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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…

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…

Are Teens Killing Themselves With Smartphones?

Jean Twenge is a professor of psychology at San Diego State University, and she thinks she knows one surprising reason why the rates of teenage depression and suicide have been climbing steadily since 2012 in the U. S.  She summarizes both her own work and the results of several other social-science studies of the problem in a recent article on the academics-to-the-public website called “The Conversation.” From an analytical view, she and her colleagues seem to have done their homework. …

Physicists develop new measurement method for active nanoscale components — ScienceDaily

Whatever the size of mobile phones or computers are, the way in which such electronic devices operate relies on the interaction between various materials. For this reason, engineers as well as researchers need to know exactly how specific chemical elements inside a computer chip or a transistor diode behave, and what happens when these elements bond. Physicists of Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany, have now developed an innovative method that enables them to obtain several different types of information simultaneously…

Uber’s Open Source Tool for Preventing Resource Exhaustion by DNS Outages

In June 2016, an unresponsive third-party Domain Name System (DNS) server caused an outage of a legacy login service, affecting riders and drivers trying to access the Uber app. While the issue was mitigated in minutes, discovering why this happened was far more challenging. As part of Uber’s commitment to architecting stable and reliable transportation solutions, our engineering teams work hard to prevent, respond, and mitigate outages that stand in the way of a seamless user experience. In this article,…

Introducing the Cloudflare Warp Ingress Controller for Kubernetes

It’s ironic that the one thing most programmers would really rather not have to spend time dealing with is… a computer. When you write code it’s written in your head, transferred to a screen with your fingers and then it has to be run. On. A. Computer. Ugh. Of course, code has to be run and typed on a computer so programmers spend hours configuring and optimizing shells, window managers, editors, build systems, IDEs, compilation times and more so they…

Novel technology to model pressure-induced cellular injuries in the brain — ScienceDaily

Hundreds of thousands of patients from newborns to the elderly are forced to grapple with the devastation of brain injury each year, and unlike many diseases where certain demographics are protected, brain injury can happen to anyone, anytime and anywhere. Elevated intracranial pressure (ICP), which is a byproduct of the rigid skull in which the brain resides, is the primary cause of initial injury. High ICP in turn causes cellular injuries in the brain and additional neurological deficits beyond those…

Observations of saturated and unsaturated fatty acid behavior could impact public health — ScienceDaily

In our increasingly health-conscious society, a new fad diet seems to pop up every few years. Atkins, Zone, Ketogenic, Vegetarian, Vegan, South Beach, Raw — with so many choices and scientific evidence to back each, it’s hard to know what’s healthy and what’s not. One message, however, has remained throughout: saturated fats are bad. A new Columbia University study reveals why. While doctors, nutritionists and researchers have known for a long time that saturated fats contribute to some of the…

Improving Document Preview Performance | Dropbox Tech Blog

Previews in Showcase Ever open a file on dropbox.com, or click a shared link your coworker sent you? Chances are you didn’t need to download the file to see it—you saw it right in the browser. This is the work of the Previews team at Dropbox. Previews are part of the core Dropbox experience. They allow architects to access their entire portfolios on dropbox.com while at the job site to show their work. Designers can send work-in-progress to clients without…