The War On Crypto Terror

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information-awareness Governments are scared of software. This month, the Commerce Department proposed to classify “intrusion software” as dual-use civilian/military technology; the UK announced a law which will require “Google, Facebook and other internet giants” to “give British spies access to encrypted conversations”; and the Justice Department claimed APIs should be… Read More

Data Science: From Small to Big Data

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This Tuesday, I will be in Leuven (in Belgium) at the ACP meeting to give  a talk on Data Science: from Small to Big Data. The talk will take place in the Faculty Club from 6 till 8 pm. Slides can be found online (with animated pictures).
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R: Cohort Heatmap of Neo4j London Meetup

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A few months ago I had a go at doing some cohort analysis of the Neo4j London meetup group which was an interesting experiment but unfortunately resulted in a chart that was completely illegible.

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A few months ago I had a go at doing some cohort analysis of the Neo4j London meetup group which was an interesting experiment but…

Three Things I Expect From a Software Architect

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A software architect is a key person in a software project, which I explained in my What Does a Software Architect Do? post a few months ago. The architect is personally responsible for the technical quality of the product we’re developing. No matter how good the team is, how complex the technology is, how messy the requirements are, or how chaotic the project sponsor is, we blame the architect…

Fibonacci Number System

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Every positive integer can be written as the sum of distinct Fibonacci numbers. For example, 10 = 8 + 2, the sum of the fifth Fibonacci number and the second.

This decomposition is unique if you impose the extra requirement that consecutive Fibonacci numbers are not allowed. [1] It’s easy to see that the rule against consecutive Fibonacci numbers is necessary for…

Disney has killed the long-rumored Tron 3

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After a bevy of buzz was built for Tron 3, it seems the long-rumored installment is now no longer getting made. Disney has decided to stop moving forward with the movie, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Although deep down we knew Tron 3 was never officially greenlit, it seemed like a safe bet for the big screen once Tron: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski was reportedly in talks to direct. THR says production was scheduled to begin this fall, and it’s not clear why Disney made the decision it did.

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Graduate student responsible for retracted gay marriage study issues 23-page statement

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Earlier this week, Science retracted a highly publicized 2014 study that claimed contact with gay canvassers could change people’s minds about same-sex marriage. Now, one of the study’s authors, Michael LaCour, has responded to the retraction in the form of a 23-page essay and analysis that he sent to media watchdog iMediaEthics today.

LaCour, a graduate student at UCLA, uses the essay to counter the three key reasons Science gave for retracting the study, namely, “the misrepresentation of survey incentives, false statements of sponsorship,” and “the inability to produce original data.” The discrepancies were first discovered by David Broockman and Joshua Kalla, graduate students at UC Berkeley who were planning an extension of the…

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Smart jeans, tiny radar, and other crazy inventions from Google’s ATAP lab

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I/O is a show about the future of Google, and one of the best places to see what that could look like is from the company’s Advanced Technology and Projects group (ATAP). It’s the skull-and-bones, emblem-toting team behind modular smartphone Project Ara, and up until January was in charge of all-seeing 3D tablet experiment Project Tango. Unlike the rest of Google, ATAP is defined by its deliberate want to create and complete projects in short bursts, or else abandon them. It means that there’s a constant flow of new products and ideas that could either be the next big thing or end up too complex to make it out the door.

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Uber reveals plans for a giant glass headquarters in San Francisco

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It’s a rite of passage for so many tech companies: building their first wildly ambitious, kind of ridiculous, and generally stunning headquarters to accommodate a ballooning headcount as growth explodes. Uber is the latest to start working on a new HQ, and design mockups for the building were released this week.

Uber is planning a towering, two-building campus in San Francisco’s Mission Bay neighborhood with 423,000 square feet of office space — enough to fit over 3,000 people, reports SFGate. From the outside, the buildings look like glass warehouses: they’re almost entirely transparent aside from a series of steel beams outlining their edges. The two buildings, one rising up 11 stories and the other six stories, are connected by three…

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Should Your Uber Driver Know Exactly Where You Are? They Could Soon

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uber-location “Where are you? I’m outside. Do you see me? Where should I meet you?” These kinds of frustrating calls with your Uber driver could be a thing of the past. Today Uber updated its privacy policy, saying it will now ask to pull people’s exact location while the app is running in the foreground or background. You’ll have to decide whether that’s helpful… Read More

This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Google I/O

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gadgets150529 Google I/O blasted us in the face with news, mostly around the new and improved Android M. Greg was live at the Moscone Center in San Francisco the whole time and reported back to John and I (stuck in New York) as Matt continued the struggle with his microphone. Google Now on Tap, which reads the text on the screen and taps Google Now for relevant info, has Greg jazzed, as does… Read More

CrunchWeek: Path Found A Buyer, Google Overhauls Android, And What An Apple Car Might Look Like

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crunchweek-4-3 This has been quite the week in news. A bunch of tech companies got snatched up, including Path. The once Silicon Valley app darling just sold itself to some Korean company called Daum Kakao. Google IO kicked off with a bunch of reveals big and small. And rumor has it Apple is getting into the car business. Will we soon be driving giant iPhones? Find out all that and more with our host this… Read More

Lil Mama’s follow-up to Lip Gloss is a safe-sex anthem called ‘Sausage’

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Everyone’s favorite extreme lip gloss bragger is making a comeback.

Lil Mama’s new song is about always using a condom, the message concealed inside a hearty breakfast metaphor. Lil Mama released the video for the single, simply called “Sausage,” yesterday, and let me tell you, it is a joy both to hear and behold.

In the middle, her sister receives an acceptance letter to Yale. (Congrats!) Later Lil Mama asks us to call her Betty Crocker because she’s “cakin’.” There’s a lot going on. Not only does she keep her shade-throwing playful (“It’s funny how I asked y’all years ago whatcha know about me, and you still don’t know”), she invites a bunch of 12-year-old girls to help her.

The premise of the video is an extended flash…

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Salesforce Acquires Smart Calendar Startup Tempo, App Will Shut Down On June 30

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tempo.ai My favorite calendar app Tempo just announced that it has been acquired by Salesforce.com.
The company was incubated by SRI International, the birthplace of the voice-powered (and Apple acquired) assistant Siri. When Tempo launched two years ago, founder and CEO Raj Singh pitched it as another type of assistant, one that automatically brings up relevant information for your meetings. Read More

The Dread Pirate Roberts has a mom, and she’ll never stop fighting

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Today a judge sentenced Ross Ulbricht to life in prison for charges stemming from his involvement in the online underground marketplace Silk Road. Allowing its users to hide behind Bitcoin and the anonymous Tor network, Silk Road became a haven for the online drug trade before getting shuttered two years ago. Federal authorities named Ulbricht as the man behind “Dread Pirate Roberts,” the shadowy persona that masterminded the site.

The stork of Silk Road — and some of the still-unanswered questions surrounding the investigation into Ulbricht — caught the attention of Alex Winter, who’s transformed himself from the actor that once appeared in Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure into the director of movies like the Napster documentary D…

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