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Can your complex distributed systems take the weight?
Tuesday, 05 September 2017 01:25

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UK.gov unveils six areas to pilot full-fat fibre, and London ain't on the list
Monday, 04 September 2017 19:51

Government has revealed the first six areas in Blighty to trial speeds of 1Gbps in a £10m pilot, as previously revealed by The Register .

The areas include Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire, West Sussex, Coventry and Warwickshire, Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset, West Yorkshire and Greater Manchester.

In August, the Department for Digital, Culture Media and Sport had told industry it would trial a scheme to allow businesses to bid for vouchers worth up to £3,000 for "gigabit-capable" connectivity, and will pay the ongoing line rental costs.

That will most likely to be delivered by fibre but not exclusively so,

DIY Wireless Sprinkler System? Don’t Mind If I Do.
Wednesday, 06 September 2017 16:00

What to do once you have a sprinkler system installed on your property: buy a sprinkler control system or make your own? The latter, obviously.

[danaman] was determined to hack together a cheap, IoT-enabled system but it wasn’t easy — taking the better part of a year to get working. Instead of starting right from scratch, he used the open-source Sustainable Irrigation Platform(SIP) control software — a Python sprinkler scheduler with some features [danman] was looking for(eg: it won’t activate if there’s rain in the forecast). Since he wasn’t running it with a Raspberry Pi as recommended, [danman] wrote a …read more

WiFi Deauthentication VS WiFi Jamming: What is the difference?
Monday, 14 August 2017 04:00

Terminology is something that gets us all mixed up at some point. [Seytonic] does a great job of explaining the difference between WiFi jammers and deauthenticators in the video embedded below. A lot of you will already know the difference however it is useful to point out the difference since so many people call deauth devices “WiFi Jammers”.

In their YouTube video they go on to explain that jammers basically throw out a load of noise on all WiFi channels making the frequencies unusable in a given distance from the jammer. Jammers are also normally quite expensive, mostly illegal, and …read more

Folk STILL not getting advertised broadband speeds, whinges survey
Thursday, 10 August 2017 22:56

UK households only hit their advertised broadband speeds 58 per cent of the time, according to a survey from consumer group Which?

The faster the expected speed, the bigger the disappointment, as consumers expecting more than 30Mbps only managed to hit those speeds 54 per cent of the time, whereas those expecting speeds of between 10 and 30Mbps hit them 89 per cent of the time.

The data was gathered via Speed Checker between January and March 2017, in an analysis of 226,000 end-user speed tests.

Earlier this year, the Advertising Standards Authority said broadband providers may have to ensure

London 'not-spots' look out! Mayor wants team to tackle crap signal
Thursday, 10 August 2017 22:11

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, wants to deploy a "not-spot" team to tackle poor connectivity in the capital, under plans unveiled today which include re-announcing 4G on the underground for 2019.

The squad will be hitting London's most problematic connectivity spots to work with local authorities and identify ways to improve connectivity, Khan said.

"If we are to remain competitive in the global economy, we need to ensure every Londoner is able to access a fast and reliable digital connection. That means working to boost connectivity across London – tackling not-spots, delivering connectivity in the London Underground and working

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