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Links for 2018-02-17

[Changelog] Republic of Ireland Patch notes for version 2.0.4.0 : ireland Hello and welcome, I’m Leo Varadkar, lead developer of the MMO “Republic of Ireland”, which currently has 4,700,000+ players, and today we’ll be discussing changes coming eventually with the new 2.0.4.0 patch. — genius (tags: changelog funny mmo gaming ireland patches comedy)

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Links for 2018-02-15

He Predicted The 2016 Fake News Crisis. Now He’s Worried About An Information Apocalypse. “In the next two, three, four years we’re going to have to plan for hobbyist propagandists who can make a fortune by creating highly realistic, photo realistic simulations,” Justin Hendrix, the executive director of NYC Media Lab, told BuzzFeed News. “And […]

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Links for 2018-02-14

Single Trapped Atom Captures Science Photography Competition’s top prize – EPSRC website An image of a single positively-charged strontium atom, held near motionless by electric fields, has won the overall prize in a national science photography competition, organised by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). ‘Single Atom in an Ion Trap’, by David […]

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Links for 2018-02-12

Thousands of websites hijacked by hidden crypto-mining code after Browsealoud hacked The affected sites all use a fairly popular plugin called Browsealoud, made by Brit biz Texthelp, which reads out webpages for blind or partially sighted people. This technology was compromised in some way – either by hackers or rogue insiders altering Browsealoud’s source code […]

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Links for 2018-02-09

How the Game Genie worked “Sometimes it was really easy to find cheats, because the code was very straightforward, and sometimes it was a massive pain in the arse,” recalls Jon. “In simple terms, if a game started you with three lives I’d set up the logic analyser to stop when it found the value […]

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Links for 2018-02-07

Pubs reveal drinks firms’ exclusive deals ‘You could be offered €100,000 – it’s big money’: Pubs reveal drinks firms’ exclusive deals; Heineken has already been accused of using its clout to squeeze out rivals. (tags: heineken beer ireland craft-beer payola scams pubs) Horslips respond angrily to xenophobic #irexit use of their hit “Dearg Doom” Some […]

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Links for 2018-02-05

‘Fiction is outperforming reality’: how YouTube’s algorithm distorts truth “no matter which political side the researcher started from, the platform pushed pro-Trump, anti-Clinton videos.” (tags: youtube truth fake-news conspiracy-theories google algorithms politics brexit trump)

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Links for 2018-02-02

Amazon Aurora Parallel Query is Available for Preview Looks very nifty (at least once it’s GA) Parallel Query improves the performance of large analytic queries by pushing processing down to the Aurora storage layer, spreading processing across hundreds of nodes. With Parallel Query, you can run sophisticated analytic queries on Aurora tables with an order […]

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Links for 2018-02-01

How $800k Evaporated from the PoWH Coin Ponzi Scheme Overnight ‘In 282 lines of code, PoWH Coin managed to give away $800,000 in Etherium.’ (tags: etherium blockchain coding powh 4chan fail fraud cryptocurrency javascript)

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Links for 2018-01-30

airlift/aircompressor: A port of Snappy, LZO and LZ4 to Java This library contains implementations of LZ4, Snappy, and LZO written in pure Java. They are typically 10-40% faster than the JNI wrapper for the native libraries. (tags: lz4 lzo lzop snappy java libraries airlift compression performance) Playboy is suing Boing Boing – but linking is […]

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Links for 2018-01-29

Key metrics for RabbitMQ monitoring Good suggestions from Datadog (tags: rabbitmq mq monitoring metrics graphite ops) Amazing thread from @gavinsblog on the Strava leak ‘This often led to the same results you see with Strava. In low population countries, or countries with low smartphone penetration, it was often easy to detect Westerners (usually soldiers) in […]

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Links for 2018-01-28

Strava app gives away location of secret US army bases This is a privacy nightmare. Even with anonymized userids the data was far too user-specific. The details were released by Strava in a data visualisation map that shows all the activity tracked by users of its app, which allows people to record their exercise and […]

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Links for 2018-01-27

‘A Look into 30 Years of Malware Development from a Software Metrics Perspective’ ‘During the last decades, the problem of malicious and unwanted software (malware) has surged in numbers and sophistication. Malware plays a key role in most of today’s cyber attacks and has consolidated as a commodity in the underground economy. In this work, […]

