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A Tale of Two Zippers
human's are still required for some jobs however menial
automation  technology  design  tradeoffs  optimization  hardware 
february 2015 by amaah
Credit card use frustrates cabdrivers
cabdrivers say that the mobile-payment and taxi radio dispatch companies that partnered to install the credit card devices have profited at drivers’ expense, and that taking cards has made it harder, not easier, for them to earn a living.

Drivers absorb a 5 or 6 percent processing fee on credit-card fares, while many also must pay $1.50 each time they withdraw cash from an account in which card payments are deposited.
credit  payment  systems  transportation  transaction  transactions  tradeoffs  economics  networks  technology  taxi 
may 2011 by amaah
SPDY Protocol (Chromium Developer Documentation)
First thought: for some reason they don't like middlemen.... Pity the caches... By using SSL they are reducing visibility to intermediaries... The compressed headers and connection multiplexing are good however there is more lost in the move to this binary rendering in the protocol. The downside of relaxing the layered constraint in REST is that you lose the entire ecosystem of caches in the architecture. The question is whether the gains outweigh the losses.
web  architecture  design  http  rest  constraints  internet  technology  protocol  development  middlemen  caching  intermediaries  tradeoffs 
november 2009 by amaah
A Scalable, Commodity Data Center Network Architecture
Oooh... low end theory fodder... although perhaps greater insight would come from having beers with operations folk from Google and Yahoo... this is the view from the academy
technology  design  Architecture  research  performance  scalability  networks  systems  data  storage  tradeoffs  BestPractices  operations  LowEndTheory 
december 2008 by amaah
Solution, or Mess? A Milk Jug for a Green Earth
on the redesign of milk jugs wherein we trade off increased efficiency and ease of distribution (and, buzzword alert, sustainability ergo reduced fuel and shipment costs) against usability - users tend to spill and need to learn new pouring techniques
design  usability  packaging  distribution  food  tradeoffs  economics  environment  engineering 
july 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
The Evolution of Security
The risk-management strategies of honeybees can teach us a lot about security.
security  risk  costs  tradeoffs  evolution  strategy  management  technology  biology  adaptation  resilience 
november 2007 by amaah
Lagos: 'The New York of Nigeria'
"It's a jungle where a lot of things can happen. Things that don't happen anywhere will happen in Lagos: the unexpected." Lagos is one of the planet's fastest-growing mega-cities, with people drawn not only from rural Nigeria but also from all over West A
Nigeria  Lagos  urban  city  development  slums  hustle  organization  entrepreneur  scale  commerce  tradeoffs  population 
june 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
Cellphone users try to wrest some of carriers' control
About 90 percent of phones with Bluetooth capabilities allow file transfer, but in the US, carriers have been hesitant to embrace the technology because it might cannibalize wireless data revenues, "They're trying to control the platform, and they can ti
control  participation  LowEndTheory  telecom  networks  platform  systems  Design  disintermediation  Architecture  tradeoffs  cell  mobile  mobility  disruption  technology  software 
june 2007 by amaah
Internet Identity & the Public Notary
well, well, well. Ben Hyde on the notion of the digital notary public. Now there's an incentive for publishing the long gestating toli on the topic. Coordination, architecture for intermediaries, business models for middlemen. I'm all over this
forms  technology  identity  architecture  security  economics  modeling  incentives  tradeoffs  xforms  adoption  notary  middlemen  intermediaries  intermediation  systems  design  web  internet  authentication 
april 2007 by amaah
Checkered with solitude
Solitude is, beyond question, one of the world’s great gifts and an indispensable aid to creativity, no matter what level that creation may be hatched at. Our culture puts enormous emphasis on “socialization,” on the supposedly supreme virtues of es
solitude  creativity  social  collaboration  SocialLiving  tradeoffs  writing  insight  sociology  philosophy 
march 2007 by amaah
The Landscape of Parallel Computing Research (pdf)
identifies the major challenges that computing faces (both hardware and software) and how parallel computing may help...
