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Links for 2019-11-21

New Google political ad policy ‘If the new Google policy was applied by Facebook, nearly every ad running on that platform for #GE2019 [the upcoming UK general election] would have to be pulled (most use custom, lookalike and/or interest-based audience targeting).’ (tags: targeting google facebook ads politics uk)

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Links for 2019-11-19

Horace Goes Copyright Striking / Boing Boing aka “Horace Goes To The Job Centre Because His IP Holder Took A Shit On Literally The Only People Who Give A Fuck About The Character”. As of November 14, [Octav1us’] social media channels are deactivated, reportedly to avoid the continuing abuse she receives from anonymous users. For […]

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Links for 2019-11-13

(PDF) Carbon sequestration in the trees, products and soils of forest plantations: An analysis using UK examples A carbon-flow model for managed forest plantations was used to estimate carbon storage in UK plantations differing in Yield Class (growth rate), thinning regime and species characteristics. If the objective is to store carbon rapidly in the short […]

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Links for 2019-11-12

“Brushing” An interesting Amazon scam: The end game here in many cases is for the seller to be able to pose as a verified purchaser and write a glowing review of their own product. Gaming the review system in this way pushes their products up higher in Amazon search results — regardless of whether the […]

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Links for 2019-11-11

KIAM defaults result in massive latencies on AWS API calls KIAM [a Kubernetes IAM API helper] happens to provide short-lived credentials to Pods, which makes sense as it’s fair to assume that the average lifetime of a Pod is shorter than EC2 instances. The default is precisely 15 min. But if you put both defaults […]

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Links for 2019-11-07

Thomas Talhelm’s DIY air purifier Simply strap a HEPA air filter to a desk fan for $30: I tested it over and over—hundreds of days, with a control room, with a stronger fan, against the big brand purifiers that I borrowed from my rich friends. Eventually, I saw enough data that I was convinced. This […]

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Links for 2019-11-06

ServiceTalk a JVM network application framework with APIs tailored to specific protocols (e.g. HTTP/1.x, HTTP/2.x, etc…?) and supports multiple programming paradigms. It is built on Netty and is designed to provide most of the performance/scalability benefits of Netty for common networking protocols used in service to service communication. ServiceTalk provides server support and “smart client” […]

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Links for 2019-11-05

Spleeter The engineering team behind streaming music service Deezer just open-sourced Spleeter, their audio separation library built on Python and TensorFlow that uses machine learning to quickly and freely separate music into stems. The results, just using the pretrained models, are frankly incredible. Gonna be a lot of random mashups and remixes using this…. (tags: […]

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Links for 2019-11-03

using a Raspberry Pi 4 as a USB-C Gadget ‘This allows them to be powered and accessed via one of the micro USB sockets and it shows up as both a CD-Drive and a ethernet device.’ (via Tony Finch) (tags: via:fanf usb dev raspberry-pi hardware usb-c gadgets)

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Links for 2019-10-29

incredible stats on drivers speeding on Irish roads Via the Dublin Cycling Campaign: 52% of car drivers on Irish urban roads are speeding. 58% of rigid truck drivers on urban roads are speeding. 72% of articulated truck drivers on urban roads are speeding. 98% (!!) of drivers in 30kph urban zones are speeding (tags: driving […]

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Links for 2019-10-27

luftdaten.info Citizen science — measuring air quality, PM2.5 and PM10 particulates and uploading them to produce an air quality map throughout Europe, with a standardized DIY Arduino build (tags: air-quality metrics pm2.5 pm10 particulates europe citizen-science science measurement)

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Links for 2019-10-25

An epic treatise on scheduling, bug tracking, and triage by apenwarr. Excellent stuff — most of what we do in Swrve for scheduling is included here (tags: agile management software programming scheduling triage bugs backlogs jira)

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Links for 2019-10-24

UK Tories pioneering ‘government through shitposting’ In the Australian election earlier this year, Scott Morrison’s Liberals did surprisingly well and “boomer memes” – as this style of message is called – were partially credited with the campaign’s online success, according to Latika Bourke who is a London-based journalist for the Sydney Morning Herald. The consultants […]

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Links for 2019-10-23

80×25 An extremely deep dive into the history of a UNIX terminal’s dimensions, and how they got that way (tags: terminals unix history computing computers vt100 dec punch-cards)

