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Russian Tea | yesterdish.com
What we’ve got here is a drink mix with instant tea, spices, and powdered orange drink. If you search for “Russian tea” and “Tang,” you’ll get a number of iterations, some of which use instant lemonade in the mix, too.
tea  usa  wtf 
11 hours ago
Details of the Cloudflare outage on July 2, 2019
Great writeup from jgc. Worth noting some important lessons:

* config changes should be rolled out carefully and gradually, just like code;

* particularly regexps, which are effectively code anyway;

* emergency-use rollback systems need to work, of course!;

* having emergency-only systems is a risk, too, since infrequently-used code paths are likely to atrophy and break without anyone noticing (as nsheridan said);

* /.*/ in a regexp is pretty much always bad news, and would have been worth a linter to catch before commit.
cloudflare  outages  regex  postmortems  regexps  deployment  rollback  via:jgc  via:jm 
13 hours ago
The Codeless Code: Case 234 Ozymandias
Love this:
I chanced upon an ancient cache of code:
a stack of printouts, tall as any man,
that in decaying boxes had been stowed.
Ten thousand crumbling pages long it ran.
Abandoned in the blackness to erode,
what steered a ship through blackness to the moon.
The language is unused in this late year.
The target hardware, likewise, lies in ruin.
Entombed within one lone procedure’s scope,
a line of code and then these words appear:

# TEMPORARY, I HOPE HOPE HOPE

The code beside persisting to the last—
as permanent as aught upon this sphere—
while overhead, a vacant moon flies past.
moon  apollo  coding  history  hacks  comments  funny  poetry  poems  ozymandias  via:jm 
13 hours ago
MDR Data Files | FDA
medical device failure data newly released
foia  failure  medicine  healthcare  villainy  commerce 
18 days ago
668: The Long Fuse
the weird history of 'chinese restaurant syndrome' and the great msg panic
diet  health  usa  racism  msg 
18 days ago
The Strange Case of Dr. Ho Man Kwok | Colgate Magazine
the man who created msg panic as a joke, or did he?
food  health  wtf  usa  racism  diet 
18 days ago
BOB WELCH - Sentimental Lady (Original Promo Video) - YouTube
it's possible to get a cocaine overdose by viewing this video
no  music  video  youtube 
21 days ago
Microspeak: Cookie licking | The Old New Thing
Cookie licking is the act of claiming something as something only you can do, but without actually doing it. (Note: This is considered a bad thing.)
tech  development  microsoft  slang  projects  humans  failure 
23 days ago
Weizenbaum examines computers and society - The Tech
I think the computer has from the beginning been a fundamentally conservative force. It has made possible the saving of institutions pretty much as they were, which otherwise might have had to be changed. For example, banking. Superficially, it looks as if banking has been revolutionized by the computer. But only very superficially. Consider that, say 20, 25 years ago, the banks were faced with the fact that the population was growing at a very rapid rate, many more checks would be written than before, and so on. Their response was to bring in the computer. By the way, I helped design the first computer banking system in the United States, for the Bank of America 25 years ago.
computers  programming  business  politics  history  technology  via:jomc 
25 days ago
[OPINION] Aswang: A strange new energy
Contemporary Filipinos have humorously deconstructed and reconstructed the aswang and its beastly kin as intimate parts of the Filipino worldview, much like the beasts of ancient Greek mythology
mythology  philippines  politics  rappler 
4 weeks ago
Humans Are Growing Weird, Bone Spikes on Their Skulls. Smartphones May Be the Culprit
The strange story of the external occipital protuberance --

