109 episodes

Oxide hosts a weekly Discord show where we discuss a wide range of topics: computer history, startups, Oxide hardware bringup, and other topics du jour. These are the recordings in podcast form.
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Oxide and Friends Oxide Computer Company

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Oxide hosts a weekly Discord show where we discuss a wide range of topics: computer history, startups, Oxide hardware bringup, and other topics du jour. These are the recordings in podcast form.
Join us live (usually Mondays at 5pm PT) https://discord.gg/gcQxNHAKCB
Subscribe to our calendar: https://sesh.fyi/api/calendar/v2/iMdFbuFRupMwuTiwvXswNU.ics

    Discovering the XZ Backdoor with Andres Freund

    Discovering the XZ Backdoor with Andres Freund

    Andres Freund joined Bryan and Adam to talk about his discovery of the xz backdoor. It’s an incredible story… so great to get into the details with Andres. We started by ranting about the coverage in the New York Times… coverage that explicitly refused to dig into the details! It’s all the more shocking because the big story here is how Andres’ penchant for digging into the details is what saved us all from what would have been a pervasive and damaging attack!
    In addition to Bryan Cantrill and Adam Leventhal, we were joined by special guest Andres Freund.
    Our research for this episode:
    Andres' initial public disclosureNew York Times: Did One Guy Just Stop a Huge Cyberattack? by Kevin RooseKevin RooseNew York Times front page from April 4th, 2024How I got started as a developer with Andres Freund & Heikki Linnakangas | Path To Citus Con Ep08The Mystery of ‘Jia Tan,’ the XZ Backdoor Mastermind | WIREDHow one volunteer stopped a backdoor from exposing Linux systems worldwide - The VergeLinux backdoor was a long con, possibly with nation-state support, experts say - Nextgov/FCWresearch!rsc: Timeline of the xz open source attackBrian Krebs thread on mastodonXz/liblzma: Bash-stage Obfuscation ExplainedA Microcosm of the interactions in Open Source projectsRisky Business #743 -- A chat about the xz backdoor with the guy who found it (podcast)Risky Biz News: F-Droid narrowly avoided XZ-like incident in 2020 (podcast)What we know about the xz Utils backdoor that almost infected the world | Ars TechnicaEverything I know about the XZ backdoorLINUX Unplugged 556: The xz Backdoor Exposed 🚨 (podcast)If we got something wrong or missed something, please file a PR! Our next show will likely be on Monday at 5p Pacific Time on our Discord server; stay tuned to our Mastodon feeds for details, or subscribe to this calendar. We'd love to have you join us, as we always love to hear from new speakers!
    Recorded April 8th, 2024

    • 1 hr 37 min
    Cultural Idiosyncrasies

    Cultural Idiosyncrasies

    The Oxide Friends talk about about cultural idiosyncrasies--turns out we have a lot of them at Oxide! Some might even sound good enough for you to try out! Demo Fridays, morning water-cooler, no-meet Wednesdays, recorded meetings, dog-pile debugging (aka CSPAN for debugging), RFDs (requests for discussion), no performance review process...
    In addition to Bryan Cantrill and Adam Leventhal, we were joined by Oxide colleague Steve Klabnik.
    Some of the topics we hit on, in the order that we hit them:
    Bryan: Engineering a cultureMatt: It's Free Real EstateCliff: Who killed the network switch?OxF: Engineering CultureDemo DayJujutsuCovid as a catalyst for remote-friendly featuresWatercooler morning meetingNo-meet WednesdayOtM: Jeff RothschildNo (formalized) review processThe non-zero-sum value of praisePositive Coaching AllianceChat as the apple of discord (and remember email?! Or jabber??!!)DORAOxide RFDsRFD 68: Partnership as Shared ValuesMatthew Sanabria: Observability Companies to Watch in 2024"Chat""Rock and stone"
    If we got something wrong or missed something, please file a PR! Our next show will likely be on Monday at 5p Pacific Time on our Discord server; stay tuned to our Mastodon feeds for details, or subscribe to this calendar. We'd love to have you join us, as we always love to hear from new speakers!

    • 1 hr 27 min
    Adversarial Machine Learning

    Adversarial Machine Learning

    Nicholas Carlini joined Bryan, Adam, and the Oxide Friends to talk about his work with adversarial machine learning. He's found sequences of--seemingly random--tokens that cause LLMs to ignore their restrictions! Also: printf is Turing complete?!
    In addition to Bryan Cantrill and Adam Leventhal, we were joined by special guest Nicholas Carlini.
    If we got something wrong or missed something, please file a PR! Our next show will likely be on Monday at 5p Pacific Time on our Discord server; stay tuned to our Mastodon feeds for details, or subscribe to this calendar. We'd love to have you join us, as we always love to hear from new speakers!

