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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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Links for 2017-03-21

Don’t Get Trampled: The Puzzle For “Unicorn” Employees ‘One of my sad predictions for 2017 is a bunch of big headline-worthy acquisitions and IPOs that leave a lot of hard working employees at these companies in a weird spot. They’ll be congratulated by everyone they know for their extraordinary success while scratching their heads wondering […]

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Links for 2017-03-20

Segment.com on cost savings using DynamoDB, autoscaling and ECS great post. 1. DynamoDB hot shards were a big problem — and it is terrible that diagnosing this requires a ticket to AWS support! This heat map should be a built-in feature. 2. ECS auto-scaling gets a solid thumbs-up. 3. Switching from ELB to ALB lets […]

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Links for 2017-03-19

Pink Trombone A model of how voice sounds are produced. Pretty cool (tags: voice phonetics sound mouth science)

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Links for 2017-03-16

The eigenvector of “Why we moved from language X to language Y” this is actually quite interesting data (tags: statistics programming languages golang go mysql coding)

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Links for 2017-03-15

Artificial intelligence is ripe for abuse, tech researcher warns: ‘a fascist’s dream’ | Technology | The Guardian “We should always be suspicious when machine learning systems are described as free from bias if it’s been trained on human-generated data,” Crawford said. “Our biases are built into that training data.” In the Chinese research it turned […]

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Links for 2017-03-14

The Uber Bombshell About to Drop Alphabet’s IP theft allegations regarding Waymo, Otto and Anthony Levandowski are pretty hardcore (tags: alphabet google uber lawsuits ip waymo)

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Links for 2017-03-13

Dinosaur Escape – BoardGameGeek good kid’s board game — age 4+, 2-4 players. The object of Dinosaur Escape is to get all three dinosaurs safely to Dinosaur Island before the volcano erupts! Work together to move the dinosaur movers around the board and uncover the matching dinosaurs under the fern tokens. On your turn, roll […]

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Links for 2017-03-12

Tim Berners-Lee calls for tighter regulation of online political advertising | Technology | The Guardian “Targeted advertising allows a campaign to say completely different, possibly conflicting things to different groups. Is that democratic?” Berners-Lee said. (tags: politics trump law elections polling advertising facebook micro-advertising) ctop Top for containers (ie Docker) (tags: docker containers top ops […]

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Links for 2017-03-10

a digital clock in Conway’s Game of Life I’m sure everyone has seen this amazing feat, but I wanted to make sure I had it bookmarked ;) Gliders and lightweight spaceships, apparently… (tags: life games alife conways-life gliders hacks cool)

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Links for 2017-03-09

Colm O’Gorman, on societal responsibility for Mother & Baby Homes, Magdalene Laundries & various other church atrocities in Ireland Excellent twitter thread on the topic. Pasted: It is often said that everyone knew what was happening in such places, or about the rape of children by priests. That is not true. It is true that […]

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Links for 2017-03-07

Annotated tenets of SRE A google SRE annotates the Google SRE book with his own thoughts. The source material is great, but the commentary improves it alright. Particularly good for the error budget concept. Also: when did “runbooks” become “playbooks”? Don’t particularly care either way, but needless renaming is annoying. (tags: runbooks playbooks ops google […]

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Links for 2017-03-06

A Programmer’s Introduction to Unicode – Nathan Reed’s coding blog Fascinating Unicode details — a lot of which were new to me. Love the heat map of usage in Wikipedia: One more interesting way to visualize the codespace is to look at the distribution of usage—in other words, how often each code point is actually […]

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Links for 2017-03-05

The Occasional Chaos of AWS Lambda Runtime Performance If our code has modest resource requirements, and can tolerate large changes in performance, then it makes sense to start with the least amount of memory necessary. On the other hand, if consistency is important, the best way to achieve that is by cranking the memory setting […]

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Links for 2017-03-03

In praise of cash ‘The battle to protect cash is one full of ambiguities – it feels somewhat like trying to protect good ol’ normal capitalism from a Minority Report surveillance-capitalism’ (tags: cash payment contactless surveillance banking banks credit-cards) Palantir Provides the Engine for Donald Trump’s Deportation Machine well what a surprise (tags: palantir immigration […]

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Links for 2017-03-02

“I caused an outage” thread on twitter Anil Dash: “What was the first time you took the website down or broke the build? I’m thinking of all the inadvertent downtime that comes with shipping.” Sample response: ‘Pushed a fatal error in lib/display.php to all of FB’s production servers one Friday night in late 2005. Site […]

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Links for 2017-03-01

3D-Printed Solar Systems, Moons and Planets these are superb (tags: planets science astronomy 3d-printing shops toys)

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Links for 2017-02-28

Gravitational Teleport Teleport enables teams to easily adopt the best SSH practices like: Integrated SSH credentials with your organization Google Apps identities or other OAuth identity providers. No need to distribute keys: Teleport uses certificate-based access with automatic expiration time. Enforcement of 2nd factor authentication. Cluster introspection: every Teleport node becomes a part of a […]

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Links for 2017-02-27

US immigration asking tech interview trivia questions now what the absolute fuck. Celestine Omin on Twitter: “I was just asked to balance a Binary Search Tree by JFK’s airport immigration. Welcome to America.” (tags: twitter celestine-omin us-politics immigration tests interviews bst trees data-structures algorithms) X-Plan: Giving your kids a way out Great idea — an […]

