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Announcing SSH Access through Cloudflare

We held our annual Cloudflare Retreat last week. Over 750 team members from nearly a dozen offices spent three days learning, bonding and some of them got to smash a VPN piñata on stage with a baseball bat. Yes, you read that right. The latest feature added to Cloudflare Access let us celebrate the replacement of our clunky VPN with a faster, safer way to reach our internal applications. You can now place applications that require SSH connections, like your…

Uber Joins the Linux Foundation as a Gold Member

By Brian Hsieh Uber has been an active and committed member of the open source community, leveraging, contributing, and developing open source solutions across our tech stack since launching our platform nearly 10 years ago. Announced today during Uber Open Summit 2018, we extend our commitment by joining the Linux Foundation as a Gold Member, continuing to support the open source community through the Linux Foundation. “Uber has been influential in the open source community for years, and we’re very…

Bandwidth Alliance Partners – Exciting Choices

We are tremendously excited about the value our Bandwidth Alliance partner ecosystem adds to our customers. We’re on a mission to help make the internet a better place; and ensuring everyone can access cloud resources at zero-egress rates supports that mission in many ways. It’s an easy way for our clients to build modern, cloud-centric applications without the design constraint and financial burden of egress fees. The cloudflare bandwidth alliance partner landscape continues to grow, and incorporate a diverse group…

How a Nigerian ISP Accidentally Knocked Google Offline

Last Monday evening — 12 November 2018 — Google and a number of other services experienced a 74 minute outage. It’s not the first time this has happened; and while there might be a temptation to assume that bad actors are at work, incidents like this only serve to demonstrate just how much frailty is involved in how packets get from one point on the Internet to another. Our logs show that at 21:12 UTC on Monday, a Nigerian ISP,…

Songbirds set long-distance migration record — ScienceDaily

Researchers at Lund University in Sweden have studied flight routes to determine how far willow warblers migrate in the autumn. The results show that the willow warbler holds a long-distance migration record in the ten-gram weight category — with the small birds flying around 13,000 kilometres or longer to reach their destination. The recently completed study investigated willow warblers that breed during the summer in north-east Russia. Biologists at Lund University together with Russian researchers from Magadan, close to the…

Mizzou SEDS blasts to SpaceVision 2018 to build a better space

Lockheed Martin brought their Challenge Box which requires students to answer complex engineering questions in order to gain entrance. Unsurprisingly, Mizzou’s members had no troubling cracking it. Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Freihaut. From Nov. 1-3, members of Mizzou’s Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS) rocketed to sunny San Diego to attend the SpaceVision 2018 conference. SpaceVision, hosted this year at the University of California, San Diego, is the national conference for SEDS chapters across the United States.…

How We Built a Private Cloud in Twenty Four Hours to Weather Our Biggest Day Ever – Wayfair Tech Blog

As we head into Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and retail’s peak season for 2018, I wanted to reflect back on some excitement we had earlier in the year at Wayfair; specifically how we reacted and built, as a tech team, toward challenges we hadn’t seen before. I hope other e-commerce and tech leaders who are on a scaling journey will be interested in what we hit, and frankly, it was an adventure that anyone in the technology might find interesting.…

Easier chart creation in Python for data scientists

Why we built a new open source Python data visualization library. Have you ever been frustrated with the complicated experience of making charts in Python? We have, so we created Chartify, an open-source Python library that wraps Bokeh to make it easier for data scientists to create charts.   Give Chartify a try, and you too can easily create charts like these!   Chartify is more intuitive than other charting tools Back in 2017, we took a good look how…

Feeling the pressure with universal tactile imaging

Fig. 1. Tactile imaging using universal conductors. Credit: Osaka University Touch, or tactile sensing, is fundamentally important for a range of real-life applications, from robotics to surgical medicine to sports science. Tactile sensors are modeled on the biological sense of touch and can help researchers to understand human perception and motion. Researchers from Osaka University have now developed a new approach to pressure distribution measurement using tactile imaging technology. Pressure is one of the primary characteristics of touch, and tactile…

Innovative method leads to smaller, cheaper IoT sensors

NUS researchers invented a low-cost ‘battery-less’ wake-up timer that cuts power consumption of IoT sensor nodes by 1,000 times, contributing to long-lasting operation. The wake-up timer is embedded in a test chip, and placed in a larger package (held by both researchers) for easier testing and characterisation. From left: Dr Orazio Aiello and Associate Professor Massimo Alioto from the National University of Singapore’s Faculty of Engineering Credit: National University of Singapore Researchers from the Green IC research group at the…