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Postings for June 2016:  (47 posts)
Tue, 28 Jun 2016 15:00:00 UTC

Watch us live today! LISA Conversations Episode 11: Russell Pavlicek on "Unleashing the Power of the Unikernel"

Posted By Tom Limoncelli

Today (Tuesday, June 28, 2016) we'll be recording episode #11 of LISA Conversations. Join the Google Hangout and submit questions live via this link. Our guest will be Russell Pavlicek. We'll be discussing his talk Unleashing the Power of the Unikernel from LISA '15. The video we'll be discussing: Unleashing the Power of the Unikernel Russell Pavlicek Recorded at LISA '15 Talk Description Watch us record the episode live! Tuesday, June 28, 2016 at 3:30-4:30 p.m. PT LISA Conversations Episode #11 Co-hosts: Lee Damon and Thomas Limoncelli Guest: Russell Pavlicek Join us live! link The recorded episode will be available shortly afterwards on YouTube.

Mon, 27 Jun 2016 17:35:16 UTC

Im profiled in the Globe and Mail Report on Business magazine

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The monthly Report on Business magazine in the Canadian national paper The Globe and Mail profiled my work on DRM reform, as well as my science fiction writing and my work on Boing Boing. I’m grateful to Alec Scott for the coverage, and especially glad that the question of the World Wide Web Consortium’s terrible... more

Mon, 27 Jun 2016 12:00:00 UTC

New Ways to Discover and Use Alexa Skills

Posted By Werner Vogels

Introducing New Features That Make It Easier for Customers to Discover and Use Your Alexa Skills Alexa, Amazons cloud-based voice service, powers voice experiences on millions of devices, including Amazon Echo and Echo Dot, Amazon Tap, Amazon Fire TV devices, and devices like Triby that use the Alexa Voice Service. One year ago, Amazon opened up Alexa to developers, enabling you to build Alexa skills with the Alexa Skills Kit and integrate Alexa into your own products with the Alexa Voice Service. Today, tens of thousands of developers are building skills for Alexa, and there are over 1,400 skills for Alexa  including Lyft and Honeywell, which were added today.

Mon, 27 Jun 2016 05:00:00 UTC

Expanding the Cloud: Introducing the AWS Asia Pacific (Mumbai) Region

Posted By Werner Vogels

In June 2015, Amazon Web Services announced that it would launch a new AWS infrastructure region in India. Today, Im happy to announce that the Asia Pacific (Mumbai) Region is generally available for use by customers worldwide. The opportunity to revolutionize A region in India has been highly sought after by companies around the world who want to participate in one of the most significant economic opportunities in the world  India, a rising economy that holds tremendous promise for growth, a thriving technology hub with a rich eco-system of technology talent, and more. Rapid economic growth in India is creating several business opportunities such as distributed ledger technology with blockchains that could drive efficiencies in the real estate market, Fin-Tech innovations such as P2P mobile apps that have the power to change the social economic lives of people through financial inclusion, applying the sharing economy from cabs to other ...

Sun, 26 Jun 2016 19:00:00 UTC

Video and Speed

Posted By Tim Bray

Im sure you know the feeling  you see a link to something that looks interesting, follow it, and when it turns out to be a video clip, you shake your head and kill the tab. The problem with video is its just too slow. But sometimes slow is OK, and maybe video can be fixed. This was provoked by I have found a new way to watch TV, and it changes everything by Jeff Guo, which recommends watching video, by default, in fast-forward mode. The pitch is compelling, Ill probably pick the habit up. Right now I watch almost no Web video, but maybe thatll change.

Fri, 24 Jun 2016 19:00:00 UTC

New British Isles

Posted By Tim Bray

Following on the British EU referendum, some political re-alignment of the British Isles feels inevitable. I propose a re-organization into three states: Ireland, Britain, and Dál Riata (or perhaps Dalriada) which comprises what we now call Scotland and Northern Ireland. Heres a map. Vital Statistics Britain remains the big dog; but the new kid on the block is no slouch; about the same population as Bulgaria (less than Switzerland, more than Denmark) and about as big as Hungary (smaller than Iceland, bigger than Portugal). BritainDál RiataIreland Population (M) Area (km2)130,39594,62070,273 Dál What? The names are pretty easy; Ireland already has one, and what was once The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland loses its second half and is a little less Great, so Britain falls out naturally.

Fri, 24 Jun 2016 18:15:30 UTC

How to protect the future web from its founders own frailty

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Earlier this month, I gave the afternoon keynote at the Internet Archive’s Decentralized Web Summit, and my talk was about how the people who founded the web with the idea of having an open, decentralized system ended up building a system that is increasingly monopolized by a few companies — and how we can prevent... more

Fri, 24 Jun 2016 15:00:00 UTC

Reminder: Do your homework for next week's LISA Conversations: Russell Pavlicek on "Unleashing the Power of the Unikernel"

Posted By Tom Limoncelli

This weekend is a good time to watch the video we'll be discussing on the next episode of LISA conversations: Russell Pavlicek's talk from LISA '15 titled Unleashing the Power of the Unikernel. Homework: Watch his talk ahead of time. Unleashing the Power of the Unikernel Recorded at LISA '15 Talk Description Then you'll be prepared when we record the episode on Tuesday, June 28, 2016 at 3:30-4:30 p.m. PT. Register (optional) and watch via this link. Watching live makes it possible to participate in the Q&A. The recorded episode will be available shortly afterwards on YouTube.

Thu, 23 Jun 2016 16:23:12 UTC

Save 20% off Velocity NYC registration!

Posted By Tom Limoncelli

Don't miss Velocity NYC, Sept 20-22. There are a lot of great talks scheduled... including one that I'll be giving! You can save 20% off registration! Please use this link and then use code AFF20.

Mon, 20 Jun 2016 20:11:23 UTC

Video: Guarding the Decentralized Web from its founders human frailty

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Earlier this month, I gave the afternoon keynote at the Internet Archive’s Decentralized Web Summit, speaking about how the people who are building a new kind of decentralized web can guard against their own future moments of weakness and prevent themselves from rationalizing away the kinds of compromises that led to the centralization of today’s... more

Sat, 18 Jun 2016 19:00:00 UTC

Other American Gods

Posted By Tim Bray

I just finished reading The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins, who also writes geek books about Linux and Apache and so on. I enjoyed it, its a page-turner. One of the reviewers on Amazon said This is what Gaimans American Gods should have been. Im not sure Id go that far, but both address the tricky problem of divine personae lodged in Middle America. Its a big sprawling messy book with subdivisions and malls and trucker bars, and then theres Father, a heartless God who fosters young Americans and trains them up, what business people call succession planning.

Fri, 17 Jun 2016 23:52:37 UTC

Ashampoo Snap deciphered

Posted By Greg Lehey

Ashampoo support have responded as I expected to my problems with Ashampoo Snap 8: not at all. So off looking for an alternative, and came up with FreeOCR. Despite appearances, it runs on Microsoft, and I haven't found a FreeBSD version. The good news: it works. The less good news: it really has difficulties with my text, even after I told it that it was in German. Callum Gibson also commented on my problems with Snap 8 and suggested that I try copy-and-paste. Yes, I had tried that, and it didn't work: after all, the instructions do say that it copies the output to the clipboard.

Fri, 17 Jun 2016 03:28:18 UTC

Ashampoo OCR: how?

Posted By Greg Lehey

Some months ago I bought another Ashampoo product, Snap 8, a glorified screen shot recorder with OCR functionality. The price, normally round $60, had been reduced to $10 ($9.99), so I bought it for the OCR functionality, despite the extreme complexity of operation. Today, for the first time, I tried using it to convert the text from Das Gesicht des Krieges. With a bit of fiddling around I got it to recognize the text surprisingly well, better than most OCR programs I've seen. But how do I save the text? I still don't know. I'm continually amazed by the complexity of user friendly software.

