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Assorted Rants Tagged ‘UDP’, page 1:

The Importance of Back-of-Envelope Estimates

Quote: “trying to optimize out a 3e-7 performance hit is very rarely worth the trouble.”
Another Quote: “With 4S/4U boxes having typical MTBFs of 3–5 years, the next question we should ask ourselves, is “Hey, will we really be able to write software which crashes much more rarely than that?””

(Almost-)Zero-Additional-Latency UDP-over-TCP

Quote: “we realize that for some of the Clients – UDP just doesn’t work because of some weird firewall between Client and Server”
Another Quote: “there is nothing to block us (so head-of-line blocking doesn’t apply)”

UDP for games – security (encryption and DDoS protection)

Quote: “Yes, you DO need to encrypt your UDP traffic. And no, using UDP is NOT a valid excuse to skip encryption”
Another Quote: “Personally, I prefer to think of it as of insurance – when I’m paying my premiums in hope that my money will go to waste.”

UDP from MOG Perspective

Quote: “you may think of UDP as of an analog of good old C: you can do pretty much everything, but it is not because the language helps you – it is rather because it doesn’t stand in the way :-)”
Another Quote: “As most of the routers (including pretty much every backbone router out there) are not configured to support multicast, it makes multicast over the public Internet hopeless :-(“

Part VIIa: Security (TLS/SSL) of 64 Network DO’s and DON’Ts for Multi-Player Game Developers

Quote: “Design of secure protocols is a thing which even security professionals have lots of problems with.”
Another Quote: “In the security field, if you can disable something unused – you SHOULD do it”

Part V: UDP of 64 Network DO’s and DON’Ts for Game Engines

Quote: “In general, lag and jitter are not specific to UDP, and manifest themselves for absolutely any Internet connection.”
Another Quote: “If you need a globally-reachable server with single-digit-ms lag for all the players, it is simply not possible”