Decline of Stack Overflow: How trolls took over your favorite Q&A site

Stack Overflow was created in 2008 by Jeff Atwood and Joel Spolsky, as a more open alternative to earlier Q&A sites such as Experts-Exchange. The name for the website was chosen by voting in April 2008 by readers of Coding Horror, Atwood’s popular programming blog.For many years, Stack Overflow has been one of the most popular resources for programmers trying to solve a common problem. As questions on Stack Overflow were often among the first search results in any programming related Google search, users joined in large numbers and started asking their own questions.As of July 2015, Stack Overflow has over 4,000,000 registered users and almost 10,000,000 questions (not counting deleted users and questions). However, a 2013 study has found that 77% of users only ask one question, 65% only answer one question, and only 8% of users answer more than 5 questions. With this article, I’m exploring the likely


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Moving Beyond Flash: the Yahoo HTML5 Video Player

Slashdot reader theweatherelectric writes: Over on Streaming Media, Amit Jain from Yahoo has written a behind-the-scenes look at the development of Yahoo’s HTML5 video player. He writes, “Adobe Flash, once the de-facto standard for media playback on the web, has lost favor in the industry due to increasing concerns over security and performance. At the same time, requiring a plugin for video playback in browsers is losing favor among users as well. As a result, the industry is moving toward HTML5 for video playback…

At Yahoo, our video player uses HTML5 across all modern browsers for video playback. In this post we will describe our journey to providing an industry-leading playback experience using HTML5, lay out some of the challenges we faced, and discuss opportunities we see going forward.”
Yet another brick in the wall?
YouTube and Twitch have already switched to HTML5, and last year Google started automatically converting Flash


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10 Top Open Source Artificial Intelligence Tools for Linux

In this post, we shall cover a few of the top, open-source artificial intelligence (AI) tools for the Linux ecosystem. Currently, AI is one of the ever advancing fields in science and technology, with…
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John Weathersby: Selling Open Source to the Federal Government

It’s a no-brainer to us that free and open source should be the default for governments, because governments should be…well, open. With the Open Technology Center, John Weathersby is working to help bring open source to national defense and security.

The Video FOSS Force Interview

John Weathersby founded and ran the Open Source Software Institute to “promote the development and implementation of open source software solutions within U.S. federal, state, and local government agencies.” A worthy goal!
But why stick to nothing but software? In 2014, Weathersby founded The Open Technology Center at Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center (in Mississippi), which is a “non-profit research and development entity sponsored by the Mississippi National Guard and U.S. Department of Homeland Security whose mission is to innovate and integrate open source software technologies for use within national defense and security organizations.”
The OTC is doing some neat stuff, ranging from autonomous vehicles to making it


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Blender: An Introduction for Final Cut Pro Users

Have you often considered quitting your day job to begin an exciting career as a filmmaker? You don’t need the resources of a Hollywood studio anymore. In fact, you can do it all with free and open source software.

The Video Screening Room

Blender is a very popular 3D animation program, but not many people know that this open source, cross platform software also works well as a video editor. Some people consider Blender to be the best open source video editor available. (See the comments at the end of this article on Opensource.com).
To quickly get you up to speed, this well-done 23-minute video explains Blender to people who are already familiar with Final Cut Pro video editor — as well as with others.

This type of instructional video can provide a vital bridge to open source. Every person who is familiar with Final Cut Pro probably has a friend, relative or neighbor


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Krebs Is Back Online Thanks To Google’s Project Shield

“After the massive 600gbps DDOS attack on KrebsOnSecurity.com that forced Akamai to withdraw their (pro-bono) DDOS protection, krebsonsecurity.com is now back online, hosted by Google,” reports Slashdot reader Gumbercules!!.

“I am happy to report that the site is back up — this time under Project Shield, a free program run by Google to help protect journalists from online censorship,” Brian Krebs wrote today, adding “The economics of mitigating large-scale DDoS attacks do not bode well for protecting the individual user, to say nothing of independent journalists…anyone with an axe to grind and the willingness to learn a bit about the technology can become an instant, self-appointed global censor.”

[T]he Internet can’t route around censorship when the censorship is all-pervasive and armed with, for all practical purposes, near-infinite reach and capacity. I call this rather unwelcome and hostile development the “The Democratization of Censorship….” [E]vents of the past week have convinced me


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Unpicking the Gordian knot around blockchain patents

 As of June 22, 2016, there were 492 published patent families directed to the theme of blockchain and 192 relating to bitcoin. Patent applications filed over the last 18 months are not in these statistics, and it is expected that significant numbers of new applications connected to these themes have been filed in that period. The numbers we are seeing likely represent the tip of the iceberg. Read More


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HttpStat: It’s like curl -v, with colours

README.md

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

But seriously, https://github.com/reorx/httpstat is the new hotness, and this is a shameless rip off.

Installation

$ go get -u github.com/davecheney/httpstat

Usage

$ httpstat https://example.com/

Features

Windows/BSD/Linux supported.
HTTP and HTTPS are supported, for self signed certificates use -k.
Skip timing the body of a response with -I.
Follow 30x redirects with -L.
Change HTTP method with -X METHOD.
Provide a PUT or POST request body with -d string. To supply the PUT or POST body as a file, use -d @filename.
Add extra request headers with -H ‘Name: value’.
The response body is usually discarded, you can use -o filename to save it to a file, or -O to save it to the file name suggested by the server.
We don’t need no stinking curl

httpstat.py is a wrapper around curl(1), which is all fine and good, but what if you don’t have curl(1) or python(1) installed?

TODO

This project is aiming for a 1.0 release on


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