So the giant electronic brain is doing an enormous amount of work to discern information which the user knows and can enter easily: which tool she wants to use.
The task of „guess the application I want to use“ is actually not even in the domain of artificial intelligence. AI is normally defined by the human standard. To work properly as a control interface, Wolfram’s guessing algorithm actually requires divine intelligence. It is not sufficient for it to just think. It must actually read the user’s mind. God can do this, but software can’t.
Things which are different in order to be different are seldom better, but that which is made to be better is almost always different.
— Dieter Rams
Další důkaz, jak je internet skvělý pro minoritní zájmy: Server The Art of the Title Sequence, který se (překvapivě) věnuje pouze závěrečným titulkům filmů, publikoval rozsáhlý rozhovor s tvůrci závěrečných titulků WALL·E.
BBH Labs: There is lots of discussion in the design community at the moment about the promise (or evils – delete as appropriate) of crowdsourcing (see businesses such as Crowdspring). Many are excited about the democratization of design, proposing quality will always win through and crowdsourcing simply increases the chances of excellence whilst reducing costs. Others are dismayed about the erosion of both the principles and margins of the design profession. Where do you stand on using the ‘creativity of the crowd’?
Rams: Under no circumstances. No way.
V článku na serveru BBH Labs najdete kromě rozhovoru, také videa a příklady toho, co Rams zatím vytvořil.
What is CheckMyColours?
It is a tool for checking foreground and background color combinations of all DOM elements and determining if they provide sufficient contrast when viewed by someone having color deficits.
All the tests are based on the algorithms suggested by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).
„Less is Leaner css. Less extends css by adding: variables, mixins, operations and nested rules.”
Kromě používání proměnných v CSS vám Less dá do rukou i další velmi chytré pomůcky, to vše implementovatelné na váš stávající kód. Rozhodně mrkněte na jejich stránku, i když nepoužíváte Ruby ani Railsy.
Jak název napovídá, PatternCooler je generátor vzorů na pozadí stránek.
Jiří Hlavenka popisuje chyby, kterých se dopustili při budování a provozování obchodu Vltava.cz.
The political scientist Ivan Arreguín-Toft recently looked at every war fought in the past two hundred years between strong and weak combatants. The Goliaths, he found, won in 71.5 per cent of the cases. That is a remarkable fact. Arreguín-Toft was analyzing conflicts in which one side was at least ten times as powerful—in terms of armed might and population—as its opponent, and even in those lopsided contests the underdog won almost a third of the time.
In the Biblical story of David and Goliath, David initially put on a coat of mail and a brass helmet and girded himself with a sword: he prepared to wage a conventional battle of swords against Goliath. But then he stopped. “I cannot walk in these, for I am unused to it,” he said (in Robert Alter’s translation), and picked up those five smooth stones. What happened, Arreguín-Toft wondered, when the underdogs likewise acknowledged their weakness and chose an unconventional strategy? He went back and re-analyzed his data. In those cases, David’s winning percentage went from 28.5 to 63.6. When underdogs choose not to play by Goliath’s rules, they win, Arreguín-Toft concluded, “even when everything we think we know about power says they shouldn’t.”
HOW DAVID BEATS GOLIATH — čtivý a inspirativní článek od Malcolma Gladwella v New Yorkeru.