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The Conversation We Want

Writing for Agence France-Presse, Rob Lever details the struggles of major news organizations and online content aggregators to keep comment sections from devolving into ‘pie fights’ at best to hateful and abusive at worst. Some sites have simply eliminated comments rather than deal with the negativity. In 2014, The New York Times and The Washington Post announced that they would form a partnership, the Coral Project, aimed at creating a commenting system that, “might diminish the ‘incentive to be the loudest voice’ and would foster communities of commenters[.]” [more inside]
posted by ob1quixote on Nov 8, 2015 - 44 comments

"The sad state of web app deployment"

"My experience is admittedly limited here, but as far as I can tell, installing a Rails app is impossible. "
posted by MartinWisse on Oct 1, 2015 - 168 comments

Ball taken, gone back to Heimatland

"Immigration to my country harms me, it harms my family, it harms my people. Whoever invites or welcomes immigrants to Europe and Germany is my enemy,” says bioinformatician Gangolf Jobb, who has responded to the Syrian migrant crisis by revoking the license for his Treefinder software, one tool (among many) that help measure and visualize the evolutionary distances between organisms. [more inside]
posted by a lungful of dragon on Sep 30, 2015 - 52 comments

Chocolatey, a package manager for Windows

Here is Chocolatey, a package manager for Windows built on NuGet, like apt-get on Debian-based Linux systems. It requires copying and pasting a couple of command lines for initial installation, but once it's installed you can use it to install ChocolateyGUI to automate installing, upgrading and uninstalling software with a friendlier interface. Once it's working, it's a good way to quickly install software. Here you can browse the packages it can download and install for you.. [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Sep 7, 2015 - 38 comments

India, Inc

Infosys founder NR Narayana Murthy: Making of a legend
posted by infini on Sep 6, 2015 - 18 comments

Grids within grids within grids within grids...

TreeSheets is an open-source "Free Form Data Organizer" for Windows, Mac, and Linux. It's an outliner! It's a spreadsheet! It's a mind-mapping tool!
posted by overeducated_alligator on Sep 2, 2015 - 18 comments

There is pow'r in an Agile methodology

Mike Bulajewski on the war between labor and management in the software industry, as manifested in the rise (and possible fall) of the Agile development: From this subset of principles, it’s clear that although Agile positions itself as a software development methodology, a closer inspection reveals clues to a greater ambition: to protect the interests of software engineers at work. [...] With this agenda, it is possible to characterize the Agile movement as a labour union.
posted by Cash4Lead on Aug 31, 2015 - 90 comments

Ethereum Launched

In case you missed it Ethereum announced its first developer release a week ago. What is Ethereum? According to the video it's a "planetary scale computer powered by blockchain technology." Given the breathlessness, some skepticism is in order, but what if it purports to do on the tin is true? [more inside]
posted by kliuless on Aug 7, 2015 - 57 comments

Complex Systems Break in Complex Ways

The RISKS Digest Turns 30: In February 1985 Adele Goldberg, the President of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), published a letter in the Communications of the ACM expressing concern with humanity’s “increasingly critical dependence on the use of computers” and the risks associated with complex computer and software systems. On August 1st 1985 Stanford Research Institute's Peter G. Neumann responded by creating RISKS@SRI-CRL. [more inside]
posted by JoeZydeco on Aug 1, 2015 - 15 comments

Windows 10 enjoys your sweet, delicious data

Do you own one of the 14 million computers already running Windows 10? If so, it might be a good time to review your privacy settings. [more inside]
posted by selfnoise on Jul 31, 2015 - 156 comments

all technical problems are people problems that manifest technically

The Life Cycle of Programming Languages, by Betsy Haibel [previously] for Model View Culture. [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Jul 15, 2015 - 115 comments

What is Code? said jesting ftrain

Paul Ford (yes, yes, MeFi's Own) has created a juggernaut of an article / lived experience / beautiful time-sink about coding. At this point I'll shut up so you can pack a lunch and go immerse yourself now.
posted by maudlin on Jun 11, 2015 - 95 comments

