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If this headline was a security warning, 90% of you would ignore it

Developers, advertisers, and scammers be warned; boffins say your pop ups will be almost universally ignored if they interrupt users. The work examined how users respond to web-based messages during times of varying concentration and found users who are engaged deeply in some task will ignore pop ups. The university quintet …
Darren Pauli, 18 Aug 2016
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Bone-dry British tech SMBs miss out on cash shower

Opinion Government technology promotion agency Innovate UK, the former Technology Strategy Board (TSB), surprised many last year when it agreed to spend no less than £800,000 on a piece of software that would “minimise building waste” sent to landfill by construction companies. The happy recipients for this bizarre project included …
Marcus Gibson, 20 Jan 2016
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About that UK digital biz renaissance? Not so fast

Guest Opinion The Gibson Index business database has been surveying UK businesses since 2003. Here, founder Marcus Gibson explains why the Tech City quango’s "Tech Nation" survey touting the success of "digital" Britain is deeply flawed. The Tech City quango last week claimed to conduct the "first national" survey of the UK’s digital …
Marcus Gibson, 10 Feb 2015
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Big racks? Pah. Storage boffins have made a BIONIC BRAIN material

Research boffins at RMIT university in Melbourne have demonstrated a non-volatile memory at nanometer scale using memristive effects – and suggest it could help build a bionic brain. The team, led by Dr Sharath Sriram, built a stacked structure using perovskite oxide with designed-in defects in its chemistry to demonstrate a …
Chris Mellor, 07 Oct 2014

Women crap at parking: Official

A team of University of Pennsylvania boffins appears to have confirmed the commonly held notions that while women are absolutely useless at parking cars, they thrash blokes when it comes to multitasking and empathy. The scientists scanned the brains of 949 peoples aged 8-22 - 428 male and 521 female - and discovered "unique …
Lester Haines, 04 Dec 2013
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Liberator: the untold story of the first British laptop part 1

Archaeologic In 1985, the UK home computer boom was over. Those computer manufacturers who had survived the sales wasteland that was Christmas 1984 quickly began to turn their attention away from the home users they had courted through the first half of the 1980s to the growing and potentially much more lucrative business market. The IBM …
Tony Smith, 12 Nov 2012
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Is your small biz the best at mobile boffinry? Prove it

Are you working for the UK's most innovative mobile company? Would you like the legal right to say so? Then you're in luck, as that's the prize in a new government competition. The Department of Trade & Industry (DTI) is running the compo, which is open to small and medium enterprises (less than 250 people). The winner doesn't …
Bill Ray, 21 Nov 2011
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IBM in £24m battle with UK spooks

Exclusive British spymasters are involved in a multimillion-pound wrangle with IBM over a secret intelligence network that was scrapped after years in development because of security fears and missed deadlines. Phase Two of the SCOPE programme - designed to allow wider access and collaboration on intelligence across ten government …
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Sir Alan Sugar hits eject button at Viglen

Sir Alan Sugar resigned as chairman at Viglen on 1 July, hard on the heels of his appointment as the government’s Enterprise Champion, a Companies House document has revealed. He became a director of the UK computer maker in 2002, after buying it back in the 1990s. However, Sugar's sudden decision to hang up his boots at …
Kelly Fiveash, 06 Jul 2009
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Land Warrior wearable war-smartphone survives Iraq baptism

The world's first unit of digitally networked foot soldiers returns from combat in Iraq this week. Reports have it that the American troops' controversial "Land Warrior" wearable-node technology has changed in both role and configuration during its 15-month baptism of fire. Indications are that the equipment - slated for …
Lewis Page, 02 Jul 2008
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UK gov waves white flag on secret lobbying ruling

The Department of Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform has decided not to appeal a legal ruling that it must release information on secret meetings between ministers, civil servants and lobbyists at the Confederation of British Industry. The Department had until this Friday to take the Information Tribunal ruling to the …
John Oates, 28 May 2008
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Legal blow to secret government lobbying

The Department of Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR) has lost an appeal to keep secret its meetings with business lobbying group the Confederation of British Industry. The case has dragged on for three years and originally concerned secret meetings between the CBI and BERR, which was formerly known as the …
John Oates, 02 May 2008
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Union blasts chip industry's 'cancer risk denial'

