Raw data is both an oxymoron and a bad idea; to the contrary, data should be cooked with care.
Friday, January 18th, 2019
Tuesday, June 26th, 2018
Prompted by his time at Clearleft’s AI gathering in Juvet, Chris has been delving deep into the stories we tell about artificial intelligence …and what stories are missing.
And here we are at the eponymous answer to the question that I first asked at Juvet around 7 months ago: What stories aren’t we telling ourselves about AI?
Tuesday, March 20th, 2018
An excellent, thorough, even-handed analysis of AMP’s performance from Tim. The AMP format doesn’t make that much of a difference, the AMP cache does speed things up (as would any CDN), but it’s the pre-rendering that really delivers the performance boost …as long as you give up your URLs.
But right now, the incentives being placed on AMP content seem to be accomplishing exactly what you would think: they’re incentivizing AMP, not performance.
Monday, March 5th, 2018
This looks like a handy tool for doing some quick’n’dirty competitor analysis when it comes to performance: create a scoreboard of sites to rank by speed (and calculate the potential revenue impact).
Many factors contribute to an engaging mobile experience. And speed is chief among them. Most people will abandon a mobile site visit if the page takes more than a few seconds to load. Use our Speed Scorecard to see how your site stacks up to the competition.
Tuesday, November 1st, 2016
The view that more information uncritically produces better decisions is visibly at odds with our contemporary situation.
A superb piece of research and writing by James, skewering the technological determinism that underlies the current faith in “big data.” At best, this misplaced trust is inaccurate; at worst, it is deadly.
To the algorithmic imagination, the practice of journalism and the practice of terrorism appear to be functionally identical.
Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016
The security research that went into improving the spec for the Battery Status API. This is why it’s so important that the web holds itself to high standard.
Even most unlikely mechanisms bring unexpected consequences from privacy point of views. That’s why it is necessary to analyze new features, standards, designs, architectures - and products with a privacy angle. This careful process will yield results, decrease the number of issues, abuses and unwelcome surprizes.
Monday, October 12th, 2015
I really like this comparison between Waldsterben and the current situation with the web after years of pervasive tracking.
Friday, January 9th, 2015
As always, systems thinking makes a lot of sense for analysing problems, even if—or, especially if—it’s a social issue.
Wednesday, January 29th, 2014
A great series of articles on the sci-fi films of the ’60s and ’70s:
The Laser Age examines a rich period in the history of science-fiction filmmaking that began in the late 1960s and faded away by the mid 1980s.
…all wrapped up in a nice responsive design too.
Tuesday, August 13th, 2013
This is quite remarkable. Now that the Galaxy Zoo project from Zooniverse has successfully classified all its data (already a remarkable achievement), its volunteers are now collaborating on writing a scientific paper.
There’s something going on here. This isn’t just a “cool” or “cute” link—this is the first stirring of something entirely new that is made possible by network technology.
Tuesday, February 19th, 2013
A damning analysis of the Empire’s military strategy at the battle of Hoth, complete with illustrations. The comments are good too:
Guys, cut Palpatine some slack. He’s still in his first term as Emperor…
Saturday, November 17th, 2012
The fascinating story of how a dream team of geeks helped Obama to victory. Personally, I think it’s all about the facial hair. I mean, how could they lose with Trammell’s beard to guide them?
Monday, November 12th, 2012
David takes a look at worldwide trends in web browsing, pointing out where mobile traffic exceeds desktop …and we’re not necessarily talking about smartphones here either.
It would be possible to travel from the Niger Delta on the west coast of Africa, to the horn of Africa on the east coast, without passing through a country where people surf more on desktop than a mobile phone.
Wednesday, August 1st, 2012
A really fascinating analysis by Jason into the apparent disparity in web browsing between Android and iOS devices: it turns out that the kind of network connection could be a big factor.
Tuesday, April 26th, 2011
A good analysis of many of the factors involved in web design, of which responsiveness is clearly an important part.
Monday, November 29th, 2010
An interesting, if necessarily somewhat complicated-looking, API from Google: analyse your user's past behaviour to predict future outcomes.
Wednesday, September 8th, 2010
They're going to get into so much trouble for this, but this data analysis is pretty great.
Thursday, February 18th, 2010
A thoroughly well-researched and data-heavy blog post ...complete with interactive charts!
Thursday, January 31st, 2008
A superbly clear analysis of the proposed default version targeting behaviour in IE8+.
Friday, November 2nd, 2007
Re-watching some Ridley Scott movies on DVD recently, I noticed a recurring motif: pivotal death scenes featuring a passive, non-human observer:
- Alien: Jones the cat looks on as the xenomorph claims its first post-natal victim in Harry Dean Stanton.
- Bladerunner: A genetically engineered owl—
of course it’s not real—pays scant attention to the brutal killing of Dr. Eldon Tyrell at the hands of another of his creations, Roy Batty.
- Gladiator: During the combined patricide and regicide of Marcus Aurelius by his son Commodus, the camera comes to rest on a bust of the emperor within sight of the murder.
…or it could just be a series of coincidences.