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Learning JavaScript used to mean you weren’t a serious software developer. Today, not learning Javascript means the same thing.
Tim O’Reilly (via Niraj Kadam)
(Reblogged from niraj-kadam)

Wanted: Security input filter library in PHP for HTML5.

There currently is no decent security input filter library in PHP for HTML5.

I’ve used HTMLPurify in a number of projects that accepted dangerous user input, but HTML5 is not supported.

The specs are there, one unmaintained library is there but there is no serious project going on right now. Opportunity? Perhaps.

But for now what I know, is that we have a big fat doctype baby that has more new elements than ever before and no library to change its diapers.

… I really should move away from PHP.

(Reblogged from golanggo)

Image of a crab neuron. In a study by David Schulz, associate professor of biological sciences in MU’s College of Arts and Science, individual neurons used different combinations of cellular pores, known as ion channels, to achieve the same end goal of their preferred electrical and chemical balances.

(Source: nbsubscribe.missouri.edu)

"They can take away our privacy but they can’t have the truth"

~ 3 dead trolls - The privacy song.

retext - Natural Language Processing in JavaScript

retext is a extensible natural language system—by default using parse-latin to transform natural language into a TextOM object model. Retext provides a pluggable system for analysing and manipulating natural language. In JavaScript. NodeJS, and the browser. Tests provide 100% coverage.

Rather than being a do-all library for Natural Language Processing (e.g., NLTK or OpenNLP), retext aims to be useful for more practical use cases (such as censoring profane words or decoding emoticons, but the possibilities are endless) instead of more academic goals (research purposes). retext is inherently modular—it uses plugins (similar to rework for CSS) instead of providing everything out of the box (e.g., Natural). This makes retext a viable tool for use on the web.

I love node.js, but I also liked javascript without fat frameworks. As an ancient song from Menzoberranzan’s Drows sang: “The best knife is the one that cannot be seen”.

(Reblogged from awasim)
(Reblogged from awasim)


Short Attention Span News- Tom Tomorrow

"Don’t blink or you’ll miss it!"

(Reblogged from criminalwisdom)


"Facebook profile information that is publicly visible by default, for the first five years of the service" via What Is Public? — The Message — Medium

Programmers and engineers who create software with controls for privacy have moved in recent years to an on/off model where content is either viewable to the entire world or only to a list of people whom a user identifies as “friends”. Obviously, reducing public status to a binary consideration is convenient for a medium where everything must ultimately be represented in binary code. But we can’t let society’s norms be defined by which features are least expensive for storing on a database server in the cloud.

This is not what we wanted.

(Reblogged from new-aesthetic)


A world without plastic is inconceivable. But do we know the consequences of our self-indulgent plastic consumption?

This film shows various problems associated with plastic and looks at possible solutions. 


Plastic is fantastic?

Read about it.

(Reblogged from vimeo)



Alex Halberstadt speaks with Daniel Genis, who read 1,046 books during his decade in prison:

“Aside from consuming The New Yorker, Harper’s, and The Atlantic (‘not the easiest magazines to give away in prison’) nose to tail, Genis lavished the bulk of his attention on serious fiction, especially the long, difficult novels that require ample motivation and time under the best of circumstances. He read Mann, James, Melville, Musil, Naipaul. He vanquished ‘Vanity Fair’ and ‘Infinite Jest.’ He read, and reread, the Russians, in Russian.”

(Source: newyorker)

Note: Read Thomas Mann, James Joyce, Herman Melville, Robert Musil, V. S. Naipaul. He vanquished ‘Vanity Fair’ and ‘Infinite Jest.’

(Reblogged from criminalwisdom)


Kepler’s Dream

Project by Michael Burk is an analogue projection device to intimately view 3D printed objects  - video embedded below:

Kepler’s Dream is an aesthetical investigation, exploring analog projection technology in the combination with computationally created content that is given a physical shape through 3D printing.

Inspired by obsolete projection technologies like the overhead projector, and especially the episcope, an installation was designed that generates unique imagery and a fascinating experience.
Mixing digital aesthetics - parametric and generative shapes - with the qualities of analog projection creates an otherworldly look that seems to be neither digital nor analog.
Interacting with the installation creates a deeply immersive effect, as the instant reaction of the projection and the “infinite frame rate“ let this fantastical world come to life.

More Here

(Reblogged from prostheticknowledge)