RMS says Windows, OS X, iOS and Android are all malware

Should you trust an internet of proprietary software things? - "Richard Stallman, known for his instrumental role in the creation of Linux, has written an opinion piece arguing that nearly any operating system you might use today can be considered malware, and that goes for popular mobile platforms as well as desktop operating systems." (via; rms previously)
posted by kliuless on May 27, 2015 - 131 comments

Knowledge is Not a Tree

Piggydb and Oinker.me: Non-hierarchical information tools from Japanese designer Daisuke Morita. [more inside]
posted by overeducated_alligator on May 7, 2015 - 16 comments

Have you turned it off and on again?

FAA (pdf link): A Boeing Model 787 airplane that has been powered continuously for 248 days can lose all AC electrical power due to the generator control units (GCUs) simultaneously going into failsafe mode. This condition is caused by a software counter internal to the GCUs that will overflow after 248 days of continuous power. We are issuing this airworthiness directive to prevent loss of all AC electrical power, which could result in loss of control of the airplane. Guardian article: "In the latest of a long line of problems plaguing Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner, which saw the company’s fleet grounded over battery issues and concerns raised over possible hacking vulnerabilities, the new software bug was found in plane’s generator-control units." [more inside]
posted by RedOrGreen on May 1, 2015 - 77 comments

Dealing with the digital afterlife of a hacker

Dealing with the digital afterlife of a hacker It’s been three months since Michael died, and Beth has only been able to access and understand a sliver of what he left behind in the digital world. Kalat, who has been working closely with Beth to access Michael’s data, says this ought to be a wake up call to everyone who spends a significant amount of their life online—not just hackers.
posted by CrystalDave on Mar 23, 2015 - 27 comments

"I thought of it as an enterprise software problem I could solve."

Your new kidney is in the cloud. When former software developer David Jacobs was fortunate enough to get a kidney transplant eleven years ago, it occurred to him that there had to be a better way to match recipients with potential donors... so he bankrolled a company, and designed the cloud-based software needed to do it. As a result, thanks to paired kidney exchanges, a single kidney donation in San Francisco is saving six lives over the next few days... and will soon be saving a total of twelve lives, while removing people from the kidney waiting list, reducing the organ wait time for patients who don't have the time to spare.
posted by markkraft on Mar 6, 2015 - 10 comments

Drone Takeoffs Limited by No-Fly Software

This article, about a software rollback, explains that drone maker DJI can use software updates to limit the places where drones can take off.
posted by ShanShen on Feb 6, 2015 - 41 comments

A Brand New World In Which Men Ruled

The New York Times looks back at the Stanford Class of 1994 and what they are all up to today.
posted by reenum on Dec 24, 2014 - 27 comments

Spoiler: Schadenfreude

What happened When Marissa Mayer Tried to Be Steve Jobs
posted by sonic meat machine on Dec 17, 2014 - 181 comments

The Company Is Father. The Company Is Mother.

Doing Business in Japan
posted by oceanjesse on Nov 7, 2014 - 21 comments

I put my thing down, flip it and reverse it

If you've ever typed anything into a Google Doc, you can now play it back as if it were a movie — like traveling through time to look over your own shoulder as you write.

This is possible because every document written in Google Docs since about May 2010 has a revision history that tracks every change, by every user, with timestamps accurate to the microsecond; these histories are available to anyone with "Edit" permissions; and I have written a piece of software that can find, decode, and rebuild the history for any given document.
James Somers (previously) introduces Draftback. [more inside]
posted by divined by radio on Nov 6, 2014 - 21 comments

Hello, operator... hello?

This is what happens when 911 fails. [more inside]
posted by Stark on Nov 5, 2014 - 26 comments

Awesome artist's description of how he won a design competition

Interested in art, architecture, design, numismatics, software? Then you will be fascinated by Dutch artist Stani's detailed description how he won the competition to design the 2008 commemorative 5 Euro coin themed "Netherlands and architecture". A brilliant insight into the designer's thought process and the technology used to implement his concepts.
posted by kairab on Oct 6, 2014 - 6 comments

Invisible gorillas in the mist.