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Links for 2017-02-24

Cloudflare Reverse Proxies are Dumping Uninitialized Memory This is a massive bug. C considered harmful! See also jgc’s blog post: https://blog.cloudflare.com/incident-report-on-memory-leak-caused-by-cloudflare-parser-bug/ (tags: internet security cloudflare caching coding buffer-overflows c data-leak leaks) In 1914, Feminists Fought For the Right to Forget Childbirth | Atlas Obscura Wow, this is creepy. Tracy and Leupp described twilight sleep as […]

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Links for 2017-02-23

Maniac Killers of the Bangalore IT Department On “techies” and their tenuous relationship with Indian society: Technology was supposed to deliver India from poverty, but in Bangalore it’s also deepened the division between rich and poor, young and old, modern and traditional. As the city has grown richer, it’s also become unruly and unfamiliar. If […]

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Links for 2017-02-21

Fault Domains and the Vegas Rule | Expedia Engineering Blog I like this concept — analogous to AWS’ AZs — limit blast radius of an outage by explicitly defining dependency scopes (tags: aws az fault-domains vegas-rule blast-radius outages reliability architecture)

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Links for 2017-02-20

10 Most Common Reasons Kubernetes Deployments Fail some real-world failure cases and how to fix them (tags: kubernetes docker ops) How-to Debug a Running Docker Container from a Separate Container arguably this shouldn’t be required — building containers without /bin/sh, strace, gdb etc. is just silly (tags: strace docker ops debugging containers) 4chan: The Skeleton […]

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Links for 2017-02-19

4chan: The Skeleton Key to the Rise of Trump ugh. what hath 4chan wrought (tags: 4chan trump future grim-meathook-future boards nerds)

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Links for 2017-02-17

Hadoop Internals This is the best documentation on the topic I’ve seen in a while (tags: hadoop map-reduce architecture coding java distcomp)

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Links for 2017-02-14

Riot Games Seek Court Justice After Internet Provider Deliberately Causes In-Game Lag Pretty damning for Time-Warner Cable: When it seemed that the service provider couldn’t sink any lower, they opted to hold Riot to a ‘lag ransom’. Following Riot’s complaints regarding the inexplicable lag the player base were experiencing, TWC offered to magically solve the […]

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Links for 2017-02-13

Getting Past Customs With Your Digital Privacy Intact ffs. this is where we are (tags: wired privacy cbp customs us-politics borders travel)

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Links for 2017-02-10

Why Shopify Payments prohibit sexual content Interesting background info from a twitter thread: @jennschiffer Breitbart uses Shopify Payments, which is built on top of Stripe, which is sponsored by Wells Fargo merchant services AFAIK. WF has underwriting rules that prohibit sexual content. The main reasons aren’t b/c WF or Stripe are interested in policing morals. […]

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Links for 2017-02-09

Securing a travel iPhone extremely detailed walkthrough (tags: iphone travel security apple ios mobile burner-phones) How eBay’s Shopping Cart used compression techniques to solve network I/O bottlenecks compressing data written to MongoDB using LZ4_HIGH –dropped oplog write rates from 150GB/hour to 11GB/hour. Snappy and Gzip didn’t fare too well by comparison (tags: lz4 compression gzip […]

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Links for 2017-02-08

sparkey Spotify’s read-only k/v store (tags: spotify sparkey read-only key-value storage ops architecture)

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Links for 2017-02-07

What Vizio was doing behind the TV screen | Federal Trade Commission This is awful: Starting in 2014, Vizio made TVs that automatically tracked what consumers were watching and transmitted that data back to its servers. Vizio even retrofitted older models by installing its tracking software remotely. All of this, the FTC and AG allege, […]

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Links for 2017-02-06

Trump and Staff Rethink Tactics After Stumbles – The New York Times This sounds more like a medieval court than a modern democracy. Also this incredible gem: Mr. Bannon remains the president’s dominant adviser, despite Mr. Trump’s anger that he was not fully briefed on details of the executive order he signed giving his chief […]

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Links for 2017-02-05

Data from pacemaker used to arrest man for arson, insurance fraud Compton has medical conditions which include an artificial heart linked to an external pump. According to court documents, a cardiologist said that “it is highly improbable Mr. Compton would have been able to collect, pack and remove the number of items from the house, […]

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Links for 2017-02-04

LandSafe.org: if you aren’t safe, we’ll make noise for you a Dead Man’s Switch for border crossings; if you are detained and cannot make a “checkin”, it’ll make noise on your behalf so your friends and family know what’s happened (tags: safety borders dead-mans-switch landsafe tools)

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Links for 2017-02-03

square/shift ‘shift is a [web] application that helps you run schema migrations on MySQL databases’ (tags: databases mysql sql migrations ops square ddl percona) ODROID-XU4 a decent SBC which apparently has enough power to drive Plex transcoding (tags: plex linux sbc embedded odroid xu4) Amazon EC2 Container Service Plugin – Jenkins – Jenkins Wiki neat, […]

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Links for 2017-02-01

GitLab.com Database Incident – 2017/01/31 Horrible, horrible postmortem doc. This is the kicker: So in other words, out of 5 backup/replication techniques deployed none are working reliably or set up in the first place. Reddit comments: https://www.reddit.com/r/linux/comments/5rd9em/gitlab_is_down_notes_on_the_incident_and_why_you/ (tags: devops backups cloud outage incidents postmortem gitlab)

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Links for 2017-01-31

Supporting our Muslim sisters and brothers in tech – Inside Intercom This is simply amazing: Intercom is a dual-citizen company of a sort. We’ve had two offices from day zero. I moved to San Francisco from Ireland in 2011 and now hold a green card and live here. I set up our headquarters here, which […]

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