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TSSG as part of the new ISG: AFI at ETSI

February 27th, 2009

Okay I know what an acroymn hell that headline is, so let me explain.
Under the stewertship of Ranganai Chaparadza (FOKUS) and with activite participation from Kevin Q. here at the TSSG and others from the FP7 ICT EFIPSANS project a new Industry Specification Group (ISG) called “Autonomic Network Engineering for the Self-Managing Future Internet” in short “AFI” has been established in ETSI.
The purpose of an ISG in ETSI is to offer a very quick and easy alternative to the creation of industry fora, that are focused on a very specific technology activity in this case for the AFI, autonomic network engineering.
In its first meeting the AFI will try to cover issues on how best to create an evolution path towards self-managing future networks.
The first AFI meeting will be held on the 26/27 of February, at the ETSI Secretariat in Sophia-Antipolis with the working agenda available at the AFI site:

Can open access lead to wide dissemination impact

February 22nd, 2009

According to the results from research carried out at the University of Chicago, by James Evans and Jacob Reimer on Open Access and Global Participation in Science the answer is No for the 1st world and Yes for the developing world.
It is being reported that they found that on average when a publication was made available online in an open source format, it increased the citations of that article by about 8 percent but when articles are made available online in a commercial format citations increase by about 12 percent.. A situation which reverses for poor countries where open access articles are much more likely to be cited.
Further insight from one of the authors, James Evans is in this video below :

I’ve been thinking about this and what if you could have the best of both worlds Open Access in a Commercial Journal and then I came across Springer Open Choice, which seems to allow for articles to be distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial License. I see this used to full effect by authors in this Springer Mobile Networks and Applications Journal: Special Issue on Cognitive Radio Oriented Wireless Networks and Communications.
Which leads me to sign off on this topic with a pointer to GPeerReview, which is a (CLI) tool that allows peers to review articles and then to sign that review …. which is interesting.

Security threats, IPv4 address ownership and P2P traffic

February 15th, 2009

Via Circle ID I picked up on this IBM X-Force(R) Trend and Risk Report for 2008. There’s plenty of insight from the Circle ID and IBM executive summary on the headliner treat items ….. sorry typo I meant to say threat items. What I took from the report was on page 40 and [drum roll, please] the most vulnerable operating systems as per usual is ………… Apple Mac OS X. No hang on, no that cannot be right, please explain this one! (Which was followed in the list by Linux Kernal, Sun Solaris and then well you know who).
I’m still scratching my head, well anyway the other item which has caught out my parents twice in the past year is this Scareware trend in malware which for me is just the lowest of scams and a real pain to remove once a machine has been caught. Unfortunately it looks like a trend that is not going to go away for 2009.
As for the shift to IPv6, well its interesting to see what’s happening in the current IPv4 world and according to this report by Gordon Cook were it is outlined how IPv4 numbers are becoming transferable and consequently property, a case is laid out as to how there is a new opportunity to “own” IPv4 addresses, and the report wonders how incumbent services and infrastructure providers are likely to respond. According to the report it looks like it is the beginning of the end for the current “open Internet”.
Pear-2-Pear by Fab:o Fo:s
And finally the percentage of peer-to-peer file sharing traffic on the Internet is between 1.2% to 93%, mostly from your home network … or maybe on an academic campus network … or maybe just inconclusive, who knows?

Mosh, Ovi now which one is which for mobile social networking?

February 5th, 2009

I’m slightly confused …. not unusual but really back in the Oct 2007, I mentioned my testing of Nokia’s Mosh site, which is nearly a year and a half in beta testing. Mosh has no bouncebackability neither in web nor mobile form and now there’s Nokia’s Ovi which has the phone syncing capability and the social sharing again but ……. really will it catch on?

Swinxs: great fun and programmable

February 1st, 2009

Back in June of this year I spotted this odd looking kids games console, which for once was designed for active games both inside and outside. I was interested … very interested however back in June it was only available in a Netherlands shopping mall, no matter how much I looked for it online there was nothing doing. Then one day a month or so ago on a normal enough vist to the ELC (I was dragged in kicking and screaming) I spotted it ….. a Swinxs and I made an immediate purchace.
Swinx game console
5 stars straight away, the kids love it, even my smallest (1 1/2 years old) as the console explains the games, recognises the players (RFID tags), and even referees the games too. Each player have their own coloured wristband, and Swinxs keeps track of their scores.
It comes with ten games and you can download more free from the Swinxs website, along with music and quizzes.
Swinx game console
But that’s not all, no the biggest item for me is that you can design your own games. Now I’ve looked at the SDK, and the game design in the language SwinxsCoreTalk.
And for the obligatory “Hello World” first program here’s a link to the Swinx SDK tutorial on YouTube.

The language is purely state machine based, which brings me back to the good olde days of coding call processing modules for the EMX 2500 [pdf], and I’m in the planning stages of a Simon Says game.
I digress back to the kids ….. going by the ELC site reviews it looks like our kids are not the only ones enjoying Swinxs.