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Three-pronged adoption drive includes cut-price courseware


India has launched a national IPv6 drive.

A joint initiative of the nation’s Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology and Ministry of Department of Telecommunications, the effort will be run out of the National Internet Exchange of India (NIXI) and aims to educate locals about the benefits of IPv6.

An IPv6 Expert Panel – branded “IP Guru” – has been appointed, with a remit to “extend support to all the Indian entities who are finding it technically challenging to migrate and adopt IPv6.” The Panel has been tasked with “identifying & hiring [an] agency that will help end customer by providing necessary technical support to adopt IPv6.”

Another activity is a new NIXI Academy that already offers a 14-hour online course covering IPv6 Fundamental Design and Deployment that costs just $2.70. The Academy has listed courses on advanced IPv6 and DNS as “coming soon”.

NIXI has also scraped APNIC data to create an IPv6 index that compares Indian adoption with other nations.

“This portal will motivate organisations to adopt IPv6, provide inputs for planning by technical organisations and research by academicians,” says a statement issued in the name of MeitY secretary Shri Ajay Prakash Sawhney.

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The statement and NIXI’s pages don’t explain why India needs this push, or why the nation has chosen this moment to launch it.

But it’s not hard to guess why: the Telecon Regulatory Authority of India reports the nation had 776 million internet subscriptions as of September 2020, while the March 2021 data dump [PDF] revealed that the nation has 1.159bn wireless phone subscriptions.

With IPv4 addresses harder to find these days, carrier-grade network address translation having its limits, and India having big ambitions for 5G IoT, getting to IPv6 and its immense address space has obvious appeal. ®


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Big Blue, which last night released shrinking calendar Q1 numbers, confirmed to customers that its Infrastructure Management Systems were experiencing issues in the London, Dallas, Sydney and Frankfurt regions today from 8.20 UTC.

"Customers are not able to manage tags and they may observe inaccurate search results for classic infrastructure resources," said IBM in an email to customers, seen by us. The incident is being investigated and was designated a severity rating of 2.

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The two flaws (CVE-2020-28592 and CVE-2020-28593) are both server code execution vulnerabilities. An attacker could exploit them by cooking up and sending a specially crafted packet to the device that contains a unique JSON object, which would then allow them to execute arbitrary code.

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Three-pronged adoption drive includes cut-price courseware


India has launched a national IPv6 drive.

A joint initiative of the nation’s Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology and Ministry of Department of Telecommunications, the effort will be run out of the National Internet Exchange of India (NIXI) and aims to educate locals about the benefits of IPv6.

An IPv6 Expert Panel – branded “IP Guru” – has been appointed, with a remit to “extend support to all the Indian entities who are finding it technically challenging to migrate and adopt IPv6.” The Panel has been tasked with “identifying & hiring [an] agency that will help end customer by providing necessary technical support to adopt IPv6.”

Another activity is a new NIXI Academy that already offers a 14-hour online course covering IPv6 Fundamental Design and Deployment that costs just $2.70. The Academy has listed courses on advanced IPv6 and DNS as “coming soon”.

NIXI has also scraped APNIC data to create an IPv6 index that compares Indian adoption with other nations.

“This portal will motivate organisations to adopt IPv6, provide inputs for planning by technical organisations and research by academicians,” says a statement issued in the name of MeitY secretary Shri Ajay Prakash Sawhney.

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READ MORE

The statement and NIXI’s pages don’t explain why India needs this push, or why the nation has chosen this moment to launch it.

But it’s not hard to guess why: the Telecon Regulatory Authority of India reports the nation had 776 million internet subscriptions as of September 2020, while the March 2021 data dump [PDF] revealed that the nation has 1.159bn wireless phone subscriptions.

With IPv4 addresses harder to find these days, carrier-grade network address translation having its limits, and India having big ambitions for 5G IoT, getting to IPv6 and its immense address space has obvious appeal. ®


Microsoft has announced 64-bit Visual Studio, but in its rush towards modern development some developers using older Windows or Azure technology are feeling left behind.

The forthcoming release of 64-bit Visual Studio 2022 (VS 2022) is huge news for devs who have been requesting this for over a decade. But the company still has some tricky issues to navigate with its developer community, especially those using older Microsoft technology, as well as areas where the full Visual Studio finds it hard to keep up with its nimbler cross-platform cousin, VS Code.