The UK’s largest trade union has slammed the semiconductor industry after it told the British government that a national study to look into the effects of work-related cancer in the chip biz was unnecessary. Unite said today that it was perplexed by senior bosses at chip firms who insist that there was “no clear evidence” that …
Kelly Fiveash, 28 Apr 2008
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Cambridge boffins draw map to Free Our Data

Top boffins have given economic backing to a campaign to relax access restrictions on government-collected databases, such as the Ordnance Survey's unrivalled stash of UK mapping information. The Department for Business, Employment and Regulatory Reform (BERR, formerly DTI) released the analysis, commissioned from a team at …
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Patricia Hewitt joins BT as non-exec director

Patricia Hewitt is to join BT later this month as a non-executive director, boosting her salary by a healthy £60,000. The appointment of the former Secretary of State for both Trade and Health into one of Britain's largest private companies muddies the water between politics and business. As a politician, Hewitt was closely …
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MPs squeeze science back onto select committee list

The House of Commons stationery department was working overtime yesterday, after MPs forced the government to accept there was a need for a select committee with explicit responsibility for overseeing science. The former Science and Technology Committee was borged into the freshly minted Innovation, Universities and Skills …
Joe Fay, 26 Jan 2008

Hauppauge pitches Pay TV add-on for PCs

Want to watch Pay TV on your PC? If so, Hauppauge's new WinTV-CI is here to help. It's an add-on for the company's range of WinTV tuners that allows you to plug in a Common Access Module (CAM) and signal-uncscrambling smartcard. The WinTV-CI links the WinTV tuner to a range of third-party CAM modules, such as AlphaCrypt, Conax …
Tony Smith, 17 Jan 2008
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Ofcom boardroom musical chairs runs out of seats

Ofcom, the best-paid quango in all of Quangistan, has replaced one board member with two new ones, bumping its quota of directors to ten - the maximum allowable by its charter. Retiring non-executive Sara Nathan is being replaced with Newsnight editor-turned broadcasting suit Tim Gardam and Colette Bowe, who's effectively …
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Drive for superfast broadband switches up a gear

A high-powered cadre of broadband industry policy wonks, watchdogs, and politicos has ramped up the Westminster debate over our creaking internet infrastructure ahead of a key government meeting next week. Discussions around high speed next-generation broadband infrastructure assume that laying a new national fibre to the home …
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Gull triphibiandroid sold to Welsh gov

Most types of aircraft that one can imagine have been robotised over the last decade or so. We've seen aerial attack birds, droid-copters, stealth drones, hydrogen-powered strato-platforms, robot blimps - even dalek-style flying dustbins. It has often seemed that everything that could possibly fly has been automated. But in …
Lewis Page, 13 Aug 2007
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Staff cut off in Evesham 'rescue' deal

British computer maker Evesham Technology laid off more than 100 staff late Friday, telling them the firm was in "administration". But the ultimate fate of the firm was unclear today, with the Evesham website apparently showing the Evesham brand is under new ownership. Evesham confirmed on 1 August that it was undergoing a " …
Kelly Fiveash, 06 Aug 2007
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Parliament's sci-tech committee faces permanent recess

The Science and Technology Committee is fighting a rearguard action to save itself after Gordon Brown’s overhaul of government departments terminated the Whitehall tentacle it was covering. Gordon Brown had barely got his key in the lock at number 10 before he carved up the DTI, with the result that the Office for Science and …
Joe Fay, 12 Jul 2007
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Waste computer edict finally hits UK

The long-awaited Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment (WEEE) directive finally comes into force on Sunday, 1 July. Under the European directive, which came into UK law in January 2007, businesses will be expected to fully comply to ensure the safe, environmentally sound disposal of electronic and electrical waste. Hefty …
Kelly Fiveash, 29 Jun 2007
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Brown splits DTI, creates ministers for biz & boffinry

One of Gordon Brown's first acts as Prime Minister has been the abolition of the Department of Trade & Industry (DTI). In an announcement this afternoon, the new premier outlined significant changes to the UK's machinery of government. The former DTI's role in boosting and regulating the British economy now passes to the newly …
Lewis Page, 28 Jun 2007

Humans, not tech, are the greatest security risk

The Department of Trade and Industry has made £4m available for four research projects aimed at reducing the IT risk created by human error. The programme, which is part of its Network Security Innovation Platform, reflects the fact that human error is by far the biggest risk to network security, the DTI said. It cited the …
Kablenet, 18 Jun 2007
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UK mulls blanket ban on unfair commercial practices

