Four short links: 28 June 2012

Bogan Ipsum, Disassembled and Deconstructed, P2P Commerce, and Android Sensors

  1. Bogan Ipsum — the Australian version of Loren Ipsum. (via Seb Chan)
  2. Microsoft BASIC for 6502 — reverse-engineering magic, this person has RE’d the assembly language for various versions of the BASIC interpreter that shipped on microcomputers in the 80s. This page talks about the changes in each version, the easter eggs, and the hacks. This, kids, is how real programmers do it :)
  3. The Sudden Rise of Peer-to-Peer Commerce (Casey Research) — Today, business are sprouting up around the world based on the idea of connecting individuals directly to each other to trade products and services. While the idea is very much in its infancy still, like the music business at the dawn of Napster, we’re beginning to grasp the potential. Something we are tracking at O’Reilly as well.
  4. The Sensor/itive Side of Android (Luke Wroblewski) — lots of details about sensors in Android, from a Google I/O talk. Sampling rates change between devices. The data has variance and static because it comes from cost-effective components for mobile phones not robust and industry-grade sensors.
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  • Referring to your snippet on the Rise of Peer to Peer Commerce. Trading one service for another has been going on for centuries within a locality where you know everyone. The great advantage is there is often no transfer of money, no direct income that can be taxed. This is clearly a concern for governments who can see themselves losing out on taxable revenue. It will be interesting to see how governments respond to these businesses who are aiming to put individuals in touch with one another so they can trade. I would expect government to find a way of taxing the value of the services exchanged, resulting in an underground movement for these individual service providers that aims to stay below the governments’ radar. Definitely one to watch!