"I'm Too Much of an Optimist," Mozilla is an #InternetVillain, Steam Controller 2.0 rumors and MORE!
Rumor has it, Valve are working on a new Steam Controller. What features would you like to see? A big part of the Internet went down this week, we get to the bottom of it... In the UK, 30,000 online followers makes you an Internet celebrity. Surprisingly, not a "Cyber Celebrity"
Mozilla was nominated for #InternetVillain for the dumbest reason. Ever.
Rumor has it, Valve are working on a new Steam Controller. What features would you like to see?
Bigger face buttons, more conveniently placed. Maybe surrounding the right trackpad rather than where they are now.
My favorite controller is the GC controller, so maybe do something like that.
USB Type-C charging (mine are Micro-B)
Dongle storage underneath the back hatch?
Valve have built a new shader compiler for AMD GPUs, they're looking for help!
This is a bit over my head. Wanna handle this one, Raven?
A big part of the Internet went down this week, we get to the bottom of it...
Verizon caused a huge BGP misroute that made major services like Cloudflair, Facebook, Microsoft, and Twitter mostly unavailable for the better part of Tuesday.
What happened? According to CloudFlare:
A small company in Northern Pennsylvania became a preferred path of many Internet routes through Verizon (AS701), a major Internet transit provider. This was the equivalent of Waze routing an entire freeway down a neighborhood street.
Essentially, the Internet is made up of a group of smaller computer networks. Each of them are connected to each other through a protocol called "Border Gateway Protocol" or BGP.
With BGP, multiple autonomous networks are able to route traffic between each other. BGP routes can range from broad to specific. It functions similarly to selecting a CSS class vs. selecting an ID.
What happened was that an ISP in Pennsylvania was using a BGP optimizer on their network, which laid out specific routes for popular websites. This ISP sent these routes to one of their customers--Allegheny Technology--who then sent this routing information to Verizon... which then overrode the broader BGP traffic routes--and sent global traffic through this ISP's network which was unequipped to handle it.
It's lamentable that so much of the Internet's backbone is controlled by so few companies. And that a single misconfiguration like this would be the cause of global outages for popular websites.
What's most unfortunate is that this could have been avoided if Verizon were following best practices.
In the UK, 30,000 online followers makes you an Internet Celebrity. Surprisingly, not a "Cyber Celebrity"
The UK's Advertising Standards Authority stated in a ruling on Wednesday that a lifestyle blogger with 32,000 followers had "the attention of a significant number of people" and that she was subject to advertising laws.
There are positives and negatives to this. First, there's now less ambiguity when it comes to UK law--which is universally a good thing in my book.
Second, advertising laws applying to smaller outlets gives the government to authority to regulate sponsored posts. This might be a good or bad thing, depending on your perspective. However, I for one believe that there should be tight limits on how sponsored content is presented to viewers.
In the US, the FTC says that anyone with an online presence should disclose their sponsored content--which is just a generally ethical thing to do in my book.
Alexa, how long do you keep my voice recordings? "Basically forever."
Senator Chris Coons of Delaware sent a list of questions to Amazon's Commander-in-Creep Jeff Bezos in May.
Amazon replied to Senator Coons' questions, saying "We basically keep all your voice data indefinitely."
We retain customer's voice recordings and transciprts until the customer chooses to delete them."
Amazon also says that third party "Skills" developers must keep records of certain things--the example given was if you had ordered a pizza with your Alexa.
So you can go into your Amazon account and listen to all the recordings your Alexa has made through your account--and delete them if you're feeling inclined to do so.