Can I Trust My Networking Gear?. In one of the Harry Potter books there was one great quote by Mr. Weasley, who I believe headed up the Office for the Detection and Confiscation of Counterfeit Defensive Spells and Protective Objects, who surely had information technology in mind when he said: “Never trust anything that can think for itself, if you can’t see where it keeps its brain.” I’ll paraphrase Mr. Weasley by saying “Never trust anything that runs software.” Good reading to start into the daily business.
Discover How Telcos Do Hadoop. Not all of the purposes will appeal to everyone (rummaging around in age-old CDRs is obviously not possible in all legislations), but here you go: Analyze call detail records (CDRs). HDP facilitates long-term data retention for root cause analysis of dropped calls, even years after the first issue. Service equipment proactively. HDP stores unstructured sensor data from the network. Telcos can apply machine-learning algorithms to this data and derive optimal maintenance schedules by comparing real-time information with historical data. Rationalize infrastructure investments. Using HDP to… Read more Discover How Telcos Do Hadoop →
In his blog, Bruce Schneier points to some interesting articles that are indeed worth a read: The Leaky Leviathan: Why the Government Condemns and Condones Unlawful Disclosures of Information and A Public Accountability Defense for National Security Leakers and Whistleblowers The former article, by David E. Pozen, states in its abstract: “The United States government leaks like a sieve. Presidents denounce the constant flow of classified information to the media from unauthorized, anonymous sources. National security professionals decry the consequences.” The latter article, by Yochai Benkler, poses the sigle most… Read more The Leaky Leviathan and A Public Accountability Defense for Whistleblowers →
Matthew Green has a a Few Thoughts on Cryptographic Engineering: What’s the matter with PGP?. Most of the thoughts are pretty good. Some are a bit questionable, especially the necessary trust in the Google, Yahoo and Whatsapp/Facebook apps. Many of the voiced concerns are very valid, though and the blog posting worth a read.
Like Ofcom in the UK, Italian AGCOM seeks input on Internet of Things. In the pursuit of business cases that will help Telecommunication Service Providers to leave the corner in which they stand as infrastructure providers like a worn out elderly catcher, the internet of things looks like a potential new business, where the chances are looking potentially better than in voice or data communications. The challenge for the carriers is the same as before, though: They need to embrace innovation, even if it means breaking traditional business processes. If… Read more AGCOM seeks input on IoT →
Over 11,000 claimants join class action against Facebook’s NSA collusion according to the IT Portal. Indeed, the use of technology coming from companies like Facebook, Google or Apple is sexy – and the alternative is, as Srems said, “living in the stone age”. Years ago, having and using a mobile phone was a choice of technology. It became a choice of participating in society or not. School teachers and project groups in schools often manage times, meetings, places and information on the lasses and projects using WhatsApp, while the App… Read more Over 11,000 claimants join class action against Facebook’s NSA collusion | ITProPortal.com →
The net is full of complaints about Microsoft force-feeding their user base a broken software for many. Complaints are about 1. Requiring the latest Mac OS X release – many have good reasons for not updating to Mavericks. Keeping previous versions workable has been the reason for the ubiquitous use of Skype: “And no, I won’t update to Mavericks; I’m fine with the current version I have; thanks. So, plz, I do like skype, its awesome for work (which I use EVERYDAY) and keep in contact, but this is waaaaaaay… Read more Why is Skype forcing a software upgrade on all of us? →
When it comes to the airlines, Mr. Greenberg is an angry man. Have a look for yourself: The Preferred Seat Hoax: Airlines Charge for the Same Seats. Obviously, the… Read more The Preferred Seat Hoax: Airlines Charge for the Same Seats →