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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 I disagree with it. The manifesto, published in 1985, promised a cyberfeminist resistance. The resistance would be networked and coded by women and for women to change the course of history and derange sexism beyond recognition. Technology would un-gender us. Instead, it has been so effective at erasing disabled women that even now, in conversation with many feminists, I am no longer surprised that disability does not figure into their notions of bodies and embodiment. Haraway’s manifesto lays claim to cyborgs (‘we are all cyborgs’) and defines the cyborg unilaterally through metaphor. To Haraway, the cyborg is a matter of fiction, a struggle over life and death, a modern war orgy, a map, a condensed image, a creature without gender. The manifesto coopts cyborg identity while eliminating reference to disabled people on which the notion of the cyborg is premised. Disabled people who use tech to live are cyborgs. Our lives are not metaphors.


(Via Tony Finch)
via:dotat  cyborg  technology  feminism  essay  disability  tech  jillian-weise  granta 
2 hours ago
Dublin Bikes Animated
lots of nice graphs and dataviz around Dublin Bikes usage
bikes  cycling  dublin  dataviz  cool 
2 hours ago
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 an earnest insight about bits and atoms quickly turned into an arbitrage opportunity for venture capitalists eager to undercut large, lucrative markets by skirting regulations. To meet the growth and monetization demands of investors, yesterday’s sharing economy became today’s gig economy.
advertising  future  technology  futurism  predictions  wired  web2.0  history  1990s  2000s 
yesterday
Credit reference agency Equifax fined for security breach
The ICO fines Equifax £500K, the maximum amount possible under the old Data Protection Act (via Privacy Kit)
via:privacy-kit  ico  equifax  privacy  data-protection  uk  penalties  law 
5 days ago
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 occurrence, and the 404 was born"
404  history  http  web  peter-flynn  ucc  irish-web  trivia 
5 days ago
Cindy Sridharan on Twitter: NanoLog by Ousterhout et al.

- just formatting a log typically takes on the order of 1µs!

- nanolog achieves high throughput by shifting work out of runtime hot path into compilation + post-execution phases


Basically records symbolic form of logs, and uses a post-processor after the fact to generate readable text.
logging  ops  coding  performance 
7 days ago
Kebab-Case
TIL! In other words spelling identifiers-like-this, Lisp style
kebab-case  case  lisp  identifiers  coding  terminology 
7 days ago
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.
twitter  feature-creep  muting  hacks 
7 days ago
mblaze-much/MANIFESTO.md
Danny O'Brien's manifesto for an update of his notmuch-based mail setup. watching with interest
email  mail  notmuch  sup  muas  hacking  unix  cli  mh 
8 days ago
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 it reduced plaque in the short term. There was no evidence that it reduced cavities. That’s pretty much what we learned recently.
teeth  dentistry  dental  health  medicine  statistics  science 
11 days ago
Notes on some artefacts
Five or six years ago, around the time most people seemed to be spending almost all of their time on the internet, I began to notice a particular kind of online phenomenon, one that I did not have a terminology for. I started to call these moments “artefacts”, borrowing a term from photography that describes the machine-created distortions and ghosts that corrupt digital imagery. “An unintended alteration in data” is one definition, but this new kind of “artefact” was expanding beyond sporadic instances and becoming a persistent sub-theme in discourse at large.

