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This one’s a little extra long because we’re taking Thanksgiving off. If you’re celebrating, may your cranberries be tart, your potatoes piled high, and your pies plentiful.
1. Choose Technology Suppliers Carefully – Perspectives
James Hamilton, a VP and Distinguished Engineer at AWS, has a really interesting blog about Amazon’s relationship with Oracle (now terminated). He writes “Eventually, a customer will focus on the “Oracle Problem” and do the work to leave the unhealthy relationship. When they do, the sense of relief in the room is absolutely palpable. I’m super happy to have been part of many of these migrations… .”
2. Why Is The CCIE Lab Moving? – Networking Nerd
Tom Hollingsworth analyzes why Cisco is moving its permanent CCIE testing site to Richardson, TX. The short answer? Real estate. The slightly longer answer is that a newly mobile workforce means Cisco is already carrying a lot of empty or near-empty buildings in San Jose, and is looking to cut costs.
3. Sunset of VXLAN. Really? – IPSpace
Ivan Pepelnjak writes about problems that some in the networking industry have with VXLAN, including no protocol identifier and a lack of extensibility. The Geneve protocol, which includes an extensible header of up to 260 bytes, is being touted as a replacement.
But Ivan recommends caution. “I don’t understand the obsession with universally-extensible tools. There’s a reason every craftsman has a toolbox of tools that are just right for the job instead of a giant Swiss Army Knife.”
4. Pre-industrial workers had a shorter workweek than today’s – Erik Rauch
You may be stuck at a desk for 40 or 50 hours a week, but you figure you’re better off than medieval peasants who labored from sunrise to sunset six days a week. Erik Rauch wants you to figure again. He quotes extensively from the book “The Overworked American” by Juliet B. Schor that demonstrates how, prior to the Industrial Revolution, workers and laborers had much more leisure at their disposal.
5. The #AWS Visio Stencils – Technodrone
Want AWS icons for your Visio diagrams? You can find a neat set at Technodrone. Created by Jerry Hargrove, you can download 40 icons of AWS services. The icons are resizable, with removable color backgrounds and changeable captions.
6. Some Envoy basics – Julia Evans
If you need to get up to speed on Envoy, a proxy for containers, Julia Evans has a great overview.
7. CAC (Call Admission Control) – WiFi_NC
Dermot Allen writes “I support a voice product that does not support CAC. Is it right for me to ask the Wireless Network Administrator to disable it because my device doesn’t support it? Is CAC fair? Why does it supersede WMM? I will attempt to answer some of these questions in this blog.”
1. New data demonstrates generally superb cloud connectivity, but quirks remain – Diginomica
Kurt Marko digs into a ThousandEyes industry report that measures the performance of AWS, Azure, and Google. The report finds that performance is generally equal among the big three in North America, but differences emerge elsewhere.
Kurt writes “Things diverge when looking at performance in less-developed regions like Asia, Oceania and South America, where overall network latency is markedly higher. Likewise, latency variability, i.e. jitter, is generally higher in Asia, particularly for AWS which is much worse than its competitors.”
2. Has Silicon Valley Lost Its Soul? The Case for and Against – Wired/Intelligence Squared
The US debate forum Intelligence Squared hosted a discussion on the topic “Has Silicon Valley Lost Its Soul?” I know where I stand, but you can make your own decision. Wired has a transcript of the debate and a link to YouTube where you can watch the verbal action.
3. Public Attitudes Toward Computer Algorithms – Pew Research Center
The American public is skeptical of computer algorithms, according to new survey research from Pew. A majority think algorithms can reflect human biases, and believe algorithms should not be allowed to make decisions with real-world consequences such as parole assessments or job screening.
4. Amazon has everything it needs to make massively popular algorithm-driven fiction – Quartz
Hey, speaking of algorithms, would you like one to write a book for you?
5. A 100,000-router botnet is feeding on a 5-year-old UPnP bug in Broadcom chips – Ars Technica
Dan Goodin at Ars Technica writes “A recently discovered botnet has taken control of an eye-popping 100,000 home and small-office routers made from a range of manufacturers, mainly by exploiting a critical vulnerability that has remained unaddressed on infected devices more than five years after it came to light.
Researchers from Netlab 360, who reported the mass infection late last week, have dubbed the botnet BCMUPnP_Hunter. The name is a reference to a buggy implementation of the Universal Plug and Play protocol built into Broadcom chipsets used in vulnerable devices.”
Industry Blogs & Vendor Announcements
Rough Guide to IETF 103: DNS Security and Privacy – IETF Journal
Cisco and AWS Collaborate to Accelerate Innovation – Cisco Systems
Cisco Hybrid Solution for Kubernetes on AWS – Cisco Systems
Cisco security appliances under attack, still no patch available – Help Net Security
Always Have A Career Plan B – Packet Pushers
Teridion Challenges MPLS With New Cloud Networking Service – Packet Pushers