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Links for 2019-07-22

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Links for 2019-07-19

Bulgarian tax authority hacked, majority of population’s tax details leaked Well this is pretty much the worst-case scenario for a tax authority: A 20-year-old man was arrested in Sofia, Bulgaria, on Tuesday afternoon and charged with an unprecedented hack of the country’s tax authority, ending with the theft of sensitive personal records from nearly every […]

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Links for 2019-07-18

When Non-Jews Wield Anti-Semitism as Political Shield | GQ a spate of ultra-Christian would-be spokespeople have demonstrated outrage against congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for daring to use the term “concentration camps” to describe the camps in which thousands of migrants are concentrated in squalor, and have died, on the Southern border. Wyoming representative Liz Cheney and […]

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Links for 2019-07-17

The Codeless Code: Case 234 Ozymandias Love this: I chanced upon an ancient cache of code: a stack of printouts, tall as any man, that in decaying boxes had been stowed. Ten thousand crumbling pages long it ran. Abandoned in the blackness to erode, what steered a ship through blackness to the moon. The language […]

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Links for 2019-07-16

Modeling the Mythical Man-Month using the Universal Scalability Law turns out the USL can apply (tags: usl scalability scaling brooks teams mythical-man-month estimation)

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Links for 2019-07-15

Reviewbot posts GitHub pull requests that are ready to be reviewed into Slack. How does it know when a pull request is ready? We have a special label in our repositories, aptly named READY TO REVIEW (all caps so it’s easier to spot). When a pull request is ready for review, the author adds this […]

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Links for 2019-07-14

Terrifying thread of Google Maps fails ‘This takes you over Hayden Pass Rd. “It’s a real challenging road and a true test of your vehicle and your stamina because the road abounds in twists and turns with wheels sometimes hanging above the precipice.” “There is a very narrow section of shelf road before you get […]

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Links for 2019-06-27

Moving From Apache Thrift to gRPC: A Perspective From Alluxio Good advice here: Thrift served well as a fast and reliable RPC framework powering the metadata operations in Alluxio 1.x. Its limitation in handling streamed data has led us to a journey in search of better alternatives. gRPC provides some nice features that help us in […]

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Links for 2019-06-25

Guidance for Drivers on use of “Dash Cams” guidance note from the Irish Data Protection Commissioner on GDPR implications of dashcams. (tags: dpc data-protection privacy dashcams driving gdpr) Chernobyl True Story: What The HBO Miniseries Gets Right (& Changes) A much more reasonable writeup of what the HBO series changed from what really happened — […]

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Links for 2019-06-24

Open Source Could Be a Casualty of the Trade War ideologically, a core tenant of open source is non-discriminatory empowerment. When I was introduced to open source in the 90’s, the chief “bad guy” was Microsoft – people wanted to defend against “embrace, extend, extinguish” corporate practices, and by homesteading on the technological frontier with […]

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Links for 2019-06-18

TCP SACK PANIC – Kernel vulnerabilities – CVE-2019-11477, CVE-2019-11478 & CVE-2019-11479 – Red Hat Customer Portal Three related flaws were found in the Linux kernel’s handling of TCP networking.  The most severe vulnerability could allow a remote attacker to trigger a kernel panic in systems running the affected software and, as a result, impact the […]

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Links for 2019-06-17

Show HN: Enviro+ for Raspberry Pi – Environmental sensors HN thread and linked Pimoroni gadget. UKP45 for a nice environmental sensor board (tags: electronics iot projects sensors environment raspberry-pi gadgets) The Surprising Reason that There Are So Many Thai Restaurants in America – VICE Turns out the Thai government has taken a leaf from Guinness’ […]

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Links for 2019-06-14

The New Wilderness (Idle Words) Our discourse around privacy needs to expand to address foundational questions about the role of automation: To what extent is living in a surveillance-saturated world compatible with pluralism and democracy? What are the consequences of raising a generation of children whose every action feeds into a corporate database? What does […]

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Links for 2019-06-13

Jigsaw Bought a Russian Twitter Troll Campaign as an Experiment “Let’s say I want to wage a disinformation campaign to attack a political opponent or a company, but I don’t have the infrastructure to create my own Internet Research Agency,” Gully told WIRED in an interview, speaking publicly about Jigsaw’s year-old disinformation experiment for the […]

