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Links for 2017-08-22

GitHub – hillbrad/U2FReviews ‘Reviews of U2F [Universal Second Factor] devices’ — ie. Yubico keys et al. (tags: u2f totp oath otp one-time-passwords authentication devices gadgets security 2fa)

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Links for 2017-08-21

48 Hours In Dublin good set of tourist tips for a foodie Dublin weekender (tags: dublin tourism food eating dining restaurants tips weekend) Linux Load Averages: Solving the Mystery Nice bit of OS archaeology by Brendan Gregg. In 1993, a Linux engineer found a nonintuitive case with load averages, and with a three-line patch changed […]

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Links for 2017-08-20

Cycling to work: major new study suggests health benefits are staggering We found that cycling to work was associated with a 41% lower risk of dying overall compared to commuting by car or public transport. Cycle commuters had a 52% lower risk of dying from heart disease and a 40% lower risk of dying from […]

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Links for 2017-08-17

NASA’s Sound Suppression Water System If you’ve ever watched a rocket launch, you’ve probably noticed the billowing clouds around the launch pad during lift-off. What you’re seeing is not actually the rocket’s exhaust but the result of a launch pad and vehicle protection system known in NASA parlance as the Sound Suppression Water System. Exhaust […]

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Links for 2017-08-16

Fsq.io Foursquare’s open source repo, where they extract reusable components for open sourcing — I like the approach of using a separate top level module path for OSS bits (tags: open-source oss foursquare libraries maintainance coding git monorepos) GTK+ switches build from Autotools to Meson ‘The main change is that now GTK+ takes about ? […]

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Links for 2017-08-15

Allen curve – Wikipedia During the late 1970s, [Professor Thomas J.] Allen undertook a project to determine how the distance between engineers’ offices affects the frequency of technical communication between them. The result of that research, produced what is now known as the Allen Curve, revealed that there is a strong negative correlation between physical […]

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Links for 2017-08-14

Computer says no: Irish vet fails oral English test needed to stay in Australia An Irish veterinarian with degrees in history and politics has been unable to convince a machine she can speak English well enough to stay in Australia. Louise Kennedy is a native English speaker, has excellent grammar and a broad vocabulary. She […]

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Links for 2017-08-13

consistent hashing with bounded loads ‘an algorithm that combined consistent hashing with an upper limit on any one server’s load, relative to the average load of the whole pool.’ Lovely blog post from Vimeo’s eng blog on a new variation on consistent hashing — incorporating a concept of overload-avoidance — and adding it to HAProxy […]

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Links for 2017-08-12

Hyperscan a high-performance multiple regex matching library. It follows the regular expression syntax of the commonly-used libpcre library, yet functions as a standalone library with its own API written in C. Hyperscan uses hybrid automata techniques to allow simultaneous matching of large numbers (up to tens of thousands) of regular expressions, as well as matching […]

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Links for 2017-08-11

What do scientists think about the biological claims made in the anti-diversity document written by a Google employee in August 2017? – Quora Cut out and keep for future use. (tags: sexism misogyny bias discrimination google biology women gender sex via:klyda)

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Links for 2017-08-08

Beard vs Taleb: Scientism and the Nature of Historical Inquiry The most interesting aspect of this Twitter war is that it is representative of a malaise that has stricken a good chunk of academics (mostly scientists, with a peppering of philosophers) and an increasing portion of the general public: scientism. I have co-edited an entire […]

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Links for 2017-08-03

BinaryAlert: Serverless, Real-time & Retroactive Malware Detection This is a serverless stack built on AWS, deployed with Terraform. Not sure what to think about this — it still makes me shudder a little (tags: aws serverless lambda airbnb malware yara binaryalert architecture)

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Links for 2017-08-02

Malicious packages in npm The node.js packaging system is being exploited by bad guys to steal auth tokens at build time. This is the best advice they can come up with: Always check the name of packages you’re installing. You can look at the downloads number: if a package is popular but the downloads number […]

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Links for 2017-08-01

Air Canada near-miss: Air traffic controllers make split-second decisions in a culture of “psychological safety” — Quartz “’Just culture’ as a term emerged from air traffic control in the late 1990s, as concern was mounting that air traffic controllers were unfairly cited or prosecuted for incidents that happened to them while they were on the […]

