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New material at Rule 11 Academy this week:

Understanding Intra-AS BGP
Suboptimal BGP Route Reflection Lab

I’ve done a good bit of BGP to this point; I’m probably going to work on link state or some other part of the outline next week. I’m trying to make certain everyone who signs up for the first time gets the first six months for free; the membership plugin is being a bit squirrely, so you might see accounts expired, etc. I’m fixing these as I see them.

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In this episode of the RIPE Labs podcast, three Internet pioneers talk about how they helped grow the Internet out of its early infancy, back when its purpose – and much of the excitement around its development – lay in the promise of connecting researchers from around the world.

Meta, parent company of Facebook and Instagram, also now is in the AI-focused processor game. The company recently unveiled the next generation of custom-made chips to help power AI-driven rankings and recommendation ads on social media platforms.

Phishing threats have reached unprecedented levels of sophistication in the past year, driven by the proliferation of generative AI tools.

In recent news, more than 13,000 subdomains of brands were hijacked for a large spam campaign that “leverages the trust associated with these domains to circulate spam and malicious phishing emails by the millions each day, cunningly using their credibility and stolen resources to slip past security measures.”

Tenable Research has discovered a critical memory corruption vulnerability dubbed Linguistic Lumberjack in Fluent Bit, a core component in the monitoring infrastructure of many cloud services.

Pew Research Center conducted the analysis to examine how often online content that once existed becomes inaccessible. One part of the study looks at a representative sample of webpages that existed over the past decade to see how many are still accessible today.

As well as making EPP easier for registrars to use, such an API would help domain registries by increasing scalability and improving performance and security.

Three teams – in Boston, in China, and the Netherlands – have simultaneously announced that they’ve figured out ways to store entangled photons without breaking the entanglement, a critical step in building quantum repeaters, and, thus, scalable quantum networks.

Microsoft has a lot more than AI riding on Copilot+ PCs. Although AI is the current buzzword of the tech industry, Microsoft’s push into a new era of PCs has just as much to do with declining PC sales over the past several years, as well as Microsoft’s decade-long drive to get Windows on ARM working.

The IBM Power Virtual Server Private Cloud – announced Tuesday with little fanfare – is based on the IBM Power Virtual Servers Big Blue rents out in a manner that will be familiar to users of IaaS services.

We have a long-standing policy that when you redact text, the only way to do it securely is to use black bars. Sometimes, people like to be clever and try some other redaction techniques like blurring, swirling, or pixelation. But this is a mistake.

The relationship between shift length, fatigue and human error is well documented, but less clear is how the data center industry can define shifts that help minimize human error. The recommended best practices for other industries do not always translate into the data center world, where 24/7 service availability is the standard.

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The European Union’s new Digital Markets Act (DMA) is a complex, many-legged beast, but at root, it is a regulation that aims to make it easier for the public to control the technology they use and rely on.

When optimizing the write performance of GreptimeDB v0.7, we discovered through flame graphs that the CPU time spent parsing Prometheus write requests accounted for about 12% of the total.

We think that waferscale computing is an interesting and even an inevitable concept for certain kinds of compute and memory. But inevitably, the work you need to do goes beyond what a single wafer’s worth of cores can deliver, and then you have the same old network issues.

Evidence is mounting that tech companies’ policies demanding staff return to the office are only serving to drive out the talent that became accustomed to remote work.

ZTDNS integrates the Windows DNS client and the Windows Filtering Platform (WFP) to enable this domain-name-based lockdown. First, Windows is provisioned with a set of DoH or DoT capable Protective DNS servers; these are expected to only resolve allowed domain names.

The use of Machine Learning and Deep Learning models allows us to understand the intention of the message, who is sending it, and if the sender is pretending to be someone they are not. It also allows us to learn what a legitimate message looks like and identify the parts of an email that indicate malicious intent, making it easier to predict those markers in the future.

That said, I have been running e-mail servers since well before Google existed as a company. I started off at M.C.G.V. Stack, the computer club of the University of Eindhoven, in 1995.

Alas, the feds did something you wouldn’t want your government to do. The Federal Trade Commission launched an investigation into MGM — the victim of the cyberattack — and demanded that MGM, which suffered an estimated $100 million loss from the hack, provide information about the breach.

If successful in the Google and Apple cases, the result will be far more clarity on non-priced harms and a much-needed update to how we evaluate consumer welfare in the digital age, all without throwing the baby out with the bathwater.

How do you profit off intelligence once it’s been commoditized? Will the AI transition let a thousand flowers bloom, or will the returns largely flow to a few tech behemoths and their infrastructure providers?

Broadcom has introduced a new series of 400G Ethernet adapters specifically tuned for resolving network bottlenecks when moving massive amounts of data around for AI processing.

Yes, this time is different. And the key difference is Joe Biden’s EPA. On May 9, that agency published a rule in the Federal Register that, if it survives legal challenges, will force the closure of every coal-fired power plant in America and prevent the construction of new baseload gas-fired plants. If the rule survives those challenges, it will strangle AI in the crib.