Articles about British Gas

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UK's climate change dept abolished, but 'smart meters and all our policies strong as ever'

The closure of the UK government's Department of Energy & Climate Change should result in a major rethink of the organisation's shambolic and costly £11bn Smart Meter programme, campaigners have urged. Last week DECC was merged with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills to form the newly anointed Department of …
Kat Hall, 18 Jul 2016
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Marketing by opt-in, opt-out, consent or legitimate interest?

Blog If a=b and b=c then it follows that a=c. So, how does this set of simple equations relate to data protection? Well if direct marketeers, privacy advocates and supervisory authorities recognised that a=c then most of the debate concerning data protection and the marketing purpose would be settled. Don’t believe me? Just follow …
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Inside Electric Mountain: Britain's biggest rechargeable battery

From the outside, Elidir Mountain looks like an old industrial site that has returned to nature. The slopes facing the Llyn Peris reservoir have been hacked into terraces by slate quarrying – this was once the second-biggest quarry in the world, with 3,000 workers – but they are now peaceful. Only a few buildings at ground …
SA Mathieson, 16 May 2016

Hortonworks fires up Centrica contract: Gassy client to probe users' usage

Blighty-based utilities multinational Centrica has announced a partnership with Hortonworks to support its efforts with big data – much to Hortonworks' delight. Centrica, somewhat infamous for its British Gas division, will use Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) and Hortonworks DataFlow (HDF) to allow its analysts to identify …
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Attack! Run. WTF? A decade of enterprise class fear and uncertainty with AWS

Ten years ago, Oracle was mid-snack, taking a break between swallowing PeopleSoft for $10bn and Sun Microsystems for $8.5bn. Microsoft had settled a long-running feud with Sun over something petty involving Java for $20m and had begun designing its vision of how the internet should be programmed with its new BFF, IBM. …
Gavin Clarke, 17 Mar 2016
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2015 wasn't about AWS. It was about everybody getting ready to try to beat AWS

2015 Year Review One star eclipsed all others in the enterprise in 2015: Amazon. Or, rather, its cloud division, AWS. It somehow became a given that AWS leads in Infrastructure as a Service (Iaas), with the one-time ebook shop now a major IT infrastructure provider. That ebook flogger has become an IT infrastructure provider for the likes of …
Gavin Clarke, 28 Dec 2015
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Burned: British Gas customer info hits Pastebiin

British Gas has 'fessed up that customer data posted to Pastebin was genuine, but believes payment details were not exposed. The BBC says it's seen an e-mail sent to customers about the privacy breach, which the energy company says was not due to a breach of its own systems. “I can assure you there has been no breach of our …

Why recruiters are looking beyond IT's traditional talent pool

Simon Zhang is a former brain surgeon, but that’s literally the last thing you’ll find on his LinkedIn profile. Until March, Zhang was LinkedIn's director of business analytics, having worked his way up through a variety of positions in data science and business analytics since joining the careers social network in 2010. But …
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OK, they're not ROBOT BUTLERS, but Internet of Home 'Things' are getting smarter

Feature The emergence of the Internet of Things has analysts in a froth predicting that by 2020 homes will be awash with clever connected appliances. We’re not talking tablets and TVs here, but the brave new world of white goods, where manufacturers are battling it out to smarten up our cooking, cleaning and security systems. So how …
Jennifer Newton, 07 Mar 2015
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Dark Fibre: Reg man plunges into London's sewers to see how pipe is laid

Deep Dive We’ve all seen it and we’ve all cursed it. Whether you’re stuck in traffic or grimacing over the noise, digging up the roads to enhance or extend our communications pipelines is disruptive and causes frustrating transport delays. In oh so many ways, infrastructure in the UK is going down the toilet and for the likes of dark …
Bob Dormon, 26 Jan 2015
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What a pity: Rollout of hated UK smart meters delayed again

The timescale for the installation of 50m smart meters at a cost of £11bn is up for revision (again), junior minister and member of the House of Lords, Baroness Verma, has admitted. By 2020, the government wants everyone to have a smart meter fitted at a cost of £200 per household. However, the project has been dogged by delays …
Kat Hall, 04 Dec 2014
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Smart meters in UK homes will only save folks a lousy £26 a year

Smart meters are only going to save people around two per cent on their bills, but will cost each home or business £215 over five years to roll out, MPs have warned. The Public Accounts Committee said that the cost of installing 53 million smart meters would be paid for by customers in their energy bills, but they would only …
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This is how I set about making a fortune with my own startup

