Interesting Reads with Commentary
Where Warren's Wrong
Senator Elizabeth Warren deserves credit: I have been writing about antitrust, particularly in the context of…
Senator Elizabeth Warren deserves credit: I have been writing about antitrust , particularly in the context of Aggregation Theory , for years, but the most concrete proposal I have put forward is that social networks should not be allowed to acquire other social networks . Senator Warren, on the other hand, last week presented a far more wide-reaching proposal that specifically targeted Facebook, Google, and Amazon ….
Unfortunately, Senator Warren’s proposal helps highlight why I have not gone further with my own: hers would create massive new problems, have significant unintended consequences, and worst of all, not even address the issues Senator Warren is concerned about (with one possible exception I will get to in a moment). Worst, it would do so by running roughshod over the idea of judicial independence, invite endless lawsuits and bureaucratic meddling around subjective definitions, and effectively punish consumers for choosing the best option for them.
- Thompson does a great job per usual.
- I also really enjoyed Antonio Garcia Martinez’s take: Facebook Is Not a Monopoly, but It Should Be Broken Up | WIRED
Amazon Aurora ascendant: How we designed a cloud-native relational database — All Things Distributed
Amazon Aurora ascendant: How we designed a cloud-native relational database
Relational databases have been around for a long time. The relational model of data was pioneered back in the 1970s by…
Aurora’s design preserves the core transactional consistency strengths of relational databases. It innovates at the storage layer to create a database built for the cloud that can support modern workloads without sacrificing performance. Customers love this because Aurora provides the performance and availability of commercial grade databases at 1/10th the cost. Since Aurora’s original release, it has been the fastest-growing service in the history of AWS.
In this post, I’d like to give you a peek under the hood at how we built Aurora. I’ll also discuss why customers are adopting it faster than any other service in AWS history.
- This is a great walkthrough of how Amazon broke the database apart to build it back up. It reminds me of a presentation from Eric Brewer (Google) at Ricon 2012: Advancing Distributed Systems — Eric Brewer, RICON2012 on Vimeo.
- Since cell-based architecture is mentioned in the article I’ll include another piece I came across recently: Cell-based Reference Architecture · wso2/reference-architecture · GitHub
News / Random
- Suse is once again an independent company — TechCrunch
- Special Report: Beto O’Rourke’s secret membership in a legendary hacking group | Reuters. Well, I’ll be damned.
- A Note From Mark Zuckerberg | Facebook Newsroom. Facebook is just constantly in the news and seemingly going through many changes these days.
- Non-profit AI org founded by Elon Musk, Sam Altman to pursue profits — Business Insider
- The Cloud and Open Source Powder Keg — tecosystems
Systems / Infrastructure / Cloud
- The 737Max and Why Software Engineers Might Want to Pay Attention. Some important takeaways for all of us.
- Design Of A Modern Cache — Part Deux — High Scalability -
- Give Meaning to 100 Billion Events a Day — The Shift to Redshift — High Scalability -
Product Development / Programming
- What the Fork, Amazon? — The New Stack. Some great points in here.
- Templating tmux with tmuxinator. I will be doing this.
- Serverless is a State of Mind — A Cloud Guru. Yup.
- Should We Have Deadlines? — John Cutler — Medium
Math / Science / Behavior / Economics
- ‘A toxic culture of overwork’: Inside the graduate student mental health crisis — The Stanford Daily
- The Daily Beast Hit Piece on Amazon — Marginal REVOLUTION. I wish reporting was better.
- Technology, Instaculture, and The Death of Creativity — The Hacker Chick Blog. I love this. Some great advice.
- These hyper-secretive economists are transforming how Amazon does business — CNN. Not shocking. I only expect this to increase. I’m also going to guess that philosophers and sociologists might see themselves in tech companies very soon (re: AI).