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Minnesota backpedals from online education ban

The US state of Minnesota has backed away from a policy that would have banned providers of free web-based higher education from offering courses to its residents. Last week, El Reg reported that online education startup Coursera was forced to add a clause to its terms of service forbidding Minnesotans from taking its courses, …
Neil McAllister, 22 Oct 2012
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State of Minnesota bans free online education

Web-based education startup Coursera offers university-level courses "for anyone to take, for free" – anyone, that is, except residents of the US state of Minnesota, where free online education has been declared illegal. The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that the Minnesota Office of Higher Education has told Coursera …
Neil McAllister, 19 Oct 2012
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ICT education quango will learn to wield Sword of Twitter

Jisc, the ICT education quango, has announced that it will take part in a project to find how the social media technology behind Twitter and Facebook can be used to capture educational content and then be fed to users and publishers. The organisation will be working on the 10-month project with the Learning Registry, an open- …
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UK server market is BACK... to business as usual

Call it a slide, a slump - whatever the preferred adjective - it was back to business as usual for the downbeat UK server market in Q2 as those dratted big iron systems tumbled off the edge of a cliff again. Not every vendor had a tough time, but overall factory revenues declined eight per cent year-on-year in dollar terms to $ …
Paul Kunert, 08 Sep 2014
Higher Education and Further Education

NetApp to appear in Australian TAFE, Uni courses

NetApp stands upon the threshold of long-held ambition: having its view of storage taught in Australian tertiary institutions. The company expressed an interest in doing so in 2011, when your correspondent worked for another outlet and heard NetApp's-then-Australian-MD Peter O'Connor (late of Nimble Storage) express a desire to …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Feb 2014

Lord Shug ends Viglen ownership with a bang

Lord Shuggie's public sector tech supplier Viglen booked a double digit sales and profit hike in fiscal '13 ended 30 September - the final full financial year under the hirsute walnut's ownership. After autumn negotiations, the business was offloaded to XMA in January for an undisclosed sum – with chief exec Bordan Tkachuk …
Paul Kunert, 13 Mar 2014
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GCHQ recruits spotty teens – for upcoming Hack Idol

The GCHQ-backed Cyber Security Challenge UK is bringing cybersecurity education to UK schoolkids aged from 12 to 18 with the importation of the US-created Cyber Patriot programme. The US Air Force Association ​CyberPatriot youth programme involves as battle of wits in cyberspace involving 1,500 international teams of under-18s …
John Leyden, 11 Aug 2014
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AusCERT chief Ingram steps down

Graham Ingram, the head of Australia's first Computer Emergency Response Team (AusCERT), has stepped down after 12 years in the role. Ingram joined the University of Queensland's AusCERT in 1993 and was on Friday replaced by the university's current incident response chief Thomas King. The incoming director said he wanted to …
Darren Pauli, 28 Jul 2014
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Janet, E2BN procure network for education and local authorities

The national education network and a broadband provider to public services have shared a £6m deal for new infrastructure in the east of England. The Joint Academic NETwork (Janet) and the East of England Broadband Network (E2BN), have jointly procured the network to support broadband services for schools, higher and further …
Kable, 25 May 2010
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Brainboxes caught opening Bitcoin fraud emails. Seriously, guys?

Cybercrooks have launched a phishing campaign targeting Bitcoin users – and it's enjoying high response rates despite the seemingly random spraying of corporate email addresses with the spam-based scam. Security-as-a-service provider Proofpoint has detected 12,000 messages sent in two separate waves to more than 400 …
John Leyden, 22 Aug 2014
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Internet is a TOOL OF SATAN that destroys belief, study claims

A US computer scientist has released a study claiming to have found out why so many Americans are abandoning their religious faith and says it's the internet's fault. "Internet use decreases the chance of religious affiliation," reports Allen Downey, professor of computer science at Olin school of engineering. Downey analyzed …
Iain Thomson, 07 Apr 2014
Higher Education and Further Education

Ex-Beeb online news guru joins Brit speech-analysis startups

Former BBC guru Matt Karas has left his post as CTO of private course provider FutureLearn to back two new British speech startups. One of those startups, Speech Engineering Ltd, employs new algorithms for identifying the acoustic features of speech - such as the speaker’s emotional state and regional accent. It’s pitched at …
Andrew Orlowski, 29 Oct 2013

GULP. Veeam adds thousands of accounts. It must be eating SOMEONE'S lunch

Growing virtual server backup biz Veeam continues to spread like an out-of-control viral infection. The firm recently claimed to have surpassed the 100,000 customer mark by the end of its first 2014 quarter. To put that in perspective, it says it went past the 91,500 customer mark just three months ago, the 80,000 level three …
Chris Mellor, 29 Apr 2014
Higher Education and Further Education

Resellers eye up £60m-a-year UK uni software deals

The Southern University Purchasing Consortium (SUPC) has issued a tender to resellers for a software framework worth an estimated £60m a year. SUPC is the largest of the UK's six higher education procurement organisations and includes 117 member colleges and institutions that stump up its funding. Resellers were last week asked …
Paul Kunert, 25 Sep 2012
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Handwriting beats PowerPoint's teaching power says MIT boffin

Remember that feeling of struggling to stay awake during university lectures? And not just because of the previous night's imbibing? The same problem affects students in massive online open courses (MOOCs), the free university courses now offered by reputable institutions around the world. Anant Agarwal, a professor of …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Apr 2013
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Scottish independence: Will it really TEAR the HEART from IT firms?

Scots may vote to leave the United Kingdom, ending a union lasting 307 years, on 18 September. Until a few weeks ago, the referendum on independence looked like an easy win for those wanting to stay in the union - or to use the parlance of the campaign, "no" voters. But a surge in support has put those planning to vote "yes" to …
SA Mathieson, 11 Sep 2014
Higher Education and Further Education

Lots more virtualisation, cloud, added to TAFE courses

Several new subjects on virtualisation and cloud computing will shortly be added to ICA 11, Australia’s national curriculum for vocational education and training in information and communications technology. ICA 11 defines the curriculum used for courses taught at colleges of technical and further education (TAFEs, a tier of non …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Mar 2013
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Rubbish broadband drives Scottish people out of the Highlands

It's not the midges, weather or crappy nightlife to blame for driving people out of the rural Highlands – it's dodgy broadband speeds, Scottish politicians have been told. At a meeting of the devolved Scottish Parliament's rural affairs committee, Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) were told that sluggish internet …
Jasper Hamill, 11 Oct 2013
Higher Education and Further Education

Students outraged: Computer refuses to do any work for entire week

Computer systems at UCAS - the UK's clearinghouse for university places - has been down since the start of this week, preventing students from confirming their admissions to uni courses online. “We are currently experiencing some technical issues with our IT systems. Students who have already applied will find that they are not …
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Free online Uni courses pressure vendors to drop training costs

The popularity of massive online open courses (MOOCs) could significantly disrupt vendors' certification models, to the point at which it is no longer possible to charge for education. Several speakers at an event titled “The Future of Higher Education and Skills Training” in Sydney, Australia, today, pointed to the …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Apr 2013
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Blogger better be a billionaire, says 'open access' publisher lawsuit

Blogger Jeffrey Beall, who tries to separate the wheat from the chaff in the world of academic publishing, is being threatened with a billion-dollar lawsuit from OMICS Publishing Group in India. According to this report from The Chronicle of Higher Education, at issue is Beall's list identifying his assessment of the worth of …
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UTS Business School bakes SAP into courses

The University of Technology Sydney (UTS) is poised to offer courses in SAP. The courses will be offered as either standalone subjects or as part of a Master of Business in Accounting. Bean-counting is the focus on the new courses, two of which are “foundation” level affairs consisting of a “Certificate 1 in Accounting with SAP …
Simon Sharwood, 20 May 2013
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XML upgrade assessments needed for higher ed

A new report has warned that urgent work is needed to assess the best way for higher education institutions to upgrade to XML based file formats. The Joint Information Systems Committee (Jisc) has published a report highlighting the need for coordinated action to help the higher education sector make a cost effective switch to …
Kablenet, 09 Aug 2007

125,000 Ubuntu PCs to land in Pakistani students' laps

As the One Laptop Per Child initiative goes from strength to strength around the world, there are signs that Pakistan may be getting the message too, after the Punjab government began handing out 125,000 free Ubuntu-based laptops to college and university freshers. Chairman of the Punjab Information Technology Board, Umar Saif, …
Phil Muncaster, 15 May 2012
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Funding deal saves Australian synchrotron

A funding package worth $AU100 million was announced yesterday to keep the Australian Synchrotron operational. The joint arrangement between the federal government, Victoria’s state government and New Zealand comes nearly a year after the state government pulled the funding needed to keep the 3GeV facility operational. Victoria …
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Rackspace, CERN partner on OpenStack projects

Sure, hyperscale data center operators may cope with hellacious big data problems as they spy on everything we do on the intertubes, but what about the poor men and women who have to drink from the data firehose that CERN's Large Hadron Collider spews as it works to rip apart the fabric of space and time? Well, thankfully, they' …
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CIOs: Don't listen to tech vendors on ICT skills, listen to US

An alliance of CIOs at some of the biggest companies and organisations operating in Britain has issued a call to action, saying that it's time the government stops listening to technology firms on IT issues and starts paying attention to the people that actually use the technology. A new report from the Education and Skills …
Lewis Page, 14 Jan 2013

How to shop wisely for the IT department of the future

If your IT department is inefficient it is entirely possible that the responsibility does not properly belong with the nerds who run it. It is human nature to cast about for blame, but chances are the problem of IT cost overruns and project delays lies with the business. An inability to reach the promised "agile" nirvana so …
Trevor Pott, 11 Mar 2014
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Australian ICT research spending surges

Sharp climb in Australian ICT research spending Supercomputer builds boost numbers Australian higher education organisations collectively spent AUD$358.5m researching what the Australian Bureau of Statistics calls “Information and computing sciences” in 2010, according to the Bureau's newly-released Research and Experimental …
Simon Sharwood, 30 May 2012

Janet 3G to go live in June

Janet (UK), the organisation responsible for the UK's higher education and research network, has announced that a new high capacity data service for universities and colleges will be launched in June 2011. Known as Janet 3G, the service will be provided by communications company aql, and has been developed to provide a range of …
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Hold on! Degrees for all doesn't mean great jobs for all, say profs

Over-qualified grads are being forced into unsatisfying jobs which don't suit their skills, a report has found. In an article published in the journal Human Relations, Belgin Okay-Somerville (PhD, Human Resource Management) from the University of Aberdeen and Professor (of Human Resource Management) Dora Scholarios from the …
Jasper Hamill, 08 Apr 2013
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Publishing giants sue open textbook startup over layout

A copyright lawsuit has pitted three of the four big American textbook publishers against a web startup in a dispute over the layout of textbooks. Facts may not be copyrighted, but how they are laid out is, contends the joint complaint that publishers Pearson, Cengage Learning, and Macmillan Higher Education filed last month in …
Anna Leach, 12 Apr 2012
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The micro YOU used in school: The story of the Research Machines 380Z

If you’re a British techie of a certain age, there’s only one microcomputer that defines your first memories of computing at school. No, not Acorn’s BBC Micro – the Research Machines 380Z. While Acorn was still knocking up the Proton, the machine being designed as the successor to the Atom, and while the BBC was pondering how it …
Tony Smith, 13 Nov 2013
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Attention, CIOs: Stop outsourcing or YOU will never retire

Walk down the hall. Look into the IT room. How old are the people in there? How are they getting on? Or are they just getting on? Would you trust them to keep the server lights on in a couple of years? Is there anybody actually in there at all? If there isn’t, your company may be part of the problem that’s keeping John Harris …
Joe Fay, 14 Mar 2013

Microsoft tries to sell home Office users on subscription pricing

Microsoft has unveiled its first attempt to seduce consumers into paying subscription pricing for its Office 365 package. For $99.99 a year, buyers get the Office 365 Home Premium, which gives them a license to use Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher, and Access applications on five computers in the home. …
Iain Thomson, 29 Jan 2013
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UK sysadmins pry open wallets for servers ... but not for long

IDC reckons the UK server space staged a slight recovery in Q1 with spending and unit shipments rising by low single digits, but has warned that preliminary results suggest that Q2 will look weaker. Some 82,000 servers were sold in the UK in the opening three months of the year, up 1.4 per cent on the same period a year ago, …
Paul Kunert, 19 Jul 2012
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Two new Ofcom board members appointed

The government's culture secretary Jeremy Hunt has appointed two non-executive members to Ofcom's board. Britain's communications watchdog said Dame Patricia Hodgson had quit her position at the BBC Trust to join Ofcom's board at the start of next month. She had failed to bag the chairman and vice-chairman roles at Aunties …
Kelly Fiveash, 09 Jun 2011
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Want to know what 5G mobile is? Ask this British university

Surrey University has scored £11.6m in government cash, and £24m from the industry, to fund the development of next-generation telecoms in a shiny new 5G Innovation Centre. The government money comes from the UK Research Partnership Investment Fund, by way of the Higher Education Funding Council, but the bigger portion comes …
Bill Ray, 10 Oct 2012

It's a CLUSTER-OFF: Asian students prep for tense, live HPC smackdown

The first annual Asia Student Cluster Challenge (ASCC) culminates this week with a final round of competition that brings 10 university teams to Shanghai for a live cluster-off. The teams traveling to Shanghai made it past 32 other universities vying to compete in the live finale. Teams will compete for top benchmark scores on …
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Crack Bombe squad dismantles Reg encryption in an hour

Crack codebreakers from the Bombe squad took just over an hour to decipher a Reg message encoded on an Enigma machine yesterday. The rather unimaginative text, "Reg readers say hi" (sorry, your hack was put on the spot) was sent via Twitter from the Big Bang Fair in London on a real German Enigma machine and then deciphered at …
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Top cops placed under Freedom of Info law

The Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS), along with the Association of Chief Police Officers of England, Wales and Northern Ireland (ACPO) and the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), was added as a public authority under the Freedom of Information (Designation as Public Authorities) Order 2011. FOS has the power …
OUT-LAW.COM, 08 Nov 2011
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ICO: Uni workers' personal webmail may be pried open

University workers must release information from personal webmail accounts on request if it is related to public business, the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has said. Material in personal email accounts such as Gmail or Hotmail accounts must be disclosed under freedom of information (FOI) laws if it is related to the …
OUT-LAW.COM, 28 Sep 2011
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College sticks cloud into geothermal igloo data centre

It's cold, it's bleak, and it's best known economically for its fisheries industry and the 2008 banking crisis, but Iceland is also the source of a radical solution in managing data centres that has led an English further education college to do a deal that will be available for the education sector throughout the UK. Hertford …
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VCs snaffle £200m of UK taxpayer gold ... to bet on high-risk biz

The UK government has showered venture capitalists with £200m of taxpayers' money for high-risk investments, the science and universities minister David Willetts told MPs today. Willetts said £50m of this cash has already been set aside as an angel investment pot. “For the first time, we’ve said we’ll co-invest,” he said. …
Andrew Orlowski, 13 Sep 2012
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Employers call for end to Mickey Mouse degrees

A recruiters group is calling for an end to government targets to get 50 per cent of school leavers involved in higher education. It claims the views represent its 750 members who between them hire 30,000 graduates a year. The recruiters said that aiming to get half of under-30s into higher education has driven down standards …
John Oates, 09 Mar 2010
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Scotland seeks £100m IT hardware deal

Scottish Procurement has published a tender for IT hardware and associated services, worth between £80m and £100m. According to a notice published in the Official Journal of the European Union, the deal will be divided into the following five lots: PCs, workstations, netbooks, laptops and thin client technology. The notice says …
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Tech grads least likely to find a job

The number of graduates unable to find work in the UK continues to grow, and IT grads are among the worst hit. The figures come from the Higher Education Careers Services Unit which got responses from over 80 per cent of graduates. The total percentage of graduates in work continued to fall - from 63.3 per cent to 61.4 per cent …
John Oates, 01 Nov 2010
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Android book-scan app tames untidy tomes

An augmented-reality application can look at a shelf of books and tell you which ones are out of order, for the professional librarian or obsessive compulsive bibliophile. The books have to be tagged first with a machine-readable label, but once that's done the user can walk down the shelves looking for red crosses in a sea of …
Bill Ray, 08 Apr 2011
Boeing, Boeing, gone . . . to war

Dell airdrops military-grade data-centre-in-a-crate

You need to compute everywhere and anywhere in this world these days, and thankfully you can always get some iron on the end of a cable to crunch the numbers. Unfortunately, connecting into a central data centre is sometimes not only difficult but undesirable for security reasons. That's when you go for what Dell is calling …
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Cisco vows to give 4,000 Brit kids a proper IT schooling

Networking giant Cisco has pledged to leave the UK a technology “investment legacy” after the Olympics that’ll deliver thousands of skilled workers for IT. Cisco is hooking up centres of learning across the UK and plans on opening networking academies in East London and the Olympic boroughs. Neil Crockett, managing director of …
Gavin Clarke, 15 Mar 2012