The result was a type of semiotic collapse, one that first found its fullest expression in the absurdity of the 2016 presidential campaign, when news stories fabricated in Macedonia found a wider reach than The Washington Post. Countermeasures to interference in the coming 2018 congressional election look ineffectual, perhaps deliberately so.
artefacts  fake-news  bots  weird  2018  trump  politics 
11 days ago
A definitive blood test for post-infectious irritable bowel syndrome?: Expert Review of Gastroenterology & Hepatology: Vol 10, No 11
Very interesting! This paper and the one at https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0126438 discuss the increasing evidence that some kinds of IBS may be caused by post-infection autoimmune activity triggered by a gastroenteritis infection -- this matches the thing which put me on a restricted diet a few years ago.
digestion  ibs  medicine  health  diet  fodmap  gastroenteritis  papers 
12 days ago
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 coming from humans filing copyright removal notices. Google also says the music industry opts to monetize more than 95 percent of its copyright claims, meaning they leave the videos up on the service. It claims a whopping half of the music industry's YouTube revenue comes from fan content — covers, remixes, dance versions, etc. — claimed via Content ID. The report also puts a hard figure on how much Google has spent so far on Content ID: $60 million.
filtering  copyright  eu  article-13  copyfight  content-id  google  web  ugc 
12 days ago
Troy Hunt: The Effectiveness of Publicly Shaming Bad Security
Now I don't know how much of this change was due to my public shaming of their security posture, maybe they were going to get their act together afterward anyway. Who knows. However, what I do know for sure is that I got this DM from someone not long after that post got media attention (reproduced with their permission):

Hi Troy, I just want to say thanks for your blog post on the Natwest HTTPS issue you found that the BBC picked up on. I head up the SEO team at a Media agency for a different bank and was hitting my head against a wall trying to communicate this exact thing to them after they too had a non secure public site separate from their online banking. The quote the BBC must have asked from them prompted the change to happen overnight, something their WebDev team assured me would cost hundreds of thousands of pounds and at least a year to implement! I was hitting my head against the desk for 6 months before that so a virtual handshake of thanks from my behalf! Thanks!
business  internet  security  social-media  shame  troy-hunt  bad-press  spin  shaming 
13 days ago
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 three month-long investigation by HuffPost India reveals.

The patch—freely available for as little as Rs 2,500 (around $35)— allows unauthorised persons, based anywhere in the world, to generate Aadhaar numbers at will, and is still in widespread use.

This has significant implications for national security at a time when the Indian government has sought to make Aadhaar numbers the gold standard for citizen identification, and mandatory for everything from using a mobile phone to accessing a bank account.
security  aadhaar  identity  india  privacy  databases  data-privacy 
14 days ago
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 those of you who are not aware, Maggie Pint is a software engineering lead in Azure’s Production Infrastructure Engineering (PIE) organization. Maggie’s team works on improving the engineering systems experience for Microsoft’s web-focused developers. She co-ordinates open source and inner source education and execution through Azure PIE. Outside of her day job, Maggie maintains the popular Moment.js JavaScript library, and is the JS Foundation’s delegate to TC39, the standards committee for JavaScript. She is passionate about dogs, coffee, the JavaScript language, and helping others live open source values in their day-to-day work.

Dr. Nicole Forsgren is the co-founder and Chief Scientist of the DevOps Research and Assessment joint venture with Jez Humble and Gene Kim, also well-known leaders in the DevOps community. She is best known as a co-author of Accelerate: The Science of Lean Software and DevOps and lead investigator for the largest-scale DevOps studies undertaken to date. She is also member of the ACM Queue editorial board, a research affiliate for a number of universities, and earned her PhD in Management Information Systems from the University of Arizona.

This event comprises two public technical talks, with an intended audience of a few hundred software and systems professionals, including technical managers and SREs.
software  coding  open-source  microsoft  maggie-pint  nicole-forsgren  azure 
15 days ago
'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 not feel even at the time,
hoping that by reaching the well-meaning policy teams across Silicon Valley, I
might be able to spark change for the better.
Not only did that change never quite solidify, but the coordinated,
orchestrated harassment campaigns of Gamergate that I very briefly touch on in
Chapter Two have since overtaken our national political and cultural
conversations. These twisted knots of lies, deflection, and rage are not just some
weird and terrible online garbage. They shadow executive orders, court rulings,
even the newly appointed judiciary. They will haunt us for years to come. We are
all victims of fraud in the marketplace of ideas.
I hope that in the very near future, I will be putting out a second edition of
The Internet of Garbage. In that future edition, I hope to grapple with advertising
incentives, engagement traps, international propaganda wars, the American crisis
in free speech coinciding with the rise of platform power, and search engine
optimization as the new paradigm of speech.
In the meantime, I am putting out The Internet of Garbage 1.5 as an interim
edition. I wish it were more helpful in our present reality. But as imperfect a tool
as it is, I figure we all need as much help as we can get. '
dystopia  fake-news  internet  spam  harrassment  abuse  twitter  gamergate  politics  books  free  to-read 
20 days ago
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 or on compliant Open Access Platforms.”