technology  hardware  software  design  Architecture  performance  research  optimization  tradeoffs  filetype:pdf  media:document 
january 2007 by amaah
Challenges on DistributedWeb Retrieval (pdf)
good overview of the design choices and challenges involved in designing a large scale search solution for the web. The economics are interesting also and are akin to the cost of designing a new chip fab in the hardware space
technology  search  design  architecture  economics  algorithms  tradeoffs  BestPractices  research  web  filetype:pdf  media:document 
january 2007 by amaah
Child’s Play - How One Laptop Per Child plans to bring computers to a billion schoolchildren… and a revolution to the computer industry
Ethan's backgrounder on the economic and design challenges in building low cost yet widely distributed computing devices targeted at developing countries
Africa  technology  design  economics  software  hardware  tradeoffs  olpc 
january 2007 by amaah
Do Not Pry Open Until Christmas
the worst plastic clamshell packaging: a Uniden cordless phone set: It took 9 minutes 22 seconds to unwrap completely and nearly caused injury to the person opening it. injuries from plastic packaging resulted in 6,400 visits to emergency rooms
packaging  design  absurd  tradeoffs 
november 2006 by amaah
Cheap Electronics Dissection Project
is it possible to build a useful computer with a development toolchain, for a price most of the world can afford (under US$20, ideally under US$10), small enough to carry around, that can run off cheap batteries, powerful enough not only for a self-hosted
electronics  technology  economics  china  gadgets  engineering  adoption  marketing  tradeoffs  hardware  thinking  olpc 
august 2006 by amaah
Safety memo foretold tunnel tragedy
He showed the class some concrete ceiling panels, pointed to the bolts protruding from the ceiling, explaining that the panels would one day hang from those bolts. A third-grade girl raised her hand and asked him, ``Will those things hold up the concrete?
prescience  engineering  Boston  BigDig  accident  tradeoffs  Design  construction  ThingsFallApart 
july 2006 by amaah
Dilemmas
An examination question: Hunger, dying computer, laundry, World Cup, French Open, day job, marriage, groceries, family, house, reading, futures, bill. Discuss how you would resolve the various competing concerns. Provide enough detail to satisfy the repor
life  whimsy  SmallThings  football  worldcup  tradeoffs  dilemma  decisions  obsession  fever  attention  ADD  community  relationships  modernity  muititasking  juggling  humour  internet  web  conversation  fun  soccer  organization  preparation  observation  funny  insanity  ThoughtProcess  risks  toli  SocialLiving  ThingsFallApart  communities 
june 2006 by amaah
Tech Has A New Top Dog
Fairly shrewd analysis about the trajectories of HP and IBM, the former beginning to embrace the Low End theory, the latter for some boneheaded reason thinking enterprise. The work we have to do to change things... Clue: it's called the web
hp  ibm  technology  web  strategy  LowEndTheory  scaling  business  tradeoffs  software  hardware  services  reinvention  disruption  massmarket  consumer  enterprise 
june 2006 by amaah
Capitalism 2.0
The problem with “Capitalism 1.0” is that it doesn’t work well with networked goods. The voluntary exchange for large numbers of people has too high a co-ordination cost. As a result we end up with weirdness like spectrum auctions that insist on 95%
networks  economics  coordination  tradeoffs  incentives  arbitrage  communication  end-to-end  technology  telecom 
april 2006 by amaah
Containerized Shipping Born at Port Newark
The shipping container is 50 years old today... A living revolution and interesting case study in the history of technology adoption... It transformed the shipping business into a case of operations research and lowered coordination costs.
technology  innovation  adoption  standards  transportation  history  containers  coordination  operationsresearch  tradeoffs  commerce  economics  networks 
april 2006 by amaah
Scripting Flamewar
James Gosling opines on design imperatives for scripting languages...
design  language  software  scripting  programming  tradeoffs  performance  typing 
march 2006 by amaah
The REST Elevator Pitch
I consider HTTP a deliberately minimalist compromise, laissez-faire distributed computing if you will.
technology  rest  systems  software  design  architecture  advocacy  leverage  adoption  composition  tradeoffs  http  uri  xml  html  atom  web  toli  resource  modeling  resourcemodeling 
march 2006 by amaah
A Real Options Framework to Value Network, Protocol, and Service Architecture (PDF)
proposes a real options framework for evaluating architectural choices and the economic value of these alternative choices of networks, protocols, and services. Using proven financial techniques of real options, our model explores the value of distributed
networks  technology  economics  Design  Architecture  tradeoffs  options  adoption  filetype:pdf  media:document 
august 2005 by amaah
A Rocket to Nowhere
Taken on its own merits, the Shuttle gives the impression of a vehicle designed to be launched repeatedly to near-Earth orbit, tended by five to seven passengers with little concern for their personal safety, and requiring extravagant care and preparation
Design  decisions  shuttle  space  science  engineering  tradeoffs  nasa  observation  technology 
august 2005 by amaah

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