'A cause-and-effect relationship hasn't been identified, but it's possible that the spike comes from constantly bending one's neck at uncomfortable angles to look at smart devices. The human head is heavy, weighing about 10 lbs. (4.5 kilograms), and tilting it forward to look at funny cat photos (or however you spend your smartphone time) can strain the neck — hence the crick people sometimes get, known as "text neck." Text neck can increase pressure on the juncture where the neck muscles attach to the skull, and the body likely responds by laying down new bone, which leads to that spiky bump, Shahar told the BBC. This spike distributes the weight of the head over a larger area, he said.'
text-neck  bones  skull-spike  smartphones  future  medicine  via:jm 
5 weeks ago
BBC - Future - How modern life is transforming the human skeleton
This has led to a discipline known as “osteobiography" – literally “the biography of bones” – which involves looking at a skeleton to find out how its owner lived.
bones  anatomy  bbc  wtf  science  future  doom 
5 weeks ago
zevv/bucklespring: Nostalgia bucklespring keyboard sound
This project emulates the sound of my old faithful IBM Model-M space saver bucklespring keyboard while typing on my notebook, mainly for the purpose of annoying the hell out of my coworkers.
retro  ha  audio  github  software  typewriter 
5 weeks ago
Ichi-go ichi-e - Wikipedia
a Japanese four-character idiom (yojijukugo) that describes a cultural concept of treasuring the unrepeatable nature of a moment. The term has been translated as "for this time only," and "once in a lifetime."
japan  culture  tea  language 
5 weeks ago
Automating the News — Nicholas Diakopoulos | Harvard University Press
"From hidden connections in big data to bots spreading fake news, journalism is increasingly computer-generated."
journalism  data_mining  robots  doom  villainy 
6 weeks ago
Carnival Cruise Line to pay a $20M fine over pollution
Carnival’s pollution problem is so bad that across its fleet, the large boats pollute 10 times more than all 260 million of Europe’s cars. That tidbit comes courtesy of a study by the European think tank Transport & Environment, which looked at 203 cruise ships sailing European waters in 2017.

The report also found that besides over-tourism and crashing into ports, there’s a good reason for European cities to dislike cruise ships: they are emitting sulfur dioxide all over the place. If you can’t keep your pollutants straight, sulfur dioxide causes both acid rain and lung cancer. Cruise lines, it turns out, have been dropping the gas all over Europe; the report says Barcelona, Palma Mallorca, and Venice were the cities worst affected by sulfur dioxide emissions. Per the FT, “sulfur dioxide emissions from cars was 3.2m kt versus 62m kt from cruise ships, with Carnival accounting for half that, the study found.”
travel  doom  cruiseships  pollution  europe  environment  climatechange  via:jm 
6 weeks ago
Leonard Nevarez - Faculty - Vassar College
Currently Nevarez is the primary investigator of a 2018 Poughkeepsie food security survey, which replicates the survey he oversaw for the Poughkeepsie Plenty community food assessment.
friends  sociology  food  foodsecurity 
6 weeks ago
Student Safety and School Safety | G Suite | Office 365 | LMS | Gaggle
tech company that spies on children using suicide prevention as the sales pitch
privacy  education  childhood  surveillance  oppression  dystopia  startup 
6 weeks ago
An update on Sunday’s service disruption | Google Cloud Blog
postmortem on google outage. note that once again it's a config error, which is how it happen now
gcp  google  odd  outages  post-mortems  networking  config  sysadmin  ops  via:jm 
6 weeks ago
Subreddit Simulator using GPT-2
This is a subreddit in which all posts (except for this one) and comments are generated automatically using a fine-tuned version of the GPT-2 language model developed by OpenAI.
ml  machinelearning  language  reddit  ha  bots 
6 weeks ago
quest diagnostics breach SEC filing
large pt info breach at huge lab test co
failure  security  breach  pii  medical 
6 weeks ago
Lab Corp of America breach SEC filing
7.7 million patient records stolen from huge lab testing org
security  failure  medical  breach  pii 
6 weeks ago
We Are HERO Sports - HERO Sports
"HERO Sports is both a consumer destination and a content-as-a-service company. Through our content automation platform we’re able to produce original and compelling content for all sports."
journalism  sports  failure  ha  dotcom  AI 
7 weeks ago
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