Doing my own 'ting I'm not a brilliant businessman nor a star academic nor a rocking developer, but I'm reasonable at a couple of those things and currently have a well-paid contract in the City (i.e. banking) where I have spent most of the last 20 years in a variety of BigCos. So why would I give it all up to save the planet and have fun, and …
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Gid E-Up? Vulture's claw presses pedal to metal on VW's 'leccy motor

After the driving the Citroen C-Zero, the Volkswagen e-Up! is a fantastically different experience. It shouldn’t be quite so much better, as the VW is cheaper (£19,704 as opposed to £21,216 – both prices including rebates) yet while the Citroen is clearly engineered to a price – albeit a typically electric twice the internal …
Simon Rockman, 25 Jun 2014
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Home automation while it's hot: Winter warmth for lazy technophiles

Breaking Fad Home is not just a place for the family; it's also becoming a place that tech companies are fighting over as they scramble to develop home automation equipment for lazy savvy suburbanites. Video clip of TV sitcom character Frank Spencer catastrophically failing to engage with an automated home. 1980s vintage clip. Of course, …
Nigel Whitfield, 24 Jun 2014

British Gas Twitter account hijacked by mystery phishermen

An official British Gas Twitter account was hacked over the weekend as part of a phishing scam designed to harvest Twitter login credentials. The account @BritishGasHelp, which is normally geared towards helping people with boiler breakdowns and other queries, was taken over to push a series of ostensibly jokey tweets. The …
John Leyden, 23 Jun 2014
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Silent, spacious and... well, insipid: Citroën's electric C-Zero car

Review French car manufacturer Citroën's logo represents the pioneering gear system designed by André Citroën. The company has a long history of innovation from the Traction Avant to the amazing DS – so is Citroën's C-Zero electric car similarly pioneering? A smart Hoxton cafe, not really an electricity showroom All that …
Simon Rockman, 10 Jun 2014
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Hack-smacked Alphadex bought by iRack Ltd ... or is that Networks Ltd?

Exclusive Brit data hosting biz Alphadex has been rescued from administration and bought up by a new firm, though there seems to be some confusion over just which firm is its white knight. Alphadex, which went into administration after British Gas issued a winding up petition for unpaid bills last month, said in an announcement on its …
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British Gas 'in talks' to outsource tech services desk, whispers insider

British Gas has dropped a bombshell among its techies after informing them of plans to outsource some or all of its service desk. The erstwhile methane monopoly gathered the IT squad in Staines yesterday to deliver the good news that they could be looking for a job elsewhere. "In a hastily announced IT staff meeting," said one …
Paul Kunert, 02 May 2014

Alphadex fires back at British Gas with overcharging allegation

British colocation outfit Alphadex says British Gas is refusing to discuss what it believes are errors in its bills and says that dispute, rather than any financial weakness, is behind the energy company's petition to wind it up. Alphadex sent The Reg the following statement. "With regards to the winding up petition from …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Apr 2014

British Gas applies to wind up UK colo outfit Alphadex

British Gas has filed a petition to wind up UK colocation outfit Alphadex. It's the second time Alphadex has found itself in trouble in recent weeks. In early March it experienced significant outages, drawing understandable ire from its users. The company has since explained the incident as having been caused by “unsecured …
Simon Sharwood, 09 Apr 2014
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Tony Benn, daddy of Brit IT biz ICL and pro-tech politician, dies at 88

Obituary Tony Benn, the modernising Labour MP who tried to pit British technology against US giants has died at the age of 88. It was Benn, a minister in two Labour governments during the 1960s and 1970s, who created ICL (International Computers Limited) to take on the growing might of IBM. It was mainframes at dawn in the post-war …
Gavin Clarke, 14 Mar 2014
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Sinclair’s 1984 big shot at business: The QL is 30 years old

Archaeologic In May 1983, Sinclair Research Managing Director Nigel Searle began briefing the press about the successful British micro maker’s next big release. It was 13 months after the company had launched the Spectrum and although that machine had become a huge success, punters and market-watchers were keen to hear about what Sinclair …
Tony Smith, 12 Jan 2014

How d'ya make a JPMorgan banker cry? Ask him questions on Twitter

Twitter trolls have sent a grosse fromage from JPMorgan scuttling back to his ivory tower after hijacking a public question and answer session. The world was asked to send questions to Jimmy Lee, vice chairman of the bank, using the hashtag #AskJPM. But a mob of trolls quickly commandeered the session, bombarding Lee with abuse …
Jasper Hamill, 14 Nov 2013

