The Real Sharing Economy Is Booming (And It’s Not the One Venture Capitalists Are Cashing In On)

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The peer-to-peer rental economy has gotten a high-tech makeover.

 

After picking more limes than I’ll ever eat from the tree near my apartment, I log onto Facebook and post about them on the Backyard Fruit Swap group I belong to. Someone offers me passion fruits for the limes, and someone else offers guavas. “What kind of guavas?” I reply. I don’t like pineapple guavas.

 

Compared to the rest of the U.S., my home of San Diego can grow some strange types of fruit. Aside from that, my online exchange is not so odd. Sharing is now in vogue—or perhaps it always was.

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The NSA’s elite hackers can hijack your Wi-Fi from 8 miles away

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Attendees at the Chaos Communications Congress in Hamburg this weekend got a surprising rundown of the NSA’s surveillance capabilities, courtesy of security researcher Jacob Appelbaum. Appelbaum, who co-wrote the Der Spiegel article that first revealed the NSA catalog, went into further detail onstage, describing several individual devices in the catalog and their intended purposes.

John Lasschuit ®™‘s insight:

#NSA: Scary

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The Walmartization of Higher Education | The New Existentialists

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I quit one of my jobs today. I’ve been trying to get out of the for-profit college that first employed me out of graduate school but, until recently, could not afford to. Remember that we all make choices from the range of options available rather than from a range of idealized possibilities. Just as people work at Wal-Mart or McDonalds largely because all the other options are worse, so I worked for a for-profit school because the alternative was complete unemployment.

John Lasschuit ®™‘s insight:

Why For-Profit Eduction won’t work.

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SDN market predictions for New Year: NFV, OpenFlow, Open vSwitch boom

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The SDN market remained more hype than reality in 2013. Many vendors announced products and strategies, but only a small number actually released products.

 

In 2014, SDN technology will take a big leap forward as vendors embrace the movement and engineers demand production-ready products. SearchSDN asked Eric Hanselman, chief analyst at 451 Research, and Brad Casemore, research director at IDC, to share their 2014 SDN predictions.

John Lasschuit ®™‘s insight:

Open vSwitch 2.0 advances OpenFlow and overlays

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New year data center forecast: Fabrics, more money and silicon

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What will the new year bring for data center networks? Fabrics, merchant silicon and a resurgence in investments in fundamental networking components will dominate data center network engineering in 2014, even as enterprises mull the best way to adapt to emerging technologies, such as software-defined networks and network virtualization.

 

Eric Hanselman, chief analyst at New York-based 451 Research, shared his data center forecast for the next 12 months.

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NSA’s backdoor catalog exposed: Targets include Juniper, Cisco, Samsung, Huawei

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Germany’s Der Spiegel has published details of some of the techniques used by the NSA’s Tailored Access Operations unit, which allows the agency to perform targeted, aggressive hacking.

John Lasschuit ®™‘s insight:

Nothing is safe for the #NSA: from pc’s, network equipment to hard-drives,  everything is hacked.

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