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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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Links for 2017-04-28

on Martin Fowler mcfunley: ‘I think at least 50% of my career has been either contributing to or unwinding one [Martin] Fowler-inspired disaster or another.’ See also: continuous deployment, polyglot programming, microservices Relevant meme: https://twitter.com/mcfunley/status/857641303521206272/photo/1 (tags: funny quotes architecture architecture-astronauts martin-fowler cargo-cults coding design-patterns enterprise continuous-deployment cd polyglot-programming microservices experts) Instead of containerization, give me […]

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Links for 2017-04-26

Put Down the Pink Dumbbell So, ladies, let’s first put down the two-pound, pink dumbbells. We have been sold a false story about fitness, health (and its connection to weight loss). I was exercised by wolves. And I’m going to tell you all the secrets and tricks I learned by avoiding the fitness-industrial complex. Most […]

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Links for 2017-04-25

Ireland’s Content Pool Bring your content to life with our free resource for positive tourism related purposes. Our image, video and copy collections show people, landscapes and the Irish lifestyle across a range of experiences including festivals, activities, cities, rural life and food. Interesting idea — but the licensing terms aren’t 100% clear. This would […]

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Links for 2017-04-24

Unroll.me sold your data to Uber ‘Uber devoted teams to so-called competitive intelligence, purchasing data from Slice Intelligence, which collected customers’ emailed Lyft receipts via Unroll.me and sold the data to Uber’. Also: ‘Unroll.me allegedly “kept a copy of every single email that you sent or received” in “poorly secured S3 buckets”‘: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=14180463 Unroll.me CEO: […]

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Links for 2017-04-22

A Mind Is Born A C=64 demo in 256 bytes! Awesome work. Use of an LFSR number generator to create the melody is particularly clever (via Craig) (tags: art programming computers demos demoscene c-64 via:craig lfsr algorithms)

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Links for 2017-04-21

Rules for Successful Hotel Wi-Fi – Wireless LAN Professionals top wifi tips, via irldexter on ITC Slack (tags: wifi wireless networking ops hotels wlan) That time a priest and a nun and a guy who were on an Irish hospital board blocked cancer treatment that required contraception Simon McGarr on Twitter: “That time a priest […]

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Links for 2017-04-20

Amazon DynamoDB Accelerator (DAX) Amazon DynamoDB Accelerator (DAX) is a fully managed, highly available, in-memory cache for DynamoDB that delivers up to a 10x performance improvement – from milliseconds to microseconds – even at millions of requests per second. DAX does all the heavy lifting required to add in-memory acceleration to your DynamoDB tables, without […]

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Links for 2017-04-13

Blueberry Basil Margarita interesting recipe to try out: 2 oz blanco tequila 12 to 15 blueberries, plus a few more for garnish 2 basil sprigs 1 oz agave nectar Juice of 1 lime Muddle the blueberries and basil with the tequila in a shaker. Add the agave nectar and lime juice, and shake with ice. […]

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Links for 2017-04-12

Fans of chess were outraged when the queen piece was added “scacchi alla rabiosa” (“madwoman’s chess”) faced a backlash from 16th-century gamergaters (tags: gamergate funny 16th-century history chess gaming games queen) Investigation finds inmates built computers and hid them in prison ceiling Prisoners built computers from parts, hid them in the ceiling, and connected them […]

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Links for 2017-04-11

Ubuntu on AWS gets serious performance boost with AWS-tuned kernel interesting — faster boots, CPU throttling resolved on t2.micros, other nice stuff (tags: aws ubuntu ec2 kernel linux ops) serviette/serviette.py at master · heathervm/serviette · GitHub Delete tweets based on search terms. Wonder why you’d want that (tags: twitter tweets delete privacy social-media) How Google […]

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Links for 2017-04-10

Monk Gloats Over Yoga Championship – The Onion One of the Onion’s all-time classics. Still eminently quotable. LHASA, TIBET—Employing the brash style that first brought him to prominence, Sri Dhananjai Bikram won the fifth annual International Yogi Competition yesterday with a world-record point total of 873.6. “I am the serenest!” Bikram shouted to the estimated […]

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Links for 2017-04-07

Research Blog: Federated Learning: Collaborative Machine Learning without Centralized Training Data Great stuff from Google – this is really nifty stuff for large-scale privacy-preserving machine learning usage: It works like this: your device downloads the current model, improves it by learning from data on your phone, and then summarizes the changes as a small focused […]

