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- I forgot last week! Huge props to GitLab for their amazingly transparent reporting of losing and attempting to recover their production database. You haven't lived until you've dropped the wrong database.
Our transformation of the internet into a heiroglyphic medium continues.
- From the we-live-in-a-cyberpunk-dystopia department: Casinos bought cheap slot machines and russian hackers figured out their PRNGS. If you're wondering exactly how this is illegal, allow the wonderful related mefi thread to elucidate you.
- Cellphone cracker comprimised, cracking components contain crap!
- Spies snookered, security squandered, savvy saboteur snares secrets!
- I'd like a little more detail on this better algorithm for group prediction generation but it seems neat.
MIT has an impresive-sounding LLVM optimizer for parallel code.
- The 21st century is awesome man, replace those lame propaganda leaflets with targeted SMS.
- "No, we don't have any fish. It's the store across the street that doesn't have any meat" (CIA pdf)
- I usually err on the side of avoiding lolmentalillness but I think this is worth the risk. The entire city of Indianapolis is a gateway to the underworld.
- I make fun of MongoDB a lot, but they are (belatedly) taking correctness seriously, summoning the mighty Aphyr and even including Jepsen tests as part of their test suite.
- Why are celtic words so hard to pronounce? Because using the latin alphabet to encode gaelic is the orthographic equivalent of installing Windows on a Mac
- Building on top of train yards is the next big thing. Wait until someone realizes there's 365 acres of land a stones' throw away just begging to become condos.
- Things you don't want to hear on the radio: "All the aircraft on frequency, we've lost all power. We are now ATC zero. We have no power. We have no radar. Maintain VFR".
- Jobs that won't exist: Poker player.
- Inside the ISS is a pretty unique enviroment: a nice, predictable, mapped, zero-gravity environment but with humans nearby to hit reset and no vacuum welding. So it's no surprise that NASA is all about robots for automation there.
- Mildly interesting actual link but really great HN comments on those "microsoft support" phone scams".
- Lots of new physics news, most of which I only marginally understand: