Angelesen #76

Here we go again, a week with a lot of Cookie-related fun (and games). It’s also good to check recommended Readings of Habi every once in a while (with many WhatsApp related articles) and obviously also Tobru, which releases his newsletter like clockwork! Anyways, enjoy the weekend!

Cookie Consent Speed.Run (cookieconsentspeed.run)

Since GDPR came into our lives, we’ve all had to struggle with obtaining our basic privacy rights. With each cookie banner we have all been honing our skills, learning to navigate ambiguous options and distrust obvious buttons.

This is great! I failed miserably!

H/T Dan

I don’t care about cookies 3.2.9 (i-dont-care-about-cookies.eu)

This browser extension removes cookie warnings from almost all websites and saves you thousands of unnecessary clicks!

Will give that a try for a few weeks and see how it works.

Signal on Twitter (twitter.com)

Signal registrations are through the roof; welcome everyone! Solidarity to the folks working on the WhatsApp outage. People outside of the tech industry will never understand how weird it sounds when someone says that they are "looking forward to some weekend downtime.

Use Signal, Use Tor.

Radikal für Delfine: Wie weit geht Sea Shepherd? (youtube.com)

30 Minuten die Mensch sich gönnen darf. Und gegebenenfalls auch kurz eine Spende bei Sea Shepperd lassen 🙂

Tinder will soon let you run a background check on a potential date through Garbo (theverge.com)

Somehow yes, but also a hard no on this.

Toronto swaps Google-backed, not-so-smart city plans for people-centred vision (theguardian.com)

Sidewalk Labs pledged to make Toronto one of the world’s first “smart” cities. But skeptics saw a darker side, which included thousands of cameras monitoring streets, storefronts and parks, and harvesting data on the smallest movements.

Now, Canada’s largest city is moving towards a new vision of the future, in which affordability, sustainability and environmentally friendly design are prioritized over the trappings of new and often untested technologies.

Glad to see that Toronto goes not all in "smart-city" as France did with their Safe City approach – see Technopolice: calling out so-called "Safe Cities"

What Remote Work Really Does To Your Engineering Productivity (okayhq.com)

Flexible hours can easily become an imposition. If you assume your engineers will set their own hours, employees with more seniority or status will implicitly dictate everyone else’s activities.

M.2 on a Raspberry Pi – the TOFU Compute Module 4 Carrier Board (jeffgeerling.com)

Now, a single x1 lane at gen 2 speeds tops out around 400 MiB/sec in real-world usage, so many NVMe drives are still underpowered connected to the Pi, but as you’ll see in a bit, a cheap KingSpec SSD was 3x faster for random IO than a similar SSD plugged in via USB 3.0.

Seeing the Compute Module 4 and all the work Jeff puts in to play around with it and find creative ways makes me wonder if the next iteration will be a compute module for my Infrastructure.

self-hosting git; or, how git servers actually work, and how to keep yours secure (gemini.nytpu.com)

Guiding principles for the forks of Elasticsearch and Kibana – Stepping up: Elasticsearch & Kibana Fork (discuss.opendistrocommunity.dev)

Open source like we mean it. We are invested in this being a successful open source project for the long term. It’s all Apache 2.0. There’s no Contributor License Agreement. Easy.

🎉 That’s what we’re talking about!

H/T Scott

System separation in the Continental Europe Synchronous Area on 8 January 2021 – 2nd update (entsoe.eu)

The system separation resulted in a deficit of power (approx. -6.3 GW) in the North-West Area and a surplus of power (approx. +6.3 GW) in the South-East Area, resulting in turn in a frequency decrease in the North-West Area and a frequency increase in the South-East Area.

A few gotchas from the article.

  • It’s amazing to see the level of fault tolerance the entire system has when it gets out of balance (and 6.3GW is a lot out of balance)
  • A very distributed system with so many companies leads to weeks and weeks of work to find out what exactly went wrong
  • This makes our post-mortem reports look tiny in comparison

The real reason Okta spent $6.5B on Auth0 (supertokens.io)

TL;DR: Increasing addressable market

Auth0 is developer-driven Okta is sales-driven

Getting the market from both sides makes sense for them.