The Weekliest Links, 12345 Edition

January 23rd, 2015 by Wes

Good to know that simple, easy to guess passwords are tapering off. Still shocking to see passwords such as “12345″ or “qwerty” are still common. This is the weekly puzzle at io9. They ask a couple variations of the “two jugs sizes 3 gallons and 5 gallons, and you want to measure out 4 gallons […] Keep reading

The Weekliest Links, Boy Band Edition

January 16th, 2015 by Wes

Think of the boy bands when scheduling your developer conference. Really awesome overview of different TCP implementations. ‘Why Clojure?’ answered by a Pythoneer. Immutability encourages pushing application state to the db, the REPL and clojure class loader, and benefits of the JVM. Chartbeat has traditionally been predominantly a Python shop, but we’re introducing Clojure in […] Keep reading

Weekliest Links, You Know Knothing Ben Bitdiddle Edition

January 9th, 2015 by Wes

Welcome back! This Weekliest Links is a doozy, including some things we read over break. Get yourself a cistern of coffee and cozy up to a blazing fire if you’re getting the same chill we are in NYC and check ‘em out: “[Haskell] is the most advanced of the obsolete languages,” starts Gerald Sussman in We […] Keep reading

Robot Traffic Filtering in Real Time

October 17th, 2014 by Immanuel

Given a list of thousands of patterns and a text string, how fast can you find matches in the text? This is the problem you need to solve if you want do basic robot-traffic filtering in real time using a list of known robots and browsers. We did this at Chartbeat as part of the […] Keep reading

Chartbeat University: Distributions

October 16th, 2014 by Dan

There’s a funny saying I recently came across about statisticians: A statistician is someone who knows that 4 is sometimes equal to 7.  Besides being incredibly geeky — and, let’s face it, kind of stupid — this underlies a very fundamental concept in the data sciences: any quantity we measure is drawn from a distribution. […] Keep reading

Weekliest Links, Computers I’ve Never Heard of Messing With My Work Edition

October 3rd, 2014 by Wes

We’ve been ramping up our use of Riak, so coming across Charlie von Metzradt of Graphite telling us How to use Riak Incorrectly was incredibly useful. ECMAScript 6 modules! Looking forward to the future of JavaScript?  So are we!  Take an early look at what the module syntax will look like in ES6.  Get prepared early, and maybe […] Keep reading

Weekliest Links, The Interactive Data Viz Edition

September 19th, 2014 by Jerry

Scott Murray’s D3 Tutorials are so good that he eventually turned them into a book. Luckily for you, he kept the originals up on the web. An Engineer’s Guide to Stock Options by Alex MacCaw breaks down what every engineer should know. You say you’re clustering data but don’t know how many clusters to expect? Applying a […] Keep reading

Weeklist Links, Computer Vision Is Getting So Good I Can Rot My Eyes on TV Edition

September 12th, 2014 by Wes

Opinionated AngularJS styleguide for teams - Angular style and architecture are evolving constantly but this is a very reasonable approach and guide from Todd Motto, with excellent justifications for each decision. Revolutionary Technique That Quietly Changed Machine Vision Forever - Deep neural networks are steadily marching toward dominance when measured by their performance in image recognition competitions, and the […] Keep reading

Weekliest Links, Pretty F***ing Good Edition

September 5th, 2014 by Wes

Medium’s CSS is actually pretty f***ing good – @fat tells a good story about medium’s evolution of how they write css. Oh, and while he was evolving it he created a new font. The Robo-Chemist - Researchers are now taking leaps towards building an robotic chemist. Using a combination of software, robotics, and lots of data teams […] Keep reading

The Weekliest Links, Everything Looks Like Ikea If All You Have Is An Allan Key Edition

August 29th, 2014 by Wes

Linux Performance Tools – If you’re one of those poor souls oncall and want to get a quick rundown of what tools you have available to you to troubleshoot different types of performance issues on Linux, take a look at Brendan Gregg’s talk from LinuxCon. 3D CGI With Ikea - Turns out Ikea furniture might be more […] Keep reading