A different kind of standardized testing. Why the debate over ISO 29119, the proposed international standard for software testing, might matter to you. [more inside]
posted by Sheydem-tants on Sep 9, 2014 - 26 comments


Georgia Teens Develop App to Document Police Abuse - Five-O, allows citizens to enter the details of every interaction with a police officer. It also allows them to rate that officer in terms of courtesy and professionalism and provides the ability to enter a short description of what transpired. [more inside]
posted by Golden Eternity on Aug 15, 2014 - 26 comments

A very vector story

The Adobe Illustrator Story. Watch the Illustrator story unfold, from its beginning as Adobe’s first software product, to its role in the digital publishing revolution, to becoming an essential tool for designers worldwide
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Jul 31, 2014 - 43 comments

useful websites

101 Useful Websites is "a frequently updated list of lesser-known but wonderful websites and cool web apps. Here are some of the most useful websites on the internet that you may not know about. These web sites, well most of them, solve at least one problem really well and they all have simple web addresses (URLs) that you can memorize thus saving you a trip to Google." [more inside]
posted by flex on Jul 20, 2014 - 16 comments

Features include rickroll

8088 Dominion is a production by demoscene programmer Jim Leonard (a.k.a. Trixter) displaying full-motion color video with audio on a 1981 IBM PC 5160. The production is a followup to a similar 2007 demo, 8088 Corruption, but with improved graphical fidelity. [more inside]
posted by figurant on Jun 20, 2014 - 12 comments

There are Plenty of Skeptics

The US Secret Service, the federal law enforcement agency tasked with protecting the safety of current and former national leaders and their families, visiting heads of state, and others, posted a work order on Monday seeking the development of social media analytics software capable of detecting sarcasm online.
posted by chavenet on Jun 7, 2014 - 74 comments


TrueCrypt is dead, and in an extremely bizarre way. Discussion on /r/netsec, /r/sysadmin, Hacker News and Ars Technica. A popular theory is that the bizarreness is a warrant canary.
posted by WCityMike on May 28, 2014 - 150 comments

The Great Works of Software

Paul Ford on the five works of the software canon: [more inside]
posted by Chrysostom on Apr 30, 2014 - 93 comments

[ --resist-object | --prove-photograph-log | --roll-berate-history ]

git man page generator
posted by OverlappingElvis on Apr 28, 2014 - 76 comments

Digger: Now On Almost Every Platform

Digger is a classic IBM PC game from 1983 made by Windmill Software. You can play it online via HTML5, online via Java or download a version for platforms both common and obscure. More ports are on the Links page. [more inside]
posted by jedicus on Apr 18, 2014 - 24 comments

At least I won't hear Wii Fit make that disappointed noise again.

What the Next Generation of Health & Fitness Software Can Learn from Wii Fit.
posted by Kitteh on Mar 21, 2014 - 26 comments

Internet Archive Digital Residencies

Each week, the Internet Archive's tumblr account is completely transformed by a digital resident along a theme of their choosing. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Mar 18, 2014 - 3 comments


Geogebra is an interactive geometry tool which started as a free clone of Geometer's Sketchpad, but is now also an algebra, statistics and calculus tool. It is available for download for Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS and Android, or as a web app. [more inside]
posted by Elementary Penguin on Feb 22, 2014 - 10 comments

NSA operation ORCHESTRA: Annual Status Report (FOSDEM Keynote)

(TOP SECRET/COMINT) NSAs operation ORCHESTRA has been a resounding success again this year. This year's status report will update decision makers and programme liasons on the goals, achievements and means of ORCHESTRA. This is the NATO headquarters, right? Cool! No, no, I was just surprised that nobody was in uniform today, but I guess it's the weekend, eh? That's so cool -- I wish we were allowed to do that too. It's quite a crowd isn't it? I had no idea you had so many people with COMINT clearance over here... Amazing really. Anyway, lets get started, shall we? [more inside]
posted by Obscure Reference on Feb 12, 2014 - 21 comments

