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February 08 2014

Four short links: 7 February 2014

  1. 12 Predictions About the Future of Programming (Infoworld) — not a bad set of predictions, except for the inane “squeezing” view of open source.
  2. Conceal (Github) — Facebook Android tool for apps to encrypt data and large files stored in public locations, for example SD cards.
  3. Dreamliner Softwareall three of the jet’s navigation computers failed at the same time. “The cockpit software system went blank,” IBN Live, an Indian television station, reported. The Internet of Rebooting Things.
  4. Contiki — open source connective OS for IoT.
  5. February 05 2014

    Four short links: 5 February 2014

    1. sigma.js — Javascript graph-drawing library (node-edge graphs, not charts).
    2. DARPA Open Catalog — all the open source published by DARPA. Sweet!
    3. Quantified Vehicle Meetup — Boston meetup around intelligent automotive tech including on-board diagnostics, protocols, APIs, analytics, telematics, apps, software and devices.
    4. AT&T See Future In Industrial Internet — partnering with GE, M2M-related customers increased by more than 38% last year. (via Jim Stogdill)

    October 23 2013

    Four short links: 23 October 2013

    1. Expecting Better — an economist runs the numbers on the actual consequences of various lifestyle choices during pregnancy. (via sciblogs)
    2. Business as Usual in the Innovation Industry — the only thing worse than business plan contests for startups is innovation wankfests for small arts groups. [T]he vast majority of small and mid-sized arts organizations are not broken so much as they are in a constant state of precarity that could largely be addressed by reliable funding streams to support general operations and less onerous grant application processes that would allow them to focus more on delivering services and less on raising money. Hear! (via Courtney Johnston)
    3. Driverless Cars Are Further Away Than You Think (MIT Technology Review) — nice roundup of potential benefits. experiments involving modified road vehicles conducted by Volvo and others in 2011 suggest that having vehicles travel in high-speed automated “platoons,” thereby reducing aerodynamic drag, could lower fuel consumption by 20 percent. And an engineering study published last year concluded that automation could theoretically allow nearly four times as many cars to travel on a given stretch of highway.
    4. Portraits of Robots at Work and Play (The Atlantic) — photo-essay that is full of boggle. (via BoingBoing)

    July 11 2013

    Four short links: 11 July 2013

    1. Sifted — 7 minute animation set in a point cloud world, using photogrammetry in film-making. My brilliant cousin Ben wrote the software behind it. See this newspaper article and tv report for more.
    2. Vehicle Tech Out of Sync with Drivers’ DevicesFord Motor Co. has its own system. Apple Inc. is working with one set of automakers to design an interface that works better with its iPhone line. Some of the same car companies and others have joined the Car Connectivity Consortium, which is working with the major Android phone brands to develop a different interface. FFS. “… you are changing your phone every other year, and the top-of-mind apps are continuously changing.” That’s why Chevrolet, Mini and some other automakers are starting to offer screens that mirror apps from a smartphone.
    3. Incentives in Notice and Takedown (PDF) — findings summarised in Blocking and Removing Illegal Child Sexual Content: Analysis from a Technical and Legal Perspective: financial institutions seemed to be relatively successful at removing phishing websites while it took on average 150 times longer to remove child pornography.
    4. OpenCV for Processing (Github) — OpenCV for Processing is based on the official OpenCV Java bindings. Therefore, in addition to a suite of friendly functions for all the basics, you can also do anything that OpenCV can do. And a book from O’Reilly, and it’ll be CC-licensed. All is win. (via Greg Borenstein)

    April 12 2013

    TERRA 808: TRUST Massachusetts

    Eshe is an 18-year old French horn playing, basketball playing, systems thinker that just started her freshman year at Yale so she can continue to learn how to solve complex problems with comprehensive and feasible solutions. She is also one of the many youth from across the United States who is taking legal action to compel comprehensive, science-based, government action on climate change as part of the TRUST Campaign. Produced by: WITNESS

    January 24 2013

    Four short links: 24 January 2013

    1. Google’s Driverless Car is Worth Trillions (Forbes) — Much of the reporting about Google’s driverless car has mistakenly focused on its science-fiction feel. [...] In fact, the driverless car has broad implications for society, for the economy and for individual businesses. Just in the U.S., the car puts up for grab some $2 trillion a year in revenue and even more market cap. It creates business opportunities that dwarf Google’s current search-based business and unleashes existential challenges to market leaders across numerous industries, including car makers, auto insurers, energy companies and others that share in car-related revenue.
    2. DIY BioPrinter (Instructables) — Think of it as 3D printing, but with squishier ingredients! How to piggyback on inkjet printer technology to print with your own biomaterials. It’s an exciting time for biohackery: FOO Ewan Birney is kicking ass and taking names, he was just involved in a project storing and retrieving data from DNA.
    3. Parsley — open-sourced forms validation library in Javascript.
    4. ADAMS — open sourced workflow tool for machine learning, from the excellent people at Waikato who brought you WEKA. ADAMS = Advanced Data mining And Machine learning System.

