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Links for 2019-05-21

Facebook and Google pressured EU experts to soften fake news regulations, say insiders | openDemocracy The EU’s expert group met last year as a response to the wildfire spread of fake news and disinformation seen in the Brexit referendum and in the US election of President Donald Trump. Their task was to help prevent the […]

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Links for 2019-05-20

Teagasc map of commute times across Ireland interesting data (tags: commutes commuting life ireland transport)

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Links for 2019-05-15

_Efficiently y Searching In-Memory Sorted Arrays: Revenge of the Interpolation Search?_, Peter Van Sandt, Yannis Chronis, Jignesh M. Patel [pdf] ‘In this paper, we focus on the problem of searching sorted, in-memory datasets. This is a key data operation, and Binary Search is the de facto algorithm that is used in practice. We consider an […]

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Links for 2019-05-14

nearly every site running ads has an /ads.txt Pinboard on Twitter: ‘I just learned that nearly every site running ads has a standardized ads.txt file that helpfully shows you how badly it murders your privacy. The file is a whitelist of all authorized resellers for programmatic advertising. For example, https://www.bostonglobe.com/ads.txt ‘ (tags: ads.txt advertising pinboard privacy […]

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Links for 2019-05-08

A deep dive into the problems with the infamous Dublin Bus Real Time app | JOE is the voice of Irish people at home and abroad Oh dear — not a happy camper…. This is not a bug in the system, but a feature of the system. The app is not automated to the degree […]

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Links for 2019-05-02

The many human errors that brought down the Boeing 737 Max – The Verge Had anyone [at the FAA] checked, they might have flagged MCAS for one of several reasons, including its lack of redundancy, its unacceptably high risk of failure, or its significant increase in power to the point that it was no longer […]

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Links for 2019-04-30

Youth Spies and Curious Elders – Austin Kleon featuring Eno, John Waters and Stafford Beer: The revolutions of the future will appear in forms we don’t even recognise—in a language we can’t read. We will be looking out for twists on the old themes but not noticing that there are whole new conversations taking place. […]

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Links for 2019-04-29

‘Looping’ Created an Underground Insulin-Pump Market – The Atlantic By 2014, the hardware components of a DIY artificial pancreas—a small insulin pump that attaches via thin disposable tubing to the body and a continuous sensor for glucose, or sugar, that slips just under the skin—were available, but it was impossible to connect the two. That’s […]

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Links for 2019-04-26

Packets-per-second limits in EC2 By running these experiments, we determined that each EC2 instance type has a packet-per-second budget. Surprisingly, this budget goes toward the total of incoming and outgoing packets. Even more surprisingly, the same budget gets split between multiple network interfaces, with some additional performance penalty. This last result informs against using multiple […]

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Links for 2019-04-24

When License-Plate Surveillance Goes Horribly Wrong – The New York Times “They built a system to mitigate harm, and yet I ended up with guns pulled on me due to faulty data,” he said. “And it’s more proof that we’ve built this invisible layer behind the scenes that leads to real-world consequences.” This is the […]

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Links for 2019-04-19

Who’s using your face? The ugly truth about facial recognition In order to feed this hungry system, a plethora of face repositories — such as IJB-C — have sprung up, containing images manually culled and bound together from sources as varied as university campuses, town squares, markets, cafés, mugshots and social-media sites such as Flickr, […]

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Links for 2019-04-18

Tinder’s move to Kubernetes – Tinder Engineering – Medium A solid technical writeup of Tinder’s k8s migration. Some problems with Flannel, DNS and (worryingly) ELB, but good +1s for Envoy as a sidecar (tags: kubernetes k8s flannel networking elb aws envoy ec2 ops tinder)

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Links for 2019-04-16

The Irish for spam ‘turscar: from the old word for dead seaweed that’s been dropped, uninvited, by the tide on the shore.’ (tags: turscar irish gaeilge spam etymology seaweed stinky)

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Links for 2019-04-15

Interesting thread on how trees should be managed by city councils, vs “topping” ‘Dr Eoin Lettice on Twitter: “At the risk of repeating myself, a serious discussion needs to be had about how @corkcitycouncil and its agents are managing our mature trees in the public realm. This horror show from Ballyphehane today. Topping trees is […]