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Links for 2018-01-25

Rocket Lab secretly launched a disco ball satellite on its latest test flight – The Verge I’m quite conflicted about this — I think I like it: Shaped a bit like a disco ball, the Humanity Star is a 3-foot-wide carbon fiber sphere, made up of 65 panels that reflect the Sun’s light. The satellite […]

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Links for 2018-01-24

Targeted Audio Adversarial Examples This is phenomenal: We have constructed targeted audio adversarial examples on speech-to-text transcription neural networks: given an arbitrary waveform, we can make a small perturbation that when added to the original waveform causes it to transcribe as any phrase we choose. In prior work, we constructed hidden voice commands, audio that […]

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Links for 2018-01-22

Remote Code Execution on the Smiths Medical Medfusion 4000 Infusion Pump ‘Between March and June of 2017 I spent around 400 hours of personal time analyzing the Smiths Medical Medfusion 4000 infusion pump for security vulnerabilities. The devices analyzed had software versions 1.1.2 and 1.5.0. The flaws discovered (the most critical of which was a […]

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Links for 2018-01-19

The 29 Stages Of A Twitterstorm In 2018 ’14. Then suddenly there are Nazis everywhere.’ (tags: twitter twitterstorms funny 2018 nazis alt-right memes)

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Links for 2018-01-18

OpenCensus: A Stats Collection and Distributed Tracing Framework Google open sourcing their internal Census lib for service metrics and distributed tracing (tags: google monitoring service-metrics metrics census opencensus open-source tracing zipkin prometheus) Securing Docker Containers on AWS | nearForm ‘On most projects at nearForm we are deploying our solutions within Docker containers. There are tasks […]

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Links for 2018-01-17

Boost your immunity: Cold and flu treatments suppress innate immune system The next time you feel a cold coming on, maybe what you really want is just a little teensy bit of innate immune suppression, not an immunity boost. Over-the-counter medications like ibuprofen and antihistamines should help you feel better. Meanwhile, sit back while your […]

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Links for 2018-01-16

Actual screenshot of the broken UX of the Hawaii ballistic missile alert system “This is the screen that set off the ballistic missile alert on Saturday. The operator clicked the PACOM (CDW) State Only link. The drill link is the one that was supposed to be clicked.” This is terrible, terrible UX. (tags: ux ui […]

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Links for 2018-01-15

The likely user interface which led to Hawaii’s false-alarm incoming-ballistic-missile alert on Saturday 2018-01-13 @supersat on Twitter: “In case you’re curious what Hawaii’s EAS/WEA interface looks like, I believe it’s similar to this. Hypothesis: they test their EAS authorization codes at the beginning of each shift and selected the wrong option.” This is absolutely classic […]

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Links for 2018-01-14

‘It Can’t Be True.’ Inside the Semiconductor Industry’s Meltdown “Our first priority has been to have a complete mitigation in place,” said Intel’s Parker. “We’ve delivered a solution.” Some in the cybersecurity community aren’t so sure. Kocher, who helped discover Spectre, thinks this is just the beginning of the industry’s woes. Now that new ways […]

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Links for 2018-01-12

google/highwayhash: Fast strong hash functions: SipHash/HighwayHash HighwayHash: ‘We have devised a new way of mixing inputs with AVX2 multiply and permute instructions. The multiplications are 32×32 -> 64 bits and therefore infeasible to reverse. Permuting equalizes the distribution of the resulting bytes. The internal state occupies four 256-bit AVX2 registers. Due to limitations of the […]

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Links for 2018-01-11

[1801.02780] Rogue Signs: Deceiving Traffic Sign Recognition with Malicious Ads and Logos Well, so much for that idea. We propose a new real-world attack against the computer vision based systems of autonomous vehicles (AVs). Our novel Sign Embedding attack exploits the concept of adversarial examples to modify innocuous signs and advertisements in the environment such […]

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Links for 2018-01-10

Collision Course: Why This Type Of Road Junction Will Keep Killing Cyclists This aspect of road design had never occurred to me, but once explained it makes sense. Great article on the design of an oblique crossroads junction and how it’s unexpectedly dangerous due to human factors and car design. “Human error” may be real, […]

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Links for 2018-01-09

Post-apocalyptic life in American health care My god, this is so dysfunctional. ‘I observe that American health care organizations can no longer operate systematically, so participants are forced to act in the communal mode, as if in the pre-modern world. Health care is one leading edge of a general breakdown in systematicity — while, at […]

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Links for 2018-01-05

Random with care Some tips about RNGs and their usage (via Tony Finch) (tags: coding random math rngs prngs statistics distributions)

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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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