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How We Reduced Our Hosting Costs by Two Orders of Magnitude
Adam Pash on serverless hosting with AWS Lambda (and more).
amazon  api  infrastructure 
yesterday by pb
We've started a discussion on how to make it attractive to contribute code to the . HT…
infrastructure  OpenScience  from twitter_favs
yesterday by mozillascience
America's Political Economy: Infrastructure and Chicago's 75th street corridor – ADAM TOOZE
This is the notorious Forest Hill Junction responsible for more serious delays and hold ups than any other part of the US railway network. Six lines intersect at a single junction > and a flat junction at that!
railways  chicago  logistics  infrastructure 
yesterday by yorksranter
How to use BeyondCorp to ditch your VPN, improve security and go to the cloud
"For those that aren’t familiar with it, BeyondCorp is a security approach used by Google that allows employees to work from anywhere, quickly and easily.

This is easier said than done. In 2010, we undertook a massive project to rethink how to provide employees with secure remote access to applications: We moved away from our corporate VPN, and introduced BeyondCorp, a zero-trust network security model.

With BeyondCorp, we no longer have a binary access model, where you are either inside the whole corporate network, with all the access that allows, or outside and completely locked out of applications. Our new approach provides a better, more convenient, and less risky way: access to individual services as you need them, based on who you are and what machine you're using."
security  google  vpn  network  business  infrastructure 
yesterday by garrettc
Leaked recording: Inside Apple’s global war on leakers | The Outline
Rice compares Apple’s work of screening factory employees to that of the TSA. “Their peak volume is 1.8 million a day. Ours, for just 40 factories in China, is 2.7 million a day.” That number surges to 3 million when Apple ramps up production, he adds, and all of these people need to be checked every time they enter and exit the factory.
“In aggregate, we do about 221 million transits a year. For comparison, 223 million is the top level volume for the top 25 theme parks in the world,” Rice says. “So this is just one big theme park. People coming in, coming out, there's billions of parts flying around at any given instance. So you marry up a bunch of parts moving around plus a lot of people moving around and it's no wonder that we don't leak even more.”
infrastructure  apple  secrecy  informationforthe 
2 days ago by sampenrose
Deadly Cityscapes of Inequality | Blog | The Sociological Review
All of these tragedies are symptomatic of a broader process of redistributing risk and vulnerability. Those who control wealth and power are becoming ever more adept at protecting themselves from the perils that the rest of us face. Living in gated communities with private security infrastructure, and enjoying forms of global mobility that allow them to escape from dangerous situations as need be, today’s off-shored elites are able to dodge many of the problems caused by climate change, political instability, and inadequate regulation.

The poor have long faced elevated risk of death at work and at home. But generations of activists struggling around housing, labour, and other issues won safety standards, inspection regimes, public health measures, and other ways to mitigate and reduce the threat of illness and premature mortality. Yet the trend in recent decades has been to roll back regulations and download risk back onto individuals, often relying on market mechanisms, producing historically and socially specific forms of precarity and disposability. When security is privatised and safety is increasingly monopolised by the powerful, the relatively powerless are the ones who suffer. Grenfell Tower, like other recent disasters, is a chilling illustration of how inequality kills.
GrenfellTower  fire  safety  infrastructure  inequality  poverty  class  race  NewOrleans  Katrina  Flint  Michigan  risk  wealth  power 
3 days ago by petej
Robert Caro Wonders What New York Is Going To Become: Gothamist
Moses was a real genius, he didn’t want that to happen in the future. He engineered the footings of the LIE to be too light for anything but cars, so you can’t ever put a light rail there. He condemned Long Island to be this car-centered place.
So when I say that one man not only shaped New York but shaped it for centuries to come, because now how can you overcome that? All the people who live in northeastern Queens, or Co-op City in the Bronx, and all of Suffolk and a lot of Nassau County, they’re condemned to use cars. It’s not easy to use mass transit. Moses came along with his incredible vision, and vision not in a good sense. It’s like how he built the bridges too low.
I remember his aide, Sid Shapiro, who I spent a lot of time getting to talk to me, he finally talked to me. And he had this quote that I’ve never forgotten. He said Moses didn’t want poor people, particularly poor people of color, to use Jones Beach, so they had legislation passed forbidding the use of buses on parkways.
Then he had this quote, and I can still hear him saying it to me. “Legislation can always be changed. It’s very hard to tear down a bridge once it’s up.” So he built 180 or 170 bridges too low for buses.
We used Jones Beach a lot, because I used to work the night shift for the first couple of years, so I’d sleep til 12 and then we’d go down and spend a lot of afternoons at the beach. It never occurred to me that there weren’t any black people at the beach.
So Ina and I went to the main parking lot, that huge 10,000-car lot. We stood there with steno pads, and we had three columns: Whites, Blacks, Others. And I still remember that first column—there were a few Others, and almost no Blacks. The Whites would go on to the next page. I said, God, this is what Robert Moses did. This is how you can shape a metropolis for generations.
history  politics  city  urban  landuse  infrastructure  robertmoses 
3 days ago by debcha
Pivoting off Hidden Cobra Indicators
On June 13th 2017, US-CERT issued a joint Technical Alert (TA17-164A) entitled Hidden Cobra – North Korea’s DDoS Botnet Infrastructure. The alert, …
IFTTT  DDoS  and  Infrastructure  Security 
3 days ago by curiousstranger
A Sociology of the Smartphone
Excerpt from Adam Greenfield's "Radical Technologies," unpacking the role of the smartphone and the costs of that role.
culture  technology  smartphones  phones  infrastructure  inequality  privatization 
3 days ago by johnmfrench
Panama Canal Expansion - Diagram of Panama Canal Locks
On the expansion of the Panama Canal to accommodate larger ships.
shipping  panama  trade  transportation  infrastructure 
3 days ago by johnmfrench

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