Issue 1586 - Tuesday 12th April, 2022

In Today's Issue

The News

Robocar "escapes" from police in San Francisco

There's a video going around social media of a robocar in San Francisco "escaping" from the police. It's not very dramatic, but it is kinda funny to see some cops trying to pull over a Cruise-branded car for not having its headlights on and the car moving away to try and find a safe spot to pull over. Ultimately the police contacted Cruise, the car was disabled remotely and Cruise said they've fixed whatever stopped the headlights turning on automatically. Bit of a non-event I reckon.

Atlassian's cloud services not doing so well the past week

If you're one of their customers you probably already know this, but Atlassian's flagship cloud products Jira and Confluence have been rough as guts lately. The business critical services have been lifeless since the 5th of April for a decent chunk of customers and as of today are still inaccessible for a "small number". Atlassian says that a routine maintenance script "unintentionally" disabled a small number of sites, that when considered with emails sent to those customers that restoration of services will take 2 weeks, it's a good bet data was deleted by the maintenance script and backups aren't cooperating. Ouch.

Etsy strike, Netflix Two Thumbs Up, Sony & Lego invest in Epic, Apple facing fresh antitrust charges in EU, Google & iFixit's DIY Pixel repairs

Something I Saw On The Internet

Home Sweet Homepage

I identified a bit too much with Home Sweet Homepage, a short webcomic about a teenage girl living in Mississippi, making personal websites in Notepad and generally messing around with computers while barely tolerating school. I was obviously not an teenage girl, but I had such a similar experience with the internet in the 90s. This line killed me - "computers are logical and code is logical but you can use them to express your emotions, make art and communicate to other people". That's how I feel about computers too. I think most of the 30-somethings reading this will get a kick out of it.


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