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How Aaron Levie and his childhood friends built Box into a $2 billion business, without stabbing each other in the back

It's 11:00 AM on a bright October morning in Silicon Valley. Levie, the bright-eyed young chief executive with patches of grey hair, has strolled into a third-floor conference room at the headquarters of Box, the enterprise software company he co-founded.

Het bedrijfsleven pruttelt niet over de klimaatzaak

COLUMN - “Ben ik nou de enige die zo blij is met de uitspraak in de #klimaatzaak dat ik hier in mijn eentje claxonnerend en juichend door de straten rij?” vroegen de makers van de strip Fokke en Sukke zich op Twitter af.

How To Just Ship: An Interview With Amy Hoy

JFS is an ebook that makes food related analogies on how to escape the constant rut of A/B testing landing pages. Allow me to propose this hypothetical scenario: You’re a creator. Maybe you create digital designs, or code apps, or make pottery. Perhaps you’re a writer, or a musician.

What To Know Before Debating Type Systems

Recently, it was brought up on Proggit that Chris Smith's "What to Know Before Debating Type Systems" was no longer online. This is a really great article, and in an effort to make sure it survives, I've grabbed the cache and am 'reprinting' it here.

Danish offshore wind: it’s getting better all the time

Denmark continues to set the pace in driving down the cost of offshore wind. In its latest tender for 350 MW of near-shore wind farms the maximum price has again been reduced. Danish offshore wind now costs roughly half of what the new nuclear plant at Hinkley in the UK will cost.

Robert Reich: Anticipatory Bribery

Bribing government officials is illegal, but what unspoken deals are being made anyway? Washington has been rocked by the scandal of J. Dennis Hastert, the longest-serving Republican speaker in the history of the U.S. House, indicted on charges of violating banking laws by paying $1.

Forcing Commenters to Use Real Names Won't Root Out the Trolls

They say never to read the comments. But I do. Every day. I read every comment—the good, the bad, the so ugly it needs to be deleted—because it’s my job. I’m a community management consultant. And, believe it or not, my favorite commenters are anonymous.

Eight Hours Is Enough – More Sleep Could Lead To An Early Grave

Sleep is vital for good health but more of it may not always be better for everyone. Research recently published in the journal Neurology has found middle-aged and older people who sleep more than eight hours a day have an increased risk of stroke.

Why Do Some People Feel The Cold More Than Others?

When HMS Beagle docked at the southern tip of Tierra del Fuego, Charles Darwin remarked on the capacity of the locals to deal with cold: "A woman, who was suckling a recently born child, came one day alongside the vessel and remained there out of mere curiosity, whilst the sleet fell and thawed on

A New Algorithm Reveals the Hidden World of Imperceptible Motion

The world is full of motion that goes unfelt and unseen—the minute trembles and vibrations that become swallowed up by larger and more general perturbations. They aren't wiped away by these larger forces, but are instead obscured from view.

Learning Unix

As I meet new Unix hackers using Linux or Mac, sometimes I am surprised at how few Unix tricks they know. It is sometimes painful to watch developers perform manual tasks on the shell.

Inceptionism: Going Deeper into Neural Networks

Artificial Neural Networks have spurred remarkable recent progress in image classification and speech recognition. But even though these are very useful tools based on well-known mathematical methods, we actually understand surprisingly little of why certain models work and others don’t.


In the past year, a conflict has erupted between technology companies, privacy advocates, and members of the U.S. law enforcement and intelligence communities over the right to use and distribute products that contain strong encryption technology.

The Creator of Linux on the Future Without Him

The conversation, combined with Linus Torvalds’s aggression behind the wheel, makes this sunny afternoon drive suddenly feel all too serious. Torvalds—the grand ruler of all geeks—does not drive like a geek.

Five Million Reasons Why China Could Go to War

With five million citizens to protect and billions of investment dollars at stake, China is rethinking its policy of keeping out of other countries’ affairs. China has long made loans conditional on contracts for its companies.

