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Links for 2020-01-17

Microsoft announces it will be carbon negative by 2030 This is *amazing* news, and really puts it up to the other big tech companies, particularly Google and Amazon: carbon negative by 2030, more responsibility for Scope 3 emissions, 100% renewables by 2025, and a $1billion fund for climate tech. (tags: climate-change microsoft good-news carbon tech)

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Links for 2020-01-16

Snowboy Hotword Detection Open-source, Apache-license hotword detection library for homebrew IoT: ‘Snowboy is an highly customizable hotword detection engine that is embedded real-time and is always listening (even when off-line) compatible with Raspberry Pi, (Ubuntu) Linux, and Mac OS X. Currently, Snowboy supports: all versions of Raspberry Pi (with Raspbian based on Debian Jessie 8.0) […]

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Links for 2020-01-15

Facebook Ad Library Showed Just How Unreliable Facebook’s Security System For Elections Is On Dec. 10, just two days before the United Kingdom went to the polls, some 74,000 political advertisements vanished from Facebook’s Ad Library, a website that serves as an archive of political and issue ads run on the platform. [….] Facebook has […]

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Links for 2020-01-14

How is computer programming different today than 20 years ago? Some good answers: A desktop software now means a web page bundled with a browser. You are not officially considered a programmer anymore until you attend a $2K conference and share a selfie from there. Code must run behind at least three levels of virtualization […]

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Links for 2020-01-10

Scary twitter thread on the new US fascist/”radical catholic” crossover movement The Groyper movement, “Deus Vult”, Nick Fuentes, and “America First”: “two weeks ago […] employees at the Planned Parenthood clinic in Dover, Delaware, watched stunned as protesters who usually gather outside the clinic performed the Nazi salute as patients were going in.” grim. (tags: […]

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Links for 2020-01-09

“One of our office chairs turns off monitors” Crappy unshielded display cables are prone to electrostatic discharges from gas-lift office chairs… “we have also seen this issue connected to gas lift office chairs. When people stand or sit on gas lift chairs, they can generate an EMI spike which is picked up on the video […]

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Links for 2020-01-08

Modin: Speed up your Pandas workflows by changing a single line of code The modin.pandas DataFrame is an extremely light-weight parallel DataFrame. Modin transparently distributes the data and computation so that all you need to do is continue using the pandas API as you were before installing Modin. Unlike other parallel DataFrame systems, Modin is […]

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Links for 2020-01-07

massive Travelex outage The holiday money exchange site has been offline for the past 7 days, reportedly due to a ransomware infection, with 5GB of PII data exfiltrated (tags: travelex fail security exploits ransomware malware outages) SHA-1 is a Shambles – First Chosen-Prefix Collision on SHA-1 and Application to the PGP Web of Trust Abstract: […]

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Links for 2020-01-06

Algorithms interviews: theory vs. practice Good critique of the current practice of using algorithm questions during tech interviews from Dan Luu At this point, we’ve gone through a few decades of programming interview fads, each one of which looks ridiculous in retrospect. Either we’ve finally found the real secret to interviewing effectively and have reasoned […]

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Links for 2020-01-02

New Left Review – Mike Davis: Who Will Build the Ark? Mike Davis’ 2010 essay predicting a failure of climate change mitigation – then rebutting himself in the second half (tags: mike-davis climate-change climate politics)

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Links for 2019-12-20

Prof John Byrne: the man who turned Ireland into a tech world power TK Whitaker may be known as the man who made modern Ireland, but the highly respected civil servant wasn’t the only person who helped make the State what it is today. For those who wonder how Ireland came to excel both at […]

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Links for 2019-12-19

Eco Worriers: Saving the Planet, One Unoptimized Website at a Time Web sustainability performance checking (tags: sustainability green web http optimization performance ad-blocking gwf) The #1 bug predictor is not technical, it’s organizational complexity (August Lilleaas’ blog) Organizational Complexity. Measures number of developers working on the module, number of ex-developers that used to work on […]

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Links for 2019-12-17

Ex-US healthcare industry insider spills the beans on false “choice” The truth, of course, is you have little “choice” in healthcare now. Most can’t keep their plan as long as they want, or visit any doctor or hospital. Some reforms, like Medicare For All, *would* let you. In other words, M4A actually offers more choice […]

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Links for 2019-12-16

simonw/datasette: A tool for exploring and publishing data Datasette is a tool for exploring and publishing data. It helps people take data of any shape or size and publish that as an interactive, explorable website and accompanying API. Datasette is aimed at data journalists, museum curators, archivists, local governments and anyone else who has data […]

