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Mr. Damore, Welcome To the Prophet Club

In the Bible, being a prophet was not a sought-after job.  Prophets were chosen by God to deliver messages that more often than not turned out to be unwelcome.  And sooner or later, the same lack of welcome greeted the prophet himself as he stood in the city gate telling the people things they didn’t want to hear.  Bad things tended to happen to prophets when they got on the wrong side of the establishment.  The prophet Jeremiah, after telling…

Delivering Dot

Since March 30, 2017, Cloudflare has been providing DNS Anycast service as additional F-Root instances under contract with ISC (the F-Root operator). F-Root is a single IPv4 address plus a single IPv6 address which both ISC and Cloudflare announce to the global Internet as a shared Anycast. This document reviews how F-Root has performed since that date in March 2017. The DNS root servers are an important utility provided to all clients on the Internet for free – all F…

Internet Marketing Glossary: 20 Terms Every Blogger & Business Owner Should Know

No amount of entrepreneurial spirit can prepare a small business owner for the fast-changing, often intimidating world of online marketing. Even veterans of this still relatively young industry find it hard to keep up with the latest innovations and constant changes that happen on a daily basis. However, this doesn’t mean that you, as a small business owner, shouldn’t take matters into your own hands and start reaping the merits of online marketing. With a few inside tips and tricks,…

Hurricane Irma

Yesterday, we described how Hurricane Irma impacted several Caribbean islands, with the damage including a significant disruption to Internet access. Source: accuweather.com As Irma is now forecast to hit southern Florida as category 5 this weekend with gusty winds reaching up to 155mph, it is also expected that Internet infrastructure in the region will suffer. At the time of writing, we haven’t noticed any decrease in traffic in the region of Miami despite calls to evacuate. Contrary to popular belief,…

Wit and Wisdom of an Engineer: News from the BBC

Wit and Wisdom of an Engineer: News from the BBC News from the BBC “The BBC have already taken some steps towards producing content in virtual reality (VR) and 360-degree video. Now that has been solidified with the creation of BBC Reality Labs, a division of BBC R&D focussed on creating content in VR and augmented reality (AR).BBC Reality Labs will be extending the work the BBC has already done in the VR area and looking into how VR and…

Containerization at Pinterest – Pinterest Engineering – Medium

Lida Li, Rodrigo Menezes & Yongwen Xu | Pinterest Engineers, Cloud Management Platform & SRE Over the last year the cloud management platform and site reliability engineering teams at Pinterest have been focused on moving our workload from EC2 instances to Docker containers. To date, we’ve migrated more than half our stateless services, including 100 percent of our API fleet. This blog post shares our learnings and adventures throughout the process. In recent years, Docker and container orchestration technology like…

NASA air traffic management research tool shows new colors

A pivotal piece of NASA air traffic management (ATM) software is getting fresh attention as the agency and its government, industry and academic partners prepare to test new ideas for more efficiently guiding aircraft through the nation’s skies. The software is called FACET – short for Future Air Traffic Management Concepts Evaluation Tool – and it was such a hit when it was introduced a decade ago that NASA named it the agency’s Software of the Year for 2006. …

Interdisciplinary team uncovers potentially groundbreaking laser application

What Vitaly Gruzdev hopes to prove in the near future is that laser technology can modify molecules in a similar way to current chemically-based methods, but without the need for sterile conditions and specific, often expensive, equipment. Photo by Amy Parris. By their nature, hypotheses are occasionally wrong. Sometimes what a researcher discovers is something entirely different from what he or she expected. In Vitaly Gruzdev’s case, what he uncovered as part of an interdisciplinary team effort to study the…

Engineering brighter smiles | Engineering // Mizzou // University of Missouri

The system uses a clear gel. After application, the user uses the Novashine mouthpiece, which contains 16 individual LED lights that can be powered by plugging the accompanying cord into a phone, computer, USB port or compatible electronic device. Photo courtesy of Nanova, Inc. Nanova, Inc. has done cutting-edge work in the area of dentistry. Now, the company has developed a method to whiten teeth rapidly, affordably and with minimal pain. Novashine is the latest dental product of Nanova, a…

The Story of Two Outages

Over the last two days, Cloudflare observed two events that had effects on global Internet traffic levels. Cloudflare handles approximately 10% of all Internet requests, so we have significant visibility into traffic from countries and networks across the world. On Tuesday, September 5th, the government of Togo decided to restrict Internet access in the country following political protests. The government blocked social networks and rate-limited traffic, which had an impact on Cloudflare. This adds Togo to the list of countries…