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It’s a good, no, great talk about principles of leadership by Bryan Cantrill. At turns hilarious, angry, and poignant, it is quite simply one of the best talks I have ever seen about what we’re building in tech and why and how to do better. We need to move forward, take responsibility and begin to tear down a culture in which “always be hustlin'” is a leadership principle. A frank, harsh look at Amazon, Uber, and techbro thinking, with some eulogy to Sun baked in. It’s a great talk. Please watch it.

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petrilli
7 days ago
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Worth a watch.
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jonwreed
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could be good
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Why Didn’t Twitter Delete the Anti-Muslim Tweets Promoted by Trump?

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Ivana Kottasová, reporting for CNN:

The anti-Muslim videos were first posted by Jayda Fransen, deputy leader of the far-right party Britain First. They depict violent assaults and the destruction of a statue of the Virgin Mary.

They also appear to violate the terms of use published by Twitter. It warns users: “You may not promote violence against, threaten, or harass other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or serious disease.”

Asked why the original tweets have not been deleted, a Twitter spokesperson said:

“To help ensure people have an opportunity to see every side of an issue, there may be the rare occasion when we allow controversial content or behavior which may otherwise violate our rules to remain on our service because we believe there is a legitimate public interest in its availability.”

Translation from PR Weasel-ese to English: Twitter is afraid of pissing off Trump.

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petrilli
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I wish Twitter would be more honest about the fact that what keeps it from deleting Trump's account is the (very real) fear that the sociipathic narcissistc in chief would use his cadre of incompetent criminals and hangers-on to persecute Twitter constantly and likely would bankrupt the company.

Be honest.
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rtreborb
9 days ago
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Translation: it drives revenue
martinbaum
15 days ago
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Maybe, but more like Twitter is still relevant because Trump's the best traffic driver their platform has ever had.

Intel Performance Libraries and Python Distribution enhance performance and scaling of Intel® Xeon® Scalable (‘Skylake’) processors on GCP

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Google was pleased to be the first cloud vendor to offer the latest-generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable (‘Skylake’) processors in February 2017. With their higher core counts, improved on-chip interconnect with the new Intel® Mesh Architecture, enhanced memory subsystems and Intel® Advanced Vector Extensions-512 (AVX-512) functional units, these processors are a great fit for demanding HPC applications that need high floating-point operation rates (FLOPS) and the operand bandwidth to feed the processing pipelines.
New Intel® Mesh Architecture for Xeon Scalable Processors

Skylake raises the performance bar significantly, but a processor is only as powerful as the software that runs on it. So today we're announcing that the Intel Performance Libraries are now freely available for Google Cloud Platform (GCP) Compute Engine. These libraries, which include the Intel® Math Kernel Library, Intel® Data Analytics Acceleration Library, Intel® Performance Primitives, Intel® Threading Building Blocks, and Intel® MPI Library, integrate key communication and computation kernels that have been tuned and optimized for this latest Intel processor family, in terms of both sequential pipeline flow and parallel execution. These components are useful across all the Intel Xeon processor families in GCP, but they're of particular interest for applications that can use them to fully exploit the scale of 96 vCPU instances on Skylake-based servers.

Scaling out to Skylake can result in dramatic performance improvements. This parallel SGEMM matrix multiplication benchmark result, run by Intel engineers on GCP, shows the advantage obtained by going from a 64 vCPU GCP instance on an Intel® Xeon processor E5 (“Broadwell”) system to an instance with 96 vCPUs on Intel Xeon Scalable (“Skylake”) processors, using the Intel® MKL on GCP. Using half or fewer of the available vCPUs reduces hyper-thread sharing of AVX-512 functional units and leads to higher efficiency.
In addition to pre-compiled performance libraries, GCP users now have free access to the Intel® Distribution for Python, a distribution of both python2 and python3, which uses the Intel instruction features and pipelines for maximum effect.

