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"World’s largest bee, once presumed extinct, filmed alive in the wild" — The world’s largest bee may also be the planet’s most elusive. First discovered in 1859 by the prominent scientist Alfred Russel Wallace, nobody could locate it again, and it was presumed extinct. But Wallace’s giant bee (Megachile pluto) was not gone. nationalgeographic.com/animals ,

"I Thought the MAGA Boys Were Shit-Eating Monsters. Then I Watched the Full Video." — The outrage machine whipped itself up into quite the frenzy this weekend after video that appeared to show a bunch of virginal pro-life activists in MAGA hats harassing an elderly Native American man went viral online. The video clip was enraging. thestranger.com/slog/2019/01/2 ,

"The coolest features in Salt 2019.2 Fluorine" — It started as a series of tweets about a few exciting features I’ve found in Salt Fluorine git branch. Then the release was postponed from 2018.11 to 2019.2, and that gave me enough time to consolidate these tweets (and lots of other features) into a full-blown blog post. salt.tips/the-coolest-features ,

"The Day I Quit My Job" — I like being a doctor. I’m good with patients – they trust me. I’m ambitious, hands-on, persistent, and highly motivated. I have invested years, even decades, in my training and further education. But at some point, it was enough. I couldn’t and I didn’t want to keep doing it anymore. femaleonezero.com/worklife/the , ,

"House Passes First Major Gun Bill In Over 20 Years" — The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bipartisan bill requiring background checks on every gun purchase, including at gun shows and on the internet. This is the first major gun bill to pass in a generation. refinery29.com/en-us/2019/02/2 , ,

"Top ten most popular docker images each contain at least 30 vulnerabilities" — Welcome to Snyk’s annual State of Open Source Security report 2019. This report is split into several posts: Or download our lovely handcrafted pdf report which contains all of this information and more in one place. snyk.io/blog/top-ten-most-popu , ,

"On Being A Principal Engineer" — I bought and read The Manager’s Path by the awesome Camille Fournier when it first came out. At the time, I was a senior Database Engineer aspiring to become a principal engineer in my organization. blog.dbsmasher.com/2019/01/28/ ,

"I Cut Google Out Of My Life. It Screwed Up Everything" — Goodbye Big FiveReporter Kashmir Hill spent six weeks blocking Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Apple from getting her money, data, and attention, using a custom-built VPN. Here’s what happened. gizmodo.com/i-cut-google-out-o , ,

"Facebook pays teens to install VPN that spies on them" — Desperate for data on its competitors, Facebook has been secretly paying people to install a “Facebook Research” VPN that lets the company suck in all of a user’s phone and web activity, similar to Facebook’s Onavo Protect app that Apple banned in June and that was removed in August. techcrunch.com/2019/01/29/face , ,

"'Karma' : Inside the hack used by the UAE to break into iPhones of foes" — A spying squad based in Abu Dhabi used a hacking tool called Karma to spy on iPhones of opponents. Reuters explains how the exploit worked. reuters.com/investigates/speci , ,

"Drug trafficker alters fingerprints with skin implants and evades capture for 15 years" — Drug trafficker alters fingerprints with skin implants and evades capture for 15 years boingboing.net/2019/01/31/drug ,

"Trapped in a hoax: survivors of conspiracy theories speak out" — What happens to those caught up in the toxic lies of conspiracy theorists? The Guardian spoke to five victims whose lives were wrecked by falsehoods Conspiracy theories used to be seen as bizarre expressions of harmless eccentrics. Not any more. theguardian.com/technology/201 , ,

"Japan Now Has Chocolate Ramen" — To help celebrate Valentine’s Day, ramen chain Kourakuen is serving up “chocolate ramen” for a limited time only. According to NariNari, the chocolate ramen is made with a shoyu (soy sauce) ramen base, but added cacao oil and an added chocolate bar. kotaku.com/japan-now-has-choco ,

"How Cartographers for the U.S. Military Inadvertently Created a House of Horrors in South Africa" — The visitors started coming in 2013. The first one who came and refused to leave until he was let inside was a private investigator named Roderick. He was looking for an abducted girl, and he was convinced she was in the house. John S. gizmodo.com/how-cartographers- , ,

"For Everyone" — This is an open-source version of "Security Training for Everyone", PagerDuty's internal employee security training, given to all PagerDuty employees as part of our annual security training program. sudo.pagerduty.com/for_everyon ,

"‘We’re Out of Options’: Doctors Battle Drug-Resistant Typhoid Outbreak" — The first known epidemic of extensively drug-resistant typhoid is spreading through Pakistan, infecting at least 850 people in 14 districts since 2016, according to the National Institute of Health Islamabad. nytimes.com/2018/04/13/health/ ,

"Scientists accidentally create mutant enzyme that eats plastic bottles" — Scientists have created a mutant enzyme that breaks down plastic drinks bottles – by accident. The breakthrough could help solve the global plastic pollution crisis by enabling for the first time the full recycling of bottles. theguardian.com/environment/20 , ,

"Encrypting Sensitive Data in SaltStack" — SaltStack, like any good configuration management system, provides a way to distribute sensitive data (like passwords or API keys) to minion nodes in a secure manner. sgoel.org/posts/encrypting-sen , ,

"Getting started with Salt for network automation, using Docker" — This is going to be a very short blog post, but hopefully it will provide an easier intro for the (network) engineers that want to get started with Salt to leverage its superpowers for network automation. mirceaulinic.net/2018-04-04-sa , ,

"How Ubisoft Makes So Many Assassin’s Creed Games" — There has been one major new Assassin’s Creed game every year since 2007, except for the two years they skipped and the one year when they made two. kotaku.com/how-multiple-ubisof , ,

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