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Quick Summary: Synchronization in Next-Generation Telecom Networks

This is a quick summary of the ComSoc webinar on Synchronization in Next-Generation Telecom Networks Over the last few years, communications networks have changed radically: their use has gone from predominantly voice to predominantly data and they have themselves gone … Continue reading

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The Manchester Baby is 63 years old today

The first “modern” programmable computer with 32 words of memory, is 63 years old today. A revised history of the Manchester Baby, in two parts, by B. Jack Copeland from the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand, is available … Continue reading

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Why IPv6 Matters

Given the rapid growth of the Internet, and the number of Internet-enabled devices, we are running out of IPv4 addresses – fast. This is a problem mostly for ISPs and large businesses who allocate their own public IP addresses from … Continue reading

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Is technology making us sick?

In my view, technology should make our lives easier – that’s what I try to work for, that’s what this blog is about and that, in general, is what at least fundamental research is aimed at. But are we going … Continue reading

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Home Search, Where Art Thou?

In my day to day life, there are few things I truly dislike doing: I’m a pretty happy person. There is one thing, though, that I really don’t like – at all – and that strikes me as a truly … Continue reading

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Tell me twice

A few days ago, I explained to a colleague why certain communications protocols have a “tell me twice” policy – i.e. to allow for any command to have any effect, the same command – or a command to the same … Continue reading

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Creation of a Bacterial Cell Controlled by a Chemically Synthesized Genome

D.G. Gibson et al. reported, in Science Magazine, the “Creation of a Bacterial Cell Controlled by a Chemically Synthesized Genome”. Now, I used to be a biologist and have studied this particular type of biology for a number of years … Continue reading

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Distributed Software Development Part 2: Management Challenges

Business is largely about management which, in turn, is largely about reducing costs and reducing time-to-market. However, today’s management models for human resources are largely based on two things: physical presence in the office and seniority. Performance is often only … Continue reading

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Microsoft Team Foundation Server vs Git

For the last few weeks, and in the coming months, I’ve had to (and will have to) work with Microsoft’s Team Foundation Server (TFS).

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The Importance of Proof-Of-Concepts

Any problem is an invitation to find a solution. Any solution – at least in my line of work – is an amalgam of concrete implementations of abstract concepts. Each of those implementations may or may not meet the requirements … Continue reading

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