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1. Beyond Digital Ethics – Cal Newport
Cal Newport considers a growing movement to train engineers and software developers in ethical design so that they can develop systems that are more humane (e.g. forego proven techniques that compel people to spend more time consuming social media because that consumption may be detrimental to well being, productivity, etc).
While Newport says such training might be laudable, it’s naive to think that tech corporations, which are financially incentivized to increase engagement, will stand down. Instead, he proposes more training for consumers to “adopt a much more skeptical and minimalist approach to the digital junk these companies peddle.”
There are merits and drawbacks to both approaches, but in the end I think Newport’s right that we’ll make more headway with individuals governing their own behavior than getting the pirates raiding our eyeballs to ease up on their rapacity.
2. My CCIE Journey – Chapter 4 – Carpe DMVPN
Ahhh, a nice and ethically uncomplicated post about CCIE prep.
3. Balancing the Future and the Quarter – Tom Nolle
Tom Nolle writes “Wall Street’s “one quarter, right or wrong” approach to business planning doesn’t encourage risk-taking, and risk avoidance is easy to turn into product planning and positioning inertia.”
4. Are We Seeing SD-WAN Washing? – Networking Nerd
If Tom Hollingsworth had asked about ML or AI, I would say a resounding “Yes!” But he also makes a good case for vendors who sell multifunction devices that may be double-dipping when they talk about market share in SD-WAN.
1. To Know WLAN Security, Visit The Dark Side On Occassion – Toolbox
Lee Badman writes “What you should be worried about when it comes to specific areas like WLAN security is not a one-size-fits all paradigm. To refine your security mindset it helps to know which attacks are easy to execute, what the blast zone for specific attacks are, and how much of a balance in your defenses you need between user training and technical assets to help mitigate threats.”
2. Using the internet without the Amazon Cloud – The Verge
OK, this is pretty cool: “Developer Dhruv Mehrotra has made a plug-in that will disconnect you from AWS entirely, using the system’s public IP list to block every connection to an Amazon server. Technically a MacOS port of an earlier tool for Linux, Mehrotra’s program lets you see what the internet would look if Amazon Web Services suddenly ceased to exist.”
3. Google explains how its Shielded VMs enable better cloud security – SiliconAngle
Google is providing more details about how its Shielded VMs offering ensures that when VMs start up, they’re only running trusted code.
4. “A Dire Mistake”: Can Zuckerberg Beat Fake News Before It Breaks Us? – Vanity Fair
See “Beyond Digital Ethics” above.
Vendor & Industry Blogs & Announcements
GLB: GitHub’s open source load balancer – GitHub Engineering
Network Break 196: Cisco Buys Duo Security; Arista Acquires WLAN Vendor
Cisco Announces Intent to Acquire Duo Security – Duo Security
Arista Acquires Mojo Networks – Arista
Mojo Networks Mission with Rick Wilmer – YouTube
AWS Cloud Share Slips as Competitors Claw at Its Lead – SDX Central
Huawei Shrugs Off Challenges With Surge in H1 Profit – Light Reading
Symantec Reports Fiscal First Quarter 2019 Results – Business Insider