DNS TTL Limits at Public DNS Resolvers

In my post about the basics of DNS TTLs and caching I mentioned that DNS resolvers use the TTL of the record to determine how long to cache any particular record for. While this is /normally/ true, there are exceptions. Namely, certain public DNS resolvers have a upper limit of the TTL that they will cache. That is, if you set a TTL longer than their limit, the resolver will bring the TTL down to their limit and cache it using their TTL.

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Media Diet – February 2023

A month without much media diversity as I’d like. No movie, no TV shows. I didn’t continue with Supernatural or Kakumei.

I did play two new video games – Hi-Fi Rush and Season both of which I enjoyed. I also finished up the Blood and Wine DLC of The Witcher 3 which means my second playthrough of The Witcher 3 is now completed. I am still process what I thought of it and I hope to write a post about that Soon ™.

Speaking of new games, I bought and played Returnal for an hour and a half before I returned it. Just wasn’t really feeling it mechanically which is important to me when it comes to rogue lites. Disappointing because I was looking forward to playing it for years.

I also bought and started the Metroid: Prime remaster. I am not sure if I will continue and finish the game or leave it unfinished. Some parts of the game are really not meshing well with how I play games. If I do finish it, it will be in March and there should be a review up for it as well.

As far as music goes, I have been listening to a lot of the new Skrillex album Quest for Fire. It is quite excellent. I also like the new Kelela and Don Toliver albums, both of which are good for a certain kind of vibe.

I have also been listening to KEXP’s new podcast called 50 Years of Hip-Hop. It is a great listen if you are a hip-hop head like me. I am learning bits of hip-hop history I never new. Highly recommend it.

That is all from me this month, see y’all later.

Review – Hi-Fi Rush

I wish Korsica would put /me/ in a choke hold like that. I mean what. Ahem.

Every once in a while you get where you play it and think to yourself – “They had one idea, one very good idea and then iterated and polished it until it was perfectly executed.” Hi-Fi Rush is one of those games. Developed by Tango Gameworks and published by Bethesda Softworks, this one truly did just come out of nowhere. As far as I know there wasn’t even a teaser trailer before the game just like…appeared on store fronts everywhere.

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On Telemetry in Software

This post about telemetry in Go’s tools recently appeared in my feeds. I don’t specifically care about Go or its tools. I just wanted to mention something about the use of telemetry in software. It is considered common practice to implement some sort of telemetry package into one’s software nowadays. I am not here to debate whether this is a good idea or if it is effective.

All I care about in this specific topic nowadays is consent.

I’m even at the point where I say that I as a normal developer using Go want the Go team have that kind of data. But now to the one thing about this proposal that I don’t like: It’s opt-out.

Horst Gutmann, Telemetry in the Go tools

Telemetry in software should always be opt-in by default and not opt-out. Furthermore, the opt-in process should provide details on what exactly is being collected and a summary of how the data will be used. This is so that the user can make an informed choice as whether they want to opt in or not.

No, I don’t care if developers and/or other stake holders think that if they ask for telemetry instead of simply turning it on and making the user opt out means that most of them wouldn’t provide any telemetry. Tough shit, that’s how consent works. You are not entitled to telemetry.