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One more thing… new Speed Page

Congratulations on making it through Speed Week. In the last week, Cloudflare has: described how our global network speeds up the Internet, launched a HTTP/2 prioritisation model that will improve web experiences on all browsers, launched an image resizing service which will deliver the optimal image to every device, optimized live video delivery, detailed how to stream progressive images so that they render twice as fast – using the flexibility of our new HTTP/2 prioritisation model and finally, prototyped a…

Engineering Ethics Blog: How Not To Do It: Elizabeth Holmes and Theranos

As the engineering sage Henry Petroski likes to say, we often learn more from failures than from successes, at least when it comes to ethical behavior.  And we now have a book-length record of one of the most spectacular failures in recent business history:  Theranos, a medical-equipment company founded by Elizabeth Holmes when she dropped out of Stanford at the tender age of 20.  Although the ethical misdeeds of Holmes and her close associates are many and various enough to…

Sonic Soak: World’s Smallest Laundry Machine

Ultrasonic technology has been around for quite some time now and has been extensively used in the fields of medicine, facial treatment, seamless transactions, data transmissions and thus has been providing an enhanced customer experience. We recently came across another innovative application of this technology, via Sonic Soak. This product uses ultrasonic technology and cleans your clothes and objects at the microscopic level thus revolutionizing washing technology. Sonic Soak is a result of a team of engineers and innovators, who…

Nearly all states use drones for range of work

In Utah, drones are hovering near avalanches to watch roaring snow. In North Carolina, they’re searching for the nests of endangered birds. In Kansas, they could soon be identifying sick cows through heat signatures. Public transportation agencies are using drones in nearly every state, according to a survey obtained by The Associated Press ahead of its release Monday. The report from the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials shows a sharp increase in their use over the last…

EU election season and securing online democracy

It’s election season in Europe, as European Parliament seats are contested across the European Union by national political parties. With approximately 400 million people eligible to vote, this is one of the biggest democratic exercises in the world – second only to India – and it takes place once every five years. Over the course of four days, 23-26 May 2019, each of the 28 EU countries will elect a different number of Members of the European Parliament (“MEPs”) roughly…

Study of exercise habits of 117,000 people over 26 years assesses risk factors — ScienceDaily

Physical activity, including walking and muscle-strengthening activities, were associated with significantly reduced risk of cirrhosis-related death, according to research presented at Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) 2019. Chronic liver disease is increasing, partly due to the obesity epidemic, and currently there are no guidelines for the optimal type of exercise for the prevention of cirrhosis-related mortality. Researchers hope these findings will help provide specific exercise recommendations for patients at risk for cirrhosis and its complications. “The benefit of exercise is not…

Cloudflare architecture and how BPF eats the world

Recently at Netdev 0x13, the Conference on Linux Networking in Prague, I gave a short talk titled “Linux at Cloudflare”. The talk ended up being mostly about BPF. It seems, no matter the question – BPF is the answer. Here is a transcript of a slightly adjusted version of that talk. At Cloudflare we run Linux on our servers. We operate two categories of data centers: large “Core” data centers, processing logs, analyzing attacks, computing analytics, and the “Edge” server…

Join Cloudflare & Yandex at our Moscow meetup! Join the mitap in Moscow!

             Photo by Serge Kutuzov / Unsplash ] Cloudflare is partnering with Yandex Yandex Moscow Moscow . We’re in the Internet industry. Cloudflare and Yandex. Cloudflare Moscow Meetup Tuesday, May 30, 2019 : 18:00 – 22:00 Location : Yandex – Ulitsa L'va Tolstogo, 16, Moskva, Russia, 119021 Talks will include "Performance and scalability at Cloudflare", "Security at Yandex Cloud", and "Edge computing". Speakers will include Evgeny Sidorov, Information Security Engineer at Yandex, Ivan Babrou, Performance Engineer at Cloudflare, Alex Cruz…

Electric field-based dressing helps heal wound infections — ScienceDaily

Researchers at Indiana University School of Medicine have found a way to charge up the fight against bacterial infections using electricity. Work conducted in the laboratories of the Indiana Center for Regenerative Medicine and Engineering, Chandan Sen, PhD and Sashwati Roy, PhD has led to the development of a dressing that uses an electric field to disrupt biofilm infection. Their findings were recently published in the journal Annals of Surgery. Bacterial biofilms are thin, slimy films of bacteria that form…

Deep learning models for dynamic recommendations and inferring user interests

by Aditya Pal and Pong Eksombatchai | Applied Science As we build a visual discovery engine, it’s crucial to understand user intent and serve relevant content through recommender systems that constantly learn from a cross-section of data to dynamically predict the next idea a Pinner will love. However, we found existing approaches to be limited by lack of speed and memory consumption and to not incorporate cross-session information. Additionally, a key challenge is that user interests dynamically shift and evolve…