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DIY Six Channel Arduino RC Transmitter
Wednesday, 20 March 2019 15:30

It’s wasn’t so long ago that RC transmitters, at least ones worth owning, were expensive pieces of gear. Even more recently than that, the idea of an RC transmitter running an open source firmware would have been considered a pipe dream. Yet today buying cheap imported transmitters and flashing a …read more

Do Martians dream of electric Nimbys? Selling 5G needs steak, not just sizzle
Monday, 18 March 2019 21:04

Comment Executive editor Andrew Orlowski was invited to share his thoughts on challenges to the uptake of 5G at a Westminster Forum event on Thursday 14 March. This is what he told the panel.

Sometimes one can get so immersed in a subject we lose our sense of context and we overlook what's obvious. As a reality check, I sometimes find one particular thought experiment to be useful. I'm going to do this with 5G.

Which is: "How does it look from space?"

Imagine that a friendly and curious civilisation of Little Green Men and Women – who may or

Es’hail-2: Hams Get Their First Geosynchronous Repeater
Tuesday, 19 March 2019 14:01

In the radio business, getting the high ground is key to covering as much territory from as few installations as possible. Anything that has a high profile, from a big municipal water tank to a roadside billboard to a remote hilltop, will likely be bristling with antennas, and different services …read more

Juniper grabs controller, inserts code, gets ready to play some SONiC Mania on its switch
Saturday, 16 March 2019 05:50

US networking specialist Juniper is setting up its switches to support SONiC (Software for Open Networking in the Cloud) – an open-source toolkit developed by Microsoft to run the plumbing of its Azure cloud platform.

The switch controller software uses the Linux kernel, is based on Debian, and provides a wide range of network functionality, including BGP routing and remote direct memory access (RDMA). More importantly, it offers standardised APIs that make it possible to use a single management platform across hundreds of different switches and different ASICs. In other words, you can run SONiC on all different models of

EBay Modules And Custom PCBs Make A Plug And Play Ham Transceiver
Monday, 18 March 2019 23:00

Many of us have fond memories of our introduction to electronics through the “200-in-1” sets that Radio Shack once sold, or even the more recent “Snap Circuits”-style kits. Most of eventually us move beyond these kits to design our circuits; still, there’s something to be said for modular designs. This …read more

Biker sues Google Fiber: I broke my leg, borked my ankle in trench dug to lay ad giant's pipe
Saturday, 09 March 2019 11:58

Installing broadband fiber is a complex and expensive activity, though it may have got a little bit more so, for Google at least, following a lawsuit in America.

Motorcyclist Hans Newsom is this week suing [PDF] Google Fiber and its local contractor in his hometown of Kansas City, Missouri – after a trench, dug to install the ad giant's fiber cabling, was allegedly left uncovered in the middle of the road, causing him to ultimately fall off his ride.

Newsom claims he was heading to a friend's house around 11pm on a Sunday night, and was, by his account, going

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