The 11 national research funding organisations that form cOAlition S have agreed to implement the 10 principles of Plan S in a coordinated way, together with the European Commission including the ERC. Other research funders from across the world, both public and private, are invited to join cOAlition S.


I am extremely happy to see SFI on this list!

(Via Cathal Garvey)
sfi  ireland  funding  science  open-access  open  papers  journals  via:cathalgarvey 
21 days ago
Biohackers Encoded Malware in a Strand of DNA
a group of researchers from the University of Washington has shown for the first time that it’s possible to encode malicious software into physical strands of DNA, so that when a gene sequencer analyzes it the resulting data becomes a program that corrupts gene-sequencing software and takes control of the underlying computer.
hacking  malware  security  sequencing  genome  biohacking  dna 
22 days ago
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 the fediverse, but is arguably easier than in a centralized system like Twitter or Facebook, where automated tools can help moderators to catch dogpiling as it happens.

As someone who both administrates and moderates Mastodon instances, and who believes in Mastodon’s mission to make social media a more pleasant and human-centric place, this post is my attempt to define the attack vector and propose strategies to prevent it in the future.
mastodon  abuse  twitter  wilw  harassment  moderation 
22 days ago
Linocuts by Gail Brodholt
scenes from London transit infrastructure. There's a fantastic 1960s vibe off these
london  tube  public-transport  prints  art  gail-brodholt  via:mltshp 
24 days ago
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 approach provides a dramatic improvement over previous state-of-the-art unsupervised approaches and is equivalent to supervised approaches trained with nearly 100,000 reference translations. To give some idea of the level of advancement, an improvement of 1 BLEU point (a common metric for judging the accuracy of MT) is considered a remarkable achievement in this field; our methods showed an improvement of more than 10 BLEU points.

This is an important finding for MT in general and especially for the majority of the 6,500 languages in the world for which the pool of available translation training resources is either nonexistent or so small that it cannot be used with existing systems. For low-resource languages, there is now a way to learn to translate between, say, Urdu and English by having access only to text in English and completely unrelated text in Urdu – without having any of the respective translations.
unsupervised-learning  ml  machine-learning  ai  translation  facebook 
25 days ago
Google Online Security Blog: Introducing the Tink cryptographic software library
Tink aims to provide cryptographic APIs that are secure, easy to use correctly, and hard(er) to misuse. Tink is built on top of existing libraries such as BoringSSL and Java Cryptography Architecture, but includes countermeasures to many weaknesses in these libraries, which were discovered by Project Wycheproof, another project from our team.
With Tink, many common cryptographic operations such as data encryption, digital signatures, etc. can be done with only a few lines of code.
tink  google  java  c++  boringssl  ssl  jca  crypto 
25 days ago
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,” Kaiser said. “Again and again, YouTube told me that I was violating the copyright of these long-dead composers, despite all of my uploads existing in the public domain.”

Google’s Content ID is the result of more than $100 million in investment funds and countless development hours. Yet Kaiser found the system was largely incapable of differentiating between copyrighted music and content in the public domain. And the appeals process that Google has erected to tackle these false claims wasn’t any better.
content-id  copyright  copyright-filtering  youtube  fail  google  public-domain  ip  music  filtering  bartok  schubert  wagner  puccini 
26 days ago
How network clients need to participate in fault tolerance
Top tips on best practices here:
Colm's thread on shuffle sharding reminded me of how important it is that clients participate in fault tolerance, and how frustrated I get when a client library *doesn't* do this by default in my application. Let's talk about some best practices!


