Reading recommendations (2016-09-29)

Posted on Thu 29 September 2016 in reading recommendations

Between trying to figure out why one of our servers at work keeps insisting its RAID storage controller disappears after a few days of work and researching file exchange platforms like Syncthing, Owncloud and Seafile I've been quite busy for a while. I've also played more Black Desert and watched quite a lot of Star Wars: The Clone Wars on Netflix.

Fear of a Female President by Peter Beinart (via Twitter)
Misogeny waves abound even - or respectively especially - in the case of Clinton winning the elections and becoming the first female US president.

Software Application Risks on the OSX Continuum by The Cyber Independent Testing Lab (via Twitter)
Firefox on macOS is abysmal, Google Chrome is great (as expected). Microsoft's auto updater is evil personified while Apple's Software Update for the OS itself is quite good.

Trump campaign says media should not be ‘fact-checkers’ by Samantha Page (via Twitter)
Let me rephrase that: Trump campaign prefers not being told they blatantly lie on camera.

All Summer in a Day by Ray Bradbury (PDF, via Twitter)
A story to show you exactly how awful children can be.

Someone Is Learning How to Take Down the Internet by Bruce Schneier
Interesting theory about testing the Internet's "weak points" and how much pressure they can endure.

Not Your Grandmother's Meatball by Marissa Landrigan (browsing on theatlantic.com)
I found this short history of the American Meatball used in their Spaghetti most enjoyable. It depicts nicely how food can change and develop according to the circumstances of the demographic of its cooks.

Die armen Kinder vom Silicon Valley by Moritz Aisslinger (probably via Twitter, German)
I did not expect the difference between rich and poor in what I would call the global IT capital to be this extreme.

Bonus from the archive: Why we made Mattermost an open source Slack-alternative by The Mattermost Team is a enlightening, medium-length tale of how this software came to be.


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