About Carl Weinschenk

Carl Weinschenk

Carl Weinschenk is an IT and telecommunications journalist with extensive industry experience. He's written for CableWorld, Internet Week and many other publications. He's currently a contributor to Broadband Technology Report and he also runs Weinschenk Editorial Services.

Very rarely does a technical advance promise late-night infomercial-type results. Even rarer does that advance rely on repositioning existing technology in a way that is even simpler and less expensive than its original use. That unlikely scenario may play out in the cable industry. CableLabs, the industry’s research and development consortium, is working to transition a long-haul transmission technology – coherent optics – for use in parts of the network far closer to end users ...
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Your robot might beat you up. It sounds like a tired sci-fi cliché, but it’s true. Early last month, security firm IOActive released research that documented the sorry state of robotic security. The firm found lots of problems – and did so without looking very hard ...

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The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) does a good job of methodically increasing the distance that 802.11 – Wi-Fi – can cover and the amount of data that can be transmitted. The key now is to make sure that services within the areas covered offer the same level of quality as other wireless approaches ...
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Beginning a post on cyber security with the observation that the threat being discussed is frightening is a bit redundant. They all are frightening. Very often, today’s threats are more dangerous because they are a mix of multiple things that, when combined, are more potent than the sum of their parts. In this case, four elements are present: botnets, DDoS attacks, the internet of things (IoT) and connected consumer electronics equipment. Put together, these inexpensive ingredients are enough to threaten the internet …
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The world of cybersecurity is a scary one. It’s especially so when it comes to vehicles. The reason is simple: In other areas of security, the end game generally is lost money or the inconvenience of getting a new credit card. In vehicle hacking, what’s at stake can actually be physical safety. It’s bad enough to lose a few bucks. It’s quite another thing to lose one’s brakes ...
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