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“No Bugs” Hare
Author:“No Bugs” Hare  Follow: TwitterFacebook
Species:H.A.R.E. (as "Honest And Restless Engineer")
Job Title:Sarcastic Architect
Hobbies:Thinking Aloud, Arguing with Managers, Annoying HRs,
Calling a Spade a Spade, Keeping Tongue in Cheek
 
'No Bugs' Bunny

Once upon a time, in a rabbit outsourcing warren of Bunnylore, there was a young software developer bunny. And as a developer, he has had one very unusual treat: he was obsessed with eliminating all the bugs he can get his forelegs on. So, it is not surprising that his friends called him a “No Bugs” Bunny (or simply “NoBugs”).

Later on, he grew up, so he decided that “Bunny” in his name has became inappropriate (not to mention potential arguments with Warner Brothers), so he has asked all his friends to call him “No Bugs” Hare. He has made a career as a team lead and software architect, and they lived happily ever after.

“No Bugs” Hare Opera Omnia, Vol.1:

Packet Loss for an App-Level Developer. Part I. Router Failures, BGP Convergence Time, AQM, Traffic Shapers.

Quote: “All the routers, switches (actually – pretty much each and every device which forms Internet infrastructure) – are allowed to drop each and every packet.”
Another Quote: “TCP, when it observes a dropped packet, interprets it as an indication of congestion – and slows down.”
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Indirect and Client-Centric Payment Processing. Logging and Reconciliation

Quote: “Fortunately, there is a neat crypto-trick which makes this schema usable for Server-oriented games in general – and multi-player games in particular”
Another Quote: “if you’re using TCP to communicate, you should log everything right before it goes into your send() call (and right after it comes out of your recv() call”
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Direct Payment Processing. Recovery from ‘Unknown’ Transaction Status. PCI DSS.

Quote: “With the Direct Processing, customer should trust us (the merchant) with their details”
Another Quote: “On the other hand, most of PCI DSS requirements make perfect sense regardless of formal compliance”
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Determinism: Requirements vs Features

Abstract: Apparently, in practice there is big difference between cross-platform determinism and same-executable determinism, both in abilities they can provide, and from implementation complexity point of view
Quote: “Cross-platform determinism is the strictest definition of determinism I know; not surprisingly, there are quite a few factors which can break it”
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Payment Processing. Credit Cards. Chargebacks and Collateral Damage

Quote: “Chargeback monster will come from under the bed and will eat all your hard-earned money!”
Another Quote: “it is trivial to develop a system with guaranteed zero chargeback rate – to achieve this, it is sufficient to decline each and every transaction at pre-filter stage”
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Update on Progress with “Development & Deployment of MOGs” book, and updated ToC too

I have to admit that I neglected to post updates about the progress with my “Development & Deployment of Multiplayer Online Games” book. Sure, new “1st beta” Chapters from upcoming Vol. 2 are posted every week, but any information about the progress of Vol. 1 was available only on Kickstarter and Indiegogo. I am happy […]