gnat + software   101

Case study: Who gets born? pre-birth testing project - Good Practice Participate
how the government consulted on this bioethics issue: online and offline, informed commentary, etc.
gov2  social  software 
may 2013 by gnat
Surmounting the Insurmountable: Wikipedia Is Nearing Completion, in a Sense - Rebecca J. Rosen - The Atlantic
Jensen believes that there is a way out of this: "Wikipedia is now a mature reference work with a stable organizational structure and a well-established reputation. The problem is that it is not mature in a scholarly sense." Wikipedia should devote more resources toward getting editors access to higher-quality scholarship (in private databases like JSTOR), admission to military-history conferences, and maybe even training in the field of historiography, so that they could bring the articles up to a more polished, professional standard.
wikipedia  history  social  software 
october 2012 by gnat
Oct. 23: The Virtues and Vices of Election Prediction Markets -
$18k IntTrade bet on Romney, just to boost his "momentum" story? No identity for the trader, so no motivation known.
politics  wisdomofcrowds  social  software 
october 2012 by gnat
Asking the Right Questions - Expert Labs
q&a sites guidelines for asking the right type of questions
social  software 
january 2011 by gnat
Asking the Right Questions - Expert Labs
roundup of how different Q&A sites shape the questions people ask so as to make the sites useful
social  software  from instapaper
january 2011 by gnat
Clay Shirky: How Twitter can make history | Video on
Clay is a fantastic speaker. Love his slide of the most clicked links on Twitter during Chinese earthquake: 9/10 were related to the earthquake. Last was laughingsquid's pointer to "kittens on a treadmill".
internet  culture  twitter  politics  social  software 
june 2009 by gnat
The Extraordinaries
"micro-volunteer opportunities via mobile phone"
mobile  crowndsourcing  collaboration  web2.0  social  software 
may 2009 by gnat
How Michael Osinski Helped Build the Bomb That Blew Up Wall Street -- New York Magazine
But even then, I was wondering why I was making more than anyone in my family, maybe as much as all my siblings combined. Hey, I had higher SAT scores. I could do all the arithmetic in my head. I was very good at programming a computer. And that computer, with my software, touched billions of dollars of the firm’s money. Every week. That justified it. When you’re close to the money, you get the first cut. Oyster farmers eat lots of oysters, don’t they?
software  economy  finance 
may 2009 by gnat
Collanos | Think Out of the Inbox
interestin collab product built on existing stuff. wish it were open source, don't trust companies any more.
business  software  collaboration  email 
february 2009 by gnat
Switching from scripting languages to Objective C and iPhone: useful libraries :: Hackdiary
Matt Biddulph points to some open source libraries that make iPhone programming easier if you come from a Rubyish background.
programming  mac  iphone  software 
january 2009 by gnat
"Asymmetrical Follow" (or lack thereof) on Dopplr
Nice graph showing distribution of people sharing trips on Dopplr, vs being shared.
viz  software  social 
december 2008 by gnat
A survey of corporate IT: The economics of the cloud | Highs and lows | The Economist
"SAP will increase its annual maintenance fees to at least 22% of a program’s value over the next few years, in line with those of Oracle, its main rival." crikey
numbers  software  business 
november 2008 by gnat
A survey of corporate IT: The long nimbus | The Economist
The dominant model is still that people first labour individually and then merge their respective efforts, says Mr Mulholland [chief Technologist of CapGemini]
collaboration  social  software  cloud 
november 2008 by gnat
ReConstitution 2008
Very impressive! Software that uses the closed captioning to track word frequencies and display leaderboards, tag clouds, etc. SWEET stuff.
words  language  politics  software  remix  video  usa  ninetonoon 
november 2008 by gnat
Twitter with tags and federation, designed as the message bus for human- and machine-readable messages. Tagging is the routing.
business  web2.0  social  software  twitter 
november 2008 by gnat
Lives - Facebook in a Crowd -
700 friends on Facebook, one shows up to a party.
social  software  web  facebook 
october 2008 by gnat
Analyzing music the digital way | Philadelphia Inquirer | 09/22/2008
"Competition organizer J. Stephen Downie, an associate professor of library and information science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, was especially taken with the entrants' success at identifying cover songs by different artists. For example, given one rendition of Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven," the electronic listeners had to sift through 1,000 songs and pick out 10 performances of "Stairway" by other artists, one of them on the banjo. A team from Barcelona, Spain, won that challenge, with a 75 percent success rate."
music  software 
october 2008 by gnat
Beanstalkd - Software -
beanstalkd is a fast, distributed, in-memory workqueue service. Its interface is generic, but was originally designed for reducing the latency of page views in high-volume web applications by running most time-consuming tasks asynchronously.
scaling  software  messaging  opensource  programming  library 
september 2008 by gnat
dConstruct 2008 notes | AlastairC
interesting for the Cognitive Bias talk and the Dopplr talk.
ux  social  software  brain 
september 2008 by gnat
Communities of practice
first bit is a very useful set of definitions
web  social  software 
september 2008 by gnat
OER's: Publishing is the Easy Part; Now, Let's Make Them More Usable | FunnyMonkey - Tools for Teachers
I've been giving a lot of thought lately to the question: what pieces of software (or culture around existing tools) need to be invented to create around educational materials the full power that the open source software movement has?
