Contrasting Backbone and Angular -
Victor Savkin presents in detail the pros and cons of using Backbone.js and Angular.js to create web applications, comparing the two frameworks with each other.
We chose to go with Backbone for a recent project; we decided it based on what our team felt, considering comfort levels, fears & takeoff time. However this is an interesting comparison for those who need to take a call.
Tinkering is what happens when you try something you don’t quite know how to do, guided by whim, imagination, and curiosity. When you tinker, there are no instructions—but there are also no failures, no right or wrong ways of doing things. It’s about figuring out how things work and reworking them.
Contraptions, machines, widely mismatched objects working in harmony — this is the stuff of tinkering.
Tinkering is, at its most basic, a process that marries play and inquiry.
While school traditionally separates art and science, theory and practice, such divisions are artificial. The real world just doesn’t work that way! Architects are artists. —
An excerpt from the book: “Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom”
How to Make a Functional Cell Phone From Scratch
But let’s come back to the question we began with. In the past few years many people—basically everybody—have noticed that the internet feels awkward, too. It is obviously completely surveilled, monopolized, and sanitized by common sense, copyright, control, and conformism. It feels as vibrant as a newly multiplexed cinema in the nineties showing endless reruns of Star Wars Episode 1. Was the internet shot by a sniper in Syria, a drone in Pakistan, or a tear gas grenade in Turkey? Is it in a hospital in Port Said with a bullet in its head? Did it commit suicide by jumping out the window of an Information Dominance Center? But there are no windows in this kind of structure. And there are no walls. The internet is not dead. It is undead and it’s everywhere. — Too Much World: Is the Internet Dead? | e-flux (via interdome)
CloudStack delivers... with a chip -
CloudStack, now a top-level project of the Apache Software Foundation, is often overshadowed by the big names (and bigger marketing budgets) behind rival OpenStack. And yet, teams from companies such as Disney have repeatedly talked in glowing terms about how much easier CloudStack was for them…
(Source: caro, via soulfulsound)
Security silliness and the cloud -
Surveys, analysts and CIOs constantly tell us that security is a “concern” when they think about using the public cloud. Matt Asay pointed to some recent data points in a blog post last week. They are, of course, right. They should be concerned about security. But those concerns aren’t unique…
Internet architects propose encrypting all the worldâs Web traffic -
Next-gen HTTP calls for default crypto to stop spying by spooks and criminals.
(Source: emergentfutures, via notational)
This is where the “digital debate” leads us astray: it knows how to talk about tools but is barely capable of talking about social, political, and economic systems that these tools enable and disable, amplify and pacify. When these systems are once again brought to the fore of our analysis, the “digital” aspect of such tool-talk becomes extremely boring, for it explains nothing. Deleuze warned of such tool-centrism back in 1990: — The Internet Ideology: Why We Are Allowed to Hate Silicon Valley - Debatten - FAZ (via iamdanw)
In Occupy the Cloud, I wanted to draw attention to spatial censorship, particularly in London where we’ve had a different experience of Occupy. When the city of London found out where Occupy London was going to set up, the government physically filled the intended space with metal barriers. They didn’t just bring the police force; they filled the space with actual stuff so as to make it impossible to camp out there. The UK government also just criminalized squatting, which was previously possible under common law. There used to be a potential for negotiation but now it’s simply criminalized.
Online there is also an increasing restriction of potential public spaces. The Internet bohemian dream of freedom has totally collapsed in the face of government surveillance and corporate activity. The whole space is being controlled and monetized. “The Cloud,” a marketing term intended to make Internet storage seem fluffy and easygoing, is in fact very closed and highly politicized. What we’ve learned in physical space we must bring back online to reassert the Internet as a commons. The idea is to extend digital modes of protest; data centers have physical locations and infrastructures that we could occupy. — james bridle - artforum.com / 500 words (via iamdanw)
International Space Station Infected With USB Stick Malware Carried on Board by Russian Astronauts -
Security expert Eugene Kaspersky reveals ISS infected by USB stick carried into space by Russian astronaut.
We’ve been sold a fiction. That the Internet has leveled the playing field. That all are welcome and respected. Hell, you can’t even get people to read your tweets; what makes you think you can get them to watch your YouTube clips? Sharing has peaked. At least your own personal stuff. Sharing will be limited to sending along what has already broken through. Because no one has the interest or time for the wannabe. — The Internet Has Peaked and No One Wants to Read Your Tweets | Variety (via photographsonthebrain)
Good design does not need lengthy explanations. —
Nasir Kassamali(via stoweboyd)