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Category: Telecommunications Engineering

Could Mario Kart teach us how to reduce world poverty and improve sustainability? Environmental expert says the Nintendo racing game has important lessons for social and economic programs that could benefit the world’s developing regions — ScienceDaily

Many Mario Kart enthusiasts are familiar with the rush of racing down Rainbow Road, barely squeaking around a corner, and catching a power-up from one of the floating square icons on the screen — or, less ideally, slipping on a banana peel laid by another racer and flying off the side of the road into oblivion. This heated competition between multiple players, who use a variety of game tokens and tools to speed ahead or thwart their competitors, is part…

Jonathon Dixon: Why I joined Cloudflare

I’m excited to announce that on March 1, I joined Cloudflare as Vice President and GM, Asia Pacific (including Japan and Greater China) to help build and expand Cloudflare’s growing customer and partner base and presence in the region. We currently have over 200 passionate and customer-focused employees in APAC, with offices in Beijing, Singapore, Sydney and Tokyo. A little about me Singapore is where I’m based. Melbourne is home with my early years spent in Country Victoria. I love…

Itching sensation originates in the skin cells themselves, after signaling from an excess of lipid — ScienceDaily

A devastating itching of the skin driven by severe liver disease turns out to have a surprising cause. Its discovery points toward possible new therapies for itching, and shows that the outer layer of the skin is so much more than insulation. The finding, which appears April 2 in Gastroenterology, indicates that the keratinocyte cells of the skin surface are acting as what lead researcher Wolfgang Liedtke, MD PhD, calls ‘pre-neurons.’ “The skin cells themselves are sensory under certain conditions,…

Our Journey Towards Cloud Efficiency | by Jennifer Rice | Airbnb Engineering & Data Science | Apr, 2021

Airbnb was born in the cloud. In 2008, while many companies were operating data centers, a few clicks on the AWS console brought Airbnb to life. From our first Ruby on Rails app, to our more recent adoption of service-oriented architecture, the ability to instantly spin up compute and storage has enabled our teams to move quickly and meet the growing demands of our business. However, the business value this nimbleness affords can quickly be offset by cloud computing costs,…

How Facebook encodes your videos

People upload hundreds of millions of videos to Facebook every day. Making sure every video is delivered at the best quality — with the highest resolution and as little buffering as possible — means optimizing not only when and how our video codecs compress and decompress videos for viewing, but also which codecs are used for which videos. But the sheer volume of video content on Facebook also means finding ways to do this that are efficient and don’t consume…

Engineering Ethics Blog: In Facebook We Trust

  Consider what may seem to be an odd comparison:  Facebook and God.  For purposes of discussion, we will compare Facebook to the traditional Judeo-Christian God of the Old and New Testaments.  And we will restrict the comparison primarily to two matters:  communication and trust (or faith).   Users of Facebook communicate with that entity by entering personal information into Facebook’s system.  That act of communication is accompanied by a certain level of trust, or faith.  Facebook promises to safeguard…

Durable Objects, now in Open Beta

Back in September, we announced Durable Objects – a new paradigm for stateful serverless. Since then, we’ve seen incredible demand and countless unlocked opportunities on our platform. We’ve watched large enterprises build applications from complex API features to real-time games in a matter of days from inception to launch. We’ve heard from developers that Durable Objects lets them spend time they used to waste configuring and deploying databases on building features for their apps. More than anything, we’ve heard that…

Account Takeover Protections with Cloudflare

End user account security is always a top priority, but a hard problem to solve. To make matters worse, authenticating users is hard. With datasets of breached credentials becoming commonplace, and more advanced bots crawling the web attempting credential stuffing attacks, protecting and monitoring authentication endpoints becomes a challenge for security focused teams. On top of this, many authentication endpoints still rely just on providing a correct username and password making undetected credential stuffing lead to account takeover by malicious…

IT Students to be Among First to Use New 5G Lab

Fifth-generation wireless technology is poised to transform our daily lives. How? That’s a question Mizzou researchers will begin investigating in an innovative new 5G lab opening on campus later this year. MU and AT&T are collaborating on the lab in Cornell Hall, which will bring 5G+ millimeter wave capability to campus. Fang Wang, an assistant teaching professor in the Information Technology Program, is part of a team currently configuring the lab space, which she plans to start using next semester.…

Getting the inside track on street design

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Large-scale analysis of pedestrian data from three European cities examines how building density and street design influence pedestrian behavior. Pedestrian movements are tricky to track, but now the first large-scale statistical analysis of pedestrian flow using anonymous phone data collected in three European capital cities, London, Amsterdam and Stockholm, has been conducted by researchers from KAUST with Swedish colleagues from Gothenburg. Analyzing the flow of pedestrians through city streets provides insights into how city design influences…