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Links for 2017-09-22

‘Hey #gamedev, tell me about some brilliant mechanics in games that are hidden from the player to get across a certain feeling.’ This is an amazing Twitter thread. Lots of fantastic game-improvement “cheats” out there. Polygon article: https://www.polygon.com/2017/9/2/16247112/video-game-developer-secrets (tags: games gaming cheats tweaks game-mechanics til twitter)

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Links for 2017-09-21

Turning Off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth in iOS 11’s Control Center Doesn’t Actually Turn Off Wi-Fi or Bluetooth – Motherboard “in iOS 11 and later, when you toggle the Wi-Fi or Bluetooth buttons in Control Center, your device will immediately disconnect from Wi-Fi and Bluetooth accessories. Both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth will continue to be available.” That […]

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Links for 2017-09-20

Locking, Little’s Law, and the USL Excellent explanatory mailing list post by Martin Thompson to the mechanical-sympathy group, discussing Little’s Law vs the USL: Little’s law can be used to describe a system in steady state from a queuing perspective, i.e. arrival and leaving rates are balanced. In this case it is a crude way […]

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Links for 2017-09-19

Undercover operation ‘Close Pass’ reduced cyclist injuries by 20% in a year An initiative to protect cyclists from dangerous overtaking has been praised, after reducing the amount of cyclists killed or seriously injured on the roads by 20% over the last year. Operation ‘Close Pass’ was devised by West Midlands Police as a low cost […]

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Links for 2017-09-18

Native Memory Tracking Java 8 HotSpot feature to monitor and diagnose native memory leaks (tags: java jvm memory native-memory malloc debugging coding nmt java-8 jcmd) This Heroic Captain Defied His Orders and Stopped America From Starting World War III Captain William Bassett, a USAF officer stationed at Okinawa on October 28, 1962, can now be […]

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Links for 2017-09-15

Malicious typosquatting packages in PyPI skcsirt-sa-20170909-pypi vulnerability announcement from SK-CSIRT: SK-CSIRT identified malicious software libraries in the official Python package repository, PyPI, posing as well known libraries. A prominent example is a fake package urllib-1.21.1.tar.gz, based upon a well known package urllib3-1.21.1.tar.gz. Such packages may have been downloaded by unwitting developer or administrator by various […]

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Links for 2017-09-14

London police’s use of AFR facial recognition falls flat on its face A “top-of-the-line” automated facial recognition (AFR) system trialled for the second year in a row at London’s Notting Hill Carnival couldn’t even tell the difference between a young woman and a balding man, according to a rights group worker invited to view it […]

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Links for 2017-09-13

Universal adversarial perturbations in today’s paper Moosavi-Dezfooli et al., show us how to create a _single_ perturbation that causes the vast majority of input images to be misclassified. (tags: adversarial-classification spam image-recognition ml machine-learning dnns neural-networks images classification perturbation papers) “Use trees. Not too deep. Mostly ensembles.” snarky summary of ‘Data-driven Advice for Applying Machine […]

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Links for 2017-09-12

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Links for 2017-09-11

The React license for founders and CTOs – James Ide – Medium Decent explanation of _why_ Facebook came up with the BSD+Patents license: “Facebook’s patent grant is about sharing its code while preserving its ability to defend itself against patent lawsuits.” The difficulty of open sourcing code at Facebook, including React in 2013, was one […]

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Links for 2017-09-09

Firms involved in biometric database in India contracted by Irish government Two tech firms – one owned by businessman Dermot Desmond – involved in the creation of a controversial biometric database in India, are providing services for the Government’s public services card and passports. Known as the Aadhaar project, the Indian scheme is the world’s […]

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Links for 2017-09-08

Even Racists Got the Blues racist tries to make a “Blue Lives Matter” tee shirt as gaeilge, accidentally writes “Black Lives Matter” instead. perfect (tags: racists duh stupid translation fail daoine-gorme irish blm cops funny) New Network Load Balancer – Effortless Scaling to Millions of Requests per Second | AWS Blog Looks like the EC2 Networking […]

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Links for 2017-08-30

Comment: ‘Mandatory but not compulsory’ – what exactly is the justification for the Public Services Card? – Independent.ie TJ McIntyre nails the problem here: ‘Mandatory but not compulsory”. This ill-judged hair-splitting seems likely to stick to Social Protection Minister Regina Doherty in the same way that “an Irish solution to an Irish problem” and “on […]

