Weekend Reads 020918: The Usual Stuff

The Linux Foundation which has been host to many leading open source networking projects, felt the need to streamline all its various ventures, informed Arpit Joshipura, general manager of networking and orchestration at The Linux Foundation. The six founding open source projects involved in the LFN are FD.io, OpenDaylight, Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP), Open Platform for NFV (OPNFV), PDNA and Streaming Network Analytics System. An additional 83-member organization is participating in LFN. This is significant because members of the Linux Foundation can choose whether they want to join LFN, and they can participate in as many or as few of the projects as they want. —Syeda Beenish @OpenSource

The plunder of more than $500 million worth of digital coins from the Japanese cryptocurrency exchange Coincheck last week has added to a growing perception that cryptocurrencies are particularly vulnerable to hackers. It’s an expensive reminder that like many things in the cryptocurrency world, security technologies—and the norms, best practices, and rules for using them—are still emerging. Not least because of its enormous size, the Coincheck hack could go down as a seminal moment in that process. —Mike Orcutt @Technology Review

The days of pointing to a file cabinet and telling your loved ones “everything is there when the time comes” are fading fast. In today’s world of technology, digital assets are becoming a more important part of a person’s estate. If these assets are not included in an estate plan, grieving survivors can be left without access to loved one’s online accounts. —Casey Dowd @Marketwatch

Retailers are in the throes of adapting to a shopping environment completely revolutionized by e-commerce giant Amazon (AMZN), but restaurants are now facing the same challenge thanks to what has become known as the “Amazon effect.” Delivery apps, including Amazon Restaurants, Uber Eats and Grubhub (GRUB) are transforming the dining experience for consumers, and participation isn’t usually a choice for those restaurants hoping to survive. —Brittany De Lea @Fox News

While in graduate school in mathematics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, I took a logic course from David Griffeath. The class was fun. Griffeath brought a playfulness and openness to problems. Much to my delight, about a decade later, I ran into him at a conference on traffic models. During a presentation on computational models of traffic jams, his hand went up. I wondered what Griffeath – a mathematical logician – would have to say about traffic jams. He did not disappoint. Without even a hint of excitement in his voice, he said: ‘If you are modelling a traffic jam, you should just keep track of the non-cars.’ —Scott E Page @intellectual Takeout

How do lawsuits grow our understanding of the risks and harms of new technologies? What incentives do they offer corporations to ensure the safety of their products? —J. Nathan Matias @Medium

Before videotex (the predecessor of the internet) arrived in the late 1970s early 1980s, 90% of telecommunications revolved around telephone calls. And at that time telephony was still a luxury for many, as making calls were expensive. I remember that in 1972 a telephone call between London and Amsterdam cost one pound per minute. Local telephone calls were timed, and I still remember shouts from my parents when I was on a call to my girlfriend — ‘don’t make it too long’ and ‘get off the phone.’ —Paul Budde @CircleID

The recently released BIND version 9.12 includes an implementation of RFC8198 – ‘Aggressive Use of DNSSEC-Validated Cache’. While the purpose of this specification may not be immediately clear from its title, its intent is to improve the efficiency of the DNS protocol by allowing a DNSSEC-validating resolver to self-synthesize certain DNS responses — without referring to an authoritative server — if suitable NSEC/NSEC3[1] records already exist in the resolver’s cache. —Ray Bellis @APNIC

When asked to think about how new inventions might shape the future, says economist Tim Hartford, our imaginations tend to leap to technologies that are sophisticated beyond comprehension. But the reality is that most influential new technologies are often humble and cheap and new inventions do not appear in isolation… —Joe Carter @Acton