The Government has asked retailers to comment on draft legislation that will force them to "deal fairly" with customers and other businesses. Two new regulations are proposed, scheduled to come into force on 6 April 2008. The new rules implement an EU Directive, the Unfair Commercial Practices Directive (UCP). That directive …
OUT-LAW.COM, 12 Jun 2007
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Enron emails inspire GCHQ spooks

Geeks at GCHQ (Government Communications Headquarters), the UK's spook-infested listening station, are using the infamous Enron email trail to develop software that will monitor people's emails and stop them sending incriminating or confidential messages. The first findings from the research will be presented in August by Neil …
Mark Ballard, 01 Jun 2007
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Competition Commission to probe Sky's ITV buy

Almost a month after the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) recommended Sky's purchase of over 19 per cent of ITV be brought to the attention of the Competition Commission, DTI Secretary of State Alistair Darling has done just that. The buy up was an unexpected and audacious move which prevented a much-rumoured takeover of ITV by …
Bill Ray, 24 May 2007
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Fancy a nuclear power station in your backyard?

Brighton, Bristol, and picturesque Oxfordshire have topped the list of places most suitable to have new nuclear power stations bestowed upon them, replacing existing coal or gas fired power stations. Potential and existing nuclear power station sites The report was submitted to the government last year. According to The …
Lucy Sherriff, 24 May 2007
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British fathers to be given six months' paid paternity leave

Fathers will be allowed to take six months' paid paternity leave instead of mothers under new government proposals. The law will not come into effect until maternity cover is extended to 12 months, which will happen in April 2009 at the earliest. The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has opened a consultation on its plans …
OUT-LAW.COM, 18 May 2007
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DTI poses perennial sci/tech problem

As the UK's political class tots up Tony Blair's scorecard, there's one area where New Labour hasn't made much progress: Whitehall still feels compelled to organise summits to ask how we can all turn the UK into the world's greatest knowledge econonmy. The earache has all stemmed from the Lisbon Agenda, which in 2000 held the …
Mark Ballard, 10 May 2007
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Ofcom and DTI slam Murdoch TV strategy

On Friday, Ofcom and the Office of Fair Trading both delivered reports to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) accusing Sky of behaving badly, the same day that Virgin laid down its case against the company. The DTI's report found that Sky's purchase of 17.9 per cent of ITV could be considered anti-competitive and should …
Bill Ray, 30 Apr 2007
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Virgin lays down case against Sky

Virgin Media has submitted documents to the High Court accusing Sky of abusing its monopoly position, despite that monopoly only being in Pay-TV - an area not previously considered an industry in its own right. According to reports in The Guardian the 33-page complaint accuses Sky of engineering the breakdown in negotiations …
Bill Ray, 27 Apr 2007
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Trading Standards officers become copyright enforcers

Trading Standards officers are now empowered to enter premises and seize goods and documents they believe to be involved in copyright infringement, now that changes to the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act have come into force. The officers' existing powers of search and seizure are being extended to copyright offences in …
OUT-LAW.COM, 12 Apr 2007
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Small tech firms say green regs WEEEly unfair

Small IT retailers are footing an unfairly large chunk of the bill for the UK government's much-delayed regulations for disposing of junked electronic kit, a trade group has claimed. The UK government's implementation of the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive is "fundamentally flawed", according to the …
Kelly Fiveash, 11 Apr 2007
Flag United Kingdom still reluctant to report cybercrime

A third of UK businesses fail to report information security crimes and breaches, according to a new survey. The poll of 285 firms, which was followed up by in depth interviews with 20 Chief Security Officers (CSOs) of large enterprises, revealed that IT managers are faced with a dilemma about whether or not to report crime. …
John Leyden, 05 Apr 2007
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Dispute resolution procedures are failing, says DTI

Workplace dispute resolution procedures are flawed and have caused poor results, according to a review (pdf) commissioned by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). The review has called for the complete repeal of the current procedures. Though Michael Gibbons, who conducted the review commissioned by DTI minister Alistair …
OUT-LAW.COM, 26 Mar 2007
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Most UK companies ignoring WEEE directive