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Links for 2017-07-27

Pipeline Development Tools “pipelint.sh” — command line Jenkins pipeline linting (tags: pipelines jenkins ci coding dev) Rule that patients must finish antibiotics course is wrong, study says Patients have traditionally been told that they must complete courses of antibiotics, the theory being that taking too few tablets will allow the bacteria causing their disease to […]

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Links for 2017-07-26

How the coffee-machine took down a factories control room : talesfromtechsupport A coffee machine was plugged into both a secure network and also connected to the main wifi network, and became a vector for malware to take down the factory’s control room. Security is hard (tags: coffee-machines fail security networking wifi) Ireland’s staggering hypocrisy on […]

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Links for 2017-07-25

The 38 Essential Dublin Restaurants Irish Times resto reviewer @catherineeats with her 38 top recommendations for Dublin. a solid list (tags: dublin restaurants eating food lists tourism)

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Links for 2017-07-24

Kubernetes Best Practices // Speaker Deck A lot of these are general Docker/containerisation best practices, too. (via Devops Weekly) (tags: k8s kubernetes devops ops containers docker best-practices tips packaging) terrible review for Solidity as a programming environment in HN “Solidity/EVM is by far the worst programming environment I have ever encountered. It would be impossible […]

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Links for 2017-07-21

awslabs/aws-ec2rescue-linux Amazon Web Services Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) Rescue for Linux is a python-based tool that allows for the automatic diagnosis of common problems found on EC2 Linux instances. Most of the modules appear to be log-greppers looking for common kernel issues. (tags: ec2 aws kernel linux ec2rl ops)

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Links for 2017-07-20

SECURITY ALERT – Critical bug in Parity’s MultiSig-Wallet ‘Together, we were able to determine that malicious actors had exploited a flaw in the Parity Multisig code, which allowed a known party to steal over 153,000 ETH from several projects including Edgeless Casino, Aeternity, and Swarm City.’ by leaving “internal” (a visibility restricting keyword) off of […]

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Links for 2017-07-19

Xiaomi Mi robot vacuum cleaner sounds like a decent enough vac at a low price point, word of mouth is good (tags: robots cleaning vacuum-cleaners xiaomi gadgets home) Amazon Global Product Price Check price compare across global Amazon sites, by ASIN. there are some major differences (tags: prices amazon via:its price-check comparison shopping eu uk […]

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Links for 2017-07-17

[LEGAL-303] ASF, RocksDB, and Facebook’s BSD+patent grant licensing Facebook’s licensing includes a “nuclear option” if a user acts in a way interpreted by Facebook as competing with them; the ASF has marked the license as “Category-X”, and may not be included in Apache projects as a result. Looks like RocksDB are going to relicense as […]

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Links for 2017-07-16

Hyrum’s Law “With a sufficient number of users of an API, it doesn’t matter what you promised in the contract, all observable behaviours of your interface will be depended upon by somebody.” (tags: laws funny apis reliability hyrum-wright hyrums-law compatibilty interfaces)

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Links for 2017-07-14

Fastest syncing of S3 buckets good tip for “aws s3 sync” performance (tags: performance aws s3 copy ops tips)

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Links for 2017-07-13

Novartis CAR-T immunotherapy strongly endorsed by FDA advisory panel This is very exciting stuff, cytokine release syndrome risks notwithstanding. The new treatment is known as CAR-T cell immunotherapy. It works by removing key immune system cells known as T cells from the patient so scientists can genetically modify them to seek out and attack only […]

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Links for 2017-07-12

DoppioJVM ‘A Java Virtual Machine written in 100% JavaScript.’ Wrapping outbound TCP traffic in websockets, mad stuff (tags: jvm java javascript js hacks browser emulation websockets) One Man’s Plan to Make Sure Gene Editing Doesn’t Go Haywire – The Atlantic Open science – radical transparency where gene-editing and CRISPR is involved. Sounds great. “For gene […]

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Links for 2017-07-11

AI Movie Posters – mickstorm.com Neural-network generative movie posters. “What would you do to gave you?” (tags: fun generators neural-networks funny movies posters) Scheduled Tasks (cron) – Amazon EC2 Container Service ECS now does cron jobs. But where does AWS Batch fit in? confusing (tags: aws batch ecs cron scheduling recurrence ops) John Gallagher on […]

