Here are my notes of “The Elements of Style”
Here are my notes of “The Elements of Style”
I couldn’t find in the internet what version of OpenSSL is used in each Android version. So, I used this simple script to find it out, the results are in table below.
iPhone users need carrier authorization to enable hotspot.
Some users whose carrier does allow tethering but does not have a current partner agreement with Apple may have been inadvertently affected by the changes. Most, however, appear to have been abusing the function enable Personal Hotspot without paying additional fees.
“abusing” (sic) without paying additional fees?
Users are already paying for the data between the cellular antenna and their iPhones, that is what the carrier charges for. Why in earth would users pay an additional fee to forward data from the iPhone to a computer ?
Think about this: Alice wants to know which beer Bob wants to drink, Alice calls Bob but, he is taking a shower, so Dave picks up the call and asks Bob which beer he wants, Bob replies “XX Lager”. Dave who is speaking with Alice on Bob’s iPhone says “XX Lager” to Alice.
Should Bob pay an additional fee to his carrier for Dave passing the voice?
Do carriers also charge for voice forwarding ?
This is what Apple says:
Personal Hotspot lets you connect your computers and devices to the Internet using the cellular data connection on your device.
To use this feature, enable Personal Hotspot on your cellular data plan. Contact your carrier for information and pricing.
Back in my days as university student, one of the most important concepts in the classes “Project management” and “Investment projects evaluation” was the ROI. With WhatsApp saying To handle 50 billion messages a day the focus is on making a reliable system that works. Monetization is something to look at later, it’s far far down the road.  and Zuckerberg saying Simply put: we don’t build services to make money; we make money to build better services. in the IPO letter, it is clear that not everything is about money.
Yes, not everything is about money, money doesn’t have real value, money shouldn’t be necessary…money shouldn’t exist in the first place
Other unrelated but interesting parts on the WhatsApp architecture article:
- In 2011 WhatsApp achieved 1 million established tcp sessions on a single machine with memory and cpu to spare. (Wow!)
- Ejabberd in FreeBSD. (I played with that!)
-32 engineers, one developer supports 14 million active users. (Good people is worth)
As usual, a lot of interesting things are going in The Internet, here are some that caught my attention:
1) Mozilla Persona
A better way to sign in.
It can be used to implement SSO (Single-Sign-On), in someway it is similar to OpenID.
The identity provider is not notified, which is very good for privacy.
It is focused on the browser (built on the BrowserID protocol)
Take a look https://persona.org/
2) IDEs in the Cloud
This link lists more options.
3) Visual Regular Expressions
Chances are that you know the saying
Well, that is less true with Debuggex, a pretty cool tool to visualize JavaScipt, PCRE and Python regular expressions. Debuggex eases the problem of using regular expressions. It integrates Mozilla’s Persona and embedding in StackOverflow.
RegexPlanet is another good option but isn’t possible to visualize regex…
One thing I would like to see: Debuggex is open-source instead of Debuggex is not open-source.
Check it out
4) FreeBSD in the PlayStation 4
Seems like the PlayStation 4 will be running Orbis OS, a modified version of FreeBSD.
5) Synchronization via procrastination
The article Structured Deferral: Synchronization via Procrastination overviews how to maintain data synchronized using a lazy approach.
It compares reference counting, hazard pointers…
6) On Java garbage collection
Article explaining the G1 Garbage Collector.
７) Serval Project
Serval Project brings Open telecommunications using mesh networking.
These are the features that make it interesting:
1) Opertaes in normal phones (there is an app for Android)
2) The nodes keep the phone number
3) All calls are end-to-end encrypted
This has wide range of use cases, e.g., using cell phones in over-crowded places, communicating during disaster, freely communication during civil resistance, communicating with friends without using carrier’s networks…
Open Garden is a similar project that is worth looking
8) The Process of Innovation
A software guy named James Gosling (not a Senior Consultant, not a Principal Engineer, not a Dr, just a plain Software Guy) talks in Standford’s Computers Systems Colloquium about the process of innovation. Among other interesting facts and anecdotes he talks about:
9) A different approach to schedule public transportation
Self-Organization Leads to Supraoptimal Performance in Public Transportation Systems
This interesting and not conventional paper, argues that self-scheduling public transportation is more efficient than the typical approach where vehicles come at regular intervals.