It is well known that America’s military dominates both the air and the sea. What’s less celebrated is that the US has also dominated the spectrum, a feat that is just as critical to the success of operations. Communications, navigation, battlefield logistics, precision munitions—all of these depend on complete and unfettered access to the spectrum, territory that must be vigilantly defended from enemy combatants. Having command of electromagnetic waves allows US forces to operate drones from a hemisphere away, guide cruise missiles inland from the sea, and alert patrols to danger on the road ahead. Just as important, blocking enemies from using the spectrum is critical to hindering their ability to cause mayhem, from detonating roadside bombs to organizing ambushes. As tablet computers and semiautonomous robots proliferate on battlefields in the years to come, spectrum dominance will only become more critical. Without clear and reliable access to the electromagnetic realm, many of America’s most effective weapons simply won’t work.
The networked car is no longer just an idea; it will be mandated in future vehicles
For the last two years, automakers and the U.S. Department of Transportation have been investigating the idea of cars talking to once another, putting thousands of Wi-Fi connected smart vehicles on a track in at the University of Michigan to see if they could cooperate with another and avoid accidents. Apparently the feds are convinced that the technology is ready for prime-time because on Monday, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it is kicking off a process that will one day make inter-networking a requirement in all new vehicles.
And we thought 802.1x was hard.
This has got to make companies in the business of metering and billing start to wonder about how soon AWS will expand into their territory. Consider the ‘specialty’ companies providing at EC2 usage analysis and reporting like Cloudyn, Cloudability, Newvem, and RightScale… to name a few. Historically, AWS does NOT acquire companies with adjunct functionality … it builds it out themselves. (It’s not always a cakewalk being an AWS partner.)
Lately, however, it seems the company has been listening to its users. Earlier this month, the company launched a new Billing Console that gives users a dashboard with colorful, very un-AWS-like graphs to keep track of their cloud computing cost across Amazon’s services.
Today’s update is squarely focused on EC2. As Amazon notes, the new usage reports are meant to give you “insights into your instance usage and your usage patterns, and will provide you with information that you need to optimize your EC2 usage.”
In general, the ability and interest on the part of (cloud) infrastructure service vendors to add metering, reporting and billing capabilities as part of their own offerings is why companies like Talligent (soon to be Akasia) have shifted out of a focus on cloud services and are more interested in selling their metering/billing/reporting services to enterprises.
[Cisco] earnings growth is challenged unless one assumes that "bare metal" hardware fails to take off. We believe this is unlikely.
Pretty decent analysis on commodity switches vs Cisco.
IMHO: Volumes of commodity switches are not likely to impact Cisco’s share for another 2 or 3 quarters, however, deals for late 2014 and 2015 large scale data centers are most certainly a different beast from what Cisco has seen before.
Required watching and research for my friends in networking.
This software provides an extremely basic OS with the sole job of loading another network operating system.
Dependency for the NOS of choice is a couple of commands that need to be installed in order to ask ONIE to revive itself.
(hat top to @irq who linked to it a while ago, but I didn’t quite get it then..)
Under 4mb. x86 will be a bit bigger…
I wrote about Ethereum, next generation cryptocurrencies and distributed autonomous corporations for Wired:
Most people think of bitcoin as a form of money, if they think of bitcoin at all. But 19-year-old hacker Vitalik Buterin sees it as something more — much more. He sees it as a…
Bitcoin as authentication and a public key infrastructure. Cool.
Google Chairman Eric Schmidt just gave a “fireside chat” in Davos, Switzerland, at the World Economic Forum.
In the context of talking about global inequality, which Schmidt thinks is partly the result of technology and is going to…Right now, companies are so focused on cutting wages — by paying their employees as little as possible and replacing them with technology whenever possible — that wages as a percent of the economy are now near an all-time low (see chart below). And this weakness in wages is the big reason demand in the economy is so weak.I am not so sure the direction of the causality is so simple, but there is clearly a connection that needs to be discussed in both the short term and the long term perspective.
Put another way: How low can you cut before your employees can’t buy what anyone is selling.
Shamus Khan looks at how businesses may well be getting their compensation schemes wrong: http://nyr.kr/1bR4FLI
“Companies generally rely on performance-based pay, compensating workers based on the estimated value that they add to corporate performance. Management experts have long…