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Links for 2019-06-12

New Spam Campaign Controlled by Attackers via DNS TXT Records Ah, Google, what were you thinking? When decoded, this string is an URL to Google’s public DNS resolve for a particular domain. For example, the above string decodes to https://dns.google.com/resolve?name=fetch.vxpapub.[omitted].net&type=TXT. The attachment’s script will use this URL to retrieve the associated domain’s TXT record. A […]

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Links for 2019-06-11

Fans Are Better Than Tech at Organizing Information Online Fans tag the content, but then — volunteers consolidate and aggregate those tags: On AO3, users can put in whatever tags they want. (Autocomplete is there to help, but they don’t have to use it.) Then behind the scenes, human volunteers look up any new tags […]

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Links for 2019-06-10

Irish National Open Research Forum national framework published “All Irish scholarly publications resulting from publicly-funded research will be openly available by default from 2020 onwards and will be accessible on an ongoing basis.” (via Don Marti) (tags: via:donmarti open open-access science public ireland funding research) Internet-Scale analysis of AWS Cognito Security Just published the white-paper […]

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Links for 2019-06-06

two-thirds of cyclists with disabilities find cycling easier than walking and other facts about disabled cyclists. This is very thought-provoking stuff. According to a recent study by Wheels for Well-being, a British organization of disabled cyclists, 15 percent of people with disabilities cycle, compared with 18 percent of the general population. Moreover, two-thirds of cyclists […]

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Links for 2019-06-05

The Existential Crisis Plaguing Online Extremism Researchers Oh god. This, so much: Many researchers in the field cut their teeth as techno-optimists, studying the positive aspects of the internet—like bringing people together to enhance creativity or further democratic protest, á la the Arab Spring—says Marwick. But it didn’t last. The past decade has been an […]

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Links for 2019-06-04

Changing my Mind about AI, Universal Basic Income, and the Value of Data In this piece I’ll be talking about two particular bits of rhetoric that have found an apparently unlikely partnership in the past five years. The impending obsolescence of humanity locked eyes across the room with a utopian vision of all-powerful AI that […]

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Links for 2019-06-03

“Insert Coin” Key Chain RepliCade Insert Coin keychains are constructed from a traditional blend of diecast metal and plastic. Push the coin return button to activate LED illumination for 30 seconds. This 1:1 scale arcade-accurate replica metal coin return key chain stands 2″ tall and weighs in at a whopping 3.2 ozs. (tags: insert-coin arcade […]

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Links for 2019-05-31

The war on trees: insurance involvement denied by Cork County Council Cork people have documented on social media examples of trees being removed from public spaces and have been critical of the practice. Last week, The Phoenix magazine claimed the insurance industry “has been identified as the dark force behind the slaughtering of thousands of […]

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Links for 2019-05-29

What I Learned Trying To Secure Congressional Campaigns (Idle Words) ‘on August 22, the DNC had a phishing scare, where they mistook a vulnerability assessment for an actual attack. The next day, DCCC Executive Director Dan Sena sent an email to all campaigns with the subject line “Reminder About Cybersecurity”. That email included three attachments, […]

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Links for 2019-05-27

British Far Right Extremism Manipulating Ireland digging into the “Irexit” campaign and their extensive links to Nigel Farage and the British far right — 100% astroturf (tags: astroturf ireland irexit nigel-farage ukip brexit politics dirty-tricks) Beating up on qsort an entertaining dive down a low-level performance-optimization rabbit hole, diving into radix sort on an array […]

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Links for 2019-05-24

Nixery Nixery provides the ability to pull ad-hoc container images from a Docker-compatible registry server. The image names specify the contents the image should contain, which are then retrieved and built by the Nix package manager. Nix is also responsible for the creation of the container images themselves. e.g. “docker run -ti nixery.appspot.com/shell/htop bash” (tags: […]

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Links for 2019-05-22

5G is the new antivax/chemtrails conspiracy theory And Russia is pushing it. Expect to see a lot of this about soon (tags: 5g conspiracies loons crazy russia propaganda disinformation wireless youtube) The definitive guide to running EC2 Spot Instances as Kubernetes worker nodes it really is quite definitive, good writeup (tags: ec2 spot-instances cost-saving kubernetes […]

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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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