• “Monster 6502 Now Powers a Retrocomputer”. With a cool game demoed. There should be a link to what this is about at the 6502 tag.

     
  • Bubbly I think.


    Since writing about bitcoin rival Ethereum and its visionary creator Vitalik Buterin for Fortune’s 40 Under 40 issue last year, the market for alternative currencies, or digital tokens, has exploded. There’s arguably no hotter (and more bubbly) trend in all of financial technology than the ICO, or initial coin offering, which allows startups pushing blockchain tech, an accounting innovation that replaces middlemen with ledgers shared across decentralized networks of computers, to host crowdfunded sales of their own invented monies. (To learn more about ICOs, read this Q&A I did with my Fortune colleague Erin Griffith.)

     
  • Unfortunately for Newfoundland, with a small population it’s difficult to be all over the place in what you want to be good at. Every talented cold water engineer (a natural fit for Newfoundland) is a loss of a talented computer programmer (not so much).


    Innovators must have real problem-solving mindsets, noted panel member Emad Rizkalla, CEO of St. John’s-based Bluedrop Performance Learning. “And we have to solve unique problems, because we can’t be a me-too economy on an island in the North Atlantic.” When you’re either first or best, he says, “You can be a thought leader, and you can do it from anywhere in the world.” To demonstrate his case, Rizkalla said Bluedrop has produced custom courseware for partners such as Cisco, the TSX and Johns Hopkins Hospital. “Collaborate with someone who matters,” he advises. “It’s easier for me to collaborate with Johns Hopkins [in Baltimore, Md.] than to try to get Gander General Hospital as my first customer.

     
  • Institutions never learn anything useful more than a period of a decade. That’s why they swing back and forth from home working, or suddenly run hot or cold on outsourcing.

     
  • Notes: 2

    Tags: UberMLFucked Company

    Uber is using AI to wring a few more pennies out of your pocket. The driver does not see any benefit.

     
  • Maybe they should be doing some edge management of data rather than building bigger pipes?

     
  • Intel Curie / Arduino-like board with BLE (no WiFi). $40.

     
  • Technical.

     
  • Notes: 2

    Tags: HackersESRUnixHistory

    I know 95% of these things, but I’ve been around.

     
  • Now you know why Apple hasn’t done anything interesting in the last 5 years: it’s a design-driven company and the designers are making sure doorhandles don’t stick up the wrong way.

     
  • You can ask yourself how seriously companies are taking this by which senior IT staff get bonuses this year. If they do, they don’t.


    I have no sympathy for the people that set this in motion. But the damage done was due to a cultural failure of corporate and government IT departments to deploy available security patches. In some measure that failure was driven by a lack of resources, driven in turn by a lack of understanding of the importance of computer and embedded systems security by management and politicians alike.

     
  • This is a good read.

     
  • University of Toronto professor and counterespionage hacker Ron Deibert has made plenty of enemies—including Canada’s own intelligence services

     
  • “Internet of Things Problems”. Computerphile, 8 minute video. We’re putting things online that can kill you.

     
  • Notes: 1

    Tags: Tim brayBlockchainITM


    But here’s the thing. I’m an old guy: I’ve seen wave af­ter wave of landscape-shifting tech­nol­o­gy sweep through the IT space: Per­son­al com­put­er­s, Unix, C, the In­ter­net and We­b, Java, REST, mo­bile, pub­lic cloud. And with­out ex­cep­tion, I ob­served that they were ini­tial­ly load­ed in the back door by geek­s, with­out ask­ing per­mis­sion, be­cause they got shit done and helped peo­ple with their job­s.

    That’s not hap­pen­ing with blockchain. Not in the slight­est. Which is why I don’t be­lieve in it.