Using the naïve Bayes classification, this blogger is able to coax out some differences in the questions on SO vs. Programming Stack Exhange. It's also a great overview and example for this useful Bayesian tool.
Good Design is Highly Contextual
This substantial post is worth the read. Go beyond cargo cult software design.
4 Common Problems With UX Projects
This serves as a nice reminder for designers and their customers where an important UX investment can ride off the rails and fail.
I did not expect that to happen...
MySQL 5.6 is Finished
MySQL 5.6 went GA today, and this link goes to an excellent new tutorial on how to get started.
New Relic Raises $80M, Reflects on Growth
New Relic took a major chunk of VC this month and thinks they can keep their growth rate going, which has been more than doubling every year (in active accounts). A lot of those could be the free account, which draws in a lot of new customers.
Ouya Being Sold Like a Legit Gaming Console
If you had any doubts about whether Ouya is seriously taking a stab at breaking into the game console space that Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft have dominated for so long, those doubts can be laid to rest as it was announced that Ouya will be sold at major retailers like Amazon, BestBuy, Target, and GameStop. Are Java developers curious about their chances of making a successful game for this Android-based platform?
A Feeble Petition to Emperor Ellison
You may have seen the petition on change.org to Larry Ellison, CEO of Oracle, to remove the Ask Toolbar that comes in the Java installer bundle (I'm not sure why they didn't include getting rid of that checked-by-default McAfee download). I signed the petition too, but with the knowledge that this kind of thing is pretty futile. We know from the actions surrounding the Oracle v. Google trial that Ellison and his company couldn't care less about sowing resentment in the Java user community. It would be pretty amazing if it got up to 300K signatures, but I still think that's nothing more than a statement that corporations like Oracle don't have to give it a second thought.