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To Wash It All Away (pdf)
the web is not for the faint (and yet it works) Anyways, my point is that browsers are too complex to be trusted. Unfortunately, youth is always wasted on the young, and the current generation of software developers is convinced that browsers need more features, not fewer. So, we are encouraged to celebrate the fact that browsers turn our computers into little Star Wars cantinas where every - one is welcome and you can drink a blue drink if you want to drink a blue drink and if something bad happens, then maybe a Jedi will save you, and if not, HEY IT’S A STAR WARS CANTINA YESSSSS. Space cantinas are fun, but they’re just a fantasy; they’re just a series of outlandish details stitched together to amuse and entertain. You have to open your eyes and see that in the real, non-hyperbolic world that you actually inhabit, your browser will frequently stop playing a video and then display flashing epilepsy pixels while making the sound that TVs make in Japanese horror movies before a pasty
technology  humour  web  software  complexity  standards  culture  observation  bestpractices  perception  internet  html  javascript  css 
april 2015 by amaah
Mobile Computing Research Is a Hornet’s Nest of Deception and Chicanery (pdf)
Smartphones and tablets have essentially become the new printers: things that do not work, and are not expected to work, and whose primary purpose is to inspire gothic conversations about the ultimate futility of the human condition. People buy mobile devices for the same reason that goldfish swim in their tiny bowls: it’s something to do while we wait for death.
technology  mobile  humour  observation  systems  complexity  software  hardware 
december 2013 by amaah
Why is finance so complex?
on opacity in finance

A banking system is a superposition of fraud and genius that interposes itself between investors and entrepreneurs. It offers an alternative to risky direct investment and low return hoarding. Banks guarantee all investors a return better than hoarding, and they offer this return unconditionally, with certainty, without regard to whether other investors buy in or not.
finance  economics  banking  complexity  opacity  buyer'sremorse  depression  bubble  organization  markets  competition  transparency  networks  systems  design  capitalism 
january 2012 by amaah
How Complex Systems Fail (pdf)
Being a Short Treatise on the Nature of Failure; How Failure is Evaluated; How Failure is Attributed to Proximate Cause; and the Resulting New Understanding of Patient Safety)
complexity  systems  networks  failure  prevention  resilience  adaptability  change  filetype:pdf  media:document  software  technology  bestpractices  computing 
november 2009 by amaah
Multicommodity network flow approach to the railroad crew-scheduling problem
great paper... The crew-scheduling problem is to assign operators to scheduled trains over a time horizon at minimal cost while honoring operational and contractual requirements. Currently, decisions related to crew are made manually. We present our work developing a network-flow-based crew-optimization model that can be applied at the tactical, planning, and strategic levels of crew scheduling.
technology  networks  systems  coordination  scheduling  mathematics  algorithms  programming  optimization  transportation  constraints  modeling  flow  operations  research  engineering  complexity  performance  economics  strategy  policy  decisions 
september 2009 by amaah
Tunnel's cost may fool us all
a compelling series of studies trying to get at why big public-works projects such as bridges, tunnels and light-rail systems almost always turn out to be far more costly than estimated.

"It cannot be explained by error," sums up one of his papers, matter-of-factly. "It is best explained by strategic misrepresentation — that is, lying."
estimation  lying  infrastructure  engineering  construction  scheduling  economics  strategy  development  transportation  costs  deception  complexity 
april 2009 by amaah
Is Relational Relevant?
a folk history of relational databases from the point of view of Ingres
technology  history  data  database  software  adoption  design  architecture  web  scale  complexity  modeling 
april 2009 by amaah
The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Data
invariably, simple models and a lot of data trump more elaborate models based on less
data.
technology  complexity  data  research  web  scale  mathematics  modeling  statistics  translation  algorithms  filetype:pdf  media:document 
march 2009 by amaah
The High Road and the Low Road to Fibre
It's the low end theory of networks again. Musings about infrastructure development and adoption... and a nice photo essay to boot... Need to publish that piece about routine maintenance
lowendtheory  networks  systems  technology  adoption  design  architecture  telecom  infrastructure  strategy  fiber  wiring  deployment  complexity  business  communication 
january 2009 by amaah
Derivative thinking
It is an open bet whether any of these ideas for reform will fly. After all, when products become simpler and more transparent, the margins typically fall. Bankers, in other words, have a strong motive to retain complexity and opacity - which is why the innovation cycle keeps turning. “I think in the next year or two, finance may become simpler,” says one senior banker. “But after that we will probably just go back to the old ways again.”