Bottom line: use Hystrix :)
retries  fault-tolerance  networking  tcp  http  exponential-backoff  ip 
26 days ago
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
yahoo  privacy  email  mail  amazon 
26 days ago
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 moment began a collaboration between the leaders of Great Ormond Street's surgical and intensive care units, first with the McLaren F1 racing team and then with Ferrari's team chief Jan Todt, technical guru Ross Brawn and, in particular, race technical director Nigel Stepney.

They worked together at their home base in Modena, Italy, in the pits of the British Grand Prix and in the Great Ormond Street theatre and intensive care ward.

The major restructuring of the patient handover procedure, resulting directly from the input of the F1 pit technicians, will soon be described in two scientific publications.

"It is not too early to say that, when we look at the number of critical instances we encounter, they have reduced markedly since we introduced the modified training protocol developed from what we have learned from Formula 1," said Prof Elliott.

The single A4 sheet of paper, which contained the flow diagram of Ferrari's pit procedure, became several pages of twice that size when Mr Stepney and his colleagues at Ferrari were confronted with the critical transfer from operating theatre to recovery room at Great Ormond Street.
collaboration  cross-discipline  surgery  formula-1  mclaren  pitstops  cardiac 
28 days ago
Why Love Generative Art?
Or as jwz put it, a brief history of generative art
art  generative-art  computer-art  algorithms  graphics  via:jwz 
29 days ago
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
wifi  macbooks  mbp  hardware  apple  hacks  cli  sleep 
29 days ago
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 pattern,” said David A. Broniatowski, a computer engineer at George Washington University and lead author of the study, which was published Thursday in the American Journal of Public Health. “On guns, or race, these accounts take opposite sides in lots of debates. They’re about sowing discord.”


So the Russian strategy is basically more of a "Hail Eris" than a "Hail Mary"?
russia  trolls  discord  vaccination  health  internet 
4 weeks ago
"Aungier Street -- Revitalising a Historic Neighbourhood"
interesting doc from 2013 from Dublin City Council describing the Aungier St / Stephen St / South Great Georges' Street neighbourhood of D2/D8, covering the archaeological digs next door to the Swrve office
d2  d8  dublin  history  archaeology  aungier-street 
4 weeks ago
The Great Chinese Art Heist
Liu seems ambivalent toward the plight of burgled museums, especially a place like the Fontainebleau, which he says holds more looted Chinese art than any other institution on earth and advertises the collection's origins as plunder from the sacking of the Old Summer Palace. “Displaying these objects in European museums is like a theft itself—they're just showing it off without concern,” Liu said. “I know that we won't get everything back in my lifetime,” he continued. “We will never give up, we will never stop—no matter the effort. We need [the Chinese] people to see that everything that belonged to us is coming back.”


It's very hard to feel sympathy for the European museums, to be honest....
art  crime  antiquities  heritage  patrimony  china  asia  colonialism  repatriation 
4 weeks ago
One in five genetics papers contains errors thanks to Microsoft Excel | Science | AAAS
'Autoformatting in Microsoft Excel has caused many a headache — but now, a new study shows that one in five genetics papers in top scientific journals contains errors from the program, The Washington Post reports. The errors often arose when gene names in a spreadsheet were automatically changed to calendar dates or numerical values.'
science  microsoft  excel  spreadsheets  autoformatting  clippy  fail  papers  genetics 
4 weeks ago
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 the Maven build process. If you bind the default phases, when you type mvn package, you get a Docker image. When you type mvn deploy, your image gets pushed.

Make the goals remember what you are doing. You can type mvn dockerfile:build and later mvn dockerfile:tag and later mvn dockerfile:push without problems. This also eliminates the need for something like mvn dockerfile:build -DalsoPush; instead you can just say mvn dockerfile:build dockerfile:push.

