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Links for 2017-07-03

Exactly-once Semantics is Possible: Here’s How Apache Kafka Does it How does this feature work? Under the covers it works in a way similar to TCP; each batch of messages sent to Kafka will contain a sequence number which the broker will use to dedupe any duplicate send. Unlike TCP, though—which provides guarantees only within […]

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Links for 2017-06-30

Don’t Settle For Eventual Consistency Quite an argument. Not sure I agree, but worth a bookmark anyway… With an AP system, you are giving up consistency, and not really gaining anything in terms of effective availability, the type of availability you really care about.  Some might think you can regain strong consistency in an AP […]

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Links for 2017-06-28

Mozilla Employee Denied Entry to the United States Ugh. every non-USian tech worker’s nightmare. curl developer Daniel Stenberg: “I can’t think of a single valid reason why they would deny me travel, so what concerns me is that somehow someone did and then I’m worried that I’ll get trouble fixing that issue,” Stenberg said. “I’m […]

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Links for 2017-06-27

RIPE Atlas Probes Interesting! We discussed similar ideas in $prevjob, good to see one hitting production globally. RIPE Atlas probes form the backbone of the RIPE Atlas infrastructure. Volunteers all over the world host these small hardware devices that actively measure Internet connectivity through ping, traceroute, DNS, SSL/TLS, NTP and HTTP measurements. This data is […]

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Links for 2017-06-26

How Did I “Hack” AWS Lambda to Run Docker Containers? Running Docker containers in Lambda using a usermode-docker hack — hacky as hell but fun ;) Lambda should really support native Docker though (tags: docker lambda aws serverless ops hacks udocker) Cadence: Microservice architecture beyond request/reply – @Scale Uber’s request/reply handling middleware — based on […]

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Links for 2017-06-24

ANSI K100.1-1974 ANSI standard safety code and requirements for dry martinis (tags: standards alcohol martini gin recipes martinis cocktails)

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Links for 2017-06-22

The Really Good Pickle Martini The Really Good Pickle Martini 2 oz Gordon’s London dry gin; 1/4 oz Martini & Rossi extra dry vermouth; 1/4 oz pickle juice; Garnish: Skewered dill pickle slice; Glass: Cocktail Pour all the ingredients into a mixing glass with ice, and stir briskly with a bar spoon for about 1 […]

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Links for 2017-06-21

A Neural Network Turned a Book of Flowers Into Shockingly Lovely Dinosaur Art DeepArt.io, ‘powered by an algorithm developed by Leon Gatys and a team from the University of Tübingen in Germany’, did a really amazing job here (tags: art dinosaurs ai plants deep-learning graphics cool) Determinism in League of Legends Once again, deterministic replay/reruns […]

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Links for 2017-06-20

How they did it: an analysis of emissions defeat devices in modern automobiles Using CurveDiff, the team analysed 963 firmware images, for which analysis completed successfully for 924. 406 of the analysed images contained a defeat device, out of which 333 contained at least one active profile. In at least 268 images, the test detection affects […]

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Links for 2017-06-19

How does language, memory and package size affect cold starts of AWS Lambda? some datapoints — java and C# have a hard time (tags: java cold-start lambda serverless aws)

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Links for 2017-06-16

Science didn’t understand my kids’ rare disease until I decided to study it – YouTube via Kevin Lyda: ‘Sharon Terry essentially invented and promoted something akin to the GPL but for medical research. Here’s a bunch of data and research and you can use it if you contribute back what you discover to everyone else.’ […]

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Links for 2017-06-15

Screen time guidelines need to be built on evidence, not hype | Science | The Guardian An open letter signed by about 100 scientists ‘from different countries and academic fields with research expertise and experience in screen time, child development and evidence-based policy.’ If the government were to implement guidelines on screen-based technology at this […]

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Links for 2017-06-14

Could crafty beer giants crush small breweries before they take off? – Independent.ie Grainne says: “We’re getting feedback from publicans that says: ‘Look, I’m gonna take out your tap, I’d love to leave it in but I’m getting a cheque for €50,000’. (tags: metalman brewing craft-beer ireland beer-wars pubs publicans competition) Mounir Mahjoub?i?, the ‘geek’ […]

