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The Web Won't Be Safe or Secure Until We Break It
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The Web Won't Be Safe or Secure Until We Break It

Unless you have taken very particular precautions, assume every website you visit knows exactly who you are.

The Essence of Software Engineering
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The Essence of Software Engineering: The SEMAT Kernel

A thinking framework in the form of an actionable kernel.

Sender-side Buffers and the Case for Multimedia Adaptation
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Sender-side Buffers and the Case for Multimedia Adaptation

A proposal to improve the performance and availability of streaming video and other time-sensitive media.

Anatomy of a Solid-State Drive
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Anatomy of a Solid-State Drive

While the ubiquitous SSD shares many features with the hard-disk drive, under the surface they are completely different.

Resilience Engineering
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Resilience Engineering: Learning to Embrace Failure

A discussion with Jesse Robbins, Kripa Krishnan, John Allspaw, and Tom Limoncelli.

Weathering the Unexpected
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Weathering the Unexpected

Failures happen, and resilience drills help organizations prepare for them.

Disks from the Perspective of a File System
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Disks from the Perspective of a File System

Disks lie. And the controllers that run them are partners in crime.

Toward Higher Precision
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Toward Higher Precision

An introduction to PTP and its significance to NTP practitioners.

Fault Injection in Production
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Fault Injection in Production

Making the case for resilience testing.

A Generation Lost in the Bazaar
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A Generation Lost in the Bazaar

Quality happens only when someone is responsible for it.

A New Objective-C Runtime
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A New Objective-C Runtime: From Research to Production

Backward compatibility always trumps new features.

Software Needs Seatbelts and Airbags
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Software Needs Seatbelts and Airbags

Finding and fixing bugs in deployed software is difficult and time-consuming. Here are some alternatives.

All Your Database Are Belong To Us
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All Your Database Are Belong To Us

In the big open world of the cloud, highly available distributed objects will rule.

OpenFlow: A Radical New Idea in Networking
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OpenFlow: A Radical New Idea in Networking

An open standard that enables software-defined networking.

Extending the Semantics of Scheduling Priorities
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Extending the Semantics of Scheduling Priorities

Increasing parallelism demands new paradigms.

Multitier Programming in Hop
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Multitier Programming in Hop

A first step toward programming 21st-century applications.

Controlling Queue Delay
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Controlling Queue Delay

Active queue management is just one piece of the solution to persistently full buffers.

My Compiler Does Not Understand Me
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My Compiler Does Not Understand Me

Until our programming languages catch up, code will be full of horrors.

Getting What You Measure
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Getting What You Measure

There are four common pitfalls to avoid when using software metrics in a project management setting.

A Guided Tour of Data-Center Networking
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A Guided Tour of Data-Center Networking

A good user experience depends on predictable performance within the data-center network.
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