The CHAOS Report and #NoEstimates

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You know what’s the best way to start the year? Going over success rates of projects!

The Standish Group has been publishing the CHAOS report for more than twenty years now. I wasn’t surprised to find that they still use the same criteria for success and failure of projects. Here’s a summary of the CHAOS definition:
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The Cost of Laziness

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Recently I had a dispute with my colleagues regarding performance penalty of lazy vals in Scala. It resulted in a set of microbenchmarks which compare lazy and non-lazy vals performance. All the sources can be found at http://git.io/g3WMzA.

But before going to the benchmark results let’s try to understand what can cause the performance penalty.

For my JMH benchmark I created a very simple Scala…

Facebook’s European Privacy Class Action Hearing Set For April 9

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europe vs facebook class action Some developments on the class action suit filed against Facebook over alleged privacy violations in Europe. Europe vs. Facebook, the group that has filed the suit and now has 25,000 claimants in tow, has had its first hearing set for April 9, in a court in Vienna, marking the first time Facebook will appear in court over the violations. The class action covers a number of areas ranging… Read More

Official NFL highlights are coming to YouTube and Google search results

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You’ll be able to stream Super Bowl XLIX online for free next weekend, but it won’t be the only place you’ll be able to watch official footage of the game. Google has agreed a deal with the National Football League to show highlights on YouTube, creating an official NFL channel on the video site a month after it signed off on a similar deal with Facebook.

The deal won’t allow YouTube to show entire games, but the NFL says it will give Google clips of “in-game” footage. Highlights from next week’s Super Bowl, between the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots, will be the first official videos to appear on the site. In addition, Google has expanded its NFL-related search results, offering extensive information about a team’s…

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Pay T-Mobile $5 per month to get deep discounts on smartphones

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T-Mobile is announcing its latest “uncarrier” move today. You can now opt to pay $5 a month for exclusive access to discounts when upgrading to new devices. The service is called Score, and some of the deals are pretty appealing.

If you’re a Score member for 12 months, you’ll unlock deals on top-tier smartphones. The sample deals included in today’s press release include $150 off the full price of a Nexus 6 or Galaxy Note 4, as well as $100 off a Galaxy S 5. Not too shabby of a discount for $60 worth of payments over the course of a year.

More “uncarrier” moves

After just six months, you’ll be able to get some entry-level smartphones for free. The carrier mentions the Alcatel OneTouch Evolve 2 as an example — it currently sells the…

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This concept turns old phone parts into a supercomputer

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One of the selling points for modular smartphones like Project Ara or the Puzzlephone is that they reduce waste. But little has been said about how discarded modules could be put to use. Finland’s Circular Devices, the company developing the Puzzlephone, has now revealed its answer to that question: it’s called the Puzzlecluster, and it’s a scalable supercomputer.

Reuse and reduce

The concept is pretty simple: when a Puzzlephone owner inevitably decides to upgrade their modular phone’s “brain” (read: processor unit), the old module can be repurposed to power a versatile computer. With many different outdated smartphone CPUs combined, the cluster should have enough processing power to make the Puzzlecluster a useful addition to…

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More Than 200,000 Photographers Have Participated In EyeEm’s “Missions” For Brands

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eyeem Whenever a new social network or online community springs up, it seems pretty inevitable that brands will eventually try to build a presence there. Naturally, this can cause lots of handwringing and eye-rolling — that’s why emphatically ad-free social networks like Ello attract a lot of interest, but also seem rather quixotic. So I was glad to get an update on what EyeEm is doing… Read More

A16Z Leads $58M Round In UK’s TransferWise To Ramp Up P2P Remittance Business

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TransferWise TransferWise, the fast-growing UK-based P2P money transfer startup that has reportedly been in talks with Facebook for a remittance service, has raised now raised a large round of funding led by one of the social network’s earliest backers. Andreessen Horowitz is heading up a $58 million round of investment in TransferWise, a Series C round with participation also from previous… Read More

My First Sundance Journal Day 2-3: Oh, that’s supposed to be amazing

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I’m getting acquainted with Sundance Hype, and now, on the morning of my fourth day at my first ever Sundance Film Festival, I think I’m ready to explain how it works.

Sundance Hype is like a game of telephone. We all arrive knowing nothing, but in an environment full of self-described insiders and reporters and Park City moms and other types of know-it-alls, having information becomes Goal #1 as soon as we hit main street. So you hear something — you read a tweet, you overhear a conversation on the shuttle — and the next time you find yourself making small talk in line or at a party and someone brings up a film you can say “Oh, that’s supposed to be amazing.”

With any luck, it is amazing, and the game of telephone helped motivate you…

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As soon as one ‘Uber for weed’ startup gets cut down, another grows in its place

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It was only a matter of time before someone spun the “Uber for __” wheel and landed on WEED. More and more states are voting in favor of legalization. Congress recently instructed the feds to back off medical marijuana. Peter Thiel’s venture capital fund just bet millions that legal cannabis is gonna be huge. Why not pair pot with our newfound appetite for on-demand delivery via smartphone?

“Uber for weed” was so inevitable that at least six startups attempting to deliver medical marijuana to your door launched in the past eight months: Eaze, Nestdrop, Meadow, Grassp, Time for Dave, and Canary. That doesn’t include standard offerings like the “dozens” of delivery services in Seattle, for example, that will let you call in and place an…

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Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck turns the myth into the man

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I still remember the exact moment I learned Kurt Cobain had killed himself. A friend stood in the doorway of my college dorm room, face slack, and said two words: “Kurt died.” And over the ensuing days and months the machinery of pop culture churned, desperately trying to put his death into some sort of relatable context.

With Cobain in particular, the pieces were already in place for instant deification. A child of divorce, known for being empathetic to a fault, reluctantly drawn into a world of fame he never wanted and driven to drug abuse by a stomach ailment that only heroin could cure. It was a tragic narrative, but comforting in its familiarity, and passing murder conspiracy theories aside we’ve pretty much stuck with it for the…

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Filmmakers Need A Virtual Reality Editing Suite, So Visionary VR Built It

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Visionary Focus Feature Virtual reality is as different from movies as movies are from novels. It’s hard to port one into another without losing a lot. New storytelling mediums need new creation tools, and Visionary VR is making them. But this isn’t some Final Cut clone. Visionary’s editing suite lives entirely in VR. Directors use their hands to manipulate a 3D timeline, and select camera angles… Read More

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