Articles about Manchester

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Manchester united against ID cards, ID minister finds

The put-upon people of Manchester got the chance to quiz Home Office minister Meg Hillier on ID cards yesterday, while Parliament got an update on the national identity register - the database at the heart of the project. Sir Joseph Pilling told the Home Affairs committee that 538 people were now on the database - one of them …
John Oates, 24 Nov 2009
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Manchester cops clobbered by Conficker

Greater Manchester Police's computer network has been infected by the infamous Conficker worm, leaving beat cops unable to run computer checks on suspected criminals and vehicles for the last three days. The malware was likely introduced into the GMP network after an already infected memory stick was plugged into a Windows PC. …
John Leyden, 02 Feb 2010
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Vodafone sends Manchester back to the 90s

Vodafone customers in Greater Manchester are having to rely on 2G services as a hardware fault has brought down the whole area's 3G coverage. Users of the 3G network are reporting dropped calls and incoming connections being routed direct to voice mail, though switching the handset to use 2G, GSM, seems to fix the problem. …
Bill Ray, 29 Nov 2007
School of Rock

UK.gov to train up 11-year-old cyberwarriors

British schoolkids as young as 11 will be trained in cyber security as part of a new drive to protect the UK from digital threats. The government will produce learning materials designed to get 11- to 14-year-olds up to speed on cyber security. If the kids show a willingness to strap on a keyboard and fight in some foreign …
Jasper Hamill, 13 Mar 2014
Dell's Converged Blade Data Center stack

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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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

Tech repair shop to the UK flees Manchester

A Novo UK, which services mobile phones, monitors and set-top boxes, is laying off at least 130 staff and closing its Manchester repair centre. The company provides after-sales support and repairs for lots of tech companies including BT Vision, Sky, Dell and Philips. The redundancy plan, part of a strategic review of UK sites …
John Oates, 27 Aug 2008
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Square-kilometre radio telescope wins millions in UK funding

UK science minister David Willetts has announced £11m of funding to help the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) process the expected deluge of data it will produce. Handling the expected 915-petabyte daily data firehose from the entire SKA radio telescope will require advances in practically every computing discipline: the data will …
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Manchester's congestion charge: pay-to-leave

Manchester council looks set to pick up a big pile of cash from central government in exchange for setting up a two-tier congestion charge system to tax drivers who enter or leave the city. The congestion zone covers most of Manchester. You will pay to go into the centre in the morning and pay again to leave in the evening. …
John Oates, 09 Jun 2008
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Virgin Media downed by Manchester arsonists

A suspected arson at a Manchester electricity substation left thousands of Virgin Media customers in the North West without TV and broadband for several hours overnight. The Halloween attack in the Miles Platting area left 60,000 homes in the centre of the city without power at about 7.30pm. They were all back on the grid by 9pm …
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Twin brothers nabbed for scrap over sex with 'shared' girlfriend

Connecticut twins Aric Ryan Hale and Sean Peter Hale welcomed in 2013 in fine style after being arrested for scrapping over whose turn it was to make the beast with two backs with a woman described by cops as their "shared" girlfriend. The pair - "both 28" as this report nicely notes - were in a hotel room in Manchester, east of …
Lester Haines, 07 Jan 2013
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Gov to Manchester: No new trams without road pricing

Geoff Hoon, the Transport Secretary, has made it clear that Greater Manchester will lose £1.5bn in central government funding for public transport if local people don't agree to the use of road pricing for motorists. “There is no Plan B. I would not want people to be under any illusion about that,” said Mr Hoon, referring to the …
Lewis Page, 17 Nov 2008
server room

Cloud silo and services firm UKFast hires personal shopper

Cloud silo and server hosting service provider UKFast, which owns three data centres across the UK and claims Coutts private bank and NHS trusts among its customers, has brought on board an M&A specialist to help it embark on a UK acquisition spree. UKFast claims it had previously lost acquisition targets to rivals because it …
Paul Kunert, 26 Jun 2013
Canonical Orange Box

Canonical teams up with Tranquil PC to deliver Ubuntu cluster-in-a-box

OpenStack Summit Canonical is getting into the hardware business – albeit in a very limited way – to help customers who aren't ready to build out their own clusters start experimenting with private clouds based on Ubuntu and OpenStack. Announced at the OpenStack Summit in Atlanta, Georgia on Tuesday, the Orange Box is a turnkey mobile cluster …
Neil McAllister, 14 May 2014
Prison window

Computing student jailed after failing to hand over crypto keys

+Comment A computer science student accused of hacking offences has been jailed for six months for failing to hand over his encryption passwords, which he had been urged to do in "the interests of national security". Christopher Wilson, 22, of Mitford Close, Washington, Tyne and Wear, was jailed for refusing to hand over his computer …
John Leyden, 08 Jul 2014
Selection of eggs on the bar

