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Links for 2018-09-27

How Triplebyte solved its office Wi-Fi problems This is good general wi-fi infrastructure advice for home use too (tags: internet networking wifi ethernet routers ops) randomised prefixes in S3 are no longer necessary to improve performance This S3 request rate performance increase removes any previous guidance to randomize object prefixes to achieve faster performance. That […]

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Links for 2018-09-26

Do not fall into Oracle’s Java 11 trap The key part of the terms is as follows: You may not: use the Programs for any data processing or any commercial, production, or internal business purposes other than developing, testing, prototyping, and demonstrating your Application; The trap is as follows: Download Oracle JDK (because that is […]

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Links for 2018-09-25

Dublin Bikes Animated lots of nice graphs and dataviz around Dublin Bikes usage (tags: bikes cycling dublin dataviz cool) Common Cyborg | Jillian Weise | Granta Fantastic essay: When I tell people I am a cyborg, they often ask if I have read Donna Haraway’s ‘A Cyborg Manifesto’. Of course I have read it. And […]

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Links for 2018-09-24

25 Years of WIRED Predictions: Why the Future Never Arrives These early views of the sharing economy were accurate depictions of the moment, but poor visions of the future. Within a few short years, many of those Uber drivers would be stuck paying off their cars in sub-minimum-wage jobs with no benefits. What began as […]

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Links for 2018-09-21

Customer Service Data Vulnerability, Intercom [Fixed] good demo of the danger of unrestricted API keys (tags: api-keys security intercom fail dropmobility web apis)

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Links for 2018-09-20

Peter Flynn caused the first 404 Now that’s a great bit of web trivia :) “[UCC’s] first webmaster was the first person to ever break a link on the web, when he moved the location of a webpage on UCC’s servers without telling TimBL. Such a change resulted in the need to error-handle such an […]

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Links for 2018-09-18

Muting some magic keywords fixes the Twitter timeline Apparently, turning off some of the shittier recent features: Muting suggest_recycled_tweet_inline and suggest_activity_tweet actually has fixed my timeline. It’s all chronological and there are barely any “x and y liked” tweets. (tags: twitter feature-creep muting hacks) Kebab-Case TIL! In other words spelling identifiers-like-this, Lisp style (tags: kebab-case […]

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Links for 2018-09-14

Surprisingly Little Evidence for the Accepted Wisdom About Teeth – The New York Times Turns out there is little evidence for many dental practices: A systematic review in 2011 concluded that, in adults, toothbrushing with flossing versus toothbrushing alone most likely reduced gingivitis, or inflammation of the gums. But there was really weak evidence that […]

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Links for 2018-09-13

Google spent $60 million on building Content ID That’s how much it costs to build a not-particularly-accurate UGC copyright filter: Google’s new report takes aim at this claim. It asserts that Content ID is a highly effective solution, with over 98 percent of copyright management on YouTube happening through Content ID, and just 2 percent […]

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Links for 2018-09-12

The British Airways Breach: How Magecart Claimed 380,000 Victims very detailed and pretty fiendish (tags: analysis security attacks magecart british-airways web javascript)

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Links for 2018-09-11

UIDAI’s Aadhaar Software Hacked, ID Database Compromised, Experts Confirm The authenticity of the data stored in India’s controversial Aadhaar identity database, which contains the biometrics and personal information of over 1 billion Indians, has been compromised by a software patch that disables critical security features of the software used to enrol new Aadhaar users, a […]

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Links for 2018-09-09

Software as Craft: software delivery and open source in a Cloud & Enterprise world Niall Murphy sends this on: Microsoft is very pleased to welcome Maggie Pint and Dr. Nicole Forsgren to our new campus, to talk about open source and the deep connections between how software is written, and how successful it is. For […]

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Links for 2018-09-06

gRPC On HTTP/2: Engineering A Robust, High Performance Protocol Decent writeup on how gRPC uses HTTP/2 efficiently (tags: http2 grpc rpc networking http tcp protocols)

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Links for 2018-09-05

‘The Internet of Garbage’ by Sarah Jeong Sarah Jeong’s 2015 book is now free: ‘I think The Internet of Garbage still provides a useful framework to begin to talk about our new dystopia, and it continues to be surprisingly relevant in many ways. But I wrote the book with a tone of optimism I did […]