finance  subprime  economics  transparency  opacity  complexity  business  bubble  credit  risk  crash  analysis  ShellGame 
november 2008 by amaah
The price of transparency
The uncertainty originates from the same roots of this crisis, that is from the opacity of the securitization with which banks “packaged” and then sold their credits in structured bonds, often after slicing them in different risk tranches. In this process, only roughly synthesized information was transmitted to the market concerning the underlying loan portfolio or its tranches. So there was a great loss of information that would have helped to evaluate the credit risk of those portfolios.
opacity  transparency  finance  economics  comprehension  obfuscation  complexity  uncertainty  bubble  strategy  language  analysis  risk  markets 
october 2008 by amaah
Ten Fundamental Issues in Reforming Financial Regulation and Supervision in a World of Financial Innovation and Globalization
the recent financial markets crisis and turmoil has been partly caused by the fact that the – over the last few years – financial markets have become less transparent and more opaque in many different dimensions
transparency  opacity  economics  panic  mortgage  crisis  USA  incentives  systems  complexity  finance  business  policy  politics  regulation 
april 2008 by amaah
"Dinosaur" computer stalls Seattle schools' plans
"We were trying to avoid laying off teachers, and we kept the infrastructure going with bubble gum and baling wire." Software systems have a far longer shelf life than. Inertia + Duct tape = the human factor
resilience  software  hardware  technology  vax  costs  tradeoffs  complexity  organization 
february 2008 by amaah
Accidental Algorithms
math puzzlers from Brian Hayes... need to review his Infrastructure book
algorithms  mathematics  complexity  technology 
february 2008 by amaah
Controlling the Conversation
The automobile is not only the most sophisticated mechanical device that most individuals will operate, it is also the most computerized. This technology became a substantial part of the automobile at the start of the 1980 model year, when the Big Three A
cars  engineering  standards  technology  adoption  maintenance  computer  reliability  microprocessor  history  automation  hardware  systems  complexity 
october 2007 by amaah
DNS Complexity
DNS (domain name system) is a distributed, coherent, reliable, autonomous, hierarchical database, the first and only one of its kind. On the sublime complexity that sprouts out of deceptively simple constraints.
networks  dns  database  design  architecture  technology  complexity  systems  distributed  internet  web  resilience  adaptability 
october 2007 by amaah
Big Ball of Mud
A BIG BALL OF MUD is haphazardly structured, sprawling, sloppy, duct-tape and bailing wire, spaghetti code jungle. We’ve all seen them. These systems show unmistakable signs of unregulated growth, and repeated, expedient repair. Information is shared pr
Architecture  Design  humour  technology  engineering  BestPractices  complexity  development  patterns  programming  software 
september 2007 by amaah
Martin Zwick's Research
systems philosophy: systems theory and contemporary theories of complexity and complex adaptive systems as attempts to construct an "exact and scientific metaphysics"; the ontology of problems; topics in the philosophy of science, the science-religion dia
systems  design  research  adaptability  evolution  architecture  complexity  adaptation  sustainability  biology  cool  science 
july 2007 by amaah
Complex Adaptations and the Evolution of Evolvability
The problem of complex adaptations is studied in two largely disconnected research traditions: evolutionary biology and evolutionary computer science. This paper summarizes the results from both areas and compares their implications. In evolutionary compu
adaptability  adaptation  adoption  evolution  change  complexity  systems  design  architecture  biology  genetics  computing  modularity  dynamics  technology  science  research 
july 2007 by amaah
Africans to Bono: 'For God's sake please stop!'
Africa has never loomed as large in the popular imagination of the West as it does today... Their message of hope is one that seems to deny Africans a role as agents of their own transformation. the Jeffrey Sachs-Bono ambitiont Angelina Jolie and Madonna'
Africa  agency  celebrity  aid  perception  culture  development  sociology  globalization  interplay  economics  politics  observation  governance  complexity 
july 2007 by amaah
A Dog or a Cat? New Tests to Fool Automated Spammers
As online mischief makers design better ways to circumvent or defeat captchas, Web companies are responding by making the puzzles more challenging to solve — even for people. They are twisting the letters, distorting the backgrounds, adding a confusing
comprehension  technology  software  web  security  gremlins  parasites  spam  strategy  research  internet  automation  complexity  tradeoffs 
june 2007 by amaah
The challenge of resource modeling
The hardest thing about REST isn't the architectural style, it isn't the URI-space: it is the decomposition of the domain resource-space. resource-space decomposition is fundamentally hard. we don't have good notation and toolsets to assist the process.