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Links for 2017-06-12

Connemara shop in patents row with whiskey multinational Beam Suntory own a trademark on the name “Connemara” — utter fiasco. How was this granted? Connemara is a very well-known placename in Ireland (tags: connemara ireland ip trademarks copyfight beam-suntory whiskey) AWS Inter-Region Latency Monitoring only averages, though, no percentiles (tags: latency networking aws ops inter-region […]

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Links for 2017-06-09

How Turla hackers (ab)used satellites to stay under the radar | Ars Technica A very nifty hack. DVB-S broadcasts a subset of unencrypted IP traffic across a 600-mile radius: The Turla attackers listen for packets coming from a specific IP address in one of these classes. When certain packets—say, a TCP/IP SYN packet—are identified, the […]

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Links for 2017-06-08

A Brief History of the UUID · Segment Blog This is great, by Rick Branson. I didn’t realise UUIDs came from Apollo (tags: history distributed distcomp uuids ids coding apollo unix)

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Links for 2017-06-07

Turla’s watering hole campaign: An updated Firefox extension abusing Instagram Pretty crazy. The extension will look at each photo’s comment and will compute a custom hash value. If the hash matches 183, it will then run this regular expression on the comment in order to obtain the path of the bit.ly URL: (?:\\u200d(?:#|@)(\\w) Looking at […]

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Links for 2017-06-06

Top-Secret NSA Report Details Russian Hacking Effort Days Before 2016 Election RUSSIAN MILITARY INTELLIGENCE [GRU] executed a cyberattack on at least one U.S. voting software supplier and sent spear-phishing emails to more than 100 local election officials just days before last November’s presidential election, according to a highly classified intelligence report obtained by The Intercept. […]

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Links for 2017-06-01

usl4j And You | codahale.com Coda Hale wrote a handy java library implementing a USL solver (tags: usl scalability java performance optimization benchmarking measurement ops coda-hale)

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Links for 2017-05-31

EpiBone Grows New Bones Using Stem Cells To grow EpiBone, Tandon explained, scientists take a CT scan of the bone they’ll need to engineer. This helps them create a 3D model. Then, from the model, a 3D printer produces a scaffold (this can be made out of protein and collagen from animal bones or synthetic […]

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Links for 2017-05-29

An empirical study on the correctness of formally verified distributed systems We must recognise that even formal verification can leave gaps and hidden assumptions that need to be teased out and tested, using the full battery of testing techniques at our disposal. Building distributed systems is hard. But knowing that shouldn’t make us shy away from […]

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Links for 2017-05-26

JPM | Free Full-Text | Accuracy in Wrist-Worn, Sensor-Based Measurements of Heart Rate and Energy Expenditure in a Diverse Cohort The ability to measure physical activity through wrist-worn devices provides an opportunity for cardiovascular medicine. However, the accuracy of commercial devices is largely unknown. The aim of this work is to assess the accuracy of […]

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Links for 2017-05-25

‘I’ve Got Nothing to Hide’ and Other Misunderstandings of Privacy by Daniel J. Solove :: SSRN In this short essay, written for a symposium in the San Diego Law Review, Professor Daniel Solove examines the nothing to hide argument. When asked about government surveillance and data mining, many people respond by declaring: “I’ve got nothing […]

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Links for 2017-05-24

Skot Olsen — Blessed Saint Architeuthis Classic piece of freaky squid-related art, now purchaseable on giclee for $200! (very tempted) Saint Architeuthis is the patron saint of doomed sailors. While the origins of the saint remain unclear, it’s recent history and worship are well documented. Whalers who turned their attention to catching giant squid and […]

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Links for 2017-05-23

U.S. top court tightens patent suit rules in blow to ‘patent trolls’ This is excellent news, and a death knell for the East Texas patent troll court (cf https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/the-small-town-judge-who-sees-a-quarter-of-the-nations-patent-cases ): The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday tightened rules for where patent lawsuits can be filed in a decision that may make it harder for so-called […]

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Links for 2017-05-22

Sorry hosted status page / downtime banner service (tags: banners web status uptime downtime ops reliability) Government urged to declare if it wants mandatory ID cards “The move from a voluntary or small-scale project of Public Services Cards to requiring all passport and driving licence applicant to present these cards is very significant.” Dr TJ […]

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Links for 2017-05-20

To Cite or to Steal? When a Scholarly Project Turns Up in a Gallery What I was seeing was an announcement for a show by Jason Shulman at Cob Gallery called Photographs of Films. The press and interviews collected on the gallery’s website lauded a conceptual beauty and rigor in his work, but the only […]

