As cities also start to look back at historical data, fascinating discoveries are being made. Mike Flowers, the chief analytics officer in New York, says that if a property has a tax lien on it there is a ninefold increase in the chance of a catastrophic fire there. And businesses that have broken licensing rules are far more likely to be selling cigarettes smuggled into the city in order to avoid paying local taxes. Over in Chicago, the city knows with mathematical precision that when it gets calls complaining about rubbish bins in certain areas, a rat problem will follow a week later. — Cities and data: By the numbers | The Economist
Released new pocket squares today: http://fifthandbrannan.com/
I believe in InnoDB the way text and varchar(X) is stored is exactly the same. They both only use as much space as the data they are storing requires. However if you pass a 101 character string to a varchar(100) it will be truncated. I’d guess that is useful in some cases, but in reality you probably want to do the truncation in your application so you have more control over it. — I believe in InnoDB the way text and varchar(X) is stored is exactly the same. T… | Hacker News
This looks very, very good. Pentagram, for World Chess. (via Daniel Weil redesigns the chess set | News | Design Week)
Startups that have a credible potential to be sold or go public for a 10x gain on invested capital within 4 to 6 years of the date of funding should consider raising venture capital. — The truth about venture capitalists, Part 1 - pmarca ARCHIVE
Mailchimp - The logout URL says “see ya later” to the user.
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drawing by Adolfo Arranz
The Kowloon Walled City. Never gets old looking at it.
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The new Chinese fonts in OS X Mountain Lion. All of them have support for Simplified Chinese characters; Wawa and Weibei have separate Traditional Chinese font files, and some of the others do have Traditional glyphs (I didn’t comprehensively test this). Here’s the above chart as a PDF.
You can install these fonts through Font Book if they’re not already available when you install ML; they’ll show up as disabled, and enabling them will trigger a download from Apple’s servers.