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Month: September 2017

Flattr 2.0

Do you remember Flattr? Me neither.

Flattr was a micropayment system for blogs, allowing you to mark a blog article for payment when you liked it. A fixed amount you budget for micropayments per month was then being distributed equally across all flattr’d articles. So assuming you budget 10 EUR per month for flattr, and you clicked on 20 things a months, each thing would earn their creator 0.50 EUR that month.

In reality, Flattr existed mostly to generate and finance Podcasts by Tim Pritlove, of course.


The Great DOM Fuzz-off of 2017

I generally recommend people use a current stable Chrome. It’s the most secure browser. Please also install uBO and use 1Password.

Turns out, that recommendation can also be backed up by data. Check the “Results” headline.

Note also how they did not test Safari on Apple, because that hurts too much:

Instead of fuzzing Safari directly, which would require Apple hardware, we instead used WebKitGTK+ which we could run on internal (Linux-based) infrastructure. We created an ASAN build of the release version of WebKitGTK+. Additionally, each crash was verified against a nightly ASAN WebKit build running on a Mac.

Yup, Apple development and testing happening on Linux.

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How The Internet Kept Humming During 2 Hurricanes

The New York Times has a nice article about Data Center Infrastructure vs. Hurricanes, suitable for muggles.

Yet another data center, west of Houston, was so well prepared for the storm — with backup generators, bunks and showers — that employees’ displaced family members took up residence and United States marshals used it as a headquarters until the weather passed.

“It wasn’t Noah’s ark, but it was darn close,” said Rob Morris, managing partner and co-founder of Skybox, the company that runs the center.


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