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Stop hacking random stuff. It’s getting trivial.

Sep 30, 2014 3:37 PM
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I was gratified to read Dave Aitel’s rant about junk hacking last week [via Peter Lewis and abridged below]: “Yes, we get it. Cars, boats, buses, and those singing fish plaques are all hackable and have no security. Most conferences these … (translate)

What Amazon, iTunes, and Uber teach us about Apple Pay

Sep 30, 2014 1:38 PM
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Something’s been nagging at me about Apple Pay, and the hype about it. The Apple-Pay web page gushes: “Gone are the days of searching for your wallet. The wasted moments finding the right card. The swiping and waiting. Now payments … (translate)

Four short links: 30 September 2014

Sep 30, 2014 11:37 AM
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Continuously Testing Infrastructure — “infrastructure as code”. I can’t figure out whether what I feel are thrills or chills. Engineer Sees Big Possibilities in Micro-robots, Including Programmable Bees (National Geographic) — He and fellow researchers devised novel techniques to fabricate, … (translate)

Four short links: 29 September 2014

Sep 29, 2014 11:34 AM
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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 … (translate)

Python 3: threat or menace?

Sep 26, 2014 1:36 PM
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I wish I still had my copy of this: a Harvard Lampoon parody of Life magazine from the sixties, displaying a picture of a flying saucer and the ominous headline: “UFOs: Threat or Menace?”. I was reminded of this when … (translate)

Four short links: 26 September 2014

Sep 26, 2014 11:35 AM
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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 … (translate)

Four short links: 25 September 2014

Sep 25, 2014 11:34 AM
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NGA Releases Hi-Res Elevation Data — 30-meter topographic data for the world. Soft Robotics — a collection of shared resources to support the design, fabrication, modeling, characterization, and control of soft robotic devices. From Harvard. OpenGov — In many domains, … (translate)

Scaling NoSQL databases: 5 tips for increasing performance

Sep 24, 2014 1:36 PM
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Editor’s note: this post is a follow-up to a recent webcast, “Getting the Most Out of Your NoSQL DB,” by the post author, Alex Bordei. As product manager for Bigstep’s Full Metal Cloud, I work with a lot of amazing … (translate)

In pursuit of universal IoT standards

Sep 24, 2014 11:36 AM
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The first remotely operated domestic machine — a toaster — was connected to the Internet less than a quarter-century ago, in 1990. The Internet of Things (IoT) doubled in size a year later with the addition of a coffee pot. … (translate)

Four short links: 24 September 2014

Sep 24, 2014 11:36 AM
Rating: (Total Clicks 9)

Introducing Heroku DX — instrumentation is now a must-have for platforms. Practical Lessons in Code Review — for every “gosh you should do this!” practice, I’m fascinated by the myriad “it just works better if you approach it like this” … (translate)

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