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Links for 2019-03-22

Troubleshooting Problems With Native (Off-Heap) Memory in Java Applications quite good advice on dealing with memory problems caused by off-heap DirectByteBuffers in java 8. ‘Furthermore, the JDK caches one or more DirectByteBuffers per thread, and by default, there is no limit on the number or size of these buffers. As a result, if a Java […]

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Links for 2019-03-20

Syndrome K The Fake Disease That Saved Lives: On October 1943, the Nazis raided a Jewish ghetto in Rome, and many Jews fled to Fatebenefratelli, where Borromeo admitted them as “patients”. The refugees were given a new [fake] fatal disease—Syndrome K—in order to identify them from the actual patients. (tags: wwii syndrome-k fakes diseases rome […]

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Links for 2019-03-19

cel-go The Go implementation of the Common Expression Language (CEL). CEL is a non-Turing complete language designed to be portable and fast. It is well suited to embedded applications expression evaluation with familiar syntax and features, protocol buffer support, and not needing the sandboxing needed for a runtime like JavaScript or Lua. (tags: scripting golang […]

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Links for 2019-03-17

2-hour-long meetings can impair cognitive functioning ‘Study shoes three people in a conference room over 2 hours can result in a Co2 level that can impair cognitive functioning. Ie. If you’re making decisions at the end of the meeting, you’re mentally less qualified to do so.’ Well, I’d say that fatigue could also result in […]

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Links for 2019-03-15

The Oxygen of Amplification Offering extremely candid comments from mainstream journalists, this report provides a snapshot of an industry [news media] caught between the pressure to deliver page views, the impulse to cover manipulators and “trolls,” and the disgust (expressed in interviewees’ own words) of accidentally propagating extremist ideology. After reviewing common methods of “information […]

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Links for 2019-03-13

Several Boeing 737 Max 8 pilots in U.S. complained about suspected safety flaw | Airlines | Dallas News ‘one captain calling the flight manual “inadequate and almost criminally insufficient”‘ ‘The disclosures found by The News reference problems during Boeing 737 Max 8 flights with an autopilot system, and they were all during takeoff and nose-down […]

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Links for 2019-03-12

What (And Why) I’m Stockpiling For Brexit Jack Monroe’s shopping list. may be coming in handy soon, unfortunately (tags: brexit fuck stockpiling prep food tins)

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Links for 2019-03-11

The “Tragedy of the Commons” was invented by a white supremacist based on a false history, and it’s toxic bullshit / Boing Boing Hardin’s paper starts with a history of the English Commons — publicly held lands that were collectively owned and managed — and the claim that commons routinely fell prey to the selfish […]

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Links for 2019-03-07

How Theranos used the USPTO to defraud investors and patients When legendary grifter Elizabeth Holmes was 19 years old, she conceived of a medical device that could perform extensive diagnostics in an eyeblink from only a single drop of blood; she had no idea how such a device would work or whether it was even […]

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Links for 2019-03-06

National Climate Assessment: How to deal with despair over climate change – Vox The dominant narrative around climate change tells us that it’s our fault. We left the lights on too long, didn’t close the refrigerator door, and didn’t recycle our paper. I’m here to tell you that is bullshit. … Don’t give in to […]

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Links for 2019-03-05

Why did Sumerians use the sexagesimal system? TIL that 60 is countable using the fingers of both hands, and this ancient Mesopotamian counting technique is still used in India, Pakistan, Indochina, Afghanistan, Iran, Turkey, Syria and Egypt apparently (tags: sexagesimal 12 60 counting fingers history sumerian mesopotamia) Algorithms aren’t racist. Your skin is just too […]

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Links for 2019-03-02

“Understanding Real-World Concurrency Bugs in Go” (paper) ‘Go advocates for the usage of message passing as the means of inter-thread communication and provides several new concurrency mechanisms and libraries to ease multi-threading programming. It is important to understand the implication of these new proposals and the comparison of message passing and shared memory synchronization in […]

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Links for 2019-03-01

Paper: Hyperscan: A Fast Multi-pattern Regex Matcher for Modern CPUs a software based, large-scale regex matcher designed to match multiple patterns at once (up to tens of thousands of patterns at once) and to ‘stream‘ (that is, match patterns across many different ‘stream writes’ without holding on to all the data you’ve ever seen). To my […]

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Links for 2019-02-28

Argo Workflows & Pipelines Nice new workflow system built on Kubernetes and Docker (tags: k8s kubernetes docker containers workflow pipelines architecture batch nightly-jobs ops) databricks/devbox interesting, a synchronization daemon from Databricks which they use to synch up dev repos with a remote “devbox” in EC2 for heavyweight compilation (tags: remote-compiles compiling devbox databricks coding tools […]

