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Google CEO Schmidt Predicts End of Online Anonymity

Mark.JUK No surprise (591 comments)

The problem with this path is that it could easily lead to abuses, unfair profiling and be used for more than just "a terrible, evil crime". Still, if the people must be exposed to "true transparency" then perhaps it is only fair that governments and corporations be subjected to exactly the same thing. That's about as likely to happen as humans landing on the sun. http://www.ispreview.co.uk/story/2010/08/11/google-ceo-predicts-and-embraces-end-to-online-internet-anonymity.html

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11-Year UK Study Reports No Health Danger from Mobile Phone Transmissions

Mark.JUK Mark.JUK writes  |  about 2 months ago

Mark.JUK (1222360) writes "The United Kingdom's 11-years long Mobile Telecommunications and Health Research Programme (MTHR) has today published a comprehensive report that summarises 31 research projects, which investigated the potential for biological or adverse health effects of mobile phone and wireless signals on humans (e.g. as a cause for various cancers or other disorders).

The good news is that the study, which has resulted in nearly 60 papers appearing in peer-reviewed scientific journals, found "no evidence" of a danger from mobile transmissions in the typically low frequency radio spectrum bands (e.g. 900MHz and 1800MHz etc.). So if you’re wearing them, you can finally remove those tin foil hats."
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BT and Alcatel-Lucent Record Real-World Fibre Optic Speed of 1.4Tbps in the UK

Mark.JUK Mark.JUK writes  |  about 3 months ago

Mark.JUK (1222360) writes "The United Kingdom's national telecoms operator, BT, has successfully teamed up with Alcatel-Lucent to conduct a field trial that delivered real-world data speeds of 1.4 Terabits per second over an existing commercial-grade 410km fiber optic link. The trial used a “record spectral efficiency” of 5.7 bits per second per Hertz and Flexgrid technology to vary the gaps between transmission channels for 42.5% greater data transmission efficiency than today’s standard networks.

The speed was achieved by overlaying an “Alien Super Channel” (i.e. it operates transparently on top of BT’s existing optical network), which bundled together 7 x 200Gbps (Gigabits per second) channels and then reduced the “spectral spacing” between the channels from 50GHz to 35GHz using the 400Gb/s Photonic Services Engine (PSE) technology on the 1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS). It's hoped that this could help boost capacity to those who need it without needing to lay expensive new fiber cables."
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Scientists Promise 10x Faster Fibre Optic Networks via Nyquist Sinc Light Pulses

Mark.JUK Mark.JUK writes  |  about 4 months ago

Mark.JUK (1222360) writes "A group of scientists working at one of Switzerland’s two Federal Institutes of Technology have published a new paper in Nature, which reveals how the performance of existing fibre optic networks could be boosted by shortening the distance between pulses of laser light using a Nyquist sinc pulse.

In simple terms the team were able to change the shape of the spectrum to be more rectangular, which meant that the pulses could interfere but the point at which they’re read remains clear (i.e. equivalent to reducing the space between the pulses). It’s claimed that the feat, which was achieved with a simple laser and modulator, could help to deliver speeds that are ten times faster than today’s."

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UK Project Achieves 10.5Gbps Speeds via Micron Sized LED Light Bulb Network

Mark.JUK Mark.JUK writes  |  about 6 months ago

Mark.JUK (1222360) writes "The Ultra-Parallel Visible Light Communications (UP-VLC) project in the United Kingdom has successfully developed Light Fidelity (Li-Fi) technology, which uses tiny LED (Light-Emitting Diode) light bulbs to transmit data via the visible light part of the electromagnetic spectrum, so that a single bulb can deliver speeds of 10.5Gbps (Gigabits per second).

