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Build a Better Monster: Morality, Machine Learning, and Mass Surveillance

We built the commercial internet by mastering techniques of persuasion and surveillance that we’ve extended to billions of people, including essentially the entire population of the Western democracies. But admitting that this tool of social control might be conducive to authoritarianism is not something we’re ready to face. After all, we're good people. We like freedom. How could we have built tools that subvert it?

As Upton Sinclair said, “It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it.”

I contend that there are structural reasons to worry about the role of the tech industry in American political life, and that we have only a brief window of time in which to fix this.
advertising  facebook  google  internet  politics  surveillance  democracy  maciej-ceglowski  talks  morality  machine-learning 
7 days ago by jm
Netty @Apple: Large Scale Deployment/Connectivity [video]
'Norman Maurer presents how Apple uses Netty for its Java based services and the challenges of doing so, including how they enhanced performance by participating in the Netty open source community. Maurer takes a deep dive into advanced topics like JNI, JVM internals, and others.'
apple  netty  norman-maurer  java  jvm  async  talks  presentations 
january 2016 by jm
Intercom Engineering Insights - Scale and Reliability 2015
next Intercom hiring^Wevent coming up, Dec 10th in Dublin, talking about how they scale and ops their ElasticSearch and Mongo clusters
elasticsearch  mongodb  intercom  engineering  talks  dublin 
december 2015 by jm
Analysing user behaviour - from histograms to random forests (PyData) at PyCon Ireland 2015 | Lanyrd
Swrve's own Dave Brodigan on game user-data analysis techniques:
The goal is to give the audience a roadmap for analysing user data using python friendly tools.

I will touch on many aspects of the data science pipeline from data cleansing to building predictive data products at scale.

I will start gently with pandas and dataframes and then discuss some machine learning techniques like kmeans and random forests in scikitlearn and then introduce Spark for doing it at scale.

I will focus more on the use cases rather than detailed implementation.

The talk will be informed by my experience and focus on user behaviour in games and mobile apps.
swrve  talks  user-data  big-data  spark  hadoop  machine-learning  data-science 
october 2015 by jm
What Happens Next Will Amaze You
Maciej Ceglowski's latest talk, on ads, the web, Silicon Valley and government:
'I went to school with Bill. He's a nice guy. But making him immortal is not going to make life better for anyone in my city. It will just exacerbate the rent crisis.'
talks  slides  funny  ads  advertising  internet  web  privacy  surveillance  maciej  silicon-valley 
september 2015 by jm
Patrick Shuff - Building A Billion User Load Balancer - SCALE 13x - YouTube
'Want to learn how Facebook scales their load balancing infrastructure to support more than 1.3 billion users? We will be revealing the technologies and methods we use to route and balance Facebook's traffic. The Traffic team at Facebook has built several systems for managing and balancing our site traffic, including both a DNS load balancer and a software load balancer capable of handling several protocols. This talk will focus on these technologies and how they have helped improve user performance, manage capacity, and increase reliability.'

Can't find the standalone slides, unfortunately.
facebook  video  talks  lbs  load-balancing  http  https  scalability  scale  linux 
june 2015 by jm
Stu Hood and Brian Degenhardt, Scala at Twitter, SF Scala @Twitter 20150217
'Stu Hood and Brian Degenhardt talk about the history of Scala at Twitter, from inception until today, covering 2.10 migration, the original Alex Payne’s presentation from way back, pants, and more. The first five years of Scala at Twitter and the years ahead!'

Very positive indeed on the monorepo concept.
monorepo  talks  scala  sfscala  stu-hood  twitter  pants  history  repos  build  projects  compilation  gradle  maven  sbt 
march 2015 by jm
AWS re:Invent 2014 Video & Slide Presentation Links
Nice work by Andrew Spyker -- this should be an official feature of the re:Invent website, really
reinvent  aws  conferences  talks  slides  ec2  s3  ops  presentations 
november 2014 by jm
Building a Smarter Application Stack - DevOps Ireland
This sounds like a very interesting Dublin meetup -- Engine Yard on thursday night:
This month, we'll have Tomas Doran from Yelp talking about Docker, service discovery, and deployments. 'There are many advantages to a container based, microservices architecture - however, as always, there is no silver bullet. Any serious deployment will involve multiple host machines, and will have a pressing need to migrate containers between hosts at some point. In such a dynamic world hard coding IP addresses, or even host names is not a viable solution. This talk will take a journey through how Yelp has solved the discovery problems using Airbnb’s SmartStack to dynamically discover service dependencies, and how this is helping unify our architecture, from traditional metal to EC2 ‘immutable’ SOA images, to Docker containers.'
meetups  talks  dublin  deployment  smartstack  ec2  docker  yelp  service-discovery 
june 2014 by jm
Creative Commons event in Dublin this Friday
'Maximising Digital Creativity, Sharing and Innovation', Event organised by Creative Commons Ireland and Faculty of Law, University College Cork, Lecture Theatre, National Gallery of Ireland, Clare Street entrance, Dublin 2, Friday 17 January 2014, 9.45 a.m. to 1 p.m. (via Darius Whelan)
creative-commons  ireland  dublin  events  talks  law  copyright 
january 2014 by jm
Jeff Dean - Taming Latency Variability and Scaling Deep Learning [talk]
'what Jeff Dean and team have been up to at Google'. Reducing request latency in a network SOA architecture using backup requests, etc., via Ilya Grigorik
youtube  talks  google  low-latency  soa  architecture  distcomp  jeff-dean  networking 
november 2013 by jm
Down the Rabbit Hole
An adventure that takes you through several popular Java language features and shows how they compile to bytecode and eventually JIT to assembly code.
charles-nutter  java  jvm  compilation  reversing  talks  slides 
october 2013 by jm
Rob "b3ta" Manuel in Dublin next week
The Bottom Half Of The Internet -- "Racism; typos; filth; spam; ignorance; rage – that's all the bottom half of the internet is good for, right? Rob Manuel wants you to question the internet dictum, most beloved of high-profile columnists, that you should ignore all of the comments all of the time. The 'war on comments', he reckons, might just be an echo of a fourth estate that's having trouble adjusting to the idea of an unwashed public disagreeing with their sacred opinions. Sous les pavés, la plage."

On Tuesday, le cool Dublin & Pilcrow present SPIEL. Rob Manuel is the flashy animator behind B3ta and he's joined by Ed Melvin, who wants to educate you on 'The Unreal Engines' of virtual currencies and economies.
rob-manuel  b3ta  dublin  comments  internet  meetings  talks  lecool 
april 2013 by jm
Performance Testing Java Applications [talk]
Martin "Disruptor" Thompson on performance testing.

This talk explores when to start performance testing, how to avoid the common pitfalls, how to profile when the results cause your team to pull a funny face, and what you can do about that funny face. Specific issues to Java and managed runtimes in general will be explored, but if other languages are your poison, don't be put off as much of the content can be applied to any development.
testing  performance  towatch  talks  video  slides  infoq  qcon 
march 2013 by jm

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