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Asia’s internet registry APNIC finds about 50 million unused IPv4 addresses behind the sofa
Thursday, 09 July 2020 14:01

APNIC, the regional internet address registry for India, China, and 54 other Asia-Pacific nations, has found about fifty million unused IPv4 addresses under the couch.

The organisation recently shared an analysis of a 2018 survey of its stakeholders and members, which concluded reclamation of unused IPv4 space should be a high priority because not every organisation in the region is ready to go all-in on IPv6. That spurred APNIC to look for unused IPv4 addresses, and it found plenty.

Around 50 million were allocated under previous policies but have, for unspecified reasons, not been pressed into service. A further 350,000

Rip and replace is such a long Huawei to go, UK telcos plead, citing 'blackouts' and 'billion pound' costs: Are Vodafone and BT playing 'Project Fear'?
Saturday, 11 July 2020 02:20

Analysis The caution couldn't be more stark. In a meeting with the Commons Science and Technology Select Committee yesterday, execs from BT and Vodafone warned UK lawmakers that a deadline of 2023 to remove Huawei-made equipment from their networks will result in multi-day mobile signal losses for some customers.

"To get to zero in a three-year period would literally mean blackouts for customers on 4G and 2G, as well as 5G, throughout the country," claimed Howard Watson, chief technology and information officer of the BT Group, and a 40-year veteran of the telecoms industry.

He said BT would need at at

Bubbles, the People-Pleasing Pandemic Panda
Wednesday, 15 July 2020 01:00

This year, [Thomas]’ neighborhood has gone from a quiet burg to a bustling lane full of families and children who go out walking for exercise and a change of scenery. Early on, a game emerged to distract children from the pandemic by turning these walks into bear hunts — that …read more

Belief in 5G conspiracy theories goes hand-in-hand with small explosions of rage, paranoia and violence, researchers claim
Tuesday, 23 June 2020 02:45

Psychologists from Northumbria University have published a research paper examining the connection between beliefs in 5G COVID-19 conspiracy theories, and the willingness to act violently upon them. Surprise surprise, if you believe 5G is part of a Soros-backed depopulation plan, you might be tempted to take up a Super Soaker in arms.

A sample of 601 people were asked by Drs Jenny Patterson and Daniel Jolley about their level of conviction that COVID-19 was caused or exacerbated by 5G technology, whether violence against the telecoms sector was justified, and their willingness to take action themselves.

The survey also quizzed participants

US Department of Defense releases list of firms allegedly linked to the Chinese Army. Surprise surprise, Huawei makes an appearance
Thursday, 25 June 2020 23:41

The US Department of Defense (DoD) has confirmed it placed Huawei on a list of organisations with ties to the Chinese military that trade in the US. While this doesn't have an immediate impact on the firm's business, it opens the possibility for further punitive sanctions down the line.

Other businesses that appeared on the list [PDF] , which was first obtained by Republican Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton, include the China Railway Construction Corporation, the China Telecommunications Corporation, and Hikvision, a publicly listed (but state-controlled) manufacturer of video surveillance technologies.

The DoD has been obligated to list suspected People's Liberation

Working from home on Virgin Media's broadband? Too bad. Outage hits English capital
Thursday, 25 June 2020 21:32

Updated Just days after the ISP boasted about its network resilience in the face of spiking post-lockdown broadband usage, Virgin Media's customers across the UK capital are reporting being unable to get online as they attempt to work from home, do their schoolwork and watch Netflix.

The outage began around 8am UK time this morning and appears to be ongoing four hours later.

Completely misreading the room, the ISP posted a lighthearted tweet about playing games early this morning, which was received about as well as you'd imagine.

Virgin was last bashed by the outage stick – resulting in cascades

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