DARPA, I’ll miss you when I’m gone

 DARPA, government, philosophy, security, tech  Comments Off on DARPA, I’ll miss you when I’m gone
Jul 062012

So I’ve been winding down my project at DARPA and thought I’d put down some at least close-to-final thoughts on it. I’ve been asked a number of times about how much people should charge for their work.  Three things on this: The government is doing you a favor if you get accepted – you get to do what you want, keep it, and that’s it?  That’s gotta be worth […]

3.66+ million can’t be wrong

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May 152012

So I got a CD in the mail with the WA state voter information; it has 3.66M active records (and something close to 5M total; they say something like 6.8M live in WA) on it, and is available for $7 from the WA secretary of state. There are 9 daniel farmers; nothing remarkable, but I’m in there, of course: They gave a few other interesting files on the […]

go .gov!

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Feb 262012

In 2009 the US government (thanks to Obama) did a remarkable thing by releasing a ton (perhaps a Library of Congress worth of tons) of data: Much of the data is in CSV/JSON/XLS/etc formats.  The Seattle gov has done similar local data efforts, much through the same underlying architecture: Socrata seems to be behind a lot of the more open stuff: A few interesting visualizations of […]