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Links for 2017-04-06

“Anaconda”, “Pacific State”, “Sueño Latino”, and the Story of a Sample That Keeps Coming Back | Pitchfork amazing history of a key house sample — the Pacific State loon (tags: pacific-state loon birds samples house acid 808-state) saitoha/libsixel: The new standard of SIXEL development SIXEL is one of image formats for printer and terminal imaging […]

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Links for 2017-04-05

May’s Brexit plan is falling apart and the press are talking about Easter eggs Now the prime minister has embroiled herself in a negotiation in which we are at a disadvantage in terms of time and negotiating capacity. There will of course be no admission from Brexit MPs about this. They fixate on the one […]

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Links for 2017-04-04

Garadget bans customer from accessing Cloud for negative Amazon review | Hacker News yet another potential risk of IoT (tags: iot fail garadget gadgets legal reviews amazon funny) USA Address & Package Forwarding – Shipito recommended by Eoin for Parcelmotel-style delivery forwarding (tags: packages delivery parcels parcelmotel shipito via:eoin usa) Bidding Website Rentberry May Be the […]

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Links for 2017-04-03

Introducing the Faves & Flags roleplaying system | MetaTalk awesome D&D-spoofing April Fool from MeFi (tags: metafilter funny dungeons-and-dragons community spoofs rpg 1970s) Watching the hearings, I learned my “Bernie bro” harassers may have been Russian bots However, the rest of the abuse came from accounts purporting to be supporters of Vermont Independent Senator Bernie […]

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Links for 2017-03-31

Bakeneko – Wikipedia ‘The bakeneko (???, “changed cat”) is a type of Japanese y?kai, or supernatural creature. According to its name, it is a cat that has changed into a y?kai. It is often confused with the nekomata, another cat-like y?kai,[2] and the distinction between the two can often be quite ambiguous.’ Reportedly, Totoro’s catbus […]

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Links for 2017-03-30

Learn redis the hard way (in production) · trivago techblog oh god this is pretty awful. this just reads like “don’t try to use Redis at scale” to me (tags: redis scalability ops architecture horror trivago php) Deep Dive on Amazon EBS Elastic Volumes ‘March 2017 AWS Online Tech Talks’ — lots about the new […]

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Links for 2017-03-28

Automated unemployment insurance fraud detection system had a staggering 93% error rate in production Expect to see a lot more cases of automated discrimination like this in the future. There is no way an auto-adjudication system would be allowed to have this staggering level of brokenness if it was dealing with the well-off: State officials […]

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Links for 2017-03-27

The criminal exploits of “Prawo Jazdy” Excellent policing folklore here…. ‘Eventually a letter was sent to the Polish embassy to ask for the Polish government’s assistance in bringing this rogue motorist to justice. Their reply was as swift as it was courteous. It said “Prawo Jazdy is Polish for driver’s license”.’ (tags: gardai policing ireland […]

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Links for 2017-03-26

American Snoper – Medium The grugq on Putin vs France: How modern conflicts play out in the informatics sphere, what I mean when I talk about cyber war, is happening in France. After France there will be Germany, then the Scandinavian countries have their elections. There is no chance that Putin attempting to shape the […]

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Links for 2017-03-24

That thing about pwning N26 Whitehat CCC hacker thoroughly pwns N26 bank — there’s a lot of small leaks and insecurities here. Sounds like N26 are dealing with them though (tags: ccc hacks exploits n26 banks banking security) ‘For decades, the transaction concept has played a central role in database research and development. Despite this […]

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Links for 2017-03-23

The Gig Economy Celebrates Working Yourself to Death – The New Yorker At the root of this is the American obsession with self-reliance, which makes it more acceptable to applaud an individual for working himself to death than to argue that an individual working himself to death is evidence of a flawed economic system. The […]

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Links for 2017-03-22

Why American Farmers Are Hacking Their Tractors With Ukrainian Firmware DRM working as expected: To avoid the draconian locks that John Deere puts on the tractors they buy, farmers throughout America’s heartland have started hacking their equipment with firmware that’s cracked in Eastern Europe and traded on invite-only, paid online forums. Tractor hacking is growing […]

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