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Links for 2020-02-25

New Electric Ireland A company in Arklow is teaching people how to convert petrol/diesel cars to run as EVs on a budget — including their own split-screen VW bus, running on a Tesla drivetrain, and a BMW 7 series running as a hybrid from a Lexus RX450h (tags: cars driving tesla vw conversions vehicles evs […]

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Links for 2020-02-24

Sprouts Sprouts is a paper-and-pencil game that can be enjoyed simply by both adults and children. Yet it also can be analyzed for its significant mathematical properties. It was invented by mathematicians John Horton Conway (*that* Conway) and Michael S. Paterson at Cambridge University in the early 1960s./blockquote> (tags: games paper sprouts kids fun) SEAI […]

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Links for 2020-02-22

A biotech firm made a smallpox-like virus on purpose. Nobody seems to care – Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists The loosely regulated market for synthetic DNA, the normalization of synthetic orthopoxvirus research, and a large number of capable facilities and researchers creates an environment in which a rogue state, unscrupulous company, reckless scientist, or terrorist […]

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Links for 2020-02-20

Stop Using Encrypted Email This is very persuasive and I’d have to agree. Email is unsafe and cannot be made safe. The tools we have today to encrypt email are badly flawed. Even if those flaws were fixed, email would remain unsafe. Its problems cannot plausibly be mitigated. Key point: this isn’t (just) about PGP […]

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Links for 2020-02-19

An Indian politician is using deepfake technology in an election campaign A deepfake of the president of India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Manoj Tiwari, went viral on WhatsApp in the country earlier this month, ahead of legislative assembly elections in Delhi, according to Vice. It’s the first time a political party anywhere has used […]

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Links for 2020-02-18

The Heartland Lobby A joint investigation from CORRECTIV and Frontal21 reveals how the American Heartland Institute is supporting climate change deniers in Germany with the goal of undermining climate protection measures: Throughout the next half hour, Taylor shares the inner workings of his disinformation toolbox. He believes that Mathias, the PR agent sitting opposite him, […]

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Links for 2020-02-17

Amazon EBS Multi-Attach now available on Provisioned IOPS io1 volumes Attach multiple EC2 instances to the same EBS volume. Now that is pretty cool (tags: ebs ec2 filesystems networking ops) excellent letter to the editor of the Farmer’s Journal regarding the IFA’s climate-denialist stance in full: Dr Donal Murphy-Bokern M.Agr.Sc. (NUI), Kroge-Ehrendorf, Germany Dear Sir: […]

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Links for 2020-02-16

An app can be a home-cooked meal Fantastic — this iOS user cloned the best bits of Tapstack, an app which I similarly mourned when it was shut down last year. Unfortunately his version is iOS-only, and quite closed for his family — by contrast, we just moved to a private Telegram group (tags: programming […]

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Links for 2020-02-11

Wikipedia turned to WebAssembly to provide patent-free video ‘Wikipedia turned to WebAssembly as a <video> polyfill because video codec patents are a pain for folks committed to fully open source stacks: ‘ogv.js implements Ogg Vorbis/Opus/Theora audio & WebM VP8/VP9/AV1 video. https://github.com/brion/ogv.js/’ (tags: ogv.js ogv webassembly wasm wikipedia polyfills standards video patents) Why People Say ‘Up […]

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Links for 2020-02-10

The sustainable fashion conversation is based on bad statistics and misinformation – Vox I pulled all of these statistics and other common “facts” from reputable sources. McKinsey. The United Nations. The Ellen MacArthur Foundation. The World Bank. International labor unions. Advocacy organizations. And these facts have been cited by publications like the Wall Street Journal […]

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Links for 2020-02-09

How can data centers use 100% renewable electricity? The first step has been to offset. This is followed by matching usage with like-for-like energy purchases somewhere. The final stage is direct consumption of locally generated renewables, either in real time or stored from recent generation. So the next time you see a tech company announcing […]

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Links for 2020-02-07

Tesla Remotely Removes Autopilot Features From Customer’s Used Tesla Without Any Notice [Updated] wow, this is scummy (tags: tesla scams downgrades remote-upgrade cars driving)

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Links for 2020-02-05

Advancing safe deployment practices in Azure MS describe their Azure rollout strategy — canary regions -> pilot phase with hardware diversity -> early regions, building up to larger regions -> full deployment. (tags: deployment azure microsoft rollout ops safety outages)

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Links for 2020-02-03

Twitter Likes Deleter Now that there are creepy companies tracking every tweet you’ve “liked”, here’s a Glitch app which will revert those Likes en masse (tags: likes twitter social-media snooping via:anildash privacy) Green Investing / Finance a few links for European green users, courtesy of Phil Sturgeon (tags: via:philsturgeon investing investment finance green climate money) […]

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Links for 2020-01-30

Health-Records Company Pushed Opioids to Doctors in Secret Deal – Bloomberg This is APPALLING. holy crap. To doctors opening patients’ electronic records across the U.S., the alert would have looked innocuous enough. A pop-up would appear, asking about a patient’s level of pain. Then, a drop-down menu would list treatments ranging from a referral to […]

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Links for 2020-01-29

Climate Change Could Force Millions of Americans to Flee the Coast. AI Predicts Where They’ll Go By the end of the century, sea level rise could force 13 million people to move away from the U.S. coasts. But it’s not just the coasts that will be affected—so will the places where those migrants end up. […]

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Links for 2020-01-28

UTC or GTFO a laptop sticker to live by (tags: utc gtfo time coding funny stickers laptop) REvil Ransomware Kevin Beaumont is calling this ‘totally out of control’; ‘the quiet cover up by companies paying ransoms is creating advanced attackers operating at a skill and capability which are going to be very difficult to defend […]

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Links for 2020-01-27

Food types by CO2 footprint You want to reduce the carbon footprint of your food? Focus on what you eat, not whether your food is local: For most foods – and particularly the largest emitters – most GHG emissions result from land use change (shown in green), and from processes at the farm stage (brown). […]

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Links for 2020-01-24

“Cyber Rambo”: How a US Army vet aided the right-wing coup in Bolivia Twitter’s turning out to be a shitfest of a platform: Julián Macías Tovar, a social media coordinator for the Spanish left-wing party Podemos, analyzed the data from the hashtags and found that thousands of accounts were created in the days before the election […]

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Links for 2020-01-23

BurntSushi/xsv a command line program for indexing, slicing, analyzing, splitting and joining CSV files. Commands should be simple, fast and composable: Simple tasks should be easy. Performance trade offs should be exposed in the CLI interface. Composition should not come at the expense of performance. (tags: rust csv cli tools data xsv command-line unix)

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Links for 2020-01-22

A Review of Netflix’s Metaflow Metaflow looks nice, and used by $work’s data scientists (tags: metaflow data-science data batch architecture) XGBoost ‘an optimized distributed gradient boosting library designed to be highly efficient, flexible and portable. It implements machine learning algorithms under the Gradient Boosting framework. XGBoost provides a parallel tree boosting (also known as GBDT, […]

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Links for 2020-01-21

People + AI Guidebook “Designing human-centered AI products”. Some good UX recommendations when working with AI smarts behind the scenes (tags: ux ai design google graphics tips machine-learning)

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Links for 2020-01-20

Revealed: betting firms use schools data on 28m UK children So much for “strict privacy rules”: Betting companies have been given access to an educational database containing names, ages and addresses of 28 million children and students in one of the biggest breaches of government data. They have used it to help increase the proportion […]

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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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