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A one-line change decreased our build times by 99%

  • The Engineering Productivity team at Pinterest came across a small change that had a large impact in reducing build times across pipelines.
  • We found that setting the refspec option during git fetch reduced our build times by 99%.
  • The Engineering Productivity team at Pinterest is responsible for supporting the engineers who build and deploy software at the company.
  • Our team maintains a number of infrastructure services and often works on large scale efforts — migrating all software at Pinterest to Bazel, creating a Continuous Delivery platform called Hermez, and maintaining the monorepos that get committed to a few hundred times a day, to name a few.
  • In order to understand how this small change had such a large impact, we need to share a little information on our monorepos and our pipelines.
  • Like most developer productivity teams, we work on large services that have a big impact on our day-to-day experience.

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Hackers hijack and publish mental health data of hundreds of people

  • The Finns were stunned this Friday at the outcome of a scandal caused by the extortion of a group of hackers to a private company that provides services as a psychotherapy center for the public health system.
  • In a country that claims to be at the forefront of digitization and data security, the criminals managed to access the database of thousands of customers of the company Vastaamo after detecting vulnerabilities in their system.
  • Extortionists demanded around 450,000 euros (in bitcoins) in exchange for not publishing the clinical and mental health data of thousands of people.
  • As the company was resisting to attend the demands of the hackers, personal data of over 200 people - including minors - have been released online.
  • Ilta Sanomat exchanged several messages with them on Thursday, and according to the tabloid the criminals said they did not know that there was data of minors among the published information.

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An aggressive turkey named 'Gerald' that terrorized an Oakland neighborhood is safely relocated

  • Rebecca Dmytryk, a wildlife expert and founder and director of Wildlife Emergency Services based in the Monterey Bay area, was hired to humanely capture Gerald in the park after attempts by the city were unsuccessful.
  • Ann Dunn, director of Oakland Animal Services, was one of the first people to start working on a solution for Gerald, receiving calls about the animal since May. Dunn estimated that between fielded calls, and various online posts, there have been more than 50 incidents of the bird aggressively attacking people.
  • Both Dmytryk and Dunn stress that one of the most likely factors in Gerald's aggression was habituation due to people feeding the animal -- a good example of why one should never feed wildlife, especially as people turn to nature as an escape during the pandemic.

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Election 2020: We must ‘view access to mental healthcare as a human right’ says psychologist

  • I see these impacts in my Oakland-based psychotherapy practice, specifically, where people from ages 8 to 50 are returning for treatment after having successfully overcome mental health episodes years before.
  • In 2017, the American Psychological Association released a report linking climate change and related disasters with short-term symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and anxiety and chronic and severe mental health conditions.
  • One of my clients at my psychotherapy practice, a father of young children, is so concerned about his children’s future that he is considering uprooting his family, leaving his job, and moving across the country to a region where climate change-related disasters are less likely.
  • While the ACA expanded access to mental healthcare to over 20 million Americans, these services remain chronically underfunded in private and public insurance spheres.
  • Just 5 years before, Kaiser had been forced by the court to pay a $4 million fine for providing inadequate access to mental health services.

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American Express Sees Higher Consumer Retail Spending

  • American Express Co. said consumer retail spending improved in the third quarter, but spending on travel and entertainment remained substantially lower.
  • Non-travel and entertainment spending—which made up about 70% of spending going into the pandemic—increased about 1% in the third quarter from a year earlier, Chief Financial Officer Jeffrey Campbell said in an interview Friday.
  • He said that climb was partly because of sizable online transactions growth.

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Election Day: 700 economists urge US voters to reject Trump - Business Insider

  • More than 700 economists, including seven Nobel Prize winners, have urged US voters to not re-elect President Donald Trump on Election Day. The open letter, which is being updated until November 3, has so far been signed by 727 prominent economists from major institutions across America.
  • They include Nobel winners Paul Milgrom, Oliver Hart, and George Akerlof.
  • The letter points out that analysts at Moody's Analytics and Goldman Sachs have concluded that Joe Biden's economic plans would generate faster growth, compared to Trump's.
  • The coronavirus pandemic has claimed the lives of more than 223,000 Americans since March.
  • In response, the Trump campaign said the letter says little about why Joe Biden, the president's opponent, is better suited for the position.
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Election Day: 700 economists urge US voters to reject Trump - Business Insider

  • More than 700 economists, including seven Nobel Prize winners, have urged US voters to not re-elect President Donald Trump on Election Day. The open letter, which is being updated until November 3, has so far been signed by 727 prominent economists from major institutions across America.
  • They include Nobel winners Paul Milgrom, Oliver Hart, and George Akerlof.
  • The letter points out that analysts at Moody's Analytics and Goldman Sachs have concluded that Joe Biden's economic plans would generate faster growth, compared to Trump's.
  • The coronavirus pandemic has claimed the lives of more than 223,000 Americans since March.
  • In response, the Trump campaign said the letter says little about why Joe Biden, the president's opponent, is better suited for the position.
  • Learn more about the financial services industry.

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Egypt Blocks Access to Telegram

  • Technology and Law Community “Masaar” documented the blocking of the Telegram website and application by the Egyptian authorities on 22 October 2020.
  • The authorities blocked Telegram on three of the Internet service networks operating in Egypt.
  • Masaar learned about the blocking action after complaints from several users of the Internet services on the three networks, stating that they cannot access the application or the website.
  • Masaar confirms that users of the three networks: We (AS8452), Orange (AS24863) and Vodafone (AS36935) cannot use Telegram application on smartphones, as the Egyptian authorities have blocked access to IP addresses of the application.
  • The authorities also have blocked the Telegram website itself (telegram.org) and the version of Telegram used for desktop computers (web.telegram.org).
  • It is noteworthy that last September “Masaar” had published a web page declaring that the authorities have blocked 596 websites and 32 alternative links since May 2017.

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Facebook adds hosting, shopping features, and pricing tiers to WhatsApp Business

  • It’s launching a way to shop for and pay for goods and services in WhatsApp chats; it’s going head to head with the hosting providers of the world with a new product called Facebook Hosting Services to host businesses’ online assets and activity; and — in line with its expanding product range — Facebook said it will finally start to charge companies using WhatsApp for Business.
  • Today’s move sounds like a new way for businesses in turn to use WhatsApp both to link through to those Facebook-native catalogs, as well as other products, and then purchase items, while still staying in the chat.
  • That fragmentation spells opportunity for a huge company like Facebook with a global profile, a burgeoning amount of connections through to other online services for these SMBs, and a pretty extensive network of data centers around the world that it’s built for itself and can now use to provide services to others — which is, indeed, a pretty strong parallel with how Amazon and AWS have done business.

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How Pfizer Partner BioNTech Became a Leader in Coronavirus Vaccine Race

  • MAINZ, Germany—On a Friday in late January, Ugur Sahin received an email with bad news: A new study of a deadly new coronavirus in China suggested it was more infectious than previously believed.
  • The following Monday, the German scientist and chief executive of biotech firm BioNTech SE summoned his board to announce that the company, which had been developing next-generation cancer treatments, would start work on a Covid-19 vaccine.
  • While much of the world was still oblivious to the danger, BioNTech was scrambling, Dr. Sahin told The Wall Street Journal earlier this month, recounting the sequence of events that would turn his little-known company into the front-runner in the global race for a Covid-19 vaccine.
  • But he and his wife, BioNTech Chief Medical Officer Özlem Türeci, who are the company’s co-founders and largest single shareholder, insisted.

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