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Internet: Old TV caused village broadband outages for 18 months

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Switching off the problem television fixed the issue for Aberhosan villagers, Openreach says

The mystery of why an entire village lost its broadband every morning at 7am was solved when engineers discovered an old television was to blame.

An unnamed householder in Aberhosan, Powys, was unaware the old set would emit a signal which would interfere with the entire village’s broadband.

After 18 months engineers began an investigation after a cable replacement programme failed to fix the issue.

The embarrassed householder promised not to use the television again.

The village now has a stable broadband signal.

Openreach engineers were baffled by the continuous problem and it wasn’t until they used a monitoring device that they found the fault.

The householder would switch their TV set on at 7am every morning – and electrical interference emitted by their second-hand television was affecting the broadband signal.


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Comfort Is More Important Than Style These Days. But These Are Pretty Stylish, Too.

I’m not going to lie: for the past four months, I’ve worn Birkenstocks pretty much everyday. Normally I would have a nice pair of summer sneakers, but this year was different. It’s looking like fall will be different, too. When the leaves start to change, I’m a big  fan of leather boots, but why would I take the time to lace up when I’m just leaving the house for groceries and taking the dog out? No, this fall, I’m wearing sneakers, and I’m specifically wearing these sneakers.

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New Balance’s 574s are the most comfortable sneakers I’ve ever worn. I guess it’s because they basically have a lot of running shoe technology, even if I don’t use them to run. They have a midsole built with extra cushioning, supported arches, a heel insert for extra support, soft linings and

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Hugo Burge: The internet businessman boosting arts and crafts in the Borders

Hugo Burge

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Hugo Burge admits his adventures in internet investment “went well”.

He took one business from just three staff in an “attic in Wandsworth” to employing 270.

Now he has turned his attentions to a very different sector – helping to boost arts and crafts from his base at Marchmont House in the Borders.

Even he would admit that he sometimes wakes up in the morning and asks himself: “My goodness, what are we doing here?”

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image captionMr Burge has commissioned pieces and created spaces for artists to work

The story begins with online investment where Mr Burge describes himself as “incredibly lucky” to have seen one venture – the travel fare search engine Cheapflights

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Is It Time For The Internet To Be A School-Managed Public Utility?

School has opened across the country, but in many districts that means class via internet—if those students are among those fortunate enough to have access to fast, large-capacity internet connections.

How many aren’t connected? The answer is that nobody’s exactly sure. One study says that 33 million citizens live without the net. The FCC says that 19 million Americans lack access to broadband at threshold speeds; they also say that 99.99% of the US population has access to some kind of internet. None of the surveys really capture the picture on the ground. Here’s a house that has a good internet connect—except when it rains. Here’s a home where the connection is good—unless five people have to connect their devices at the same time.

So as schools shift to online education, we have more tales of students sitting in parking lots to grab the wi-fi. Schools (and

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Nxivm Had a Cult Leader Made for the Internet

There is a scene early in “The Vow,” HBO’s documentary series on Nxivm, where an eager recruit meets the group’s mysterious leader for the first time. After being described in near-godlike terms by his acolytes in Albany — who rhapsodize about his supposed world-record I.Q., Judo mastery and concert-level piano skills — Keith Raniere finally emerges at an intimate gathering. He is revealed to be a squat man with a dweebish presentation. In a home video, he stalks artlessly around the room, flipping his feathered, center-parted hair and pecking everyone on the lips. “There was a part of me that was like, This is the dude?” said the recruit, a filmmaker named Mark Vicente, after leaving the organization. “But you never know where wisdom comes from. You know?”

What did so many people see in Raniere, the founder of a professional development and women’s empowerment organization that former members

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Hackers is 25: How Hollywood got into the internet


Angelina Jolie and Jonny Lee Miller hack the planet in 1995’s Hackers.


This story is part of CNET at 25, celebrating a quarter century of industry tech and our role in telling you its story.

In 1995, the year CNET was born and Microsoft launched Internet Explorer, Bill Gates decreed the internet “a tidal wave.” That same year, Hollywood unleashed its own tidal wave of movies tackling cyberspace and the dawning information age — including Hackers, released 25 years ago today.

This cinematic cyber-trip began in May 1995 with the release of Johnny Mnemonic, a delirious sci-fi action dystopia matching Keanu Reeves with seminal cyberpunk author William Gibson. In July, Sandra Bullock had her identity erased in conspiracy thriller The Net. In August, Denzel Washington pursued Russell Crowe’s computer-generated serial killer in Virtuosity, and in September Angelina Jolie found her breakthrough role in the

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Chinese internet companies have less to lose when it comes to U.S. threats

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SINGAPORE — China’s internet companies may be more insulated from a fallout between the U.S. and China than telecommunication equipment companies like Huawei, a CLSA tech analyst told CNBC on Monday.

That’s because they do not rely on international suppliers for parts and technology to make their products — unlike telecom companies in the mainland, Elinor Leung, China internet analyst at the brokerage firm, said on “Squawk Box Asia.” 

“The impact for the Chinese internet companies … is going to be smaller compared to the telecom equipment industry because there’s no value chain overseas. Over 80% to 90% of their revenue is in China, so, it’s relatively difficult to affect,” Leung said. “They rely on their own technologies.”

Some of China’s top internet companies are publicly listed in the U.S. — including Alibaba, and NetEase. In recent months, they have launched secondary

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Insider Q&A: T-Mobile pushes internet for virtual school

T-Mobile is pushing to offer internet service to schools that are doing online learning with a program aimed at low-income students who don’t have access

NEW YORK — T-Mobile is pushing to offer internet service to schools that are doing online learning with a program aimed at low-income students who don’t have access. In the U.S., millions of students don’t have high-speed internet or computers at home — a difficult enough situation when it was just about trying to get homework done, but a much bigger problem when many school districts have moved part or all of the school day online during the coronavirus pandemic.

School districts are spending big to address the crisis. The L.A. Unified School District is investing $100 million in online learning, including computers and internet service for kids who don’t

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Spotify Original Podcast Dissects Donald Glover’s ‘Because The Internet’

From late February to early April 2020, internet use skyrocketed. The New York Times reported that, in the month-long time frame, use increased 27 percent, Houseparty use increased 79 percent, and remote-work services like Zoom and Google Classroom were used more than ever before. Everything — from our ability to socialize, to many people’s ability to continue education and white-collar work — is Because the Internet

For reasons associated with our increasingly-virtual lives, among many others, the Spotify Original podcast Dissect is devoting its seventh season to Childish Gambino’s 2013 concept album Because the Internet. The first episode of the season premiered September 8, and episodes will release weekly on Tuesdays. 

Dissect is a serialized music podcast that examines a single album per season

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NOIA is the Solution to a Flawed Internet says Engineer and Investor Jonathan Kvicky

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Jonathan Kvicky

Los Angeles, CA, Sept. 11, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — We at Ascend Agency will cover about Jonathan Kvicky. At just 32, he has found massive success in the finance and engineering space, merging his two passions to help foster the adoption of groundbreaking tech. While his day job revolves around providing value to Sony PlayStation as a Senior Software Engineer, his off-hours are spent trading and fine-tuning investments in Blockchain projects, supporting platforms that he believes will transform the future of many industries. “Good tech wins. We live in an exciting time right now,” Kvicky says, “where a new digital fabric is being overlaid on top of the world as we know it.”

The project Kvicky is most excited about – NOIA Network – is a software solution that runs on top of the public internet and ensures that all connections are reliable, fast,

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