When Cyclists clash

Exhibit A: When American cyclists get in one another’s way.

Exhibit B: When British cyclists get in one another’s way.

Exhibit C: When Canadian cyclists get in one another’s way.

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1950s Morse key turned into a USB keyboard

Nomblr created a fully-functional USB keyboard out of a 1950s Morse Key he inherited from his dad.

I can just about remember growing up around beautifully designed analogue devices like rotary dial phones, typewriters, and record players. I’ve always like the idea of converting these largely defunct objects into digital devices, and my Dad’s old Morse key seemed like a simple project to get started on.

It was a surprisingly involved process, requiring not just learning to program a Teensy but also some good old-fashioned woodwork.

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Best Open Source Software Identified By InfoWorld Listicles

An anonymous reader writes: InfoWorld announced the winners of this year’s “Best of Open Source Software Awards” — honoring 68 different projects, spread across five categories. Besides the 15 best software development tools, they also recognized the best cloud computing software, machine learning tools, and networking and security software (as well as the best databases and analytics tools).

“Open source software isn’t what it used to be,” writes Doug Dineley, the site’s executive editor. “The term used to conjure images of the lone developer, working into the night and through weekends, banging out line after line of code to scratch a personal itch or realize a personal vision… But as you wend your way through our Bossie winners, you’re bound to be struck by the number of projects with heavyweight engineering resources behind them… Elsewhere in the open source landscape, valuable engineering resources come together in a different way — through the shared interest of commercial software vendors.”
More than 10% of the awards went to the Apache Software Foundation — 7 of the 68 — though I was surprised to see that five of the best software development tools are languages — specifically Kotlin, Go, Rust, Clojure, and Typescript. Two more of the best open source software development tools were Microsoft products — .Net Core and Visual Studio Code. And in the same category was OpenRemote a home automation platform, as well as Ethereum, which “smells and tastes like an open source project that is solving problems and serving developers.”


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Where human intelligence outperforms AI

 With every new trend comes a counter-trend. And so despite the current excitement over the wonders of artificial intelligence, one company is betting that human intelligence can still deliver solutions for businesses that AI cannot hope to match. Article One Partners (AOP) is a crowdsourced network of over 42,000 researchers in 170 countries — 42% of whom have graduate degrees in a… Read More

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Gillmor Gang: The Black Album

Gillmor Gang Artcard The Gillmor Gang — Doc Searls, Denis Pombriant, David Weinberger, Frank Radice, and Steve Gillmor. Recorded live 9.30.17. Cluetrain meets Blockchain, Twitter and the death of brevity, Who are the arbiters? G3: Algorithm and Blues — Francine Hardaway, Elisa Camahort Page, Mary Hodder, Kristie Wells, and Tina Chase Gillmor. Social media, Facebook and the Russians, bad algorithms,… Read More

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