The technology works by causing the LED to flash incredibly fast. At the same time Orthogonal Frequency Divisional Multiplexing (OFDM) is used to further improve performance by varying the lights intensity and turning each of its three primary colours (red, green and blue) into data channels (i.e. each colour can send data at speeds of 3.5Gbps)."
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German Scientists Achieve Record 100Gbps via Wireless Data Link

Mark.JUK Mark.JUK writes  |  about 6 months ago

Mark.JUK (1222360) writes "A joint team of German scientists working at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) have successfully achieved a new world record for wireless data transfers. The team were able to transmit information at speeds of 100 Gigabits per second by using a radio network operating at the frequency of 237.5GHz and over a distance of 20 metres (note: a prior experiment hit 40Gbps over 1km between two skyscrapers).

The radio signals were generated by a photon mixer device that uses two optical laser signals of different frequencies, which were then superimposed on a photodiode to create an electrical signal (237.5 GHz) that could be radiated via an antenna. But the team aren’t happy with breaking one record and their future attempts will seek to break the 1 Terabit per second (Tbps) barrier."
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Bell Labs Break Record with 31Tbps via a Single 7200km Optical Fibre

Mark.JUK Mark.JUK writes  |  about 9 months ago

Mark.JUK (1222360) writes "Alcatel-Lucent's research and development division, Bell Labs, has successfully broken yet another record after it used 155 lasers (each operating at different frequencies and carrying 200Gbps of data over a 50GHz frequency grid) and an enhanced version of Wavelength Division Multiplexing (WDM) to send information at a staggering speed of 31 Terabits per second over a single 7200km long optical fibre cable. Previous experiments have been faster but only over shorter distances or by using a different type of fibre optic cable entirely."
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Japan and EU Commit 18m Euros to Develop 100Gbps Internet Access

Mark.JUK Mark.JUK writes  |  about 9 months ago

Mark.JUK (1222360) writes "The European Union and Japan have unveiled a joint investment of 18 Million Euro’s that aims to build more efficient fibre optic broadband networks that are “5000 times faster than today’s average European broadband ISP speed (100Gbps compared to 19.7Mbps)“. The funding will go towards supporting six research projects, which range from an effort to enable fibre optic networks at more than 100Gbps (aka – STRAUSS), to investigating new ways of ensuring efficient use of energy in information networks (aka — GreenICN). Faster than 100Gbps fibre optic links already exist but the new research could potentially help to bring these closer to homes. Some ISPs already offer 1Gbps+ connections to home users; not so long ago everybody was still stuck on a 50Kbps dialup link or slower."
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German Scientists Create 3Gbps Visible Light Network from LED Ceiling Lamps

Mark.JUK Mark.JUK writes  |  1 year,11 days

Mark.JUK (1222360) writes "Scientists working at Berlin’s Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute in Germany have developed new components that can turn standard “off-the-shelf” LED (Light-Emitting Diode) room lights into an Optical Wireless Local Area Network (OWLAN) that delivers data transmission rates of up to 3Gbps (Gigabits per second).

The new kit is an extension of HHI’s earlier work, which in 2011 delivered the first 800Mbps (Megabits) capable network using ordinary flashing LED lights. Since then the kit has been improved to achieve a transmission rate of 1Gbps per single light frequency (basic LED’s usually use up to three light frequencies) and the operating bandwidth has been pushed to 180MHz from 30MHz before."

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ITU Moot Global Target of Affordable 20Mbps Broadband for All by 2020

Mark.JUK Mark.JUK writes  |  about a year ago

Mark.JUK writes "Dr Hamadoun Touré, Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), has proposed to “dream big” by setting a new broadband access target for the world. In short, Touré would like to see the United Nations (UN) update its global digital development targets to include a commitment that would require countries around the world to ensure that everybody can access broadband internet speeds of 20Mbps (Megabits per second) from just $20 by 2020. Easier said than done, especially in poorer countries."
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New EU Funded RITE Project Aims to Reduce Internet Latency Times

Mark.JUK Mark.JUK writes  |  about a year ago

Mark.JUK writes "In the rush towards ever faster broadband speeds we often forget that there are other considerations for internet performance. In particular latency (i.e. ping times), which effectively reflects the time (a delay most often displayed in milliseconds) that it takes for a networked server or device to respond, can influence the performance of time-sensitive internet applications like multiplayer games, financial transactions, video streaming and voip etc.

