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Links for 2013-01-27

  • Ironfan

    ‘an expressive toolset for constructing scalable, resilient [service] architectures. It works in the cloud, in the data center, and on your laptop, and it makes your system diagram visible and inevitable. Inevitable systems coordinate automatically to interconnect, removing the hassle of manual configuration of connection points (and the associated danger of human error).’ Looks like a pretty neat cluster deployment tool; driven from a single configuration file, using Chef, integrating closely with AWS and providing many useful additional features

    (tags: chef deployment clusters knife services aws ec2 ops ironfan demo)

  • Fox DMCA Takedowns Order Google to Remove Fox DMCA Takedowns

    Chilling Effects is setup to stop the ‘chilling effects’ of Internet censorship. Google sees this as a good thing and sends takedown requests it receives to be added to the database. Fox sends takedown requests to Google for pages which the company says contain links to material it holds the copyright to. Those pages include those on Chilling Effects which show which links Fox wants taken down. Google delists the Chilling Effects pages from its search engine, thus completing the circle and defeating the very reason Chilling Effects was set up for in the first place.

    (tags: chilling-effects copyright internet legal dmca google law)

  • PUBLIC joho / 7XX-rfc

    At Railscamp X it became clear there is a gap in the current HTTP specification. There are many ways for a developer to screw up their implementation, but no code to share the nature of the error with the end user. We humbly suggest the following status codes are included in the HTTP spec in the 7XX range.
    Includes such useful status codes as “724 – This line should be unreachable”.

    (tags: http standards humour funny jokes)

  • How Newegg crushed the “shopping cart” patent and saved online retail

    Very cool account of Newegg’s battle against a ludicrous patent-troll shakedown. Great quote from their Chief Legal Officer, Lee Cheng:

    Patent trolling is based upon deficiencies in a critical, but underdeveloped, area of the law. The faster we drive these cases to verdict, and through appeal, and also get legislative reform on track, the faster our economy will be competitive in this critical area. We’re competing with other economies that are not burdened with this type of litigation. China doesn’t have this, South Korea doesn’t have this, Europe doesn’t have this. […] It’s actually surprising how quickly people forget what Lemelson did. [referring to Jerome Lemelson, an infamous patent troll who used so-called “submarine patents” to make billions in licensing fees.] This activity is very similar. Trolls right now “submarine” as well. They use timing, like he used timing. Then they pop up and say “Hello, surprise! Give us your money or we will shut you down!” Screw them. Seriously, screw them. You can quote me on that.

    (tags: patent-trolls east-texas newegg shopping-cart swpat software-patents patents ecommerce soverain)

  • Implementing strcmp, strlen, and strstr using SSE 4.2 instructions –

    Using new Intel Core i7 instructions to speed up string manipulation.
    Fascinating stuff. SSE ftw

    (tags: sse optimization simd assembly intel i7 intel-core strstr strings string-matching strchr strlen coding)