Category Archives: Geek

Forget Bitcoin — What Is the Blockchain and Why Should You Care?

http://recode.net/2015/07/05/forget-bitcoin-what-is-the-blockchain-and-why-should-you-care/

Andrew: This matters greatly.

… This is the principle behind the blockchain, a powerful and widely misunderstood invention that could profoundly affect our relationship with the digital world. Most people are vaguely familiar with the blockchain as the technology underpinning bitcoin. Experts in a range of industries are gushing about its potential.

Welcome to the era of open source cars

http://arstechnica.com/cars/2015/09/open-source-design-is-changing-the-way-we-make-cars/

Even if they’ve been longtime partners, the tech sector’s influence on the automotive industry has never been stronger. OEMs in Detroit, Stuttgart, Seoul, and elsewhere are continually transforming cars to meet the demands of consumers now conditioned to smartphones (and their 18-month refresh cycle). Much of this is being driven by cheap and rugged hardware that can finally cope with the harsh environment (compared to your pocket or an air-conditioned office) that a car needs to be able to handle. Wireless modems, sensors, processors, and displays are all essential to a new car in 2015, but don’t let this visible impact fool you. The tech industry is having a broader influence on the automobile. Hardware is important, but we’re now starting to see larger tech philosophies adopted—like the open source car.

Paul Ford: What is Code?

http://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/2015-paul-ford-what-is-code/

This is real. A Scrum Master in ninja socks has come into your office and said, “We’ve got to budget for apps.” Should it all go pear-shaped, his career will be just fine.

You keep your work in perspective by thinking about barrels of cash. You once heard that a U.S. dry barrel can hold about $100,000 worth of singles. Next year, you’ll burn a little under a barrel of cash on Oracle. One barrel isn’t that bad. But it’s never one barrel. Is this a 5-barrel project or a 10-barreler? More? Too soon to tell. But you can definitely smell money burning.

How Snow Guns Keep the Slopes Coated in Fresh Powder

How Snow Guns Keep the Slopes Coated in Fresh Powder

http://feeds.wired.com/c/35185/f/661370/s/4324d6b0/sc/10/l/0L0Swired0N0C20A150C0A20Chow0Eto0Emake0Efake0Esnow0C/story01.htm

Between muddy trails and shorter seasons, global warming puts a chill on ski resorts. Typically the solution is one beloved by cold-themed supervillains everywhere: snow guns! Such blowers used to be expensive to run, but new versions, like Snow Logic’s DV4, expectorate winter wonderlands more efficiently. The upshot for one Vermont resort this season: $235,000 in projected savings, a 2.6 million-pound reduction in carbon emissions, and slopes full of happy, mogul-carving skiers.

New High-Tech Farm Equipment Is a Nightmare for Farmers

New High-Tech Farm Equipment Is a Nightmare for Farmers

http://feeds.wired.com/c/35185/f/661370/s/43133a8a/sc/1/l/0L0Swired0N0C20A150C0A20Cnew0Ehigh0Etech0Efarm0Eequipment0Enightmare0Efarmers0C/story01.htm

I squatted down in the dirt and took stock of my inadequate tools. Over my left shoulder a massive John Deere tractor loomed. I came here to fix that tractor. So far, things weren’t going as planned. I’m a computer programmer by training, and a repairman by trade.

Hockey And Big Data

Hockey And Big Data

http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Techcrunch/~3/1zDvdq-l2Xs/

 Hockey is a naturally aggressive sport, and the casual fan has learned to associate it with violence, the kind that makes the daily sports highlight segment on the news. But like other sports, there are subtle nuances to the game that are lost in between the bare-knuckle brawls and bone-jarring hits. Hockey is the ultimate team sport in the regard that players are more than willing to…