I’d rather be proved wrong than miss the chance to improve

One of my favourite books is Nightfall by Isaac Asimov and Robert Silverberg. The setup for the sorry is an old astronomy professor who has won his planet’s equivalent of the Nobel Prize for proving that the six suns in his solar system would never set on his planet at the same time. And night … More I’d rather be proved wrong than miss the chance to improve

NMandelbrot : running arbitrary code on client

As part of my grand plan for map-reduce in JavaScript and zero-install distributed computing, I had to think about how to gain user trust in a security context where we don’t trust the server. I couldn’t come up with a good answer. Since then, we’ve seen stories of malicious JavaScript installed to mine cryptocurrencies , we … More NMandelbrot : running arbitrary code on client

Ddd.scot panel sessions and lightening talks

I’ve been selected for 2 sessions at DDD Scotland this year. There’s no presentation from me, but I’ll be chairing a panel, and appearing on another, so plenty of opportunities to answer questions. This is a new thing for ddd.scot, as well as the lightening talks stream to help you practice public speaking, or just … More Ddd.scot panel sessions and lightening talks

Cloud thinking : storage as data structures

We’ve all experienced the performance implications of saving files. We use buffers, and we use them asynchronously. Azure storage has Blobs. They look like files, and they fail like files if you write a line at a time rather than buffering. But they’re not files, they’re data structures, and you need to understand them as … More Cloud thinking : storage as data structures