Dan Goodin at Ars Technica gives an overview of the implications of the recently exposed telnet vulnerability disclosed by WikiLeaks. I’m not surprised the CIA had something like that, however morally dubious I may find it. As an intelligence organization it’s in their interest to have this kind of access. For me, this goes beyond Cisco.
Chris Marget wrote up a nice piece looking into a similar bug. It’s probably not going to by as hyped as Y2K, but it’s nonetheless important. Because of the 32-bit signed integer used in Unix-based systems, there’s a maximum value of 2.1 billion seconds in the “epoch”, before it basically runs out and started back over at the beginning with 10000000000000000000000000000000. That may sound like a lot, but it’s actually about 68 years. Since the Unix epoch begins on January 1, 1970, this means we’re due for an epoch reset around 2038.
The Internet of Things in a technological hypebeast, being both clearly defined and a marketing ploy at the same time. Cisco has clearly defined what they think IoT is all about: adding connectivity to devices. Using LoRaWAN, Cisco has a compelling technical solution to making connectivity possible on a mass scale.
I just found out that Google publishes IPv6 traffic numbers for Google users, going back through 2008. It shows what you expect, traffic as a percentage has steadily increased, it’s consistent but not exponential. Right now Google averages about 14% IPv6 since January. But there’s a weird phenomenon that I can’t explain.
Before writing for Gestalt IT, most of my experience with technology was on the consumer front. This can put you in a particular mindset. I tended to focus on technology in terms of products. In many ways, while the product lives on and changes as it comes into the hands of the consumer, its generally an end-point of process. Moving into looking at the enterprise made me realize what I was missing. In the enterprise, the process is the technology, and people are part of that process.
At Cisco Live Europe last week, we finally saw some of the results of the partnership between Cisco and Apple. It was stressed that this wasn’t the end-result of the collaboration, simply the first deliverable result. It’s interesting enough on its own to make we wonder what else is on the roadmap.
In this iteration of Gestalt Networking News:
– Nyansa brings the power of comparison to network analytics
– a review of the Docker Networking Cookbook
– Arris gets Ruckus from Brocade so they can go to Broadcom (we’ll explain)
Plus a list of great reads from the community!
When Broadcom announced plans to acquire Brocade, it was contingent upon divestiture of the assets from Brocade’s recent acquisition of Ruckus Wireless. Arris’ name had been circling the rumor mill for a while as a possible suitor, so it’s not too surprising. I was a little interested to see the price. At $800 million, it seems like a pretty good deal for Arris.
Sometimes, you need a champion in life. In Lee Badman’s case, he’s not just any champion, he’s a newly minited Cisco Champion! In this fun little journey, based on a Twitter comment, he investgates just how much data Open Mesh APs are using. The end result is interesting enough, but Lee’s “gonzo blogging” makes the whole post entertaining to go through.