Links for Week 48 of 2015

As I use the web I routinely bookmark various things using Pinboard. Each week I aggregate these bookmarks and share them on my blog.

Potential changes to cookies in Chrome. - Google Groups (
Cookies are a bit of a rough edge on the web's security model. They don't respect the same origin policy, and the disconnect between their persistence model and that of the rest of the platform causes no end of teeth-gnashing and hair-pulling among developers and auditors alike. We're planning a few changes to bring things into something more closely resembling alignment.
Building for HTTP/2 (
This is everything-you-thought-you-knew-is-wrong kind of stuff. In an HTTP/2 world, there are few benefits to concatenating a bunch of JS files together, and in many cases the practice will be actively harmful. Domain sharding becomes an anti-pattern. Throwing a bunch of <script> tags in your HTML is suddenly not a laughably terrible idea. Inlining of resources is a thing of the past. Browser caching — and cache busting — can occur on a per-module basis.
MediaWiki 1.26 - MediaWiki (
MediaWiki 1.26 now released.
Perl 6 Introduction (
This document is intended to give you a quick overview of the Perl 6 programming language.
Tools, Culture and Aesthetics – The Art of DevOps - JAXenter (
“Culture is not important, but shared aesthetic is crucial” is the formula that J. Paul Reed follows for finding out what DevOps means to companies of all shapes and sizes. In his DevOpsCon 2015 Keynote in Munich, he hones in on what exactly that formula entails.
Moving Fast with Software Verification | the morning paper (
How do you mesh formal verification “proponents of which sometimes even used to argue that programs should be developed only after a prior specifications had been written down,” with a continuous delivery model? This strikes me as very similar to the problem of integrating security into a continuous delivery pipeline too. On the web, Facebook pushes new changes to code twice a day – but mobile platforms are now even more important than the web. With the mobile platforms (iOS and Android), you can’t just push new features and bug fixes the minute they are ready – Facebook can only distribute a new version to the Apple App Store or Google Play but the user controls if/when they update.
Software Developers’ Growing Elitism Problem (
Some, however, mistake difficulty or inaccessibility for rigor. They assume that just because something was hard when they did it that it should always be hard. I remember being laughed at when I told more experienced colleagues in 2004 that the only programming language I knew was JavaScript. I wasn’t a “real” programmer yet, according to them, because I hadn’t learned how to write assembly code.
Samsung’s Smartcam HD Plus is like a Nest Cam that’s not shackled to the cloud (
When you think "Samsung," you think of smartphones, TVs, and maybe smart kitchen appliances if you're a foodie. However, it's not the first company to come to mind when you think "home security."
Superforecasting - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (
A number of people participated in an IARPA tournament that encouraged forecasters to update forecasts in real time. The top performers on the 2,800 tournament were categorized as superforecasters based on their Brier score. The collective Brier score of superforecasters was 0.25, compared with a score of 0.37 for other forecasters. Some discussed superforecasters included Doug Lorch, Bill Flack, and Sanford Sillman (an atmospheric scientist). Superforecasters even "performed" 30 percent better than the average for intelligence community analysts who could read secret data.
Good Judgment Project (
Your path to better decisions starts here.
The Good Judgment Project - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (
The Good Judgment Project (GJP) is a project "harnessing the wisdom of the crowd to forecast world events". It was co-created by Philip E. Tetlock (author of Superforecasting and of Expert Political Judgment: How Good Is It? How Can We Know?), decision scientist Barbara Mellers, and Don Moore.
How to destroy an American family (
The Straters’ lives have been devastated by relentless cyberattacks. And there’s nothing they can do about it.
building a culture of innovation (
Atlassian is built on the bright ideas and efforts of our team because we’d grow stagnant as a company if we relied only on the ideas of a select and blessed few. Indeed, our long-term survival depends on our ability to continuously improve through change.
Mob Programming, and the importance of fun at work (
It's been a few weeks since SoCraTes UK 2014, and I've had some time to reflect on the event and my learning experiences. Today, I want to talk about the biggest things that stood out for me.
inessential: Blogs by Women: the OPML File (
In Blogs by Women I presented a list of blogs of interest to Mac and iOS developers, designers, and power users that are written by women. Today I created an OPML file
Did Carnegie Mellon Attack Tor for the FBI? - Schneier on Security (
The behavior of the researchers is reprehensible, but the real issue is that CERT Coordination Center (CERT/CC) has lost its credibility as an honest broker. The researchers discovered this vulnerability and submitted it to CERT. Neither the researchers nor CERT disclosed this vulnerability to the Tor Project. Instead, the researchers apparently used this vulnerability to deanonymize a large number of hidden service visitors and provide the information to the FBI.
The Keys To Enya's Kingdom (
Over the course of three decades and with 80 million records sold, Enya has morphed into more than musician: She’s her own adjective. What makes her music — and the mysterious woman behind it — appealing to so many? Anne Helen Petersen visits the reclusive singer in Ireland.
s2n and Lucky 13 (
Great security research combines extremely high levels of creativity, paranoia, and attention to detail. All of these qualities are in evidence in two new research papers about how s2n, our Open Source implementation of the SSL/TLS protocols, handles the Lucky 13 attack from 2013.
Iceland's Blue Lagoon with Kids: Good, Bad and Naked (
We knew this was going to be unlike any country we’ve visited so far. We were in Iceland two weeks ago during a four-day stopover on our way to the Scandinavia region. There is so much to amazing Iceland that I can’t wait to write about it and share.
Charles Babbage, perfectionist engineer (
I recently finished Sydney Padua's entertaining and educational The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage. Several of the stories are available online, but the book is well put together (not to mention much easier to read than the web version) and includes a bunch of integrated source materials and illustrated footnotes.