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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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Links for 2017-12-06

In first, 3-D printed objects connect to WiFi without electronics This. is. magic. Physical motion—pushing a button, laundry soap flowing out of a bottle, turning a knob, removing a hammer from a weighted tool bench—triggers gears and springs elsewhere in the 3-D printed object that cause a conductive switch to intermittently connect or disconnect with […]

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Links for 2017-12-05

AMERICAN AIRLINES 737MAX8: “LIKE A FLYING PRISON” Quite unusual to see an honest review of travelling coach-class on an internal US flight. This is a massive stinker: “I admit American isn’t my favourite airline, but this has made me seriously re-evaluate ever travelling on them again. And it won’t be economy. If this is Americans […]

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Links for 2017-12-04

Bella Caledonia: A Wake-Up Call Swathes of the British elite appeared ignorant of much of Irish history and the country’s present reality. They seemed to have missed that Ireland’s economic dependence on exports to its neighbour came speedily to an end after both joined the European Economic Community in 1973. They seemed unacquainted with Ireland’s […]

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Links for 2017-12-01

Sonarr newsgroup/torrent TV PVR automation. looks neat (tags: pvr tv automation usenet bittorrent) South Pole Ice Tunnels – Antarctica – Atlas Obscura ‘One of the strangest of these monuments consists of the body of an atrophied White Sturgeon and a handwritten account of its journey. The fish had arrived in 1992 at McMurdo Station (a […]

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Links for 2017-11-30

Introducing the Amazon Time Sync Service Well overdue; includes Google-style leap smearing (tags: time-sync time aws services ntp ops) The Impenetrable Program Transforming How Courts Treat DNA Evidence | WIRED ‘So the lab turned to TrueAllele, a program sold by Cybergenetics, a small company dedicated to helping law enforcement analyze DNA where regular lab tests […]

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Links for 2017-11-29

Fine Art Prints – The Public Domain Review This is amazing — “museum quality” prints of favourites from the PDR archives, featuring Paul Klee, William Blake, ukiyo-e from Hiroshige, Goya, and even Athanasius Kircher (tags: prints to-get fine-art public-domain art william-blake ukiyo-e hiroshige goya klee) Introducing AWS Fargate – Run Containers without Managing Infrastructure now […]

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Links for 2017-11-28

creepy fake motion-detector cameras in AirBnBs Jason Scott on Twitter: “In “oh, that’s a thing now” news, a colleague of mine thought it odd that there was a single “motion detector” in his AirBNB in the bedroom and voila, it’s an IP camera connected to the web. (He left at 3am, reported, host is suspended, […]

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Links for 2017-11-27

Parental Controls & Internet Filtering — Circle this looks interesting; internet time limits and per-user/per-device content filtering, for kids (tags: apps kids android ios circle filtering family parenting) Brutal London ‘A book about London’s gorgeous, brutalist architecture includes dainty DIY papercraft models to make yourself’ — awesome (tags: brutalist architecture london papercraft models barbican) UK […]

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Links for 2017-11-25

Ordering a new EV ? what are your 181 options ? (thinking face) (tags: evs cars driving ireland)

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Links for 2017-11-24

Witney Seibold watches all the Academy Award Best Picture winners Myself and the missus are in the process of doing this right now! (tags: nerdist witney-seibold academy-awards best-picture awards movies) Spam is back | The Outline it’s 2017, and spam has clawed itself back from the grave. It shows up on social media and dating […]

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Links for 2017-11-20

S3 Inventory Adds Apache ORC output format and Amazon Athena Integration Interesting to see Amazon are kind of putting their money behind ORC as a new public data interchange format with this (tags: orc formats data interchange s3 athena output) Spot Fleet now supports Target Tracking Awesome, nice feature (tags: spot-fleet spot-instances ec2 amazon aws […]

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Links for 2017-11-17

How to ensure Presto scalability ?in multi user case Good preso from Treasure Data on multi-user Presto usage (tags: presto presentations slides storage databases)

