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Comment Hope it works out (Score 2) 54

Seems like all of Belgium's neighbours are developing plans to roll out FTTx .
Meanwhile we're stuck in the dark ages and this country's telecom duopoly (Belgacom & Telenet) can't seem to care.

On one hand we have the semi-nationalised Belgacom, earning money on the network they were able to roll out using taxpayer's money.
They recently decided investing in FTTH is too soon, preferring to look into revitalizing DSL technology to support marginally higher speeds (50 MBit instead of 20).
Smaller providers resell their service with somewhat better pricing and conditions, but they are not big enough to make a dent.

Then there's Telenet which owns the cable market on the Flemish side of the country. They started advertising "Faster than light" 100/5 Mb/s connections to customers, but were forced to retract this ad due to false advertising because 1) It's not faster then light 2) Their product FibetNet is not actually FTTH but fiber to the neighbourhood and then distributed across DOCSIS 3.0 modems.

Bottom line: neither company has any financial intrest in rolling out FTTH, citing high costs and low potential returns. They seem to think their current products are more than fast enough for today's online applications and that technology firms don't need to invest in new technologies to remain in business.

Years ago a plan was hatched by politician Vincent Van Quickenborne called SuperFastBelgium. It aimed to promote fiber rollout with financial incentives to companies. Nothing ever happened. I wrote an e-mail to that politician's cabinet asking what happened and if there had been any meetings with industry leaders as promised. I only got a political bullshit answer, nothing concrete at all. (Never voting for you!)

So it is with a tear in my eye that I read this article and hope that one day, people in charge here wake up and actually get off their asses to do something for a change. Because I want my 1 Gbps FTTH!!!


Submission + - EVE Online - mass player unsubbing due to store (

An anonymous reader writes: Basically most of the vets who play EVE Online are quitting en-mass. CCP, the publishers of EVE Online are pushing ahead with a micro transaction store ($70 for a monocle on your avatar) which will include in-game benefits. Massive nerd-rage. CCP is in damage control but leaks from within in the company indicate that they will move ahead with their plans.

Submission + - Hackers leak Tony Blair's address book (

mask.of.sanity writes: An underground hacking group has leaked what appears to be an address book of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

The address book contains about 60 entries including names and addresses allegedly "friends, and family" of the former PM along with contacts allegedly of members of parliament.

It also allegedly included Blair's National Insurance Number.

Address book on pastebin.

Comment Re:Starsiege: Tribes and Possibly Achron (Score 1) 325

I played that game to death and even though competition seems to be as good as dead, some people still play even today, almost 12 years later. For an idea of how the gameplay evolved over time check out this video, split into three parts, which sparked the Tribes revival a few years back: It's called Legends and it still gives someone who played it for so long goosebumps :) Especially considering the steep learning curve of the game.

Leak Shows US Lead Opponent of ACTA Transparency 164

An anonymous reader writes "Throughout the debate over ACTA transparency, the secret copyright treaty, many countries have taken public positions that they support release of the actual text, but that other countries do not. Since full transparency requires consensus of all the ACTA partners, the text simply can't be released until everyone is in agreement. A new leak from the Netherlands fingers who the chief opponents of transparency are: the United States, South Korea, Singapore, and Denmark lead the way, with Belgium, Germany, and Portugal not far behind as problem countries."

Submission + - Samsung Enters Smartphone Wars With bada OS (

MojoKid writes: "Samsung is betting there's room for more in the smartphone market and has unveiled its new bada OS. The name "bada," means "ocean" in Korean and was chosen to convey the "limitless variety of potential applications which can be created using the new platform." Samsung claims the OS is extremely simple for developers. bada was built to be extremely interactive with its users — including flash control, motion sensing, fine-tuned vibration control and face detection. Samsung is hoping developers will take this user interface and create a variety of applications focused around it — and thus different types of apps than the iPhone and Android OS have. The bada OS has a variety of sensors, including accelerometers, tilt, weather, proximity and activity. Samsung will be hosting a series of Developer Days in Seoul, London and San Francisco, among other cities, throughout 2010."

Submission + - IBM's newest mainframe is all Linux (

dcblogs writes: IBM has released a new mainframe server that doesn't include its z/OS operating system. This Enterprise Linux Server line supports supports Red Hat or Suse. The system is packaged with mainframe management and virtualization tools. Its minimum processor configuration are two specialty mainframe processors designed for Linux. IBM wants to go after large multicore x86 Linux servers and believes the $212,000 entry price can do it.

Submission + - 120 Watt laser at room temperature (

An anonymous reader writes: EVANSTON, Ill., Dec. 2 (UPI) — U.S. scientists say they have achieved a breakthrough in quantum cascade laser output power, delivering 120 watts from a single device at room temperature.

The Northwestern University researchers, led by Professor Manijeh Razeghi, said their accomplishment is particularly attractive for infrared countermeasures — a way of misguiding incoming missiles to protect commercial and military aircraft.

Submission + - Stem Cells Can Be Engineered to Kill HIV

QPhaze writes: "Researchers from the UCLA AIDS Institute and colleagues have for the first time demonstrated that human blood stem cells can be engineered into cells that can target and kill HIV-infected cells — a process that potentially could be used against a range of chronic viral diseases." []asdf

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