Links for Week 10 of 2016

This week I bookmarked 24 interesting links tagged operations, rules_engine, google, ai, encryption, devops, unix, linux, go, microservice, font, cloud, management, privacy, investing, minnesota, cabin, python, horseshoes, aws, omnifocus, sql, dayone, alphago, coo and microsoft.

  1. DeepMind founder Demis Hassabis on how AI will shape the future at Just talking about the significance for AI, to finish your first question, the other big thing you’ve heard me talk about is the difference between this and Deep Blue. So Deep Blue is a hand-crafted program where the programmers distilled the information from chess grandmasters into specific rules and heuristics, whereas we’ve imbued AlphaGo with the ability to learn and then it’s learnt it through practice and study, which is much more human-like.
  2. Go Grandmaster Lee Sedol Grabs Consolation Win Against Google’s AI at The moment AlphaGo resigned, an enormous cheer rose from the Korean commentary room and its throng of Korean reporters and photographers. And then came the applause in the English room. A day before, the atmosphere was palpably solemn. But Lee Sedol did find a weakness in AlphaGo. And the mood changed. The human could win after all.
  3. OmniFocus App Directory - Learn OmniFocus at OmniFocus is even more powerful and convenient when combined with complementary apps and services. There is a growing number of Mac, iPhone, iPad and web-based apps that support OmniFocus and others that can be integrated using AppleScript. This directory contains some of our favourites.
  4. What's the Best Cloud? Probably GCP at In 2015 we migrated Quizlet from our legacy host to a large cloud provider. AWS is the default choice for most companies, but after comparing the options, we went with Google Cloud Platform (GCP). This is a summary of our analysis.
  5. 10 Lessons from 10 Years of Amazon Web Services at The epoch of AWS is the launch of Amazon S3 on March 14, 2006, now almost 10 years ago. Looking back over the past 10 years, there are hundreds of lessons that we’ve learned about building and operating services that need to be secure, reliable, scalable, with predictable performance at the lowest possible cost. Given that AWS is a pioneer in building and operating these services world-wide, these lessons have been of crucial importance to our business. As we’ve said many times before, “There is no compression algorithm for experience.” With over a million active customers per month, who in turn may serve hundreds of millions of their own customers, there is no lack of opportunities to gain more experience and perhaps no better environment for continuous improvement in the way we serve our customers. I have picked a few of these lessons to share with you in the hope that they may be of use for you as well.
  6. Why Are We Fighting the Crypto Wars Again? — Backchannel — Medium at The iPhone Crisis reignited a conflict that should have been settled in the 90s. The loser is our national security.
  7. 1403 Vintage Mono Pro font, by Jeff Kellem at A practical monospaced typeface, inspired by the IBM 1403 mainframe line printer from the 1960s.
  8. Google’s AI Takes Historic Match Against Go Champ With Third Straight Win | WIRED at Google’s artificially intelligent Go-playing computer system has claimed victory in its historic match with Korean grandmaster Lee Sedol after winning a third straight game in this best-of-five series.
  9. The Sadness and Beauty of Watching Google’s AI Play Go | WIRED at “It’s not a human move. I’ve never seen a human play this move,” he says. “So beautiful.” It’s a word he keeps repeating. Beautiful. Beautiful. Beautiful.
  10. dayonelib at A Python library for creating DayOne entries.
  11. The Divine Move at So there is no doubt now that AlphaGo, in its current state, is already better than any human. And it will keep on improving. This is a good thing for Go: now we have a tool —shall we say, a super sensei— that can help us improve, discovering new plays, tactics, and strategies. It will revitalise a game that’s been around for centuries. It will also spark interest for more people to learn to play it.
  12. Google’s AI Wins Pivotal Second Game In Match With Go Grandmaster at After more than four hours of tight play and a rapid-fire endgame, Google’s artificially intelligent Go-playing computer system has won a second contest against grandmaster Lee Sedol, taking a two-games-to-none lead in their historic best-of-five match in downtown Seoul.
  13. Rete algorithm - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia at The Rete algorithm is a pattern matching algorithm for implementing production rule systems. It is used to determine which of the system's rules should fire based on its data store.
  14. nools at Nools is a rete based rules engine written entirely in javascript.
  15. Google as a Fortune Teller The Secrets of Surveillance Capitalism at Governmental control is nothing compared to what Google is up to. The company is creating a wholly new genus of capitalism, a systemic coherent new logic of accumulation we should call surveillance capitalism. Is there nothing we can do?
  16. pyupio/statuspage at A statuspage generator that lets you host your statuspage for free on Github.
  17. Meet A Minnesota CTO: Travis Emslander, Field Nation at Travis Emslander is the CTO of Minneapolis-based Field Nation, the on-demand workforce software platform that received $30m in growth equity last October.
  18. The Surprising Truth About DevOps In Banking at Banks score high in some challenging areas for DevOps adoption: culture, architectural readiness, agile maturity and technical best practices. They score lower in technical and process based areas.
  19. Microservices, monoliths and laser nail guns: Etsy tech boss on finding the right focus — > S C A L E at John Allspaw has a long history on the web from Salon to Friendster to Flickr. For the past five years, he has been at popular e-commerce site Etsy, where he’s now VP of operations and infrastructure. Among software architect types, Etsy has developed a reputation as maintaining a monolithic application architecture in an era of microservices, often leaving Allspaw playing the role of contrarian.
  20. In defense of Unix - All this at You will not be surprised to hear that this tip came from zsh users. The ** globbing pattern was, I believe, introduced in zsh, and it would be unheard of for zsh users to see an article about Unix shells without commenting on the superiority of their choice. They’re like those recent converts to vegetarianism who can’t stop themselves from pointing out how disgusting your sausage pizza is. And like vegetarians, they’re most annoying because deep down you know they’re probably right.
  21. How a Radical Shift Left Zappos Reeling at The shift to holacracy, combined with a wildly ambitious software project called Super Cloud—not to mention a reconceived business strategy—has left employees confused, demoralized, and whipsawed by the constant pace of change. Over the past year, in part owing to a buyout offer, 29% of the staff has turned over.
  22. How to Build Backyard Horseshoe Pits - Dads Round Table at First rule of building backyard horseshoe pits — they are backyard horseshoe pits, chill out.
  23. A Fireside Chat With Charlie Munger at But, without the need to play straight man to Mr. Buffett, Mr. Munger likes nothing better than to hold listeners rapt in attention. At the annual meeting in Los Angeles this Wednesday of Daily Journal, the small publishing and software company that he chairs, the 90-year-old Mr. Munger spoke to investors for more than two hours over an open mike.
  24. Announcing SQL Server on Linux at Today I’m excited to announce our plans to bring SQL Server to Linux as well.