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Four short links: 22 July 2014

Jul 22, 2014 11:13 AM
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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 … (translate)

Online communities could benefit from the power of offline meetings

Jul 22, 2014 11:13 AM
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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 … (translate)

Transparency and transformation at PayPal

Jul 21, 2014 11:37 AM
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Three years ago, PayPal was growing exponentially, staying profitable and was considered the most successful online payments company in the world. This should have been the recipe of a company that was attracting top talent across the globe, and keeping … (translate)

Four short links: 21 July 2014

Jul 21, 2014 11:37 AM
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nupic (github) -GPL v3-licensed ode from Numenta, at last. See their patent position. Robocup — soccer robotics contest, condition of entry is that all codes are open sourced after the contest. (via The Economist) Security Data Science Paper Collection — … (translate)

A good nudge trumps a good prediction

Jul 18, 2014 11:36 AM
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Editor’s note: this is part of our investigation into analytic models and best practices for their selection, deployment, and evaluation. We all know that a working predictive model is a powerful business weapon. By translating data into insights and subsequent … (translate)

Four short links: 18 July 2014

Jul 18, 2014 11:36 AM
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Questions to Ask when Reviewing a Design (GDS) — GDS made stickers, but I might just put this in poster form on the wall. They missed, “can you make it pop?” though. Saturated — wonderfully unsubdued web palette for prototyping. … (translate)

Designing real vegan cheese

Jul 17, 2014 3:34 PM
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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 … (translate)

Four short links: 17 July 2014

Jul 17, 2014 1:34 PM
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Misjudgements Will Drive Social Trials Underground (Nature) — 34 ethicists write to explain why they see Facebook’s mood-influence trials as not an egregious breach of either ethics or law. Notable: No one knows whether exposure to a stream of baby … (translate)

Next-generation Web apps with full stack JavaScript

Jul 16, 2014 9:33 PM
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Since its introduction, JavaScript was often seen as a limited object-oriented language that had many “bad” parts. The situation today is almost the opposite. In competition with Java, C#, and Ruby, JavaScript is developing one of the largest ecosystems for … (translate)

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

Jul 16, 2014 11:34 AM
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“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 … (translate)

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