    January 07 2013

    Industrial Internet links: smart cities return, pilotless commercial aircraft, and more

    Mining the urban data (The Economist) — The “smart city” hype cycle has moved beyond ambitious top-down projects and has started to produce useful results: real-time transit data in London, smart meters in Amsterdam. The next step, if Singapore has its way, may be real-time optimization of things like transit systems.

    This is your ground pilot speaking (The Economist) — Testing is underway to bring drone-style remotely-piloted aircraft into broader civilian use. One challenge: building in enough on-board intelligence to operate the plane safely if radio links go down.

    How GE’s over $100 billion investment in ‘industrial internet’ will add $15 trillion to world GDP (Economic Times) — A broad look at what the industrial Internet means in the context of big data, including interviews with Tim O’Reilly, DJ Patil and Kenn Cukier. (Full disclosure: GE and O’Reilly are collaborating on an industrial Internet series.)

    Defining a Digital Network for Building-to-Cloud Efficiency (GreentechEnterprise) — “Eventually, the building will become an IT platform for managing energy a bit like we manage data today. But to get there, you don’t just have to make fans, chillers, lights, backup generators, smart load control circuits and the rest of a building’s hardware smart enough to act as IT assets. A platform — software that ties these disparate devices into the multiple, overlapping technical and economic models that help humans decide how to manage their building — is also required.”


    This is a post in our industrial Internet series, an ongoing exploration of big machines and big data. The series is produced as part of a collaboration between O’Reilly and GE.

    November 28 2012

    Four short links: 28 November 2012

    1. Moral Machinesit will no longer be optional for machines to have ethical systems. Your car is speeding along a bridge at fifty miles per hour when errant school bus carrying forty innocent children crosses its path. Should your car swerve, possibly risking the life of its owner (you), in order to save the children, or keep going, putting all forty kids at risk? If the decision must be made in milliseconds, the computer will have to make the call. (via BoingBoing)
    2. Hystrixa latency and fault tolerance library designed to isolate points of access to remote systems, services and 3rd party libraries, stop cascading failure and enable resilience in complex distributed systems where failure is inevitable. More information. (via Tom Loosemore)
    3. Offline First: A Better HTML5 Experience — can’t emphasize how important it is to have offline functionality for the parts of the world that don’t have blanket 3G/LTE/etc coverage. (280 south from SF, for example).
    4. Disaster of Biblical Proportions (Business Insider) — impressive collection of graphs and data showing commodity prices indicate our species is living beyond its means.

    July 31 2012

    Four short links: 31 July 2012

    1. Christchurch’s Shot at Being Innovation Central (Idealog) — Christchurch, rebuilding a destroyed CBD after earthquakes, has released plans for the new city. I hope there’s budget for architects and city developers to build visible data, sensors, etc. so the Innovation Precinct doesn’t become the Tech Ghetto.
    2. Torque Pro (Google Play Store) — a vehicle / car performance/diagnostics tool and scanner that uses an OBD II Bluetooth adapter to connect to your OBD2 engine management/ECU. Can lay out out your dashboards, track performance via GPS, and more. (via Steve O’Grady)
    3. Drone Pilots (NY Times) — at the moment, the stories are all about the technology helping our boys valiantly protecting the nation. Things will get interesting when the new technology is used against us (we just saw the possibility of this with 3D printing guns). (via Dave Pell)
    4. Avalon (GitHub) — A cloud based translation and localization utility for Python which combines human and machine translation. There’s also a how-to. (via Brian McConnell)