The context here is that today's Microsoft cares most about winning developers for its Azure platform. The combination of VS Code and GitHub is strategic because, although these tools work fine with competing platforms like AWS or Google Cloud, Microsoft can ensure that Azure is well integrated.

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As a metaphor for its current financial plight, IBM's cloud platform was wobbling this moring for customers in cities across the world.

Big Blue, which last night released shrinking calendar Q1 numbers, confirmed to customers that its Infrastructure Management Systems were experiencing issues in the London, Dallas, Sydney and Frankfurt regions today from 8.20 UTC.

"Customers are not able to manage tags and they may observe inaccurate search results for classic infrastructure resources," said IBM in an email to customers, seen by us. The incident is being investigated and was designated a severity rating of 2.

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Bad news for lockdown slimmers who've ignored advice about not needing to connect every friggin' appliance in their home to the internet: Talos researchers have sniffed out security flaws allowing attackers to hijack your air fryer.

Specifically, Cisco's infosec arm said it had tested and confirmed that the Cosori Smart 5.8-Quart Air Fryer CS158-AF, version 1.1.0, could be exploited by a theoretical fried-chicken-hater. As we've confirmed, the device – and we note there is a virtually identical "non-smart" one for the same price – is still widely available for sale.

The two flaws (CVE-2020-28592 and CVE-2020-28593) are both server code execution vulnerabilities. An attacker could exploit them by cooking up and sending a specially crafted packet to the device that contains a unique JSON object, which would then allow them to execute arbitrary code.

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The received wisdom in ERP is that businesses design their processes in the system for everyone to follow. Except they don't.

Ten years after implementing SAP ECC worldwide, GSK considered its ERP unification something of a success.

But a close analysis of how business processes were actually running revealed that SAP's system was not exactly, well, unified.

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If you need something else to direct your Brexit-induced rage towards, look no further than the big guy upstairs and a subset of people who believe in Him.

In their recently published book, Religion and Euroscepticism in Brexit Britain, Brunel University academic Dr Stuart Fox and the University of Exeter's Dr Ekaterina Kolpinskaya investigate how religious beliefs in Britain influenced the vote to leave the EU.

Their research suggests that one in five Brits' faith made them more likely to vote Leave, while a quarter of voters' beliefs helped place them in the Remain camp.

Continue readingHarassers and bullies succeed in tech because silence is encouraged Countless people signed away the right to have their trauma acknowledged, and that can’t stand

A few years back, I sat in astonishment as a young and very promising scientist explained that her colleagues kept lists of the people she’d want to avoid working for, because they had been identified - privately - as sexual harassers.

Ever since, I’ve wondered how some individuals can maintain multi-generation careers, exposed as harassers and bullies (and worse) only long after their departure, with damage done.

The problem infects the world of IT, too. It’s big — and getting worse.

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Let's call it "Britcoin".

A Bank of England announcement quickly points out that no decision has been taken to greenlight Britcoin and omits any mention of why the time is right to ponder a digital currency.

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The plant was announced in 201, amid much fanfare that Foxconn would spend $10bn on the facility to make LCD displays in Wisconsin. The state government tipped in over $3bn of incentives and then-president Donald Trump hailed the deal as a prime example of his policy to bring manufacturing jobs back to the USA. Trump even dug in with a shovel at the factory's launch and proclaimed it would become the eighth wonder of the world.

The plant was originally promised to employ 3,000 locals and climb to 13,000 once opened. But the number of jobs promised fell to 5,200.

Continue readingIf your internet wobbled last weekend, you have Vodafone India to thank for it It's always BGP (when it’s not DNS). Absent route filtering didn't help either

Vodafone Idea, the Indian limb of the mega-carrier, has been fingered as the source of what's been described as a "major BGP hijack" by Mutually Agreed Norms for Routing Security (MANRS), an organisation that "provides crucial fixes to reduce the most common routing threats."

Early on Saturday, net-watchers noticed that an autonomous system number (ASN) held by Vodafone Idea published over 30,000 bogus border gateway protocol (BGP) prefixes.

Continue readingMicrosoft pledges Malaysian Azure region after winning government cloud gig Complete with availability zones, coming real soon now after it turns local kids onto the cloud

Microsoft has announced a new Azure region in Malaysia.

As is often the case, Microsoft hasn't said when its new data centres will fire up or if they'll offer a complete range of Azure services. The company has said that Azure, Microsoft 365, and the Dynamics 365 and Power Platform will be offered.

Microsoft has also pledged to build Availability Zones, suggesting at least three data centres will be constructed.

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