This protection is important for everyone. It’s easy to see how encryption protects journalists, human rights defenders, and political activists in authoritarian countries. But encryption protects the rest of us as well. It protects our data from criminals. It protects it from competitors, neighbors, and family members. It protects it from malicious attackers, and it protects it from accidents.
I’ll be mentoring Deepak Nair over the summer through Google’s Summer of Code program. He will finally add a full-fledged Linked Open Data layer to enviroCar, including a SPARQL endpoint and automatic interlinking with external data sources.
Very neat trick to execute SQL queries against a PostGreSQL (or PostGIS, as in my case) database directly from Sublime Text. Now I just need to figure out how to automatically refresh the results file in Sublime after a query.
So, you could imagine instead of leaving your phone to do nothing overnight you could instead leave it to record 8 hours of drift data. We’d anonymize it and record drift information just for the nearest 100 mile square or something so we don’t know where your house is. Then we could aggregate that data with other phones across the world and see if we get something that looks accurate out of it.
What’s a good blog on probability without a post on Bayes’ Theorem? Bayes’ Theorem is one of those mathematical ideas that is simultaneously simple and demanding. Its fundamental aim is to formalize how information about one event can give us understanding of another. Let’s start with the formula and some lego, then see where it takes us.
There should be more explanations of mathematical ideas that involve Lego.
Good news for OpenStreetMap: the main website now has A-to-B routing (directions) built in to the homepage!
Very good news indeed.
Dead-simple, free Mac OS app to quickly query local or remote JSON data.
Fantastic graphic novel by Michael Keller and Josh Neufeld for Aljazeera America. It does an excellent job of explaining why Big Data can work against you, even if you have nothing to hide.