Spoiler: The graph starts moving much more quickly towards heavier players in the 80s when growth hormones and steroids started getting serious, while the average height goes up at a pretty steady rate the whole time. That’s… depressingly unsurprising.
Straight from the Apple’s mouth. It’s already in the Safari betas! This is great news. I’ve been using DuckDuckGo as my search provider for awhile now, and their new design is the bees knees.
Unlike some other search engines they aren’t in the business of selling your personal data.
The medium of Twitter bot offers us the ability to shine a spotlight on the entries as individual entities; “hence, conspicuous public notice“. While it is certainly possible to look up all the words, perhaps dig through my Github account to find them, there is a different dynamic of attention with a tweet. Having @OldSlang drop another tweet in your timeline from time to time is not simply a slow-burn form of reading, but a different experience or appreciation.
I’m all over this.
DuckDuckGo’s totally-overhauled site looks and feels great. They replaced Google as my default search engine a year or so ago, and I haven’t regretted it for a second. Here’s how to add them to Safari.
The idea here is pretty clear: these five ISPs want to be paid extra for doing the job they are already being paid for. Extra ports are required to handle the current level of traffic and these companies are assuming that when the pain becomes great enough — that’s our pain, by the way — Level3 or some Level3 customer like Netflix will pay the extra money to make the problem go away.
The major ISPs (basically any one of Comcast, Time Warner Cable, CenturyLink, Charter Communications, AT&T U-verse, Cox Communications, and Verizon FiOS) want to essentially freeze the current, busted-ass, infrastructure, and get end-users and major traffic users like Netflix to pay for the newer, better, infrastructure, then charge us all extra after we’ve paid for it. Net Neutrality has to die for them to achieve this, so they’re making their big push to kill it.
This tutorial is about empowering people who feel constrained about their lack of abilities. For example, programmers who feel like they need artists to make cool things, or artists who think they need programmers to make cool things, or even people who are neither of those who want to make cool things.
The tutorial is written for folks who have no experience with Unity or 3D modelling.
Definitely going to spend some time with this on a weekend.
This is not building anything new — it’s discriminating and restricting what we already have.
This is not making anything faster — it’s allowing ISPs to selectively slow down traffic that they don’t strategically or financially benefit from, and only permit traffic from their partners to run at the speeds that everything runs at today.
It’s ostensibly the FCC’s job to see through this bullshit language and do what’s right for the country and the people, but only the fool who believed that ISPs are trying to build something beneficial here would believe that the FCC gives a damn about what’s best for American citizens.
It’s a short post, so I’m not going to excerpt it, but it involves Opera. The musical theater variety, not the probably-doomed web browser.
Once again, via Jesper.
Having built and used probably a dozen different image slider / content carousels this one looks like it covers all of the bases and with minimal markup bullshit. Color me impressed.
I’ve seen this done before but not so efficiently, responsively, and with no dependencies. (via Jesper)
Font‑To‑Width (FTW!) is a script by Nick Sherman and Chris Lewis that takes advantage of large type families to fit pieces of text snugly within their containers.
Can definitely see using this for some datavis stuff. There is some FOUT (Flash of unstyled text) to deal with though.
Providing the “Latest research on consumer behaviour, psychology and biases.” This stuff is like catnip for me.
If you use ASCII 31 as your field separator instead of comma or tab, and ASCII 30 as your record separator instead of new line. Then you have a text file format that is trivial to write out and read in, with no restrictions on the text in fields or the need to try and escape characters.
It is even part of the design of the file encoding system.
Use HTML5′s web audio API to create a hardware bus somewhat similar to how Square’s Credit Card readers works.
I am abuzz with ideas for this right now and this is bad because I have actual work to do. (via Jesper)
Hey. What're you doing all the way down here? You get lost? Just looking around? Cool. I like you.