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Telstra's 'future of medical diagnosis' needs just 5Mbps
Monday, 20 June 2016 09:56

A couple of weeks ago, Telstra breathlessly announced “the future of medical diagnosis”, namely “haptically-enabled robotics” that mean ultrasound examinations can be conducted remotely, complete with force-feedback so that a sonographer can guide their instrument over a distant body's lumps and bumps.

I've often heard it argued that tele-health's potential to save money by keeping us all out of expensive hospital beds will just about pay for Australia's national broadband network (NBN) by itself. So I asked Telstra how much bandwidth the “future of medical diagnosis” requires.

I was told it uses four or five megabits per second for the

Chattanooga mayor credits muni broadband with aiding city's revival
Tuesday, 21 June 2016 06:59

The mayor of Chattanooga, Tennessee, is crediting the city's recent economic surge to a decision to defy national ISPs and build its own broadband network.

Speaking at an event in his city hosted by the Fiber to the Home Council, Mayor Andy Berke said that over the last three years, unemployment in Chattanooga has fallen from 7.8 per cent to 4.1 per cent.

"We know that the wage rise is linked to internet jobs and particularly the technology sector," the mayor was quoted by The Tennessean as saying .

"It changed our conceptions of who we are and what is

Espressif Releases ESP8266-Killer!
Wednesday, 22 June 2016 11:31

It’s no secret that we love the ESP8266 chip, and the community of hackers that have contributed to making it useful. We often joke about this or that new WiFi-enabler being an ESP8266 killer, but so far none have stepped up. Here we go again!

Espressif has released a chip that’s going to be an ESP8266 killer, and no, it’s not the ESP32. The ESP8285 went into mass production in March, and should start to appear in the usual outlets fairly soon.

What makes it an ESP8266 killer? It’s an ESP8266, but with the flash memory onboard. Nothing more, but …read more

Time Warner Cable, you've 'earned your miserable reputation' – NY Attorney General
Thursday, 09 June 2016 10:56

The New York's Attorney General office is taking Time Warner Cable (TWC) to task for its poor service in the Big Apple.

In an open letter to the recently embiggened US cable giant, enforcement counsel Tim Wu laid into TWC for failing to live up to its promises and provide adequate service.

"In short, what we have seen in our investigation so far suggests that Time Warner Cable has earned the miserable reputation it enjoys among consumers," Wu said.

"Overcoming this history will require more than a name change; it will require a fundamental revolution in how Time Warner Cable

You. Comcast, TWC, Charter, DirecTV, Dish. Get in here and explain yourselves – Congress
Saturday, 11 June 2016 07:42

The US Senate's Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations has called on the nation's cable and satellite providers to testify about their customer service failings.

Senators Claire McCaskill (D-MO) and Rob Portman (R-OH) said that they have requested that executives from Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Charter, DirecTV and Dish come to Washington, DC, and explain the consistently poor reviews their organizations receive every year from customers.

Though the hearing will focus on TV service, the testimony will also almost certainly touch on internet service as well, as many of the companies bundle their ISP services with TV and phone service. The committee

An Improved WiFi Connected E-Ink Display
Monday, 13 June 2016 16:00

[David] created a great looking e-ink WiFi display project that works a little like a network-connected picture frame with a few improvements over other similar projects. With the help of an ESP8266 it boots up, grabs an 800×600 image over the network, updates the screen, then goes back to sleep. Thanks to some reverse engineering, he was able to make his own firmware for the onboard controller to handle the low-level driving of the display. Since e-ink displays require no power to hold an image and the rest of the unit spends most of the time either asleep or off, …read more

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