Thu, 16 Jun 2016 00:17:59 UTC

Identity theft on Facebook

Posted By Greg Lehey

Facebook friend request in the mail today from Randall Stewart, a member of the FreeBSD project. OK, no problem (except that I barely use Facebook), but I checked anyway. Only three mutual friends? OK, I don't know him well, so maybe. And almost immediately he tried to message me. I only noticed because the text on the browser icon changed. Maybe I should have replied and invited him to our IRC channel, but I had other things to do. Then he posted on Facebook: So I just was notified by friends that someone has copied my photo and is pretending to be me.

Wed, 15 Jun 2016 23:49:55 UTC

More DxO support pain

Posted By Greg Lehey

So now I have two support requests out with DxO. True to my past experience, they're not making much progress. The first came back with: This could be the way your wife's account is configured. There may be a setting that is interfering with the program. Or, it could be another program or process running in your wife's account. Guilty as charged! Yvonne had another process running! And I was logged in at the same time! All these funny Microsoft ideas that can only cause trouble!

Wed, 15 Jun 2016 15:00:00 UTC

New appearances announced: VelocityNYC & PuppetConf!

Posted By Tom Limoncelli

I'm excited to announce that I'll be speaking at Velocity NYC and (for the first time) at PuppetConf! Velocity NYC, October 19-22, 2016, "Teaching DevOps to Ops without Devs (and so can you!)", Please use this link for information or to register. PuppetConf, October 19-21, 2016 in San Diego, "Doing DevOps Where You Wouldn't Have Expected", Save 35% if you use this link! I look forward to seeing you there!

Wed, 15 Jun 2016 00:32:54 UTC

Another DxO crash

Posted By Greg Lehey

While processing the Wotan photos: What's that? Time for another bug report, though the last one hasn't had an answer after over a week. Is it worth it? ACM only downloads articles once. It's possible that this article has changed since being downloaded, but the only way you can find out is by looking at the original article.

Tue, 14 Jun 2016 01:20:32 UTC


Posted By Greg Lehey

Message from Google today. Somebody had just logged in as me! Hi Greg, Your Google Account ???? was just used to sign in from Firefox . Details: Monday, June 13, 2016 10:48 AM (Australian Eastern Standard Time) Ballarat VIC, Australia* Firefox*Don't recognize this activity?* Review your recently used devices <URL> now. Somebody in Ballarat! That's just down the road. Why didn't they give me any details with which I could catch the perpetrator? IP address would be good. Or maybe the kind of device he was using. In fact, this well-intended message is as good as useless. All I have is a vague location (Ballarat has a population of about 100,000).

Mon, 13 Jun 2016 02:10:01 UTC

Understanding DNS

Posted By Greg Lehey

Margaret Swan has purchased a domain name with the handy, easy-to-type name, and of course Chris Bahlo is creating the web site. But what about the name servers? Clearly will be one server, but the others I use are personal favours from friends, and I don't want to ask them to host DNS for commercial sites. On the other hand, the domain registrar offers DNS hosting, if I could only find out how. Ideally you'd want them to be a slave server, but how do you tell them that? In fact, how do you hand it a zone file?

Mon, 13 Jun 2016 01:49:50 UTC

Memory use of photo software

Posted By Greg Lehey

I don't usually shut down dischord, my Microsoft box; long years of a horror of rebooting are behind that. Instead I hibernate it. Today I woke it up after yesterday's work and took a look at the Task Manager. 11.3 GB resident memory. OK, we have 16 GB, but in FreeBSD that would at least be marked as inactive. Where did it come from? Shut down one program after another and saw: Action       Program       Memory             11.3 ...

Sun, 12 Jun 2016 01:31:42 UTC

Focus stacking perfected?

Posted By Greg Lehey

My Hibiscus rosa-sinensis has produced another flower, time to make another attempt at focus stacking. Last time I had unsharp areas, notably the stamens, which I attributed to the relatively large focus step (5). This time I chose 1, the smallest, along with 40 increments. On the way, ran into some other problems. The first time round I had forgotten to turn off exposure bracketing, and somehow the camera didn't notice that I had two different, conflicting bracketing modes set. HDR won, and I ended up with three images with which I can't do anything. After turning HDR bracketing off, it still didn't work.

