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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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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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