When Solid State Drives are not that solid

It looked just like another page in the middle of the night. One of the servers of our search API stopped processing the indexing jobs for an unknown reason. Since we build systems in Algolia for high availability and resiliency, nothing bad was happening.

Muziek kan niet zonder presets en wel hierom – Marco Raaphorst

We leven in een tijd dat veel muzikale aspecten onder te brengen zijn onder de noemer preset. Het woord is niet alleen van toepassing op synthesizers en samplers die voorzien zijn van honderden presets maar het gaat veel verder dan dat.

Verbeter de financiële sector en begin een bank

Wat zou u vinden van een bank die u geen rente geeft, maar geld vraagt om geld te bewaren? Een bank waarbij u niet mag rood staan. Een bank waar u zelfs niet bij naar binnen kunt lopen. Ik ben ondernemer en ben er van overtuigd dat velen van u behoefte hebben aan een dergelijke bank.

Cost of renewable energy’s variability is dwarfed by the savings

The variability of renewable energy sources like solar and wind has raised concerns about how well the US electrical grid could tolerate high levels of them.

Unraveling the Inside Story of "Southland Tales" : Motherboard

Given that one of the protagonists in Southland Tales—an ensemble postmodern action-musical satire set in pre-apocalyptic Los Angeles—is a psychic porn star who writes a screenplay based on prophetic visions; and given that the film's sprawling narrative drew inspiration from vision-questers Ph

Emulations Go Foom

Let me consider the AI-foom issue by painting a (looong) picture of the AI scenario I understand best, whole brain emulations, which I’ll call “bots.”  Here goes.

Virty servers' independence promise has been betrayed

Server virtualisation in its current state is pretty much done. The market is mature and critical tier one workloads are absolutely at home on tier one virtualised platforms such as VMware and HyperV.

#Hack4Detroit Hackathon Contract Bait and Switch

Fair warning that I’m not a lawyer and I may not fully understand the contract. It’s included inline for your reference. TL, DR; #hack4detroit requires a contract be signed on the day of the event that was not previously mentioned before registration fees.

Indiana's religious-freedom law just hilariously backfired

It’s no secret that Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which made national headlines earlier this year, was a blatant attempt to suppress LGBT rights. But in a case of surely unintended consequences, the controversial law has done a lot to advance another “lifestyle.”

Deep Learning Machine Beats Humans in IQ Test

Just over 100 years ago, the German psychologist William Stern introduced the intelligence quotient test as a way of evaluating human intelligence.

Apple’s Latest Product Is Privacy

Apple loves to use bold, explanatory slides at its big events. Sometimes it lists product features and prices. Sometimes it brags about sales figures. But, earlier this week, at Apple’s 2015 Worldwide Developers Conference, I noticed some slides devoted to something else: Privacy.

8 tools for visualizing data with open source

Data visualization is the mechanism of taking tabular or spatial data and conveying it in a human-friendly and visual way. There are several open source tools that can help you create useful, informative graphs. In this post we will take a look at eight open source, data visualization tools.


A computer is a clock with benefits. They all work the same, doing second-grade math, one step at a time: Tick, take a number and put it in box one. Tick, take another number, put it in box two.

What Silicon Valley Can Learn From Seoul

Like most young people in the Bay Area, Mike Kim grew up believing that the future of technology was being forged in Silicon Valley.

10 Words Every Girl Should Learn

In fifth grade, I won the school courtesy prize. In other words, I won an award for being polite. My brother, on the other hand, was considered the class comedian. We were very typically socialized as a "young lady" and a "boy being a boy.

Apple is having its Microsoft moment

It's not true. We're accustomed to annoying glitches in PCs. But the past few years have shown that Macs, iPads and iPhones have them too. So far in 2015, five major flaws have affected Apple products.