Sat, 11 Jun 2016 23:28:51 UTC

HDR Projects 4 elements: more insights

Posted By Greg Lehey

House photo day again today, a good opportunity to compare the results of my current HDR scripts and HDR Projects 4 elements. In the meantime, I received a reply from FRANZIS support to my request to Ashampoo support, not answering my question about how to access the files in \c\Program Files (x86)\Franzis\HDR projects 4 elements\translations, nor how to modify the automatic selection of the files, only pointing to the broken link to the manual that I had discovered yesterday. That's all the more interesting because I had written the request in German, and the reply was in German, but the documentation link pointed at a file called HDR_projects_4_elements_english.pdf.

Sat, 11 Jun 2016 01:31:55 UTC

YouTube errors interpreted

Posted By Greg Lehey

Last month I commented about silly error messages from YouTube: Today I found out what it meant: We can't play the commercials before this video, so we'll do our best to confuse you. My youtube() PHP function bypasses the commercial (their feature, not mine), so I can use that instead. Now to write a generic page around it. ACM only downloads articles once.

Fri, 10 Jun 2016 23:24:14 UTC

More HDR software

Posted By Greg Lehey

Gradually I'm using more proprietary photo software. Focus Projects 3 professional from FRANZIS Verlag produces far superior results than my attempts with enfuse. So now I use DxO Optics Pro, Ashampoo® Photo Optimizer 6 and in some cases Focus Projects. They're not the only ones I've looked at, though. Today I got a special offer for HDR Projects 4 elements, for only $19.99. A few months ago I had tried HDR Projects 4 Pro and ultimately didn't continue with it because of the baroque interface. But that's pretty much the same interface that I'm getting to know for Focus Projects 3 professional, and the price for this version is much lower.

Fri, 10 Jun 2016 23:09:07 UTC


Posted By Greg Lehey

For yesterday's diary entry I needed a couple of cropped images that matched as much as possible. For this sort of thing I usually use xv, which is small, fast, older than some people in the FreeBSD project, and relatively lacking in features. In this case I decided it wouldn't do quite what I wanted, in particular there's no easy way to specify the exact size of the crop rectangle (300×225, to match my web page displays). So I chose GIMP, which is big, bloated and overloaded with features. Still, cropping was fairly straightforwarduntil I tried to save the file. It suggested the file name Hibiscus-1.xcf.

Fri, 10 Jun 2016 14:00:00 UTC

Serverless Reference Architectures with AWS Lambda

Posted By Werner Vogels

Building your applications with only managed components has become very popular, and AWS Lambda plays a crucial role in that. I see a tremendous interest in examples how to build such applications, and articles such as "The Serverless Start-Up - Down With Servers!" about are read eagerly around the globe. If you are looking for more examples there are the Lambda Serverless Reference Architectures that can serve as the blueprint for building your own serverless applications. Mobile Backend Serverless Reference Architecture The Mobile Backend reference architecture demonstrates how to use AWS Lambda along with other services to build a serverless backend for a mobile application.

Fri, 10 Jun 2016 00:44:04 UTC

DxO 11: faster after all

Posted By Greg Lehey

I took all the Hibiscus photos without flash, mainly out of concern that the flowers might move during a nearly 3 minute exposure (40 images × 4 seconds recharge time for flash). And as a result I ended up taking the images at 29°/640 ISO, enough to warrant PRIME noise reduction. And how about that, it managed the 43 images in 23 minutes, 32 seconds, about 33 seconds per image. That is, indeed, faster than before (a little over 60 seconds per image). I'm sure there's more optimization to be done. On the other hand, finally got a reply from DxO Support about Yvonne's problems running the new version.

