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Links for 2018-01-04

Nicole Perlroth’s roundup on the Spectre and Meltdown security holes Excellent roundup — this really is amazingly bad news for CPU performance and fixability (tags: meltdown spectre nicole-perlroth security cpu performance speculative-execution intel amd arm) These stickers make AI hallucinate things that aren’t there – The Verge The sticker “allows attackers to create a physical-world […]

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Links for 2018-01-03

Webdoctor.ie An online doctor appointment — you fill out a questionnaire, are interviewed via VC, and receive any prescription you need. Recommended by devxda on the ITC slack (tags: doctor medicine ireland services health) The mysterious case of the Linux Page Table Isolation patches | Hacker News good HN comments on the horrible security bug […]

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Links for 2018-01-01

Steven Bellovin on Bitcoin When you engineer a system for deployment you build it to meet certain real-world goals. You may find that there are tradeoffs, and that you can’t achieve all of your goals, but that’s normal; as I’ve remarked, “engineering is the art of picking the right trade-off in an overconstrained environment”. For […]

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Links for 2017-12-22

RFC 2322: Management of IP numbers by peg-dhcp This RFC describes a protocol to dynamically hand out ip-numbers on field networks and small events that don’t necessarily have a clear organisational body. ie. using clothes pegs! (tags: pegs dhcp hacks rfcs hip97 hip protocols clothespegs)

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Links for 2017-12-21

Electric Vehicle Home Charger Grant new SEAI grant for EV charger points; allows second-hand cars as well, from 2018 onwards (tags: cars driving seai grants ireland evs)

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Links for 2017-12-20

Learning to operate Kubernetes reliably A very solid writeup from Julia “b0rk” Evans at Stripe (tags: stripe kubernetes cron distributed-cron jobs docker containers ops julia-evans) Google Maps’s Moat pretty cool stuff from Google, has to be said (tags: google maps apple tom-tom data big-data ml mapping)

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Links for 2017-12-19

How Syria’s White Helmets became victims of an online propaganda machine | World news | The Guardian The way the Russian propaganda machine has targeted the White Helmets is a neat case study in the prevailing information wars. It exposes just how rumours, conspiracy theories and half-truths bubble to the top of YouTube, Google and […]

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Links for 2017-12-18

Google Thinks I’m Dead – The New York Times jesus, Google, this is a shambles (tags: google data correctness bugs errors data-cleanliness accuracy) Checkup ‘Simple uptime monitoring: distributed, self-hosted health checks and status pages’ — stores in S3 (tags: go ops monitoring uptime health-checks status-pages status golang s3) The Real Danger To Civilization Isn’t AI. […]

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Links for 2017-12-15

It’s official, ADSL works over wet string So, there you go, ADSL over 2m of literal “wet string”. Well done all for testing this. It shows the importance of handling faults that seem to just be “low speed”. (tags: adsl faults hacks funny networking dsl telecoms) extremely detailed writeup on a secondhand Nissan LEAF ‘2015 […]

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Links for 2017-12-14

The Mirai Botnet Was Part of a College Student Minecraft Scheme The truth, as made clear in that Alaskan courtroom Friday — and unsealed by the Justice Department on Wednesday—was even stranger: The brains behind Mirai were a 21-year-old Rutgers college student from suburban New Jersey and his two college-age friends from outside Pittsburgh and […]

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Links for 2017-12-13

Wishlist: A Tiny Museum for Your Mantle – Atlas Obscura the Mini Museum. back on sale at Amazon and absolutely amazing (tags: museum stuff toget want atlas-obscura history science fossils collectibles) AWS CodeBuild Plugin – Jenkins – Jenkins Wiki Trigger AWS CodeBuild jobs as build steps for a Jenkins project. :thinking_face_emoji: (tags: jenkins hacks aws […]

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Links for 2017-12-12

The Case for Learned Index Structures ‘Indexes are models: a B-Tree-Index can be seen as a model to map a key to the position of a record within a sorted array, a Hash-Index as a model to map a key to a position of a record within an unsorted array, and a BitMap-Index as a […]

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Links for 2017-12-11

Canarytokens.org – Quick, Free, Detection for the Masses similar to honeytokens — detect breaches by access attempts to unique addresses (tags: security honeypots honeytokens canary canarytokens)

