Detailed Turing test

15/11/2010 @ 20:00 UTC

nelson : Detailed Turing test - Guy plays 2 poker hands / second. PokerStars investigates, and even with someone standing there watching him have a hard time being sure he's human

Andy Baio : PokerStars investigates a human that plays poker like a machine - a detailed Turing test including in-person observation  [via]

Girl Talk releases All Day

15/11/2010 @ 20:00 UTC

Andy Baio : Girl Talk releases All Day - questionably licensed under Creative Commons; sample list, and mirrors at Sendspace and Mediafire

Rod Begbie : GIRL TALK - ALL DAY - New Girl Talk album, free to download. Similar to his previous work, which is both a good thing, and mildly disappointing. #

mathowielove

12/11/2010 @ 18:00 UTC

nelson : mathowielove - A community's response when a loved member had a serious illness

Andy Baio : #mathowielove - archive of the tweets from Matt Haughey's brain tumor scare

Facebook ephemera

9/11/2010 @ 00:01 UTC

nelson : Facebook ephemera - Field notes about teenagers who use Facebook in an unusual way, not allowing persistent offline updates

Andy Baio : danah boyd on teens' unorthodox use of Facebook - deactivating accounts or deleting every posting regularly, persistence isn't vital for participation

Eric Meyer : Risk Reduction Strategies on Facebook - As usual, those coming up devise sensible working strategies that would never have occurred and may seem alien to their elders.

TorrentFreak rounds up record-breaking BitTorrent files

7/11/2010 @ 19:00 UTC

Andy Baio : TorrentFreak rounds up record-breaking BitTorrent files - the biggest, oldest, most seeded, most files, and most data transferred  [via]

nelson : 5 torrent records - Largest, oldest, most popular torrent files ever

Up, not North - Automatypewriter

1/11/2010 @ 06:00 UTC

deusx : Up, not North - Automatypewriter - "The Automatypewriter is a typewriter that can type by itself: It can also detect what’s being typed on it. It can be used to send text to and/or receive text from a computer via USB. It was designed as a platform for playing interactive fiction g

Andy Baio : Automatypewriter - Arduino typewriter that plays interactive fiction games  [via]

Rod Begbie : Automatypewriter - Old school electric typewriter, rejiggered to automatically type and read your typed input, so you can play Zork.  #

MapCrunch

30/10/2010 @ 01:00 UTC

nelson : MapCrunch - Nice randomized Google Street View images

Andy Baio : MapCrunch - teleport to a random Street View location

philgyford : MapCrunch - Random Google Street View - Really simple idea, everyone's linking to it, and it's still very lovely. Instant momentary holiday.

Yelp Engineering Blog: mrjob: Distributed Computing for Everybody

30/10/2010 @ 01:00 UTC

joshua : Yelp Engineering Blog: mrjob: Distributed Computing for Everybody

Simon Willison : mrjob: Distributed Computing for Everybody - mrjob: Distributed Computing for Everybody. Yelp use MapReduce with Hadoop (running on Amazon’s EMR service) to power all sorts of interesting features on the site, including spelling suggestions, review highlights, top searches and “people who view

Using MySQL as a NoSQL - A story for exceeding 750,000 qps on a commodity server

28/10/2010 @ 01:00 UTC

Simon Willison : Using MySQL as a NoSQL - A story for exceeding 750,000 qps on a commodity server - Using MySQL as a NoSQL—A story for exceeding 750,000 qps on a commodity server. Very interesting approach: much of the speed difference between MySQL/InnoDB and memcached is due to the overhead involved in parsing and processing SQL, so the team at De

Jeremy Zawodny : Yoshinori Matsunobu's blog: Using MySQL as a NoSQL - A story for exceeding 750,000 qps on a commodity server - Yoshinori Matsunobu's blog: Using MySQL as a NoSQL - A story for exceeding 750,000 qps on a commodity server: that kicks ass

Firesheep

25/10/2010 @ 09:00 UTC

Rod Begbie : Firesheep - This is A Big Deal. Makes stealing session cookies from other computers on your local network as easy as clicking a button. Will be interesting to see how big sites respond. Are we finally going to see HTTPS deployed on all pages? [via#

Simon Willison : Firesheep - Firesheep. Oh wow. A Firefox extension that makes sniffing for insecured (non-HTTPS) cookie requests on your current WiFi network and logging in as that person a case of clicking a couple of buttons. Always possible of course, but it’s never been made [via]

cobra libre : firesheep - A proof-of-concept tool that makes HTTP session hijacking over a local network quite easy. E.g., you can use this to steal another person's Facebook, Amazon, Twitter, or Flickr account. I used it to discover that I'm the only one at the office not worki #

Andy Baio : Firesheep, simple session hijacking on public networks for Firefox - the ethics of making it easy for non-techies to spoof Twitter/Facebook/etc accounts is being hotly debated

MuckRock

22/10/2010 @ 01:00 UTC

Andy Baio : MuckRock - tool to browse, track, and facilitate FOIA requests

joshua : Muckrock | file FOIA requests - file FOIA requests

Backbone.js

13/10/2010 @ 19:00 UTC

Simon Willison : Backbone.js - Backbone.js. As should be expected for a DocumentCloud project, Backbone is a concise, elegant and educational take on the JavaScript MVC pattern. Depends on Underscore.js and plays well with jQuery.

philgyford : Backbone.js - What looks like a lovely way to structure large JavaScript projects into an MVC structure. (via Simon Willison)

joshua : Backbone.js

Adam Saltsman breaks down the mechanics of Canabalt

13/10/2010 @ 03:00 UTC

Andy Baio : Adam Saltsman breaks down the mechanics of Canabalt - when the game starts, the character's running over 20 miles per hour in game scale

Simon Willison : Tuning Canabalt - Tuning Canabalt. Fascinating insight in to the game parameter tuning needed to make a game feel just right.

