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Edge-Side-Includes with Cloudflare Workers

At Cloudflare we’re accelerating web assets in a number of different ways. Part of this is caching, by storing the response given by the origin server directly within our 151+ global data centers. This will dramatically improve the delivery of the resources as the visitor will directly get them from the data center closest to them, instead of waiting for us to fetch the request from the origin web server. The issue with dynamic (but not a lot) pages The…

Two Factor Authentication for Enterprises: What and How

We all use passwords to secure our valuable data, but is password the safest way to protect it? Well, the statistics say any naïve cybercriminal with help of advanced technology can easily expose 90% of all passwords by testing billions of password combinations per second. This vulnerability gave way to the solution of two-factor authentication (2FA), which acts as another security layer for your data. The Extra Security Also known as multi-factor authentication, two-factor authentication (2FA) is a simple method…

Airbnb Engineering and Data Science at KDD 2018 – Airbnb Engineering & Data Science – Medium

The 2018 KDD conference is right around the corner — and we are looking forward to seeing you there. (That’s Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining, if you’re not familiar with it!) We are excited to have three Airbnb papers accepted for oral presentation at the Applied Data Science Track and one tech talk presentation. Our team will share our approach to solving interesting and challenging problems at Airbnb, including personalized real-time search ranking, dynamic pricing, paid growth, and online experimentation. These are…

Ethiopia opens plant to turn waste into energy

A photo taken March 12, 2017 shows a view of the main landfill of Addis Ababa on the outskirts of the city, where Ethiopia has built a power plant to convert waste into energy Ethiopia on Sunday inaugurated a power plant which converts waste into energy, next to a filthy open-air dump in Addis Ababa where a landslide last year killed more than 110 people. Named Reppie, the facility is the first of its kind in Africa, according to the…

Elon Musk says cutting back on work hours isn’t an option

In this March 9, 2013, file photo, Electric car maker Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk gives the opening keynote at the SXSW Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas. Musk has admitted in a wide-ranging interview with The New York Times that stress is taking a heavy toll in what he calls an “excruciating year.” In the newspaper’s account of the interview, published Friday, Musk said he was working up to 120 hours a week and sometimes takes Ambien to get to sleep.…

Weaponizing oxygen to kill infections and disease — ScienceDaily

The life-threatening bacteria called MRSA can cripple a hospital since it spreads quickly and is resistant to treatment. But scientists report that they are now making advances in a new technique that avoids antibiotics. Instead, they are using light to activate oxygen, which then wipes out antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The method also could be used to treat other microbial infections, and possibly even cancer. The researchers are presenting their results today at the 256th National Meeting & Exposition of the American…

A paper battery powered by bacteria — ScienceDaily

In remote areas of the world or in regions with limited resources, everyday items like electrical outlets and batteries are luxuries. Health care workers in these areas often lack electricity to power diagnostic devices, and commercial batteries may be unavailable or too expensive. New power sources are needed that are low-cost and portable. Today, researchers report a new type of battery — made of paper and fueled by bacteria — that could overcome these challenges. The researchers will present their…

African traffic growth and predictions for the future

Looking back at our historical data, we realized how much the Internet and Cloudflare grew. With more than 150 datacenters, 10 percent of web-based applications, customers everywhere around the world, from the tiny islands in the Pacific to the big metropolises, we have an Internet landscape of almost every country and continent. Cloudflare’s mission is to help build a better Internet. To do that we operate datacenters across the globe. By having datacenters close to end user we provide a…

Fresh 6.9-magnitude quake rocks Indonesia’s Lombok island (Update)

The already quake battered island of Lombok was hit by fresh tremors on August 19, 2018 Multiple earthquakes—including a powerful and shallow 6.9-magnitude tremor—struck Indonesia’s Lombok on Sunday, sending fresh panic coursing through the already battered island. Four significant quakes were recorded by seismologists on Sunday, the first measuring 6.3 shortly before midday which triggered landslides and sent people fleeing for cover. It was followed nearly twelve hours later by a late evening quake measuring 6.9 and two aftershocks…

‘The warmer it is, the more fire we see’

In this Aug. 7, 2018 file photo, firefighters monitor a backfire while battling the Ranch Fire, part of the Mendocino Complex Fire near Ladoga, Calif. The years with the most acres burned by wildfires have some of the hottest temperatures, an Associated Press analysis of fire and weather data found. As human-caused climate change has warmed the world over the past 35 years, the land consumed in flames has more than doubled. (AP Photo/Noah Berger) As temperatures rise in the…