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Time Warner Cable customers SQUEAL as US network goes offline
Wednesday, 27 August 2014 23:58

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Time Warner Cable is staggering back to its feet after wrestling with a major network outage that hit a number of big cities in the US on both the East and West Coast of the country this morning.

A spike in users being kicked offline was reported by Down Detector around six hours ago.

Most Americans who are Time Warner Cable customers were tucked up in bed at that time. But they are slowly waking up to discover network problems blighting the telco.

The company told the Twitterati that it was attempting to

Government report: average Oz user will want 15 Mbps by 2023
Wednesday, 27 August 2014 14:31

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With the launch of the report, communications minister Malcolm Turnbull seems to have taken a more generous view of the predictability of the future.

In April 2013, Turnbull scorned predictions five to ten years in the future were uncertain, adding that he was ““knowledgeable enough and modest enough to know that you can't predict the future with great certainty”.

The Vertigan panel's report , which says the best decision would be to do nothing and leave broadband to the market, and that FTTP is $AU16 billion more expensive than the government's multi-technology model,

Broadband slow and expensive? Blame Telstra says CloudFlare
Wednesday, 27 August 2014 08:59

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CloudFlare has carried the fail-bucket to Australia and dumped it on incumbent Telstra's doorstep.

The cloud provider has published benchmark peering price comparisons which it says show that Telstra is staggeringly expensive as an Internet transit provider: “we pay about as much every month for bandwidth to serve all of Europe as we do to for Australia. That’s in spite of the fact that approximately 33x the number of people live in Europe (750 million) versus Australia (22 million),” the post states.

The US$200 per megabit per second CloudFlare has to pay Telstra for

NBN predicts a million premises next year
Thursday, 28 August 2014 13:32

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NBN users are data-hungry beasts, and while the move from early-adopter to mainstream is expanding the number of users on lower-speed plans, around two-thirds of the 210,000 connected customers are on speeds above 25 Mbps.

Announcing its annual results today, NBN Co's presentation slides show that nearly 20 per cent of its customers are on 50 Mbps and 100 Mbps packages (the 50 Mbps version being the least-loved – customers seem to be skipping directly to the top speed). NBN customers, the outfit claims, use between 62 and 75 GB per month, which is

A Remote Controlled, Fully Functional, Steam Powered Tank
Monday, 01 September 2014 13:01

Steam Powered Tank for the 21st Century

Steam power anything these days is pretty cool, but rarely have we ever seen such a complex build as this steam powered, remote controlled 1/16th scale tank.

[Ian] is an electronics design engineer whose hobbies include messing around with steam power. The Steam Turret Tank is based on a 1/16th scale Tamiya King Tiger die-cast model tank. It features a 3.5″ diameter marine boiler from MaccSteam, which is a fully equipped miniature version of a real boiler, complete with pressure gauges, safety valves, and a ceramic burner. It can produce pressures of up to 70PSI (max 120PSI), but for … Read the rest

NBN Co claims 96 mbps download speeds for FTTN trial
Friday, 22 August 2014 07:04

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NBN Co, the entity building Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN), has revealed the data transfer speeds obtained by folks connected to its test fibre—to-the-node network in the New South Wales Central Coast suburb of Umina.

A canned statement quotes local small business owner Martin McInnes as saying he was able to download at 96 mbps and upload at 30 mbps.

The statement is saccharine, also offering a quote from NBN Co CEO Bill Morrow to the effect that “The early results and real customer experiences such as Mr McInnes’s demonstrate that existing technologies such

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