Four short links: 26 Jan 2009

Pledges, phone, fake brains, and real brains. All here on your Monday dose of four short links:

  1. Ada Lovelace Day – Suw Charman has kicked off a day of blogging about women in technology in honour of one of the greatest, Ada Lovelace. Of course, you should also feel free to blog about women in technology on days that aren’t 24 March.
  2. Get Multitouch Support on Your T-Mobile G1 Today – developer Luke Hutchison added multitouch support to his phone’s operating system. It doesn’t suddenly make the phone’s apps work like an iPhone’s but it’s a hell of a testament to the utility of an open source operating system.
  3. OCR and Neural Nets in Javascript – jQuery creator, John Resig, analyzes the Greasemonkey script that uses a neural network to solve one site’s captchas. As John points out, the site’s captchas aren’t distorted, but it’s nonetheless a sexy hack.
  4. WSJ Recommends Four Books on Irrational Decision Making – the four books are Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds, Judgement Under Uncertainty, How We Know What Isn’t So, and Predictably Irrational. (via Mind Hacks blog)
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