OK Cupid crunches the numbers on the gay vs. straight divide

12/10/2010 @ 20:00 UTC

Andy Baio : OK Cupid crunches the numbers on the gay vs. straight divide - debunking stereotypes about both orientations, and confirming some others

cobra libre : OkCupid: Gay Sex vs. Straight Sex: The Data - A few surprises, such as: "The Stuff Straight Men Like: Law Enforcement" #

nelson : OkCupid: Gay vs Straight - Another pop-sociology survey

chmod -x chmod

10/10/2010 @ 01:00 UTC

Jeremy Zawodny : chmod -x chmod - chmod -x chmod: a bunch of great hacks for fixing a broken chmod

nelson : chmod -x chmod - Hysterical slides for solving a silly syadmin problem

MongoDB lead's postmortem on Foursquare's extended downtime

8/10/2010 @ 22:00 UTC

Andy Baio : MongoDB lead's postmortem on Foursquare's extended downtime - in short, not really a Mongo problem; they weren't monitoring and hit RAM limits

nelson : MongoDB 4SQ postmortem - Great story of how a system can fail. Takeaway lesson: "fit everything in RAM" is awesome until it fails

How the Glif iPhone stand went from bits to atoms

8/10/2010 @ 21:00 UTC

Andy Baio : How the Glif iPhone stand went from bits to atoms - free CAD software, short-run 3D printing and injection-moulding, and Kickstarter to fund it all

joshua : Small-scale production: An atom-based product, developed in bits | The Economist

Schneier on Stuxnet

8/10/2010 @ 20:00 UTC

nelson : Schneier on Stuxnet - Good, sober overview of what we know about Stuxnet and what is speculation

Simon Willison : Schneier on Stuxnet - Schneier on Stuxnet. Stuxnet now rivals Wikileaks as the real life plot most likely to have leaked from science fiction.

CyanogenMod | Android Community Rom based on FroYo.

7/10/2010 @ 05:00 UTC

Jeremy Zawodny : CyanogenMod | Android Community Rom based on FroYo. - CyanogenMod | Android Community Rom based on FroYo.: ooh, I could put this on my droid for lots of extra features.. tempting

nelson : CyanogenMod - Third party Android firmware

Hijacking HTTP traffic on your home subnet using ARP and iptables - System administration and sof...

6/10/2010 @ 21:00 UTC

Jeremy Zawodny : Hijacking HTTP traffic on your home subnet using ARP and iptables - System administration and software blog - Hijacking HTTP traffic on your home subnet using ARP and iptables - System administration and software blog: fun with ARP and proxying

deusx : Ksplice » Hijacking HTTP traffic on your home subnet using ARP and iptables - System administration and software blog - "Let’s talk about how to hijack HTTP traffic on your home subnet using ARP and iptables. It’s an easy and fun way to harass your friends, family, or flatmates while exploring the networking protocols."

xkcd's updated Map of Online Communities

6/10/2010 @ 08:00 UTC

Andy Baio : xkcd's updated Map of Online Communities - view it large

Rod Begbie : xkcd: Online Communities 2 - Just glorious. The lifeboats from Digg to Reddit are a nice touch. #

Cruel online comment prompts reporter to eulogize hit-and-run victim

2/10/2010 @ 18:00 UTC

cobra libre : Cruel online comment prompts reporter to eulogize hit-and-run victim - "Shortly after the St. Petersburg Times announced Mr. Smith's death on its website, a reader posted a comment stating the following: A man who is working as a dishwasher at the Crab Shack at the age of 48 is surely better off dead.... Though hardly unusua [via#

Andy Baio : St. Petersburg Times' wonderful obit, written in response to anonymous online troll - touching article about a 48-year-old dishwasher's life

Why Wesabe Lost to Mint

1/10/2010 @ 17:00 UTC

nelson : Why Wesabe Lost to Mint - Amazing analysis of how a couple of product mistakes at a startup can hurt growth

Rod Begbie : Why Wesabe Lost to Mint - Insightful postmortem on Wesabe. Working out what lessons I need to learn from this. #

Andy Baio : Marc Hedlund on why Wesabe lost to Mint - learning from a startup failure

Florida housing

30/09/2010 @ 21:00 UTC

nelson : Florida housing - Great selection of overhead photos of metastasis

philgyford : Human landscapes in SW Florida - The Big Picture - Boston.com - Every single aerial photo is stunning, go look. Photos of housing developments, many undeveloped. I wouldn't want to live in any of them. (via Kottke)

8 Bit Wood

29/09/2010 @ 07:00 UTC

Andy Baio : 8 Bit Wood - lovely pixel art sculpture, coming soon to Etsy

joshua : 8 BIT WOOD | serving all your wooden pixel needs

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