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Links for 2017-08-28

The data for the Irish theory driving test is stored in the US Prometric is the company which adminsters the test and they appear to store it on US-based servers (tags: prometric data privacy data-protection driving-test ireland theory-test) bet365 to save Riak ‘It is our intention to open source all of Basho’s products and all […]

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Links for 2017-08-24

How to Easily Unsubscribe from Bulk Emails in Gmail – Unroll.me Alternative nice Google Script which runs in the background and scrapes out unsubscribe links. I’m drowning in single-opt-in mainsleaze newsletters at this stage so this is very welcome (tags: mainsleaze unsubscribe spam gmail google email one-bite-of-the-apple) AdoptOpenJDK/jitwatch Log analyser and visualiser for the HotSpot […]

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Links for 2017-08-22

GitHub – hillbrad/U2FReviews ‘Reviews of U2F [Universal Second Factor] devices’ — ie. Yubico keys et al. (tags: u2f totp oath otp one-time-passwords authentication devices gadgets security 2fa)

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Links for 2017-08-21

48 Hours In Dublin good set of tourist tips for a foodie Dublin weekender (tags: dublin tourism food eating dining restaurants tips weekend) Linux Load Averages: Solving the Mystery Nice bit of OS archaeology by Brendan Gregg. In 1993, a Linux engineer found a nonintuitive case with load averages, and with a three-line patch changed […]

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Links for 2017-08-20

Cycling to work: major new study suggests health benefits are staggering We found that cycling to work was associated with a 41% lower risk of dying overall compared to commuting by car or public transport. Cycle commuters had a 52% lower risk of dying from heart disease and a 40% lower risk of dying from […]

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Links for 2017-08-17

NASA’s Sound Suppression Water System If you’ve ever watched a rocket launch, you’ve probably noticed the billowing clouds around the launch pad during lift-off. What you’re seeing is not actually the rocket’s exhaust but the result of a launch pad and vehicle protection system known in NASA parlance as the Sound Suppression Water System. Exhaust […]

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Links for 2017-08-16

Fsq.io Foursquare’s open source repo, where they extract reusable components for open sourcing — I like the approach of using a separate top level module path for OSS bits (tags: open-source oss foursquare libraries maintainance coding git monorepos) GTK+ switches build from Autotools to Meson ‘The main change is that now GTK+ takes about ? […]

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Links for 2017-08-15

Allen curve – Wikipedia During the late 1970s, [Professor Thomas J.] Allen undertook a project to determine how the distance between engineers’ offices affects the frequency of technical communication between them. The result of that research, produced what is now known as the Allen Curve, revealed that there is a strong negative correlation between physical […]

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Links for 2017-08-14

Computer says no: Irish vet fails oral English test needed to stay in Australia An Irish veterinarian with degrees in history and politics has been unable to convince a machine she can speak English well enough to stay in Australia. Louise Kennedy is a native English speaker, has excellent grammar and a broad vocabulary. She […]

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Links for 2017-08-13

consistent hashing with bounded loads ‘an algorithm that combined consistent hashing with an upper limit on any one server’s load, relative to the average load of the whole pool.’ Lovely blog post from Vimeo’s eng blog on a new variation on consistent hashing — incorporating a concept of overload-avoidance — and adding it to HAProxy […]

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Links for 2017-08-12

Hyperscan a high-performance multiple regex matching library. It follows the regular expression syntax of the commonly-used libpcre library, yet functions as a standalone library with its own API written in C. Hyperscan uses hybrid automata techniques to allow simultaneous matching of large numbers (up to tens of thousands) of regular expressions, as well as matching […]

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Links for 2017-08-11

What do scientists think about the biological claims made in the anti-diversity document written by a Google employee in August 2017? – Quora Cut out and keep for future use. (tags: sexism misogyny bias discrimination google biology women gender sex via:klyda)

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Links for 2017-08-08

Beard vs Taleb: Scientism and the Nature of Historical Inquiry The most interesting aspect of this Twitter war is that it is representative of a malaise that has stricken a good chunk of academics (mostly scientists, with a peppering of philosophers) and an increasing portion of the general public: scientism. I have co-edited an entire […]

