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Links van 7 april 2014 tot 10 april 2014

Giving Away Our Recommendation Engine for Free | Mortar Blog | Data Science at Scale
What’s better than a recommendation engine that’s free? A recommendation engine that is both awesome and free. Today, we’re announcing General Availability for the Mortar Recommendation Engine. Designed by Mortar’s engineers and top data science advisors, it produces personalized recommendations at scale for companies like MTV, Comedy Central, StubHub, and the Associated Press. Today, we’re giving it away for free, and it is awesome.

Introducing PredictionIO ✩ Mozilla Hacks – the Web developer blog
PredictionIO is an open source machine learning server for software developers to create predictive features, such as personalization, recommendation and content discovery. Building a production-grade engine to predict users’ preferences and personalize content for them used to be time-consuming. Not anymore with PredictionIO’s latest v0.7 release.

Kabinet: Nederland heeft per direct downloadverbod – IT Pro – Nieuws – Tweakers
Het is in Nederland per direct verboden om auteursrechtelijk beschermd materiaal te downloaden uit illegale bron, bijvoorbeeld via torrentsites en nieuwsgroepen. Dat stelt het kabinet in een reactie op een uitspraak van het EU-hof.

Jim’s Blog: Six programming paradigms that will change how you think about coding
Every now and then, I stumble across a programming language that does something so different that it changes how I think about coding. In this post, I want to share some of my favorite finds.

Valeria Lukyanova, the Human Barbie Doll
I realize that just like everyone reading about Human Barbie, I had had a simple narrative prepared in my head: A small-town girl grows up obsessed with dolls, etc. Instead, I get a racist space alien.

Storms and Teacups — Acko.net
sexual dimorphism doesn't imply patriarchy, any more than evolution implies social darwinism

How to Fold a Julia Fractal — Acko.net
Dit zou verplicht op elke school moeten getoond worden — "For every mathematical concept that we have a built-in intuition for, there are countless more we can't picture easily. That's the curse of mathematics, yet at the same time, also its charm."

Halide
Halide is a new programming language designed to make it easier to write high-performance image processing code on modern machines. Its current front end is embedded in C++. Compiler targets include x86/SSE, ARM v7/NEON, CUDA, Native Client, and OpenCL.

Links van 11 november 2013 tot 12 november 2013

How I Ate No Food for 30 Days | Motherboard
“Eating just for the nutrients is like having sex just to procreate,” she said.

Bill Gates: Here’s My Plan to Improve Our World — And How You Can Help | Wired Business | Wired.com
Serieuze mens: "These days I get to spend a lot of time trying to advance innovation that improves people’s lives in the same way that fertilizer did. Let me reiterate this: A full 40 percent of Earth’s population is alive today because, in 1909, a German chemist named Fritz Haber figured out how to make synthetic ammonia. Another example: Polio cases are down more than 99 percent in the past 25 years, not because the disease is going away on its own but because Albert Sabin and Jonas Salk invented polio vaccines and the world rolled out a massive effort to deliver them."

The perils of mixing open source and money (DHH)
Fundraising for open source has become trivial through venues like Kickstarter, so it's natural more projects are asking for money. "Imagine all the good I could do if I was able to work on this full time for the benefit of the community". Yes, let's imagine indeed.

Why Japanese Web Design Is So Bad
Japan is a land of tranquil Zen gardens, beautiful shrines, serene temples, and exquisite tea ceremonies. Both traditional and contemporary Japanese architecture, books and magazines are the envy of designers worldwide. Yet for some reason practically none of this mastery has been translated into digital products, in particular websites, most of which look like they hail from around 1998.

The Plot Against France – NYTimes.com
For the plot against France — I’m being a bit tongue in cheek here, but there really are a lot of people trying to bad-mouth the place — is one clear demonstration that in Europe, as in America, fiscal scolds don’t really care about deficits. Instead, they’re using debt fears to advance an ideological agenda. And France, which refuses to play along, has become the target of incessant negative propaganda.

▶ INCEPTION : preuve visuelle que la toupie s’arrête (par Marouane Mazid) – YouTube
Vous avez toujours voulu savoir si la toupie s'arrête de tourner ? Réponse en vidéo, preuve à l'appui. Vidéo réalisée par Marouane Mazid (BELGIQUE) étudiant à l'Université Catholique de Louvain.

Chrome Experiments – “Fluid Simulation with Turing Patterns” by Felix Woitzel
Move your mouse, the rest is selfexplaining. 😀 If not, this is a 2D GPU fluid simulation on a 512×256 pixels texture buffer mixed with another 1024×512 texture feedback loop for the Reaction-Diffusion "Turing Pattern" skin dot synthesis simulation.

Syntopia | Generative Art, 3D Fractals, Creative Computing
It has been quite a while since the last update to Fragmentarium, but I finally managed to find some time for creating a new release, which indeed is the first release stable enough to qualify as a version “1.0″.

Links van 5 september 2012 tot 29 november 2012

corsix-th – Open source clone of Theme Hospital – Google Project Hosting
This project aims to reimplement the game engine of Theme Hospital, with the capability of loading assets including graphics and levels from the original game.

Revenge of the Reality-Based Community | The American Conservative
I know that it’s unattractive and bad form to say “I told you so” when one’s advice was ignored yet ultimately proved correct. But in the wake of the Republican election debacle, it’s essential that conservatives undertake a clear-eyed assessment of who on their side was right and who was wrong.

Looking to the Future: 8 Science Fiction Movies to Watch for | Movie News | Movies.com
Since this is a science fiction column, how about we do a little time traveling? After all, 2012 is just about over — so what awaits us in the years ahead? Although smaller films are surely going to emerge at festivals, here are eight science fiction films coming out within the next year or so that may very well deserve your valuable time and money. Since we're using a time machine (and because this is the Internet), I will also prejudge each movie without having seen a frame from most of them.

A Handsome Atlas: Wildly Awesome Data Visualizations from the Nineteenth Century
Zo mooi.

Stoya™, Not-cool things to do, bro… Part 1
Before you try to tell me that it’s because I take my clothes off for a living, let me tell you that this started way before I was 18. Let me tell you that every single woman I know has at least one truly terrifying story of street harassment and a whole bunch of other stories that are merely insulting or annoying. Let me remind you that in a room of pornography fans, who have actually seen me with a dick in my mouth and who can buy a replica of my vagina in a can or box, I am treated with far more respect than I am walking down the street.

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