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Apple last week announced new shiny iPhones. Yes, I’ve ordered mine; the really depressing part is that if you max out their most expensive model, the cost remains insignificant compared to the cost to rent just the equivalent compute resources for a year on any cloud provider. Onward!

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When an article saying FTC sues data broker that tracks locations of 125M phones per month showed up in my AWS news dragnet, I think it’s safe to say we found one company that will absolutely not be a reference customer for this year’s re:Invent keynote.

Patio11 / Patrick McKenzie wrote a piece on how the optimal amount of fraud is non-zero. He got some heat for it; personally I would read something like this every day if he could somehow become that prolific. Unfortunately, the only person who can pull that magic off seems to be Ben Thompson over at Stratechery.

If you like charts and lack any patience whatsoever, this analysis of Serverless Messaging: Latency Compared is probably right up your alley.

A blog post on how to authenticate to AWS properly for (almost) every use-case.

I’ve only ever really cared for $latest, but this post on working with Lambda function versions may change that.

Some changes to the AWS Terms and Conditions surfaced last month! Most notably they stopped talking entirely about RDS on VMware, and malware analysis for GuardDuty may result in data leaving the AWS Region it starts out in. Yes, the zombie clause is still there for Lumberyard.

California is set to require salary ranges on job listings, following Colorado’s lead. This will ideally lead to better, more transparent pay in tech.


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Choice Cuts

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Amazon DynamoDB now supports up to 100 actions per transaction – This is good news for your for loops, which now only have to work 25% as hard as they did before.

Amazon Managed Blockchain (AMB) is now available in AWS GovCloud (US-West) Region – It’s nice to see that government is safely behind the Gartner Hype Cycle…

AWS Fargate announces migration of service quotas to vCPU-based quotas – That sure is a lot of words to say "we’re making it much less obnoxious to manage your Fargate quotas." I’m amused that the old way stops working entirely on Halloween this year.

Introducing Seekable OCI for lazy loading container images – This is a new technology open sourced by AWS that’s surprisingly neat. The short version is that you don’t need to wait for a container to finish downloading before it can start doing useful work. As someone whose containers trend towards "large and ungainly," I appreciate this technology.

Now track user identity for API calls from Amazon SageMaker Studio in AWS CloudTrail – Introducing the SageMaker/DeepRacer AWS Billing Leaderboards, coming soon to an angry finance department near you.

Understanding and Cost Optimizing Amazon EKS Control Plane Logs – I’m just starting to dip my toes into the waters of Kubernetes–but if AWS is telling us how to cost optimize the logs, exactly how wordy is this thing going to be? Yikes…

Debug AWS DMS tasks using Time Travel – If I wake up with the sudden ability to travel through time, the absolute last thing I’m going to do is debug some broken AWS thing; I’ll be too busy winning the lottery six weeks in a row.

Detect audio events with Amazon Rekognition – "Display the audio waveform and then use Rekognition" sure seems to me like the kind of thing Rekognition should be doing under the hood, but no; AWS insists on making implementation details the customer’s problem.

Resolve Single Page Application integration issues with legacy API’s that do not support CORS using AWS – The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was driving CORS adoption. Yes, it’s a defense mechanism but it also drives me out of my freaking mind. If you’re doing it on API Gateway, be sure to check out the Amazon API Gateway CORS Configurator to spit out the proper attributes.

Move over IT, here comes innovation – This is certainly a bold choice of headline. I can only assume "Listen up, idiots" was already taken.

Introducing Amazon VPC Flow Logs to Kinesis Data Firehose – Misconfigure this and it will be like introducing a wolverine to your AWS bill, leading Finance to potentially introduce a bat to your kneecaps.

Open Sourcing Event Ruler – Tim Bray has a great rundown on why this is important. For my part I’ll just say I’d have called it "Event Knuckle-Rapper," and inadvertently landed a musical gig at re:Invent.

How Satellogic and AWS are harnessing the power of space and cloud – ♪ ♫ ♬ Build it, test it, sell it, launch it, boot it, AWS will bill it
Unfurl it, point it, zoom it, click it, check it, ship its data back to earth
Collect it, view it, compress it, stream it, ship it, scale it, DON’T SNAPSHOT IT
Can’t afford it, oops you did it, AWS will bill it, you will lose it, open ticket,
They will fix it, dodge a bullet, write about it, they will post it.

Satellogic. Satellogic.

Sr. Developer Advocate – AWS , AWS Console, AWS Chatbot, and AWS Console Mobile App – Job ID: 2009458 – Whoever ends up with this job, I look forward to having a variety of very interesting-yet-pointed conversations with you. Godspeed!


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I found this AWS CLI Builder that constructs the AWS CLI command you want without a bunch of tab completing / guessing and checking.

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