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Remote ADS-B Install Listens in on All the Aircraft Transmissions with RTL-SDR Trio, Phones Home on Cellular
Thursday, 15 August 2019 07:01

When installing almost any kind of radio gear, the three factors that matter most are the same as in real estate: location, location, location. An unobstructed location at the highest possible elevation gives the antenna the furthest radio horizon as well as the biggest bang for the installation buck. But …read more

PaperLedger: An e-Ink Cryptocurrency Ticker
Tuesday, 13 August 2019 14:31

For a long time it seemed like e-ink displays were outside the reach of us lowly hackers, as beyond the handful of repurposed Kindles that graced these pages, we saw precious few projects utilizing this relatively exotic display. But that’s changed over the last couple of years, and we’re thrilled …read more

Just one in five UK constituencies receive 4G from all four mobile operators – research
Friday, 09 August 2019 22:54

Only 20 per cent of UK parliamentary constituencies receive full 4G coverage from all four mobile operators, according to research by consumer charity Which?

An analysis of 650 areas found the worst affected spots were rural Scotland and Wales.

The most poorly served city-based constituencies were Rochford and Southend East in Essex, South West Devon, and Romsey and Southampton North in Hampshire. Each of these constituencies had less than 80 per cent coverage with all four operators.

Which? did not provide any more detail about the research or reveal its methodology, although said it was based on an analysis of

Ransomware attackers have gone from 'spray and pray' to 'slayin' prey'
Friday, 09 August 2019 00:00

Black Hat Ransomware infections may be down, but only because attackers are getting better at targeting them.

This is according to a report from Malwarebytes, whose team said that when it comes to crimeware figures, numbers can be deceiving.

Speaking to El Reg ahead of the 2019 Black Hat conference, Malwarebytes Labs director Adam Kujawa said that, while instances of consumer ransomware infections are down 25 per cent over the last year, attacks on businesses are skyrocketing, up a whopping 235 per cent over the same period.

Overall, the numbers would show that ransomware numbers have fallen. After peaking at

Virgin Media's Project Lightning now at 1.8m connections. Just 2.2m to go before year's end, right?
Thursday, 08 August 2019 19:19

Virgin Media has reported adding 130,000 premises to its £3bn full-fibre Project Lightning connections in its second quarter, bringing the total to 1.8 million.

The business had originally planned to connect 4 million premises to speeds of 300Mbps by the end of 2019, but that aim appears to have been quietly dropped.

Instead it is now betting big on its hybrid fibre DOCSIS (data over cable service interface specification) 3.1 technology – pledging to connect up to 15 million homes to 1Gbps speeds by 2021.

No doubt this is in part a response to noises made from UK prime minister

1Gbps, 4K streaming, buffering a thing of the past – but do Brits really even want full fibre?
Thursday, 08 August 2019 18:04

Analysis As a nation, Brits feel starved of full-fibre connectivity and look hungrily at the availability of 1Gbps on the continent, says prime minister Boris Johnson . Except evidence suggests that they don't.

According to Ofcom, speeds of 24Mbps are currently available to 94 per cent of premises. Yet only 45 per cent have signed up, sticking with their poxy standard ADSL packages of around 11-12Mbps.

A survey of 3,000 customers by Which? suggests that the most common reason for not bothering to upgrade was because people felt happy with their current speeds.

So if people can't be arsed to

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