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Links for 2017-08-03

BinaryAlert: Serverless, Real-time & Retroactive Malware Detection This is a serverless stack built on AWS, deployed with Terraform. Not sure what to think about this — it still makes me shudder a little (tags: aws serverless lambda airbnb malware yara binaryalert architecture)

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Links for 2017-08-02

Malicious packages in npm The node.js packaging system is being exploited by bad guys to steal auth tokens at build time. This is the best advice they can come up with: Always check the name of packages you’re installing. You can look at the downloads number: if a package is popular but the downloads number […]

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Links for 2017-08-01

Air Canada near-miss: Air traffic controllers make split-second decisions in a culture of “psychological safety” — Quartz “’Just culture’ as a term emerged from air traffic control in the late 1990s, as concern was mounting that air traffic controllers were unfairly cited or prosecuted for incidents that happened to them while they were on the […]

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Links for 2017-07-27

Pipeline Development Tools “pipelint.sh” — command line Jenkins pipeline linting (tags: pipelines jenkins ci coding dev) Rule that patients must finish antibiotics course is wrong, study says Patients have traditionally been told that they must complete courses of antibiotics, the theory being that taking too few tablets will allow the bacteria causing their disease to […]

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Links for 2017-07-26

How the coffee-machine took down a factories control room : talesfromtechsupport A coffee machine was plugged into both a secure network and also connected to the main wifi network, and became a vector for malware to take down the factory’s control room. Security is hard (tags: coffee-machines fail security networking wifi) Ireland’s staggering hypocrisy on […]

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Links for 2017-07-25

The 38 Essential Dublin Restaurants Irish Times resto reviewer @catherineeats with her 38 top recommendations for Dublin. a solid list (tags: dublin restaurants eating food lists tourism)

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Links for 2017-07-24

Kubernetes Best Practices // Speaker Deck A lot of these are general Docker/containerisation best practices, too. (via Devops Weekly) (tags: k8s kubernetes devops ops containers docker best-practices tips packaging) terrible review for Solidity as a programming environment in HN “Solidity/EVM is by far the worst programming environment I have ever encountered. It would be impossible […]

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Links for 2017-07-21

awslabs/aws-ec2rescue-linux Amazon Web Services Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) Rescue for Linux is a python-based tool that allows for the automatic diagnosis of common problems found on EC2 Linux instances. Most of the modules appear to be log-greppers looking for common kernel issues. (tags: ec2 aws kernel linux ec2rl ops)

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Links for 2017-07-20

SECURITY ALERT – Critical bug in Parity’s MultiSig-Wallet ‘Together, we were able to determine that malicious actors had exploited a flaw in the Parity Multisig code, which allowed a known party to steal over 153,000 ETH from several projects including Edgeless Casino, Aeternity, and Swarm City.’ by leaving “internal” (a visibility restricting keyword) off of […]

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Links for 2017-07-19

Xiaomi Mi robot vacuum cleaner sounds like a decent enough vac at a low price point, word of mouth is good (tags: robots cleaning vacuum-cleaners xiaomi gadgets home) Amazon Global Product Price Check price compare across global Amazon sites, by ASIN. there are some major differences (tags: prices amazon via:its price-check comparison shopping eu uk […]

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Links for 2017-07-17

[LEGAL-303] ASF, RocksDB, and Facebook’s BSD+patent grant licensing Facebook’s licensing includes a “nuclear option” if a user acts in a way interpreted by Facebook as competing with them; the ASF has marked the license as “Category-X”, and may not be included in Apache projects as a result. Looks like RocksDB are going to relicense as […]

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Links for 2017-07-16

Hyrum’s Law “With a sufficient number of users of an API, it doesn’t matter what you promised in the contract, all observable behaviours of your interface will be depended upon by somebody.” (tags: laws funny apis reliability hyrum-wright hyrums-law compatibilty interfaces)

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Links for 2017-07-14

Fastest syncing of S3 buckets good tip for “aws s3 sync” performance (tags: performance aws s3 copy ops tips)

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Links for 2017-07-13

Novartis CAR-T immunotherapy strongly endorsed by FDA advisory panel This is very exciting stuff, cytokine release syndrome risks notwithstanding. The new treatment is known as CAR-T cell immunotherapy. It works by removing key immune system cells known as T cells from the patient so scientists can genetically modify them to seek out and attack only […]

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