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+ - The Internet is one step closer to universal HTTPs->

Submitted by Brandon Butler
Brandon Butler (2829853) writes "The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) applauded content delivery network provider CloudFlare for the company’s recent announcement that it will offer encrypted HTTPs as its default setting for any website it hosts. CloudFlare says that with the addition of its 2 million sites covered by HTTPs that the number of sites online using the SSL encryption has doubled to 4 million. The company had previously offered the features as part of a paid plan. The EFF is calling on other CDN providers to offer HTTPs/SSL encryption as a free, default service instead of a paid add-on."
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+ - Amazon readies major reboot of its cloud servers->

Submitted by Brandon Butler
Brandon Butler (2829853) writes "Amazon Web Services will be updating a substantial number of its cloud servers in the coming days and customers are recommended to re-launch their instances. Amazon is not saying why the reboot is happening over the next five days starting tonight, but there is speculation that it's related to a security flaw in the Xen hypervisor."
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+ - Containers are cool again ->

Submitted by Brandon Butler
Brandon Butler (2829853) writes "Containers are not new, but if you listen to the big tech giants you may think they were. VMware, Microsoft, Cisco and Red Hat have all made news about containers recently, mostly around supporting Docker, the open source container engine. Perhaps the most surprising company to embrace containers is VMware, which says that it can provide a unified platform for managing containers and virtual machines. It’s an interesting move from the virtualization company to embrace a technology that could cannibalize its VM business."
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+ - Google Kevlar-wraps its trans-Pacific fiber cables to protect from shark attacks-> 1

Submitted by Brandon Butler
Brandon Butler (2829853) writes "As an ode to Shark Week: Sharks have been known to show an appetite for fiber cables underwater, and last week a Google official said to prevent sharks from wreaking havoc on the company's trans-Pacific fiber lines, it wraps them in Kevlar. It's believed that the emission of electrical currents from the fiber piping is mistaken by sharks occasionally as prey."
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+ - Gartner: Internet of Things has reached hype peak->

Submitted by Brandon Butler
Brandon Butler (2829853) writes "In the annual battle of the buzzwords, the Internet of Things has won. Each year the research firm Gartner puts out a Hype Cycle of emerging technologies, a sort of report card for various trends and buzzwords. This year, IoT tops the list. On another note, somewhat surprising is that Gartner says the "cloud computing" is not just hype anymore, but becoming a mainstream technology."
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Comment: Re:More virtualisation than cloud (Score 1) 99

OpenStack is more about managing virtual servers compared to being about virtualization. OpenStack needs a hypervisor, there is no function for that in the code. Just clarifying here that OpenStack is a package of components that are built to manage virtualized servers. OpenStack doens't actually do the virtualization. Still need KVM, Hyper-V or (gasp) ESX

Comment: Re:You're talking about the cloud here (Score 1) 99

meh, yes and no. there could be use cases for SMBs (more medium than small probbly), especially around app dev. if you have devs using AWS and paying for it on expense reports with taxi receipts (I've heard this happening), then a CIO could make a case for building up some internal cloud infrastructure to give users fast access to resources. I don't like the buzzwords, but DevOps could help usher in cloud adoption for regular enterprises.

Comment: Re:They should go after the judge and bureaucrats (Score 1) 3

by Brandon Butler (#46841593) Attached to: Anonymous's latest target: Boston Children's Hospital
The media coverage of Justina Pelletier has been extremely one-sided. Basically only the parents' side of the story has been told because the organizations (Boston Children's Hospital) that are treating this young woman are not allowed to discuss the case because of patient confidentiality laws. And now they're defending against overload attacks on their systems. There is more to this story than what has been reported.

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