AWS 接受不同的幣別付款

剛剛看到 AWS 宣佈接受不同幣別的付款:「New – Set Preferred Payment Currency for your AWS Account」。

當你使用 Visa 或是 MasterCard 時,除了美金外,目前支援這些幣別:

  • Australian Dollars (AUD)
  • Swiss Francs (CHF)
  • Danish Kroner (DKK)
  • Euros (EUR)
  • British Pounds (GBP)
  • Hong Kong Dollars (HKD)
  • Japanese Yen (JPY)
  • Norwegian Kroner (NOK)
  • New Zealand Dollars (NZD)
  • Swedish Kronor (SEK)
  • South African Rand (ZAR)

來找業務問一下是不是可以從這些地區出帳,透過租稅協定來降低稅額...

用 Go 寫的 Tor Relay Server

Zite 上看到的「Implementing a Tor relay from scratch」,用 Go 寫的 Tor Relay Server。

會跳下去用 Go 寫是因為效能上的考量:

[...], but the lack of AES-NI instructions on the CPUs cause a significant slowdown.

但因為一個 IP 只能跑兩個 instance,這就有點痛了:

To maximize the amount of relayed data, it is normal to simply run multiple instances of the program, up to two per IP address.

而作者的目標是超過現有的極限:

My final goal was to beat the Tor speed record, which was at roughly 200 megabytes per second.

成果就是直接吃滿 2Gbps (250MBytes/sec),而且 CPU 只用了 60%:

[...] He set up a server with my relay and within a few days we had broken the Tor speed record with a nice 250 megabytes per second, effectively maxing out the network link. CPU usage was at a nice 60% across 12 cores. But his relay also suffered from the memory issues and had to be restarted every few days.

作者的程式碼放在 GitHub 上,之後應該會有人跳進去改寫:「A fast implementation of the Tor OR code, in Go」。

m0n0wall 的終結

m0n0wall 算是元老級的 firewall 套件,看到「End of the m0n0wall project」這個消息還是有點感慨啊...

有很多類似的 project 興起取代掉了 m0n0wall 的位置 (像是 pfSense),這讓我想到前陣子 esr 在「Defending GCC considered futile」提到 GCC 的沒落時講的話:

Obsolescence happens; this is nobody's fault. It will happen to clang/LLVM someday, too, but today is not that day.

Mozilla 的 Shumway 登陸 Firefox Nightly Channel

MozillaShumway 專案是用 JavaScript 實作的 Flash Player,算是把 Flash Plugin 淘汰掉的方案:

Shumway is an HTML5 technology experiment that explores building a faithful and efficient renderer for the SWF file format without native code assistance.

由於是跑在 JavaScript 內,安全性受到 SpiderMonkey 的 Sandbox 保護,相較於 Adobe 常常出 security update 讓人有點頭痛...

最近 Shumway 的大進展是在 Firefox Nightly Channel 啟用了部份網站,可以測試 Amazon.com 上的影片:「Firefox Nightly now plays Amazon.com Flash videos using Shumway」。

不知道有沒有機會 porting 到 Google Chrome 上面...

Open Source 版本的「不重開機更新 Linux Kernel」,kSplice 的替代方案

一般的 Linux Kernel 更新需要重開機,其中有個商用方案 kSplice 可以做到這點,不過這需要付錢給 Oracle

Slashdot 上看到 Live Patching 功能的 Open Source 方案前進了一大步:「Live Patching Now Available For Linux」,對應的 Git 記錄在「Merge branch 'for-linus' of git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/jikos/livepatching」這邊。

RedHatSUSE 都各自實做了對應的版本,而這次 Linus 是在 Kernel 內引入對應的 API,讓 Userland 的程式可以實現對應的功能:

It provides a basic infrastructure for function "live patching" (i.e. code redirection), including API for kernel modules containing the actual patches, and API/ABI for userspace to be able to operate on the patches (look up what patches are applied, enable/disable them, etc).

可以馬上想到的是,之後更新 MySQL 就不用重熱 InnoDB 的 data 了,來繼續關注進展...

GitHut:GitHub 上程式語言的分析

Hacker News Daily 上看到的「GitHut - Programming Languages and GitHub」:

GitHut is an attempt to visualize and explore the complexity of the universe of programming languages used across the repositories hosted on GitHub.

主要是資訊呈現的方式很不錯,所以特別記錄下來...

MegaUpload 的程式設計師被引渡至美國受審

MegaUpload 的程式設計師 Andrus Nõmm 從荷蘭被引渡至美國受審:「Megaupload Programmer Arrested in The U.S.」、「Megaupload programmer pleads guilty, sentenced to a year in prison」。

趕盡殺絕...