Post-pub nosh neckfiller: The MIGHTY Scotch egg

It's been two years since we at El Reg's Special Projects Bureau brought hungry readers the last of our post-pub nosh deathmatches – a lively head-to-head featuring souse versus scrapple – and by popular demand we've decided to reheat the concept as part of Vulture Central's Weekend Edition. To recap, the idea was to present …
Lester Haines, 15 Nov 2014
Peter Jones, Dragon's Den star

I'm in: Peter 'Dragons' Den' Jones launches bid to buy out Expansys

Dragons' Den star Peter Jones has launched a £6.1m takeover bid of his electronics retail firm Expansys. The entrepreneur made his move after increasing his share ownership in the AIM-listed firm from 41.4 percent to more than 50 per cent. Jones bought some 110.3 million shares to become the majority owner. This means that …
Jasper Hamill, 16 Jan 2014
cloud

Google offers up its own flesh to the world's braying cloud hordes

Google is sending its cloud cultists out into the recesses of the real world to preach the gospel of its technology. The "Cloud Platform Developer Roadshow" was announced by Google on Tuesday as the search company tried to broaden revenues away from its main advertising offerings. "In the roadshow, we will be talking about new …
Jack Clark, 13 Mar 2014
Speaking Clock

BT fibre 'availability checker' looks into FAR-OFF FUTURE. Again

One-time national telco BT misled customers with unsubstantiated claims regarding its broadband download speeds, the UK's advertising watchdog has ruled today. The company slipped up, the Advertising Standards Authority said, by misleading potential subscribers who used its BT.com website to look up whether its fibre optic …
Kelly Fiveash, 07 May 2014
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Manchester journo gets first ID card - late

A Manchester Evening News hack claims to be the first member of the public to get an ID card in the government's pilot, despite her application almost being scuppered by an accident with a roast potato. Angela Epstein was offered the first appointment at the City's ID central office, after covering the scheme in her column in …
Joe Fay, 03 Dec 2009
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Launchpads, catapults... what a load of - WAIT, there's £15m for grabs?

Comment Techies and investors with bright ideas for commercial video, imaging and games businesses can apply for a slice of £15m this month – if they can wade past the quango-ese jargon of "catapults" and "launchpads". It's all intended to commercialise good ideas. Created by Gordon Brown in 2007, the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) …
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Sep 2013
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Manchester's on fire for ID cards, claims ID minister

Home Office Identity Minister Meg Hillier is now pitching ID cards as a weapon against social exclusion, and has mysteriously truffled-up nearly 6,000 extra ID card enthusiasts, meaning enrolments will hit 10,000 next week. Was it not just last week she said they'd only had 4,307 applications? Yes it was. Furthermore, says …
John Lettice, 16 Mar 2010
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Manchester mobile software firm poised to go titsup

The future of EMCC Software Ltd seemed bleak yesterday evening with only a hold up at a senior creditor preventing the appointment of an insolvency practitioner. The Manchester-based company closed its doors on Tuesday, paying off staff and shutting the office, sources told The Register. The firm's web site was still up as of …
Bill Ray, 13 Mar 2009
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Give us a digi-Czar and more bureaucrats, begs UK tech-services biz

+Comment New policy proposals published by tech services trade group Tech UK (formerly Intellect) today seek to grapple with its members being marginalised by recent Government fads. Many of the proposals are familiar - ring-fencing the science budget, making the hiring of skilled foreign tech workers easier, and urging Government to …
Andrew Orlowski, 16 Sep 2014

Brit education tech supplier comes back to life after collapse

The company formerly known as Tribune Business Systems is about to be reanimated after Dubai-based investment firm VMS bought it out of administration in a classic pre-pack arrangement. As revealed this week, the London-based education supplier called in receivers FRP Advisory after failing to secure additional investment. All …
Paul Kunert, 07 Mar 2014
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Forget 3D: 13,000 UK homes still watch TV in black and white

13,000 households in the UK still watch TV in black and white, telly licence fee collectors have revealed. In an age when TV sets are often internet-enabled with high-def plasma screens and 3D capabilities, some people obviously like to keep it simple. And cheap too. At £49, a black-and-white TV licence is cheaper than the …
Anna Leach, 11 Jan 2013
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'Spend police USB stick data loss mega-fine on IT lessons for cops'

A six-figure fine levelled against police for losing a USB stick of drug probe suspects' details should be spent on training cops to take better care of sensitive data. That's the view of a candidate standing in today's police commissioner election in Greater Manchester. Last month the county's police force was fined £120,000 …
John Leyden, 15 Nov 2012

Virgin Media's flaky broadband network turns Bolton off

Virgin Media customers in Bolton have been moaning about the telco's network since late last year, with some subscribers in the area claiming that the firm's techies have ignored the complaints or blamed the connection problems on individual routers. But – for once, perhaps – the SuperHub, which has been cheekily dubbed the …
Kelly Fiveash, 06 Feb 2014

