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Broken HP-48 Calculator Reborn As Bluetooth Keyboard
Saturday, 17 August 2019 11:00

Considering their hardware specification, graphing calculators surely feel like an anachronism in 2019. There are plenty of apps and other software available for that nowadays, and despite all preaching by our teachers, we actually do carry calculators with us every day. On the other hand, never underestimate the power of …read more

Cisc-o-no! 'We’re being uninvited to bid' on China deals admits CEO as Middle Kingdom snub freaks out investors
Thursday, 15 August 2019 10:02

Cisco warned of problems on the horizon as it wrapped up it fiscal 2019 financial results [PDF].

For the calendar quarter, ended July 27:

  • Revenues of $13.4bn were up 5 per cent from Q4 2018, beating Wall Street's estimates by $40m.
  • Net income of $2.2bn was down 42 per cent from $3.8bn in the year-ago quarter. This was largely due to taxes, as Cisco had to write off a $900m tax charge this year, compared to a $900m tax gain on the year-ago quarter.
  • Non-GAAP EPS of $0.83 edged out analyst estimates of $0.82 and were up 19 per cent
Mind your MANRS: Internet Society names and shames network operators that bungle their routing security
Thursday, 15 August 2019 05:22

The Internet Society has stepped up its long-running effort to improve routing security with a new online stats engine.

The MANRS Observatory – named after the industry group Mutually Agreed Norms for Routing Security – combines stats from a number of different sources to rate and reveal operator compliance with systems designed to make the internet more secure.

The issue of routing security and Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) leaks has become increasingly important in the past few years as the number (and size ) of outages and attacks have grown. Criminal and possibly state actors have realized the potential that

Spain’s First Open Source Satellite
Friday, 16 August 2019 14:31

[Fossa Systems], a non-profit youth association based out of Madrid, is developing an open-source satellite set to launch in October 2019. The FossaSat-1 is sized at 5x5x5 cm, weighs 250g, and will provide free IoT connectivity by communicating LoRa RTTY signals through low-power RF-based LoRa modules. The satellite is powered …read more

1940s Portable Radio Is A Suitcase
Wednesday, 14 August 2019 22:00

The meaning of the word portable has changed a bit over the years. These days something has to be pretty tiny to be considered truly portable, but in the 1940s, anything with a handle on it that you could lift with one hand might be counted as portable electronics. Zenith …read more

All roads in US cable biz GTT's Brit network seem to lead to Menwith Hill
Tuesday, 13 August 2019 18:04

A curious thing happens when you look at a map of fibre-optic cables – most of the UK section of American cable operator GTT's network appears to link the NSA spy station at Menwith Hill in Yorkshire with continental Europe.

Thanks to the diligent efforts of Alan Turnbull at secret-bases.co.uk , The Register can point the curious (and the conspiratorial) to a handy map of fibre-optic cables that seems to show the bulk of GTT's British operations links Menwith Hill to the Continent – and to transatlantic cables leading back to America.

The GTT UK cable network

'All roads lead to Menwith Hill!' Pic: Infrapedia,

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