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America-China tariff tiff could flip the switch on Cisco price hikes
Wednesday, 12 September 2018 01:46

Cisco chief exec Chuck Robbins has warned that a US-China trade war over tariffs could lead to price rises for Switchzilla’s networking kit.

"The tariffs that are suggested are across a lot of our core networking products, so it's fairly significant," Chuck Robbins told American telly station CNBC during an interview.

Most of the world’s silicon needs, as well as electronics module production, are done in China. With the US trade tariffs including everything from PCBs through fibre-optic cables to bare-bones transistors, any US tech biz with manufacturing operations in China is going to be similarly hit.

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US govt confirms FCC's broadband speeds and feeds stats are garbage
Friday, 14 September 2018 08:03

A report by the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) has confirmed what others have reported for years: that official data on internet access across the country greatly over estimates availability and competition.

The report [PDF] is focused specifically on tribal lands – small semi-autonomous areas of the United States governed by indigenous tribes – but its conclusions are directly applicable to the rest of the country.

The GAO's key finding is that broadband data gathered by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from reports compiled by internet services providers (ISPs) "do not accurately or completely capture broadband access."

The report mirrors

Profits diving? All part of the plan, says Juniper Networks beancounter
Friday, 14 September 2018 03:15

Juniper Networks' chief beancounter has told world+dog that he has a cunning "strategic" plan that explains precisely why both revenues and profits have been slipping downwards at the US networking kit firm.

Speaking to CFO.com, Juniper's top counting chap, Ken Miller, insisted that the firm's 35.3 per cent year-on-year crash in calendar Q2 profits to $116.5m was all part of management's grand design.

That plan, as exec veep Manoj Leelanivas told The Register a few weeks ago, centres around holding tight until 400Gbps Ethernet boxen start moving in earnest by Q2 2019.

In Miller's view, however, Juniper is selling its

Like tax? Love networks? UK taxmen have a job just for you
Thursday, 13 September 2018 21:58

HM Revenue and Customs is hiring a head of networks, for those who fancy a real pre-Brexit IT challenge.

“We’re creating a dynamic, agile technology organisation that works on two levels: we want the most amazing experience for customers and citizens, both internal and external; and we are building careers that are rewarding and enjoyable for all of us,” burbles HMRC’s job ad for the up-to-£100k salaried post.

In return for your 37 hours a week, the taxman expects you to lead its Networks Delivery Group (“giving people clear direction and modelling great leadership behaviours and values”), help design future

The internet – not as great as we all thought it was going to be, eh?
Saturday, 15 September 2018 04:57

Society is slowing souring on the internet, according to the latest research by Pew.

While a majority of us still think that the global communications network has, on balance, been a positive thing, that number has slipped significantly in the past four years.

Back in 2014, when Pew last asked roughly 2,000 adults across the entire United States, 76 per cent of them said the internet held a net positive benefit for them personally. In the latest survey , however, that has dropped to 70 per cent.

Old people have soured the most: 64 per cent now say the internet

Cloudflare invites folk to dabble in the 'distributed web' with InterPlanetary File System gateway
Tuesday, 18 September 2018 20:31

Cloudflare has decided the four-year-old InterPlanetary File System (IPFS) project looks strong enough to warrant a little love, and has launched a gateway to allow the IPFS-curious to try out the "distributed web" protocol.

The hosting outfit said users can use IPFS both to find and host content (noting there are currently about five billion pages of IPFS content) without installing and configuring their own client software.

The company explained in a blog post that, as a distributed file system, IPFS has a couple of advantages over HTTP/S: users can host content themselves without big hosts as gatekeepers (just like

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