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Links for 2018-05-24

This is why you’re still seeing referendum ads online summary: Google can’t block ads placed via their own exchanges (tags: advertising adtech google ireland ads repealthe8th)

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Links for 2018-05-23

ACLU to Amazon: Get out of the surveillance business This is a fair point from the ACLU: Already, Rekognition is in use in Florida and Oregon. Government agencies in California and Arizona have sought information about it, too. And Amazon didn’t just sell Rekognition to law enforcement, it’s actively partnering with them to ensure that […]

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Links for 2018-05-21

schibsted/strongbox: A secret manager for AWS Strongbox is a CLI/GUI and SDK to manage, store, and retrieve secrets (access tokens, encryption keys, private certificates, etc). Strongbox is a client-side convenience layer on top of AWS KMS, DynamoDB and IAM. It manages the AWS resources for you and configure them in a secure way. Strongbox has […]

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Links for 2018-05-18

EC2 Instance Update – C5 Instances with Local NVMe Storage (C5d) With a 25% to 50% improvement in price-performance over the C4 instances, the C5 instances are designed for applications like batch and log processing, distributed and or real-time analytics, high-performance computing (HPC), ad serving, highly scalable multiplayer gaming, and video encoding. Some of these […]

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Links for 2018-05-17

Canaries As Poisonous Gas Detectors n the late 1890s, [John] Haldane began experimenting on small animals like white mice and canaries [to detect carbon monoxide]. Small animals have faster metabolism rate, and hence show the effects of carbon monoxide poisoning much earlier even in the presence of small quantities of the noxious gas. Canaries are […]

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Links for 2018-05-16

Face recognition police tools ‘staggeringly inaccurate’ – BBC News “In figures given to Big Brother Watch, South Wales Police said its facial recognition technology had made 2,685 “matches” between May 2017 and March 2018 – but 2,451 were false alarms.” This is going to be a disaster. (tags: surveillance bbc wales facial-recognition privacy false-positives ml) […]

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Links for 2018-05-15

GDPR will pop the adtech bubble Without adtech, the EU’s GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) would never have happened. But the GDPR did happen, and as a result websites all over the world are suddenly posting notices about their changed privacy policies, use of cookies, and opt-in choices for “relevant” or “interest-based” (translation: tracking-based) advertising. Email […]

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Links for 2018-05-08

The Tidelift Subscription The core idea of the Tidelift Subscription is to pay for “promises about the future” of your software components.   When you incorporate an open source library into your application, you need to know not just that you can use it as-is today, but that it will be kept secure, properly licensed, and […]

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Links for 2018-05-03

DNA databases: biology stripped bare Unlike other biometrics, [DNA] also provides revealing [data regarding] thousands of other related individuals; even to an entire ethnic group. Such markers may reveal a genetic predisposition towards cancer, or early onset dementia. Mining that data and linking it to family trees and thus, individuals, might interest insurance companies, or […]

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Links for 2018-05-02

An Algorithmic Investigation of the Highfalutin ‘Poet Voice’ – Atlas Obscura ‘It’s easy to make fun of Poet Voice. But its proliferation across the space of academic poetry may have more serious implications as well. In a 2014 essay, “Poet Voice and Flock Mentality,” the poet Lisa Marie Basile connects it to an overall lack […]

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Links for 2018-05-01

Silicon Valley Can’t Be Trusted With Our History the internet is messing with human cognition in ways that will take decades to fully understand. Some researchers believe it is altering the way we create memories. In one study, researchers told a group of people to copy a list of facts onto a computer. They told […]

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Links for 2018-04-30

Europe fires back at ICANN’s delusional plan to overhaul Whois for GDPR by next, er, year • The Register So was it European law experts Hamilton that wrongly advised ICANN that it could request for a “moratorium” over the new law until it came up with a new solution? It seems unlikely given their expertise […]

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Links for 2018-04-29

repealfacts and FAQs.pdf Louise Kenny, Consultant Obstetrician and Professor of Maternal and Fetal Health, systematically demolishes anti-choice propaganda points with solid scientific facts (tags: repeal repealthe8th science biology medicine pregnancy abortion pro-choice ireland miscarriage)

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Links for 2018-04-26

twitter thread on incel culture, the “manosphere” and the rest of that toxic garbage For the past little while, I’ve been working on a piece about Toronto’s relationship to the alt-right, especially the “manosphere.” Unfortunately that research has become relevant. I’m going to share as much as I can here for people who may not […]

