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1. What Every Wireless Engineer Needs to Know – ToDSfromDS
If you want to really good at your job, what do you need to know? Jake Snyder has some suggestions for WLAN engineers, and the categories map well to other engineering roles.
2. Faucet: Enterprise OpenFlow in production – The Forwarding Plane
OpenFlow lives! Nick Buraglio writes about an open-source project called Faucet that may revise the fortunes, or at least the reputation, of that much-maligned protocol at the heart of SDN 1.o.
3. There Are No Shortcuts to Success- Vmiss
Social media is an envy machine. People carefully curate their lives to highlight success and bury failures or setbacks. If you’ve ever scrolled through someone’s profile and wondered how they make things look so easy, Melissa wants a word with you.
4. Has Internet Governance Become Irrelevant? – The ISP Column
Jeff Houston writes “We are embarking on changes in our society which are as dramatic and even as traumatic as the industrial revolution. Such revolutions leave a path of social dislocation and uncertainty in their wake, and this information revolution is no exception.”
That’s the context for a long piece on the history of multinational Internet governance, and how power has shifted over the years toward individual nations, and what that might mean for the ongoing evolution of a global Internet.
1. The Morris Worm Turns 30 – Dark Reading
Happy birthday, Morris worm. Kelly Jackson Higgins at Dark Reading has a great piece looking back at the Morris worm, which crippled the early Internet and killed the dream of an Edenic networked society where folks could leave their metaphorical doors unlocked at night.
Kelly interviews some of the folks who had to fend off this mischievous malware back in the day, and gets their perspectives on how Internet security has changed over the ensuing decades (hint: it hasn’t, really).
2. Tech C.E.O.s Are in Love With Their Principal Doomsayer – NY Times
The New York Times has an interesting profile of Yuval Noah Harari. If you aren’t familiar with him, he’s a writer and philosopher whose recent books have grappled with ideas such as, to quote the article “…Silicon Valley is undermining democracy and ushering in a dystopian hellscape in which voting is obsolete.”
And this gem: “…by creating powerful influence machines to control billions of minds, the big tech companies are destroying the idea of a sovereign individual with free will.”
The question the profile raises then, is why is Mr. Harari so welcome by Silicon Valley tech executives? Do they hope to avert the dire outcomes he predicts? Are they trying to co-opt him with fetes and praise and insider access? Or, most chillingly, do they interpret his dire outcomes as goals to strive for?
3. Cloud service adoption is not a cost-cutting exercise – Diginomica
Kurt Marko handily demolishes the “public cloud is more expensive that on-prem so don’t use it” argument (often made by legacy vendors hoping to thwart defectors). That is to say, yes, the cloud can be more expensive, but cost reduction isn’t the only, or even the primary, reason to use public cloud services. And you also have to be careful how you measure cost reduction.
4. CommScope in Talks to Buy Arris – Report – Light Reading
More consolidation on the way?
STFC Data Centre Tour 2018 – 45PB of Distributed IP Storage, 5 Tier CLOS network at 100G/200G/400G – Packet Pushers on YouTube
Vendor Announcements & Industry Blogs
Rough Guide to IETF 103: DNS Security and Privacy – IETF Journal
2018 Public Cloud Performance Benchmark Report – ThousandEyes
IBM Acquiring RedHat–My Quick Take – The Diversity Blog
IBM’s Old Playbook – Stratechery
Arista Networks, Inc. Reports Third Quarter 2018 Financial Results – Arista Networks