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Links for 2016-04-12

  • AWSume

    ‘AWS Assume Made Awesome’ — ‘Here are Trek10, we work with many clients, and thus work with multiple AWS accounts on a regular (daily) basis. We needed a way to make managing all our different accounts easier. We create a standard Trek10 administrator role in our clients’ accounts that we can assume. For security we require that the role assumer have multifactor authentication enabled.’

    (tags: mfa aws awsume credentials accounts ops)

  • Gil Tene on benchmarking

    ‘I would strongly encourage you to avoid repeating the mistakes of testing methodologies that focus entirely on max achievable throughput and then report some (usually bogus) latency stats at those max throughout modes. The techempower numbers are a classic example of this in play, and while they do provide some basis for comparing a small aspect of behavior (what I call the “how fast can this thing drive off a cliff” comparison, or “pedal to the metal” testing), those results are not very useful for comparing load carrying capacities for anything that actually needs to maintain some form of responsiveness SLA or latency spectrum requirements.’ Some excellent advice here on how to measure and represent stack performance. Also: ‘DON’T use or report standard deviation for latency. Ever. Except if you mean it as a joke.’

    (tags: performance benchmarking testing speed gil-tene latency measurement hdrhistogram load-testing load)

  • Data Protection Mishap Leaves 55M Philippine Voters at Risk

    Every registered voter in the Philippines is now susceptible to fraud and other risks after a massive data breach leaked the entire database of the Philippines’ Commission on Elections (COMELEC). While initial reports have downplayed the impact of the leak, our investigations showed a huge number of sensitive personally identifiable information (PII)–including passport information and fingerprint data–were included in the data dump. [….] Based on our investigation, the data dumps include 1.3 million records of overseas Filipino voters, which included passport numbers and expiry dates. What is alarming is that this crucial data is just in plain text and accessible to everyone. Interestingly, we also found a whopping 15.8 million record of fingerprints and a list of people running for office since the 2010 elections. In addition, among the data leaked were files on all candidates running on the election with the filename VOTESOBTAINED. Based on the filename, it reflects the number of votes obtained by the candidate. Currently, all VOTESOBTAINED file are set to have NULL as figure.

    (tags: fingerprints biometrics philippines authentication data-dumps security hacks comelec e-voting pii passports voting)

  • The dark side of Guardian comments | Technology | The Guardian

    Excellent data on abusive commenters

    (tags: comments data guardian journalism abuse twitter racism sexism)

  • Emmet Connolly on Twitter: “Stick around after the end credits for a preview of Batman vs Pintman”

    The saddest superhero ever

    (tags: funny pintman dublin ireland alcoholics twitter history pubs)

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