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Links for 2018-04-24

Parallelizing S3 Workloads with s5cmd nice parallel download/upload tool for S3, developed by Peak Games, open source, in Go (tags: golang go s5cmd open-source tools cli s3 aws) The Australian Bureau of Statistics Tracked People By Their Mobile Device Data. The ABS claims population estimates have a “major data gap” and so they’ve been a […]

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Links for 2018-04-23

Use the GDPR to find who has advertised to you on Facebook, and get them to delete your details Sometimes you get ads on Facebook and you are just not interested in what they’re selling. This is a way to find out who has uploaded your email address into facebook to target ads at you, […]

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Links for 2018-04-20

Palantir Knows Everything About You This is so fucking dystopian: Operation Laser has made L.A. cops more surgical — and, according to community activists, unrelenting. Once targets are enmeshed in a [Palantir] spidergram, they’re stuck. Manuel Rios, 22, lives in the back of his grandmother’s house at the top of a hill in East L.A., […]

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Links for 2018-04-19

_Building a Bw-Tree Takes More Than Just Buzz Words_, SIGMOD 2018 ‘An account of our disappointing journey to build a open-source lock-free Bw-Tree for the Peloton DBMS.’ ‘In 2013, Microsoft Research proposed the Bw-Tree (humorously termed the “Buzz Word Tree”), a lock-free index that provides high throughput for transactional database workloads in SQL Server’s Hekaton […]

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Links for 2018-04-18

Securing wireless neurostimulators The latest generation of such devices come with remote monitoring and reprogramming capabilities, via an external device programmer. The manufacturers seem to have relied on security through obscurity (when will we ever learn!) with the very predictable result that the interface turns out not be secure at all. So we end up […]

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Links for 2018-04-17

Best Practices for DynamoDB Amazon have updated this architectural tips doc for DynamoDB users — good reference (tags: dynamodb nosql aws storage databases design coding) “Tweeps! What’s the craziest infra incident you worked on at Twitter” great thread of Twitter outages and production incidents. I would love to hear more details about these, I love […]

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Links for 2018-04-14

How to report graphic abortion imagery to the gardai under Irish law I tried to report ICBR graphic abortion imagery to the Gardai today and met a lot of resistance. The following thread gives an account of what happened and how someone can effectively report this imagery. 1/x At 2pm on Friday the 13th of […]

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Links for 2018-04-12

A Taxonomy of Tech Debt | Riot Games Engineering Very sensible way to group/classify tech debt work — we did something similar in Swrve internally at one point, but this is much more evolved (tags: engineering software coding) Dodgy history of the firm behind “coal power plant reopening to mine blockchain” Here’s the breathless CNet […]

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Links for 2018-04-11

Uses This / Leonard Lin lhl describes the stuff he uses, day to day. Lots of travel gear, drones, Linux and a surprising lack of Macs (tags: travel shopping hardware gear uses-this lhl drones vr linux vive chromebook tips) #Repealthe8th | Are the Irish Media Up To The Job? For years we were subject to speculation […]

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Links for 2018-04-10

Gravis McElroy on Twitter: “The thing that really kills me about the silicon valley hypercapitalist hell spiral….” Epic shouty thread about modern Silicon Valley software products. We know that no company, regardless of size, can be trusted with this information. We KNOW it will not stay private, our photos of our partners genitals and tax […]

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Links for 2018-04-09

If iPads were meant for kids A long list of the misfeatures that IOS/Android devices have regarding child use. 100% agreed with this (tags: ios ipad iphone parenting devices kids android youtube) A Closer Look at Experian Big Data and Artificial Intelligence in Durham Police ‘UK police bought profiling data for their artificial intelligence (AI) […]

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Links for 2018-04-07

Meet the people who’ve transformed Dublin’s streets into a colourful city-wide gallery – Independent.ie great article about the Dublin Canvas project — great success (tags: dublin painting street-art art)

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Links for 2018-04-06

plugin EVs outsell ICE-driven cars in Norway 56% of cars registered in March 2018 in Norway were plugin EVs rather than fossil-fuel burning ICE vehicles, with Nissan Leafs well in first place (tags: evs pevs nissan cars driving norway green ev) Another reason why your Docker containers may be slow TL;DR: fadvise() is a bottleneck […]

