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Links for 2018-12-09

Billionaires Are the Leading Cause of Climate Change That’s largely because there is no “free market” incentive to prevent disaster. An economic environment where a company is only considered viable if it’s constantly expanding and increasing its production can’t be expected to pump its own brakes over something as trivial as pending global catastrophe. Instead, […]

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Links for 2018-12-06

Irish agricultural CO2 emissions actually INCREASED by 2.9% last year Irish EPA: agriculture greenhouse gas emissions increased by 2.9% in 2017 “The most significant drivers are higher dairy cow numbers (+3.1%) which reflects national plans to expand milk production” Feck’s sake. (tags: epa ireland co2 greenhouse-gases emissions green farming agriculture) “Bring home the bacon” debate […]

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Links for 2018-12-05

Rudy Giuliani doesn’t understand how links work As waxy noted: ‘this might be funny if he wasn’t Trump’s cybersecurity advisor’. Twitter allowed someone to invade my text with a disgusting anti-President message. The same thing-period no space-occurred later and it didn’t happen. Don’t tell me they are not committed cardcarrying anti-Trumpers. Time Magazine also may […]

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Links for 2018-12-03

Convert an RSS feed to ActivityPub for autoposting to Mastodon or similar. Via Nelson (tags: via:nelson mastodon rss blogging scripts)

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Links for 2018-12-01

A Serverless Journey: AWS Lambda Under the Hood (SRV409-R1) – AWS re:… Marc Brooker on Lambda internals (tags: lambda aws marc-brooker ops slides) Nice heatmap visualisation of mortality ratios between men and women ‘Age and period specific mortality ratios of females and males (a “Lexis-surface” in demographers parlance)’ (via apenwarr) (tags: via:apenwarr mortality heatmaps dataviz […]

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Links for 2018-11-30

House Democrats Sent A New Letter To Jeff Bezos About Amazon’s Facial Recognition Tool The House Democrats’ questions focus largely on possible embedded bias in Amazon Rekognition, including how the tool’s accuracy breaks down by race, gender, ethnicity, and age. Also of particular concern is whether Amazon will build privacy protections into its facial recognition […]

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Links for 2018-11-29

Presto Performance for Ad Hoc Workloads on AWS Instance Types good benchmark/review of instance types from Qubole (tags: qubole presto performance benchmarks ops aws instances ec2) Party Parrot as a Service Enter an image URL and it’ll generate an animated GIF of the party parrot version (tags: party-parrot gifs funny slack emojis) event-stream vulnerability explained […]

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Links for 2018-11-28

Leeroy Jenkins was taking the piss I had no idea! “We didn’t think anyone would believe it was real, we thought it was so obviously satire.” (tags: leeroy-jenkins warcraft gaming memes satire videos at-least-i-have-chicken) cryptoshredding A way to handle immutable blockchains and GDPR: “have an encryption key for each user (stored outside of this ledger) […]

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Links for 2018-11-27

flatmap-stream NPM package backdoor incident Good twitter thread with background on the incident. 2,000,000 downloads per week, used by many other core libs. It appears the attacker persuaded the (overloaded) legit maintainer to hand over ownership then backdoored the package in order to attack copay-dash, a cryptocurrency wallet app. (tags: cryptocurrency npm packages open-source twitter […]

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Links for 2018-11-26

Linkerd 2.0 The 2.0 release of Linkerd brings two very significant changes. First, we’ve completely rewritten Linkerd to be orders of magnitude faster and smaller than Linkerd 1.x. Linkerd 2.0’s data plane is comprised of ultralight Rust proxies which consume around 10mb of RSS and have a p99 latency of <1ms. Linkerd’s minimalist control plane […]

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Links for 2018-11-24

MuMufication the act of having a small portion of your cremated remains fired in a Brickof Mu. MuMufied is what you will be after the act of MuMufication has been carried out. What you get in the here and now is a Brick of Mu and a signed and stamped Certificate of MuMufication. What you get […]

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Links for 2018-11-21

Introducing Predictive Scaling for Amazon EC2 in AWS Auto Scaling Predictive Scaling predicts future traffic based on daily and weekly trends, including regularly-occurring spikes, and provisions the right number of EC2 instances in advance of anticipated changes. Provisioning the capacity just in time for an impending load change makes Auto Scaling faster than ever before. […]

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Links for 2018-11-20

Some notes about HTTP/3 Robert Graham from ErrataSec on QUIC aka HTTP/3: ‘Google (pbuh) has both the most popular web browser (Chrome) and the two most popular websites (#1 Google.com #2 Youtube.com). Therefore, they are in control of future web protocol development.’ Faster connection setup and latency; better bandwidth negotiation when using multiplexing; user-mode stacks […]