The majority of companies who should have signed up to WEEE directive schemes last week have failed to do so. But that's all right because the Environment Agency is not taking enforcement action even though the deadline has passed. All companies producing electronic equipment should have joined a scheme by last Thursday 15 …
John Oates, 21 Mar 2007
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A monkey hanger's guide to Net Neutrality

Yesterday, Westminster eForum staged the first debate in the UK on "Net Neutrality" - chaired by former DTI minister Alun Michael and Shadow DTI Charles Hendry. El Reg gave a brief presentation. Here it is, with selected highlights, and a collection of external links for further reading. Good morning. For seven years, until …
Andrew Orlowski, 21 Mar 2007
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Science minister names new Patent Office chief

Ian Fletcher has been appointed as the new chief executive of the UK Patent Office. Fletcher, currently serving at the International Directorate in UK Trade and Investment (IDUTI), will succeed Ron Marchant, the incumbent, when he retires at the end of March. Marchant said he is confident Fletcher will take the office "forward …
Lucy Sherriff, 20 Mar 2007
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Even wee companies must adhere to WEEE regulations

Even small companies must provide free, environmentally-sound disposal of the electronic equipment they sell, according to new government guidelines (PDF) intended to clarify the WEEE Regulations. The government has published guidelines for the sellers and users of electrical and electronic goods on how to stay on the right …
OUT-LAW.COM, 13 Mar 2007
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Companies Act timetable published

The Government is acting more slowly than expected in implementing the Companies Act, the piece of legislation that is completely overhauling the way companies are governed. Only a few parts of the Act are currently in force, and the remaining elements have been scheduled to become law in three stages between now and October …
OUT-LAW.COM, 02 Mar 2007
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Online recruitment rogue stripped of £20,000

The man behind an UK-based online employment agency has been found guilty of ripping off workers and ordered to pay £20,000. Adrian Farmer's lawyers say he may have to sell his house to pay the penalties. Farmer was found guilty of charging workers £124 each for falsely claiming that he was able to find them work abroad. He did …
OUT-LAW.COM, 24 Feb 2007

New copyright police to increase raids and seizures in UK

The Government will fund 4,500 new copyright police to conduct raids from April. The move comes as the Department of Trade and Industry passes responsibility for copyright enforcement to Trading Standards Officers. As recommended by December's Gowers Review of Intellectual Property, the DTI has granted Trading Standards …
OUT-LAW.COM, 13 Feb 2007
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UK goes green with gassy offshore wind farm

As the UK becomes only the seventh nation to have more than two GigaWatts of electricity generated by wind farms, the government has given the green (no pun intended) light to the world's first offshore combined wind and gas energy scheme. Despite sounding like something that needs a cup of green tea to settle, we are assured …
Lucy Sherriff, 09 Feb 2007
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Yorkshire website to aid SMEs in phish fight

A new website has been developed to help small and medium enterprises (SMEs) protect themselves from cyber crime. Named Yorkshire-Safe, the regional pilot has been been developed to provide guidance and an online tool for businesses to check the security of their systems. It also features learning modules to support SMEs in …
Kablenet, 08 Feb 2007
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SMEs to get IP health check

A hand-picked group of 40 small businesses in the UK is to be offered "intellectual property health checks" by the Department of Trade and Industry, in line with recommendations laid out in the Gowers review on intellectual property. Recommendation 27 of the review says: "Improve SME business IP support by establishing formal …
Lucy Sherriff, 05 Feb 2007
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London police can't cope with cybercrime

London's Metropolitan Police Service is unable to cope with cybercrime, according to a report written by a Met boss, which recommended setting up a new dedicated unit for cybercrime. There used to be a force dedicated to exactly that, but it was subsumed into the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA). Called the National High …
OUT-LAW.COM, 01 Feb 2007
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UK refuses to extend legal protections for search engines

The British government will not back a change to the UK E-commerce Regulations which would give greater legal protection to search engines and other intermediaries. The Government says that changes should be left to a European Commission review later this year. The EU's E-commerce Directive of 2000, from which the UK …
Team Register, 18 Jan 2007
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European network will target email and internet scams

Email, phone, prize draw and web shopping scams are being targeted by a new coalition of European consumer groups for the first time. The bulk of the Consumer Protection Co-Operation (CPC) Regulation came into force across Europe on 29th December. Designed to tackle cross-border schemes to defraud consumers, the CPC Regulation …
OUT-LAW.COM, 04 Jan 2007