Episode 179: Paint Splatter Dreams

Grumpy Old Bens

How Akamai crashed the Internet, TikTok’s algos figure you out fast, Google transparency, Etherium forking, health “misinformation,” and more on this episode of Grumpy Old Bens.

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NOTES / LINKS:

Akamai DNS failure crippled the Internet for two hours
https://appleinsider.com/articles/21/07/22/akamai-dns-problem-causing-wide-internet-issues

Akamai Says It Has Fixed Issues That Affected Many Websites
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-07-22/ups-home-depot-among-websites-hit-by-widespread-service-outage

Akamai DNS global outage takes down major websites, online services
https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/akamai-dns-global-outage-takes-down-major-websites-online-services/

DuckDuckGo’s new email privacy service forwards tracker-free messages
https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/duckduckgos-new-email-privacy-service-forwards-tracker-free-messages/

How TikTok’s Algorithm Figures You Out – WSJ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nfczi2cI6Cs

Bill Would Strip Social Media of Protections for Health Misinformation
https://www.wsj.com/articles/bill-to-strip-social-media-of-protections-for-health-misinformation-11626976800

Americans spend again and American Express profit surges
https://apnews.com/article/business-health-coronavirus-pandemic-879a94ac579792e7021d31dab9bee477

Single Japanese man, 51, almost masturbates himself to death after suffering a stroke moments after he ejaculated
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-9810615/Japanese-man-masturbates-death.html

Twitter reveals surprisingly low two-factor auth (2FA) adoption rate
https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/twitter-reveals-surprisingly-low-two-factor-auth-2fa-adoption-rate/

MLB to test electronic device for catchers to give signals to pitchers
https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/31869009/mlb-test-electronic-device-catchers-give-signals-pitchers

Most URLs are syntactically valid javascript code
https://george.mand.is/2021/06/idle-javascript-observations/

Transparency from Google search
https://blog.google/products/search/learn-more-and-get-more-from-search/

EIP 1559 Ethereum fork
https://academy.ivanontech.com/blog/what-is-eip-1559-and-will-ethereum-go-deflationary-with-it

93% of paint splatters are valid Perl
https://www.mcmillen.dev/sigbovik/

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