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RC Drag Racing Christmas Tree and Speed Trap
Wednesday, 21 September 2016 11:30

In the drag racing world, a Christmas tree is the post at the start line that sequentially lights up a set of yellow lights followed shortly after by a green light to tell the drivers to go, the lights obviously giving it its seasonal name. Included at the base of the tree are lasers to detect the presence of the cars.

[Mike] not only made his own Christmas tree for his RC cars, but he even made an end-of-track circuit with LED displays telling the cars how long they took. Both start and finish hardware are controlled by Pololu Wixel …read more

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Brave telco giants kill threat of decent internet service in rural North Carolina
Saturday, 17 September 2016 05:05

A rural community in North Carolina says it will have to pull the plug on its broadband service over fears it will no longer be protected by the FCC.

The city council in Wilson, North Carolina has voted to disconnect local broadband service in the nearby community of Pinetops following the 6th Circuit Court's ruling that the FCC cannot supersede state laws, and the Commission's decision to abandon further appeals.

North Carolina had been among the states caught up in the argument over whether municipal broadbands should be allowed in states with laws that forbid local government services competing with

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Drone Flies 12 cm on Wireless Power
Sunday, 18 September 2016 07:01

[Sam M] wrote in with a quick proof-of-concept demo that blows our socks off: transferring enough power wirelessly to make a small quadcopter take flight. Wireless power transfer over any real distance still seems like magic to us. Check out the videos embedded below and you’ll see what we mean.

What’s noteworthy about this demo is that neither the transmitter nor the receiver are particularly difficult to make. The transmitting loop is etched into a PCB, and the receiver is made of copper foil tape. Going to a higher frequency facilitates this; [Sam M] is using 13.56 MHz instead of …read more

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Plusnet broadband outage: Customers fume as TITSUP* continues
Friday, 09 September 2016 21:24
Broken cables, photo via Shutterstock

Broken cables are a possible cause of outages. I'll just wrap them around my neck then, shall I? Pic: Shutterstock

Plusnet has been slammed by its customers for failing to acknowledge or explain the cause of a nationwide broadband service outage.

Twitter is stuffed with complaints from around 7am on Friday morning that service has not been resumed following an apparent maintenance period.

Plusnet’s service has been struck down across the country, with popular outage tracker Down Detector showing reported

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Really – 80% FTTP in UK by 2026? Woah, ambitious!
Thursday, 08 September 2016 19:57

The government must create an “ambitious strategy” for the majority of the UK to have access to a fibre-to-the-premise (FTTP) connections in the next 10 years and near universal coverage by 2030, the representative body for small "alternative network" providers.

In its "Building Gigabit Britain" report today , the Independent Networks Co-operative Association (INCA) is calling for a series of policy regulatory changes that would enable commercial deployment of 80 per cent of FTTP coverage by 2016. That is instead of a public subsidy scheme.

According to Ofcom, just two per cent of business and residential premises currently have FTTP

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End all the 'up to' broadband speed bull. Release proper data – LGA
Tuesday, 13 September 2016 21:38
End all the 'up to' broadband speed bull. Release proper data – LGA

It's vitally important for Royston Vasey to have 10Mbit broadband

ISPs should release data on broadband speeds at a household level so residents can easily compare speeds and switch providers, the representative body for 370 local councils has said.

The Local Government Association (LGA) is calling for greater transparency of speeds direct to consumers' homes rather than just their postcodes, ahead of the second reading of the Digital Economy Bill today.

"At the moment, there is no one place that

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