FoundationDB supports its YesACID model with an... →
it is better to have application programmers deal with performance problems due to overuse of transactions as bottlenecks arise, rather than always coding around the lack of transactions It is true that eventual consistency is hard to program against. So relying on transactions can give you a lot less complexity. As soon as you run into consistency problems… If you offer people...
Ken Robinson: How to escape education's death... →
Ken says: The goal of education is not command and control but climate control. Education is about humans and not mechanics. And there are three conditions under which humanity flourishes: diversity, curiosity and creativity. But what education often doing instead is the contrary: standardizing and demanding compliance (through standardized testing)
How smart is Prismatic?
I love social news sites like Prismatic. Usually I get relevant stories to read through them. But one thing I always automatically assume is that the stuff on top is not the newest but the most relevant to me. I read the first two headlines in their notification mail and then delete the email. Is that actually an accurate assumption?
Why Big Companies Can't Innovate →
TL;DR Innovation is a search: in a start-up, innovation is not just about implementing a creative idea, but rather the search for a way to turn some aspect of that idea into something that customers are willing to pay for But big companies want predictability: discovering a new business model is inherently risky, and is far more likely to fail than to succeed. Blank explains that this...
Feature Shot Gun
Feature Creep is a sickness of an existing, maybe successful product. Opposed to that I consider ‘Feature Shot Gun’ to be an approach to a new or renewed product initiative characterized by lots of features a lack of clarity concerning value of a single feature no real focus, no core features no priorities, everything is important a declaration that the initiative can only be...