Labnotes

Weekend Reading – .DS_Store

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.DS_Store in real life

.DS_Store in real life

Design Objective

How Community Feedback Shapes User Behavior TL;DR downvotes lead to more but bad content, upvotes has neutral effect, no feedback and people leave.


Tools of the Trade

collections.js JavaScript implementation of common collections: lists, maps, LRU/LFU, sets, heap, etc.

Omelette.js A simple, template based autocompletion tool for Node projects.

Tracking Deployments with Rollbar We use Codeship and Rollbar, it's a wonderful combination.

Best. Fortune Cookie. Ever.


Lines of Code

JSConf US 2014 The talks are making their way to YouTube.

@spadgos:

Semver is cool, but everyone is too afraid to actually bump the major version with each breaking change.


Locked Doors

Hackers reverse-engineer NSA spy kit using off-the-shelf parts From which we learned that the NSA is over-paying for technology with our tax money to spy on us.


None of the Above

The Trouble With IBM BusinessWeek, so take with spoonful of salt. The money quote:

The cold-sweat scenario for IBM is that it does catch up to Amazon and other cloud providers—only to find that competition has driven margins toward zero.

The power of a well-chosen image; EEG measures of brain activity and exercise The science, or lack of, behind a brain image that's making rounds on the Internet.

New Editing and Proofreading Marks:

Patch & Ride A tool for patching flat tires, without removing the tire. Hope this works in practice as well as the video (ships fall 2014).

Supreme Court smashes “do it on a computer” patents in 9-0 opinion Death to abstract patents?