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Links for 2019-10-21

trevorndodds/dd-wrt-grafana Send DD-WRT router metrics to a graphite server, and a nice Grafana dashboard for same. Needs JFFS enabled on the router (tags: dd-wrt wrt routers networking grafana graphite metrics) DD-WRT Network Stats Graphics using Grafana and InfluxDB A slightly hackier approach to DD-WRT grafana metrics, but with a workaround when JFFS isn’t an option […]

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Links for 2019-10-20

Excellent Twitter thread on Facebook in Myanmar Thought provoking — as argued here, possibly Facebook should not have expanded into Myanmar or Sri Lanka at scale, until it had built out the content moderation and abuse handling teams for those areas and languages, and they should have researched and foreseen the political issues that would […]

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Links for 2019-10-17

thegreenwebfoundation/datasets ‘Open datasets & methodologies for carbon emissions from different activities. Forked from OpenAMEE, and npm installable’ This is very impressive — lots of carbon emissions estimation code. (tags: co2 carbon emissions estimation npm javascript open-source) Oftel use a Yahoo! group to manage UK phone number assignments Yes, really. Today it was announced that Yahoo! […]

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Links for 2019-10-16

How a new class of startups are working to solve the grid storage puzzle – MIT Technology Review A rake of energy storage startups, from giant batteries to molten salt to cranes and barrels (tags: energy energy-storage startups future climate-change technology batteries) How A Massive Facebook Scam Siphoned Millions Of Dollars From Unsuspecting Boomers Since […]

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Links for 2019-10-15

Computer says no: the people trapped in universal credit’s ‘black hole’ This is some horrifically dystopian shit from the UK: Tears filled the eyes of Danny Brice, 47, in London when he showed the Guardian how difficult he has found negotiating the UC programme with learning disabilities and dyslexia. “I call it the black hole,” […]

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Links for 2019-10-14

Unpopular opinions on solar power from Jenny “@solar_chase” Chase. Lots of interesting solar-power factoids, like: 12. A lot of current household PV systems are designed suboptimally and may not make economic sense or even perform well. Also, most countries will move to paying a pittance for solar exports, so self-consumption rate is becoming the most […]

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Links for 2019-10-11

thoughts on rms and gnu — wingolog I can hear you saying it. RMS started GNU so RMS decides what it is and what it can be. But I don’t accept that. GNU is about practical software freedom, not about RMS. GNU has long outgrown any individual contributor. I don’t think RMS has the legitimacy […]

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Links for 2019-10-10

UK launched passport photo checker it knew would fail with dark skin | New Scientist “User research was carried out with a wide range of ethnic groups and did identify that people with very light or very dark skin found it difficult to provide an acceptable passport photograph,” the department wrote in a document released […]

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Links for 2019-10-09

THE HISTORY OF GAMING MAGAZINES: A GALLERY – DIGITISER this is incredible (tags: gaming magazines funny retrogaming arcade-games games parody digitiser) Gen A Most of those under the age of around forty will live lives defined by the anthropocene: by the immense challenges contained in mounting climate chaos and ecological collapse. As these twin calamities […]

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Links for 2019-10-08

Scylla compression benchmarks ScyllaDB tested out LZ4, Snappy, DEFLATE, and ZStandard at several different levels on a decently real-world-ish workload. tl;dr: Use compression. Unless you are using a really (but REALLY) fast hard drive, using the default compression settings will be even faster than disabling compression, and the space savings are huge. When running a […]

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Links for 2019-10-07

electricityMap This is fascinating! ‘a live visualization of where your electricity comes from and how much CO2 was emitted to produce it.’ (via ClimateAction.tech) (tags: electricity statistics graphs data energy climate renewables carbon co2) Project Drawdown ‘The objective of the solutions list is to be inclusive, presenting an extensive array of impactful measures already in […]

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Links for 2019-10-04

“See bike, say bike” This is useful advice, on how to avoid the SMIDSY, or “Sorry mate, I didn’t see you”, accident type. When we looked at what predicts whether you do remember the motorbike, it’s not whether you looked at it, or how long you looked at it for, it’s what you do afterwards. […]

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Links for 2019-10-02

Operating Apache Kafka Clusters 24/7 Without A Global Ops Team Lyft built an autoremediation system and apparently it works :) Good to get a detailed writeup on such an elusive beast (tags: autoremediation failures ops kafka scalability automation) The Shitkansen this may be the best Aussie neologism. “Shitkansen” refers to the shitty Newcastle-Sydney suburban rail […]

