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1. On Being A Dinosaur – SubnetZero
Are CLI jockeys who’ve bulked up on certs unprepared for the extinction-level comet of automation and programmability that’s hurtling toward their networks? Not so, says Jeff McLaughlin–provided you’re prepared to adapt. But adaptation doesn’t mean leaving behind your hard-won knowledge and skills.
2. What The Code of Hammurabi Can Teach Us About Hardware and Software Liability – Daniel Miessler
Software quality (or lack thereof) is a serious issue, and will get even more serious as software infiltrates everything from home surveillance pods–I mean, voice-activated assistants–to self-driving cars. The debate over how and whether to hold software makers accountable for defects has long perplexed the tech and legal professions. Daniel Miessler looks back to the ancient Code of Hammurabi for inspiration on how to bring accountability to those who develop critical infrastructure.
2. Two Keyboards At A Bar – Randsinrepose
This one is for all the Apple keyboard nerds out there.
1. Thermostats, Locks and Lights: Digital Tools of Domestic Abuse – NY Times
The Times has a disturbing story about how smart devices in homes–thermostats, doorbells, digital locks, cameras, and the like, are being used by abusers to frighten and intimidate current or former partners. It also looks at the difficulty of helping law enforcement to understand what’s happening.
2. DevOps, Your Network, and Myth Busting – Network Computing
Lori MacVittie, writing at Network Computing, outlines three common misconceptions that could derail efforts to bring DevOps principles into NetOps.
3. The NSA’s Hidden Spy Hubs in Eight U.S. Cities – The Intercept
The Intercept looks at eight different AT&T peering points in the United States that are used by the NSA to monitor email, phone calls, and online traffic. I used to work up the block from the peering point in San Francisco.
4. Facebook patent would turn your mic on to analyze how you watch ads – Ars Technica
A UK website called Metro discovered a Facebook patent application from 2016 in which Facebook could use a “household broadcasting device” such as a TV or smart speaker to silently trigger a nearby smartphone’s microphone to record a room’s ambient noise. The goal of the patent is to help Facebook determine if device owners are skipping or blocking ads. In reporting on the patent, Ars Technia cites a Facebook statement in which the company pinky-swears that the tech behind the patent will never be used.
Vendor & Industry Blogs & Announcements
Measurement Challenges in the Gigabit Era – IETF Journal
Network Reliability Engineering: What’s In a Name? – Matt Oswalt, via Juniper Networks
Cisco’s Optical Illusion – Nyquist Capital
SDN is Dead! Long Live SDN! – Ecitele.com
AWS Privilege Escalation – Methods and Mitigation – Rhino Security Labs
Packet Pushers Videos
Network Break 190: Aruba Joins SD-WAN Party; Cisco Buys Into WiFi Location Services
Aruba Networks Joins The SD-WAN Crowd With SD-Branch Release – Packet Pushers
Cisco Acquires July Systems for indoor location services – Cisco Systems
AT&T Sells 31 Data Centers to Brookfield for $1.1B – Data Center Knowledge
DT Will Cut 10k Jobs at T-Systems – Report – Light Reading
Demand More From Your Web Application Firewall – Signal Science
Brian Krzanich out as CEO of Intel – SemiAccurate