Sunday, 7 June 2015

If you do something you love for long enough, it gets into your bones. But more than that, the things adjacent to it do as well. Since I got started on the web, very nearly 22 years ago now, I’ve never really seen myself as a designer.

Jeeves Must Go

There is a classic “Smart Home” scenario that you’ve all likely heard: my calendar talks to my alarm clock, allowing me to sleep in an extra 30 minutes. When I finally do get up, the alarm clock starts the coffee maker so as I walk into the kitchen, I’m greeted by fresh brewed coffee.

How Plex is doing HTTPS for all its users

This week Plex, a self-hosted media server, announced that they now offer TLS to secure all connections, including those to the user's servers. This is actually pretty interesting. The server is a piece of software that runs on your own machine, where you have all your movies and TV series.

Apple Music and the terrible return of DRM

My Amazon Echo just arrived, months after I pre-ordered it. I'd totally forgotten about it until I got a ship notification the other day, and then it was there, a strange little tube promising yet another peek at a future that never seems fully within grasp.

Open Source History: What if GNU and Linux Had Cloned MS-DOS, Not Unix?

A consideration of how differently the consumer PC software market may have turned out if GNU and the Free Software Foundation had built free/"open source" software to replace MS-DOS and Windows, rather than Unix.

Web App Developers Putting Millions At Risk

German security researchers find 56 million data records lying unprotected in cloud back-end databases.

The 7 most horrifying exchanges from the Duggars’ interview with Megyn Kelly

There were so many gasp-worthy moments in the Megyn Kelly/Duggar family interview. Here are the seven biggest Megyn Kelly’s interview with Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar last night about their son Josh’s sexual abuse of several sisters and a babysitter was a shocking and horrifying spectacle.

Ancient City Discovered Underwater Solves Enigma That Puzzled Egyptologists For Years

An ancient Egyptian city found 6.5 km off of modern Egypt’s coastline reveals fascinating relics of Heracleion, also known as Thonis. The city’s ruins are located in Abu Qir Bay, originally existing near Alexandria, 2.5 km off the coast.

Toyota Unintended Acceleration and the Big Bowl of “Spaghetti” Code

Last month, Toyota hastily settled an Unintended Acceleration lawsuit – hours after an Oklahoma jury determined that the automaker acted with “reckless disregard,” and delivered a $3 million verdict to the plaintiffs – but before the jury could determine punitive damages.

WikiLeaks releases secret TISA docs: The more evil sibling of TTIP and TPP

WikiLeaks has released 17 secret documents from the negotiations of the global Trade in Services Agreement (TISA), which have been taking place behind closed doors, largely unnoticed, since 2013.

Twitter Just Killed Politwoops

A Twitter spokesperson just provided the following statement to Gawker regarding the apparent suspension of Politwoops’ access to Twitter’s developer API, which enabled the Sunlight Foundation-funded site to track tweets deleted by hundreds of politicians. Summarized: Politwoops is no more.

Tying the world together (and getting your end away) with Philip Jose Farmer

Philip Jose Farmer was tapping into something powerful when he had Doc Savage and Tarzan literally cross cocks that one time, and we're not just talking about the obvious throbbing members.

What Twitter Can Be.

Disclaimers: 1) This is a very long read. Thinking about a company and using its product obsessively for nine years straight will do that to you. 2) My funds and I own a lot of Twitter stock. 3) I do not speak for Twitter. 4) I have no inside information about Twitter.

The Next Feature Fallacy : The fallacy that the next new feature will suddenly make people use your product at andrewchen

The Next Feature Fallacy: the fallacy that the next feature you add will suddenly make people want to use the entire product. For people who love to build product, when something’s not working, it’s tempting to simply build more product.

I Went Paleo and Now I Hate Everything.

Recently, I went pseudo Paleo. I say pseudo, because, like most things in my life, I’ve jumped in headfirst without putting any thought or research into it (this is also how I ended up taking a workout class called “Insanity.” Afterwards, I was drooling and delirious.

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