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Category: Civil Engineering

Namespacing Actions for Redux – Kickstarter Engineering

Constraints In this way, the first level of research allowed us to flesh out what requirements a successful solution would support. We needed a way to namespace actions that: Did not involve using local state Worked with combineReducers Could be applied programmatically Had a low–API surface area, which is to say, did not ask to much of others using the resultant component The RFC With these constraints in mind, we identified three solutions: nested reducers, higher-order reducers, and the module…

SCOTUS Wanders into Patent Troll Fight

Next Monday, the US Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Oil States Energy Services, LLC vs. Greene’s Energy Group, LLC, which is a case to determine whether the Inter Partes Review (IPR) administrative process at the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) used to determine the validity of patents is constitutional. The constitutionality of the IPR process is one of the biggest legal issues facing innovative technology companies, as the availability of this process has greatly reduced the anticipated…

New computational method provides optimized design of wind up toys

A team of leading computer scientists has developed a novel computational system to aid the design and fabrication of wind-up toys, focusing on automating the intricate interior machinery responsible for the toys’ wind-up motion. The new computational system includes analytic modeling of a wide variety of elemental mechanisms found in common wide-up toys, including their geometry and kinematics, and automating the construction of the toys accurately and with moving parts that consume less energy. The researchers, from University of Science…

Facebook and Airbus Working Together to Advance High Altitude Connectivity | Engineering Blog | Facebook Code

At Facebook, one of the ways we’re helping bring the world closer together is by pioneering new technologies to bring affordable connectivity to more people, faster. This includes our work on the Aquila program, a high altitude platform station (HAPS) broadband connectivity system. This type of HAPS architecture includes much more than just a fleet of aircraft carrying communications payloads. It will eventually augment terrestrial and satellite networks from approximately 20 km above ground, with minimal infrastructure and maintenance. We…

Updates on Netflix’s Container Management Platform – Netflix TechBlog – Medium

We continue to share lessons learned from scheduling and executing containers in production at scale. This blog posts summarizes not only recent publications on our container management platform (Project Titus) but also future collaboration opportunities. Titus Publications We were honored when the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) asked for us to write for their bimonthly ACM Queue publication, and recently published our article entitled “Titus: Introducing Containers to the Netflix Cloud”. In the article, we talk about why we designed…

Rethinking Android app compilation with Buck | Engineering Blog | Facebook Code

Every day Facebook engineers make thousands of code changes and iterate frequently through the edit-compile-run development cycle. Several years ago we built and open-sourced Buck, a build tool designed from the ground up for fast iteration, allowing engineers to compile and run changes quickly. We’ve continued to steadily improve Buck’s performance, together with a growing community of other organizations that have adopted Buck and contributed back. But these improvements have largely been incremental in nature and based on long-standing assumptions…

Deploying IPv6 in Dropbox Edge Network

IPv6 request percentage across all Dropbox services In the past few months, we have gradually enabled IPv6 for all user-facing services in Dropbox edge network. We are serving about 15% of daily user requests in IPv6 globally. In this article, we share our experiences and lessons from enabling IPv6 in the edge network. We will cover the IPv6 design in the edge, the changes we made to support IPv6, how IPv6 was tested and rolled out to users, and issues…

Graceful Degradation in Spark Streaming Applications – Engineering Blog

Here on the Data Engineering Team at Wealthfront, we have recently been building out our Near Real-Time computation platform to provide the ability to ingest, process, and serve data to our backend and frontend services with very low round trip latency. This platform will be the backbone for a multitude of applications for us including scaling our existing systems for more clients and enabling new features in Path. Path, which launched almost a year ago, is our comprehensive financial planning…

Drones become crime-fighting tool, but perfection is elusive

In this Oct. 16, 2017 photo, Streetsboro Officer Scott Hermon prepares to pilot the department’s first drone in Streetsboro, Ohio. Streetsboro Police became one of hundreds of agencies across the country adopting drone technology when Hermon became the first Streetsboro officer certified to fly drones in October. Streetsboro Police say they can’t afford a helicopter, but a drone provides many of the same capabilities at a fraction of the price. (AP Photo/Dake Kang) The armed robbery suspect hiding out in…

Constructing buildings with re-useable components

The Institute for Civil Engineering and Environment (INCEEN) at the University of Luxembourg have signed a “memorandum of understanding” with the Suisse Federal Laboratories of Materials Science and Technology (Empa) of the domain of ETH Zürich to collaborate on research on energy efficiency in the construction sector. As the building sector is generating a large amount of CO2 emissions, resource consumption and waste production, new eco-construction approaches are needed. Therefore, the first collaboration project entitled “Eco-Construction for Sustainable Development” (ECON4SD)…