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Links for 2017-07-10

EU Prepares “Right to Repair” Legislation to Fight Short Product Lifespans I 100% support this (tags: right-to-repair repair eu law hacking planned-obsolescence hardware consumer) Everybody lies: how Google search reveals our darkest secrets | Technology | The Guardian What can we learn about ourselves from the things we ask online? US data scientist Seth Stephens?Davidowitz […]

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Links for 2017-07-06

The Guardian view on patient data: we need a better approach | Editorial | Opinion | The Guardian The use of privacy law to curb the tech giants in this instance, or of competition law in the case of the EU’s dispute with Google, both feel slightly maladapted. They do not address the real worry. […]

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Links for 2017-07-05

Why did Apple, Amazon, Google stocks crash to the same price today? Nasdaq said in a statement that “certain third parties improperly propagated test data that was distributed as part of the normal evening test procedures.” “For July 3, 2017, all production data was completed by 5:16 PM as expected per the early close of […]

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Links for 2017-07-03

Exactly-once Semantics is Possible: Here’s How Apache Kafka Does it How does this feature work? Under the covers it works in a way similar to TCP; each batch of messages sent to Kafka will contain a sequence number which the broker will use to dedupe any duplicate send. Unlike TCP, though—which provides guarantees only within […]

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Links for 2017-06-30

Don’t Settle For Eventual Consistency Quite an argument. Not sure I agree, but worth a bookmark anyway… With an AP system, you are giving up consistency, and not really gaining anything in terms of effective availability, the type of availability you really care about.  Some might think you can regain strong consistency in an AP […]

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Links for 2017-06-28

Mozilla Employee Denied Entry to the United States Ugh. every non-USian tech worker’s nightmare. curl developer Daniel Stenberg: “I can’t think of a single valid reason why they would deny me travel, so what concerns me is that somehow someone did and then I’m worried that I’ll get trouble fixing that issue,” Stenberg said. “I’m […]

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Links for 2017-06-27

RIPE Atlas Probes Interesting! We discussed similar ideas in $prevjob, good to see one hitting production globally. RIPE Atlas probes form the backbone of the RIPE Atlas infrastructure. Volunteers all over the world host these small hardware devices that actively measure Internet connectivity through ping, traceroute, DNS, SSL/TLS, NTP and HTTP measurements. This data is […]

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Links for 2017-06-26

How Did I “Hack” AWS Lambda to Run Docker Containers? Running Docker containers in Lambda using a usermode-docker hack — hacky as hell but fun ;) Lambda should really support native Docker though (tags: docker lambda aws serverless ops hacks udocker) Cadence: Microservice architecture beyond request/reply – @Scale Uber’s request/reply handling middleware — based on […]

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Links for 2017-06-24

ANSI K100.1-1974 ANSI standard safety code and requirements for dry martinis (tags: standards alcohol martini gin recipes martinis cocktails)

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Links for 2017-06-22

The Really Good Pickle Martini The Really Good Pickle Martini 2 oz Gordon’s London dry gin; 1/4 oz Martini & Rossi extra dry vermouth; 1/4 oz pickle juice; Garnish: Skewered dill pickle slice; Glass: Cocktail Pour all the ingredients into a mixing glass with ice, and stir briskly with a bar spoon for about 1 […]

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Links for 2017-06-21

A Neural Network Turned a Book of Flowers Into Shockingly Lovely Dinosaur Art DeepArt.io, ‘powered by an algorithm developed by Leon Gatys and a team from the University of Tübingen in Germany’, did a really amazing job here (tags: art dinosaurs ai plants deep-learning graphics cool) Determinism in League of Legends Once again, deterministic replay/reruns […]

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Links for 2017-06-20

How they did it: an analysis of emissions defeat devices in modern automobiles Using CurveDiff, the team analysed 963 firmware images, for which analysis completed successfully for 924. 406 of the analysed images contained a defeat device, out of which 333 contained at least one active profile. In at least 268 images, the test detection affects […]

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Links for 2017-06-19

How does language, memory and package size affect cold starts of AWS Lambda? some datapoints — java and C# have a hard time (tags: java cold-start lambda serverless aws)

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