reilly, we’ve long been supporters of the open source movement — perhaps not with the religious fervor of some, but with a deep appreciation for how open source has transformed the computing industry over the last three decades. We …

Need parking? There’s no app for that…yet

By Drew Dara-Abrams
July 15, 2014

“We will not abide businesses that hold hostage on-street public parking spots for their own private profit,” said the San Francisco city attorney last month, after declaring illegal Monkey Parking, ParkModo, and Sweetch, new start-ups that provide mobile apps for buying and selling curb …

Announcing BioCoder issue 4

By Mike Loukides
July 15, 2014

We’ve made it to our fourth issue of BioCoder! I’m excited about this issue — it’s the best collection of articles we’ve published so far. Some of the highlights are: Implanting Evolution: We spend a lot of time thinking about …

Announcing BioCoder issue 4

By Mike Loukides
July 15, 2014

We’ve made it to our fourth issue of BioCoder! I’m excited about this issue — it’s the best collection of articles we’ve published so far. Some of the highlights are: Implanting Evolution: We spend a lot of time thinking about …

Announcing BioCoder issue 4

By Mike Loukides
July 15, 2014

We’ve made it to our fourth issue of BioCoder! I’m excited about this issue — it’s the best collection of articles we’ve published so far. Some of the highlights are: Implanting Evolution: We spend a lot of time thinking about …

Five trends signaling a bright future for ebooks

By Sanders Kleinfeld
July 11, 2014

Editor’s note: this piece originally appeared on Medium; it is cross-posted here with permission. The writer is an O’Reilly employee, but he is expressing his personal views. We love his optimism about the future and wanted to share it with …

Five trends signaling a bright future for ebooks

By Sanders Kleinfeld
July 11, 2014

Editor’s note: this piece originally appeared on Medium; it is cross-posted here with permission. The writer is an O’Reilly employee, but he is expressing his personal views. We love his optimism about the future and wanted to share it with …

Five trends signaling a bright future for ebooks

By Sanders Kleinfeld
July 11, 2014

Editor’s note: this piece originally appeared on Medium; it is cross-posted here with permission. The writer is an O’Reilly employee, but he is expressing his personal views. We love his optimism about the future and wanted to share it with …

Signals from Foo Camp 2014

By Mac Slocum
July 9, 2014

Foo Camp, our annual gathering in Sebastopol, Calif., brings together people we know and admire, and those we’d like to know better. It’s also a way for us to discover the ideas emerging at the edges of technology, business, art, …

Signals from Foo Camp 2014

By Mac Slocum
July 9, 2014

Foo Camp, our annual gathering in Sebastopol, Calif., brings together people we know and admire, and those we’d like to know better. It’s also a way for us to discover the ideas emerging at the edges of technology, business, art, …

Signals from Foo Camp 2014

By Mac Slocum
July 9, 2014

Foo Camp, our annual gathering in Sebastopol, Calif., brings together people we know and admire, and those we’d like to know better. It’s also a way for us to discover the ideas emerging at the edges of technology, business, art, …

Four short links: 24 June 2014

By Nat Torkington
June 24, 2014

Maximum Happy Imagination (Matt Jones) — questioning the true vision of Marc Andreessen’s recent Twitter discourse on the great future that awaits us. His analogies run out in the 20th century when it comes to the political, social and economic …

Four short links: 24 June 2014

By Nat Torkington
June 24, 2014

Maximum Happy Imagination (Matt Jones) — questioning the true vision of Marc Andreessen’s recent Twitter discourse on the great future that awaits us. His analogies run out in the 20th century when it comes to the political, social and economic …

Four short links: 24 June 2014

By Nat Torkington
June 24, 2014

Maximum Happy Imagination (Matt Jones) — questioning the true vision of Marc Andreessen’s recent Twitter discourse on the great future that awaits us. His analogies run out in the 20th century when it comes to the political, social and economic …

Four short links: 20 June 2014

By Nat Torkington
June 20, 2014

Dynamo and BigTable — good preso overview of two approaches to solving availability and consistency in the event of server failure or network partition. Goals Gone Wild (PDF) — In this article, we argue that the beneficial effects of goal …

Four short links: 20 June 2014

By Nat Torkington
June 20, 2014

Dynamo and BigTable — good preso overview of two approaches to solving availability and consistency in the event of server failure or network partition. Goals Gone Wild (PDF) — In this article, we argue that the beneficial effects of goal …

Four short links: 20 June 2014

By Nat Torkington
June 20, 2014

Dynamo and BigTable — good preso overview of two approaches to solving availability and consistency in the event of server failure or network partition. Goals Gone Wild (PDF) — In this article, we argue that the beneficial effects of goal …

