Four short links: 27 September 2011

Source Code, SPDY Trials, Data from Facebook, and Voting Tools

  1. Phabricator — Facebook-built web apps that make it easy to write, review, and share source code. (via Simon Gianoutsos)
  2. The Slow Way to SPDY — attempting to actually try SPDY for yourself sounds like a nightmare as getting hold of a stable SPDY implementation at this point is not unlike an uphill climb on a slow mudslide – the protocol is currently on its third draft but not really stable, most of the available code is outdated, and despite the links on this page, hardly any of it is easy to get to work in a weekend. (via Nelson Minar)
  3. Get Your Data from Facebook — European privacy law means Facebook must tell you what they know about you. The sample responses they’ve given to people are eye-wateringly detailed. This takes on more importance once you realize Facebook tracks you when you’re not logged in.
  4. Referendum Tool — New Zealand faces a referendum on voting system (currently “mixed member proportional”), and this page is an interesting approach to helping you figure out which system you should endorse based on your preferences for how a voting system should work (“It is better if the Government is made up of one party, with a majority in Parliament, so that that party can implement its policies, and react decisively to events as they come up” vs “It is better if the Government is made up of a group of parties (a coalition), so that its decisions better reflect what the majority of voters want, even if that means important decisions might be delayed.”). I like this because it helps you understand translate your preferences into a specific vote.
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  • http://eeecomputes.com Chris Strom

    With respect to SPDY, there are at least two implementations (ruby and node.js) that work quite well with the latest Chrome. The node.js implementation in particular is quite feature packed — being the first to support SPDY server push.

    Check it out here: https://github.com/indutny/node-spdy

    The mod_spdy implementation was put out with the original SPDY, but the community has failed to keep it up to date. I haven’t really played with the python implementation that the author complained about. Regardless, there are decent implementations available.

  • http://www.neary-consulting.com Dave Neary

    And… yes… the results of the referendum on the voting system are in. The results are:

    First past the post: 32%
    Single transferrable vote: 26%
    Preferential voting: 22%
    Condorcet: 20%

    And the winner is… First past the post.