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Advocating “Obscurity Pockets” as a Complement to Security. Part II. Deployment Scenarios, More Crypto-Primitives, and Obscurity-Pocket-As-Security

Quote: “In other words – such an Obscured RNG would protect us from Debian RNG disaster(!)”
Another Quote: “such a protocol (if properly deployed on the Server Side) – would defeat Heartbleed too (even if all the details of the Client are known)”

Advocating “Obscurity Pockets” as a Complement to Security. Part I. Definition and Benefits.

Quote: “In a hypothetical world where attackers would need to create a unique attack script for each system attacked – such an economy would be a non-starter.”
Another Quote: “If all the people would be the same – pandemics such as Black Death would easily take the whole humankind down; it is diversity among humans which allowed us to survive.”

FWIW: I’m speaking at ACCU conference on Apr 24th in Bristol, UK

Just to inform everybody who might be interested: I am going to speak at ACCU conference, which will be held on Apr 25-29, 2017 in Bristol, UK. My presentation titled “Deterministic Components for Interactive Distributed Systems: Benefits and Implementation”, is scheduled on Apr 24th, at 2pm. The presentation is going to cover determinism benefits (from production post-mortem […]

Packet Loss for an App-Level Developer. Part II. Last Mile, Wi-Fi, and Summary

Quote: “Burstable packet loss. May be caused by a neighbor preparing his breakfast”
Another Quote: “if there is a NAT device on the way from your Client to your Server – a sudden IP change can occur with absolutely no notification to Client whatsoever.”

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.”

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”

Development & Deployment of Multiplayer Online Games – now on Leanpub

Quote: “I am happy to let everybody know that from now on, Vol.1 of my upcoming book “Development & Deployment of Multiplayer Online Games” is available via Leanpub