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EU lawmakers approve overhaul of budget rules
  • This is just taking financing power away from governments and leaving it all in the hands of private banks. Not the right thing to do when we need public sector initiatives for co2 reductions and defense.

  • Microsoft wants to hide the 'Sign out' button in Windows 11 behind a Microsoft 365 ad
  • By default, Linux can take up to 15 seconds to write a file to disk, this is for power saving reasons. You could corrupt the last document/photo you saved, your browser profile, or your nextcloud sync.

    Linux usually shuts down immediately if you don't have any unsaved files and nothing glitches out during shut down. But yeah, windows sucks, corrupt files is probably the least of your problems using Windows.

    I guess on Linux, if you run sync to write all cached files to disk, and then pull the cord, you're probably fine.

  • Microsoft wants to hide the 'Sign out' button in Windows 11 behind a Microsoft 365 ad
  • Journaling should make sure that the file system itself doesn't corrupt, but journaling doesn't magically make all writes atomic. If a program is halfway through writing a file and the power is cut, that file will be corrupt.

  • ‘Wake-up call’: pipeline leak exposes carbon capture safety gaps, advocates say
  • Natural gas pipelines cause much worse accidents, but they go unreported because people don't realise ch4 is 25x more potent of a greenhouse gas than co2.

    Natural gas literally causes more global warming through gas leaks than it does via combustion.

  • Israeli missile has struck Iran, US officials say - BBC News
  • The US was aware of the Israeli attack plans, according to CNN. If the US is shooting down Iranian missiles, why don't they shoot down Israeli missiles as well? Nothing good will happen from any sort of missile exchange in that region.

  • YouTube is finally cracking down on third-party apps like ReVanced
  • That's probably true, but economic sustainability is what makes privacy sustainability possible.

    Youtube is such a mess because it has to fight so hard to make ads work, which is unsustainable.

    Nebula makes its money through monthly fees and thus has no incentives to track users beyond providing a better service.

    Nebula being essentially a creators' co-operative organization also helps with the sustainable governence side, too.

  • Researchers unlock fiber optic connection 1.2 million times faster than broadband
  • Yeah. I honestly think 10GbaseT was a mistake, since it fragmented 10gbit and made it so expensive.

    The sfp+ switches aren't too bad, here's an 8 port unmanaged for $150:

    SFP+ still pretty much requires pcie cards or home-server style hardware to use, but it's pretty accessible. And you can buy 10GbaseT adapters for backwards compatibility for $40.

    Some wifi routers are even starting to adopt SFP+, even if it's ungodly expensive.

  • Increase your Linux Server Internet Speed with TCP BBR Congestion-Control
  • It's an algorithm for determining how fast to upload packets. This article just talks about how to enable it.

    Here's the Wikipedia section about it:

    The gist is that instead of only throttling upload rate based on packet loss, BBR constantly measures roundtrip delay (ping) to determine how much bandwidth is available.

  • Researchers unlock fiber optic connection 1.2 million times faster than broadband
  • To be fair, it all trickles down to home users eventually. We're starting to see 10+gbps fiber in enthusiast home networks and internet connections. Small offices are widely adopting 100gbps fiber. It wasn't that long ago that we were adopting 1 gigabit ethernet in home networks, and it won't be long before we see widespread 800+ gigabit fiber.

    Streaming video is definitely a big application where more bandwidth will come in handy, I think also transferring large AI models in the 100s of gigabytes may also become a large amount of traffic in the near future.

  • Texas poised to get America's first bullet train
  • At the same time HSR could encourage social lives and urban neighborhoods that would encourage less conservative thinking. I think if we get into petty partisanship, it will just continue to spiral until we have a second civil war.

  • Security News Justin Leaky Vessels flaws allow hackers to escape Docker, runc containers

    Four vulnerabilities collectively called "Leaky Vessels" allow hackers to escape containers and access data on the underlying host operating system.

    Leaky Vessels flaws allow hackers to escape Docker, runc containers
    Runc vulnerability CVE-2024-21626 allowing container escape in all Docker and Kubernetes environments Docker Security Advisory: Multiple Vulnerabilities in runc, BuildKit, and Moby

    Docker security advisory about multiple vulnerabilities in runc, BuildKit, and Moby: We will publish patched versions of runc, BuildKit, and Moby on January 31 and release an update for Docker Desktop on February 1 to address these vulnerabilities.  Additionally, our latest Moby and BuildKit re...