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Links for 2019-04-12

_First M87 Event Horizon Telescope Results. III. Data Processing and Calibration_ ‘We present the calibration and reduction of Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) 1.3 mm radio wavelength observations of the supermassive black hole candidate at the center of the radio galaxy M87 and the quasar 3C 279, taken during the 2017 April 5–11 observing campaign. These […]

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Links for 2019-04-11

Amazon workers call for zero carbon emissions and cancellation of an AWS fossil-fuel friendly program nice one. Then the activists saw an article in Gizmodo, a technology news site, that outlined how Amazon’s cloud computing division was building special offerings for oil and gas companies. On its website, Amazon says its customers include BP and […]

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Links for 2019-04-10

At wit’s end with my preschooler : Parenting This /r/parenting thread has some good advice on dealing with kids’ meltdowns. I wish I had this a few years ago (tags: parenting kids tantrums anger reddit advice) Spark memory tuning on EMR ‘Best practices for successfully managing memory for Apache Spark applications on Amazon EMR’, on […]

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Links for 2019-04-09

Serverless for data scientists good write-up of Zappa, a helper lib for running serverless Python web apps on Lambda and API Gateway (tags: zappa talks presentations python data-science serverless lambda api-gateway aws) Congress Is About to Ban the Government From Offering Free Online Tax Filing. Thank TurboTax. — ProPublica Your regular reminder that lobbying by […]

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Links for 2019-04-08

S3 Throughput Benchmarks This is really useful data. As expected the c5ns win, but good to validate that! I used this to benchmark S3’s performance from all 155 EC2 instance types in existence. I put all the data in an interactive spreadsheet. […] Below is the max throughput I got from each instance type, but […]

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Links for 2019-04-05

_Screens, Teens, and Psychological Well-Being: Evidence From Three Time-Use-Diary Studies_ – Amy Orben, Andrew K. Przybylski, 2019 Paper from Amy Orben, Andrew K. Przybylski, of the Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford, and the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford: The notion that digital-screen engagement decreases adolescent well-being has become a recurring feature in […]

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Links for 2019-04-03

Waterford Distillery on Whisky “Finishing” Here’s an inexpensive illusion for a whisky brand to acquire more shelf presence. Purchase three barrels of whisky from a generic pool of ex-bourbon matured stocks. Re-rack a couple of these barrels into new barrels – a sherry cask, or maybe you’d like the name of a French chateau to […]

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Links for 2019-04-02

YouTube Executives Ignored Warnings, Let Toxic Videos Run Rampant – Bloomberg As of 2017, YouTube’s policy for how content moderators handle conspiracy theories didn’t exist, according to a former moderator who specialized in foreign-language content.  At the end of the year, fewer than twenty people were on the staff for “trust and safety,” the unit […]

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Links for 2019-04-01

April Fool’s Day is upon us – What’s your best prank given to or received by your kids? : Parenting heh heh. revenge next year will be sweet (tags: pranks april-fools kids parenting) Tesla lane-recognition autopilot fooled by three small stickers ‘Tesla autopilot module’s lane recognition function has a good robustness in an ordinary external […]

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Links for 2019-03-29

Announcing Lucet: Fastly’s native WebAssembly compiler and runtime Lucet is designed to take WebAssembly beyond the browser, and build a platform for faster, safer execution on Fastly’s edge cloud. WebAssembly is already supported by many languages including Rust, TypeScript, C, and C++, and many more have WebAssembly support in development. We want to enable our […]

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Links for 2019-03-27

What is cultural Marxism? The alt-right meme in Suella Braverman’s speech in Westminster Cultural Marxism is a theory that started in the early 20th century, which was popularised in the aftermath of the socialist revolution (this great piece in the Guardian explains it in depth). The idea was that Marxism should extend beyond class and […]

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Links for 2019-03-26

Pilots had 40 seconds to fix error in tests of Boeing 737 Max flight During flight simulations recreating the problems with the doomed Lion Air plane, pilots discovered that they had less than 40 seconds to override an automated system on Boeing’s new jets and avert disaster. The pilots tested a crisis situation similar to […]

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Links for 2019-03-25

“Baba Is You” is Turing-complete ‘This video demonstrates my design for a mechanism in #BabaIsYou which implements Cellular Automaton Rule 110, which suffices to prove the game is Turing-Complete!’ The write-up is here: http://www.twitlonger.com/show/n_1sqrh1m (tags: baba-is-you games turing-completeness computing) Making Logic Gates With Crabs Yukio-Pegio Gunji and Yuta Nishiyama from Kobe University, along with Andrew […]