Four short links: 19 June 2014

By Nat Torkington
June 19, 2014

odyssey.js — storytelling tool to assemble interactive stories from narrative, pictures, maps. Our Work Here is Done: Visions of a Robot Economy (NESTA) — free downloadable ebook containing pieces from a variety of authors covering economics, engineering, history, philosophy and …

Four short links: 19 June 2014

By Nat Torkington
June 19, 2014

odyssey.js — storytelling tool to assemble interactive stories from narrative, pictures, maps. Our Work Here is Done: Visions of a Robot Economy (NESTA) — free downloadable ebook containing pieces from a variety of authors covering economics, engineering, history, philosophy and …

Four short links: 19 June 2014

By Nat Torkington
June 19, 2014

odyssey.js — storytelling tool to assemble interactive stories from narrative, pictures, maps. Our Work Here is Done: Visions of a Robot Economy (NESTA) — free downloadable ebook containing pieces from a variety of authors covering economics, engineering, history, philosophy and …

Four short links: 18 June 2014

By Nat Torkington
June 18, 2014

Javascript Cryptography Considered Harmful — tl;dr: “don’t”. If you don’t trust the network to deliver a password, or, worse, don’t trust the server not to keep user secrets, you can’t trust them to deliver security code. The same attacker who …

Expect no, but fight for yes

By DJ Patil
June 18, 2014

Editor’s note: this is the transcript of DJ Patil’s commencement address to the 2014 graduating class at UC Santa Cruz’s Jack Baskin School of Engineering; it is published here with permission. Thank you, Dean Ramirez and the distinguished faculty here …

Four short links: 18 June 2014

By Nat Torkington
June 18, 2014

Javascript Cryptography Considered Harmful — tl;dr: “don’t”. If you don’t trust the network to deliver a password, or, worse, don’t trust the server not to keep user secrets, you can’t trust them to deliver security code. The same attacker who …

Expect no, but fight for yes

By DJ Patil
June 18, 2014

Editor’s note: this is the transcript of DJ Patil’s commencement address to the 2014 graduating class at UC Santa Cruz’s Jack Baskin School of Engineering; it is published here with permission. Thank you, Dean Ramirez and the distinguished faculty here …

Four short links: 13 June 2014

By Nat Torkington
June 17, 2014

Mapping the Decentralized Movement (Jon Udell) — the pendulum is about to swing back toward a more distributed Web. John Ioannidis: Reproducible Research, True or False? (YouTube) — his talk at Google. (via Paul Kedrosky) Tessel — a microcontroller that …

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: 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: 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: 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: 13 June 2014

By Nat Torkington
June 17, 2014

Mapping the Decentralized Movement (Jon Udell) — the pendulum is about to swing back toward a more distributed Web. John Ioannidis: Reproducible Research, True or False? (YouTube) — his talk at Google. (via Paul Kedrosky) Tessel — a microcontroller that …

Four short links: 12 June 2014

By Nat Torkington
June 12, 2014

Norbert Weiner (The Atlantic) — His fears for the future stemmed from two fundamental convictions: We humans can’t resist selfishly misusing the powers our machines give us, to the detriment of our fellow humans and the planet; and there’s a …

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: 10 June 2014

By Nat Torkington
June 10, 2014

Trusting Browser Code (Tim Bray) — on the fundamental weakness of the ‘net as manifest in the browser. Deep Learning in the Raspberry Pi (Pete Warden) — $30 now gets you a computer you can run deep learning algorithms on. …

Your money or your life

By Simon St. Laurent
June 10, 2014

I know it’s hard to run a large company. I know that organizations can get too deep into their own visions to imagine conflicting values. I realized yesterday, though, that: Microsoft ruined their brand for me by holding too tightly …

On Software, Satisfaction, and Being CEO

By Amy Jollymore
April 18, 2014

I was honored to be on stage with four notable women in technology, last month at DeveloperWeek. The panel included Jennifer Davis, Anne Ward, Anna Chiara Bellini, and Selby Walker. Each of the panelists responded in earnest to questions that explored …

Four short links: 31 March 2014

By Nat Torkington
March 31, 2014

Game Programming Patterns — a book in progress. Search for the Next Platform (Fred Wilson) — Mobile is now the last thing. And all of these big tech companies are looking for the next thing to make sure they don’t …

DIYbio and the hacking metaphor

By Michael Scroggins
February 23, 2014

The following is from the second issue of BioCoder, the quarterly newsletter for synthetic biologists, DIY biologists, neurobiologists, and more. Download your free copy today. Within DIYbio, one cannot escape the hacking metaphor. The metaphor is ubiquitous and, to a …


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