Category Archives: Development

Useful Javascript snippets

Over some time, I’ve collected and/or modified a few Javascript snippets that I find useful. Some are polyfills, some are additions: STRING.padStart and STRING.padEnd // https://github.com/uxitten/polyfill/blob/master/string.polyfill.js // https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/JavaScript/Reference/Global_Objects/String/padStart if (!String.prototype.padStart) { String.prototype.padStart = function padStart(targetLength, padString) { targetLength = targetLength … Continue reading

Posted in Development | Tagged | Leave a comment

Thank you, Microsoft

That was sarcastic. Today I ended up doing a Windows Update on my work PC, running Windows 10. For some reason this ended with me losing all the work I had in my documents folder, until I could recover it … Continue reading

Posted in Development | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Deep Learning is shallow

Deep Learning, as part of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence, is actually shallow compared to human learning. Yes, DL uses more layers but it is still just patterns without explanation and will not be able to handle novel and unique … Continue reading

Posted in Development | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

A name that become a bit unfortunate

Today I learned that there once is an operating system, originating for the IBM System/360 that came to be called Pick, after one of its developer Richard Pick. Or, as American names go, Dick Pick. I don’t think it helps … Continue reading

Posted in Development | Tagged | 1 Comment

AI snake oil

These slides from “How to recognize AI snake oil” by Arvind Narayanan does a pretty good job of putting AI – really Machine Learning, ML – capabilities in perspective. There’s a great example in them of machine learning being given … Continue reading

Posted in Development | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

When the end user is not the customer

When you are selling to the end user, you have to show him that your product will solve a problem for him, in a way that is worth the effort. You are forced to prioritise usability. When you are selling … Continue reading

Posted in Development | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Impressive value for money

A recent comment led me down the Internet hole and I found this: The previous paragraph noted that they sales were going well, and they had already sold 30 units by August 1st. $24,000 for 8k memory.

Posted in Development | Tagged | Leave a comment

DRM as a prison

About Apple and Quartz, but also China and censorship: A secure building that keeps people from leaving is a prison Hardware-backed code signing that is used to prevent people from accessing uncensored news is DRM in the service of authoritarianism. … Continue reading

Posted in Development | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Hexadecimal numbers, as text

TIL: Someone tried to introduce a naming-scheme for hexadecimal numbers: I don’t think dotty-ernest annty-frost will take off (the number 57007, or hexadecimal DEAF). The image is apparently a magazine page from 1968.

Posted in Development | Tagged | 3 Comments

UCS-2; the Unicode character set that failed

Having spent far too many hours working with Unicode, I think this story of UCS-2 and how it failing to become the standard caused all sorts of trouble, is interesting. Around 1996, the Unicode consortium decided that no, 16 bits was … Continue reading

Posted in Development | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment