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Boss at 'Microsoft' scam support biz told to cough £000s in comp

A fraudster who conned consumers, particularly silver surfers, into parting with cash to fix phantom PC bugs was handed a suspended sentence on Friday and ordered to pay thousands of pounds in costs and compensation. The national e-crime squad based in Yorkshire, together with ActionFraud, brought the case against Mohammed …
Paul Kunert, 31 Mar 2014
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Clink! Terrorist jailed for refusing to tell police his encryption password

A convicted terrorist will serve additional time in jail after he was found guilty of refusing to supply police with the password for a memory stick that they could not crack. Syed Farhan Hussain, 22, from Luton, was handed a four-month sentence at the Old Bailey on Tuesday after a jury took just 19 minutes to deliver the guilty …
John Leyden, 16 Jan 2014
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Hi-tech Fagin couple used Apple scam cash to fly pickpockets to UK

A pair of phishing fraudsters each received long jail terms after they were convicted of making £15,000 through online scams before using the funds to finance the travel of other crooks into the UK. Constanta Agrigoroaie, 23, and Radu Savoae, 28, both of Mornington Avenue, Ilford, both pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit …
John Leyden, 18 Jul 2014

BOFH: You can take our lives, but you'll never take OUR MACROS

"...And I can't seem to import all of the data I need," the user explains. "And you're importing into Excel from what... a CSV file?" the PFY asks. "Yes." "And the import fails?" "I just stops. It says something about resources." "So perhaps you should get rid of some of the data in the spreadsheet?" "It's an almost empty …
Simon Travaglia, 27 Jun 2014
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Radar gremlins GROUND FLIGHTS across southern Blighty

Computer glitches in the UK's air traffic control system have restricted the number of flights over the south of England. It's reported thousands of passengers and holidaymakers face delays thanks to the technology gremlins. National Air Traffic Services (NATS) confirmed that it's "experiencing technical problems" at its …

Vodafone, Moneygram hook up to create mobe money MONSTER

A deal struck between Vodafone and Moneygram has added 334,000 international agents from whom you can send money to Vodafone's M-Pesa. This will allow migrant workers in around 200 countries to send funds home to the Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Fiji, India, Kenya, Lesotho, Mozambique, South Africa and Tanzania. There …
Simon Rockman, 12 Feb 2014

The Register Monopoly Pubcrawl Mobile Map: VODAFONE WINS VOICE

Check out the Register's interactive mobile coverage Monopoly map (voice only for now) right here. While all the sexy stuff these days in mobile phones is web, apps and tweeting, voice calls are still the major thing people use mobile phones for. The Register and mobile network survey experts GWS took to the London streets to …
Simon Rockman, 22 Aug 2014
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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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Michelin critics to football blogger: Salaud! Unhand that URL

Michelin restaurant guides have issued a cease-and-desist notice to a blogger who has nabbed the URL michelinguides.com and filled it with photoshopped pictures of European football boss and 1984 European Championship top goalscorer Michel Platini. The blogger bought the domain, retitled it "Michel In Guides" and filled it with …
Anna Leach, 11 Feb 2013
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Applications to run more white-space Local TV stations invited

Ofcom is looking for more aspiring telly barons, with another 28 Local TV franchises up for grabs along with the two that no-one wanted last time around. Those two are Swansea and Plymouth, but the other 19 Local TV channels from round one have been awarded and should be on air around the end of this year. Now, anyone who …
Bill Ray, 14 Mar 2013

VC plans to flog or float public sector biz Civica next year

Private equity backers of public sector services and software player Civica are reportedly gearing up to punt or float the business early next year. Venture capitalist 3i is reviewing its options, says the FT. This comes more than four years after 3i forked out £190m to take the one-time AIM-listed operation private. Investment …
Paul Kunert, 03 Oct 2012
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Juror jailed for looking up rape defendant on Google

A juror who used Google to search for a defendant in a rape case in Luton was jailed for six months yesterday for contempt of court. Academic Dr Theodora Dallas, 34, told fellow jurors that the man on trial for sexual assault had previously been accused of rape after finding a newspaper article about him on the internet. Her …
Anna Leach, 24 Jan 2012
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British Medical Association calls for long, slow rollout of NHS 111

