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February 15 2012

Four short links: 15 February 2012

  1. Namebench (Google Code) -- hunts down the fastest DNS servers for your computer to use. (via Nelson Minar)
  2. Primer on Macroeconomics (Jig) -- reading suggestions for introductions to macroeconomics suitable to understand the financial crisis and proposed solutions. (via Tim O'Reilly)
  3. Smarter Cameras Plumb Composition -- A new type of smarter camera can take a picture but also assess the chemical composition of the objects being imaged. This enables automated inspection systems to discern details that would be missed by conventional cameras. Interesting how cameras are getting smarter: Kinect as other significant case in point. (via Slashdot)
  4. Not So Open -- 3D printing lab at the University of Washington had to stop helping outsiders because of a crazy new IP policy from the university administration. These folks were doing amazing work, developing and sharing recipes for new materials to print with (iced tea, rice flour, and more) (via BoingBoing)

April 28 2010

December 25 2009

Four short links: 25 December 2009

  1. One Billionth Spam Message Stats -- from the honeypot project comes a pile of stats about which countries spam, what they spam for, when they spam, etc. One intriguing insight our data provides is that bad guys take vacations too. For example, there is a 21% decrease in spam on Christmas Day and a 32% decrease on New Year's Day. Monday is the biggest day of the week for spam, while Saturday receives only about 60% of the volume of Monday's messages. Enjoy your day off spam. (via Bruce Schneier)
  2. Flowing Data's Five Best Data Visualization Projects of 2009 -- I think I listed at least four of these in this year's Four Short Links. You're welcome!
  3. Six Degrees of Separation -- tiring of "Sound of Music"? This BBC documentary on the science of social connection may help.
  4. Nanoscale Snowmen -- The snowman is 10 µm across, 1/5th the width of a human hair.. (via BoingBoing)

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