education  teaching  social  software 
august 2008 by gnat
I’m in Your Google Docs, Reading Your Spreadsheets - Bits - Technology - New York Times Blog
The danger of re-entering email addresses. Of course, this is solved by application integration (OH NO HOW MICROSOFT!) which either forces us all to use gmail (oh fuck NO!) or for all apps to be extensible (aka roll over and lubricate for the insertion of a Google Docs plugin). Is this the future? Is it a Robocop Brazil nightmare or is it ... no wait, there aren't any soft-focus upbeat movies about the future, are there?
google  security  privacy  email  collaboration  social  software 
august 2008 by gnat
RMS on Radio NZ | iNode: Nota Bene
Stallman's appearance on Radio NZ. He's so cogent.
nz  free  software 
august 2008 by gnat
Social Networking + P2P = Tribler
friends get faster downloads from friends.
bittorrent  p2p  social  software  opensource 
july 2008 by gnat
Users Get Banned for Creating Branded Fan Pages - The Unofficial Facebook Blog
real craft would be in creating a place for real people to love something without it being under the thumb of Mr Brand Manager (who is inevitably a cock)
branding  marketing  facebook  social  software 
may 2008 by gnat
downloadable stencils for OmniGraffle
mac  software  design  images 
may 2008 by gnat
ongoing · Multi-Inflection-Point Alert
Absolutely agree with Tim on this: there are interesting things brewing. This is partly why facebook zombie app shit makes me want to stick a chainsaw in my ass. All this potential and that's the best you can do, people?!
software  future 
april 2008 by gnat
.CSV » group think
"I believe that crowd theory is inherently pernicious [...] fundamentally relies on a simplified model of individual behavior [...] by treating people as statistical stick-figures, we cheapen ourselves and, somehow, become less human." but doesn't sayhow
social  software  ai  politics 
april 2008 by gnat
tool to make wiki debates more effective
viz  social  software 
march 2008 by gnat
Life With Alacrity: Dunbar Triage: Too Many Connections
"Who will offer us a 21st century, internet-augmented take on Dale Carnegie and Emily Post?"
social  software  culture 
march 2008 by gnat
SSRN-Follow the Trend or Make a Difference: The Evolution of Collective Opinions by Fang Wu, Bernardo Huberman
if posters can't see previous opinions, a fair sample is obtained. if they can see previous opinions, successive posts have more extreme opinions. if it's hard to post and previous views are known, a selection bias softens out the extreme views.
social  software 
march 2008 by gnat
02.13.2008 - So an EECS prof and an undergrad walk into a computer lab …
Berkeley researchers building social network for joke recommendations.
fun  social  software 
february 2008 by gnat
Jade will use the best state of the art algorithms to enhance image colors, contrast and dynamics, while preserving the overall quality of your images. batchable
mac  image  software 
february 2008 by gnat
Seth Levine's VC Adventure: The missing social network
I also prefer a zoned web, where some parts are for business and some are for friends. I also get grumpy when shopping and shit intrude on my friends. I want to see my friends' trails in other parts of town, but not be bombarded by them constantly.
web  social  software 
december 2007 by gnat
SAGE: Open Source Mathematics Software
open source Maple/Mathematica/MatLab/etc. software
math  software  opensource 
december 2007 by gnat
Playing tag |
social networking + bluetooth. In my opinion, a bad idea.
social  software  mobile 
december 2007 by gnat
I Love My Chicken Wire Mommy at Ben Brown, Internet Rockstar
post mortem of consumating's points system for user contributions. didn't directly reward what they wanted to encourage, had barrier to entry for newcomers.
social  software  design 
november 2007 by gnat
Main Page - Freemat
FreeMat is a free environment for rapid engineering and scientific prototyping and data processing. It is similar to commercial systems such as MATLAB from Mathworks, and IDL from Research Systems, but is Open Source. FreeMat is GPLed.
opensource  math  software  mac 
october 2007 by gnat
sideways scrolling columns of text to help you read on the screen without getting lost.
mac  software 
october 2007 by gnat
Studyit: Studyit - for NCEA students
popular in NZ apparently, students helping students.
social  software  education 
september 2007 by gnat
open source software for communal art performances
nz  art  software  opensource 
august 2007 by gnat
The New Zealand Open Maps Project for Garmin Mapping GPS
map databases for use with Garmin GPS units, lets you buy cheap US GPS units and use them locally
nz  mapping  geo  gps  software  opensource 
august 2007 by gnat
Opening API to spammers ? - David Coallier
Some things to check out when I build a Facebook app.
spam  social  software  programming  facebook 
july 2007 by gnat
More on Social Capital, Historically Considered « Organizations and Markets
Pointers to social capital in history. I'll chase these links if I ever get interested in the rats nest of distributed wank metrics (sorry, trust metrics).
social  software  history  economics  toread 
july 2007 by gnat
iDictate - Transcription Services
no idea how it compares to casting words
software  dictation 
july 2007 by gnat
small mail app for os x, do work in a tiny window
email  mail  mac  apple  software 
june 2007 by gnat
Sucky software? So add a virgin | Reg Developer
David Platt, author of "Why Software Sucks". keynoter?
speaker  software  books  foroscon 
june 2007 by gnat
Perian - The swiss-army knife of QuickTime® components
Perian is a free, open source QuickTime® component that adds native support for many popular video formats
mac  apple  software  media  opensource  osx 
march 2007 by gnat
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