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Net neutrality advocates freak out as lobbyists pull rug from California's draft net neutrality law
Tuesday, 17 April 2018 08:29

An effort to pass net neutrality legislation at the California state level is in doubt after an official analysis of the proposed bill recommend pulling out two key measures.

Net neutrality advocates exploded when the analysis, written by the US state's Senate Committee on Energy, Utilities and Communications in Sacramento, was published.

"It's outrageous that California democrats would produce a document that looks like it was literally written by lobbyists for AT&T and Comcast," bellowed the deputy director of pressure group Fight for the Future. "They're calling for giant loopholes that would gut SB 822 and leave California residents vulnerable

OK, this time it's for real: The last available IPv4 address block has gone
Thursday, 19 April 2018 08:10

You may have heard this one before, but we have now really run out of public IPv4 address blocks.

The Internet Assigned Numbers Authority – the global overseers of network addresses – said it had run out of new addresses to dish out to regional internet registries (RIRs) in 2011. One of those RIRs, the Asia-Pacific Network Information Centre, said it was out of available IPv4 addresses later that year.

Then Europe's RIR, Réseaux IP Européens aka RIPE, ran dry in September 2012, followed by the Latin America and Caribbean Network Information Centre (LACNIC) in June 2014. Next, the American

Hortonworks unfurls tool to cut grunt work, let firms spend more time rolling in juicy data
Wednesday, 18 April 2018 19:40

Data management biz Hortonworks has lifted the covers off a service that aims to make it easier for enterprises to identify, secure and connect data stored both on-premises and in the cloud.

Data Steward Studio , announced at Hortonworks' DataWorks Summit in Berlin, taps into a growing desire among businesses for more automation, as well as concerns about poor data management.

The tool plugs into Hortonworks' data management platform, DataPlane Service, which was released last September as acknowledgement that businesses have data stored across data lakes – often in hybrid or multi-cloud environments – as well as an increasing amount

Cisco casts an eye over IoT protocol landscape: Everything the light touches is ours
Wednesday, 18 April 2018 13:54

Cisco has pitched its intent-based networking capabilities as a way to get control over the Internet of Things.

There are good reasons to try and automate the network behaviour of IoT devices: as Cisco's enterprise networking marketing vice president Prashan Shenoy told The Register's networking desk, the ratio of IT personnel to Things, now one human to 100 devices, could hit 1:100,000 over the next few years.

And there's a characteristic of the IoT market that Cisco's perfectly placed to address: it's a jungle of proprietary protocols that often aren't mutually intelligible. In a world that had DECnet, Novell NetWare's

US government weighs in on GDPR-Whois debacle, orders ICANN to go probe GoDaddy
Wednesday, 18 April 2018 08:10

The US government has waded into the omni-shambles that is the internet infrastructure industry's failed effort to comply with European privacy laws.

Having tried to use its behind-the-scenes influence at a recent meeting of DNS overseer ICANN to drive decisions, the Department of Commerce's frustration had led to it going public with a letter to ICANN [PDF] in which it pressures the organization to investigate the world's largest registrar GoDaddy for limiting access to its "Whois" service.

In preparation for the May 25 deadline of Europe's General Data Protection Regulation ( GDPR ), and in light of the utter failure

Raspberry Pi W Antenna Analysis Reveals Clever Design
Friday, 20 April 2018 04:00

The old maxim is that if you pay peanuts, you get a monkey. That’s no longer true, though: devices like the Raspberry Pi W have shown that a $10 device can be remarkably powerful if it is well designed. You might not appreciate how clever this design is sometimes, but this great analysis of the antenna of the Pi W by [Carl Turner, Senior RF Engineer at Laird Technology] might help remind you.

[Carl] used some fancy toys in his analysis, such as the awesome-looking antenna test chamber that his employer uses to test designs. He used this to measure …read more

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