    June 19 2012

    Four short links: 19 June 2012

    1. Mobile Maps (Luke Wroblewski) -- In the US, Google gets about 31 million users a month on its Maps app on iOS. On average those users spend more than 75 minutes apiece in the app each month.
    2. The Importance of Public Traffic Data (Anil Dash) -- Bill Gates and Paul Allen's first collaboration was a startup called Traf-O-Data, which recorded and analyzed traffic at intersections in their hometown using custom-built devices along with some smart software. Jack Dorsey's first successful application was a platform for dispatch routing, designed to optimize the flow of cars by optimizing the flow of information. It's easy to see these debates as being about esoteric "open data" battles with governments and big corporations. But it matters because the work we do to build our cities directly drives the work we do to build our communities online.
    3. Mozilla Thimble -- Write and edit HTML and CSS right in your browser. Instantly preview your work. Then host and share your finished pages with a single click.
    4. Design of the Guardian iPad App (Mark Porter) -- thoughtful analysis of the options and ideas behind the new Guardian iPad app. Unlike the iPhone and Android apps, which are built on feeds from the website, this one actually recycles the already-formatted newspaper pages. A script analyses the InDesign files from the printed paper and uses various parameters (page number, physical area and position that a story occupies, headline size, image size etc) to assign a value to the story. The content is then automatically rebuilt according to those values in a new InDesign template for the app. (via Josh Porter)

    November 21 2011

    Four short links: 21 November 2011

    1. Steve Jobs in Early NeXT Days (YouTube) -- documentary footage of the early retreats at NeXT, where Jobs talks about plans and priorities. Very interesting to watch this knowing how the story ends. I'm astonished by how well Jobs spoke, even then, and delighted by the glimpses of impatience and dismissiveness. I wonder where the raw footage went. (via The Next Web)
    2. Cotton Candy Prototype -- an Android-running computer on a USB stick. Plug it in, use the software on the stick to talk to the onboard OS, and you're off. The ease of carrying your systems and data with you like this is the only long-term challenge I can see to the convenience of cloud storage of your digital life. For more details see Laptop Mag.
    3. Clayton Christensen on Short-Sighted Pursuit of Profits (Forbes) -- love this quote from an overseas semiconductor manufacturer: You Americans measure profitability by a ratio. There's a problem with that. No banks accept deposits denominated in ratios.
    4. Ford Just Became a Software Company (Information Week) -- Ford are shipping memory sticks with software upgrades to the touchscreen computer in their cars. This is the future of manufacturing: your physical products will need software, which will for your business to have software competencies you haven't begun to dream of. Business opportunity?

    May 10 2011

    Four short links: 10 May 2011

    1. ODB to iPhone Converter -- hardware to connect to your car's onboard computer and display it on an iPhone app. (via Imran Ali)
    2. Multitasking Brains (Wired) -- interesting pair of studies: old brains have trouble recovering from distractions; hardcore multitaskers have trouble focusing. (via Stormy Peters)
    3. Social Privacy -- Danah Boyd draft paper on teens' attitudes to online privacy. Interesting take on privacy as about power: This incident does not reveal that teens don't understand privacy, but rather that they lack the agency to assert social norms and expect that others will respect them. (via Maha Shaikh)
    4. Cool but Obscure Unix Tools -- there were some new tricks for this old dog (iftop, socat). (via Andy Baio)

    November 29 2010

    Four short links: 29 November 2010

    1. Building a New Culture of Thinking and Learning (Vimeo) -- interesting farewell lecture from a university physicist disillusioned with the state of teaching. He went on to work on skateboarding video games. (via Kevin Marks)
    2. The Road Printer (BLDGBLOG) -- a machine that lays cobblestone roads, looking remarkably like a printer as it does so. Not the future, but a whiff of it. (via Brenda Wallace)
    3. Watersheds in Communications Security (Bruce Schneier) -- Whit talked about three watersheds in modern communications security. The first was the invention of the radio. [...] The second watershed was shared computing. [...] The third watershed is cloud computing, or whatever you want to call the general trend of outsourcing computation. The punchline: Diffie's final point is that we're entering an era of unprecedented surveillance possibilities. It doesn't matter if people encrypt their communications, or if they encrypt their data in storage. As long as they have to give their data to other people for processing, it will be possible to eavesdrop on. Of course the methods will change, but the result will be an enormous trove of information about everybody.
    4. John's Phone -- a critical look at an elegant approach to mobile phones. it's not a smart phone, it's not a dumb phone, it's the phone equivalent of a snappy dresser who's great to talk to but who doesn't do much. Proof, however, that there are many design surprises left in the phone world. The iPhone 4 is not the final coming of the JesusPhone.

    November 10 2010

    November 09 2010

    Local government: data supplier

    What are Skip Newberry's lessons learned from a regional approach to open data and civic apps? Newberry, who serves as economic development policy adviser to Portland, Ore. mayor Sam Adams, offered practical insights that other cities can apply to their own open data initiatives during his Ignite Gov talk at the Government Open Source Conference (GOSCON).

