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The FCC Wants to Kill Net Neutrality

TL;DR – Net neutrality is under attack. There’s an app on Cloudflare Apps that empowers site owners to host a popup on their sites, encouraging users to contact their congresspeople to fight back. Everyone should be doing this right now, before the December 14th FCC vote. Use Battle for the Net to Call your Congressperson » Attend Cloudflare’s Save the Internet! Net Neutrality Call-A-Thon » The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has scheduled a vote to kill its net neutrality rules…

Cloudflare opens 119th Data Center just north of the Mexico border

Five key facts to know about McAllen, Texas McAllen, Texas is on the southern tip of the Rio Grande Valley The city is named after John McAllen, who provided land in 1904 to bring the St. Louis, Brownsville & Mexico Railway railway into the area McAllen, Texas is named the City of Palms The border between Mexico and the USA is less than nine miles away from the data center McAllen, Texas is where Cloudflare has placed its 119th data…

2017 Year in review: Data centers | Engineering Blog | Facebook Code

This week we’re publishing a series of posts looking back at the technologies and advancements Facebook engineers introduced in 2017. Come back each day to learn about a different part of the stack. Data centers are the foundation of our global infrastructure. Meeting the growing demands of serving more than 2 billion people every month comes with the dual challenges of increasing our total capacity while keeping our energy footprint low. This year we announced four new data center locations…

Implementing Japanese Subtitles on Netflix – Netflix TechBlog – Medium

Japanese subtitles were first made available on the Netflix service as a part of the Japanese launch in September 2015. This blog post provides a technical description of the work we did leading up to this launch. We cover topics including our specification for source subtitle files, the transformation model from source subtitle files to those deliverable on the Netflix service, the model for delivery of Japanese subtitles on our service as well as the interaction of our work with…

Screaming Circuits: Communicating Up and Sideways

A good leader should communicate in the language of his or her subordinates. A good leader should be the one to adjust dialect and language. This is well accepted wisdom. The problem is that “should” is a rather meaningless word. “Should” doesn’t require, nor does it instruct. “Should” implies obligation, but doesn’t imply action or consequence of not taking action. Expecting a superior or colleague to speak in your language only ensures that you “should” be able to communicate, not…

VIPER on iOS at Etsy

Background Consistent design patterns help Etsy move fast and deliver better features to our sellers and buyers. Typically we built features in a variety of ways, but found great benefits from the consistency VIPER brings. Inconsistent development practices can make jumping between projects and features fairly difficult. When starting a new project, developers would have to understand the way a feature was implemented with very little shared base knowledge. Just before we began working on the new Shop Settings in…

Affiliate Marketer : First Steps and Know How

I remember way back in the day when I joined my first affiliate program. I was a total novice of course but I was excited that I had my very own link to earn money from. All I had to do was drive traffic to the link and I would earn money. Sounds simple, but I found quickly that affiliate marketing is not nearly as easy as it sounds. Traffic is the lifeblood of just about any business but actually…

The end of the road for Server: cloudflare-nginx

Six years ago when I joined Cloudflare the company had a capital F, about 20 employees, and a software stack that was mostly NGINX, PHP and PowerDNS (there was even a little Apache). Today, things are quite different. CC BY-SA 2.0 image by Randy Merrill The F got lowercased, there are now more than 500 people and the software stack has changed radically. PowerDNS is gone and has been replaced with our own DNS server, RRDNS, written in Go. The…

Additive manufacturing, explained

Additive manufacturing makes it possible to create objects with complex geometries. Credit: MIT Sloan School of Management Additive manufacturing is the process of creating an object by building it one layer at a time. It is the opposite of subtractive manufacturing, in which an object is created by cutting away at a solid block of material until the final product is complete. Technically, additive manufacturing can refer to any process where a product is created by building something up, such…

Could a cardboard principle boost vehicle safety?

Composites Part B. Credit: Scott Schrage Prior research has shown that even thin-walled tubing can effectively absorb energy, which makes it appealing to those who engineer vehicles and other structures that may endure crashes. Straight tubes generally absorb energy more efficiently than other proposed designs, such as those with a single layer of corrugation – the wave-like ridges and grooves often seen in cardboard. But a single-corrugated design does compress more smoothly and predictably under extreme force, helping to reduce…