Integrate with the Maven build reactor. You can depend on the Docker image of one project in another project, and Maven will build the projects in the correct order. This is useful when you want to run integration tests involving multiple services.'

Looks very nice and well-run -- shame it's Maven instead of Gradle...
java  docker  maven  build  coding  packaging 
4 weeks ago
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!
json  parsing  performance  coding  algorithms 
5 weeks ago
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 for the use of data types, functions, preprocessor macros, variables and much more. Individual rules that have been demonstrated to reduce or eliminate certain types of bugs are highlighted. In this latest version, BARR-C:2018, the stylistic coding rules have been fully harmonized with MISRA C: 2012, while helping embedded system designers reduce defects in firmware written in C and C++.'
embedded  c  coding  standards  style-guides  misra  c++ 
5 weeks ago
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 public domain. That's it. That's the only reason you've ever seen the granddaddy of all horror movies.'
dracula  bram-stoker  nosferatu  piracy  licensing  movies  history 
6 weeks ago
Hacker Finds Hidden 'God Mode' on Old VIA C3 x86 CPUs
Domas discovered the backdoor, which exists on VIA C3 Nehemiah chips made in 2003, by combing through filed patents. He found one — US8341419 — that mentioned jumping from ring 3 to ring 0 and protecting the machine from exploits of model-specific registers (MSRs), manufacturer-created commands that are often limited to certain chipsets.

Domas followed the "trail of breadcrumbs," as he put it, from one patent to another and figured out that certain VIA chipsets were covered by the patents. Then he collected many old VIA C3 machines and spent weeks fuzzing code.

He even built a testing rig consisting of seven Nehemiah-based thin clients hooked up to a power relay that would power-cycle the machines every couple of minutes, because his fuzzing attempts would usually crash the systems. After three weeks, he had 15 GB of log data — and the instructions to flip on the backdoor in the hidden RISC chip.

(via Nelson)
cpu  via  x86  fuzzing  security  nehemiah  via:nelson 
6 weeks ago
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
fortnite  pokemon-go  gaming  tabloids  uk  newspapers  truth  the-sun  games 
6 weeks ago
People Think This Whole QAnon Conspiracy Theory Is A Prank On Trump Supporters
This, if true, is the most gloriously Discordian thing ever.
"Let us take for granted, for a while, that QAnon started as a prank in order to trigger right-wing weirdos and have a laugh at them. There's no doubt it has long become something very different. At a certain level it still sounds like a prank. But who's pulling it on whom?" they [Roberto Bui, Giovanni Cattabriga, and Federico Guglielmi] said.
q  conspiracy  politics  trump  qanon  luther-blissett  discordianism  wu-ming  funny  crazy 
6 weeks ago
ncw/rclone
"rsync for cloud storage" - Google Drive, Amazon Drive, S3, Dropbox, Backblaze B2, One Drive, Swift, Hubic, Cloudfiles, Google Cloud Storage, Yandex Files
backup  github  sync  cloud  s3  storage  rsync  rclone  google  aws  dropbox  backblaze  yandex  onedrive 
6 weeks ago
Fonez - Pre-owned Phones
Galway-based refurb phone retailer, recommended by co-worker Ciaran where he picked up his Pixel
phones  ireland  shopping  mobile 
6 weeks ago
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 resources achieve against a team of 17 volunteers? How many private company networks could be accessed? How many of these could be used to escalate to large scale data breaches? What other package management systems have similar weaknesses?

This is my growing concern, and it’s been proven time and time again that package managers, and credential leaks, are a weak point in the security of the internet, and that supply chain attacks are a real and persistent threat. This is not a weakness in Homebrew, but rather a systemic problem in the industry, and one where we need more security research.
homebrew  github  security  jenkins  credentials  scary 
6 weeks ago
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 damage assessments, and plan response activities. Existing tools make this relatively easy in connected environments; users can browse high-resolution satellite imagery catalogs and download the relevant imagery, and can process drone imagery using online tools. Current solutions don’t work well in disconnected environments, however. Even offline tools lack the storage space and processing power to be effective for addressing large areas.

