3D Webpages, Configuration Distribution, HTOP, Anti-AdBlocking, Octo Protocol, etc.

Configuration Distribution at Internet Scale

Link: https://blog.cloudflare.com/introducing-quicksilver-configuration-distribution-at-internet-scale/

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/XOf9X

Great insight into Cloudflare impressively re-implementing their tooling from scratch for insanely fast performance — "2.5 trillion read requests and 30 million write requests a day on over 90,000 database instances across thousands of servers".


The World Must Not Mimic China's Authoritarian Model to Fight COVID-19

Link: https://reason.com/2020/03/30/the-world-must-not-mimic-chinas-authoritarian-model-to-fight-covid-19/

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/1Cqt0

An article that delves into the considerations surrounding the reaction to the current COVID-19 pandemic in the context of societal freedoms and human rights.


Debug z-index Stacking Content with 3D View in the Microsoft Edge DevTools

Link: https://blogs.windows.com/msedgedev/2020/01/23/debug-z-index-3d-view-edge-devtools/

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/9Q3f2

How cool would it be to inspect a webpage's elements in a 3-dimensionally stacked DOM? Microsoft Edge's team considered that question and just went with it.


How an Anti Ad-Blocker Works: Reverse-Engineering BlockAdBlock

Link: https://xy2.dev/article/re-bab/

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/jk8IT

Superb technical writeup about how the mechanics of anti-adblocking functions, and the measures that are taken by adblockers to be one step ahead. I was surprised at the logical simplicity of the techniques used to identify changes in user/browser/script interactions.


HTOP Explained

Link: https://peteris.rocks/blog/htop/

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/BlwWT

Good read for anyone interested in the workings of the `htop` utility, or for those who would like a quick refresher.


Improving Scale and Media Quality with Cascading SFUs

Link: https://webrtchacks.com/sfu-cascading/

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/kEV3U

An article by one of the developers over at Jitsi that gives great thoughts and solutions for a problem that reads as such: "Deploying media servers for WebRTC has two major challenges, scaling beyond a single server as well as optimizing the media latency for all users in the conference."