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Pagerduty's fantastic Zookeeper bug

Ok, I don’t particularly like calling a bug fantastic, in this case, it is more of a fantastic troubleshooting of a bug. What I found interesting was the layers that were unpeeled one by one to reach the probable region of the root cause. (Yeah, the root cause is probably so esoteric and confined to a specific combination of version, that it is unlikely to be looked at by anybody).

The story is more important than the tool

I have a confession to make. Hollywood has always fascinated me. Not because of the larger-than-life stories they come up with. But because of the enormous machinery that churns out a movie. To the utter frustration of my family, I always stay back at the end of a movie, looking at all the credits which flash by - to see the rest of the iceberg under the tip. The thousands of people who made this movie happen, out of which only a fraction gets the world wide adulation, but all of them were needed to make it happen.

Apple patents tech to allow Govt to block recording on mobile devices

A troubling development:

Apple has patented a piece of technology which would allow government and police to block transmission of information, including video and photographs, from any public gathering or venue they deem “sensitive”, and “protected from externalities.”

In other words, these powers will have control over what can and cannot be documented on wireless devices during any public event.

And while the company says the affected sites are to be mostly cinemas, theaters, concert grounds and similar locations, Apple Inc. also says “covert police or government operations may require complete ‘blackout’ conditions.”

Use of Tor will make you interesting to NSA

photo by zebedee Just now read a rather disturbing article from Sophos security. The article describes the interpretation of the law by NSA and some of the internal policies that they use in surveillance. They also reveal that courts don’t always determine who’s targeted for surveillance because that discretion is practiced by the NSA’s own analysts, with only a percentage of decisions being reviewed by regular internal audits.

Law enforcement was not supposed to be easy

A scene from the 'Touch of Evil' (1958). Flickr image by Luisru León In this day and age of the surveillance state, a quotation worth remembering from the legendary Orson Welles over 50 years back. A policeman's job is only easy in a police state. -- Charlton Heston as Mike Vargas in the movie "Touch of Evil"(1958), Orson Welles (screenwriter and director) Curiously, a similar statement was made over a decade back, in fact a couple of years before 9⁄11, before the world changed, or actually before the United States’ war on terror changed the world.

Use Btsync and Owncloud to create your own free personal storage cloud

High Scalability had an interesting link today about a project that combines Raspberry PI, btsync and owncloud to create essentially a personal Dropbox replacement with none of the costs or the storage limitation. Also very importantly, keeping up with the hot topic nowadays, the peace of mind from knowing that you are not making it easy for intelligence agencies to go through your most important and personal data.