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Links for 2017-12-06

In first, 3-D printed objects connect to WiFi without electronics This. is. magic. Physical motion—pushing a button, laundry soap flowing out of a bottle, turning a knob, removing a hammer from a weighted tool bench—triggers gears and springs elsewhere in the 3-D printed object that cause a conductive switch to intermittently connect or disconnect with […]

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Links for 2017-12-05

AMERICAN AIRLINES 737MAX8: “LIKE A FLYING PRISON” Quite unusual to see an honest review of travelling coach-class on an internal US flight. This is a massive stinker: “I admit American isn’t my favourite airline, but this has made me seriously re-evaluate ever travelling on them again. And it won’t be economy. If this is Americans […]

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Links for 2017-12-04

Bella Caledonia: A Wake-Up Call Swathes of the British elite appeared ignorant of much of Irish history and the country’s present reality. They seemed to have missed that Ireland’s economic dependence on exports to its neighbour came speedily to an end after both joined the European Economic Community in 1973. They seemed unacquainted with Ireland’s […]

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Links for 2017-12-01

Sonarr newsgroup/torrent TV PVR automation. looks neat (tags: pvr tv automation usenet bittorrent) South Pole Ice Tunnels – Antarctica – Atlas Obscura ‘One of the strangest of these monuments consists of the body of an atrophied White Sturgeon and a handwritten account of its journey. The fish had arrived in 1992 at McMurdo Station (a […]

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Links for 2017-11-30

Introducing the Amazon Time Sync Service Well overdue; includes Google-style leap smearing (tags: time-sync time aws services ntp ops) The Impenetrable Program Transforming How Courts Treat DNA Evidence | WIRED ‘So the lab turned to TrueAllele, a program sold by Cybergenetics, a small company dedicated to helping law enforcement analyze DNA where regular lab tests […]

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Links for 2017-11-29

Fine Art Prints – The Public Domain Review This is amazing — “museum quality” prints of favourites from the PDR archives, featuring Paul Klee, William Blake, ukiyo-e from Hiroshige, Goya, and even Athanasius Kircher (tags: prints to-get fine-art public-domain art william-blake ukiyo-e hiroshige goya klee) Introducing AWS Fargate – Run Containers without Managing Infrastructure now […]

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Links for 2017-11-28

creepy fake motion-detector cameras in AirBnBs Jason Scott on Twitter: “In “oh, that’s a thing now” news, a colleague of mine thought it odd that there was a single “motion detector” in his AirBNB in the bedroom and voila, it’s an IP camera connected to the web. (He left at 3am, reported, host is suspended, […]

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Links for 2017-11-27

Parental Controls & Internet Filtering — Circle this looks interesting; internet time limits and per-user/per-device content filtering, for kids (tags: apps kids android ios circle filtering family parenting) Brutal London ‘A book about London’s gorgeous, brutalist architecture includes dainty DIY papercraft models to make yourself’ — awesome (tags: brutalist architecture london papercraft models barbican) UK […]

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Links for 2017-11-25

Ordering a new EV ? what are your 181 options ? (thinking face) (tags: evs cars driving ireland)

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Links for 2017-11-24

Witney Seibold watches all the Academy Award Best Picture winners Myself and the missus are in the process of doing this right now! (tags: nerdist witney-seibold academy-awards best-picture awards movies) Spam is back | The Outline it’s 2017, and spam has clawed itself back from the grave. It shows up on social media and dating […]

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Links for 2017-11-20

S3 Inventory Adds Apache ORC output format and Amazon Athena Integration Interesting to see Amazon are kind of putting their money behind ORC as a new public data interchange format with this (tags: orc formats data interchange s3 athena output) Spot Fleet now supports Target Tracking Awesome, nice feature (tags: spot-fleet spot-instances ec2 amazon aws […]

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Links for 2017-11-17

How to ensure Presto scalability ?in multi user case Good preso from Treasure Data on multi-user Presto usage (tags: presto presentations slides storage databases)

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Links for 2017-11-16

Why is this company tracking where you are on Thanksgiving? Creepy: To do this, they tapped a company called SafeGraph that provided them with 17 trillion location markers for 10 million smartphones. The data wasn’t just staggering in sheer quantity. It also appears to be extremely granular. Researchers “used this data to identify individuals’ home […]