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Links for 2018-04-04

Online mattress-in-a-box brands: Why are there so many? – Curbed “People ask me what it takes to get into this space,” said Bryan Murphy, founder and president of Tomorrow Sleep. “If you have a [Google] AdWords account [to buy digital ads] and you know a subcontractor, you can sell a mattress online.” (tags: mattresses business […]

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Links for 2018-03-30

Europe dumps 300,000 UK-owned .EU domains into the Brexit bin – The Register “As a result of the withdrawal of the United Kingdom, a holder of a domain name does no longer fulfil the general eligibility criteria… the Registry for .eu will be entitled to revoke such domain name on its own initiative and without […]

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Links for 2018-03-28

Timeline behind the #CopOnComrades controversy A very exhaustive timeline of the online defence of feminism against a few left-wing men in Ireland, courtesy of Andrew Flood. (tags: coponcomrades left-wing politics ireland twitter facebook irish-times) How Good Is Spotify’s Audio Quality? · Baron Schwartz’s Website Various streaming services (Spotify) use lossy formats (Ogg Vorbis); various audio-casting […]

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Links for 2018-03-27

Amazon DynamoDB Adds Support for Continuous Backups and Point-In-Time Recovery (PITR) excellent! This is a much-needed feature (tags: dynamodb storage databases aws ops architecture recovery) Colm MacCárthaigh on TLS 1.3 and the risks of 0-RTT here’s my advice: if you see a server supporting 0-RTT and that server doesn’t give you an iron-clad guarantee that […]

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Links for 2018-03-24

What’s in your migraine kit? Good post on workarounds/pain relief/migraine-abortive treatments from the /r/migraine subreddit. Some of the things I’ve found helpful (ice-cold Coke, headache stick, and of course triptans), and I few I haven’t tried yet, so may give them a try. God damn migraines :( (tags: migraine headaches medicine health pain reddit tips)

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Links for 2018-03-23

Brad Templeton’s commentary on the Uber robocar killing a pedestrian At this point, it does seem as though a wrongful death lawsuit might emerge from the family of the victim. The fame for the lawyer will cause pro bono representation to appear, and the deep pockets of Uber will certainly be attractive. I recommend Uber […]

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Links for 2018-03-22

Arena Film by Páraic McGloughlin A brief look at the earth from above, based on the shapes we make, the game of life, our playing ground – Arena. Created using Google Earth imagery. Pearse McGloughlin and I collaborated on the audio resulting in something between music and a soundtrack. Audio mastered by TJ LippleHear

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Links for 2018-03-21

awslabs/awscli-aliases The AWS CLI tool supports aliases, a la git, so you can do things like “aws whoami” aliased to “aws sts get-caller-identity”. The NSA Worked to “Track Down” Bitcoin Users, Snowden Documents Reveal ‘Part of the NSA’s Bitcoin access, codenamed MONKEYROCKET, involved essentially tricking targets into using privacy software (a VPN app?) that was […]

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Links for 2018-03-20

SXSW 2018: A Look Back at the 1960s PLATO Computing System – IEEE Spectrum Author Brian Dear on how these terminals were designed for coursework, but students preferred to chat and play games […] “Out of the top 10 programs on PLATO running any day, most were games,” Dear says. “They used more CPU time […]

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Links for 2018-03-19

Ten Reasons Why I Don’t Like Golang When I first started programming in Go, my summary of it was, “The good things are great and the bad things are weird and I can live with them.” After another three years and a few large projects in Go, I no longer like the language and wouldn’t […]

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Links for 2018-03-16

Cameras as Traffic Cops – Hacker Noon Guy trains model on NYC traffic camera video to detect blocked bike lanes and bus stops. Estimates “the number of tickets being given represents less than .0001% of infractions”. (via lemonodor) (tags: via:lemonodor future tickets traffic nyc cameras surveillance bike-lanes bus-stops traffic-law) Ken Foxe’s Beginner’s Guide to FOI […]

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Links for 2018-03-15

Who Targets Me Microtargeting. Misinformation. Psychographic profiling. Install Who Targets Me [a Chrome plugin] to find out who’s trying to win your vote – and how they’re doing it. (tags: ads advertising chrome extensions microtargeting politics facebook)

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Links for 2018-03-14

Interesting Twitter thread on email UI design, vs Slack “When redesigning Outlook, we found two basic groups of users: pilers and filers. Pilers kept a single, ever-expanding list of mail in their Inbox and then worked it down to “inbox zero.” Filers wrote rules or manually filed mail into folders, creating an organizational system. Filers […]

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