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Former RCL director: It was me who cancelled their domain names
Wednesday, 03 May 2017 21:19

Former London biz Retro Computers Ltd’s sales agent Nick Cooper has admitted he is the man who bought two of the company’s domain names and pointed them at sites critical of the company. He is currently being sued by it over an unrelated matter.

Yesterday we reported that RCL had lost control of the two domains , zxvega.co.uk and retro-computers.co.uk.

“I am no hacker,” Cooper said. “I had these sites as well as a number of others on a domain back order service and when I got a prompt I purchased them.”

He told us he “felt compelled to ensure

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Transatlantic link typo by Sweden's Telia broke Cloudflare in the US
Wednesday, 03 May 2017 05:09

A fat-fingered human accidentally broke a transatlantic internet backbone that knackered Cloudflare's content delivery network in the US.

Cloudflare – which props up loads of big names online – said that over the course of about fifteen minutes on Tuesday morning, it suffered a slowdown in traffic, meaning connections to websites were hampered. The issue was first reported around 0745 Pacific Time (1445 UTC) with a fix deployed to defuse the situation by 0759, and the problems declared fully resolved by 0853.

"The issue is related to a specific transit provider and we are working on temporarily disabling this provider

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Is Britain really worse at 4G than Peru?
Friday, 05 May 2017 22:57

Special Report Which? magazine's claim that the UK has "worse 4G than Peru", widely reported by the national media this week, has reopened an highly charged industry debate about the reliability of network data collection.

The debate can be crudely summed as “crowd vs non crowd”, but actually goes deeper: does enough "Big Data" from a large, unknown number of testers produce better results than more rigorous representative sampling?

Which? used data collected by VC-backed OpenSignal, a kind of Wikipedia of network performance monitors, which crowdsources its data collection. Anyone can download the OpenSignal app and become a tester. The app collects samples taken

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ISPs must ensure half of punters get advertised max speeds
Thursday, 04 May 2017 20:01

Broadband providers may have to ensure at least half of customers can receive advertised top line speeds, under a proposed crackdown on consumers being misled.

Current standards require speeds quoted in broadband adverts to apply to a minimum of 10 per cent of all customers, providing they include the words "up to".

It follows research which found up to 75 per cent of households are paying for advertised broadband speeds they have never received.

The Committee of Advertising Practice, which works alongside the Advertising Standards Agency, has today proposed a series of four different options to strengthen the standards around

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ITC upholds finding that Arista infringed on two Cisco patents
Monday, 08 May 2017 23:32

The US International Trade Commission has upheld a judgement that Arista Networks infringed two Cisco Systems patents on networking equipment - the latest round in a long-running legal battle between the companies.

In a judgement last week, the federal agency called for an import ban and a cease and desist order on related products. Its decision upheld findings of an administrative law judge in December that switches sold by Arista infringed Cisco's patents.

Mark Chandler, Cisco’s senior vice president and general counsel, wrote in blog post company blog post: "The Commission’s decision is the latest of several findings that Arista

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There be dragons? Why net neutrality groups won't go to Congress
Monday, 08 May 2017 22:00
There be dragons? Why net neutrality groups won't go to Congress

Pic: Vuk Kostic/Shutterstock

Special Report When Obama pushed the FCC into extending Title II rules over US internet services in 2014, I described the President as "writing out a cheque he knew he couldn't cash" . To no one's surprise, that cheque bounced last week, when the FCC chairman formally began the process to replace those rules. Title II has been a dead duck since Americans woke up on 7 November last year to a Republican President Elect, and a Republican Congress. The end just came sooner than expected.

But that doesn't mean "net neutrality" is dead. This is a

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