This blog post shows how rugged, portable Amazon Web Services (AWS) servers can be turned into a kit that’s mega-powerful, deployable, and purpose-built for post-disaster imagery operations. This can help humanitarians and government agencies to more accurately and efficiently conduct damage assessments and identify hardest-hit areas, potentially making a real difference in the aftermath of a natural disaster.
snowball  aws  humanitarian  emergency-response  osm  openstreetmap  mapping  aid  disasters 
10 weeks ago
"Haskell is very simple"
niftierideology on twitter:
Haskell is very simple. Everything is composed of Functads which are themselves a Tormund of Gurmoids, usually defined over the Devons. All you have to do is stick one Devon inside a Tormund and it yields Reverse Functads (Actually Functoids) you use to generate Unbound Gurmoids.
haskell  functors  functads  tormund-of-gurmoids  jargon  funny  satire  coding  languages 
10 weeks ago
15 Key Takeaways from the Serverless Talk at AWS Startup Day
Best current practices for AWS Lambda usage. (still pretty messy/hacky/Rube-Goldberg-y from the looks of it tbh)
aws  lambda  serverless  ops  hacks  amazon 
10 weeks ago
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 by Corbyn, his aides and their favourite journalists, while pouring far more money into adverts with a different message for ordinary voters.
advertising  politics  crazy  facebook  jeremy-corbyn  microtargeting  ads  uk  labour-party 
10 weeks ago
Second Wind CPAP
Second-hand CPAP machines -- decent prices here, recommended by @Searcher on FP
cpap  second-hand  appliances 
10 weeks ago
How my research on DNA ancestry tests became "fake news"
I was not surprised to see our research twisted by fake news and satire websites. Conspiracy theories are meant to be just as entertaining as they are convincing. They also provide a way out of confronting reality and reckoning with facts that don’t confirm preexisting worldviews. For white nationalists and racists, if test results showed traces of African American or Jewish ancestry, either the tests did not work, or the results were planted by some ideologically motivated scientists, or the tests were part of a global war against whites. With conspiracy theories, debunking is rarely useful because the individual is often searching for an interpretation that confirms their prior beliefs.

As such, DNA conspiracy theories allow white supremacists to plan new escape routes for the traps they laid for themselves long ago. With DNA testing, the one-drop rule—a belief made law in the 1900s that one drop of African blood makes one Black—becomes transmuted genealogically into the one-percent rule, according to which to remain racially white, an individual’s results must show no sign of African or Jewish origin. Through the genealogical lens, American white nationalists consider “one hundred percent European” as good results, which in turn substantiates their “birth right” to the United States as a marker of heredity and conquest.
racism  science  fake-news  conspiracy  genealogy  dna  dna-testing 
10 weeks ago
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 time for Facebook to hire/consult with experts re: the far-right was about three or four years ago. That they now *agree* with the rationale of Alt-Reich rebranding in 2018 shows that this company is simply not fit for purpose.

[...] t's quite something that Facebook's advice to their moderators literally mirrors Nazi propaganda: "Being interested in and caring for one’s kind is not to disparage foreign peoples and races"- Nazi party pamphlet "Why the Aryan Law?" (1934)
facebook  awful  moderation  far-right  nazis  fascism  ethnic-cleansing  genocide  social-media  fail 
10 weeks ago
Evolution of Application Data Caching : From RAM to SSD
Memcached provides an external storage shim called extstore, that supports storing of data on SSD (I2) and NVMe (I3). extstore is efficient in terms of cost & storage device utilization without compromising the speed and throughput. All the metadata (key & other metadata) is stored in RAM whereas the actual data is stored on flash.
memcached  netflix  services  storage  memory  ssd  nvme  extstore  caching 
10 weeks ago
Summer Fruit Shrub Recipe - NYT Cooking
as recommended by Nelson -- I've been meaning to make one
shrubs  drinks  vinegar  recipes  to-make  fruit 
10 weeks ago
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 breach instead of 5, which is in-line with the mantra of “scale up early, scale down slowly”;
trigger scaling activity based on actual request count instead of consumed capacity units, and calculate the new provisioned capacity units using actual request count as well.