The British Medical Association (BMA) has written to health secretary Andrew Lansley over concerns about the implementation of the NHS 111 24-hour non-emergency phone service. The letter, written by Dr Laurence Buckman, chair of the BMA's GPs committee, expresses "serious misgivings" about the roll out of the NHS 111 service. " …
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Want to run your own Apple shop? Start with £70k of German chairs

Marvel at the lavish Corian countertops and the shimmering metallic shelving forming a temple of Jobsian worship. Be still and know that you are in the hands of one of Apple's premium resellers. Around you are hushed voices discussing iPads and iMacs, and the occasional ripple of excitement from a fanbois. But there may be …
Paul Kunert, 21 Nov 2012
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Nokia HERE iOS maps app review

There’s never been a better time to publish a mapping app for iOS. Apple’s own Maps app is a laughing stock and Google is apparently dithering over whether to bother submitting an app version of its mapping solution for Apple’s approval, or lack thereof. So Nokia has stepped into the breach with HERE, a re-branded version of its …
Kenny Hemphill, 21 Nov 2012
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UK.gov's axing of school building plan 'unlawful'

The government's decision to dump England's school building programme has been overthrown in the High Court, with a judge describing education Secretary Michael Gove's plans as "unlawful". Mr Justice Holman said today that the coalition's actions to end the scheme in July 2010 were "an abuse of power", reported the BBC. The …
Kelly Fiveash, 11 Feb 2011
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BOFH: The day the office budget bombed – literally

“And this was the extinguisher here, was it?” the Health and Safety feeb asks. “That’s the one!” I say. “And you don’t know of any reason how it came to be filled with diesel instead of water?” “None!” the PFY lies. “But then it may have been like that when we took the building over!” Luckily the H&S droid isn’t likely to …
Simon Travaglia, 18 Nov 2011
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NHS Online consult service to live on: Calls go to 111

The Department of Health has said there are no immediate plans to drop the NHS Direct web service, despite signalling the end of telephone consultations. It has issued a statement saying that the site, which provides a first stop for medical advice, will remain in operation while the government reviews the wider use of …
Kable, 31 Aug 2010
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Ofcom swoops on kiddie's bedroom

A dodgy TV aerial managed to generate enough signal to interfere with passing aircraft, until shut down by Ofcom investigators. The UK regulator was investigating complaints of interference with radio communications from aircraft approaching Luton airport, and suspected pirate radio operators might be responsible. But earlier …
Bill Ray, 28 Oct 2009
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Virgin Atlantic site reveals sky-high employee disgruntlement

Times are hard and friends are few for the civil aviation industry. Airlines are going titsup left and right, while fuel prices rocket and passengers tighten their belts, metaphorically speaking. Now comes shocking evidence from inside one of the world's leading carriers that the malaise is even more serious than we'd imagined …
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Vauxhall Ampera extended range e-car

The first left-hand drive pre-production examples of the Vauxhall/Opel Ampera extended-range e-car have arrived in the UK. To illustrate the benefits of range extension, one of them was driven from the Vauxhall Heritage Centre in Luton to the assembly plant in Ellesmere Port where Reg Hardware was on hand to take it for a spin …
Alun Taylor, 25 Jun 2010
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BMW helps nail 105mph V-sign biker

A 45-year-old biker who thought it was a bright idea to give speed cameras the two-finger treatment while travelling at up to 105mph, on the grounds that his visor was obscuring his face and he had no registration plate on the front of his BMW, has been banned for a year, The Telegraph reports. Bus driver Philip Coffey appeared …
Lester Haines, 17 May 2007
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Savastore becomes, er, Saverstore

UK-based Savastore.com has quietly re-opened its doors with a slightly different blink-and-you'll-miss-it name of Saverstore.com. Watford Electronics, which ran Savastore.com, was acquired by Globally Ltd in February this year, at which point the website closed down with a message promising customers that service would be …
Kelly Fiveash, 16 Apr 2007
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BOFH: Unfriendly ghosts

"But why can't we visit the site?" the Boss bleats one morning when we shoot his idea of seeing the ghost facility down. "It's a defence site," I lie. "They host defence computers as well as stuff for companies like us. They're probably not allowed to show people through their server rooms." "We should just turn up …
Simon Travaglia, 10 Oct 2008
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Tory who claimed brother's tech gear on expenses quits

Julie Kirkbride, the Conservative MP who claimed almost £1,000 from taxpayers for computer equipment bought by her IT consultant brother, will not stand as a candidate at the next election, she has announced. Kirkbride has been placed under mounting pressure to give up her Bromsgrove seat by a series of damaging revelations …
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MP urges ISPs to come clean on child abuse

