Links from 2012-03-10

2011-07-16 How Wired Magazine Tried (And Failed) To Help The US Government Frame Julian Assange | WL Central

Why would Wired with-hold this critically important information, unless they were actively co-operating with US agents trying to fabricate charges against Assange? Given that Lamo had notified authorities of Manning’s alleged actions while still continuing to chat with him, it’s logical to assume the Feds would have wanted to censor any published details. Wired appears to have willingly complied. The full transcripts also destroy whatever shreds remain of Adrian Lamo’s tattered reputation. The ex-hacker - who has been described as „the FBI’s star witness against WikiLeaks” - deliberately deceived Manning from the beginning, then lied repeatedly to have the public believe that he didn’t. He claimed to be both a journalist and a minister, repeatedly assuring Manning that their conversations were „never to be published”. Why would Wired redact these portions of the transcripts, expect to maintain the illusion that Lamo is a credible source?

Stephen Wolfram Blog : The Personal Analytics of My Life

One day I’m sure everyone will routinely collect all sorts of data about themselves. But because I’ve been interested in data for a very long time, I started doing this long ago. I actually assumed lots of other people were doing it too, but apparently they were not. And so now I have what is probably one of the world’s largest collections of personal data. Every day—in an effort at “self awareness”—I have automated systems send me a few emails about the day before. But even though I’ve been accumulating data for years—and always meant to analyze it—I’ve never actually gotten around to doing it. But with Mathematica and the automated data analysis capabilities we just released in Wolfram|Alpha Pro, I thought now would be a good time to finally try taking a look—and to use myself as an experimental subject for studying what one might call “personal analytics”.

The Collapse of Print Advertising in 1 Graph - Derek Thompson - Business - The Atlantic

Call it creative if you want, but this is what economic destruction looks like. Print newspaper ads have fallen by two-thirds from $60 billion in the late-1990s to $20 billion in 2011.

Programming Is Like Dancing - dan shipper

My theory is this: programming is kind of like dancing. The product isn’t eternal but the moment is. The feeling isn’t lasting but it’s worth chasing. Programming is a state. It’s a way of thinking. Like dancers, we’re never not programmers. We never turn it off. We sit in front of the computer to shape the world around us. As programmers the moments spent coding are the essence of our lives. Patches of memories stitched together by code and hard work.

Grace Hopper Celebration 2012

The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing is a series of conferences designed to bring the research and career interests of women in computing to the forefront. Presenters are leaders in their respective fields, representing industrial, academic and government communities. Leading researchers present their current work, while special sessions focus on the role of women in today’s technology fields, including computer science, information technology, research and engineering.

Forgotten TODOs: ideas for contributing to open-source projects

I often talk to students that want to contribute to open-source projects, but just don’t have an idea what to work on. Here’s a tip if you’re in a similar situation (e.g. you want to apply for GSOC) : 1 git clone repository_url_of_some_open_source_project target_directory 2 grep -RIn TODO target_directory/* So, find the URL of the repository project you want to contribute to, checkout the repository using git/mercurial/svn and then find all the TODOs in the source code using grep.

You could have invented fractional cascading : Inside 233

Fractional cascading is a very useful transformation, used in a variety of contexts including layered range trees and 3D orthogonal range searching. In fact, it can be generalized in several ways. The first is that we can cascade some fixed fraction α of elements, rather than the 1/2 we did here. Additionally, we don’t have to limit ourselves to cascading up a list of arrays; we can cascade up an arbitrary graph, merging many lists together as long as we pick α to be less than 1/d, where d is the in-degree of the node.

Layer 8: New DARPA challenge wants unique algorithms for space applications

On March 28, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency will kick of another one of its highly successful challenges this time looking for teams or individuals to develop unique algorithms to control small satellites on-board the International Space Station. Specifically DARPA’s Zero Robotics Autonomous Space Capture Challenge wants skilled programmers from around the world to develop a fuel-optimal control algorithm. The algorithm must enable a satellite to accomplish a feat that’s very difficult to do autonomously: capture a space object that’s tumbling, spinning or moving in the opposite direction, the agency stated.

No Browser Left Behind: An HTML5 Adoption Strategy | the HTML5 Center

Before you make the decision to set a date in 2022 to take another look at HTML5, I ask that you read the rest of this article. My goal this month is to give you practical strategies for how you can adopt HTML5 technologies today without ending up with the kind of graceless degradation illustrated in Figure 2. In this article, I’ll cover: Feature detection versus user agent (UA) sniffing Polyfilling with JavaScript Graceful degradation

jQuery Blog » Announcing the jQuery Foundation

The jQuery Board, in conjunction with Software Freedom Conservancy, is proud to announce the formation of the jQuery Foundation, Inc., an independent organization that will manage jQuery, the Internet’s number one JavaScript library, and its constituent projects. The jQuery Board previously administered jQuery under the aegis of the Conservancy, a public charity that acts as a non-profit home for free software projects. The new jQuery Foundation is a non-profit trade association dedicated to supporting development of the jQuery Core, UI, and Mobile projects; providing jQuery documentation and support; and fostering the jQuery community.

Allen Wirfs-Brock: ‘JavaScript will be the canonical language for the next 20+ years’

Speaking at QCon London 2012 today, Mozilla Research Fellow Allen Wirfs-Brock laid out what he believes will be the future of the ECMAScript specification. Among the technical details, he included some broader thoughts about the role of JavaScript, predicting that the language will be “the canonical programming language for the next 20+ years.” Wirfs-Brock began with a familiar division of recent computing history into three stages: the ‘business computing’ era, dominated by mainframe systems from firms such as IBM; the ‘personal computing’ era, which was spearheaded by the grand Wintel alliance; and the ‘ambient computing’ era, a brave new browser-based world that has arisen over the past five-to-ten years. He emphasised the crucial foothold that JavaScript already has, and cited Richard Gabriel’s ‘worse is better’ maxim to explain why any young pretender to JS’s client-side crown (cough-Google Dart-cough) is unlikely to succeed.

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