I didn’t think it would ever come over from Japan, but Calcio Bit has indeed been released on the eShop under the name Nintendo Pocket Football Club.
I linked to an article discussing the decline of the mobile web yesterday, and for the most part, I agree with it. Mobile is overtaking the web.
John Gruber doesn’t agree:
I think Dixon has it all wrong. We shouldn’t think of the “web” as only what renders inside a web browser. The web is HTTP, and the open Internet. What exactly are people doing with these mobile apps? Largely, using the same services, which, on the desktop, they use in a web browser. Plus, on mobile, the difference between “apps” and “the web” is easily conflated.
In essence, he claims that Internet-connected native apps and websites alike are all part of the web.
I don’t know if I agree. Being able to navigate from document to document is what made the World Wide Web popular; hyperlinks are such fundamental part of the web that for me, they are what define it. You can’t link to elements of a mobile app. You can’t link from one app to another. Well, you can in some cases, but it isn’t something that is there by design. So no, apps and websites aren’t both part of the web. Apps are connected, but there is a distinction to be made here.
This is a worrisome trend for the web. Mobile is the future. What wins mobile, wins the Internet. Right now, apps are winning and the web is losing.
I wouldn’t say it’s all doom and gloom, but this article does bring up some good points.
“Big data” has arrived, but big insights have not. The challenge now is to solve new problems and gain new answers – without making the same old statistical mistakes on a grander scale than ever.
A great article on the pitfalls.
Bugsnag detects crashes in every popular programming language and framework, automatically collecting useful diagnostics to help you resolve your errors quickly.
Starts at $29 per month (5 users, 5 projects).
Following the viral success of ATLAS spokesperson Fabiola Gianotti’s presentation on 4 July 2012 announcing the discovery a new particle consistent with the Higgs boson, Gillies scrambled a team of emergency typographers to work towards the change. Working in shifts night and day for over a year, they deconstructed Gianotti’s presentation at the very tiniest level to study its fundamental structure. They then came up with a sophisticated statistical model to separate the font from the background content.
Not all April Fools jokes are worth sharing. This one most definitely is.
The problem with Left Behind is that it is hard to discuss without spoiling much of what makes it special. Suffice it to say that for me, it was in many ways even more enjoyable than the original campaign. Brilliant.
Hack is a programming language for HHVM that interoperates seamlessly with PHP. Hack reconciles the fast development cycle of PHP with the discipline provided by static typing, while adding many features commonly found in other modern programming languages.
Hack provides instantaneous type checking via a local server that watches the filesystem. It typically runs in less than 200 milliseconds, making it easy to integrate into your development workflow without introducing a noticeable delay.
This is definitely one to watch. I love the concept of gradually typed languages.
“The biggest challenge we encountered was project management,” Suzuki said. “By the end, we had 300 people [working] and no experience on such a large project. At the time there were no project management tools…so instead we made a job order sheet that was a list of action items in Excel. Because we kept testing, the items did not decrease. At one point we had 10,000 of them.
A good read.
What happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, and where is it now?
Statistical tools can’t answer those questions any more definitively than Malaysian officials have. Yet they can help refine and focus the hunt for the plane and for a solution to the deepening mystery of its March 8 disappearance.
Includes a good basic example of bayesian inference.
Although the one-liners of Arnold Schwarzenegger are fairly well known the true semantics of the uttering is yet to be understood. This project tries to discover new meanings from the Arnold movies with the means of computer science.
Here’s a quick example:
IT'S SHOWTIME HEY CHRISTMAS TREE IDIOT YOU SET US UP @NO PROBLEMO BECAUSE I'M GOING TO SAY PLEASE IDIOT TALK TO THE HAND "BECAUSE THE FACE AINT LISTENING" YOU HAVE NO RESPECT FOR LOGIC YOU HAVE BEEN TERMINATED
This is funnier than it has any right to be.