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Links for 2018-09-04

Science Europe – cOAlition S cOAlition S signals the commitment to implement, by 1 January 2020, the necessary measures to fulfil its main principle: “By 2020 scientific publications that result from research funded by public grants provided by participating national and European research councils and funding bodies, must be published in compliant Open Access Journals […]

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Links for 2018-09-03

Mastodon and the challenges of abuse in a federated system Similar to this thread by CJ Silverio, I’m not thinking about this in terms of whether Wil Wheaton or his detractors were right or wrong. Rather, I’m thinking about how this incident demonstrates that a large-scale harassment attack by motivated actors is not only possible in […]

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Links for 2018-08-31

Unsupervised machine translation: A novel approach to provide fast, accurate translations for more languages – Facebook Code Training an MT model without access to any translation resources at training time (known as unsupervised translation) was the necessary next step. Research we are presenting at EMNLP 2018 outlines our recent accomplishments with that task. Our new […]

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Links for 2018-08-30

This Music Theory Professor Just Showed How Stupid and Broken Copyright Filters Are – Motherboard Kaiser then decided to test Google’s system more fully. He opened a new YouTube account named Labeltest, and began sharing additional examples of copyright-free music. “I quickly received Content ID notifications for copyright-free music by Bartok, Schubert, Puccini, and Wagner,” […]

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Links for 2018-08-29

Yahoo! are scanning your email contents and selling data to advertisers For example: Amazon will no longer mail full receipt text as advertisers were believed to be extracting it (tags: yahoo privacy email mail amazon) How network clients need to participate in fault tolerance Top tips on best practices here: Colm’s thread on shuffle sharding […]

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Links for 2018-08-28

Surgical team collaborates with McLaren F1 to improve processes On the screen was a motor racing grand prix and, as they watched, the two men became aware of the similarities between the handover disciplines from theatre to intensive care and what they were seeing in the pit of a Formula One racing team. From that […]

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Links for 2018-08-26

Fixing Slow Macbook WIFI Reconnect after sleep – airbag moments A command line hack to fix the common Macbook wifi problem where wifi won’t reconnect after opening the lid without a manual reconnect (tags: wifi macbooks mbp hardware apple hacks cli sleep) Why Love Generative Art? Or as jwz put it, a brief history of […]

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Links for 2018-08-24

Russian Trolls Used Vaccine Debate to Sow Discord, Study Finds – The New York Times But instead of picking a side, researchers said, the trolls and bots they programmed hurled insults at both pro- and anti-vaccine advocates. Their only intent, the study concluded, seemed to be to raise the level of hostility. “You see this […]

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Links for 2018-08-22

spotify/dockerfile-maven: A set of Maven tools for dealing with Dockerfiles ‘a Maven plugin and extension which help to seamlessly integrate Docker with Maven. The design goals are: Don’t try to do anything fancy. Dockerfiles are how you build Docker projects; that’s what this plugin uses. They are mandatory. Make the Docker build process integrate with […]

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Links for 2018-08-20

Filter before you parse: faster analytics on raw data with Sparser Super fast JSON parsing. Has some interesting similarities to some code I wrote in SpamAssassin, as it turns out! (tags: json parsing performance coding algorithms)

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Recipe: clara con limón granizado

I came across this cocktail in Pals, in Catalonia, in 30 degree heat, a few weeks back — I saw it on the menu at the cafe in the square of the old town, and had to give it a go. It’s incredible. Basically, it’s lager mixed with a lemon granita — like a beer […]

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Links for 2018-08-15

The BARR-C:2018 Embedded C Coding Standard ‘Barr Group’s Embedded C Coding Standard was developed to minimize bugs in firmware by focusing on practical rules that keep bugs out–while also improving the maintainability and portability of embedded software. The coding standard details a set of guiding principles as well as specific naming conventions and other rules […]

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Links for 2018-08-14

Nosferatu is only viewable today due to piracy ‘In 1922 a German court ordered all prints and negatives of Nosferatu destroyed following a copyright dispute with the widow of Bram Stoker. The film only exists today because of piracy. One copy survived and somehow found it’s way to America, where Dracula was already in the […]