Alienating Atmosphere

"I can't choose whether someone is offended by my actions. I can choose whether to care.. . . While I cannot be responsible for what my ancestors did, I can take responsibility to play what small part I can in cleaning up their mess." By Martin Fowler, author of many books on foundational concepts of modern software engineering.
posted by cybercoitus interruptus on Feb 11, 2014 - 18 comments


DissidentX is a new steganography tool by Bram Cohen of BitTorrent fame designed to “vastly simplify the implementation of new steganographic techniques, and allow a universal decoder and encoding of multiple messages to different keys in the same file.” In particular, DissidentX allows encoding multiple plain texts into the same cover text with different keys, so called deniable encryption.
posted by jeffburdges on Jan 16, 2014 - 9 comments

Model View Culture

Model View Culture is a new online publication that concerns itself with technology, culture and diversity. [more inside]
posted by tempythethird on Jan 14, 2014 - 2 comments

Scott Hanselman's list of Developer and Power Users tools for Windows

Scott Hanselman has updated his much appreciated list of great tools for Windows. Still don't get Windows 8? Here's the guide and instructional video you've been waiting for. [more inside]
posted by Foci for Analysis on Jan 11, 2014 - 54 comments

Dark Incantations In Corrupt Languages

Produce the number 2014 without any numbers in your source codeWrite a program that always outputs “2012” - even if it's modified!Obfuscated Hello WorldPrint your code backwards - reverse quineShortest code to print a smiley faceWrite the shortest program that generates the most compiler warnings and errors [more inside]
posted by Foci for Analysis on Jan 5, 2014 - 16 comments

Vooza will disrupt the disruptors.

Vooza is synonymous with bold innovation. Vooza is making our world a better place. Vooza engineers run far ahead of the pack. Vooza lives and dies by its design. Vooza is uncompromising in its pursuit of integrity. Learn more about Vooza here.
posted by Nomyte on Dec 22, 2013 - 22 comments


You might now be running in your head to a well worn path of justified resistance, phoning up the ol’ gang, circling the hippocampian wagons of amygdalian resistance. Hold on a sec, pilgrim. Yahoo urges its employees to switch from using outlook to Yahoo Mail in a bizare internal email. Meanwhile, as Microsoft abandons the hated practice of stack ranking Yahoo adopts it as its own.  But hey, they have Katie Couric now!
posted by Artw on Nov 25, 2013 - 86 comments

“Emergent UI Features Team”

Feature Development For Social Networking
posted by the man of twists and turns on Nov 23, 2013 - 18 comments


Because of its persistent inability to tally its accounts, the Pentagon is the only federal agency that has not complied with a law that requires annual audits of all government departments. That means that the $8.5 trillion in taxpayer money doled out by Congress to the Pentagon since 1996, the first year it was supposed to be audited, has never been accounted for. That sum exceeds the value of China’s economic output last year. -- Reuters journalist Scot J. Paltrow investigates how the US military's bad accounting not only wastes taxpayers money, but helps ruin the life of ordinary soldiers and veterans. [more inside]
posted by MartinWisse on Nov 23, 2013 - 39 comments

Syntax error: unmatched thing in thing from std::nonstd::__ map

HCI people discover bugs by receiving a concerned email from their therapist. Systems people discover bugs by waking up and discovering that their first-born children are missing and “ETIMEDOUT ” has been written in blood on the wall.
The Night Watch - James Mickens [SLPDF]
posted by xqwzts on Nov 18, 2013 - 68 comments

"There are no real consequences for having bad security.”

Should software makers be held financially liable for the insecurity of their products? "The joke goes that only two industries refer to their customers as “users.” But here's the real punch line: Drug users and software users are about equally likely to recover damages for whatever harms those wares cause them." [more inside]
posted by not_the_water on Nov 7, 2013 - 90 comments

Free HTML5 animations for all

Google Web Designer is a free and neat little HTML5 animation authoring tool (system requirements)
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Sep 30, 2013 - 35 comments

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