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Links You Don't Want To Miss (May 7)

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Are video codecs written in JavaScript the future?
Mozilla has been showing off its new ORBX.js, a video codec roughly comparable to H.264 that can be encoded entirely in JavaScript. It can do some cool things but is it going to be the new industry standard?

When Big Data isn’t that Big
“Big Data” has become a synonym for simple data analysis, even when the data you’re analyzing isn’t all that big. This can cause problems and confusion.

Run Ruby In-Browser
Decaf: a fork of WebKit (currently Mac-only) that lets you run Ruby in the browser. You can build it yourself or download a binary at the GitHub page.

Two Views of a Chessboard in Python
This tutorial targets kids and other beginners, but it’s a cool implementation of Chess in Python with a nice dual-perspective demonstration of the power of MVC.


The Cost of Heroku’s Non-Intelligent Routing
A blogger claims that Heroku’s routing uses 25% of your dynos’ capacity.

DBX: Dropbox’s First Developer Conference
Dropbox has announced its first developer conference.  It will be held on July 9 at Fort Mason in San Francisco, CA.  


Oculus Rift Guillotine
This dev team created a guillotine simulator for the Oculus Rift in which the player lays with their head on a chopping block and waits for the blade to fall.  Looks fun?