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‘Rogue beer fridge’ found interfering with mobile net

beer fridge
Photo by: Simon Lieschke

A beer fridge, located in a garage in Wangaratta, Australia, has been identified as the reason for several mobile black spots in the town of 17,000.

A fault in the fridge meant that it was emitting electrical signals, causing radio frequency noise that is wide enough to create blackouts on the 850mHz spectrum that carries our mobile voice calls and internet data.

Must…not….make pun about….mobiles…freezing up…..


It’s all hack, hack, hack this week, isn’t it?

Hackers seem to be here, there and everywhere in the news this week. Stealing building plans here, weapon plans there and just generally making sure that the international diplomatic core has something to do.

The Washington Post reported that Chinese ‘cyber spies’ had somehow gotten access to what it described as ‘many of the nation’s most sensitive advanced weapons systems’.

Not to be outdone, agents from Iran were attacking US energy firms, according to this, rather unfortunately titled piece in The Register.

However, the Chinese ended up running away with the prize as the ‘most hackingest nation in this week’s news’ by heading south and stealing the blueprints for the new ASIO building in Canberra, Australia.

ASIO is short for Australian Security Intelligence Organisation, so there’ll be some red faces down under – and not just from spending too long in the sun.

20 light-year SETI eavesdrop reveals comlete silence

Scientists looking for life on other planets have been eavesdropping on a couple of potential life-bearing planets about 20 light-years away, but the result so far has been a complete silence.

The scientists in question are from the Australian SETI, who last week announced their results from listening in on two planets in the Gliese 581 system.

Using the Australian Long Baseline Array radio telescope facilities across Australia, the scientists listening for radio transmissions in the Gliese 581 system. The technique used is caleld the very long baseline interferometry (VLBI) and it is the first time it has been used to target a specific star.

Gliese 581 is a red dwarf star 20 light-years from our Solar system. The star is circled by at least six planets, two of wich are thought to orbit it within what scientists call the ‘habitable zone’.