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Extreme Networks misses death-of-Flash deadline, suggests winding back PC clocks to keep its GUI alive
Tuesday, 12 January 2021 17:29

Extreme Networks missed the deadline to expunge Adobe Flash from its management tools and is advising users they’ll therefore need to fiddle with their PC clocks to manage their networks.

“Due to a last minute change in 3rd party licensing we have been tasked to update WiNG Manager to meet new enforcements related to Flash,” says an Extreme Networks support article updated on January 12, 2021.

“In the interim WiNG-Man will be unavailable unless the date of the PC is set before Jan 12, 2021.”

The date is significant because, as The Register today reported earlier today, it is the

Basics Of Remote Cellular Access: Connecting Via VPN
Friday, 15 January 2021 16:30

You’ve got a machine hooked up to the Internet via a shiny new cellular modem, which you plan to administer remotely. You do a quick check on the external IP, and try and log in from another PC. Try as …read more

Cisco drags Acacia toward court to keep stalled $2.6bn acquisition on track
Saturday, 09 January 2021 08:15

Optical networking biz Acacia Communications announced today it has pulled out of a $2.6bn merger agreement with Cisco.

Cisco, meanwhile, isn't letting go, and said it will sue to prevent Acacia from walking away from the deal . Both companies appear to be at loggerheads over the matter, judging by their public statements.

“Acacia Communications today announced that it has elected to terminate its merger agreement with Cisco Systems, Inc, effective immediately,” Acacia, headquartered in Maynard, Massachusetts, said .

The decision to withdraw was made after the deal did not receive the approval from the Chinese government in time. Although

F5 snags edge-as-a-service biz Volterra in $500m deal
Saturday, 09 January 2021 07:42

Seattle-based application delivery networking biz F5 is planning to snaffle edge-as-a-service platform upstart Volterra for $500m.

The purchase, which is subject to the usual regulatory checks, will see F5 pay $440m upfront, with a further $60m earmarked for deferred consideration and unvested stock compensation.

Launched in 2019, Volterra's schtick is helping businesses manage applications that span both cloud and on-prem environments. Its lineup includes VoltMesh, a distributed networking tool that connects applications in single, multiple, or hybrid cloud environments; VoltStack, an orchestration tool that automates app deployment and operations; and VoltConsole, which offers visibility across connected cloud apps.

Volterra has

Surprising everyone, spending watchdog says the UK's 2025 deadline for nationwide gigabit broadband is 'unreachable'
Saturday, 09 January 2021 01:15

The 2025 deadline to deliver UK-wide gigabit broadband is "unreachable", according to a damning report from Parliament's spending watchdog.

Improving Broadband , published by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), identifies several flaws in the strategy taken by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), particularly when it comes to the planned rollout.

Some flaws are regulatory in nature, with the PAC highlighting failures in removing barriers to deploying new fibre connections, such as building requirements and planning permission, as well as business rates. It attributes this to the fact that responsibility for these legislative hurdles belongs to other

Leave.EU takes back control – and shifts its domain name to be inside the European Union
Friday, 08 January 2021 23:41

Faced with a stark choice between the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the evil technocracy of the EU's Brussels dictatorship, plucky little campaign group Leave.EU was only ever going to make one choice.

That's right. It domiciled itself in the European Union. Ireland (the Republic of), no less.

The Irish Times spotted yesterday that Leave.EU, which brought such characters as Arron Banks and Andy Wigmore to the British political conversation, has registered its eponymous web domain in an EU state – seemingly to avoid losing its name altogether.

Faced with the hideous prospect of jackbooted EU

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