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Links for 2019-10-01

JSON originally had comments. They were removed Oh christ. This is some terrible logic from Douglas Crockford: Comments in JSON (Apr 30, 2012) I removed comments from JSON because I saw people were using them to hold parsing directives, a practice which would have destroyed interoperability. I know that the lack of comments makes some […]

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Links for 2019-09-30

How To Use The Bridgefy Offline Messaging App Decent offline messaging system for smartphones — uses Bluetooth to connect p2p, without requiring working internet (tags: apps mobile offline networking bluetooth chat emergency) The Loudest Sound Ever Heard The Krakatoa explosion registered 172 decibels at 100 miles from the source. This is so astonishingly loud, that […]

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Links for 2019-09-27

Implementing graceful-close in Haskell network library One of the nice bits about HTTP 1.0 and 1.1 was the strong connection direction semantics, avoiding the classic TCP deadlock scenarios seen in bidirectional protocols. But now HTTP/2 supports bidirectionality, so HTTP/2 servers need to be more careful about how they close connections, as this blog post describes […]

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Links for 2019-09-26

Scott Aaronson on Google’s quantum supremacy leaked paper It seems a paper between Google and NASA accidentally leaked a couple of days ago, saying that a group at Google has now achieved quantum computational supremacy with a 53-qubit superconducting device. According to Scott Aaronson, a noted quantum-computation expert, this is a Big Deal and a […]

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Links for 2019-09-25

Neurosexism: the myth that men and women have different brains The history of sex-difference research is rife with innumeracy, misinterpretation, publication bias, weak statistical power, inadequate controls and worse. Rippon, a leading voice against the bad neuroscience of sex differences, uncovers so many examples in this ambitious book that she uses a whack-a-mole metaphor to […]

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Links for 2019-09-23

AIB makes a mess of security upgrade, locking out thousands of customers Ireland’s largest bank, and they’ve really made a mess of this. Lots of false positives on the “rooted device” detection code it seems. It seems detecting “rooted” devices is a part of the PSD2 spec, and you have to wonder why… (tags: aib […]

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Links for 2019-09-18

Why hard disks are/were called Winchester some ancient history. I’d forgotten about this nomenclature (tags: winchester history ibm disks hard-disks hardware) Use of an opaque binary class in a public iOS API causes problems “Apple changing the behavior of `NSData -description` in iOS 13 could break push notification registration for thousands of apps. Beyond the […]

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Links for 2019-09-16

Replacing Eir’s FTTH WiFi router with a NetGear Orbi Great writeup from Padraig Brady. sounds like solid hardware — I’d get one if I needed to replace my current setup based on this (tags: orbi netgear han lan home networking wifi ops)

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Links for 2019-09-13

Facing the Great Reckoning Head-On – danah boyd – Medium “Move fast and break things” is an abomination if your goal is to create a healthy society. Taking short-cuts may be financially profitable in the short-term, but the cost to society is too great to be justified. In a healthy society, we accommodate differently abled […]

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Links for 2019-09-12

Fairphone 3 Teardown – iFixit ‘We tear down the modular Fairphone 3 with a giant grin on our faces! It’s not perfect, but this is just about all we can ask for from a smartphone in 2019.’ Quite nice — modular, reminiscent of the Samsung S5 a little. specs are not stellar, but the ethical […]

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Links for 2019-09-11

Millennium Challenge 2002 – Wikipedia omg I never knew about this. Post 9/11, the Bush administration ran a war game scenario which resulted in a massive fail for the US forces, and had to be re-run to ensure they won: ‘At this point, the exercise was suspended, Blue’s ships were “re-floated”, and the rules of […]

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Links for 2019-09-10

ericflo/mediasummon: Summon your photos and videos back to you Mediasummon is an open source application that fetches a copy of all your photos and videos, and keeps them continuously backed up into one organized directory either on your computer or on a cloud storage provider. Currently supports reading from Instagram, Google Photos, and Facebook, and […]

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Links for 2019-09-09

TIL: bananas contain the primary compound in the honeybee’s “alarm” pheromone Science helps us explain the phenomena. Turns out bananas contain a compound called isoamyl acetate (also known as isopentyl acetate) – the very same as that which is in honeybees’ alarm pheromone. Pure banana oil (used in emollients, perfumes, and to broaden the flavored […]

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