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Links for 2017-11-16

Why is this company tracking where you are on Thanksgiving? Creepy: To do this, they tapped a company called SafeGraph that provided them with 17 trillion location markers for 10 million smartphones. The data wasn’t just staggering in sheer quantity. It also appears to be extremely granular. Researchers “used this data to identify individuals’ home […]

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Links for 2017-11-14

Continuous self-testing at Hosted Graphite ‘why we send external canaries, every second’ (tags: graphite hostedgraphite monitoring canaries udp alerting ops)

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Links for 2017-11-13

‘STELLA Report from the SNAFUcatchers Workshop on Coping With Complexity’, March 14-16 2017 ‘A consortium workshop of high end techs reviewed postmortems to better understand how engineers cope with the complexity of anomalies (SNAFU and SNAFU catching episodes) and how to support them. These cases reveal common themes regarding factors that produce resilient performances. The […]

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Links for 2017-11-10

Driverless shuttle in Las Vegas gets in fender bender within an hour Like any functioning autonomous vehicle, the shuttle can avoid obstacles and stop in a hurry if needed. What it apparently can’t do is move a couple feet out of the way when it looks like a 20-ton truck is going to back into […]

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Links for 2017-11-09

20 Benefits that speed up hiring and 5 that slow it down But that isn’t to say work-life balance isn’t important. It’s just job seekers are looking for balance outside of work. Three of the five benefits that sped up time to hire were related to giving more opportunities to leave work: Caregiver leave Adoption […]

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Links for 2017-11-08

Facebook asks users for nude photos in project to combat revenge porn The photos are hashed, server-side, using the PhotoDNA hashing algorithm. This would have been way way better if it ran locally, on user’s phones, instead though. Interesting to note that PhotoDNA claims to have a “1 in 10 billion” false positive rate according […]

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Links for 2017-11-07

‘Lambda and serverless is one of the worst forms of proprietary lock-in we’ve ever seen in the history of humanity’ • The Register That doesn’t mean Polvi is a fan. “Lambda and serverless is one of the worst forms of proprietary lock-in that we’ve ever seen in the history of humanity,” said Polvi, only partly […]

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Links for 2017-11-06

How to effectively complain to an Irish broadcaster about a public affairs show Simon McGarr: “If you think that a public affairs show has failed to address a matter with proper balance, you can (Tweet) say it to the breeze or complain. There is a process to follow to make an effective complaint 1) complain […]

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Links for 2017-11-03

Inside The Great Poop Emoji Feud PILE_OF_POO in the news! The debate appears to be between some of Unicode’s most prolific contributors and typographers (Unicode was initially established to develop standards for translating alphabets into code that can be read across all computers and operating systems), and those in the consortium who focus primarily on […]

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Links for 2017-11-02

aws-vault ‘A vault for securely storing and accessing AWS credentials in development environments’. Scott Piper says: ‘You should not use the AWS CLI with MFA without aws-vault, and probably should not use the CLI at all without aws-vault, because of it’s benefit of storing your keys outside of ~/.aws/credentials (since every once in a while […]

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Links for 2017-11-01

Fooling Neural Networks in the Physical World with 3D Adversarial Objects · labsix This is amazingly weird stuff. Fooling NNs with adversarial objects: Here is a 3D-printed turtle that is classified at every viewpoint as a “rifle” by Google’s InceptionV3 image classifier, whereas the unperturbed turtle is consistently classified as “turtle”. We do this using […]

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Links for 2017-10-26

Here’s A List Of The Darkest, Strangest Scientific Paper Titles Of All Time | IFLScience some great papers here (via Emilie) (tags: via:emilie funny papers science titles)

