CAR CRASH – How Long to Replace a Busted BT Street Cabinet

Residents of the large Bourne End village in Buckinghamshire (England) are furious at BTOpenreach after they were left without broadband for over a week, which came after a car crashed into one of the operators local street cabinets (no. 37 on Cores End Road) and nearly obliterated it. Firstly, we should state that the picture …

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Nottingham City Centre Begins to Switch-On New Public WiFi Network

The Nottingham City Council and BT have today begun to switch-on a new network of free public WiFi wireless Internet hotspots, which should eventually become available to 310,000 residents and businesses within the city centre area (not to mention the millions of annual visitors). Some 20 access points are due to go live this week …

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Sometimes Being Stuck with Only Ultrafast FTTP Broadband is Expensive

In theory having access to order a native 330Mbps capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) service over BTOpenreach’s national UK network should be a good thing, but sometimes if it’s your only option for a faster connection then it can also become very.. very expensive. At present around 160,000 homes and businesses (premises passed footprint) should be within …

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Expect more films based on Xbox games

The head of Xbox Phil Spencer says more game franchises are likely to cross over into film and television in the future. Read more here:: BBC News – Technology

Up and to the Right: Forrester Research Ranks CloudFlare as a “Leader” for DDoS Services Providers

Forrester Research, Inc. has released The Forrester Wave™: DDoS Services Providers, Q3 2015 report which ranks CloudFlare as a leader. How do you get placed “up and to the right”? The leaders in this Wave, including CloudFlare, demonstrated effective portals, good client and revenue growth, and a focus on customer service. They also all have …

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Superfast Broadband Goes Underground to Wookey Hole Caves, Somerset

No, it’s not Chewbacca’s home. The Connecting Devon and Somerset project has just expanded BT’s “fibre broadband” (FTTC/P) network to reach an underground system of caves called the Wookey Hole Caves, although this is more of a fringe benefit as the main focus has been to connect 200 premises in the associated rural village of …

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German treason probe row escalates

The German justice minister demands the sacking of the chief prosecutor over a treason investigation into the website Netzpolitik.org. Read more here:: BBC News – Technology

NFU Begins Survey of Broadband and Mobile Quality Among UK Farmers

The National Farmers Union (NFU), which represents 55,000 members across England and Wales (around 70% of full time farmers support the NFU), has launched a major new survey of its members in order to find out how many are suffering from a poor fixed line broadband service or mobile signal. Farmers can take part in …

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UK ISP Sky Shows Interest in Naked FTTC Fibre Broadband Service

A small titbit of info. has surfaced that appears to confirm Sky Broadband’s interest in BTOpenreach’s forthcoming standalone “fibre broadband” product (Single Order GEA / Naked VDSL), which means you could take superfast broadband without also having to pay a separate phone line rental fee. The SoGEA product was first mooted in July 2014 before …

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First 3D-printed pill approved in US

In a world first, the US Food and Drug Administration has given go-ahead for a 3D printed pill to go into production. Read more here:: BBC News – Technology

A deep look at CVE-2015-5477 and how CloudFlare Virtual DNS customers are protected

Last week ISC published a patch for a critical remotely exploitable vulnerability in the BIND9 DNS server capable of causing a crash with a single packet. CC BY 2.0 image by Ralph Aversen The public summary tells us that a mistake in handling of queries for the TKEY type causes an assertion to fail, which …

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