As part of this experiment, we also prototyped these changes (by hijacking the CloudWatch alarms) to demonstrate their improvement.'
dynamodb  autoscaling  ops  scalability  aws  scaling  capacity 
10 weeks ago
open source ham radio hardware in the Thai cave rescue
the Heyphone, a voice radio designed by UK radio ham, John Hey
ham-radio  heyphone  voice  radios  cave  rescue  thailand 
10 weeks ago
Flight Rights
'This website has been designed to help you, the passenger, understand your rights and entitlements in the event that your air travel plans are disrupted.' from the Commission for Aviation Regulation. See also thread from Sinead Ryan at https://twitter.com/sinead_ryan/status/1016628694427885568
consumer  aviation  flights  ryanair  aer-lingus  ireland  rights  flying 
10 weeks ago
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 isolation from Segment
queueing  architecture  dead-letter-queue  kafka  segment  multi-tenant  isolation 
10 weeks ago
Google Cloud Platform Blog: Introducing Jib
'build Java Docker images better':
Jib takes advantage of layering in Docker images and integrates with your build system to optimize Java container image builds in the following ways:

Simple - Jib is implemented in Java and runs as part of your Maven or Gradle build. You do not need to maintain a Dockerfile, run a Docker daemon, or even worry about creating a fat JAR with all its dependencies. Since Jib tightly integrates with your Java build, it has access to all the necessary information to package your application. Any variations in your Java build are automatically picked up during subsequent container builds.

Fast - Jib takes advantage of image layering and registry caching to achieve fast, incremental builds. It reads your build config, organizes your application into distinct layers (dependencies, resources, classes) and only rebuilds and pushes the layers that have changed. When iterating quickly on a project, Jib can save valuable time on each build by only pushing your changed layers to the registry instead of your whole application.

Reproducible - Jib supports building container images declaratively from your Maven and Gradle build metadata, and as such can be configured to create reproducible build images as long as your inputs remain the same.
build  google  java  docker  maven  gradle  coding  builds  jars  fat-jars  packaging 
11 weeks ago
Dublin Cargo Bike Rental
EUR40 per day from the Dutch Bike Shop in Belfield
dutch-bikes  bakfiets  cargo-bikes  cycling  bikes  rental  dublin 
11 weeks ago
Hospitality boom: What’s happening with Dublin’s bars and restaurants?
Good article with an insider look at what's going on with venues, bars and restaurants in Dublin:
They call it “meanwhile use” in property developer shorthand. It’s the market or cafe that slots itself temporarily into a building earmarked for redevelopment. Rent is low and terms are flexible. Cheap space is hewn out of a lull. Cool creative things happen. You don’t need the backing of a private equity fund or a multinational developer to set up a cafe or restaurant. No one is asking for a six-figure sum just to hand you the keys. [...]

That era has gone. Landlords are back in the driving seat. Between the canals the key money, a once-off upfront payment just to get the keys, is mind-boggling. The pace of new openings seems relentless and “not particularly sustainable”, as one industry insider puts it: how many burritos do you have to sell when you’ve paid €500,000 upfront, before the costs of fitting it out, staffing it and paying the rent?
dublin  hospitality  bars  restaurants  pubs  nightlife  landlords  property  boom  key-money 
11 weeks ago
Scarr
S3 + Cloudfront + ACM + Route53, automated.
There are a bunch of free/cheap options for hosting static sites (just html/css/js) out there: github pages, netlify, firebase hosting - but when I want to build a bulletproof static site "for real", my go-to toolset is S3 for hosting with Cloudfront caching in front of it. I figured that after a few times doing this, I'd automate it. There are a few pre-existing tools for parts of this, but none I could find that did the whole thing from registration through uploading and Cloudfront invalidation.
cli  acm  aws  s3  cloudfront  route53  static-sites  web  html  hosting 
11 weeks ago
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 "greased slide to failure".

