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Fog lifts as standards bodies agree on fog compute interoperability

Telcos looking at “fog computing” will have fewer standards to contemplate if a cooperation between the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) and the OpenFog Consortium delivers on its promise. The two groups have decided to create interoperable fog standards for endpoints and the networks that connect them …

Grab a fork! Unravelling the Internet of Things' standards spaghetti

The great thing about standards is that there are always so many to choose from. We've seen the standards forest grow countless times before. The Internet of Things is a vast digital petri dish for them, and they just keep growing. Recently we've acquired another initiative to pull together vendors working in IoT. It's called …
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YANG: Coming soon to a router near you

It's about time the world had one: a proposal to pull the world of router configuration into the warm embrace of the popular YANG protocol. Reading the RFCs so you don't have to, this one caught the Vulture South eye, because given the scale of networks some sysadmins have to work with, it's the start of something big. Since …
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New measurement alert. The Pogba: 1,200Pg = NHS annual budget

Reg Standards Bureau Reporting on NHS expenditure today, the BBC's health correspondent Nick Triggle coined The Register's newest unit of measurement: The Pogba (Pg). The NHS is the second biggest area of public spending behind welfare. Last year, the Treasury handed over £118bn to the Department of Health in England - that is enough to buy more …
NIST's SET Pump electron-counter

Pump-priming the new ampere: NIST works to count electrons in silicon

The ampere, a perpetual embarrassment to the world of scientific standardisation, is due to get a measurable physical standard in 2018, and America's National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) hopes to help provide its definition. Most SI base units have a clear physical definition – the metre is defined by the …

Nest's bricking of Revolv serves as wake-up call to industry

The extraordinary decision of Nest to brick its $300 Revolv home automation hub has served as a wake-up call to the tech industry. Both customers and the broader internet of things (IoT) industry were appalled when Nest removed all support for the device, making it as useful as a tub of hummus, as one angry consumer memorably …

Top new IoT foundation (yeah, another one) to develop open standards

A new non-profit foundation dedicated to creating open standards for the Internet of Things (IoT) has launched. The Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF) says its main goal is to "help unify IoT standards so that companies and developers can create IoT solutions and devices that work seamlessly together." It is being fronted by …
Kieren McCarthy, 20 Feb 2016

Random ideas sought to improve cryptography

America's National Institute for Science and Technology (NIST) is looking for public input into its long-running project to improve cryptography. The recommendation NIST's put up for discussion covers the design principles and requirements for random bit generators, and tests to validate entropy sources. It's the entropy …
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Happy 30th birthday, IETF: The engineers who made the 'net happen

Special report Thirty years ago today, 16 January 1986, the Internet Engineering Task Force – IETF – was born at a meeting in San Diego. It was humble beginnings and the organization that is more responsible than any other for turning a research project into a viable global communications network boasted an initial attendance of just 21 …
Kieren McCarthy, 16 Jan 2016
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NBase-T maps out spec ahead of products in 2016

A year after its launch, the NBase-T 2.5 / 5 Gbps Ethernet alliance's 802.3bz IEEE specification is drawing closer to reality. Peter Jones, chair of the alliance (he's also a principal engineer at Cisco, but members of the alliance do so as individuals, not as company reps), told The Register the 2016 agenda will be led by …
CSIRO's silicon sphere

Weight, what? The perfect kilogram is nearly in Planck's grasp

One of the standards world's toughest nuts, how to redefine the kilogram in terms of universal constants, is close to being resolved – unless a Russian experiment in 2017 throws a spanner in the works. That's exciting for standards boffins, since it means anyone can have an accurate kilogram without having to trek to Paris for …
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Ericsson seeks cat-herding jacket, attempts EU 5G standardisation

Ericsson has taken on a new role as chief technology cat-herder, otherwise known as development coordinator of the EU’s new €8m METIS-II project, which will eventually recommend 5G specs. Funded by the EU, METIS (Mobile and wireless communications Enablers for the Twenty-twenty Information Society) and now METIS II are …
Simon Rockman, 10 Jul 2015
Containers

Docker and chums unveil standards org for software containers

DockerCon 2015 Docker has joined forces with the Linux Foundation to create a new organization that will oversee and manage open standards for application containers. Announced at the DockerCon conference in San Francisco on Monday, the Open Container Project (OCP) will maintain and develop a common container runtime and image format based …
Neil McAllister, 22 Jun 2015

Vic Govt security standards to launch next month

The data security boss for the Australian state of Victoria David Watts says more than 2,500 state government agencies will be required to comply with security benchmarks to be released next month. Watts says the Victorian Government Protective Data Security Framework (VPDSF) he and his team developed is slated for release on …
Darren Pauli, 3 Jun 2015
Web browsers

Google promises Pointer Events support, with or without Apple

Google has backtracked on its decision not to implement Pointer Events in the Blink web browser engine used by its Chrome browser. Pointer Events is a W3C recommendation that makes it easier to support touch and pen control, as well as mouse input. The specification was originated by Microsoft to improve Internet Explorer (IE …
Tim Anderson, 26 Mar 2015
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W3C turns BROWSERS into VIBRATORS

Web wonks at the W3C have issued a new Recommendation that gives browsers control of vibrators. Recommendations are the W3C's polite way of defining standards, so this week's notification that the Vibration API has attained this status means the world now has a standard way to make devices throb, buzz, jitter, oscillate or …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Feb 2015
Troll in cross hairs

IEEE rubber-stamps new patent policy

As expected, the IEEE has adopted a patent policy designed to reduce the scope for trolling for standards-essential technologies. While companies contributing to IEEE standards often hold patents covering their contributions, there's always been an expectation that they would allow competitors building products under a …
NIST's LEGO watt balance

Boffins weigh in to perfect kilogram quest with LEGO kit

How many boffins does it take to make a LEGO machine to measure a fundamental physical unit? Nine, apparently – but the outcome, a LEGO watt balance, can measure a kilogram with about one per cent inaccuracy. The serious point to the National Institute of Standards and Technology-led effort (NIST) is that with the Le Système …

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