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Links for 2017-10-25

Yonatan Zunger’s twitter thread on Twitter’s problem with policy issues ‘I worked on policy issues at G+ and YT for years. It was *painfully* obvious that Twitter never took them seriously.’ This thread is full of good information on “free speech”, nazis, Trump, Gamergate and Twitter’s harrassment problem. (Via Peter Bourgon) (tags: via:peterbourgon harrassment twitter […]

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Links for 2017-10-24

What To Do When Your Daughter Is the Mean Girl | Psychology Today Bookmarking — just in case. hopefully it won’t be necessary… good site for parenting advice along these lines. I knew this day would come. I was, of course, hoping it never would-hoping that my daughter would never be mean to someone else’s […]

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Links for 2017-10-23

Cronic ‘A cure for Cron’s chronic email problem’ (tags: cron linux unix ops sysadmin mail)

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Links for 2017-10-20

IBM broke its cloud by letting three domain names expire – The Register “multiple domain names were mistakenly allowed to expire and were in hold status.” (tags: outages fail ibm the-register ops dns domains cloud)

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Links for 2017-10-19

Open-sourcing RacerD: Fast static race detection at scale | Engineering Blog | Facebook Code At Facebook we have been working on automated reasoning about concurrency in our work with the Infer static analyzer. RacerD, our new open source race detector, searches for data races — unsynchronized memory accesses, where one is a write — in […]

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Links for 2017-10-18

The Best Way to Sous Vide Is to Shut Up About It lol (tags: sous-vide gadgets kitchen bros cooking cookery funny) “1 like = 1 delicious cocktail recipe or booze fact.” Great cocktail factoid thread from Manhattans Project/Every Cloud’s Felix Cohen (tags: felix-cohen cocktails booze factoids history drinks) Alarm systems alarmingly insecure. Oh the irony […]

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Links for 2017-10-17

What Parents Can Do When Bullying is Downplayed at School | Psychology Today Despite the “Bully-Free Zone” posters that line the school cafeteria walls and the Zero-Tolerance policy that was boasted about during last September’s Back-to-School night, your experience is that the school would rather not address the problem at all. The responses you get […]

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Links for 2017-10-16

srcecde/aws-lambda-cheatsheet ‘AWS Lambda cheatsheet’ — a quick ref card for Lambda users (tags: aws lambda ops serverless reference quick-references) Turtle Bunbury – THE NIGHT OF THE BIG WIND, 1839 (Reprise) The Night of the Big Wind was the most devastating storm ever recorded in Irish history. Known in As Gaeilge as ‘Oiche na Gaoithe Moire’, […]

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Links for 2017-10-15

Over The Air – Vol. 2, Pt. 3: Exploiting The Wi-Fi Stack on Apple Devices This is the most amazing hack. Upon successful execution, the exploit exposes APIs to read and write the host’s physical memory directly over-the-air, by mapping in any requested address to the controlled DART L2 translation table, and issuing DMA accesses […]

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Links for 2017-10-12

How to operate reliable AWS Lambda applications in production running a reliable Lambda application in production requires you to still follow operational best practices. In this article I am including some recommendations, based on my experience with operations in general as well as working with AWS Lambda. (tags: aws cloud lambda ops amazon) Amazon Shipping […]

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Links for 2017-10-11

Study: wearing hi-viz clothing does not reduce risk of collision for cyclists Journal of Transport & Health, 22 March 2017: This study found no evidence that cyclists using conspicuity aids were at reduced risk of a collision crash compared to non-users after adjustment for confounding, but there was some evidence of an increase in risk. […]

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Links for 2017-10-10

Jepsen: Hazelcast 3.8.3 Not a very good review of Hazelcast’s CAP behaviour from Aphyr. see also https://twitter.com/MarcJBrooker/status/917437286639329280 for more musings from Marc Brooker on the topic (“PA/EC is a confusing and dangerous behaviour for many cases”) (tags: jepsen aphyr testing hazelcast cap-theorem reliability partitions network pacelc marc-brooker) House Six, the Heartbeat of Student Life – […]

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