Monday, 1 September 2014

Four short links: 1 September 2014

Sibyl: Google’s System for Large Scale Machine Learning (YouTube) — keynote at DSN2014 acting as an intro to Sibyl. (via KD Nuggets) Bitrot from 1997 — That’s 205 failures, an actual link rot figure of 91%, not 57%. That leaves …



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Sunday, 31 August 2014

Feynman Lectures Released Free Online

Anna Merikin writes In 1964, Richard Feynman delivered a series of seven hour-long lectures at Cornell University which were recorded by the BBC, and in 2009 (with a little help from Bill Gates), were released to the public. The three-volume set may be the most popular collection of physics books ever written, and now the complete online edition has been made available in HTML 5 through a collaboration between Caltech (where Feyman first delivered these talks, in the early 1960s) and The Feynman Lectures Website. The online edition is "high quality up-to-date copy of Feynman's legendary lectures," and, thanks to the implementation of scalable vector graphics, "has been designed for ease of reading on devices of any size or shape; text, figures and equations can all be zoomed without degradation." Volume I deals mainly with mechanics, radiation and heat; Volume II with electromagnetism and matter; and Volume III with quantum mechanics. Last year we told you when Volume I was made available. It's great to see the rest added.

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Friday, 29 August 2014

Build Trust with Others Using the Johari Window Model

Build Trust with Others Using the Johari Window Model


Teams work best together when the individuals trust each other, but building trust can be difficult. The Johari Window model is a tool you and another party can use to share information about yourselves in order to build stronger, more trusting relationships.


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Software Error Caused Soyuz/Galileo Failure

schwit1 writes An investigation into the recent failed Soyuz launch of the EU's Galileo satellites has found that the Russian Fregat upper stage fired correctly, but its software was programmed for the wrong orbit. From the article: "The failure of the European Union’s Galileo satellites to reach their intended orbital position was likely caused by software errors in the Fregat-MT rocket’s upper-stage, Russian newspaper Izvestia reported Thursday. 'The nonstandard operation of the integrated management system was likely caused by an error in the embedded software. As a result, the upper stage received an incorrect flight assignment, and, operating in full accordance with the embedded software, it has delivered the units to the wrong destination,' an unnamed source from Russian space Agency Roscosmos was quoted as saying by the newspaper."

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Thursday, 28 August 2014

Leap Motion gets a head-mounted upgrade, becomes a VR controller

Device gives you VR-glove-like functionality without the gloves.



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Four short links: 28 August 2014

PlotDevice — A Python-based graphics language for designers, developers, and tinkerers. More in the easy-to-get-started + visual realm, like Processing. (via Andy Baio) Scumblr and Sketchy Search — Netflix open sourcing some scraping, screenshot, and workflow tools their security team …



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What happened to Motorola

Getting outflanked by tech upstarts, hacked in two by a fearsome corporate raider, and finally taken over in part by a Chinese company that exists largely because of the world Motorola made for it: Such a fate would have been unthinkable 20 years ago. Motorola was then one of America's greatest companies, having racked up a stunning record of innovation that continually spawned new businesses, which in turn created enormous wealth. Motorola had the vision to invest in China long before most multinational companies. It even developed Six Sigma, a rigorous process for improving quality that would be embraced by management gurus and change the way companies nearly everywhere operate. However, as the history of many giant corporations (Lehman Brothers, General Motors) shows, great success can lead to great trouble. Interviews with key players in and around Motorola and its spinoffs indicate that the problems began when management jettisoned a powerful corporate culture that had been inculcated over decades. When healthy internal competition degenerated into damaging infighting. "I loved most of my time there," says Mike DiNanno, a former controller of several Motorola divisions, who worked at the company from 1984 to 2003. "But I hated the last few years." Very detailed in-depth look at the rise and fall of Motorola.



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Titan – A Scalable Distributed Graph Database

Titan is a scalable graph database optimized for storing and querying graphs containing hundreds of billions of vertices and edges distributed across a multi-machine cluster. Titan is a transactional database that can support thousands of concurrent users executing complex graph traversals in real time. Requirements: - Demo: http://ift.tt/17xv6je License: Apache 2.0 License


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Wednesday, 27 August 2014

30 Stunning Business Cards for Your Inspiration

Stunning business cards are very important identity for anyone who is working or owns a business. If you are a web designer, the business card can be your website identity to any client. It works as a bridge between you and your customers and creates a good and lasting impression. Like your website, business cards […]



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Four short links: 27 August 2014

Discourse turns 1.0 — community/forum software that doesn’t suck. Programmable Matter (IEEE Spectrum) — recap of where research is going in this area. Liquibase — source control for your database. Apache 2.0 licensed. A Few Useful Things to Know About …



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Heatmap.js v2.0 – Dynamic Heatmaps for the Web

Heatmap.js makes dynamic heatmaps for the web. This JavaScript library will help you make your 3 dimensional data speak up. Use heatmap.js v2.0 to add new value to your project, build a business based on it, study and visualize user behaviour, and much more. Heatmap.js v2.0 is the most advanced heatmap visualization library on the [...]


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Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Google buys Zync for large scale cloud rendering

To beef up its cloud platform with more specialized packages, Google is acquiring Zync for its large scale rendering service for movie special effects, called Zync Render.

















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Bliki: MaturityModel

Four short links: 26 August 2014

The Poisoned NUL Byte, 2014 Edition (Project Zero) — from Google’s public security efforts, this detailed public description of how an exploit was constructed from a found vulnerability. They’re helping. Kudos! Myths About the Coming Robot Economy (Eric Sofge) — …



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Create Website for YouTube and Vimeo Automatically

Cinematico is a free (open source), simple, elegant, customizable and automatic website solution for your YouTube or Vimeo account, channel or playlist. To get started, download Cinematico, upload to any PHP compatible server and run the setup with no database required. Cinematico will automatically update your site whenever you publish new videos. It doesn’t take [...]


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Duo – Next Generation Package Manager for Frontend

Duo is a next-generation package manager that blends the best ideas from Component, Browserify and Go to make organizing and writing front-end code quick and painless. Duo was designed from the ground up to grow alongside your application, making your three main workflows incredibly simple: Creating quick proof of concepts, writing modular components, building large [...]


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Amazon acquires Twitch.tv

Everybody thought it would be Google, but it's actually Amazon. Today, I'm pleased to announce we've been acquired by Amazon. We chose Amazon because they believe in our community, they share our values and long-term vision, and they want to help us get there faster. We're keeping most everything the same: our office, our employees, our brand, and most importantly our independence. But with Amazon's support we'll have the resources to bring you an even better Twitch. Most of the times some hot startup gets acquired it's some vague nonsense I don't care about, but Twitch - Twitch I care about. I use it almost every day, and seeing it in the hands of a company with zero presence in my home country and no history with video, streaming (like I said, Amazon has no presence here), or gaming makes me uneasy. Twitch is one of the very rare cases where I would have actually preferred Google - or better put, YouTube - buy it. Google+ is by no universally accepted as a mistake, Google is backtracking from it, so that most likely would not have been an issue. The combination Twitch+YouTube looked great on paper - much better than Amazon+Twitch. This acquisition has me worried for the future of Twitch.



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