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1. Figuring Out What Bothers Me About Wi-Fi and “Analytics” – WiredNot
Lee Badman sends up warning signals about WLAN vendors pushing AI and machine-learning-driven analytics. He writes that the concept is fine, and that analytics tools can be useful, but there’s a lot of nuance that needs to be considered. For example, analytics shouldn’t come at the expense of other priorities–like vendors fixing their own buggy code, for a start.
2. Running HAProxy and Let’s Encrypt on Docker – Lab Time
“I had to migrate my reverse proxy away from the PfSense package to a standalone solution. One requirement was having automated certificates from Let’s Encrypt. Manually setting up all kinds of Linux applications will become tedious, so once again we’re looking at leveraging Docker to simplify operations.”
3. Salt for Network Engineers – Andrew Dampf
Andrew Dampf, a network engineer at Linode, shares his slides from a presentation about using Salt for network operations.
4. Burnout in IT – Cragdoo Blog
Blogger Craig Dalrymple describes his struggles with stress and burnout, and shares some useful tips on how to recognize what’s going on, and what to do about it.
5. WISP Design – An overview of adding IPv6 to your WISP – StubArea51
Kevin Meyers writes “IPv6 is one of those technologies that can feel pretty overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. Many of the same ideas and concepts learned in IPv4 networking still apply.
This guide is meant to give you an overview of an example IPv6 addressing plan for an entire WISP as well as the config needed in MikroTik to deploy IPv6 from a core router all the way to a subscriber device.”
1. NewEgg cracked in breach, hosted card-stealing code within its own checkout – Ars Technica
2. Exploring The Digital Ruins Of ‘Second Life’ – Digg
Joe Veix logs in to Second Life to wander the not-entirely-abandoned online universe created by Linden Labs, which briefly flourished in the early aughts. It’s an eerie journey through a strange and silent realm, as well as a reflection on the human urge to create and connect, and the odd ways the Internet and the Web mediate those urges.
3. Strap on the Fitbit: John Hancock to sell only interactive life insurance – Reuters
Reuters reports “John Hancock, one of the oldest and largest North American life insurers, will stop underwriting traditional life insurance and instead sell only interactive policies that track fitness and health data through wearable devices and smartphones.”
Customers who achieve exercise goals can get discounts on premiums and other incentives. John Hancock says customers don’t have to log fitness activity and healthy food purchases to get a policy, but the incentive option will be included.
I’m of two minds about this. On the one hand, this seems like a sensible reward for people who are actively working to stay fit. But I also worry about the creeping corporate panopticon we’re surrounding ourselves with, and what kind of agency we might lose over time. How long will it be before my smart microwave rats me out to my insurance provider for heating up a cheese burrito instead of going for a jog?
4. Why Even AI-Powered Factories Will Have Jobs for Humans – Harvard Business Review
I’m inclined to think that AI is going to be a net negative for modern society in the long run–not because machines will take over and use humans for batteries, but because rich and powerful people and corporations will use AI to vastly increase and entrench their wealth and power, and further accelerate our slide toward a neo-feudalist society.
However, this article from HBR has a more positive take on AI as a job creator and productivity booster. We’ll see!
Packet Pushers On YouTube
The Packet Pushers shot a bunch of video at VMworld 2018. Here’s a few we’ve put on YouTube. If you close your eyes, it’s just like a mini-podcast!
Vendor & Industry Blogs & Announcements
How Multicloud Will Transform the Future of Enterprise IT – The New Stack
3 Open Source Log Aggregation Tools – Opensource.com
The State of Network Management in 2018 – Kentik (Registration required)
Cisco ASR 9000 Reloaded For Mass Scale Networking – Cisco Systems
Arista Acquires Metamako – Arista Networks
iPhone 2018 – Engadget