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Links for 2019-02-25

‘digital health will lead to forms of enslavement we can barely imagine’ Author and Consultant Gastroenterologist Dr. Seamus O’Mahony: Perhaps most alarming of all is his analysis of the future of the world of digital health – “Anyone with a smartphone will be monitoring themselves, or – more likely – will be monitored by some […]

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Links for 2019-02-24

Cocktail similarity by Levenshtein distance Love it. ‘I was recently figuring out a minimum-viable bar setup for making cocktails at home, and a system for memorizing & recording recipes. When I started writing down the first basic ingredients, I started noticing that cocktails are very close to each other – if you ignore fruit rinds […]

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Links for 2019-02-21

Pinterest blocks vaccine-related searches in bid to fight anti-vaxx propaganda | Technology | The Guardian The phenomenon on display in the Facebook search result screenshots is known in technology circles as a “data void”, after a paper by the Data & Society founder and researcher danah boyd. For certain search terms, boyd explains, “the available […]

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Links for 2019-02-18

The log/event processing pipeline you can’t have – apenwarr So good. Apenwarr knows how to design a system. Simple things don’t break. Our friends on the “let’s use structured events to make metrics” team streamed those events straight into a database, and it broke all the time, because databases have configuration options and you inevitably […]

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Links for 2019-02-17

ColouriseSG ‘Colourise your black and white photos – A deep learning colouriser prototype specifically for old Singaporean photos.’ (tags: color colour photography ai deep-learning ml colouriser colourisation singapore history black-and-white photos) The Soothing Promise of Our Own Artisanal Internet | WIRED “Eat independent sites, mostly not Facebook” as Anil Dash puts it. This is pretty […]

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Links for 2019-02-15

igloohome Smart Mortise Now this is clever. A “smart lock” which doesn’t require access to the internet; uses crypto to allow generation of transient time-limited access codes which you can give to other people, and a TOTP-style algorithm to generate one-time access codes. (via threeze) (tags: via:threeze smart-locks locks iot crypto igloohome homes) Functional 3D […]

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Links for 2019-02-13

The curious case of disappearing buses Nice investigation into some dodgy pseudo-real-time bus location data in the Bristol real time passenger information system (via Tony Finch) So what have we learned? One thing we are sure is that data of different qualities – genuinely real-time, pseudo real-time (Type 2 and Type 1), and non-real-time (scheduled) […]

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Links for 2019-02-09

Live Transcribe Google’s new live transcription app — ‘see instant captions anywhere. Whether you’re ordering a coffee or meeting someone new, Live Transcribe helps you communicate in the moment.’ If this works, it’d be fantastic for the deaf and hard of hearing… nifty! (tags: android google deaf hearing transcription accessibility)

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Links for 2019-02-08

Marc Brooker on leases Good advice from Marc Brooker on using leases as a way to handle leader election in a distributed system: ‘Leases are a nice primitive because they are easy to understand, easy (if subtle) to implement correctly, require very little co-ordination, optimistic, and don’t require much load on the strongly consistent service.’ […]

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Links for 2019-02-07

using BGP to compute best paths across the London Underground this is deeply silly, but also very impressive (via Tony Finch) (tags: via:fanf bgp networking internet routing london-underground trains) hrvach/fpg1 a PDP-1 implementation in FPGA: DEC PDP-1 is a computer designed and produced in 1959. Considering the pace of change in computing, that might seem […]

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Links for 2019-02-06

Revealed: The dark-money Brexit ads flooding social media | openDemocracy Oh god, here we go again. Facebook ads need to be regulated. Over the last four months, the People’s Vote and Best for Britain campaigns spent £266,369 and £183,943, respectively. Neither of these anti-Brexit groups is fully transparent either: both publish some details about themselves, […]

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Links for 2019-02-04

An In-Depth Guide to Nginx Metrics decent list of what nginx offers in terms of instrumentation (tags: nginx metrics ops graphing scalyr) Google Hired Gig Economy Workers for Project Maven Other tech giants are reportedly interested in engaging the military as it continues to deploy artificial intelligence technology. Much larger machine-learning projects may require vastly […]

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Links for 2019-02-02

Understanding the bin, sbin, usr/bin , usr/sbin split omg. /usr/bin came about because Ken Thompson and Dennis Ritchie ran out of disk space on the root volume. Mind = blown You know how Ken Thompson and Dennis Ritchie created Unix on a PDP-7 in 1969? Well around 1971 they upgraded to a PDP-11 with a […]

