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Systems @Scale 2018 recap – Facebook Code

Recently, we hosted our first-ever Systems @Scale conference. Held at Facebook’s Menlo Park campus, the event brought engineers from various companies to discuss the challenge of managing large-scale information systems serving millions or even billions of people. More than 300 attendees gathered to hear Facebook VP of Engineering Jay Parikh’s keynote about how we’ve gotten faster while growing larger, followed by a day of stellar talks by experts from Amazon, Facebook, Google, Lyft, Oath, and Shopify. Open discussions included the…

Q2 FY 18 Product Releases, for a better Internet “end-to-end”

Photo by Liu Zai Hou / Unsplash In Q2, Cloudflare released several products which enable a better Internet “end-to-end” — from the mobile client to host infrastructure. Now, anyone from an individual developer to large companies and governments, can control, secure, and accelerate their applications from the “perimeter” back to the “host.” On the client side, Cloudflare’s Mobile SDK extends control directly into your mobile apps, providing visibility into application performance and load times across any global carrier network. On…

The Road to QUIC

QUIC (Quick UDP Internet Connections) is a new encrypted-by-default Internet transport protocol, that provides a number of improvements designed to accelerate HTTP traffic as well as make it more secure, with the intended goal of eventually replacing TCP and TLS on the web. In this blog post we are going to outline some of the key features of QUIC and how they benefit the web, and also some of the challenges of supporting this radical new protocol. There are in…

Chrome Takes Aim at the Unencrypted Web

The following is a guest post by Troy Hunt, awarded Security expert, blogger, and Pluralsight author. He’s also the creator of the popular Have I been pwned?, the free aggregation service that helps the owners of over 5 billion accounts impacted by data breaches. Tweet I still clearly remember my first foray onto the internet as a university student back in the mid 90’s. It was a simpler online time back then, of course; we weren’t doing our personal banking…

Findings offer opportunities for improved smell tests in Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis — ScienceDaily

Neurobiologists at the University of Toronto have identified a mechanism that allows the brain to recreate vivid sensory experiences from memory, shedding light on how sensory-rich memories are created and stored in our brains. Using smell as a model, the findings offer a novel perspective on how the senses are represented in memory, and could explain why the loss of the ability to smell has become recognized as an early symptom of Alzheimer’s disease. “Our findings demonstrate for the first…

New research examines the amounts different sectors spent on lobbying on climate-related issues in the US between 2000 and 2016 — ScienceDaily

Climate lobbying is big business. A new analysis shows that between 2000 and 2016, lobbyists spent more than two billion dollars on influencing relevant legislation in the US Congress. Unsurprisingly, sectors that could be negatively affected by bills limiting carbon emissions, such as the electrical utilities sector, fossil fuel companies and transportation corporations had the deepest pockets. Their lobbying efforts dwarfed those of environmental organizations, the renewable energy industry and volunteer groups. These results are published in Springer’s journal Climatic…

Operationalizing Node.js for Server Side Rendering – Airbnb Engineering & Data Science – Medium

As Airbnb builds more of its Frontend around Server Side Rendering, we took a look at how to optimize our server configurations to support it. At Airbnb, we have spent years steadily migrating all Frontend code to a consistent architecture where entire web pages are written as a hierarchy of React components hydrated with data from our API. The role Ruby on Rails plays in getting the web to the browser is reduced every day. In fact, soon we will be…

Finding a planet with a 10 year orbit in just a few months — ScienceDaily

To discover and confirm the presence of a planet around stars other than the Sun, astronomers wait until it has completed three orbits. However, this very effective technique has its drawbacks since it cannot confirm the presence of planets at relatively long periods (it is ideally suited for periods of a few days to a few months). To overcome this obstacle, a team of astronomers under the direction of the University of Geneva (UNIGE) have developed a method that makes…

Using camera fingerprints to catch cybercriminals

Credit: Freshscience A technique that can match images and video to the device that took them, is being used to investigate cybercrimes. Developed by Dr. Xufeng Lin and his research team at Charles Sturt University, the method exploits the unique traces—often referred to as the camera’s fingerprints—which the hardware and software processing components of a digital camera leave behind in every image or video it takes. “Like the barrel of a gun will leave unique markings on a bullet…

Animals that break away from the pack can influence evolution — ScienceDaily

For some animals — such as beetles, ants, toads, and primates — short-term social isolation can be just as vital as social interaction to development and long-term evolution. In a review published July 17 in the journal Trends in Ecology & Evolution, two evolutionary biologists describe approaches for testing how an animal’s isolation might impact natural selection and evolution. This framework can help design more effective breeding, reintroduction, and conservation strategies. Research on evolution typically focuses on the importance of…