An MP is urging ISPs to come clean on whether or not they block access to websites hosting images of child abuse. Margaret Moran, the Labour MP for Luton South, is due to raise the issue in parliament by introducing the Control of Internet Access (Child Pornography) Bill, a private member's bill that stands little chance of …
John Leyden, 26 Oct 2005
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BT names first 29 exchanges for fibre rollout

BT has released new details of its fibre to the cabinet (FTTC) rollout, including a list of the first 29 exchanges to be upgraded to offer faster broadband in early 2010. Engineers will run fibre optic cables between the exchanges and street side cabinets, closer to homes and businesses. Downstream speeds will be improved to up …
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Watford Electronics / Savastore sold

Watford Electronics, the elephant's graveyard of great channel names like Carrera, Time, and Tiny has been sold to Globally. Globally Ltd was founded on February 5. Its registered address is Jessa House, 1 Finway, Luton. Watford Electronics also operates from that address. Watford's online trading arm Savastore is closed today …
John Oates, 08 Feb 2007
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Trading Standards calls for online knife sale ban

Trading Standards is making a call for Government to block any sites attempting to sell underage products in the UK, after sending a bunch of kids out to pick up some sharps with not unpredictable results. The Trading Standards Institute (TSI) has been doing some research tempting retailers with underage shoppers. They sent …
Jane Fae Ozimek, 02 Jul 2009
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Sony takes on the Kindle

Sony's new Daily Edition is aiming to take on Amazon's Kindle with its 3G connectivity and touch screen, but it will have to provide an acceptable face for DRM, with library lending and open standards. The Daily Edition will be available in the US come December, and includes 3G GSM connectivity that will allow users to download …
Bill Ray, 26 Aug 2009
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Cambridge engineers moot 'silent' plane

A research group at the University of Cambridge is working on a radical new aircraft design it says could eventually reduce the noise pollution in areas around airports to virtually nil. The silent aircraft initiative, a joint research project between Cambridge and MIT, began in 2003. The stated aim of the group is "to discover …
Lucy Sherriff, 19 Aug 2005
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Compel sold to 2e2

Reseller 2e2 is paying £52.9m for all the shares of UK reseller and hire company Compel. Compel shareholders will get 149.3 pence per share. This price represents a 14 per cent premium on yesterday's close or a 59.5 per cent premium on its average closing price over the last year. The Compel board unanimously recommends the …
John Oates, 06 Mar 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
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Banks.com auction kicks off with £600K bid

Bidding kicked off yesterday for the first URL to carry a £1 million reserve tag. The banks.com domain name, whose current owner is registered in Luton, is being sold by UK online auction house Names123.com. Today the highest bid still stood way below the reserve price, at £600,000. The offer closes on 1 March 2000. The URL …
Linda Harrison, 07 Dec 1999
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BOFH: Defiling the profile

"What do you know about social networking?" the Boss murmurs quietly one morning, as I'm putting the finishing touches on my espresso. "You mean social networking as in 'I and a group of mates would like to be able to publish our outrageous drinking activities'? Or 'The wife and I have recently separated and I'm looking to …
Simon Travaglia, 27 Mar 2009
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Sony sparks digi book fireworks with ePub move

Sony has said its ebooks will henceforth be supplied solely in ePub format, creating a duopoly with Amazon's Kindle platform. Sony's endorsement of ePub gives the format a welcome breath of life, but its decision to mandate Adobe's Content Server is more interesting; the combination challenges Amazon's Kindle and could lead to a …
Bill Ray, 21 Aug 2009
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NTL extends VoD service

An extra 100,000 punters in the UK will be able to switch on to video-on-demand (VoD) within the next week as NTL upgrades its digital TV service. Over the next seven days, NTL digital TV punters in Luton, Broxbourne, East and Central Herts, North and East Bedfordshire, Huddersfield and Dewsbury will automatically be switched …
Tim Richardson, 25 Jul 2005
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TomTom Start

TomTom's Start is essentially the satnav specialist's new low-end model. Rather than say so, though, it's not pitching the product on price but for its simplicity. It's a device designed to get you from A to B and nothing more. TomTom Start TomTom's Start: cuts to the chase with a simple, straightforward UI But it's also …
Tony Smith, 21 Nov 2009
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Tories attack ID card fingerprint plans

