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27 May 2015, 12:25 am
Amazon have started to record sales in the UK since the 1st of May according to The Wall Street Journal. On Saturday they reported that Amazon will book sales in the UK and pay UK tax on their profits in a move which will doubtless delight George Osborne, not to mention every UK business who pay their taxes in the UK.

12 April 2015, 2:49 pm
A year-and-a-half after the Electronic Frontier Foundation created a crowd-funded challenge to a patent being used to threaten podcasters, the patent has been invalidated. In late 2013, after small podcasters started getting threat letters from Personal Audio LLC, the EFF filed what's called an "inter partes review," or IPR, which allows anyone to challenge a patent at the US Patent and Trademark Office.

6 April 2015, 8:27 pm
Ten years ago this week, the Linux kernel community faced a daunting challenge: They could no longer use their revision control system BitKeeper and no other Software Configuration Management (SCMs) met their needs for a distributed system. Linus Torvalds, the creator of Linux, took the challenge into his own hands and disappeared over the weekend to emerge the following week with Git. Today Git is used for thousands of projects and has ushered in a new level of social coding among programmers.

6 April 2015, 7:37 pm
"the Anonabox has got a root password hard coded. And the root password is - I am not joking: "admin" (that took me 4 attempts, I think I tried root, anonabox, 12345678 and a few other first): By now we know the root password and we got the web interface, so we could change that port zero for dropbear. But hold on - go back and check the port scan I did earlier - something listening on port 32891. Could it be - surely not: There you have it - root shell on an Anonabox without changing a single thing."

3 April 2015, 9:09 pm
The USB Implementers’ Forum doesn’t make things easy for anyone building a product with a USB port. To sell anything with USB and have it work like USB should, you need to buy a USB Vendor ID, a $5000 license that grants you exclusive use of 65,536 USB Product IDs. Very few companies will ever release 65,000 products, and there are a lot of unused PIDs sitting around out there.

3 April 2015, 8:45 pm
The ESP8266 is a UART to WiFi SoC built around a Tensilica Xtensa LX3 processor — shipping on a somewhat bewildering variety of breakout boards — the most commonly available being the ESP-01 which has a tiny form factor and can cost less than $5. However perhaps the most interesting thing about it is that it is now supported by the Arduino IDE.

28 March 2015, 1:56 pm
After many months of coding and testing are releasing the ported Arduino IDE for ESP8266. You can find all the support at and the source code is on github at

28 March 2015, 10:46 am
Blessed with a bit of spare time recently, I completed my most zany ever contraption: A Non-Arduino powered by the giant of computing history – Intel’s 8086 processor.

20 March 2015, 4:58 am
Massimo Banzi tells us about a serious rift in the core Arduino team, which is just coming to light now. One of the founding team members has gone off on his own, claiming rights to Arduino and starting a separate operation. We asked Massimo to explain the situation in his own words.

19 March 2015, 12:29 am
(—The possibility that other universes exist beyond our own universe is tantalizing, but seems nearly impossible to test. Now a group of physicists has suggested that the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the largest particle collider in the world, may be able to uncover the existence of parallel universes, should they exist.