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Cable Labs gives OpenStack, and itself, some help on the edge
Friday, 15 December 2017 13:02

CableLabs, the organisation that figures out to help pay TV operators sweat their networks, has launched OpenStack installers for its software-defined networking and network function virtualization efforts.

The organisation has had its eye on this for a while with an effort called “SNAPS” the “SDN & NFV Application Platform and Stack. SNAPS exists to help cable network operators implement SDN and NFV on their HFC networks.

SNAPS is designed to allow interoperability across cable networks, a more-than-useful quality given that those who provide virtualized network services will want them to work regardless of network operator. With many millions of homes

Neural Network Learns SDR Ham Radio
Monday, 18 December 2017 03:00

Identifying ham radio signals used to be easy. Beeps were Morse code, voice was AM unless it sounded like Donald Duck in which case it was sideband. But there are dozens of modes in common use now including TV, digital data, digital voice, FM, and more coming on line every day. [Randaller] used CUDA to build a neural network that could interface with an RTL-SDR dongle and can classify the signals it hears. Since it is a neural network, it isn’t so much programmed to do it as it is trained. The proof of concept has training to distinguish FM, …read more

5 reasons why America's Ctrl-Z on net neutrality rules is a GOOD thing
Friday, 15 December 2017 09:28

Analysis The FCC voted 3-2 Thursday morning to get rid of net neutrality rules .

If you listen to the lame-stream press (or tech press, or lawmakers, or attorneys general, or consumer groups, or celebrities, or tech giants), you will have been told this is a terrible thing.

But everyone is wrong – EVERYONE!!!!! They are ALL wrong. And idiots. Snowflake fools. And we're going to prove it. Because here are:

Actually, really great.

1. No more heavy-handed regulation

Like millions of Neos stuck in slime-filled pods, you have all lived in the cosy but entirely fake world of government

FCC douses America's net neutrality in gas, tosses over a lit match
Friday, 15 December 2017 06:39

Despite the clearly stated and serious concerns of a broad cross-section of industry and society, on Thursday morning a mocking, preening excuse of a regulatory chairman tore down US rules that ensured content over the internet was kept free from manipulation by companies that sell access to the global network.

As expected, it fell down political lines, with the three FCC Republican commissioners voting yes, and the two Democratic commissioners voting no.

The vote was a victory for the cable industry, whose overweening influence on the Federal Communications Commission was fading in recent years and has been gradually replaced by

EE Business Broadband digital transformation: Portal offline until July
Thursday, 14 December 2017 20:35

EE Business Broadband customers will have to make do with old-fashioned paper print-outs for the next eight months because the UK firm's online portal is down.

In a missive seen by The Register , folk were informed that the service will be out of action until July "while EE carries out technical improvements".

One customer was less than impressed. "No, they've not developed its replacement in parallel with the current one, worked out the kinks and then planned to make the whole thing live on a known slow-day for minimum disruption. Oh no. Eight months of nothing."

EE said: "We're

IETF protects privacy and helps net neutrality with DNS over HTTPs
Thursday, 14 December 2017 18:04

The Internet Engineering Task Force has taken the first steps towards a better way of protecting users' DNS queries and incidentally made a useful contribution to making neutrality part of the 'net's infrastructure instead of the plaything of ISPs.

The Register first noticed the technology in this article by Mark Nottingham (an Internet Architecture Board member, but in this case writing as an individual) that provides an overview of changing 'net protocols (we assume El Reg readers already know about HTTP/2, TLS 1.3, and QUIC); but buried further down is the relatively-unheralded DOH.

No, that's not a Homer Simpson outburst

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