British Gas robo home remote gets itself into hot water

Energy has been in the news again lately, but not in the way that suppliers would favour. On Tuesday, opposition leader Ed Miliband promised to freeze energy prices for 20 months if Labour made it into power. It’s a message British Gas was keen to forget as it announced its renewed commitment to the connected home in London …
Bob Dormon, 26 Sep 2013
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Wow! British Gas bungs a million remote-controlled sales-droids in UK homes

One million UK homes now have a "smart meter" from British Gas. The rollout may save each household £65 a year and feed £14bn into the economy, but most importantly, it will save British Gas money. The energy giant led the way towards the mandated smart-meters, relying on mobile phone networks to communicate with the new power …
Bill Ray, 26 Jul 2013
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Blighty's revolutionary Cold War teashop computer - and Nigella Lawson

Geek's Guide to Britain The Victorian offices were bulldozed long ago for a stack of flats and mirrored offices, and there's not a single indication to the significance of this site - or what happened here. This isn't the scene of a lost battle, and the bones of a missing Plantagenet king do not slumber beneath the car park serving the offices. …
Gavin Clarke, 27 Mar 2013
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Cambridge boffins bag big-time backers for White Space standard

Neul, the Cambridge White Space start-up staffed by some of the UK's top radio boffins, has managed to pick up some serious backers for its new Weightless protocol. A new special interest group backed by ARM, CSR and Vodafone-owned Cable & Wireless Worldwide will be pushing the UK to the forefront of M2M, plugging everything …
Bill Ray, 05 Nov 2012
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Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid car review

Extended electric-only driving range has been a long time coming to hybrid cars but with the arrival of the Vauxhall Ampera and now Toyota’s Prius Plug-in the breed may finally shake off the reputation of vehicles that only exist because Americans don’t like diesels. Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid car The mains attraction: …
Alun Taylor, 29 Oct 2012
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Storing punters' till receipts? UK.gov wants you to hand it over

Businesses that electronically store personal data about consumers may be required to make some of that information available to those individuals "in a machine readable format" if plans under consideration by the government are followed through. The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) is consulting on whether …
OUT-LAW.COM, 03 Aug 2012
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British Gas parent to grab £500m North Sea gas tax break

The government has announced a new tax relief for operators of shallow-water gas fields in the UK Continental Shelf, ahead of its planned long-term gas strategy to be published this autumn. Its new £500m field allowance would, the government said, secure future investment in North Sea gas and create jobs. Centrica, the parent …
OUT-LAW.COM, 02 Aug 2012
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British Gas bets you'll pay £150 for heating remote control

Following a trial run in the homes of 10,000 of its customers, British Gas has now launched its home-automation play: the Remote Heating Control, which will set you back £150. But for kit-provider AlertMe, the RHC could be more Trojan Horse than money-saving tech. The Remote Heating product connects wirelessly to the …
Bill Ray, 09 Jul 2012
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New smart meter tells Brits exactly what they already know

We're all going to be much richer thanks to British Gas, which will push kit from Cambridge startup AlertMe into 10,000 homes this summer. The rollout will reach the rest of the energy giant's ten million customers in the autumn. Not that AlertMe is guaranteed to be supplying all the kit, which will integrate with smart meters …
Bill Ray, 24 May 2012
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Laptop computers are crap

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Occasionally, the crumbs scavenged by the Dabbs clan are supplemented with purchases from a local food emporium, the expenditure being partly funded by product reviews that I submit to El Reg. El Reg, by the way, is a real person in a kind of virtual concept common to all omnipresent beings. The last time I was granted an …
Alistair Dabbs, 13 Apr 2012
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Year of the cloud? Not until it can shield world's Mitnicks

CEE Kevin Mitnick has a problem. As the world's number one hacker and the first to be sent to prison for hacking - a whopping sentence for his crimes - his website is an obvious target for script kiddies looking to make their mark. Back in 2009, AT&T dumped Mitnick from its mobile services because, according to him, they couldn't …
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Google and co join gov's identity marketplace

Google is among 26 companies that have signed up to the government's latest effort to create a British business sector out of the handling of private data and an individual's online identity. data_eye_midata_logo The logo depicts the comforting eye of Sauron midata... UK.gov prefers to cast this agenda as part of its push …
Kelly Fiveash, 03 Nov 2011
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New UK 'leccy meters remotely run via Voda 2G

