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I need an ISP that offers IPv6. Virgin Media: Whatevs, nerd
Wednesday, 29 March 2017 06:01

Despite being the third-largest internet provider in the UK, Virgin Media is not exactly looking toward the future.

As pretty much every ISP in the world recognizes, we have already effectively run out of IPv4 addresses and so finally need to move to, or at least offer, IPv6.

Not so Virgin Media, which – despite owning 20 per cent of the UK market – has let customers know that it's going to wait until non-nerds want this new-fangled addressing system with the funny letters and colons.

Faced with a Virgin customer tweeting he was going to have to find a

Ex-broadband biz 186k hit by major outage
Wednesday, 29 March 2017 01:49

Long-suffering customers of troubled hosting provider 186k are unable to access the firm's hosting and email services in what appears to be a major outage.

It follows the sudden pulling of its broadband services back in December, when 186k and its subsidiaries told customers without explanation to seek other providers as it is unable to "continue to supply" its current service.

The firm's website is also down. When The Register phoned 186k, an answer-phone message informed us to contact FreedomNames instead, which was bought by the company in 2009. FreedomNames' website is also down, and were not contactable.

However, after

Brit telcos will waive early termination fees for military personnel
Tuesday, 28 March 2017 20:32

British military personnel will no longer face swingeing cancellation fees on broadband packages if they are posted abroad.

BT, EE, Plusnet, TalkTalk and Virgin Media have all committed to waiving the fees for serving military personnel who are either posted abroad or to an area of the UK not covered by their existing telly, telephone or internet bundles.

"Armed Forces personnel play a vital role protecting our country, whether serving overseas or stationed away from home in other parts of the UK," intoned BT chief exec Gavin Patterson in a canned statement. "That's why we're committed to ensuring they don't

nbn™ builder prioritises easy premises, because it must work like that
Tuesday, 28 March 2017 13:09

Stop me if you've heard this one: nbn™, builder and operator of Australia's national broadband network (NBN), is being accused of polishing its rollout figures by fast-tracking areas that are easy to service.

The news emerged out of a hearing at the Senate Environment and Communications Committee last Friday (the transcript hasn't been completed yet, but masochists can view the video here ; nbn™ CEO Bill Morrow's evidence starts at 14:41:00).

Morrow's evidence to the committee regarding build decisions starts around 15:20:00. It relates to how nbn™ plans to deal with “service class zero” premises (that is, the network is

Sir, It Appears We’ve Been Jammed!
Friday, 31 March 2017 05:01

In a move that would induce ire in Lord Helmet, [Kedar Nimbalkar] has hacked together a simple — yet effective — WiFi jammer that comes with a handful of features certain to frustrate whomever has provoked its wrath.

The jammer is an ESP8266 development board — running some additional custom code — accessed and controlled by a cell phone. From the interface, [Nimbalkar] is able to target a WiFi network and boot all the devices off the network by de-authenticating them. Another method is to flood the airspace with bogus SSIDs to make connecting to a valid network a drawn-out …read more

3G to WiFi Bridge Brings the Internet
Wednesday, 29 March 2017 20:00

[Afonso]’s 77-year-old grandmother lives in a pretty remote location, with only AM/FM radio reception and an occasionally failing landline connecting her to the rest of the world. The nearest 3G cell tower is seven kilometers away and unreachable with a cell phone. But [Afonso] was determined to get her up and running with video chats to distant relatives. The solution to hook granny into the global hive mind? Build a custom antenna to reach the tower and bridge it over to local WiFi using a Raspberry Pi.

The first step in the plan was to make sure that the 3G …read more

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