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Links for 2019-03-22

Troubleshooting Problems With Native (Off-Heap) Memory in Java Applications quite good advice on dealing with memory problems caused by off-heap DirectByteBuffers in java 8. ‘Furthermore, the JDK caches one or more DirectByteBuffers per thread, and by default, there is no limit on the number or size of these buffers. As a result, if a Java […]

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Links for 2019-03-20

Syndrome K The Fake Disease That Saved Lives: On October 1943, the Nazis raided a Jewish ghetto in Rome, and many Jews fled to Fatebenefratelli, where Borromeo admitted them as “patients”. The refugees were given a new [fake] fatal disease—Syndrome K—in order to identify them from the actual patients. (tags: wwii syndrome-k fakes diseases rome […]

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Links for 2019-03-19

cel-go The Go implementation of the Common Expression Language (CEL). CEL is a non-Turing complete language designed to be portable and fast. It is well suited to embedded applications expression evaluation with familiar syntax and features, protocol buffer support, and not needing the sandboxing needed for a runtime like JavaScript or Lua. (tags: scripting golang […]

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Links for 2019-03-17

2-hour-long meetings can impair cognitive functioning ‘Study shoes three people in a conference room over 2 hours can result in a Co2 level that can impair cognitive functioning. Ie. If you’re making decisions at the end of the meeting, you’re mentally less qualified to do so.’ Well, I’d say that fatigue could also result in […]

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Links for 2019-03-15

The Oxygen of Amplification Offering extremely candid comments from mainstream journalists, this report provides a snapshot of an industry [news media] caught between the pressure to deliver page views, the impulse to cover manipulators and “trolls,” and the disgust (expressed in interviewees’ own words) of accidentally propagating extremist ideology. After reviewing common methods of “information […]

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Links for 2019-03-13

Several Boeing 737 Max 8 pilots in U.S. complained about suspected safety flaw | Airlines | Dallas News ‘one captain calling the flight manual “inadequate and almost criminally insufficient”‘ ‘The disclosures found by The News reference problems during Boeing 737 Max 8 flights with an autopilot system, and they were all during takeoff and nose-down […]

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Links for 2019-03-12

What (And Why) I’m Stockpiling For Brexit Jack Monroe’s shopping list. may be coming in handy soon, unfortunately (tags: brexit fuck stockpiling prep food tins)

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Links for 2019-03-11

The “Tragedy of the Commons” was invented by a white supremacist based on a false history, and it’s toxic bullshit / Boing Boing Hardin’s paper starts with a history of the English Commons — publicly held lands that were collectively owned and managed — and the claim that commons routinely fell prey to the selfish […]

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Links for 2019-03-07

How Theranos used the USPTO to defraud investors and patients When legendary grifter Elizabeth Holmes was 19 years old, she conceived of a medical device that could perform extensive diagnostics in an eyeblink from only a single drop of blood; she had no idea how such a device would work or whether it was even […]

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Links for 2019-03-06

National Climate Assessment: How to deal with despair over climate change – Vox The dominant narrative around climate change tells us that it’s our fault. We left the lights on too long, didn’t close the refrigerator door, and didn’t recycle our paper. I’m here to tell you that is bullshit. … Don’t give in to […]

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Links for 2019-03-05

Why did Sumerians use the sexagesimal system? TIL that 60 is countable using the fingers of both hands, and this ancient Mesopotamian counting technique is still used in India, Pakistan, Indochina, Afghanistan, Iran, Turkey, Syria and Egypt apparently (tags: sexagesimal 12 60 counting fingers history sumerian mesopotamia) Algorithms aren’t racist. Your skin is just too […]

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Links for 2019-03-02

“Understanding Real-World Concurrency Bugs in Go” (paper) ‘Go advocates for the usage of message passing as the means of inter-thread communication and provides several new concurrency mechanisms and libraries to ease multi-threading programming. It is important to understand the implication of these new proposals and the comparison of message passing and shared memory synchronization in […]

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Links for 2019-03-01

Paper: Hyperscan: A Fast Multi-pattern Regex Matcher for Modern CPUs a software based, large-scale regex matcher designed to match multiple patterns at once (up to tens of thousands of patterns at once) and to ‘stream‘ (that is, match patterns across many different ‘stream writes’ without holding on to all the data you’ve ever seen). To my […]

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