    • 1 hr 23 min
    Data Visualization

    Data Visualization

    Data visualization is an important--and overlooked!--tool in the software engineer's tool belt. Bryan describes a recent journey with gnuplot while Oxide colleague, Charlie Park, shares his own experience with data visualization and Adam offers a visual analysis of Simpsons episodes. Stay tuned to the end to find out about the Oxide and Friends book club coming up in May.
    In addition to Bryan Cantrill and Adam Leventhal, we were joined by Oxide Colleague, Charlie Park.

    (00:00) - Intro
    (13:39) - OODA
    (22:30) - Back to Bryan
    (24:27) - Flame Graphs
    (28:58) - Statemap
    (32:39) - Minard / Tufte
    (44:53) - thingskatedid
    (46:39) - DTrace aggregations
    (56:06) - ParaView
    (01:03:08) - Simpsons IMDb
    (01:05:16) - Survivorship Bias
    (01:15:03) - Kartlytics
    (01:18:15) - Kartlytics sample group
    (01:19:11) - Wrapping up
    (01:22:02) - OxF book club
    Some of the topics we hit on, in the order that we hit them:
    Bryan's rad gnuplotGitHub PR with Bryan's visualizationsTuftePronunciation of "Tufte" is /ˈtʌfti/Flame Graphsflamegraph-rsOODAThis American Life: A Little Bit of KnowledgeStatemapsMinard's diagramhttps://twitter.com/thingskatedid/status/1386077306381242371plot.awkVisualizing regular expressions and BNF grammars with GraphvizExample implementations of isvg and idotDTrace aggregationsRust crate ratatuiPrograms and libraries for plotting and other data visualizations:gnuplotMatplotlibggplot2ParaViewGLVisSimpsons IMDB visualizationAbraham Wald and the airplane diagram with red bullet holes – here’s the origin storyKartlyticsHow Life Works by Philip BallIf we got something wrong or missed something, please file a PR! Our next show will likely be on Monday at 5p Pacific Time on our Discord server; stay tuned to our Mastodon feeds for details, or subscribe to this calendar. We'd love to have you join us, as we always love to hear from new speakers!

    • 1 hr 25 min
    Crucible: The Oxide Storage Service

    Crucible: The Oxide Storage Service

    Bryan and Adam are joined by members of the Oxide storage team--Josh, Alan, James, and Matt--to talk about Crucible, the service that provides block storage for VM instances running in the Oxide Rack.
    In addition to Bryan Cantrill and Adam Leventhal, we were joined by Oxide colleagues Josh Clulow, Alan Hanson, James MacMahon, and Matt Keeter.
    Some of the topics we hit on, in the order that we hit them:
    Hyper-converged infrastructureFibre ChannelZFSIntroduction to Flexible Data Placement: A New Era of Optimized Data ManagementStorage Architecture ConsiderationsCephRFD 60: Storage Architecture ConsiderationsRFD 177: Implementation of Data StorageRFD 444: Crucible Upstairs RefactoringRFD 445: Crucible Upstairs BackpressureIf we got something wrong or missed something, please file a PR! Our next show will likely be on Monday at 5p Pacific Time on our Discord server; stay tuned to our Mastodon feeds for details, or subscribe to this calendar. We'd love to have you join us, as we always love to hear from new speakers!

    • 1 hr 38 min
    Innovation Stagnation?

    Innovation Stagnation?

    Sometimes Bryan gets trolled by a tweet and brings it to Adam and the Oxide Friends. This was a well-crafted troll: is innovation slowing? Are the most interesting problems solved. In a word: no. For many more words, listen in!
    In addition to Bryan Cantrill and Adam Leventhal, we were joined by Steve Klabnik.
    Some of the topics we hit on, in the order that we hit them:
    The TweetNate SilverSecularitySecular stagnationAngela Collier: physics progress in the last 70 years?Haber processCRISPR gene editingBook: Code Breaker by Walter IsaacsonLeonhard EulerDijkstra's algorithmRaftAntibioticAcquired: TSMCEUV lithographyIf we got something wrong or missed something, please file a PR! Our next show will likely be on Monday at 5p Pacific Time on our Discord server; stay tuned to our Mastodon feeds for details, or subscribe to this calendar. We'd love to have you join us, as we always love to hear from new speakers!

    • 1 hr

Customer Reviews

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33 Ratings

33 Ratings

Darryl_R ,

Just so good, nerd out.

I love following what the 0xide team is building and related stuff that interests them. Pull up a chair, nerd out.

Ha boy ,

Audio is unprofessional

Just listened for the first time to the XZ backdoor episode. The guest’s audio is cut off whenever they start talking, and also is generally poor quality and choppy. This is a podcast with technically literate hosts and guests, you guys should be able to record good audio instead of just recording a zoom call.

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