Shadow home secretary David Davis has criticised the government's plan to make people travel to interview centres to provide a biometric for the national identity card. He said it would force people to travel, in some cases hundreds of miles, at their own expense to an interview centre, and would hit the elderly and the less …
Kablenet, 20 Feb 2007
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Foiled computer blaggers jailed for 38 years

A group of seven men have been jailed for a combined total of 38 years over a failed raid of a Gloucester-based computer reseller. The London-based gang were arrested by armed police last December in the process of attempting to break into the warehouse premises of Comstor UK in Cirencester, Gloucester. The Christmas Eve raid …
John Leyden, 03 Jul 2006

BOFH: Radiating sincerity

When you've got a problem it's always good to have a couple of bastards to call upon in times of trouble. Sadly, Brand and Ross aren't taking calls at the moment, so I have to call upon a fellow IT bastard, Jerry, for his thoughts... "So how big is this pile of monitors?" he asks. "180 last count," the PFY says. "And you don …
Simon Travaglia, 31 Oct 2008
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NTL axes 1500 jobs

NTL is ridding itself of 1500 workers in a massive cull of call centre jobs. Some 200 staff have been given the elbow today, while a further 200 to 300 are expected to be made redundant over the next 18 months or so. The rest will go through natural staff turnover over the next couple of years. Following the cull, the number …
Tim Richardson, 07 Apr 2004

BOFH: Hi Honey I'm home

"WHERE THE **F#@K** HAVE YOU BEEN?" the Boss screams at me the moment I try my key in the door to mission control. "Uh... On holiday?" I respond, noting two things - (a) my key doesn't fit and (b) the door's new. "You should know, you signed the leave form! Or you could have asked the PFY." "Oh I was on holiday too," the PFY …
Simon Travaglia, 11 Nov 2005
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Online ID checks to limit teen booze and knife purchases

If you can’t prove how old you are, your days of shopping on the internet may be numbered. Fears that young people could be getting hold of knives, adult DVDs and alcohol are all fuelling a campaign by Margaret Moran, MP for Luton South, to make online age verification compulsory in the UK. This Friday, she will introduce a …
Jane Fae Ozimek, 15 May 2008
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Number crunching knife crime and online ID verification

This afternoon (Friday 16 May}, Margaret Moran, MP for Luton South, will introduce the second reading of a Bill to make age and identity verification compulsory for all online retailers. It is, of course, all about knives – and porn and alcohol and anything else that teenagers are allegedly obtaining over the internet that they …
Jane Fae Ozimek, 16 May 2008
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Readers crack Google Earth photo challenge

Thanks to all those readers who took the time to write in about our mystery Google Earth location and, specifically, the five selected features which we asked you to identify: So, what does it all mean? Mystery feature A Mystery feature B Mystery feature C Mystery feature D Mystery feature E Well, it proved a …
Lester Haines, 18 Jan 2006
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Cheap airline pioneer plans huge cybercafe chain

Stelios Haji-Ioannou, the owner of the no-frills, Luton-based budget airline Easyjet, is investing £10 million in cybercafes. The first will be in Victoria, London and should open on 21 June, with 420 workstations. SH-I says that with large establishments, access charges can be as low as £1 an hour because of economies of scale …
Graham Lea, 12 May 1999

BOFH: The Brotherhood

The boss is late and everyone's noticed. And when I say everyone's noticed I really mean no one's noticed, but it has been two days and when someone's been on a weekend junket then doesn't show within a day or so word gets around... ... It's day three before the boss finally wanders into work with the unpressed clothes and …
Simon Travaglia, 16 Feb 2007
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Watford Electronics left debts of £3.5m

Watford Electronics’s stock remains in the hands of administrators, giving unsecured creditors hope of seeing some of the £3.5m they were owed when the firm collapsed earlier this week. Watford's cards had been marked since November when it released a troubling set of accounts and trade insurers started putting the squeeze on …
Mark Ballard, 09 Feb 2007
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Gateway extends PC price war to UK, Ireland

Gateway today fired its opening salvo in the PC price in the UK and Ireland. The PC maker is promising to beat competitors' prices with its "Gateway Guarantee" - for a limited time promotion. The never knowingly undersold marketing pitch was unveiled in Gateway's American heartland last week. The company says it will refund …
Drew Cullen, 07 Jun 2001