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Chinese giant ZTE slips off US export sh*tlist – and it only cost $900m
Thursday, 30 March 2017 09:23

The US Department of Commerce has scrapped trade restrictions that left Chinese tech monster ZTE unable to import components from America.

The DoC said in a Wednesday entry to its Federal Register that it would be taking the network hardware vendor off its Entity List and would end the export controls that have been in place since March of last year , after ZTE was accused of illegally selling equipment to Iran and North Korea.

Last month, ZTE agreed to end that case by taking a plea deal and paying a fine of $892m for violating US trade sanctions.

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Trump sets sights on net neutrality
Saturday, 01 April 2017 08:02

President Trump is spoiling for yet another fight and this time, much to the despair of internet experts, it is net neutrality.

At a White House press conference on Thursday, presidential spokesman Sean Spicer went out of his way to highlight the controversial topic and characterized it using the Trump Administration's favorite insults: that it was a product of the Obama Administration and was developed by "bureaucrats in Washington."

Spicer noted that the previous administration had reclassified cable companies as "common carriers" and by doing so was "picking winners and losers" by "treating ISPs as different to edge providers such

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Cisco boxen hang after 213-and-a-half days
Monday, 03 April 2017 09:05

If you're the lucky owner of Cisco Firepower or Adaptive Security Appliance devices, check the version number and see if you need to reboot your kit.

Switchzilla has discovered an operational (that is, not security) bug that makes the devices hang after continuous operation for around 18,446,400 seconds (213-and-a-half days).

The issue affects three Cisco FirePower software versions – 6.1.0.1, 6.1.0.2, and 6.2.0 – and 28 ASA (from 9.1.7.11 to 9.7.1.2).

“On March 29, 2017 Cisco became aware of an issue that affects all Cisco ASA and Cisco FTD security appliances that run certain versions of software. The affected versions

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Optical boffins tweak antennae with photons so MIMO can make WiFi serve more masters
Tuesday, 04 April 2017 14:04
The CUDOS microwave photonics team

CUDOS team from left: David Marpaung, Benjamin Eggleton, Yang Liu, and Amol Choudhary. Photo: CUDOS

Phased-array antennas, a technology crucial to modern Wi-Fi systems that use beam-forming to improve throughput, has a speed limit in how quickly beams can be manipulated.

Beams are formed by adjusting a microwave signal's timing at different antennas in a multiple-in, multiple-out (MIMO) system so that they reinforce in some directions and cancel in other directions – but it takes milliseconds to adjust the delay.

Australian photonics researchers have decided to cheat a little: photonic systems can be tuned a lot quicker, so they've created

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Free Range Routing project takes aim at Cisco with server-as-router project
Tuesday, 04 April 2017 13:15

A group of open networking companies have dispatched a fleet of X-Wing fighters in the direction of the biggest target in networking: Cisco.

Under the auspices of the Linux Foundation, Cumulus Networks, Orange, 6WIND, Architecture Technology, LabN Consulting, NetDEF (OpenSourceRouting), and Volta Networks have launched the Free Range Routing (FRR) project.

As Cumulus Networks' co-founder and CTO JR Rivers told The Register shortly after the project launch, the project started with a barely-active routing project called Quagga.

Cumulus was interested in routing from launch, Rivers said, and put “a ton of work” into the largely-dormant Quagga. Over time, he said,

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FCC Commish: Hey, don't look at me – Congress should sort out net neutrality mess
Thursday, 06 April 2017 06:15

FCC Commissioner Michael O'Rielly has said US Congress will have to resolve the tricky question of net neutrality.

"I've always said that anytime Congress can provide us direction and answer the question of how they would like the commission to implement something, then I am totally supportive," he told legal industry watchers Law360, adding: "When I talk to members, they're seeing what they can do and how soon and when people want to sit down and have conversations."

Although O'Rielly goes on to state that he doesn't believe the question looming over internet access rules has to be "one or

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