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Postings for October 2017:  (8 posts)
Thu, 19 Oct 2017 16:24:07 UTC

Talking Walkaway on the CNet book-club podcast

Posted By Cory Doctorow

CNet has started a new book-club podcast, and they honored me by picking my novel Walkaway as their second-ever title. We had a long and far-ranging discussion last week about the book and the themes it raises: disasters, economics, technological immortality, community, trolling, bohemianism, and much more (MP3). Since a big part of “Walkaway” concerns... more

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 21:26:20 UTC

My adult novels are being reissued with covers to match Walkaway!

Posted By Cory Doctorow

When I first saw Will Stahle‘s cover art for my novel Walkaway, I was pleased beyond all reason (and not least because I am an unabashed Stahle fanboy, as he is behind some of the greatest covers of our era, from Yiddish Policeman’s Union to Autonomous to A Darker Shade of Magic to All the... more

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 14:30:00 UTC

Final reminder: NYCDevOps tonight: "Storing Secrets in the Cloud"

Posted By Tom Limoncelli

Don't miss this meeting tonight! Topic: Storing Secrets in Cloud based Key Management Services Speaker: Dan O'Boyle, Stack Overflow, Inc. Date: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 Time: 6:30-9:30 PM Location: Stack Overflow HQ, 110 William St, 28th floor, NY, NY The A/C is fixed! Don't miss this cool event! Full details and RSVP.

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 19:00:00 UTC

Live Metal is Better

Posted By Tim Bray

Recently I went out for a live metal triple-bill, with Endon and SUMAC opening for Boris, whom Ive covered here before (with groovy pix). More pix today, with words on the history and meaning of metal, and how to photograph it. Endon, the openers, are described as catastrophic noise metal and yeah, they were pretty catastrophic. A little too abstract for me, but sincere and really trying to bring it. Didnt get any pix. Heres my problem: I wholeheartedly love this music, in particular live, and yet I have to acknowledge that its sort of, well, ridiculous. The volume is much louder than can be sanely necessary.

Sun, 08 Oct 2017 21:00:00 UTC

Vendor jerks at tech conferences

Posted By Tom Limoncelli

(I've intentionally delayed posting this so that it wasn't clear which conference I'm talking about.) So... I'm at a conference. I take a break from the talks to walk around the vendor show. While most of the booths are selling products I'm not interested in, I suddenly find myself in front of VENDOR-A (name changed to protect them). VENDOR-A makes a product that has both open source and commercial editions, a common business model. Since the company I work for is a happy user of their open source version, I decide to ask about the commercial version. Maybe there's some benefit to be had.

Sat, 07 Oct 2017 19:00:00 UTC

Macro Trends

Posted By Tim Bray

In The bubble without any fizz, The Economist addresses the fact that financial-asset prices (stocks, bonds, and the like) keep drifting up and up in a world where inflation doesnt; are we in a mega-bubble? Whats really going on? Looks obvious to me, but then Im a left-winger. I think its all a straightforward consequence of economic efficiency and class warfare. Inflation? It stays low because our globalized economy is hyperefficient at making the things we want, extracting the fuels we burn, and growing the food we eat. And also flexible enough that it can scale up and down to meet demand without apparently kicking off waves of inflation or bankruptcy.

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 18:00:00 UTC

A Decade of Dynamo: Powering the next wave of high-performance, internet-scale applications

Posted By Werner Vogels

Today marks the 10 year anniversary of Amazon's Dynamo whitepaper, a milestone that made me reflect on how much innovation has occurred in the area of databases over the last decade and a good reminder on why taking a customer obsessed approach to solving hard problems can have lasting impact beyond your original expectations. It all started in 2004 when Amazon was running Oracle's enterprise edition with clustering and replication. We had an advanced team of database administrators and access to top experts within Oracle. We were pushing the limits of what was a leading commercial database at the time and were unable to sustain the availability, scalability and performance needs that our growing Amazon business demanded.

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 15:00:00 UTC

Final reminder: "DNS as Code" talk at NYCDevOps tonight!

Posted By Tom Limoncelli

Topic: DNSControl: "DNS as Code" from Speaker: Thomas A. Limoncelli, SRE Manager @ Stack Overflow Date: Monday, October 2, 2017 Time: 6:30-9:30 PM (SPECIAL TIME AND LOCATION) Location: Madison Suite, Hilton Midtown, 1335 6th Ave, New York, NY 10019 VelocityNYC is in town this week. They've graciously provided space for us to host an additional meeting. Space is limited! RSVP soon! Full details and RSVP. We will be going out for drinks after the talk.