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cloud internet

Comparison of AWS Compute Options in 2022

This is a non-exhaustive comparison of the popular AWS compute options. Hopefully it will help someone who’s also evaluating the various options for running your workload in AWS.

EC2 is the oldest and the most popular option as it is the easiest to start with. However you do have to manage a lot of things if you are choosing this option (OS, scaling, HA, etc). As a developer who may not be so familiar with cloud architecture, this can be daunting. Over the years, AWS has been making it easier to deploy code and make it scale. The latest compute product App Runner is a super simple way to write web applications in AWS. Though there are some who reported teething issues using it, I have no doubt those will be fixed in due time when it hits general availability.

Reference:
https://nathanpeck.com/concurrency-compared-lambda-fargate-app-runner/

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cloud internet privacy

The Era of Borderless Data Is Ending – The New York Times

From data privacy and data residency to digital sovereignty, change is happening, and not necessarily in a good way. The wild west that characterize the Old Internet is being chipped off one block at a time. Some predicts this will lead to the end of general computation and further entrench incumbents, making it even more difficult for new players to break in.

Nations are accelerating efforts to control data produced within their perimeters, disrupting the flow of what has become a kind of digital currency.

Source: The Era of Borderless Data Is Ending – The New York Times

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3D internet

Yamauchi No.10 Family Office

This is not your typical website. This website from the family office of Nintendo’s founder just brings back the 80s vibes.

It’s nothing short of amazing what you come up with when you’re not bounded by traditional constraints of what a website is supposed to look like.

We are Yamauchi-No.10 Family Office. Our mission is making a contribution to the society through our activities. https://y-n10.com/

Source: Yamauchi No.10 Family Office

Tip: Use browser zoom to zoom out to see more of the action going on.

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internet IoT security

Whistleblower: Ubiquiti Breach “Catastrophic” — Krebs on Security

This is serious. If you have Ubiquiti equipment do change your credentials immediately and check for signs of compromise.

Adam says the attacker(s) had access to privileged credentials that were previously stored in the LastPass account of a Ubiquiti IT employee, and gained root administrator access to all Ubiquiti AWS accounts, including all S3 data buckets, all application logs, all databases, all user database credentials, and secrets required to forge single sign-on (SSO) cookies.

Source: Whistleblower: Ubiquiti Breach “Catastrophic” — Krebs on Security

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cloud internet

AWS Fault Injection Simulator – Fully managed chaos engineering service – Amazon Web Services

Chaos engineering originated at Netflix with the creation of Chaos Monkey. The idea is that large-scale distributed systems require a different approach to test for failure, since there are so many moving parts. AWS is announcing a new service in 2021 that will help teams to implement chaos engineering to test their setup.

https://aws.amazon.com/fis/

With Fault Injection Simulator, teams can quickly set up experiments using pre-built templates that generate the desired disruptions, such as server latency or database error.

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internet

ICANN Board Withholds Consent for a Change of Control of the Public Interest Registry (PIR) – ICANN

The internet community dodged a bullet today. The fate of the .org domain was up in the air recently until finally ICANN rejected it amidst public pressure. See the backstory here.

Source: ICANN Board Withholds Consent for a Change of Control of the Public Interest Registry (PIR) – ICANN

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internet programming

Troy Hunt: Promiscuous Cookies and Their Impending Death via the SameSite Policy

Yet another potentially breaking change on the web. This time round it involves cookie handling (in the upcoming Chrome 80). The objective is to close off a class of attacks known as CSRF (cross-site request forgery). Expect other browsers to follow suit.

… any websites you’re responsible for that are passing cookies around cross domain by POST request and don’t already have a SameSite policy are going to start misbehaving pretty quickly

Source: Troy Hunt: Promiscuous Cookies and Their Impending Death via the SameSite Policy

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internet

The Magical Science of Wi-Fi on Airplanes – OneZero

If you ever wondered how you can get Wifi on airplanes – massive objects flying at nearly 600mph at altitudes of more than 35000 feet – it is a feat of engineering explained by this article.

How we browse the internet at 35,000 feet

Source: The Magical Science of Wi-Fi on Airplanes – OneZero

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internet

Breaking: Private Equity company acquires .Org registry – Domain Name Wire | Domain Name News

ICANN lifts price caps on .org registry. PE firm acquires .org registry. PE firm appoints former ICANN executives to top positions. Does something seem fishy here? How much does companies like Wikipedia have to pay to keep their .org domain from now on?

Ethos Capital is a new private equity firm lead by Erik Brooks. Brooks was at Abry Partners until earlier this year. Abry Partners acquired Donuts and installed former ICANN President of Global Domains Akram Atallah in the top spot there.

Source: Breaking: Private Equity company acquires .Org registry – Domain Name Wire | Domain Name News

(Edit) 2019-11-23: You can sign up to reject the sale.

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internet programming security

unCaptcha: A Low-Resource Defeat of reCaptcha’s Audio Challenge

CAPTCHA is almost ubiquitous in today’s web applications and an extremely popular CAPTCHA implementation is Google’s, namely reCaptcha. reCaptcha provides an audio version for visually-impaired users. Researchers manage to make use of free speech-to-text services to defeat audio reCaptcha.

unCaptcha: Talk is cheap in defeating reCaptcha

Source: unCaptcha: A Low-Resource Defeat of reCaptcha’s Audio Challenge