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Month: August 2017

What G+ thinks you like to read…

The latest incarnation of “What’s hot”…

Google plus always has had a content discovery feature. In the past that have been the infamous “What’s hot…” entries. Postings that went into that category usually attracted a ton of spammers and even more haters, and one had a pretty blood crusted banhammer until the waves were through. Ask me how I know…

The current incarnation of “What’s hot” is marginally better at selecting and offering content, because it is somewhat more personalised. This is actually interesting, because the top bar shows a list of clickable keywords, which can give you a way to filter and also show you what Google plus would associate with your behavior.

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The Sonos Rage Wave

Update in progress…

Sonos shipped an update – and it contained a revised privacy statement. The new privacy statement can also be found here (de, en). Go read it, it’s shockingly well written.

Even more so considering the really complex situation Sonos is in – as an independent platform for streaming music from dozens of services, and in the future as a platform for digital assistants, they have a bundle of multilateral legal and contractual obligations that they need to handle on top of maintaining a technologically demanding product.

A case of really bad journalism can be found at Heise (Article in German):


Community Management?

Today is a weird day. First thing is a friend asking about help with community management. And next thing is Fefe reiterating his longstanding fallacy (Rant in German) that programmers are able to do anything just because they are able to do one thing (here: Community Management).

The TL;DR is that he rants against non-programmers showing interest into programming projects, because the software is actually useful, ruining everything.

Dabei ist es so einfach, sich in einem Projekt Respekt zu erarbeiten. Leiste einfach was. Erwarte nichts als Gegenleistung. Problem: Jede Minute über dich oder deine Leistungen reden macht 10 Minuten tatsächliche Leistung kaputt.

But it is easy to get respect in a project: Just show something useful. Don’t expect a return. Problem: Every minute speaking about yourself or your results ruins ten minutes of actual useful work.

That is, of course, nonsense. It just shows, like his example about the closed umatrix bug tracker, a complete lack of understanding of the communication situation and a failure to organise the the communication efficiently.


From Data Centers to Computronium and Riding Light

So at work we discussed Data Center Design at scale, and then things got out of hand. We ended up discussing Computronium, a hypothetical stuff  that basically is a piece of thinking matter, performing computation, the ultimate composable piece of hardware.

Computronium is a problem, though. You can’t just cover the planet in a crunchy Computronium crust – not only because the Hotels have to go somewhere. But also, because whatever thickness of Computronium you propose, it has to be powered somehow.

Ultimately, it has to be powered by the amount of energy hitting us from the sun. So there is likely a Dyson sphere behind the earth or elsewhere, collecting even more energy from the sun and sending it into the Computronium.


The road to hell is paved with outdated passwords…

So I am using Chrome in a corporate context. Outdated password regulations force me to increment my password every three months. The reason for that is well understood (PCI compliance), but can’t be changed from inside the corporation.

Previously, Chrome stored my passwords in the Apple Keychain. So I could script this, using /usr/bin/security and push my password change into all saved passwords, or, alternatively, bulk delete all those old passwords.

Recent Chrome does not do that any more.