As reported by The Register, the once-promising biz, which developed the Riak distributed database, faded away last year amid severe criticisms of the way its major investor, Georgetown Capital Partners, operated.

These centred around the control the investment firm and boss Chester Davenport gained over Basho, and how that power was used to block other funders and push out dissenting voices, with the hope of selling the company off fast.
basho  distcomp  riak  vc  software  silicon-valley 
11 weeks ago
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)....
Do you just want better Wi-Fi in every room? Consider buying a Plume or Amplifi or other similar plug-n-go mesh system. On the other hand, are you a technically proficient network kind of person who wants to build an enterprise-lite configuration at home? Do you dream of VLANs and port profiles and lovingly tweaked firewall rules? Does the idea of crawling around in your attic to ceiling-mount some access points sound like a fun way to kill a weekend? Is your office just too quiet for your liking? Buy some Ubiquiti Unifi gear and enter network nerd nirvana.
networking  wifi  wireless  ubiquiti  sdn  vlans  home  ops 
11 weeks ago
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)
via:irldexter  wifi  802.11  wireless  ops  networking 
11 weeks ago
Nginx tuning tips: TLS/SSL HTTPS – Improved TTFB/latency
Must do these soon on jmason.org / taint.org et al.
nginx  http  https  http2  ops  tls  security  linux 
11 weeks ago
Sundial Generator
Glowforge laser-cut a sundial, customised for your very own corner of planet Earth
sundial  sun  laser-cutting  cool  making  makers  time 
11 weeks ago
Dublin Cycling Campaign traffic survey finds twice as many cyclists as car passengers during rush hour
There are twice as many people cycling as there are people in cars on the quays in Dublin at the morning rush hour, a video survey by the Dublin Cycling Campaign has found.


This doesn't surprise me at all -- I would be in that number too, except I now avoid the quays as they are too dangerous to cycle on due to the heavy traffic! A segregated cycle route is greatly needed.
cycling  dublin  safety  cars  driving  dublin-cycling-campaign  liffey-cycle-route 
11 weeks ago
"Stylish" browser extension steals all your internet history | Robert Heaton
'Stylish, the popular CSS userstyle browser extension [collects] complete browser history, including sites scraped from Google results. Instant uninstall.' (via Andy Baio)
privacy  browser  extensions  stylish  css  history  data-protection 
11 weeks ago
airlift/jvmkill
a simple JVMTI agent that forcibly terminates the JVM when it is unable to allocate memory or create a thread. This is important for reliability purposes: an OutOfMemoryError will often leave the JVM in an inconsistent state. Terminating the JVM will allow it to be restarted by an external process manager.


This is apparently still useful despite the existence of '-XX:ExitOnOutOfMemoryError' as of java 8, since that may somehow still fail occasionally.
oom  java  reliability  uptime  memory  ops 
11 weeks ago
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 company and that smaller breweries tried to get some of that business. Mr Kelly claimed similar practices were occurring in pubs across all counties and that the statutory body that deals with anti-competitive practices, the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC), had received a number of complaints but did not have the resources to deal with the issue.

However, Minister of State Pat Breen said “after a robust examination” the CCPC found it did not have grounds to suspect a breach of the law.

Mr Kelly said that “the dogs in the street know what is happening here” and that the Minister’s response was insulting to the industry. He said the CCPC would need large resources to investigate the issue and “large amounts of cash and resources are being used, and these practices are happening in large pubs in all cities and towns in Ireland”.
ireland  brewing  beer  pubs  ccpc  anti-competitive  business  alan-kelly  dail 
11 weeks ago
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