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Links for 2019-02-01

NYC cops now using Chinese “Sky Net” video surveillance systems This is absolutely scary. Systematic surveillance: The surveillance tools are identical to those used in Sky Net in China, the largest video surveillance system on Earth, Chinese government research institutes and a company involved in the project said. At a time when China and the […]

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Links for 2019-01-31

The right-wing history of the urban models which inspired SimCity Largely forgotten now, Jay Forrester’s Urban Dynamics put forth the controversial claim that the overwhelming majority of American urban policy was not only misguided but that these policies aggravated the very problems that they were intended to solve. In place of Great Society-style welfare programs, […]

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Links for 2019-01-30

The 26,000-Year Astronomical Monument Hidden in Plain Sight at the Hoover Dam This is amazing! I wish I’d noticed it when I visited Hoover Dam. The center of the circle traced by the axial precession is actually the massive flag pole in the center of the plaza. This axial circle is prominently marked around the […]

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Links for 2019-01-29

Amendment-apocalypse: Spineless MPs just voted against reality … in a way, it was typical May tactics. She prioritised vague promises over content. She sabotaged something – anything – in order to fight another day. She made promises she could not keep on issues she knew to be false. Once again, she said anything, anything at […]

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Links for 2019-01-25

Daniel Edward Heffernan’s Map of Dublin, 1861 These maps are really remarkable work: Heffernan’s map of Dublin, published 1 May 1861, is both highly unusual and very fine. No other map of the time gives such a bird’s eye, almost axonometric, view of the city’s edifices. It shows in exceptional elevational detail both a number […]

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Links for 2019-01-24

We may finally know what causes Alzheimer’s – and how to stop it This is amazing: If you bled when you brushed your teeth this morning, you might want to get that seen to. We may finally have found the long-elusive cause of Alzheimer’s disease: Porphyromonas gingivalis, the key bacteria in chronic gum disease. That’s […]

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Links for 2019-01-21

PhoneNumbers.ie ‘Do you want to find out information about an unknown caller?’ — reputation service for random callers in Ireland. Very useful to find out if others have received scammy calls from a given number (tags: reputation phone telephone callers scams phishing ireland) The Plot Against George Soros The anti-Soros campaign was entirely artificial, as […]

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Links for 2019-01-18

Instance Price Guide Nicely done EC2 instance price comparison site, with spot instance and reserved pricing discounts taken into account; possibly better than ec2instances.info (tags: ec2 instances aws pricing hosts spot-instances money) mbasic.facebook.com Super-basic HTML-only view of Facebook — ugly but blisteringly fast with no HTML5 crapola (tags: light facebook basic html javascript)

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Links for 2019-01-17

Opinion | The Malign Incompetence of the British Ruling Class – The New York Times Pankaj Mishra wastes no time getting the boot into the ineptitude of the ruling-class Brexiteers. it’s glorious Politicians and journalists in Ireland are understandably aghast over the aggressive ignorance of English Brexiteers. Business people everywhere are outraged by their cavalier […]

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Links for 2019-01-16

_Amazon Aurora: On Avoiding Distributed Consensus for I/Os, Commits, and Membership Changes_, SIGMOD ’18 One of the more novel differences between Aurora and other relational databases is how it pushes redo processing to a multi-tenant scale-out storage service, purpose-built for Aurora. Doing so reduces networking traffic, avoids checkpoints and crash recovery, enables failovers to replicas […]

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Links for 2019-01-15

Serverless Computing: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back – Speaker Deck So much agreement with this slide deck, particularly the list of limitations of current FaaS: 15 min lifetimes; I/O bottlenecks; no inbound network comms; no specialized hardware; and the general horribleness of using DynamoDB or S3 state as a platform for distributed computing protocols. […]

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Links for 2019-01-14

The Embroidered Computer an exploration into using historic gold embroidery materials and knowledge to craft a programmable 8 bit computer. Solely built from a variety of metal threads, magnetic, glass and metal beads, and being inspired by traditional crafting routines and patterns, the piece questions the appearance of current digital and electronic technologies surrounding us, […]

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Links for 2019-01-13

certain Irish surnames inherited ‘the cure’ This is quite an odd superstition — the belief that people with a certain surname could cure a specific ailment. Wicklow-born reader Mattie Lennon reminds me that certain Irish families used to hold monopolies over the treatment of individual disorders, based solely on their surnames. Mattie knows this from […]

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