The following chart shows example performance improvements delivered by the optimized scikit-learn K-means functions in the Intel® Distribution for Python over the stock open source Python distribution.
We’re delighted that Google Cloud Platform users will experience the best of Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors using the Intel® Distribution for Python and the Intel performance libraries Intel® MKL, Intel® DAAL, Intel® TBB, Intel® IPP and Intel® MPI. These software tools are carefully tuned to deliver the workload-optimized performance benefits of the advanced processors that Google has deployed, including 96 vCPUs and workload-optimized vector capabilities provided by Intel® AVX-512.”  
Sanjiv Shah, VP and GM, Software Development tools for technical, enterprise, and cloud computing at Intel
For more information about Intel and GCP, or to access the installation instructions for the Intel Performance Library and Python packages, visit the Intel and Google Cloud Platform page.
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petrilli
29 days ago
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The improvements on scikit-learn are pretty staggering.
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Thermostat

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Your problem is so terrible, I worry that, if I help you, I risk drawing the attention of whatever god of technology inflicted it on you.
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petrilli
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The future we create.
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daanzu_alt_text_bot
28 days ago
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Your problem is so terrible, I worry that, if I help you, I risk drawing the attention of whatever god of technology inflicted it on you.
DaftDoki
33 days ago
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STEVE!
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snm77
25 days ago
Now you know why I don't have one.
brico
36 days ago
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Too real
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Covarr
39 days ago
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I have a friend who is regularly on both sides of this.
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diannemharris
39 days ago
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This is the stuff that happens to me all the time. Luckily most of the time it is because I'm QA.
chrisminett
40 days ago
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This is the sort of crap that happens to my Dad
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Self Driving

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"Crowdsourced steering" doesn't sound quite as appealing as "self driving."
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petrilli
73 days ago
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So much this.
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mkalus
74 days ago
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"Crowd Sourced Steering" doesn't quite sound as appealing as "self driving".
iPhone: 49.287476,-123.142136
JayM
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Ha
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tante
75 days ago
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Outsourcing AI work to people
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New – Per-Second Billing for EC2 Instances and EBS Volumes

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Back in the old days, you needed to buy or lease a server if you needed access to compute power. When we launched EC2 back in 2006, the ability to use an instance for an hour, and to pay only for that hour, was big news. The pay-as-you-go model inspired our customers to think about new ways to develop, test, and run applications of all types.

Today, services like AWS Lambda prove that we can do a lot of useful work in a short time. Many of our customers are dreaming up applications for EC2 that can make good use of a large number of instances for shorter amounts of time, sometimes just a few minutes.

Per-Second Billing for EC2 and EBS
Effective October 2nd, usage of Linux instances that are launched in On-Demand, Reserved, and Spot form will be billed in one-second increments. Similarly, provisioned storage for EBS volumes will be billed in one-second increments.

Per-second billing also applies to Amazon EMR and AWS Batch:

Amazon EMR – Our customers add capacity to their EMR clusters in order to get their results more quickly. With per-second billing for the EC2 instances in the clusters, adding nodes is more cost-effective than ever.

AWS Batch – Many of the batch jobs that our customers run complete in less than an hour. AWS Batch already launches and terminates Spot Instances; with per-second billing for the EC2 instances, batch processing will become even more economical.

Some of our more sophisticated customers have built systems to get the most value from EC2 by strategically choosing the most advantageous target instances when managing their gaming, ad tech, or 3D rendering fleets. Per-second billing obviates the need for this extra layer of instance management, and brings the costs savings to all customers and all workloads.

While this will result in a price reduction for many workloads (and you know we love price reductions), I don’t think that’s the most important aspect of this change. I believe that this change will inspire you to innovate and to think about your compute-bound problems in new ways. How can you use it to improve your support for continuous integration? Can it change the way that you provision transient environments for your dev and test workloads? What about your analytics, batch processing, and 3D rendering?

One of the many advantages of cloud computing is the elastic nature of provisioning or deprovisioning resources as you need them. By billing usage down to the second we will enable customers to level up their elasticity, save money, and customers will be positioned to take advantage of continuing advances in computing.

Things to Know
This change is effective in all AWS Regions and will be effective October 2, for all Linux instances that are newly launched or already running. There is a 1 minute minimum charge per-instance.

Per-second billing is not currently applicable to instances running Microsoft Windows or Linux distributions that have a separate hourly charge.

List prices and Spot Market prices are still listed on a per-hour basis, but bills are calculated down to the second, as is Reserved Instance usage (you can launch, use, and terminate multiple instances within an hour and get the Reserved Instance Benefit for all of the instances). Also, bills will show times in decimal form, like this:

The Dedicated Per Region Fee, EBS Snapshots, and products in AWS Marketplace are still billed on an hourly basis.

Jeff;

 

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petrilli
86 days ago
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Excellent. And incentive to get your boot time as low as possible. I expect GCP to adjust very quickly since they were already at the minute mark.
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rosskarchner
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DC-ish
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