rest  design  architecture  comprehension  uri  resource  modeling  hardproblems  complexity  insight  web  development  technology  naming  humanfactors  classification  resourcemodeling 
may 2007 by amaah
Rubbish-Pickers See Red as Mexico Goes Green
Unintended consequences of recycling in Mexico. trash collection and garbage dumps are sometimes a form of social safety net for the very poor who seek food and household goods others have thrown away. the human cost of going green. Hundreds like Santos l
economics  garbage  complexity  environment  policy  strategy  urban  humanfactors  implementation  deployment  organization  Mexico  city  poverty  imagination 
march 2007 by amaah
The Evolution of a Programmer
Ah, the urge to add layers illustrated... probably needs to be updated with some good distributed computing soapiness or enterprise treatment...much like that relationship styles of programmers piece... Life is too short...
programming  humour  development  insight  observation  experience  complexity  software  satire  fun 
may 2006 by amaah
REST - The Web Style
Slides to a talk I gave on Friday to the Lotus Workplace Architecture Board about REST (Representational State Transfer) and the web. An argument about an outlook on technology, on complexity, layering and leverage.
technology  rest  web  design  architecture  software  lotus  ibm  glue  strategy  patterns  adoption  systems  leverage  layering  comprehension  abstractions  simplicity  complexity  humour  neologisms  buzzwords  toli 
june 2005 by amaah
On The Long Tail of Music, Metrics and Recommendations
Responding to Chris Anderson's Bring tha Noise post with some commentary, some metrics from my music collection and a few pointers to artists who inhabit this Long Tail of music...
Technology  design  Architecture  Software  web  systems  social-software  socialsoftware  complexity  services  music  soul  funk  jazz  hip-hop  glue  recommendations  algorithms  heuristics  machine-learning  LongTail  long-tail  FullForce  AdrianaEvans  LisaLisa  CherylPepsiiRiley  JamesBrown  toli  social  data  machinelearning 
june 2005 by amaah
REST - The Web Style
Slides to a talk I gave on Friday to the Lotus Workplace Architecture Board about REST (Representational State Transfer) and the web style. An argument about an outlook on technology, on complexity, layering and leverage.
technology  rest  web  design  architecture  software  lotus  ibm  glue  strategy  patterns  adoption  systems  leverage  layering  comprehension  abstractions  simplicity  complexity  humour  neologisms  buzzwords  toli 
june 2005 by amaah
On Recommendation Systems
From Amazon, through Audioscrobbler, Netflix and Ultra Gleeper, how do these glue layer, machine-learning heuristic and algorithm-eating Artificial Intelligent folks do recommendation systems and what should one make of them.
Technology  design  Architecture  Software  web  systems  social-software  socialsoftware  complexity  AI  services  recommendation  music  soul  funk  jazz  ibm  life  corporation  glue  recommendations  algorithms  heuristics  machine-learning  toli  machinelearning  data  database  collaboration  navigation  aggregation  search  network  social  long-tail  thinking  LongTail  networks 
may 2005 by amaah
Google Accelerates Search
explaining the rational behind the accelerator... getting better ideas about how people actually use the web
technology  google  web  search  scaling  complexity  performance  design  architecture  software  strategy  leverage 
may 2005 by amaah
Adam Bosworth's Web of Data (Powerpoint Slides)
Slides from Adam Bosworth's Web of Data talk. The web happened because it was simple, sloppy, had standards and could scale. Great articulation of the REST proposition but he wants that for data now.
web  technology  history  adoption  programming  complexity  systems  glue  standards  html  blog  atom  rss  simplicity  wire  format  REST  bosworth  kiss  data  database  resource  modeling  resourcemodeling 
april 2005 by amaah
Bosworth's Web of Data
Slides from Adam Bosworth's Web of Data talk. The web happened because it was simple, sloppy, had standards and could scale. Great articulation of the REST proposition but he wants that for data now.
web  technology  history  adoption  programming  complexity  systems  standards  html  blog  atom  rss  data  simplicity  wire  format  REST  resource  modeling  resourcemodeling 
april 2005 by amaah
Technical Arteriosclerosis, Trackback and Comments
Tom Coates gripes... Cory Doctorow says All Complex Ecosystems Have Parasites. I consider this as a simple matter of dealing with the Technical Arteriosclerosis that develops in any complex and useful system. we've diagnosed the patient, now for real work
web  technology  history  adoption  spam  programming  complexity  systems  trackback  blogging  blog  toli 
april 2005 by amaah
Trackback is dead. Are Comments dead too?
excellent hand-wringing by Tom Coates on Trackback and dealing with spam... I think it is rather a matter of Technical Arteriosclerocis
web  technology  history  adoption  spam  programming  complexity  systems  trackback  blogging  blog 
april 2005 by amaah

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