Fri, 10 Jun 2016 00:07:26 UTC

More focus stacking

Posted By Greg Lehey

Yesterday's focus stacking experiments showed progress, but also that my stack wasn't complete: no image had a sharp representation of the furthest parts of the flower. OK, we can do more than 20 steps. 40, maybe? It would be really nice to be able to calculate the number of images needed. As it was, it proved that I was far off the mark: I had set step increment 5, and with about 20 images it had reached infinity. Merging them could have been better. Here the complete stack of the second try, and then those images needed to get the flower alone sharp: It's interesting to note that the image shape is marginally different.

Thu, 09 Jun 2016 19:00:00 UTC

A Really Bad Year

Posted By Tim Bray

I just finished reading 1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed, and enjoyed it a lot. You might not though, unless youre interested in the ancient Near East (from Greece to Egypt inclusive), or the practice of archaeology. Well, or the large-scale systemic collapse of great empires. It turns out that in the centuries leading up to 1200 B.C., this part of the world was mostly occupied by biggish Bronze-Age nations: Egyptian, Hittite, Mittani, Babylonian & Assyrian, Mycenaean. Trade was brisk and multipolar. Culture mashups happened; you can find Cretan frescoes in Egyptian palaces of the day. But by 1130 it was all over; most great cities had burned, commerce had collapsed, and alphabets were starting to replace the cuneiform, hieroglyphic, and linear scripts.

Thu, 09 Jun 2016 17:24:41 UTC

How we will keep the Decentralized Web decentralized: my talk from the Decentralized Web Summit

Posted By Cory Doctorow

At yesterday’s Internet Archive Decentralized Web Summit, the afternoon was given over to questions of security and policy. I gave the opening talk, “How Stupid Laws and Benevolent Dictators can Ruin the Decentralized Web, too,” which was about “Ulysses pacts“: bargains you make with yourself when your willpower is strong to prevent giving into temptation... more

Thu, 09 Jun 2016 00:35:46 UTC

Live panoramas, retried

Posted By Greg Lehey

Until I upgraded eureka, I used SaladoPlayer to produce animated panoramas like these, but after the upgrade it no longer worked. And it seems that the site has gone away (want the domain name? Bring money). What's the alternative? Asked on the Hugin mailing list and got a couple of suggestions: Panellum, Pano2VR (only 99 ¬) and Marzipano. Took a brief look at Panellum, watched my eyes go funny. Looked at Marzipano. Eyes went funny again. But then I saw a reference to the Marzipano Tool, which does all the hard work for you. And sure enough, it produced a usable browseable panorama quite quickly.

Wed, 08 Jun 2016 23:57:36 UTC

Focus stacking try two.

Posted By Greg Lehey

Now that I have more memory in dischord, I can get back and look at the focus stacking work I started last month. On that occasion I had to stop because of memory concerns. Now I have the memory, and looking at the Task Manager shows that I did the right thing by buying 16 GB instead of 8 GB: it immediately used up 10 GB of memory, making it one of the most memory-hungry programs I have ever seen. And the results? Here are two images. On the left the original, on the right the results from Focus Projects Professional: ...

Wed, 08 Jun 2016 23:17:01 UTC

New RAM for old

Posted By Greg Lehey

Yvonne back from shopping today with 80 GB of memory: 16 GB of DIMMs for dischord and a 64 GB microSDHC card, which must bring the weight of data down to a new low. It weighs 160 mg, so 1 byte would weigh 2.5 pg. And clearly Andy Tanenbaum's old adage is out of date. Assuming a load of 480 kg (3 million cards or 192 PB), Yvonne could reach a bandwidth of 4 Pb/s driving her station wagon to Chris Bahlo's round the corner, conveniently exactly 384 seconds away. I'm impressed. The DIMMs look genuine: I even managed to find a data sheet for the parts, containing the information: ...

Tue, 07 Jun 2016 23:40:59 UTC

DxO Viewer Pro 11

Posted By Greg Lehey

DxO finally got round to informing me of the new release of DxO Optics Pro on Saturday, but it got classified as spam. Why? Who knows? Gmail does, maybe, but they're not telling. And yes, the current price is a special valid until the end of the month. Should I upgrade? Probably, but not because of the claimed improvements. The claim is that their noise reduction system (PRIME) is now a new version of PRIME that is better and faster than ever. In version 10, on dischord (an Intel Core i5-2400, CPUMark 5827) it takes about one minute to process a single image.

