Worth Reading: Software is the future of optical

Flexible optical technologies like ROADMs, tunable wavelengths, and the newly enabled tunable modulation format high-speed optics along with sub-wavelength grooming via OTN (which is included in the transport SDN model) are just the beginning. As vendors allow more flexibility in their products, expect software developers to come up with even more ways to use the…

Worth Reading: The coming war against advertising pollution

Next year, will see a major offensive from Google and Apple against the worse parts of the advertising world. It will be tricky for Google, bound to appear as judge and jury. Expect many casualties. But the entire ecosystem will benefit from these initiatives.To put it bluntly, the ad community has less than a year…

Worth Reading: Open IPv6 Resolvers

Open DNS resolvers that answer queries coming from anyone have been the main component of a large number of DDoS attacks in recent years. By sending queries with a spoofed source address to such open resolvers, the resolver will send the answers to that spoofed address. An attacker spoofs the address of his/her target and…

Worth Reading: Connecting Sleep and Income

A third of American workers report they regularly get fewer than seven hours of sleep a night, leading to the loss of some 1.2 million working days and robbing the U.S. economy of an estimated $226 billion annually, according to a 2016 study by Rand Europe. And 65% of Americans are losing sleep because of…

Worth Reading: Distributed Memory Pooling

More databases and data stores and the applications that run atop them are moving to in-memory processing, and sometimes the memory capacity in a single big iron NUMA server isn’t enough and the latencies across a cluster of smaller nodes are too high for decent performance. —The Next Platform

Worth Reading: Balancing Trademarks and Domain Names

The UDRP is a simple-worded, non-territorial, specialized forum for adjudicating claims of cybersquatting. It is conducted wholly online. It is not a trademark court. If there’s any analogy with litigation, it is that the complaint should be treated as a motion for summary judgment. Whether there is cybersquatting depends on arbitrators (called Panels) applying core…

Worth Reading: Not all who wander are lost

Not all who wander are lost is a favorite “Lord of the Rings” nerd-ism, and one I’ve always personally loved. Gandalf, however, never tried to learn computer programming, and also he already had a pretty sweet job in the wizardry sector. For those of us working toward that first junior web dev job, though, wandering…

Worth Reading: Ego is the enemy

When you hear the word enemy, you probably think about regular expressions, bugs, deployments, meetings, and deadlines. Actually, in our quest to reach our goals and become the software developers we want to be, we are usually our own worst enemies. Ego is what prevents us from asking for help, learning, collaborating and working hard.…

Worth Reading: Making providers responsible for content

When online content hosts face a risk of litigation over user-generated content, they will respond with overbroad censorship measures that limit individuals’ rights to post and access lawful, constitutionally protected speech. This is true whether the litigation risk comes from the government (as it would under the proposed online censorship bill we’re fighting in Germany)…

Worth Reading: Liqid’s Composable System

Hardware is, by its very nature, physical and therefore, unlike software or virtual hardware and software routines encoded by FPGAs, it is the one thing that cannot be easily changed. The dream of composable systems, which we have discussed in the past, is something that has been swirling around in the heads of system architects…