Four short links: 21 February 2012

jQuery Performance, George Dyson, VLC 2.0, and Power Laws

  1. Stop Paying Your jQuery Tax (Sam Saffron) — performance advice for front-end developers. The faster your site responds, the more customers will use it.
  2. George Dyson Interviewed (Wired) — a different perspective on computing, worth reading.
  3. VLC 2.0.0 — VLC lets you bypass manufacturers’ designed-in brokenness so your computer can play media. Glad to see it still being actively developed.
  4. Critical Truth About Power Laws (Science Magazine) — Although power laws have been reported in areas ranging from finance and molecular biology to geophysics and the Internet, the data are typically insufficient and the mechanistic insights are almost always too limited for the identification of power-law behavior to be scientifically useful (see the figure). Indeed, even most statistically “successful” calculations of power laws offer little more than anecdotal value. (no PDF available unless you pay, because that’s how great science works)
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  • Here’s the link to ‘Critical Truth about Power Law’s –

    BTW, thanks for doing an AMAZING work of curation.

  • AP

    Whenever you read the word “mechanistic” you know you are dealing with a biologist trying to force his reductionism upon you. That’s how they call it. There’s plenty of rigorous statistical work on how to test for and fit a power law. Don’t trust a biologist and a “complex systems” person to teach you anything about statistics ever. They have no qualifications.