Cisco Renews Service Provider Focus at Partner Summit 2018 [Me/Light Reading]

Executives from telcos and Cisco talk about the company’s new service provider strategy, including IoT, AI and 5G, and how those technologies are reshaping networking. Watch my video from Las Vegas – or, to be more precise, I was in front of the camera – my colleague Dan Allen did the bulk of the work putting it all together.

The liberal redneck got some thoughts on this transgender bathroom mess

Funny accent, good points.

Unlike the liberal redneck here, I don’t ridicule cisgender people who are uncomfortable with transgender people using the restroom of their choosing. Gender identity is confusing if you haven’t given it much thought. And most people don’t give it much thought because they don’t need to.

Save your scorn for the political leaders who feed fears about imaginary transgender sexual predators.

Donny & Marie Osmond sing Steely Dan’s “Reelin’ in the Years” on their 1978 TV variety show.

“Reelin’ in the Years” is a fine song, but it really needed Vegas showgirl ice-dancers wearing giant bunny tails, to make it complete.

Via Boing Boing and….

The next-generation humanoid Atlas robot from Alphabet can walk through snowy woods, carry heavy loads, and open doors. It also picks itself stoically up when its handler knocks it over with a hockey stick. 

(Atlas doesn’t fight back, but it’s taking notes, and one day…. )

Previous versions of the robot required a tether and were bigger and heavier. 

I’m unclear whether it’s remote controlled, like a drone, or operates automatically. Different applications for each. 

I can see 25 years from now being able to rent one of these guys to carry your luggage at the airport. 

More info:

Alphabet Unleashes New Humanoid Robot…

Trailer for “Star Trek: The Motion Picture.” So very, very 70s.

The Incomparable podcast dissects this and Star Trek V in a discussion of bad Trek movies:…

Persis Khambatta, who played Lt. Ilia, and whose oath of celibacy was on record (good to know!) died of a heart attack in 1998. She was only 49.…

Star Trek: The Motion Picture on IMDB:…

Opening credits to the short-lived “McLean Stevenson Show." 

His career died after he left MAS*H. Not long afterwards, so did he. Poor bastard – I was a fan. 

Opening credits for the 70s sitcom “Busting Loose.”

Not to be confused with the 80s sitcom of the same name. 

A very young Adam Arkin plays Lenny Markowitz as a spunky young Jewish fella trying to make it on his own in New York. This was before he found his stride as a character actor playing vaguely menacing geniuses.

The 70s was the golden age of New York Jews on TV, following the success of “Rhoda.”

I was a teen-ager when this show aired, and remember enjoying it a great deal, not least because of the presence of Barbara Rhoades as the next-door neighbor who worked as an escort(!). Ay, caramba, as we New York Jews are wont to say.