Amazing new interactive math editor for iPad, iPhone, and Mac (http://calca.io). The same guy also makes iCircuit (http://icircuitapp.com), a circuit simulator app for engineers and enthusiasts. Great great example of someone building a quality app, targeting a specific market, and making a viable app business out of it.
Green party politician Malte Spitz sued to have German telecoms giant Deutsche Telekom hand over six months of his phone data that he then made available to ZEIT ONLINE. We combined this geolocation data with information relating to his life as a politician, such as Twitter feeds, blog entries and websites, all of which is all freely available on the internet.
By pushing the play button, you will set off on a trip through Malte Spitz's life. The speed controller allows you to adjust how fast you travel, the pause button will let you stop at interesting points. In addition, a calendar at the bottom shows when he was in a particular location and can be used to jump to a specific time period.
Turns out it's a lot. Full story here.
Amazing article on Obama's reelection big data operation over at the New York Times.
As the denizens of the cave were setting out to do that, the digital-analytics team, led by Rayid Ghani, a 35-year-old research scientist from Accenture Labs, developed an idea: Why not try sifting through self-described supporters’ Facebook pages in search of friends who might be on the campaign’s list of the most persuadable voters? Then the campaign could ask the self-identified supporters to bring their undecided friends along. The technique, as they saw it, could also get supporters to urge friends to register to vote, to vote early or to volunteer and donate.
In preparation for the IAMA, we initially added 30 dedicated servers (20%~ increase) just for the comment thread. This turned out not to be enough, so we added another 30 dedicated servers to the mix. At peak, we were transferring 48 MB per second of reddit to the internet.
Sebastian Thrun, famed Artificial Intelligence professor at Carnegie Mellon, and now head of the Google Glass project (among other things) at Google, being interviewed on Charlie Rose. Topics include the state of Artificial Intelligence, what Google is getting at with the Glass project, and the future of education. Fascinating stuff.
"Access Main Computer File", a delightful site with stills of UIs appearing in movies over the years. Computer UI in film is almost always terrible, as it is inherently about how to make something not cinematic appear exciting to the viewer. Over the years, however, there are definite gems that inspire actual software engineers with the kernel of a great new idea.
And the minority report interface is a terrible user interface.