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US citizens complain their names were used for FCC robo-comments
Friday, 26 May 2017 07:47

Fourteen Americans (with the help of an advocacy group) are complaining to the FCC that their names were used without permission to file fake comments on the proposed net neutrality overhaul.

A letter [PDF] sent to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and signed by the 14 people claims that their names and addresses were used to post comments in support of the planned Title II elimination for ISPs.

"We are disturbed by reports that indicate you have no plans to remove these fraudulent comments from the public docket," they write.

"Whoever is behind this stole our names and addresses, publicly exposed our private

Venezuela increases internet censorship and surveillance in crisis
Friday, 26 May 2017 05:12

Venezuela is increasingly censoring its internet and expanding online surveillance of citizens.

The country is currently in a state of emergency after two months of anti-government protests that have caused the deaths of over 50 people and led to violent confrontations with the police.

Citizens are furious with president Nicolás Maduro, who has been using emergency powers since 2015 to pass laws without congressional approval. He claims to be using the powers to fight an "economic war" with unseen enemies, but taxes on alcohol and tobacco alongside a collapsing economy have turned people against him.

As that anger has translated

New 'Beaver' web server has exactly ONE user outside China
Monday, 29 May 2017 17:03

Netcraft's monthly survey of web-facing computers has turned up an oddity: a new web server called “Beaver” that's used by exactly one web site outside China.

“Just over a million sites now exhibit the Beaver Server header, and these make use of more than 110,000 unique domain names – mostly under the .cn top-level domain,” Netcraft writes . “ Only a single Beaver site is hosted outside of China – this solitary instance is hosted in Japan, at Amazon's Tokyo AWS region.”

Most Beaver-using sites are hosted by Aliyun, Netcraft writes, with the rest running on other Chinese hosts. Wherever

Arista-cats win some, lose some against Cisco
Monday, 29 May 2017 10:36

Both Cisco and Arista have claimed victory in the latest instalment of their intellectual property lawsuit.

The punch-and-counterpunch case dates back to 2014 , when Switchzilla sued the then-startup for patent violations and over the copyright attached to its command-line interface (CLI).

While trying to fend off the accusations of IP theft, Arista's also had a rearguard action to keep its kit flowing into America in the face of International Trade Commuission (ITC) import bans .

Over time, the scope of Cisco's patent complaint has been narrowed down to two patents, a decision upheld by the ITC earlier this month

Millimetre wave.. omigerd it's going nowherrr.. Apple, you say?
Wednesday, 31 May 2017 02:05

Comment Apple may not be the invincible force it once was in mobile, but it is still unrivalled in its ability to scatter stardust over new technologies – just ask the companies which struggled to push Wi-Fi Calling or wireless charging into the mainstream before the iPhone maker came along. Now it has kindled new sparks of enthusiasm, or perhaps hype, around millimetre wave spectrum by applying for an experimental licence to test high frequency bands in the US.

The mmWave bands are being closely watched as a potential new source of plentiful spectrum capacity. However, despite some interesting trials

Giffgaff 'roam like at home' package means £1/min calls in Jersey
Thursday, 01 June 2017 20:33

Giffgaff customers may want to think twice before holidaying in tax havens such as the Channel Islands as new roaming charges will hike calls to back to Blighty to £1 per minute – up from the current 0.5p rate.

From 14 June, the mobile virtual network operator will allow customers to roam in the EU and use their allowances as they do in the UK. That is to align with the European Commission's forthcoming "roam like at home" regulation.

However, the archipelago – along with other non-EU member states including the Isle of Man, Switzerland and Monaco – now falls

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