The University of Aberdeen in Scotland apparently has a number of "smart software tweaks" in mind that could help to cut internet latency by targeting improvements at the “large buffers hidden inside network equipment" (e.g. routers). As a result it's now joined a consortium of other like-minded groups, including British Telecom (BT) and Alcatel-Lucent, on a new project called Reducing Internet Transport Latency (RITE) that has been backed by 3.57 Million Euros from the European Union (EU) and aims to one day make high pings a thing of the past."

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UK Researchers Build Micron LED Light Based Wireless Network

Mark.JUK Mark.JUK writes  |  about a year ago

Mark.JUK writes "Scientists working at the University of Strathclyde in Scotland (United Kingdom) have begun to develop a new Light Fidelity (Li-Fi) technology that will use special micron-sized LED (Light-Emitting Diodes) lights, such as those that could be used as part of home lighting or TV displays, to form part of a sophisticated wireless communications network (much like Wi-Fi is today).

The principal, which revolves around manipulating the on/off flicker of LED lights to produce a digital network (a bit like Morse Code from a torch), is not new but most of the other teams are focusing on larger Li-Fi LEDs of around 1mm2 in size. However micron sized LEDs not only allow you to use more lights (each of which can act as a separate data channel) but they can also flicker on and off around 1,000 times quicker than the larger LEDs. The future really is bright! So long as you don't walk in front of it."

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Fujitsu Claim 30x Faster Internet File Transfers with New TCP Method

Mark.JUK Mark.JUK writes  |  about a year ago

Mark.JUK writes "Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. in Japan claims to have developed a new Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) that, by using a software-only approach, will dramatically improve latency times and has already achieved a throughput increase of over 30 times during simulated internet file transfers between Japan and the USA. The new protocol, which will be commercialised during 2013, is said to incorporate "an efficient proprietarily developed retransmission method based on User Datagram Protocol (UDP)" and "makes it possible to easily speed up existing TCP applications without having to modify them"."
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UK ISPs Respond to the Dangers of Using Carrier Grade NAT Instead of IPv6

Mark.JUK Mark.JUK writes  |  about a year ago

Mark.JUK writes "Several major Internet Service Providers in the United Kingdom, including BSkyB, Virgin Media, TalkTalk, AAISP and Fluidata, have warned that the adoption of Carrier Grade NAT (IPv4 address sharing) is likely to become increasingly common in the future. But the technology, which many view as a delaying tactic until IPv6 becomes more common place, is not without its problems and could cause a number of popular services to fail (e.g. XBox Live, PlayStation Network, FTP hosting etc.). The prospect of a new style of two tier internet could be just around the corner."
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Welsh Scientists Develop 2,000 Times Faster Fibre Optic Broadband

Mark.JUK Mark.JUK writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Mark.JUK writes "Scientists working under an EU funded (3 Million Euros) project out of Bangor University in Wales (United Kingdom) have developed a commercially-exploitable way of boosting broadband speeds over end-user fibre optic lines by using Optical Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (OOFDM) technology, which splits a laser down to multiple different optical frequencies (each of which can be used to carry data), and low-cost off-the-shelf components.

The scientists claim that their solution has the ability to "increase broadband transmission by up to two thousand times the current speed and capacity" (most UK Fibre-to-the-Home or similar services currently offer less than 100 Megabits per second) and it can do this alongside a “significant reduction in electrical power consumption“."

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UK Begins GBP35m Research Into 5G Mobile Broadband

Mark.JUK Mark.JUK writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Mark.JUK writes "The government of the United Kingdom has established a new £35 million partnership between international mobile phone operators, telecoms equipment makers and the University of Surrey (England) that looks set to help research and develop the 5th generation of ultrafast mobile broadband (5G) products and services.

At this stage it's still far too early to know precisely what any official 5G standard could end up looking like, although top transfer speeds of 10 to 100Gbps (Gigabits per second) are being debated."