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Links for 2019-12-14

How the Tories won the online election: pick a line, ignore the facts and repeat | Alex Hern | Opinion | The Guardian The internet wasn’t the place for smart campaigning. The Labour party put out slick video after slick video, outspent the Tories on Snapchat and Facebook, and handed Jeremy Corbyn’s Twitter account to […]

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Links for 2019-12-13

re:Invent 2019: From CAPCOM to Deliveroo – My pick of the sessions some actually-good sessions from this year’s Re:Invent (tags: reinvent aws talks youtube videos architecture coding amazon)

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Links for 2019-12-12

Queensland school runs out of water as commercial bottlers harvest local supplies | Environment | The Guardian ‘Water miners’ are now a thing…. The Tamborine Mountain state school has run out of water, even as water miners in the Gold Coast hinterland are sending millions of litres to commercial bottling operations. Trucks sent by the […]

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Links for 2019-12-11

Elon Musk, SpaceX Unveil Latest Starlink Plans, Creating An Astronomical Emergency The Starlink light-pollution shitfest continues to get worse: A responsible entity would address the problems they’re actively creating and exacerbating before accelerating their launch schedule. A responsible entity would ask for the approval of all affected parties before proceeding further. A responsible entity would […]

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Links for 2019-12-09

Now Any Government Can Buy China’s Tools for Censoring the Internet Well, this is grim: “Autocracy as a service” lets countries buy or rent the technology and expertise they need, as they need it. It gets around the problem that being able to censor and surveil the internet isn’t just a technology challenge, but a […]

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Links for 2019-12-06

“Quite Divorced From Reality”: Climate Scientist, Activists Call Out Shell Exec at UN Conference – In These Times “This is quite divorced from reality, what you are all discussing,” Simon Lewis, a climate science professor at University College London, told the oil executives during a Q+A. Lewis went on to explain to the audience that […]

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Links for 2019-12-05

Not able to configure more than 3 PS Move controllers on a Macbook Pro Retina 13 inch, Early 2015 :: Sportsfriends General Discussions How to get 7 PS Move controllers working on recent Mac hardware — use an external Bluetooth dongle. Vital to be able to play Johann Sebastian Joust (tags: joust sportsfriends games bluetooth […]

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Links for 2019-12-04

En-ROADS An excellent global climate simulation tool, to roughly model climate change management strategies and their impacts. (It’s not good news.) (tags: climate-change climate simulations tools web future) China Uses DNA to Map Faces, With Help From the West – The New York Times China continues to break new ground in grim meathook future dystopia: […]

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Links for 2019-12-03

John Barnett on Why He Won’t Fly on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner An ex-quality manager at Boeing for 35 years says: “When I worked on the 747, the 767, the 777 in Everett, those are beautiful planes. And the people there fully understood what it took to build a safe and airworthy aircraft. I hate […]

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Links for 2019-12-02

Dexcom T1 diabetes glucose monitoring devices suffer major outage This is really shocking ineptitude. The level of incident response would have been poor for a gaming company, never mind one selling vital healthcare appliances on which peoples’ lives depend. (tags: healthcare incident-response outages fail dexcom diabetes hardware iot devices internet-of-shit grim-meathook-future) CMIP6 increases estimated effects […]

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Links for 2019-11-28

Computer Architecture Lecture 6b: Computation in Memory I Lecture notes from Prof. Onur Mutlu, ETH Zurich: ‘Energy Waste in Mobile Devices: 62.7% of total system energy is spent on data movement [ie. memory fetches]’ Moving data processing closer to the data storage will improve energy efficiency. (tags: compsci papers notes pdf memory onur-mutlu sustainability power […]

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Links for 2019-11-27

UV-Treated Outdoor CAT6 Cables from Freetv.ie (tags: tv cables cabling home wiring cat6 garden shed) Climate emergency: world ‘may already have crossed several tipping points’ The world may already have crossed a series of climate tipping points, according to a stark warning from scientists. This risk is “an existential threat to civilisation”, they say, meaning […]

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Links for 2019-11-25

Want To Make Money? Build A Business On A Bike Lane “Local stores next to the protected bike lane have seen a 49% increase in sales, compared to an average of 3% for Manhattan as a whole.” (tags: numbers statistics cycling bike-lanes shops) China’s Operating Manuals for Mass Internment and Arrest by Algorithm – ICIJ […]

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Links for 2019-11-22

Sacha Baron Cohen Uses ADL Speech to Tear Apart Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook “if Facebook were around in the 1930s, it would have allowed Hitler to post 30-second ads on his ‘solution’ to the ‘Jewish problem,’” he said. “So here’s a good standard and practice: Facebook, start fact-checking political ads before you run them, stop […]

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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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