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Glasgow subway's new smart tickets aren't, moan passengers

Glasgow's new smart tickets, for use on the city's underground network, aren't smart enough to count the journeys made, forcing the operator to withdraw carnet tickets at the end of June. Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) has named the new system Bramble, eschewing its traditional seafood nomenclature. Bramble, which …
Bill Ray, 24 Jun 2013
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ICO clamps down on nuisance calls, slaps £90k fine on Glasgow firm

A Glasgow company that deliberately nagged households with nuisance calls has been fined £90,000 by Britain's data protection watchdog. DM Design had annoyed the hell out of thousands of people by making nuisance marketing calls to their home telephone numbers. The Information Commissioner's Office said that the regulator and …
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Mar 2013
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Great Scot! Wi-Fi on the Glasgow Subway

Glasgow Subway is Wi-Fi-ed up, a first for a British underground railway. The service is supplied by hotspot provider The Cloud and is available in all 15 stations and platforms. But no tunnels. Commuters are initially offered fifteen minutes free and then must buy on standard subscription terms - £2 for a 24 hour period. O2 …
Caleb Cox, 26 Oct 2010
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Glasgow cammer not thrown in slammer

A 25-year-old man has followed in the footsteps of Harrow pirate Emmanuel Nimley after being convicted of using his phone to illegally record movies in a Glasgow cinema. The conviction is said to be the first of its kind in Scotland, after Christopher Clarke of Keppochhill Road, Sighthill, pleaded guilty on 2 June to a charge …
Kelly Fiveash, 02 Jul 2011
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UK's top tech startup: Glasgow's tiny circle of animation wizards

Tech startups that can truly be considered game-changers are rare - especially in Shoreditch. The more hype that the Silicon Roundabout "leisure startup" scene receives, the more painfully apparent it is that the emperor has no clothes – see these comments for example. Which is a pity, for less attention is paid to genuinely …
Andrew Orlowski, 29 Nov 2011
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A14 to become UK's first internet-connected ROAD

New trials of White Space frequency-sharing technology will see BT wiring up the A14 road between Felixstowe and Cambridge, while Microsoft rolls out a Glasgow-wide Wi-Fi network – meaning these areas will be the first to find out whether White Space will work in Blighty. The trials will run later this year, ahead of next year's …
Bill Ray, 04 Oct 2013
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Glasgow unbans Life of Brian

Glasgow councillors yesterday took the bold decision to allow the burghers of that fine city to enjoy Monty Python's Life Of Brian on the big screen for the first time in 29 years. According to the Daily Record, Glaswegian licensing chiefs ruled back in 1980 that the movie could only be shown with an adult X cert. The …
Lester Haines, 01 Jul 2009

Nicked unencrypted PC with 6,000 bank details lands council fat fine

The Information Commissioner’s Office has fined Glasgow City Council £150,000 for losing two unencrypted laptops, one with the personal details of more than 20,000 people - just two years after a similar blunder. More than 6,000 bank account details were held on one of the stolen computers. “To find out that these poor …

One of last few iPhone 5Ss STOLEN from within MASSIVE POLICE CORDON at Apple Store

A man's new iPhone 5S was stolen in Apple's flagship London store just seconds after he bought it this morning. Despite more than a dozen cops turning up at the packed Regent Street shop - where the latest mobe went on sale today at 0800 BST - an enterprising pickpocket managed to swipe the gear. The Register understands the …
Jasper Hamill, 20 Sep 2013

Trustmarque swallows Scot services house Opin Systems

Top table Microsoft Gold partner Trustmarque Solutions has devoured Glasgow-based tech services and consultancy minnow Opin Systems for an undisclosed sum. Opin, which set up in 1990, counts some heavy duty customers on its books including the UN, The Student Loans Company, The Scottish Prison Service and RBS. It sells …
Paul Kunert, 09 Dec 2013

Nominet bins Optical Express' appeal against 'It ruined my life' website

Optical Express has failed to silence an outspoken critic of the High Street optician, after Nominet chucked out an appeal against the owner of a website that attacks the company's laser eye surgery business. The unsuccessful action taken by DCM (Optical holdings) Ltd, which owns Optical Express, is the latest in a series of …
Kelly Fiveash, 07 Apr 2014
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UK iPad Mini FRENZY: Queues stretch SEVERAL FEET from till

Astonishing queues at times reached as far as several feet from the tills in Glasgow's Apple store, as the Wi-Fi version of the iPad mini launched in the UK. Reader Joseph Heenan reported walking in to the Apple Store, buying the device and walking out "within a couple of minutes". Heenan added that "there were staff standing …
Anna Leach, 02 Nov 2012
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Scottish NHS bosses say soz after 2-day IT ballsup scrubs 700 appointments

A Scottish health board has issued a grovelling apology to the hundreds of patients whose appointments were cancelled due to an embarrassing system error. Although NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (GGC) has now fixed the "unprecedented" fault, some 709 appointments bit the dust. The issue started on Tuesday and was only resolved …
Jasper Hamill, 04 Oct 2013

Sysadmins fail to fix NHS IT snafu, HUNDREDS of appointments cancelled

IT staff at the UK's largest health board have failed to fix a major system error that's cutting health workers off from clinical and administrative services. NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (GGC) had to cancel 288 outpatient appointments yesterday along with four planned inpatient procedures, 23 day cases and 40 chemotherapy …
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Headmaster calls cops, tries to dash pupil's uni dreams - over a BLOG

An irate headteacher reported one of his pupils to the police and tried to scupper the youngster's chances of getting into university after reading a blog post that slammed his school. Jacques Szemalikowski, headmaster of Hampstead School in North London, refused to allow 19-year-old Kinnan Zaloom to come and collect his A-level …
Jasper Hamill, 06 Sep 2013

Oz racehorse shod with 3D-printed titanium hoofwear

Oz boffins have used 3D printing to produce a custom-made set of titanium shoes for a Melbourne racehorse - an example of the "endless possibilities" of the technology. A team from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) used a handheld scanner to image the horse's hooves, ran the result through …
Lester Haines, 24 Oct 2013
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Sources: Azzurri coughs £1m to end O2 call centre spat

Azzurri has settled a seven-figure dispute with O2 after a financial spat erupted over a Glasgow call centre it runs on behalf of the telco, well-placed sources have told The Channel. Under the multi-year outsourcing agreement, Azzurri - an O2 Centre of Excellence partner - was paid a fee to run a support desk for O2's small biz …
Paul Kunert, 05 Nov 2013
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Optical Express 'ruined my life' attack site wins Nominet takedown battle

Nominet has ruled that a gripe site, which allows people to claim that Glasgow headquartered Optical Express blighted their eyesight, can live on – despite a second complaint being lodged against the owner of opticalexpressruinedmylife.co.uk. The dot-UK registry company said in a Dispute Resolution Service decision (PDF) on 1 …
Kelly Fiveash, 07 Jan 2014
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It's not you, it's EE: UK mobile network goes titsup, blames gremlins

Brits on the UK cell network EE are reporting dodgy connections, delayed text messages and other problems tonight. Some users are unable to make calls even though they have a full signal strength showing on their mobiles. According to handy uptime monitoring website downdetector.co.uk, most of the complaints are coming in from …
Chris Williams, 19 Mar 2014
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EE turns up speed knob EVEN FASTER on 4G spectrum

Britain's temporary 4G monopolist EE promises to "double" its network speed in twelve cities from tomorrow as the company attempts to achieve superior offerings and differentiate itself from rival operators who are set to swamp the market in the autumn. The company's boss Olaf Swantee admitted that EE wanted to "stay one step …
Kelly Fiveash, 03 Jul 2013

Glaswegian scientists snap entangled particles

A group of physicists at the University of Glasgow is claiming a first: taking photos of entangled photons. In this paper in Nature (hooray for free access!), they explain that their 201 x 201 pixel images captured around 2,500 different entangled quantum states. The entangled photons were imaged using different lens …

Vodafone flashes bulging package at Brits: New 4G service to rival EE, O2

Vodafone's new 4G mobile broadband package, announced today for the UK, will include live football or a Spotify Premium subscription, plus three months of unlimited downloads and calls - all for £26 a month. Voda has effectively updated its "Red" tariff by adding a fiver a month onto the price, and including 4G connectivity and …
Bill Ray, 07 Aug 2013

Glasgow tube gets phone coverage

Glasgow’s underground railway isn’t as well connected as London’s, but the Scottish city’s network will soon boast something that the UK capital’s tube network doesn’t: subterranean mobile phone coverage. Carrier O2 has hatched a deal to bring mobile phone coverage to the city’s subway, allowing the network operator’s customers …
James Sherwood, 10 Sep 2008
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Living in the middle of a big city? Your broadband may still be crap

Living in a city centre is no guarantee of nimble broadband speeds in Blighty, as download rates are a postcode lottery. A new study by uSwitch revealed that folks living in the Barbican area of London have internet connections as slow as 5.3Mbps, while users in Charlton in Greenwich are zipping along four times as fast with …
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Does 'Star Wars' casting call hint at DEATH of LUKE SKYWALKER?

An open casting call for "lead roles in a Disney film" is rumoured to be the search for unknowns to lead the new Star Wars movies. Star Wars: The Complete Saga Disney is holding open auditions for an unnamed film in the UK and Ireland over the next couple of weeks looking for a male and female lead, according to @UKopencall …
Team Register, 07 Nov 2013
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Intel axes Glasgow labs

Intel is to bring the shutters down on its Glasgow operation in what may be the first of a series of cuts. The 17-strong design team were called in by managers this afternoon to be told the company had failed to find a role for them in a year-long review. Intel said the staff will have the chance to enter its internal …
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No signal in Seascale? Countryside Alliance wants to hook you up

Taking a break from the promotion of bloodsports, rural campaign group the Countryside Alliance is looking for help mapping mobile phone not-spots in the hope of embarrassing operators into filling them. The wax-jacket-wearing organisation is asking those who care about rural mobile coverage to install Root Metrics on their …
Bill Ray, 22 Aug 2013
The Falkirk Wheel

Meet the world's one-of-a-kind ENORMO barge-bowling bridge of Falkirk

Proving it's not just the Victorians who can make huge structures in steel, the Falkirk Wheel can lift six canal boats 25 metres in one go, moving them from one waterway to another. The Forth & Clyde Canal, running across central Scotland, used to be connected to the Union Canal, linking Glasgow to Edinburgh via a stairway of 11 …
Bill Ray, 27 Aug 2013
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Don't tell the D-G! BBC-funded study says Beeb is 'too right wing'

A study funded by the BBC into editorial bias has concluded that it isn't Left Wing enough: it's too friendly to business, and far too hostile to the European Union. The "voice of the licence-fee payer", the BBC Trust, commissioned the study, and gave the job to academic Mike Berry of the Glasgow Media Group - the latter a Dave …
Andrew Orlowski, 09 Sep 2013
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Cloud-puffing Iomart goes south - to gobble Manc biz Melbourne

UK biz Iomart is spreading its cloud south and bolstering biz services by buying up Manchester-based Melbourne Server Hosting, in an acquisition announced last week. Glasgow-headquartered Iomart will get two data centres and offices in Manchester's Technopark as part of the deal, and will take over hosting for 600 customers – …
Anna Leach, 20 Aug 2012
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First Data opens Glasgow call centre

US payments processor First Data announced it will open a call centre in Glasgow, creating 430 jobs over the next five years. The Scottish Executive has punted £2.3m in development cash to attract First Data away from international competitors. The firm sells point of sale and cash machine services to banks and card companies …

Dell finally switches on PC network in Glasgow schools

Dell has finished a managed education service piped to schools in Glasgow a mere four weeks after it was due. The PC firm's tardiness left children in 177 primary schools without computers for nearly two weeks. According to a spokeswoman at Glasgow City Council, schools were expecting to be using their shiny new Dell computers …
Mark Ballard, 27 Apr 2007
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FAT PIPE for ALL: Britain’s new tech firms take it from the telcos

Reeling under the influence of half a bottle of wine and six tots of exclusive Scotch, I’m introduced to a young woman who produces award-winning reality TV programmes involving the over-elaborate and inconceivably incompetent preparation of food by members of the public alongside celebrity chefs who one assumes must no longer …
Alistair Dabbs, 22 Nov 2013

EasyJet wanted to fling me off flight for diss tweet, warns cyber-law buff

A web-law tutor says EasyJet threatened to stop him boarding a flight because he posted a tweet criticising the bargain-basement airline. Mark Leiser, who teaches and studies internet law at Strathclyde University, was grumpy about a delayed flight from Glasgow to London, which made him miss a connection to the centre of the …
Jasper Hamill, 25 Sep 2013
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3 lays off Glasgow call centre staff

3 is to slash numbers at its Glasgow call centre from the current 540 to fewer than 400, the telco announced yesterday. Some calls will be handled at the company's Mumbai office. 3 said the call centre was set up when the company had no retail presence and was building up a customer base. Now, with four million customers, it …
Bill Ray, 24 Jan 2007
Pirates ahoy!

Glasgow is UK's runner-up in software piracy stakes

Glasgow has been crowned the worst city in the UK for software piracy outside of Greater London. In a bid to crackdown on the problem, the Business Software Alliance (BSA) will kick-off a month-long awareness campaign this week. The BSA said from this Thursday (1 November) local businesses will be given a 30 day cooling off …
Kelly Fiveash, 31 Oct 2007
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Website honours battling Glasgow baggage handler

A website set up to honour battling Glaswegian baggage handler John Smeaton, who magnificently waded in to prevent al-Qaeda's comedy kamikaze division raining fiery apocalypse upon the UK's airport infrastructure, has succeeded in getting grateful netizens to stick 480 pints behind the bar of the Glasgow Airport Holiday Inn for …
Lester Haines, 03 Jul 2007
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How UK air traffic control system was caught asleep on the job