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Links for 2017-11-14

Continuous self-testing at Hosted Graphite ‘why we send external canaries, every second’ (tags: graphite hostedgraphite monitoring canaries udp alerting ops)

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Links for 2017-11-13

‘STELLA Report from the SNAFUcatchers Workshop on Coping With Complexity’, March 14-16 2017 ‘A consortium workshop of high end techs reviewed postmortems to better understand how engineers cope with the complexity of anomalies (SNAFU and SNAFU catching episodes) and how to support them. These cases reveal common themes regarding factors that produce resilient performances. The […]

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Links for 2017-11-10

Driverless shuttle in Las Vegas gets in fender bender within an hour Like any functioning autonomous vehicle, the shuttle can avoid obstacles and stop in a hurry if needed. What it apparently can’t do is move a couple feet out of the way when it looks like a 20-ton truck is going to back into […]

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Links for 2017-11-09

20 Benefits that speed up hiring and 5 that slow it down But that isn’t to say work-life balance isn’t important. It’s just job seekers are looking for balance outside of work. Three of the five benefits that sped up time to hire were related to giving more opportunities to leave work: Caregiver leave Adoption […]

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Links for 2017-11-08

Facebook asks users for nude photos in project to combat revenge porn The photos are hashed, server-side, using the PhotoDNA hashing algorithm. This would have been way way better if it ran locally, on user’s phones, instead though. Interesting to note that PhotoDNA claims to have a “1 in 10 billion” false positive rate according […]

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Links for 2017-11-07

‘Lambda and serverless is one of the worst forms of proprietary lock-in we’ve ever seen in the history of humanity’ • The Register That doesn’t mean Polvi is a fan. “Lambda and serverless is one of the worst forms of proprietary lock-in that we’ve ever seen in the history of humanity,” said Polvi, only partly […]

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Links for 2017-11-06

How to effectively complain to an Irish broadcaster about a public affairs show Simon McGarr: “If you think that a public affairs show has failed to address a matter with proper balance, you can (Tweet) say it to the breeze or complain. There is a process to follow to make an effective complaint 1) complain […]

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Links for 2017-11-03

Inside The Great Poop Emoji Feud PILE_OF_POO in the news! The debate appears to be between some of Unicode’s most prolific contributors and typographers (Unicode was initially established to develop standards for translating alphabets into code that can be read across all computers and operating systems), and those in the consortium who focus primarily on […]

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Links for 2017-11-02

aws-vault ‘A vault for securely storing and accessing AWS credentials in development environments’. Scott Piper says: ‘You should not use the AWS CLI with MFA without aws-vault, and probably should not use the CLI at all without aws-vault, because of it’s benefit of storing your keys outside of ~/.aws/credentials (since every once in a while […]

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Links for 2017-11-01

Fooling Neural Networks in the Physical World with 3D Adversarial Objects · labsix This is amazingly weird stuff. Fooling NNs with adversarial objects: Here is a 3D-printed turtle that is classified at every viewpoint as a “rifle” by Google’s InceptionV3 image classifier, whereas the unperturbed turtle is consistently classified as “turtle”. We do this using […]

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Links for 2017-10-26

Here’s A List Of The Darkest, Strangest Scientific Paper Titles Of All Time | IFLScience some great papers here (via Emilie) (tags: via:emilie funny papers science titles)

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Links for 2017-10-25

Yonatan Zunger’s twitter thread on Twitter’s problem with policy issues ‘I worked on policy issues at G+ and YT for years. It was *painfully* obvious that Twitter never took them seriously.’ This thread is full of good information on “free speech”, nazis, Trump, Gamergate and Twitter’s harrassment problem. (Via Peter Bourgon) (tags: via:peterbourgon harrassment twitter […]

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Links for 2017-10-24

What To Do When Your Daughter Is the Mean Girl | Psychology Today Bookmarking — just in case. hopefully it won’t be necessary… good site for parenting advice along these lines. I knew this day would come. I was, of course, hoping it never would-hoping that my daughter would never be mean to someone else’s […]

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Links for 2017-10-23

Cronic ‘A cure for Cron’s chronic email problem’ (tags: cron linux unix ops sysadmin mail)

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