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Links for 2018-11-19

Java’s ByteBuffer native memory “leak” Well this is suboptimal: The Java NIO APIs use ByteBuffers as the source and destination of I/O calls, and come in two flavours. Heap ByteBuffers wrap a byte[] array, allocated in the garbage collected Java heap. Direct ByteBuffers wrap memory allocated outside the Java heap using malloc. Only “native” memory […]

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Links for 2018-11-16

This Week’s Giza Pyramid Discovery Was Already Built Into Assassin’s Creed Origins As a kid, I was Egypt-obsessed — this game is hitting the spot (tags: assassins-creed egypt history pyramids architecture)

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Links for 2018-11-15

Tuning Spark Back Pressure by Simulation Interesting, Spark uses a PID controller algorithm to manage backpressure: Spark back pressure, which can be enabled by setting spark.streaming.backpressure.enabled=true, will dynamically resize batches so as to avoid queue build up. It is implemented using a Proportional Integral Derivative (PID) algorithm. This algorithm has some interesting properties, including the lack of guarantee […]

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Links for 2018-11-14

Jeff Bezos is wrong, tech workers are not bullies I decided to leave my job as a staff engineer at Google because of Project Maven, and because I believe that the artificial intelligence ethical guidelines they published afterwards were not strict enough: they allowed surveillance within “internationally accepted norms”. I am now joining forces with […]

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Links for 2018-11-12

Some notes on running new software in production This is really good — how to approach new infrastructure/software dependencies in production with reliability and uptime in mind. (via Tony Finch) (tags: reliability uptime slas kubernetes envoy outages runbooks ops)

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Links for 2018-11-09

Specification gaming examples in AI A good list of examples where machine learning systems “figure out” how to cheat their fitness function, e.g.: ‘Creatures bred for speed grow really tall and generate high velocities by falling over’ (tags: ai funny humor spreadsheets machine-learning ml fitness-functions) What if the Placebo Effect Isn’t a Trick? – The […]

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Links for 2018-11-08

Sci-Fi Writer Greg Egan and 4chan anon Math Whiz Advance Permutation Problem | Quanta Magazine On September 16, 2011, an anime fan posted a math question to the online bulletin board 4chan about the cult classic television series ‘The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya’. Season one of the show, which involves time travel, had originally aired […]

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Links for 2018-11-07

wifiscan.py A neat kragen hack: Report wireless signal strength using audio synthesis. This quick kludge is useful for figuring out where the dead spots in your wireless network coverage are. They’re where the pitch goes high and maybe you start getting clicks from audio buffer underruns. Example audio output can be found at . This […]

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Links for 2018-11-06

Underground Utility Colour Codes Explained Underground utility colour codes are used to differentiate and identify underground utilities to protect it from damage during excavation. There are different types of utilities and in order to tell them apart coloured lines, flags or sometimes both are used. They help mark the location and indicate the type of […]

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Links for 2018-11-02

Physical spam using cheap Bluetooth beacons spotted in the wild Buzz Andersen on Twitter: “Crazy thing: my friends who run a high traffic coffee shop just found this thing under their bar. It turns out to be a super cheap Chinese Bluetooth LE beacon.… https://t.co/pecNBCR86u” (tags: bluetooth spam via:twitter alibaba eddystone ads) Productionproofing EKS ‘We […]

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Links for 2018-11-01

Neoliberalism has conned us into fighting climate change as individuals | Martin Lukacs | Environment | The Guardian These pervasive exhortations to individual action — in corporate ads, school textbooks, and the campaigns of mainstream environmental groups, especially in the west — seem as natural as the air we breathe. But we could hardly be […]

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Links for 2018-10-31

October 21 post-incident analysis | The GitHub Blog A network outage caused a split-brain scenario, and their failover system allowed writes to occur in both regional databases. Once the outage was repaired it was impossible to reconcile writes in an automated fashion as a result. Embarrassingly, this exact scenario was called out in their previous […]

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Links for 2018-10-30

Epic twitter thread from @colmmacc explaining why client certs and mutual-auth TLS are TERRIBAD Ok. tweet thread time! Too long ago I promised to write a screed explaining how much I hated mutual-auth TLS and why. I got distracted, and I wasn’t happy with the writing, so here it is in tweet thread form instead! […]

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Links for 2018-10-26

“The first AI portrait in Christie’s” was mostly output from someone else’s open-source code The print was created by Obvious, a trio of 25-year-old French students whose goal is to “explain and democratize” AI through art. Over the past year, they’ve made a series of portraits depicting members of the fictional Belamy family, amplifying their […]