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Sweden, USA and UK Top New 2012 Web Index Country Ranking

Mark.JUK Mark.JUK writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Mark.JUK writes "The non-profit World Wide Web Foundation, which is run by British WWW inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee, has today launched a new global 2012 Web Index that ranks countries around the world by a “multi-dimensional measure of the Web’s growth, utility and impact on people and nations” (e.g. broadband affordability, government policy towards internet use etc.). Overall the study found that Sweden was the best with a perfect 100 out of 100 score, followed by the United States (97.31), United Kingdom (93.83), Canada (93.42) and Finland (91.88). It also identified that two of the biggest barriers to wider web adoption and use were the high cost of broadband access and aggressive internet censorship measures."
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German Cable ISP First to Deliver 4700Mbps Internet Connection

Mark.JUK Mark.JUK writes  |  about 2 years ago

Mark.JUK writes "It's enough to make grown IT workers cry. German cable operator Kabel Deutschland claims to have become the "first" provider to successfully achieve a real-world internet connection speed of 4700Mbps (Megabits per second) after they hooked up to a local Schools test account in the city of Schwerin. The ISP, which usually delivers more modest speeds of up to 100Mbps to home subscribers, used its upgraded 862MHz network, channel bonding and the EuroDocsis 3.0 standard to achieve the stated performance. But don't expect to get this kind of speed tomorrow, right now there's no demand for it among home users and you probably couldn't afford the bandwidth anyway."
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Report Highlights 10 Sites Unfairly Blocked by UK Mobile Internet Censorship

Mark.JUK Mark.JUK writes  |  about 2 years ago

Mark.JUK writes "The Open Rights Group (ORG), which works to raise awareness of digital rights and civil liberties issues, has published a new report that examines the impact of internet censorship on UK mobile networks and lists an example of 10 legitimate websites that often get unfairly blocked by adult content filters (over-blocking). The study is important because similar measures could soon be forced upon fixed line broadband ISP subscribers by the government. Some of the allegedly unfair blocks include censorship of the 'Tor' system, a privacy tool used by activists and campaigners across the globe, and the website of French ‘digital rights’ advocacy group 'La Quadrature du Net'."
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TV White Space 802.22 Wireless Broadband Trial in UK are a Success

Mark.JUK Mark.JUK writes  |  about 2 years ago

Mark.JUK writes "A major multinational and ten month long trial of new 'White Space' technology (IEEE 802.22) in the United Kingdom, which uses the spare radio spectrum that exists between Digital Terrestrial TV (DTV) channels to deliver wireless internet access services over a wide area, has officially completed today and been deemed "successful". The technology, if approved, could one day help to bring faster broadband services to both isolated rural and urban areas.

The TV White Spaces Consortium, which comprises 17 international and UK technology and media companies (BT, Microsoft, BBC, Alcatel-Lucent etc.), has now recommended that the UK regulator, Ofcom, complete its development of the “enabling regulatory framework” (i.e. Draft Statutory Instrument) in a “manner that protects licensees” from “harmful” interference and encourages innovation and deployment."

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Home Gigabit Fibre Optic Broadband Services See Growth

Mark.JUK Mark.JUK writes  |  about 2 years ago

Mark.JUK writes "The north American FTTH Council has published a new report that reveals how gigabit capable (i.e. 1000 Megabits per second) Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) broadband ISPs around the world, specifically those that offer services to home (domestic) users, appear to be growing in popularity and coming down in price.

The study, which is supported by research from both Telecom ThinkTank and RVA Market Research, notes that some Gigabit services now cost as low as US$26 (Hong Kong), although this rises all the way up to $560 for operators in Turkey (EU). This typically correlates with the capital expenditure required to pass a subscriber in the serving area (e.g. $200 per home in Hong Kong / $1,000 – $4,000 per home passed in Europe and North America).

Surprisingly many customers already seem able to take advantage of such services by using “multiple devices and multiple simultaneous applications“, such as HD video streams, multiplayer games and heavy social networking use."

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