Here's a crucial piece of social infrastructure that almost no one considers: the restaurant reservation. That is, until a service like ReservationHop comes along. ReservationHop was a small project to book tables under bogus names and then sell them. Tags: July 26, 2014 at 03:20PM via IFTTT
Algorithms are a fascinating use case for visualization. To visualize an algorithm, we don’t merely fit data to a chart; there is no primary dataset. Instead there are logical rules that describe behavior. This may be why algorithm visualizations are so unusual, as designers experiment with novel forms to better communicate. This is reason enough to study them.
Google+ Auto Awesome! The beauty here is that this takes literally zero effort on your part: it just happens. And sometimes the creations are just downright.... AWESOME! Here's a before and after to whet your appetite:
"At our core, Microsoft is the productivity and platform company for the mobile-first and cloud-first world. We will reinvent productivity to empower every person and every organization on the planet to do more and achieve more." Hmm, that singular focus looks like a 2x2 matrix, so there are four most important things.
Amazon makes it so hard for me to close my account. Shame!
"We’re kickstarting a Super PAC big enough to make it possible to win a Congress committed to fundamental reform by 2016. We set fundraising goals and then crowdfund those goals."
Lofty goal but so vague I can't tell which way is up!
Not everyone agrees. Thom Ruhe, vice president for entrepreneurship at the Kauffman Foundation, said the declining use of N.D.A.s “is certainly not in the interests of entrepreneurs. It favors the V.C.” Although it is rare that an investor steals an idea, Mr. Ruhe said, it does happen. “But in the skewed echo chamber of the Valley, and the sycophantical networks that aspire to be just like them,” he said, “they’ve made the easier and less morally defensible position — no N.D.A.s — the coin of the realm.”