Article: After several false starts, Palo Alto renews push to expand fiber utility

Dark Fiber, Hardware

After several false starts, Palo Alto renews push to expand fiber utility

Palo Alto’s dream for expanding the dark fiber network to every corner of the city has been flickering on and off for years, with prior councils exploring different business models that relied, to various extents, on private sector partners and that invariably ended in disappointment.

The commission, for its part, made it clear that it wants the expansion of fiber to go well beyond municipal uses. It also agreed that unlike in the past, the city shouldn’t depend on private companies for help. Commissioner Greg Scharff, who as a two-time mayor is well acquainted with the council’s fruitless struggle to expand the fiber system, suggested that seeking out private partners (an option that was presented by Magellan) would likely be a waste of time.

Article: New Book Explores Fundamental Changes Blockchain Technology Will Bring

Blockchain

New Strategies in BlockchainNew Book Explores Fundamental Changes Blockchain Technology Will Bring

The first of the book’s two parts is an easy-to-understand explanation about how blockchain works. “New Strategies in Blockchain” presents views of various consensus protocols, reasons for their pros and cons, and explains the how and why of each part of a blockchain system. It also gives a narrative look into Capodieci and Johnston’s journey in building a novel blockchain protocol decoupled from cryptocurrencies.

“Whether you are only interested in this new technology or are already an expert in it, you will find engaging contents that will make you say ‘ah, now I get it,’” Capodieci said.

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Article: How to Know If You Are Under DDoS Attack

Cyber-Security, Software

How to Know If You Are Under DDoS Attack

Nowadays, the term DDoS probably raises the heart rate of most webmasters. Though many don’t know exactly what a DDoS attack is, they do know the effect: an extremely sluggish or shut-down website.

In this article, we’ll focus on how to know if your website is under attack and how to protect it.

Hopefully, we can help you handle DDoS attacks without having a full blown meltdown.

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