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Links for 2018-08-10

Anatomy of a tabloid Fortnite front page story Interesting writeup of how the UK tabloids concoct their scare stories, rustling up “victims” and paying them and their agents fees of thousands of pounds (tags: fortnite pokemon-go gaming tabloids uk newspapers truth the-sun games) Hacker Finds Hidden ‘God Mode’ on Old VIA C3 x86 CPUs Domas […]

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Links for 2018-08-09

How I gained commit access to Homebrew in 30 minutes If I were a malicious actor, I could have made a small, likely unnoticed change to the openssl formulae, placing a backdoor on any machine that installed it. If I can gain access to commit in 30 minutes, what could a nation state with dedicated […]

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Links for 2018-07-17

Why JSON isn’t a good configuration language solid +1s on these points (tags: json configuration languages coding formats) Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team | Fast, Powerful, and Practical: New Technology for Aerial Imagery in Disaster Response Aerial imagery can play an important role in disaster response operations, enabling response teams to identify and prioritize hardest-hit areas, conduct […]

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Links for 2018-07-16

Labour HQ used Facebook ads to deceive Jeremy Corbyn during election campaign | News | The Times Campaign chiefs at Labour HQ hoodwinked their own leader because they disapproved of some of Corbyn’s left-wing messages. They convinced him they were following his campaign plans by spending just £5,000 on adverts solely designed to be seen […]

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Links for 2018-07-13

Facebook’s new rules for moderators on dealing with far-right pages are awful This is a total shitshow. Facebook needs to sort this out, it is not remotely desirable. Facebook: “We allow to call for the creation of white ethno-states.” In other words, Facebook is officially ok with people calling for ethnic cleansing and genocide. The […]

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Links for 2018-07-12

Using Kindle Fire’s Parental Controls time to set this up I think (tags: kindle fire parental-controls devices kids) The problems with DynamoDB Auto Scaling and how it might be improved ‘Based on these observations, we hypothesize that you can make two modifications to the system to improve its effectiveness: trigger scaling up after 1 threshold […]

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Links for 2018-07-11

Goodbye Microservices: From 100s of problem children to 1 superstar · Segment Blog Super-happy we resisted many of the microservices gospels and dodged this bullet (tags: architecture microservices monolith git monorepo) Centrifuge: a reliable system for delivering billions of events per day Nice scale-up service to solve the multi-tenant, multi-target queueing problem with good customer […]

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Links for 2018-07-10

Basho investor to pay up $20m in damages for campaign that put biz on ‘greased slide to failure’ • The Register This is disappointing. Basho was very promising. An investment fund and its manager have been ordered to pay up $20.3m after “misinformation, threats and combative behaviour” helped put NoSQL database biz Basho on a […]

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Links for 2018-07-09

Saving a non-profit six figures a year using Squarespace, Airtable and Glitch.com Airtable in particular sounds like a lovely tool for small-scale users (tags: serverless airtable google squarespace glitch tools web ops)

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Links for 2018-07-06

Wifi Design Tips PDF with a few good tips on wifi layout, AP placement etc. Also recommended: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Adep0SeOjAE&feature=youtu.be&t=17m22s (via irldexter) (tags: via:irldexter wifi 802.11 wireless ops networking) What I’ve learned from nearly three years of enterprise Wi-Fi at home I am happy to note that I’ve grown out of this kind of pain (I think)…. […]

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Links for 2018-07-05

Large breweries ‘pay publicans not to stock smaller companies’ beer, cider’ Good on Alan Kelly TD for raising the issue — it is clearly happening and is clearly anti-competitive market manipulation by the big brewers. He said a pub in Cork he was in recently had 21 taps of which 19 were from one brewing […]

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Links for 2018-07-03

‘Nothing to worry about. The water is fine’: how Flint poisoned its people | News | The Guardian The anxiety reverberated all the way to the state capital, Lansing, where Governor Rick Snyder was weeks away from winning reelection. His chief legal counsel, Michael Gadola, wrote in an email: “To anyone who grew up in […]

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Links for 2018-07-02

Dormio: Interfacing with Dreams to Augment Human Creativity — MIT Media Lab Using Dormio you fall asleep as you normally would, but the transition into stage 2 sleep is tracked and interrupted. This suspends you in a semi-lucid state where microdreams are inceptable, allowing direction of your dreams.  (tags: dreaming dreams science neuroscience brain sleep […]

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