“There is a crisis of leadership which is absolutely appalling. Politicians are now thinking that if they control finance so there are no more bubbles, and if they can solve the deficit problem, with that we’re going back to business as usual. They’re crazy! That’s over! Business as usual doesn’t exist … We are going to have seven to ten years of horror if we don’t understand that it’s not a question of controlling finance. It’s a question of making finance leave the casino and move over to fund the real economy.”—Economist Carlota Perez in a must-watch interview by Fred Wilson
“Network latency has failed to keep up with other improvements in computer performance. … The last three decades have seen only a 30x reduction in latency, while network bandwidth has improved more than 3,000x over the same period, and processor throughput, disk capacity, and memory capacity have also had large gains.”—It’s Time for Low Latency [PDF]
“There’s no ethical dilemma when it comes to reporting on [Tim] Cook’s sexuality: rather, the ethical dilemma comes in not reporting it, thereby perpetuating the idea that there’s some kind of stigma associated with being gay. Yes, the stigma does still exist in much of society. But it’s not the job of the press to perpetuate it. Quite the opposite.”—Felix Salmon
“[Tabloids] exist to break down the barriers of access that keep social elites at a remove from ordinary people. The tabloids, throughout history, on both sides of the Atlantic, have been predicated on chipping away at that division. They play a fundamental role in democratic cultures, especially in societies characterized by the pull between the demands of a mass society and the persistence of social and economic inequality.”—Ryan Linkof, a friend with some sharp analysis and historical context on the NotW scandal in today’s New York Times.
Staircar’s performance was beyond our expectations and very consistent, with average response times per request at or under 5ms, even during peak traffic. Extensive benchmarking showed Staircar was able to handle roughly 30,000 requests a second per server.
Blake made your notifications an order of magnitude faster and more reliable, and I bet you didn’t even notice (which is exactly the way we like it).
“In college, Bachmann was a Democrat and campaigned for Jimmy Carter. Her political conversion came when she was on a train, reading Gore Vidal’s Burr, a “snotty novel” that she said attacked and mocked the Founding Fathers. Suddenly she realised she was a Republican.”—
“Here’s an example to give you an idea of what it would take to get a SHA-1 collision. If all 6.5 billion humans on Earth were programming, and every second, each one was producing code that was the equivalent of the entire Linux kernel history (1 million Git objects) and pushing it into one enormous Git repository, it would take 5 years until that repository contained enough objects to have a 50% probability of a single SHA-1 object collision. A higher probability exists that every member of your programming team will be attacked and killed by wolves in unrelated incidents on the same night.”—Pro Git, calming fear of hash collision, amplifying fear of wolves