Tue, 07 Jun 2016 19:49:38 UTC

You are not a wallet: complaining considered helpful

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My new Guardian column, It’s your duty to complain  that’s how companies improve, is a rebuttal to those who greet public complaints about businesses’ actions with, “Well, just don’t buy from them, then.” This idea posits that your role in the market is to be a kind of ambulatory wallet, whose only options are... more

Mon, 06 Jun 2016 02:43:45 UTC

Hugin 2016.2.0 beta

Posted By Greg Lehey

Hugin 2016.2.0 beta has been released. Today tried upgrading the FreeBSD port. Not as simple as it seems: .../hugin-2016.2.0/src/hugin1/ptbatcher/FindPanoDialog.cpp:444:25: error: cannot initialize a variable of type 'int' with an rvalue of type 'void'                     int newItem = m_list_pano->Insert(m_panos[selectedPano + 1]->GetItemString(m_start_dir), selectedPano + 1); How I hate messages like that! It's clearly telling me that m_list_pano->Insert() returns void. But what type is it? m_list_pano isn't even defined in that file! Where is it? Where's my TAGS file? Ah, need to build it.

Sat, 04 Jun 2016 23:55:59 UTC

How old are you?

Posted By Greg Lehey

Preparing for dinner tonight, Yvonne sent me a link to a recipe on Buzzfeed. I hardly bother with recipes on the web; so few of them seem worthwhile. This one wasn't too bad, but not what I was looking for. But in the noise around the recipe I saw a link Can We Guess Your Exact Age With These Food Questions?. That's so stupid that I had to try it. Basically it was a test of my (almost non-existent) fast food preferences. Which pizza? Which burrito? Which doughnut (no option to say I don't like doughnuts, and no plain doughnut)? Only one sane choice: how do you like your steak cooked?.

Sat, 04 Jun 2016 19:00:00 UTC

On the Left

Posted By Tim Bray

I have a problem lately: When I look in the mirror, I see a left-wing extremist. Im uneasy about my strengthening belief that Free Enterprise is gonna ruin everything good unless we take a knife to its testicles first. I think we need to: Tax the crap out of the 1% [disclosure: Im one], stamp out most forms of high-leverage financial speculation, introduce ruthless transparency such that any asset whose beneficial ownership cannot be established where legally appropriate is subject to summary confiscation, adopt a zero-tolerance posture on business crime, with jail time regularly administered for significant financial misdeeds, in rough proportion to the size of the takings, and roll out a universal basic income to deal with the inevitable decline in the proportion of humans enjoying full employment.

Sat, 04 Jun 2016 02:41:13 UTC

DxO up to date?

Posted By Greg Lehey

Lately I've been subscribing to the RSS feed of 43rumors, mainly to keep up to date with new photographic equipment. But today I got another article claiming that DxO had released a new version of DxO Optics Pro. If that were the case, I should have heard about it from DxO. Still, there's an easy enough way to checkjust ask the running program: That's clear and straightforward enough. And wrong. Going to my customer account, sure enough, there's a new version, and I can get it for a reasonable price.

Fri, 03 Jun 2016 17:00:00 UTC

Next on LISA Conversations: Russell Pavlicek on "Unleashing the Power of the Unikernel"

Posted By Tom Limoncelli

Our next guest will be Russell Pavlicek. We'll be discussing his talk from LISA '15 titled Unleashing the Power of the Unikernel. Watch live! We'll be recording the episode on Tuesday, June 28, 2016 at 3:30-4:30 p.m. PT. Particpate in the live Q&A by submitting your questions during the broadcast. Pre-registration is recommended but not required. Register and/or watch via this link. Homework: Watch his talk ahead of time. Unleashing the Power of the Unikernel Recorded at LISA '15 Talk Description Watch us record the podcast live! LISA Conversations Episode #11 Co-hosts: Lee Damon and Thomas Limoncelli Guest: Russell Pavlicek Will be recorded: Tuesday, June 28, 2016 at 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Fri, 03 Jun 2016 14:22:42 UTC

NYLUG: Two meetings this month! (Foreman! Unikernels!)

