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Undebug my heart: Using Cisco's IOS to take down capitalism – accidentally
Monday, 02 August 2021 18:30

Who, Me? Welcome to another edition of Who, Me? where this week a typo manages to send a hub of rampant capitalism into meltdown.

Our story takes us back a few decades and concerns an adventurous time in network support.

"Mort" – for that is not his name – was working for a well-known stock exchange, the network of which was running on Cisco gear. The cards, he recalled, cost $50k each and the whole shebang could probably be replaced by a single unit nowadays. But back then this was top-end stuff – nothing but the best would do for

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LOL ;-) UK govt 2 pay £39m 4 txt msgs 4 less thn 2 yrs
Wednesday, 04 August 2021 23:26

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Now that's an expensive contract


The UK government has let nearly £40m in contracts to a single supplier for a text message, email, and "letter management" platform.

According to a contract award notice published this week, MMGRP

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Don't rush to adopt QUIC – it's a slog to make it faster than TCP
Wednesday, 04 August 2021 17:46

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Boffins say their real-world tests show developers can make more of a difference than switching transport protocols


Quick UDP Internet Connections (QUIC), the alternative to Transmission Control Protocol advanced as a fine way to speed up web

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'This is the worst I've seen it' says Arista boss as entire network hardware sector battles component shortages, doubled lead times for semiconductors
Wednesday, 04 August 2021 02:06

Semiconductor lead times are running at up to 60 weeks or twice the pre-pandemic norms, according to networking biz Arista.

This chimes with talk in the UK channel that reached The Reg last week, which indicates delays in the delivery of orders as network hardware manufacturers try to juggle rising demand with the relative scarcity of silicon and other components.

On a conference call to discuss calendar Q1 earnings, John McCool, senior veep and chief platform officer at Arista, was asked to explain the industry-wide challenges.

"The continued industry-wide impact of COVID on global supply chain output, combined with an

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Ever wondered how much data web giants generate? Singaporean super-app Grab says 40TB a day
Tuesday, 03 August 2021 15:31

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Reports record Q1 sales and advances plans for SPAC-ulative IPO


Singapore-based mega-app Grab has revealed that it generates 40TB of data a day. All that data is clearly valuable: Grab has also announced record profits.

The Southeast

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Flushing roulette: Southern Water installing digital sewer monitors to prevent blockages
Friday, 06 August 2021 21:34

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Plan to deal with fatbergs NOT related to that £90m fine for dumping effluent into sea on England's south coast


Where's there's muck there's brass, and there won't be many places more mucky than a sewer system as bidders for a

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