Navigating Today’s Network Evolution. Does the Journey Have a New Destination? | Light Reading

As network providers deal with unprecedented complexity — millions of subscribers, applications, and services inundating their networks with requests every second of every day—the question on everybody’s mind is: Is automation alone enough?

Automation has become mission-critical, but running the next-generation network requires a major shift in our view of complexity—not as a fearsome foe, but as a treasure trove of business opportunity.

When: Thu, Feb 22, 2018, 11.00 a.m New York / 4.00 p.m London
Where: Online

Source: Navigating Today’s Network Evolution. Does the Journey Have a New Destination? | Light Reading

Feds Take Down Infraud, a $530M Cybercrime Forum That Lasted 7 Years | WIRED


On Wednesday, the Department of Justice unsealed an indictment against no fewer than 36 people, accused of acting variously as administrators, moderators, and sellers of illegal hacking and fraud services on a black market forum known as Infraud.

A coordinated action by Homeland Security Investigations and cops in Australia, Britain, France, Italy, Kosovo and Serbia arrested 13 of those named, and took down the website itself, replacing it with a seizure notice.

Source: Feds Take Down Infraud, a $530M Cybercrime Forum That Lasted 7 Years | WIRED

North Korea: what war with the US would look like | Vox


“You’re talking about people who have basically been brainwashed their entire lives,” said retired South Korean Gen. In-Bum Chun.

“It would be like what you saw on Okinawa during World War II, where Japanese civilians and soldiers were all willing to fight to the death. This would be a hard and bloody war.”

What follows is a guide to what a conflict with North Korea might look like. War is inherently unpredictable: It’s possible Kim would use every type of weapon of mass destruction he possesses, and it’s possible he wouldn’t use any of them.

But many leading experts fear the worst. And if all of this sounds frightening, it should. A new war on the Korean Peninsula wouldn’t be as bad as you think. It would be much, much worse.

Source: North Korea: what war with the US would look like – Vox

With its power over Britain, Japan is aiming to completely reshape Brexit | Quartz


Ever since the UK voted for Brexit in June 2016, Japan has spoken out about the nation leaving the EU single market, which would create costly problems for companies operating within Britain.

And because of Japan’s intertwined ties with Britain’s economy, it is fast trying to position itself as a key influence over what the final Brexit deal will look like.

Source: With its power over Britain, Japan is aiming to completely reshape Brexit — Quartz

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like the Gilded Age | Bloomberg


The political turmoil of the past couple of years has sent people grasping for all sorts of historical parallels. I’ve seen references to 1930s Germany, 1960s China, 2000s Russia — and of course, as always, ancient Rome.

But if historical analogies are your thing, you can’t do better right now than to spend some time learning about the U.S. from the end of the Civil War to the late 1890s.

Source: It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like the Gilded Age – Bloomberg

Going Outside May Change the Way Your Brain Works, Study Says | Time


Researchers found, somewhat surprisingly, that while people were outside, their brains weren’t responding as robustly to the task at hand, perhaps because their attention was taxed by competing stimuli.

A type of brain wave seen when the mind is at rest or meditating, which is commonly observed in the lab, all but disappeared in fresh air, says Kyle Mathewson, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Alberta in Canada.

Source: Going Outside May Change the Way Your Brain Works, Study Says | Time

Budget deal is brimming with special tax breaks | TheHill


Altogether, the special tax provisions amount to $17.4 billion over the next four years, with most of the costs incurred — $13.3 billion — in fiscal year 2018, according to an analysis released by the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT).

Source: Budget deal is brimming with special tax breaks | TheHill

Knives come out for Kelly | TheHill


A second source close to the Republican Party complained, regarding Kelly, that “everybody knows he limits access and information flow to POTUS on a daily basis; this could be the beginning of the end of that — and maybe Kelly as chief.”

Source: The Memo: Knives come out for Kelly | TheHill

What Sweden Can Teach the World About Worker Retraining | US News


Would you feel relatively sanguine if your job were at risk of being automated?

You might if you lived in Sweden.

That’s because most Swedish workers who are replaced by machines fairly quickly land another job as good as their old one, thanks to a network of job security councils jointly run by industries and unions that retrain laid off workers in skills that are still in demand and out of reach of robots.

Moreover, while unemployed and learning new skills, workers are buoyed by a safety net that includes generous jobless benefits.

Source: What Sweden Can Teach the World About Worker Retraining | Best Countries | US News

Trump Takes on Democrats, Members of Congress | The Report | US News


President Donald Trump has marched back into political combat after a temporary truce. He is again picking fights and intensifying feuds with a variety of people he deems as adversaries.

This is raising questions about whether he is making the divisions and bitterness in Washington worse as Congress attempts to find compromises on issues such as setting budget priorities, overhauling the immigration system and rebuilding roads, bridges and other parts of the U.S. infrastructure.

Source: Trump Takes on Democrats, Members of Congress | The Report | US News