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YourBase Early Access: Software Development Without Distraction

YourBase Early Access: Software Development Without Distraction

Four years ago, my family and I moved from Zurich to Seattle. I grew up in Brazil and had the privilege to live in three continents, but I fell in love with the Pacific Northwest because of its nature and the local culture. The coffee shops here are really special. No city in the US has more coffee shops than Seattle. Between global or local chains, and indie shops, coffee enthusiasts like me can always find a place that is perfect for them.It was at one of these coffee shops that I met John Ewart. We started chatting because we liked each other's laptop stickers. This random encounter led...

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Benefits And Downsides Of Microservices

Benefits And Downsides Of Microservices

What are the benefits of microservices and why are they becoming so popular with large brands like Netflix? The main benefit of microservices is to allow a large team of engineers to development software more quickly. It’s not for everyone, though. Companies work hard to deliver value to the world through software. Sometimes there is a breakaway success. When that happens, the stampede of new users can overwhelm the development team. So the company adds new developers to the project to handle the demand. A lot of people start to work on the same code base and that works for a while. But,...

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GitHub and the memcached DDoS amplification attack of 1.35 Tb/s

GitHub and the memcached DDoS amplification attack of 1.35 Tb/s

GitHub survived a DDoS attack of 1.35 TB/s. How? They paid someone else to figure it out, as they should. If you leave your memcached servers listening on UDP and open to the Internet, they will certainly be used to amplify DDoS attacks. During the event described in the article, which happened on February 28th, GitHub had to move all their incoming traffic to Akamai so they would handle the attack - 1.35 Tb/s. Don't be an amplifier Remember: unless you know what you're doing, do not leave UDP services open to the internet. Most UDP services out there (including NTP, DNS and even memcached)...

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