    Docker Security Advisory: Multiple Vulnerabilities in runc, BuildKit, and Moby

    Seems like a really serious vulnerability, any container attack or malicious image could take over a container host if there's no hardening on the containers.

    Bit of a weird observation: "Seeing a new computing paradigm coming out of Data Science / Observability"

    I wanted to share an observation I've seen on the way the latest computer systems work. I swear this isn't an AI hype train post 😅

    I'm seeing more and more computer systems these days use usage data or internal metrics to be able to automatically adapt how they run, and I get the feeling that this is a sort of new computing paradigm that has been enabled by the increased modularity of modern computer systems.

    First off, I would classify us being in a sort of "second-generation" of computing. The first computers in the 80s and 90s were fairly basic, user programs were often written in C/Assembly, and often ran directly in ring 0 of CPUs. Leading up to the year 2000, there were a lot of advancements and technology adoption in creating more modular computers. Stuff like microkernels, MMUs, higher-level languages with memory management runtimes, and the rise of modular programming in languages like Java and Python. This allowed computer systems to become much more advanced, as the new abstractions available allowed computer programs to reuse code and be a lot more ambitious. We are well into this era now, with VMs and Docker containers taking over computer infrastructure, and modern programming depending on software packages, like you see with NPM and Cargo.

    So we're still in this "modularity" era of computing, where you can reuse code and even have microservices sharing data with each other, but often the amount of data individual computer systems have access to is relatively limited.

    More recently, I think we're seeing the beginning of "data-driven" computing, which uses observability and control loops to run better and self-manage.

    I see a lot of recent examples of this:

    • Service orchestrators like Linux-systemd and Kubernetes that monitor the status and performance of services they own, and use that data for self-healing and to optimize how and where those services run.
    • Centralized data collection systems for microservices, which often include automated alerts and control loops. You see a lot of new systems like this, including Splunk, OpenTelemetry, and Pyroscope, as well as internal data collection systems in all of the big cloud vendors. These systems are all trying to centralize as much data as possible about how services run, not just including logs and metrics, but also more low-level data like execution-traces and CPU/RAM profiling data.
    • Hardware metrics in a lot of modern hardware. Before 2010, you were lucky if your hardware reported clock speeds and temperature for hardware components. Nowadays, it seems like hardware components are overflowing with data. Every CPU core now not only reports temperature, but also power usage. You see similar things on GPUs too, and tools like nvitop are critical for modern GPGPU operations. Nowadays, even individual RAM DIMMs report temperature data. The most impressive thing is that now CPUs even use their own internal metrics, like temperature, silicon quality, and power usage, in order to run more efficiently, like you see with AMD's CPPC system.
    • Of source, I said this wasn't an AI hype post, but I think the use of neural networks to enhance user interfaces is definitely a part of this. The way that social media uses neural networks to change what is shown to the user, the upcoming "AI search" in Windows, and the way that all this usage data is fed back into neural networks makes me think that even user-facing computer systems will start to adapt to changing conditions using data science.

    I have been kind of thinking about this "trend" for a while, but this announcement that ACPI is now adding hardware health telemetry inspired me to finally write up a bit of a description of this idea.

    What do people think? Have other people seen the trend for self-adapting systems like this? Is this an oversimplification on computer engineering?

    Heads up Linux users: Patch 13.23 is currently crashing in game

    The latest patch today, 13.23 makes the game instacrash after champ select, be warned. Don't start a match on Linux until it's fixed.

    Facebook and Instagram users in the European Union will be charged up to €12.99 a month for ad-free versions of the social networks as a way to comply with the bloc’s data privacy rules Facebook and Instagram users in Europe can pay for ad-free versions

    Charges of €12.99 a month smartphone users for and €9.99 for desktop introduced to comply with EU data privacy rules

    Facebook and Instagram users in Europe can pay for ad-free versions

    Awful to see our personal privacy and social lives being ransomed like this. €10 seems like a price gouge for a social media site, and I'm even seeing a price tag of 150SEK (~€15) In Sweden.

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