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Links for 2017-05-18

Spotting a million dollars in your AWS account · Segment Blog You can easily split your spend by AWS service per month and call it a day. Ten thousand dollars of EC2, one thousand to S3, five hundred dollars to network traffic, etc. But what’s still missing is a synthesis of which products and engineering […]

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Links for 2017-05-17

Seeking medical abortions online is safe and effective, study finds | World news | The Guardian Of the 1,636 women who were sent the drugs between the start of 2010 and the end of 2012, the team were able to analyse self-reported data from 1,000 individuals who confirmed taking the pills. All were less than […]

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Links for 2017-05-15

The World Is Getting Hacked. Why Don’t We Do More to Stop It? – The New York Times Zeynep Tufekci is (as usual!) on the money with this op-ed. I strongly agree with the following: First, companies like Microsoft should discard the idea that they can abandon people using older software. The money they made […]

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Links for 2017-05-13

Global ‘Wana’ Ransomware Outbreak Earned Perpetrators [just] $26,000 So Far As thousands of organizations work to contain and clean up the mess from this week’s devastating Wana ransomware attack, the fraudsters responsible for releasing the digital contagion are no doubt counting their earnings and congratulating themselves on a job well done. But according to a […]

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Links for 2017-05-12

Quividi – Leader in Attention Analytics more “Anonymous Video Analytics” which is currently deployed in Dublin on-street billboards by a company called Orb with cameras pointing into public spaces. I am very curious whether this is legal under Irish DPA law given that sensitive personal data (your face) is being, while not _stored_ per se, […]

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Links for 2017-05-11

Uuni “The world’s best portable wood-fired oven”. Fergal has one and loves it. $299 (tags: uuni pizza oven outdoor food cooking gadgets) Repair and Leasing Scheme – Peter Mc Verry Trust Minister Simon Coveney and the Department of Housing have provided funding of €32 million in 2017 for the Repair and Leasing Programme and set […]

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Links for 2017-05-09

AIY Projects Voice Kit This looks nifty! This project demonstrates how to get a natural language recognizer up and running and connect it to the Google Assistant. Along with everything the Google Assistant already does, you can add your own question and answer pairs. All in a handy little cardboard cube, powered by a Raspberry […]

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Links for 2017-05-08

The great British Brexit robbery: how our democracy was hijacked | Technology | The Guardian A map shown to the Observer showing the many places in the world where SCL and Cambridge Analytica have worked includes Russia, Lithuania, Latvia, Ukraine, Iran and Moldova. Multiple Cambridge Analytica sources have revealed other links to Russia, including trips […]

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Links for 2017-05-07

The Forgotten Story Of The Radium Girls ‘The radium girls’ case was one of the first in which an employer was made responsible for the health of the company’s employees. It led to life-saving regulations and, ultimately, to the establishment of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which now operates nationally in the United States […]

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Links for 2017-05-05

The unloved cocktails that deserve to be the toast of the bar | Life and style | The Guardian The Aviation, Chrysanthemum, Dunhill, and the Army and Navy. (tags: cocktails drinks alcohol recipes) Baby laughing hysterically at ripping paper classic Youtube unicorn chaser, saving for future use (tags: unicorn-chaser youtube funny babies paper videos ffu)

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Links for 2017-05-04

The Dark Secret at the Heart of AI – MIT Technology Review ‘The mysterious mind of [NVidia’s self-driving car, driven by machine learning] points to a looming issue with artificial intelligence. The car’s underlying AI technology, known as deep learning, has proved very powerful at solving problems in recent years, and it has been widely […]

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Links for 2017-05-03

Prior Exposure Increases Perceived Accuracy of Fake News In other words, repeated exposure to fake news renders it believable. Pennycook, Gordon and Cannon, Tyrone D and Rand, David G., _Prior Exposure Increases Perceived Accuracy of Fake News_ (April 30, 2017): Collectively, our results indicate familiarity is used heuristically to infer accuracy. Thus, the spread of […]

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Links for 2017-05-02

explainshell.com This is pretty excellent work — paste a UNIX command line and it’ll contextually inline manual page snippets to match, highlighting the matching part of the command line. (tags: cli unix documentation explainshell shell scripting syntax manual-pages) Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell Live on Vimeo the entire concert set. This was the highlight […]

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