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Links for 2018-10-23

pusher/k8s-spot-rescheduler ‘Tries to move K8s Pods from on-demand to spot instances’: K8s Spot rescheduler is a tool that tries to reduce load on a set of Kubernetes nodes. It was designed with the purpose of moving Pods scheduled on AWS on-demand instances to AWS spot instances to allow the on-demand instances to be safely scaled […]

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Links for 2018-10-19

Excellent Twitter thread from colmmacc on how s2n avoids protocol-state errors using a linearized set of state transitions, and Cryptol and SAW to perform verification of the TLS state machine (tags: cryptol saw formal-verification twitter threads colmmacc security s2n) Remapping the silly double-S key on a Macbook running 10.12 Sierra the latest hacky workaround for […]

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Links for 2018-10-18

Republicans Are Adopting the Proud Boys Extreme-right factions of the GOP happily taking on a brownshirt paramilitary gang. This is scary shit (tags: fascism america politics proud-boys paramilitary republicans gop)

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Links for 2018-10-17

Every fantasy map / Boing Boing Every fantasy map, ever (tags: maps funny fantasy sf) Lawsuit: “pivoting to video” was a disaster led by Facebook’s cooked viewing data / Boing Boing The company decided to “obfuscate the fact that we screwed up the math” by quietly retiring the erroneous metrics and replacing them with corrected […]

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Links for 2018-10-16

Bitcoin must die If Bitcoin were to cease trading tomorrow, 0.5% of the world’s electricity demand would simply disappear. This is roughly equivalent to the output of ten coal-fired power plants, emitting 50 million tonnes of CO2 per year – which would cover one year’s worth of the carbon emission cuts required to limit temperature […]

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Links for 2018-10-12

‘We’re doomed’: Mayer Hillman on the climate reality no one else will dare mention | Environment | The Guardian Well this is terrifying. Can civilisation prolong its life until the end of this century? “It depends on what we are prepared to do.” He fears it will be a long time before we take proportionate […]

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Links for 2018-10-11

How To Survive The Coming Century New Scientist article from 2009 with a rather terrifying map of the 4-degrees-warmer Earth (tags: earth new-scientist climate fear) IPCC 1.5 degrees target requires massive carbon dioxide removal technology efforts The grimmest prognosis in the draft report is in the details of the effort it would take to actually […]

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Links for 2018-10-10

The 100 best restaurants, cafes and places to eat in Ireland the Irish Times latest foodie list, via Aoife McElwain (tags: irish-times food cafes eating dublin foodie restaurants) A Controversial Virus Study Shows Flaws in How Science Is Done – The Atlantic Absent clearer guidelines, the burden falls on the scientific enterprise to self-regulate—and it […]

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Links for 2018-10-08

Wild camping spots – Google My Maps A GMaps version of the list of wild camping spots around Ireland (tags: gmaps google mapping wild-camping camping ireland) When It’s Too Late to Stop Fascism, According to Stefan Zweig | The New Yorker The destruction of a symbolic edifice—a blaze that caused no loss of life—became the […]

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Links for 2018-10-05

What to Look for in Java 8 Code Great advice from Trisha Gee on J8 features and how to code-review code which uses them (tags: java8 java code-review coding) Wild Camping Spots map Ireland & Northern Ireland looks like a decent map (even if they can’t use GMaps) (tags: wild-camping camping campsites ireland tourism) archive.org […]

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Links for 2018-10-03

Kubernetes: The Surprisingly Affordable Platform for Personal Projects At the beginning of the year I spent several months deep diving on Kubernetes for a project at work. As an all-inclusive, batteries-included technology for infrastructure management, Kubernetes solves many of the problems you’re bound to run into at scale. However popular wisdom would suggest that Kubernetes […]

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Links for 2018-10-01

Amazon S3 Announces Selective Cross-Region Replication Based on Object Tags Amazon S3 Cross-Region Replication (CRR) now supports object filtering based on S3 object tags. This allows you to identify individual objects using S3 object tags for automatic replication across AWS Regions for compliance and/or data protection. CRR is an Amazon S3 feature that automatically replicates […]

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Links for 2018-09-28

Estonia sues Gemalto for 152 mln euros over ID card flaws Estonia’s Police and Border Guard Board (PPA) said in a statement Gemalto had created private key codes for individual cards, leaving the government IDs vulnerable to external cyber attack, rather than embedding it on the card’s chip as promised. “It turned out that our […]

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