We took a hard look at Google this week after reading a great article from Cyrus Shepard over at Zyppy. Alphabet’s indefatigable absorption of the internet through Google is always worth careful attention. This week though we’re also highlighting some database pieces and a wonderful resource that compares how well different programming languages handle standardized problems.
Twitter now requiring login to view tweets
DataHoarder users are expressing their annoyance and distrust at Twitter, which is beginning to require users login to view tweets. Given Twitter’s many other data-ethics issues, what should be a minor annoyance compounds into a big issue.
Googlespeak – How Google Limits Thought About Antitrust
Public enemy no.1 is breaking containment. SEO proprietor Cyrus Shepard explains how Google stifles antitrust suits with “Googlespeak”. Can this dystopian future be stopped before Google IS the internet and all of humanity is either a user or partner?
Nitter: Alternative Twitter Front-End
- Nitter is an alternative Front-End for Twitter that rips off and tosses Twitter’s front-end, insulating your device from whatever new “creepy uncle” licenses Twitter decided it wants to take with your data this week.
How Discord Stores Billions of Messages (2017)
- Fascinating. Ever wonder how Discord handles the 100 million+ messages its users create every day? Here’s a look into the hardware infrastructure, software architecture, and data modeling that Discord uses to efficiently store and retrieve that data glut.
Golang vs. C# (.NET 5.0) at Benchmarks Game
- “The best way to complain is to build things”. What an absolutely brilliant way to sum up what these people built. This project races programming languages through standard benchmark trials with transparent methodology.
To Head Off Regulators, Google Makes Certain Words Taboo
- Great work by The Markup! This disturbing piece of investigative journalism details Google’s Antitrust countermeasures using internal Google and Alphabet documents. Remember when bundling an OS and Browser was grounds for action?
Google’s Top Search Result? Surprise! It’s Google
- Another great piece from The Markup on Google’s anticompetitive practices, Gitwhere Google grants itself the top spots, even feeding its own services other websites’ scraped content. With nothing to fear from Biden’s regulators, Google will escalate this.
Five Rules of Thumb for Written Communications
- Strap in and keep a bucket handy, here comes three concentrated pages of lawyerese epicac. Shockingly, this internal Google document concludes by threatening it’s own employees:
“And we’re pretty good at finding things, even if a person has deleted it.”
Data Lineage at Slack
- his is a great overview of the pipelining and data structures Slack uses to track Data Lineage in accordance with GDPR and backfill data after revisions to connected datasets. Plenty of densely packed information and tips, well worth a read.
How to evaluate the best ETL tools for your business
- If you’re in the market for an ETL service, this is a great read. It breaks down what an ETL does into understandable abstract analogies. By the end you’ll have a discerning eye and reasonably understand your company’s needs.