    "In the near future, collaboration among different jurisdictions in standardizing data across local, county, state, and international boundaries will pose significant challenges," said Newberry. "I do not think these are insurmountable."

    His talk, embedded below, focused on the open data and app design contest in the Portland area called Civic Apps.

    Newberry is well placed to speak to the progress of Portland's initiatives involving software and digital media. Last year, he helped to draft an open source procurement and open data policy that was subsequently adopted by the Portland City Council.

    Open government and civic innovation were on display at an awards ceremony the day after Newberry spoke. Among the winners of the second round of Civic Apps awards, Loqi.me stood out for its potential for broader use in crisis or disaster response around the country or world.

    Will open data initiatives in Portland lead to more economic activity and improve the life of citizens? Mayor Adams believes so. "In Portland, like I think most cities, when people are armed with knowledge, they make wiser choices," Adams said in an interview at the awards ceremony. He pointed toward PDX Bus as an example of innovation that helps citizens better navigate the city.

    "We are seeing folks that are sole proprietorships hire folks to help them build their business, their app business, their online business with our data sets," Adams said. "For us, data has always been there, in some cases for decades. Putting it to use for the public and helping people make money while they do it -- we intend to be the open source capitol of the nation -- and this is one contribution we can make, with our data sets."


    November 04 2010

    Four short links: 4 November 2010

    1. The Journey (Matt Jones) -- an incredible reimagining of what travel could be if we used technology subtly, playfully, and helpfully. This is beautiful and brilliant. Read the explanation of the different elements in the video, there's a month's worth of sparking ideas in just a few paragraphs.
    2. Incidental Media (Jack Schulze) -- beautiful playful visual demonstration of what happens when surfaces are active but do not claim our full attention. From the same BERG London work that prompted The Journey above. I don't normally put two links to the same site in the one edition of Four Short Links, but these are both mindbuggeringly good.
    3. 1st Fans Shifts to Meetup -- Brooklyn Museum's online connection to their community moves from Facebook+Twitter to Meetup. There's a wonderfully honest and informative explanation of why the two big social sites didn't work for them. Great to see them sharing what they learned.
    4. HTTP Cookies, or How Not To Design a Protocol -- detailed deconstruction of the deeply broken state of web site cookies. (via Matt Biddulph on Delicious)

    January 14 2010

    Four short links: 15 January 2010

    1. The Open Laboratory -- collection of the best science writing on blogs from the last year. For more, see an interview with the author. Part of a growing trend where online comes first and feeds offline. (via sciblogs)
    2. Nat Friedman Leaving Novell -- one of the original Ximian founders, with interests in many directions and the coding chops to make them real. He'll found another startup, topic as yet unknown, which will be one to watch.
    3. Bruce Sterling's State of the World 2010 -- sometimes funny, often thought-provoking, always interesting. Americans really want and need and desire a Futuristic Vision Thing, they get all lonesome and moody without one, but it's absolutely gotta be one of those good-old-fashioned American Futuristic Vision Things, just like the Americans had in the 1950s when everybody else was still on fire from total war and cleaning up the death camps.
    4. MTA Releases Data -- NYC finally releases transit data, free for developers to reuse. (via timoreilly on Twitter)

    June 11 2008

    TERRA 432: Cars, Critters, Culverts PREVIEW

    Highways are a major cause of wildlife mortality in the United States, but the use of tunnels as safe thoroughfares for animals mitigates that threat, while increasing safety for motorists as well. Take a scenic tour of Montana's roadways with a wildlife biologist who studies roadkill, a highway engineer, and two young activists in "Cars, Critters, Culverts"!
    TERRA 432: Cars, Critters, Culverts

    Highways are a major cause of wildlife mortality in the United States, but the use of tunnels as safe thoroughfares for animals mitigates that threat, while increasing safety for motorists as well. Take a scenic tour of Montana's roadways with a wildlife biologist who studies roadkill, a highway engineer, and two young activists in "Cars, Critters, Culverts"!

    June 04 2008

    TERRA 431: Crazy Dream PREVIEW

    Steve Titus has what he calls a 'hobby gone awry.’ His solo garage project, self-funded and self-improvised, is to change the world by designing the ‘Solar Bug’ – a prototype for a combination ATV and solar electric car. Steve joins a long lineage of tinkerers, experimenters, and resourceful inventors who have pioneered ideas in their backyard pursuit of a more sustainable and society. The ultimate message is this: if you are passionate about an idea, start today, don’t hold back, and leave your naysayers in the dust.
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