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Pay a tax on every gigabyte you download? Haha, that's too funny. But not to Hungarians
Thursday, 23 October 2014 08:16

The Ultimate Guide to BYOD

Hungary is threatening to tax its broadband providers for every gigabyte their subscribers use.

The Fidesz-run European nation said that it would charge ISPs 150 forints (around 60 US cents or 39p in the UK) for each gig transferred. Hungary shifted 1,150PB in 2013, and 18PB in mobile data, according to figures from consultancy eNet.

The government said the tax is no different to the levies it collects from telcos for long-distance calls, and there will be an upper limit to the download tithe. But this cap hasn't been set yet.

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Netflix and other OTT giants use 'net neutrality' rules to clobber EU rivals
Tuesday, 28 October 2014 21:36

The state of support services 2014

+Comment Cable giant Netflix and other big firms are using calls for greater net neutrality to drive down the prices they pay, according to recently published research .

Referring specifically to the Dutch internet market, late last week John Strand of Strand Consulting said: “Net neutrality law (which limits operators’ ability to manage networks and recover costs) is meant to herald a flowering of internet innovation and content. Instead, it rolls out the red carpet for the American giant [Netflix].”

“Netflix, already larger than any cable company in the world by subscribers, is not

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Bluetooth-Enabled Danger Sign for Lab
Friday, 31 October 2014 02:00

Wireless Warning Sign

[A Raymond] had some free time at work, and decided to spend it on creating a wireless warning sign. According to his blog profile, he is a PhD student in Applied Physics. His lab utilizes a high-powered laser system. His job is to use said system, but only after it’s brought online by faculty scientists. The status of the laser system is changed by a manual switchbox that controls the warning signs wired around the lab entrances. Unfortunately, if you were in the upstairs office, you only knew this after running downstairs to check. [A Raymond's] admitted laziness finally … Read the rest

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Using a Standard Coil for NFC Tag Implant Reading
Thursday, 09 October 2014 05:00

NFC reader PCB

A few months ago Hackaday covered the xNT crowdfunding campaign which aimed at making an NTAG216 based NFC implant for different purposes. I actually backed it, found that standard NFC readers don’t perform well and therefore decided to try using a standard coil as an antenna for better reading performances.

Most NFC readers typically only have a small sweet spot where implant reading is possible. This is due to what we call coupling factor which depends on the reading distance and reader & NFC tag antenna geometries. Having a smaller antenna diameter increases the coupling factor and makes implant positioning … Read the rest

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Internet-Connected TI-84
Wednesday, 08 October 2014 08:00

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Just before the days where every high school student had a cell phone, everyone in class had a TI graphing calculator. In some ways this was better than a cell phone: If you wanted to play BlockDude instead of doing trig identities, this was much more discrete. The only downside is that the TI calculators can’t easily communicate to each other like cell phones can. [Christopher] has solved this problem with his latest project which provides Wi-Fi functionality to a TI graphing calculator, and has much greater aspirations than helping teenagers waste time in pre-calculus classes.

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Vertigan hands Turnbull a knife, Turnbull carves Vertigan report
Thursday, 02 October 2014 11:04

It would be hard to find a more doctrinaire document than the final Vertigan panel's Markets and Regulatory Report that was handed down yesterday. The panel has managed to produce a report so far off realpolitik that the government had no choice but to damp it down immediately.

The document takes to heart Tony Abbott's notorious instruction to Malcolm Turnbull, while in opposition, to “demolish” the project. The NBN Co should be “disaggregated and divested”, rural cross-subsidy abandoned, and full cost-recovery of builds to new housing estates should be mandated.

So far is the report from the practical reality of

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