Posted By Tom Limoncelli

Two meetings this month. Both at different times and locations. Be sure to show up at the right time and place! Tue, June 7, 2016, 7PM Topic: Foreman latest updates: Puppet 4, remote execution and discovery Speakers: Daniel Lobato García and Ivan Necas and Wed, June 15, 2016, 6:30PM Topic: Unikernels - What Are They Good For? Speaker: Amir Chaudhry

Fri, 03 Jun 2016 02:28:34 UTC

DDR3 compatibility, day 4

Posted By Greg Lehey

Three days on and I still haven't made up my mind about new memory for dischord. Got an email from Tim Bishop, who pointed me at this site selling DRAM specifically for my machine. I suppose that's some kind of guarantee, but the site has a big problem: no 8 GB modules. More reading brought me to this page, really relating to MSI products. But this got me thinking: High density RAM is usually very slow anyway and are typically lower Binned chips too hence they are slow and tend to have a very bad compatibility rate!

Thu, 02 Jun 2016 17:06:13 UTC

LISA Conversations Episode 10: Clay Caviness and Edward Eigerman on "Managing Macs at Google Scale"

Posted By Tom Limoncelli

Episode 10 of LISA Conversations is Clay Caviness and Edward Eigerman, who presented Managing Macs at Google Scale at LISA '13. Watch the Episode here: LISA Conversations Episode #10 with Clay Caviness and Edward Eigerman Co-hosts: Lee Damon and Thomas Limoncelli Guests: Clay Caviness and Edward Eigerman Recorded Tuesday, May 31, 2016 In this episode we discuss they talk: Managing Macs at Google Scale Recorded at LISA '13 Talk Description You won't want to miss this!

Thu, 02 Jun 2016 00:42:25 UTC

DDR3 compatibility, day 3

Posted By Greg Lehey

Mail from Adam Kranzel today about DDR3 RAM compatibility. He pointed at this page, which describes high density and low density RAM configurations. I had found many more. This one explains the difference: All low density 1GB modules are made with 16 chips (8 chips on each side) using 64Mx8 device. All high density 1GB modules are made with 16 chips (8 chips on each side) using 128Mx4 device. 1 GB? Who uses 1 GB DIMMs any more? And there's the clue.

Thu, 02 Jun 2016 00:27:05 UTC

Buying software: Fritz fliegt wieder

Posted By Greg Lehey

Finally decided to buy the photo stacking software that I discussed a couple of days ago. The good news: since I'm not in Europe, I don't pay German Value-added tax (currently 19%) so instead of 69 ¬ I only had to pay 57,98 ¬. And while paying I saw this: That should be translated as After confirming your order, you will be transferred to a protected web site, where you can enter your credit card details. But there's a typo in the text: protected is geschützt, and not geschätzt, which means valued.

Wed, 01 Jun 2016 16:56:01 UTC

How security and privacy pros can help save the web from legal threats over vulnerability disclosure

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I have a new op-ed in today’s Privacy Tech, the in-house organ of the International Association of Privacy Professionals, about the risks to security and privacy from the World Wide Web Consortium’s DRM project, and how privacy and security pros can help protect people who discover vulnerabilities in browsers from legal aggression. I’ve got an... more

Wed, 01 Jun 2016 15:00:00 UTC

An Honest Job Advertisement

Posted By Tom Limoncelli

Imagine if job advertisements were completely honest. Most companies advertising for IT workers would state that the job is mostly great except for twice a year when ``hell month' arrives and everyone scrambles to deploy the new release of some major software system. This month is so full of stress, fear, and blame that it makes you hate your employer, your job, and your life. Oh, and by the way, the software releases are often late, so you can't predict which month will be hell month. As a result, you can't schedule any kind of vacation. Without time off to relax, stress builds and makes your life even worse.