Four short links: 28 November 2016

Skill Levels, Auto-Provisioning from GitHub, Laptops are Niche, and Vehicular Firehose

By Nat Torkington
November 28, 2016
Four short links
  1. Computer Skill LevelsAcross 33 rich countries, only 5% of the population has high computer-related abilities, and only a third of people can complete medium-complexity tasks. (via Greg Linden)
  2. FodorAuto setup and provision GitHub repositories on new DigitalOcean droplets. Genius!
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  4. Tablets, PCs, and Office (Ben Evans) — it was Ben’s podcast that really opened my eyes: we laptop users are in a dying market. Mobile won. Jean-Louis Gassée agrees.
  5. Car Wars — Cory Doctorow short fiction that builds on the trolleybus problem, commissioned by Deakin University in Australia to illustrate the kinds of research they’re doing. When you worked for Huawei, you got access to the firehose: every scrap of telemetry ever gleaned by a Huawei vehicle, plus all the licensed data sets from the other big automotive and logistics companies, right down to the driver data collected from people who wore court-ordered monitors: paroled felons, abusive parents under restraining orders, government employees. You got the post-mortem data from the world’s worst crashes, and you got all the simulation data from the botcaves: the vast, virtual killing-field where the machine learning algorithms duked it out to see which one could generate the fewest fatalities per kilometre.
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