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HPE kills off its entire OpenSDN line, pulls plug on customer demos
Thursday, 27 April 2017 08:13

Exclusive Hewlett Packard Enterprise has quietly axed its OpenSDN suite, effective immediately.

Its sales staff have been instructed to shut down customer demos and proof-of-concept installations. IT buyers will be told to try other gear if they want to evaluate and roll out software-defined networking.

HPE workers have also been instructed to pretty much keep the move a secret, with no public announcements, and to simply tell customers and partners the tech giant has "discontinued development of HPE OpenSDN" if they ask what's happening.

This is according to an internal memo seen today by The Register , which declares HPE

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M6 crowned crappiest motorway for 4G signal
Saturday, 29 April 2017 01:24

The M6 is officially the UK's worst motorway for 4G coverage.

2,000 respondents clocked up almost a million data points to find a winner and loser. On average Britain’s linear car parks, er, motorways only maintain an LTE signal 62 per cent of the time. But the M6, originally built for ferrying northerners to Cup finals, fared the worst.

Coverage on the M6 ranged from 19 per cent to 75 per cent depending on the operator. But the numbers vary, as you can see:

M6 crowned crappiest motorway for 4G signal

Average time spent on 4G on a motorway ranged from 30 per cent to 84 per

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TI 99/4A Weather Station
Monday, 01 May 2017 10:00

If you still have a drawer full of slap bracelets from the 1990s because, you know, they might come back, then you’ll appreciate [Vorticon’s] latest project. Sure, we see lots of weather stations, but this one is controlled by a TI 99/4A computer. This home computer from the 1980s was actually ahead of its time with a 16-bit processor.

The sensors use Xbee modules and an Arduino Uno. Of course, the Uno has more power than the TI computer, but that’s not really the point, right? He’s made a series of videos detailing the construction (you can see the first …read more

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Boffins supercharge the 'hosts' file to save users plagued by DNS outages
Wednesday, 26 April 2017 15:29

The venerable Domain Name System (DNS) is becoming known for fragility, and keeping track of your own favourite sites' IP addresses is a pain. So a group of researchers want to automate the upkeep of hosts to give users an emergency backup if their provider blacks out.

The idea is that DNS records could be double-checked against a set of binary tuples of IP address and domain name, held outside the DNS infrastructure, as a kind of sanity check against something going wrong.

The Chinese proposal at arXiv would be disappointing as a replacement for the DNS, since its peak

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nbn™ demos gigabit-speed fixed wireless services
Wednesday, 26 April 2017 04:44
NBN fixed wireless tower near Ballarat

The nbn™ fixed wireless tower near Ballarat used for the gigabit demo

nbn™, the organisation building and operating Australia's national broadband network (NBN), has demonstrated a 1.1Gbps downstream and 165Mbps upstream connection using its fixed wireless network.

The demonstration was conducted in the regional Victorian city of Ballarat and required the aggregation of eleven “carriers” - wireless jargon for individual waves - seven in the 3.4GHz band and four carriers in the 2.3GHz band. The mock “user” required multiple antennae to achieve the headline speeds, and other demonstrated speed tiers of of 400Mbps/55Mbps, 250Mbps/50Mbps and 100/40Mbps. Once in production in

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Stealing Cars for 20 Bucks
Friday, 28 April 2017 19:00

[Yingtao Zeng], [Qing Yang], and [Jun Li], a.k.a. the [UnicornTeam], developed the cheapest way so far to hack a passive keyless entry system, as found on some cars: around $22 in parts, give or take a buck. But that’s not all, they manage to increase the previous known effective range of this type of attack from 100 m to around 320 m. They gave a talk at HITB Amsterdam, a couple of weeks ago, and shown their results.

The attack in its essence is not new, and it’s basically just creating a range extender for the keyfob.  One radio stays …read more

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