Hey, it's HighScalability time:
- 5 billion requests per day: Heroku serves 60,000 requests per second; 500 Petabytes: Backblaze's New Data Center; 25000 simultaneous connections: on a Percona Server
- How algorithms help determine that shape of our world. First we encode normative rules of an idealized world in algorithms. Second those algorithms help enforce those expectations by nudging humans in to acting accordingly. A fun example is the story of Ed Bolian's Record-Breaking Drive. Ed raced from New York to L.A. at speeds of up to 158 mph, "breaking countless laws – and the previous record, by more than two hours." His approach is one that any nerd would love. He had three radar detectors, two laser jammers, two nav systems, a CB radio, a scanner, two iPhones and two iPads running applications like Waze, lookouts in the back seat scanning for cops, and someone scouting ahead. Awesome! For the moral of the story, they were going so fast Ed said that "AmEx froze my credit card. They didn't think I could've traveled from one station to another as fast as I did." A human didn't act as expected so the human was denied access to the System. And that System is what will mediate all human interactions going forward. When we think of our AI mediated future be aware that it will destroy as many degrees of freedom as it creates.
- Not what you want to have happen when you've spent $4.5 million on a Super Bowl ad. Maserati’s Ghibli SuperBowl Ad Crashes Maserati Website. They fell back to a YouTube video, which is a good strategy. Still, nice looking car.
- AWS cost savings alert: new prices for the M3 instances are now more cost-effective than the M1 instances. Take a look at rebalancing your instance portfolio.
- Urs Hölzle with a little Google nostalgia: Back in 2000, the main ads database was on a single machine, f41. The ads group was five engineers back then, so we took turns carrying a pager. I had to abort a dinner date one night (it was Outback Steakhouse in Campbell) to come back to the Googleplex because f41 was wedged; Jeff Dean chips in with the story of his first visit to a datacenter.
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