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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

Brits look at Google and Facebook every 210 seconds, says survey
Thursday, 10 August 2017 00:01

All your eyeballs are belong to the online ad borgs

Ad companies Facebook and Google slurp one in every 3½ minutes that Britons spend online, according to a survey.

This, says audience metrics company Verto Analytics, accounts for 17 per cent of British adults’ time online, the equivalent of 42.7 million days a month across Google, YouTube and Gmail.

Similarly, Facebook-owned sites, including the ad-driven data-mining website itself, Instagram and WhatsApp, account for 11 per cent of time online, or a relatively paltry 28.4 million days.

“Google and Facebook’s share of internet time and ad revenue is staggering considering the

South London: Rats! The rodents have killed the internet
Friday, 11 August 2017 19:28

Giant cable-nomming rodents have caused "extensive damage" in South London by chewing through fibre, leaving customers without broadband since last night.

Sky and TalkTalk apologised this morning for the lost of service, which occurred yesterday evening around 9pm.

A message to one customer from Sky at 9:55am said: "Engineers are still working on resolving the fibre break.

"Extensive damage has been caused by rodents chewing through cables and it’s taking longer to fix than we’d like and have estimated your service should be restored at lunchtime. Thanks for your patience."

TalkTalk said: "We're aware some customers in South London may

FLEX Pager Protocol in Depth
Sunday, 13 August 2017 10:00

We love pager hacks. One of our earliest head-slappers was completely reverse-engineering a restaurant pager’s protocol, only to find out that it was industry-standard POCSAG. Doh!

[Corn] apparently scratches the same itch, but in the Netherlands where the FLEX protocol is more common. In addition to walking us through all of the details of the FLEX system, he bought a FLEX pager, gutted it, and soldered on an ATMega328 board and an ESP8266. The former does the FLEX decoding, and the latter posts whatever it hears on his local network.

These days, we’re sure that you could do the same …read more

Making a Cheap Radar Unit Awesome
Friday, 11 August 2017 07:00

[JBeale] squeezed every last drop of performance from a $5 Doppler radar module, and the secrets of that success are half hardware, half firmware, and all hack.

On the hardware side, the first prototype radar horn was made out of cardboard with aluminum foil taped around it. With the concept proven, [JBeale] made a second horn out of thin copper-clad sheets, but reports that the performance is just about the same. The other hardware hack was simply to tack a wire on the radar module’s analog output and add a simple op-amp gain stage, which extended the sensing range well …read more

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