British Gas is to deploy meters with embedded mobile phones, and Zigbee networking, to ensure we know how much electricity we're using, and they do too. The smart meters use Vodafone's 2G network to send back readings and allow British Gas to see exact levels of 'leccy consumption at any time, while the Zigbee connectivity …
Bill Ray, 31 Aug 2011
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Project management Remember this comment about a particular project somewhere in the Middle East? “There are known knowns; there are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns; that is to say, there are things that we now know we don’t  know. But there are also unknown unknowns; there are things we do not know we don’t know.” You …
Ken Young, 29 Nov 2010
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Accenture denies British Gas 'millions of errors' billing system claim

Accenture has hit back at British Gas by saying allegations that a billing system, implemented by the consultancy firm, was riddled with “millions of errors” were “inaccurate”. As we reported yesterday, a preliminary appeal brought by Accenture against British Gas was rejected on 2 August, after a High Court judge ruled that a …
Kelly Fiveash, 10 Aug 2010
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Judge rejects Accenture appeal against £182m lawsuit

A preliminary appeal brought by Accenture against British Gas was rejected last week, after a judge ruled that a £182m lawsuit connected to the failure of a new billing system shouldn’t be obstructed. As a result of that ruling the case will now be heard in court in October next year. It was first brought by British Gas in May …
Kelly Fiveash, 09 Aug 2010
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British Gas signs Voda so meters can snitch direct

British Gas is to upgrade two million meters to call home with automated readings - but this isn't just about making the gas man obsolete. Automatic meter reading is a great thing - estimated bills are a constant headache for those of us too lazy to read our own meters - but the infrastructure proposed by British Gas goes way …
Bill Ray, 30 Mar 2010
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Debt collection can be harassment, rules court

A woman who took a case for harassment against British Gas has won a settlement from the company. One legal expert said that the case should act as a warning to all firms to make sure their debt collection and complaint handling operations communicate. Lisa Ferguson took the energy giant to court over a string of threatening …
OUT-LAW.COM, 26 Feb 2009
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Bosses swear data protection oath

The heads of several public sector organisations, but none from central government, have signed a promise to protect personal information. Richard Thomas, the information commissioner, launched the 10 point Personal Information Promise on 28 January 2009. Those signing have pledged to "go further than just the letter of the law …
Kablenet, 30 Jan 2009
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Windfall taxing big oil: how to make the gas crisis worse

There's something about the oil business that turns even intelligent people into frothmouthed loons: they're raping the planet, shafting Joe Sixpack or, from the other side, insisting that the drill in every back yard is the very definition of America. I realise that in the middle of an election that the small still voice of …
Tim Worstall, 13 Aug 2008
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DVLA, Tiscali, Barclays rake in phoneline cash

Which? magazine has produced a list of 30 companies and organisations it found to be using high-rate numbers such as 0870 and 0845, including the DVLA which apparently made £3.4 million last year from punters calling in. The list includes Tiscali, Barclays Bank, British Gas and the TV Licensing authority as well as the DVLA. …
Bill Ray, 29 May 2008
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British Gas sues Accenture

British Gas is suing Accenture for £182m in costs connected to the failure of a new billing system put in place by the consultants in 2006. Problems with the system led to a massive increase in complaints against the gas supplier. Centrica, British Gas's parent company, has already written off £200m due to problems with the …
John Oates, 12 May 2008
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Don't expect privacy law overhaul in the wake of HMRC

Opinion Data protection, privacy and information law have never been so high profile as in recent months. Following the loss of 25 million people's personal details by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), there has been what seems like a tide of gaffe after slip-up, all resulting in private personal details spilling out into the public domain …
OUT-LAW.COM, 28 Jan 2008
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Software upgrade KOs gas shipping auction system

A botched Oracle upgrade last Sunday has denied access to an online trading system used to sell space on the UK gas pipeline network. Fax machines have been running hot all week as every transaction has had to be entered manually. The Gemini system at the centre of the affair doesn't control movements of gas, nor is it used …
Lewis Page, 26 Oct 2007
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Revenue IT boss gets top job

Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs' IT boss Steve Lamey has been promoted to chief operating officer. Deepak Singh is taking over the IT job on an acting basis. Lamey was formerly head of IT at British Gas. He started at Customs and Excise in 2004, just ahead of the merger with HM's Revenue in early 2005. He was in the hot …
John Oates, 17 Oct 2007
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Ryanair check-in site exposes data

Ryanair's online check-in service fails to ensure users submit confidential details across a secure connection. As a result, travellers are invited to send confidential data across an unencrypted link. "I checked every step when checking into a recent flight from Luton to Dublin to attend a funeral. At no point is SSL used, …
John Leyden, 24 May 2007