A big outage that struck Britain's air traffic control system on Saturday was due to a technical fault with a touch screen interface provided by Frequentis, The Register has learned. On Saturday 7 December, during the run-up to one of the busiest times of the year for the UK's airports, controllers at NATS (National Air Traffic …
Kelly Fiveash, 09 Dec 2013
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Glasgow Cops pound Facebook to blunt knife crime

Strathclyde Police are confronting their trainee bobbies with the harsh realities of 21st century policing by making them trawl Facebook looking for ne'er-do-wells flashing knives and other offensive items. Once upon a time any crim thinking of tooling himself up would have lived in fear of Dixon of Dock Green looming out of a …
Joe Fay, 27 Jan 2009

Dell wins £15.5m Glasgow schools contract

Primary schools in Glasgow are to receive new computer equipment and support services under an ICT managed service contract The city council's education services department has signed a £15.5m deal with Dell to provide the services to all of the city's 170 primary schools and 122 nurseries, it was announced on 21 February 2007 …
Kablenet, 24 Feb 2007
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The O2 4G Lottery: Are YOU in one of the three LUCKY cities?

O2's 4G network will go live in London, Leeds and Bradford this month - followed by ten more cities by the end of the year. The rollout will end EE's virtual monopoly on high-speed mobile internet connectivity. O2 customers will need a new SIM and a handset compatible with the 800MHz radio band that O2 bought in the last …
Bill Ray, 01 Aug 2013

Capita IT Services staff plan strike over pay this Friday

Unionised Capita IT Services (ITS) workers are staging a one-day strike over pay on Friday. Unite reckons the industrial action could impact customers including Deutsche Bank and Prudential. Negotiations between staff and management have hit the buffers and top brass at the integrator are refusing to get back round the table to …
Paul Kunert, 24 Jul 2013
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Pub o' clock comes early for C&W biz customers silenced by titsup phones

Business customers of Vodafone-owned Cable & Wireless have been complaining about the telecoms outfit this morning after it was hit by a major outage apparently affecting the whole of the UK. The Register understands that punters are unable to receive inbound calls to the category of numbers whose prefix includes 0800 and 0845 …
Kelly Fiveash, 01 Feb 2013
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Cineworld flaunts '4D' movies

British cinema chain Cineworld has announced it will branch out beyond mere 3D offerings - 'Pah!' - into a fourth dimension, with vibrating seats (ahem) that synchronise their shaking to the action on screen. The company will open the first of these movie houses in Glasgow next month, fitting 35 seats from simulator specialist D …
Caleb Cox, 28 Feb 2012

BT broadband goes TITSUP - cripples Scots, Geordies, Northern Irish

Some of the telcos which depend on BT's network to offer broadband services to their customers have been reporting a major outage affecting thousands of people in the North of England, Northern Ireland and the two biggest cities in Scotland. ISP Zen Internet told its subscribers that BT's 20CN and 21CN circuits were currently …
Kelly Fiveash, 13 Dec 2012
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Glaswegian arrested for pro-riot Facebook posts

A Scottish teenager has been arrested for alleged incitement after posting pro-disorder statements on Facebook. Glasgow has been mostly untouched by the disturbances despite the dangerous incitement of 16-year-old Alexander McQuarrie from Cessnock. Strathclyde Police said the arrest sent a strong message "to anyone who is …
John Oates, 10 Aug 2011
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ISPs set to install network-level smut filters despite Lib Dem opposition

UK telcos are continuing to work towards flicking the switch on network-level filters that will allow subscribers to block "harmful" content by the end of this year. That's despite the fact that the Liberal Democrat Party - which is the junior member of the Coalition government - has overwhelmingly opposed the parental controls …
Kelly Fiveash, 16 Sep 2013
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O2 creates 1,500 Glasgow jobs

O2 is creating 1,500 new call centre jobs in Scotland as part of plans to be more cuddly towards its customers. A new call centre opens in Glasgow's Skypark business complex at Finnieston in the autumn. Over the next two years the cellco is pumping £18m into the centre, backed by £7m in "Regional Selective Assistance". The …
Tim Richardson, 11 May 2005

Hey, Michael Lewis: Stop DEMONISING Wall Street’s SUPERHUMAN high-speed trading

Yesterday's energetic debate on CNBC between BATS Global Markets president William O'Brien and Flash Boys author Michael Lewis and IEX's Brad Katsuyama put the cat among the pigeons over high-frequency trading. It was all provoked by Moneyball writer Lewis' new book, Flash Boys, which, among other things, makes the claim that …
Tim Worstall, 02 Apr 2014
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EE extends network: Soon, 1 million users will pay us for 4G

A million mobile subscribers will be paying the 4G premium on EE's network by year's end, according to the operator. EE is doubling its network's speed in 10 UK cities so it can keep boasting about being the UK's fastest provider. The million subscribers will be eight per cent of EE's customer base, which it reckons is a decent …
Bill Ray, 09 Apr 2013