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Keeping Customers Streaming — The Centralized Site Reliability Practice at Netflix

By Hank Jacobs, Senior Site Reliability Engineer on CORE We’re privileged to be in the business of bringing joy to our customers at Netflix. Whether it’s a compelling new series or an innovative product feature, we strive to provide a best-in-class service that people love and can enjoy anytime, anywhere. A key underpinning to keeping our customers happy and streaming is a strong focus on reliability. Reliability, formally speaking, is the ability of a system to function under stated conditions…

Computer vision and uncertainty in AI for robotic prosthetics — ScienceDaily

Researchers have developed new software that can be integrated with existing hardware to enable people using robotic prosthetics or exoskeletons to walk in a safer, more natural manner on different types of terrain. The new framework incorporates computer vision into prosthetic leg control, and includes robust artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms that allow the software to better account for uncertainty. “Lower-limb robotic prosthetics need to execute different behaviors based on the terrain users are walking on,” says Edgar Lobaton, co-author of…

Software solution predicts costs for manufacturers

Innovators at the Indiana Next Generation Manufacturing Competitiveness Center, or IN-MaC, created software to help manufacturers better predict overall costs and the costs associated with layout alternatives and adjustments to their manufacturing processes. Credit: Purdue University New software designed to help manufacturers better predict and adjust costs may assist organizers one day with huge events such as the Olympic Games. Innovators at the Indiana Next Generation Manufacturing Competitiveness Center, or IN-MaC, created the software to help manufacturers better predict overall…

Multifunctional e-glasses monitor health, protect eyes, control video game

Smart e-glasses can wirelessly monitor EEG and EOG signals, UV intensity, and body movements, while also acting as sunglasses and a human-machine interface. Credit: Adapted from ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 2020, DOI: 10.1021/acsami.0c03110 Fitness tracker bracelets and watches provide useful information, such as step count and heart rate, but they usually can’t provide more detailed data about the wearer’s health. Now, researchers reporting in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces have developed smart electronic glasses (e-glasses) that not only monitor…

Multifunctional e-glasses monitor health, protect eyes, control video games — ScienceDaily

Fitness tracker bracelets and watches provide useful information, such as step count and heart rate, but they usually can’t provide more detailed data about the wearer’s health. Now, researchers reporting in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces have developed smart electronic glasses (e-glasses) that not only monitor a person’s brain waves and body movements, but also can function as sunglasses and allow users to control a video game with eye motions. Devices that measure electrical signals from the brain (electroencephalogram; EEG)…

Create Your Personalized TV Guide with Friendspire

The quarantine doesn’t seem to be anywhere near its end and it is obvious that you have already watched ‘Friends’ and ‘The Office’ for the millionth time by now. While classics like these never leave your side, you do need a change from something new every now then. But how will you know whether that new show on werewolves is as good as Teen Wolf or whether the new season of Money Heist won’t be a waste of time? While…

Tanium’s endpoint security meets Cloudflare for Teams

When Cloudflare first launched in 2010, network security still relied heavily on physical security. To connect to a private network, most users simply needed to be inside the walls of the office. Once on that network, users could connect to corporate applications and infrastructure. When users left the office, a Virtual Private Network (VPN) became a bandaid to let users connect back into that office network. Administrators poked holes in their firewall that allowed traffic to route back through headquarters.…

Can copying your friends help you achieve your goals? — ScienceDaily

Consumers often struggle to achieve self-set life improvement goals, but what if deliberately emulating the successful strategies used by their friends could help them? A new paper published in the Journal of the Association for Consumer Research shows that encouraging people to find and mimic exercise strategies used by their friends increases the amount of time people spent exercising relative to receiving an exercise strategy passively. In the study, Katie S. Mehr, Amanda E. Geiser, Katherine L. Milkman, and Angela…

Engineers develop near-zero emissions engine technology

Southwest Research Institute engineers have developed the next generation of clean diesel engine technology to reduce hazardous nitrogen oxides (NOx) and carbon dioxide emissions while minimizing fuel consumption. Working with regulatory agencies, vehicle manufacturers and suppliers, SwRI combined engine modifications with integrated aftertreatment technology and control strategies to reach near-zero emissions levels. SwRI developed the technology for the California Air Resources Board (CARB), a state organization charged with combatting air pollution. “Through the continued efforts of a multidisciplinary team, SwRI…

Past Participants Tout Benefits of REU Program

REU Program students study consumer networking. Students from across the country will spend the next 10 weeks developing consumer networking skills. It’s part of a Research Experiences for Undergraduates, or REU, program at Mizzou Engineering funded by the National Science Foundation. And for some, it’s life changing. The REU program gives undergraduates an opportunity to conduct research on fundamental topics in consumer networking. Students work with multi-disciplinary experts. At the end of the program, they develop an innovative prototype that relates…