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The below wireless news is from a number of sources including: Hack a Day and The Register.

Serval = Free Mobile / Cell Phone calls, for the World!
Thursday, 08 September 2011 08:53

Communicate anywhere, any time … without infrastructure, without mobile towers, without satellites, without wifi hotspots, and without carriers. Use existing off-the-shelf mobile cell phone handsets. Use your existing mobile phone number wherever you go, and never pay roaming charges again.

Maine town plans to become 'Gigabit Island'
Wednesday, 22 June 2016 10:06

A small community on an island off the coast of Maine says that it wants to give Gigabit internet service to all 560 of its residents.

The town of Islesboro says it will be covering the costs of building and installing a municipal high-speed network. This despite having fewer than 300 households.

Just three hundred households.

The plan, which was voted through 145-23 in a residents' meeting, will call for the service to be installed throughout the island, and each household will pay $360 per year. The town will take out a loan of up to $3.8m.

The cost is

Touchpad Remote MIDI/Analog Controller Rocks
Sunday, 26 June 2016 04:01

[acidbourbon] had some cool parts on hand, and a musician friend in need of a radio-controlled, touch-sensitive MIDI (and analog) controller. This being Hackaday, you can guess what happened next.

The remote expression controller is a sweet little hack. It starts with a touchpad bought from a German surplus shop, and some code that [acidbourbon] found on the biggest German embedded forum. A couple nicely home-etched circuit boards later, and he was writing code.

It’s all available here on his GitHub if you want to have a look. The transmission protocol is simplicity itself. It sends a two-byte header to …read more

NBN 'copper guru' ads pulled from Monster.ie
Tuesday, 14 June 2016 09:29

Job ads in Ireland seeking “copper jointers” and “copper gurus” for the National Broadband Network have been pulled from Monster.ie after they were spotted by Australian media.

The advertisements were placed by a recruiter, and while they were seeking staff to work on the National Broadband Network, the company in charge of the operation, nbn TM , has told The Register it did not place the advertisements.

The timing of the recruitment campaign was inept, since they emerged during Australia's federal election campaign and the NBN is a sensitive issue.

Mystery surrounds who did place the advertisements, which on Monster

Virgin Media goes TITSUP* in South London due to painful piles
Wednesday, 15 June 2016 20:59

Thousands of South Londoners have been knocked offline due to a blunder by a construction worker slicing through a Virgin cable.

On Tuesday afternoon, a major segment of Virgin Media's fibre cabling was cut by a pile driver on a construction site in Brixton. The cabling has yet to be repaired.

Approximately 4,300 customers and businesses may be affected – including some customers of Sky, for whom the biz provides backhaul services.

A Virgin spokesman said: "Our engineers have been working overnight to assess the damage and even though we won’t be able to make a full repair until the

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