Weekend Reads 011720

There was a man I saw last week in the Salvador Dali museum, a middle aged tourist in a Nike t-shirt, who acted as if he was doing a scavenger hunt speed-run of the absurd artistic labyrinth designed by the famed artist. His phone camera permanently on, he rushed from framed painting to hand-carved sculpture to meticulously-made mechanical inventions, tapping away at the button to capture the blurry images of ornate creations. —Ben Domenech

All of this fiber activity is going to mean a shortfall of industry resources of all kinds. I’ve already witnessed construction delays in projects this year due to resource shortages and I fear delays will increase in 2020 and beyond. —Doug Dawson

When I walked out the door on my last day as Google’s Head of International Relations, I couldn’t help but think of my first day at the company. I had exchanged a wood-paneled office, a suit and tie, and the job of wrestling California’s bureaucracy as Governor Schwarzenegger’s deputy chief of staff for a laptop, jeans, and a promise that I’d be making the world better and more equal, under the simple but powerful guidance “Don’t be evil.” —Ross LaJeunesse

Poorly secured mail servers can be a malicious actor’s best friend — they can enable social engineering, phishing, fraud, and the spread of malware, not to mention that mail servers allowing open relay create the perfect conditions for the spoofing of sender addresses and the sending of spam. —Adli Wahid

Organizations’ pursuit of increased workplace collaboration has led managers to transform traditional office spaces into ‘open’, transparency-enhancing architectures with fewer walls, doors and other spatial boundaries, yet there is scant direct empirical research on how human interaction patterns change as a result of these architectural changes. —Ethan S. Bernstein and Stephen Turban

TCP congestion control algorithms have continued to evolve for more than 30 years. Much of their success is rooted in the fact that they are loss-based, whereby they use packet loss as the congestion signal. For example, Linux’s default TCP algorithm, Cubic, reduces its congestion window by 30% when encountering packet loss. —Yi Cao

Many of those who work in the corporate world are constantly peppered with questions about their “career progression.” The Internet is saturated with articles providing tips and tricks on how to develop a never-fail game plan for professional development. —Casey Chalk

Anyone searching for a primer on how to spot clever phishing links need look no further than those targeting customers of Apple, whose brand by many measures remains among the most-targeted. Past stories here have examined how scammers working with organized gangs try to phish iCloud credentials from Apple customers who have a mobile device that is lost or stolen. —Krebs on Security

The bad news is that the ecosystem of the underlying ad tech industry has not changed and still does not respect user privacy. A new report, called Out of Control: How Consumers Are Exploited by the Online Advertising Industry, published today by the Norwegian Consumer Council (NCC), looks at the hidden side of the data economy and its findings are alarming. —Christoph Schmon

Workers who did not show potential employers their pay history had double-digit jumps in their wages and were able to bargain better wages than workers who revealed their past pay, according to a study circulated Monday by the National Bureau of Economic Research. —Andrew Keshner