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We're all one of today's lucky "Ten Thousand" at some point, and likely will be many more times in the future.

Each of us take turns filling up on things that "most" people seem to know, for I have yet to meet one who knows all those "most people" things! (non-overlapping subsets etc etc).

Be kind to today's lucky Ten Thousand! ♥️

(H/T @celia)

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"The land before modern APIs" by Darius Kazemi
(@darius)

Nice history of HTTP status codes.

"""
The numeric codes are assigned by groups [to] hopefully cover other protocols besides RJE (like FTP).
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This is from RFC 360, about a Remote Job Entry protocol (RJE), submitted in 1972. You know you're in deep, when reading a three-digit IETF RFC!

increment.com/apis/land-before

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"Profiling live Wikipedia traffic with near-zero overhead"

> Each day of Wikipedia backend traffic yields about 3 million stack trace samples, as collected by Excimer, a new a low-overhead sampling profiler for PHP.

I wrote all about it in this year's Performance Calendar:

👉 calendar.perfplanet.com/2020/p

Wikipedia.org and sister projects, operating system stats for the last week of April 2021:

* 31.7%: Android
* 26.1%: Windows
* 24.3%: iOS
* (9.6%: Other)
* 6.8%: macOS
* 0.9%: Linux (incl. Ubuntu)
* 0.6%: Chrome OS

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Wikipedia.org and sister projects, for April 2021:

* 50%: Chrome, Chrome Mobile
* 23.8%: Safari, Mobile Safari
* 5.2%: Firefox, Firefox Mobile
* 2.8%: Edge
* 2.6%: Samsung Internet
* 2.0%: Chrome Mobile iOS
* 1.6%: Google app
* 0.83%: Opera
* 0.74%: Internet Explorer
* 0.27%: Yandex
* 0.2%: DuckDuckGo app

100% = 16.4 billion views (desktop+mobile web, no apps, no bots)

covid in sept 2019? Italy. 

It seems Italy already had then-undetected Covid-19 in Sept and Nov 2019. Not 2020, but 2019! This is based on a few hundred blood samples from an unrelated randomised cancer screening trial.

Hypothesis: The genome wasn't published yet, so we weren't (able to) look for it.

Note: Beware of unfounded claims in videos. I've followed Campbell for some time and regularly review the references. Open to hear other angles.

youtu.be/i195K2vYfnY

"Browser favicons can be used as supercookies to track you"
by Matthew Gault (Vice).

The various supercookie implementations out there are always an interesting source of unintended ways to fingerprint or persist data. Usually followed by browsers mitigating those. The favicon hack is... something else though. Wow.

vice.com/en/article/n7v5y7/bro

Background:
supercookie.me/workwise

Prior art:
github.com/samyk/evercookie

Crypto miners are killing free CI. CI providers like GitLab, TravisCI, and Shippable are all worsening or shutting down their free tiers due to cryptocurrency mining attacks.

layerci.com/blog/crypto-miners

Exactly how were medieval bridges built in Europe? Before steam engines, cranes, bulldozers, etc.

In 1357, construction of this bridge in Prague began and would take over 50 years to complete. This visual animation shows it all in elegant detail, step by step.

(No audio descriptions or subtitles on this one.)

kottke.org/20/10/fantastic-3-d

#bridges #civilengineering #architecture #museum #history #animation #prague

The list includes the web properties served by Wikimedia Foundation as of last Sunday.

Also, it looks like mastodon.social is nearly in the top 10k, certainly if you combine Fediverse traffic. That feels new and significant. I wonder if there's been at attempt to estimate its share and position (eg as if it were centralized).

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Jonah Edwards talks about the tech and numbers of Internet Archive. Hardware, traffic, costs, and more.

First few minutes are the talk, followed by many good Qs&As.

archive.org/details/jonah-edwa

The Fediverse should get rid of the addictive dark patternes that were copied from Twitter & co

njms.ca/posts/ethical-anti-des

"Breaking GitHub Private Pages for $35k",
by Robert Chen and ginkoid.

Interesting combination of techniques to effectively bypass cross-origin restrictions. Learned a thing or two.

robertchen.cc/blog/2021/04/03/

📝New blog post 🎉

Is WebAssembly magic performance pixie dust✨? Can you replace JavaScript with Wasm and things get faster?

➡️ JS to AssemblyScript
➡️ Benchmarking & Profiling
➡️ Debugging the runtime
➡️ Comparing file size
➡️ also feat Rust & C++

👇
surma.dev/things/js-to-asc/ind

Wikipedia.org and sister projects, operating system stats for the first week of April 2021:

* 32.2%: Android
* 26.0%: Windows
* 24.6%: iOS
* (9.2%: Other)
* 6.6%: macOS
* 0.9%: Linux (incl. Ubuntu)
* 0.5%: Chrome OS

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