On Data Reconciliation Strategies and Their Impact on the Web of Data — For years, I’ve been a fairly vocal advocate for the elegance and scalability of a-posteriori reconciliation via equivalence mappings as a superior mechanism (scale-wise) to a-priori reconciliation efforts… but this started to change very rapidly once I started working for Metaweb and saw first hand how much more effective a-priori reconciliation can be, even if drastically more expensive and limiting in the data acquisition front. (via straup on Delicious)
Arabic Blackberry Spyware — update pushed out to Arabic Blackberries CC:ed all email to the authorities. A powerful case for multi-distro platforms, which reduces the size of the market captured with one distro is pwned like this.
NaCl – Networking and Cryptography Library — open source high-level crypto library. NaCl (pronounced “salt”) is a new easy-to-use high-speed software library for network communication, encryption, decryption, signatures, etc. NaCl’s goal is to provide all of the core operations needed to build higher-level cryptographic tools. Of course, other libraries already exist for these core operations. NaCl advances the state of the art by improving security, by improving usability, and by improving speed. Creator of qmail is one of the developers. (via Simon Willison)
The growing role of software architects: “Architecture has become much more interesting now because it’s become more encompassing," says Neal Ford, software architect and meme wrangler at ThoughtWorks.