Apple schedules Southampton, Manchester stores

Apple is planning to open at least two more Apple Stores in the UK, with shops set to open in Manchester and Southampton in the company's current fiscal year - by the end of September, in other words. Apple's retail plans come courtesy of a ThinkSecret report which lists the company's primarily US-centric store expansion …
Tony Smith, 27 Mar 2006
Columns of coins in the cloud

Dragon's Den star's cloudy biz still losing MEEELLLLLIONS

It was a year of frenzied activity for AIM-listed Outsourcery in 2013 but none of this translated into bottom line goodness as the cloud provider's losses again outstripped sales. According to preliminary numbers reported today, the Manchester-based as-a-service firm reported a 44 per cent sales spike to £5.2m, including £4.1m …
Paul Kunert, 19 Mar 2014
Particle jets belching from the supermassive black hole at the centre of Centaurus A. Credit: ESO/WFI (visible); MPIfR/ESO/APEX/A.Weiss et al. (microwave); NASA/CXC/CfA/R.Kraft et al. (X-ray)

Black hole three-way: Supermassive trio are 'rippling' space

Boffins have found three supermassive black holes orbiting each other at the heart of a galaxy – and the trio could be rippling the very fabric of space and time. Particle jets belching from the supermassive black hole at the centre of Centaurus A. Credit: ESO/WFI (visible); MPIfR/ESO/APEX/A.Weiss et al. (microwave); NASA/CXC/ …
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Dearly departed to heat Manchester crematorium

A Manchester crematorium where "grieving friends and relatives have complained of the cold during services" will tackle the problem by using the "body heat" generated in the incineration process to crank up the temperature, the Telegraph reports. Tameside Council says the energy output is enough to fire Dukinfield Crematorium's …
Lester Haines, 08 Jan 2008
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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
Spam

New voting rules leave innocent Brits at risk of SPAM TSUNAMI

Changes to the electoral registration system have sparked fears that Britons are about to be swamped by a tsunami of unwanted spam from companies that harvest and sell on citizens' personal data. The Register has learned that a number of councils across the UK have not properly informed residents how to enter their details on …
Jasper Hamill, 15 Aug 2014

Monkey poo probe reveals secrets of middle-management brains

It might be tough at the top, or at the bottom - but it's even tougher in the middle. That's the claim made by boffins from Liverpool and Manchester universities who say their study of monkeys proves that middle managers suffer more stress than anyone else. 'If you could go ahead and remember to do that from now on' Katie …
Jasper Hamill, 03 Apr 2013
Fight Night Champion

EE: STILL Blighty's best mobe network, says 'Frappucino' Moore

EE is still the best mobile network in the UK, but the others are catching up and Three is the one to watch. This is the conclusion of the latest report from RootMetrics the mobile survey company which regularly looks at UK mobile coverage and is headed by Bill ‘Frappuccino’ Moore. The previous survey descended into a war of …
Simon Rockman, 19 Aug 2014
Tim Berners-Lee, photo by Paul Clarke

Spread the gospel! Tim Berners-Lee's Open Data Institute goes global

The Open Data Institute, an organisation founded by web daddy Sir Tim Berners-Lee and AI prof Sir Nigel Shadbolt, has announced it's setting up 13 "nodes" around the world. The ODI, which is backed with a £10m cash pot provided by taxpayers and based at London's Silicon Roundabout, was created to help businesses use public …
Angry woman on mobile

It's not you, it's EE: UK mobile network goes titsup, blames gremlins

Updated 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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Ancient 16m-yr-old beastie caught riding on much bigger flying mount

A new 3D x-ray technique has revealed a tiny jumping wingless arthropod making a break for freedom after hitching a ride on a mayfly's wing - only to be caught in a drop of amber and frozen for the next 16 million years. Scientists at Manchester University uncovered the ancient story when Dr David Penney and colleagues decided …
Anna Leach, 18 Oct 2012

Brit colo outfit Alphadex offline all weekend after attack

British data centre provider Alphadex has been hit by a weekend-long outage. Users report that everything they host with the company has gone down, along with Alphadex's own control panels and management interfaces. Details of the incident are sketchy, with Alphadex offering only Tweets to explain the situation. Customers first …
Simon Sharwood, 02 Mar 2014
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India's IT giants left gasping after water shortage

IT execs from some of India’s biggest tech firms are set to meet government officials this week after crippling water shortages almost shut down a large chunk of the country’s multi-billion pound industry last week. Businesses in Chennai’s Old Mahabalipuram Road (OMR) district apparently account for around three-quarters of the …
Phil Manchester, 04 Jul 2013
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Boffins baffled over pulsar with 'split personality'

A pulsar that randomly and without warning dramatically changes its pattern of radio wave and X-ray emissions has surprised a team of astronomers, who wrote that it "challenges all proposed pulsar emission theories". A pulsar with glowing cones of radiation Pulsars are spinning neutron stars the size of a small city, with a …

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
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Manchester switch vendor gets $16m funding

Virtensys, the maker of I/O virtualising PCIe switches, has landed $16m (£9.7m)of C-round funding. VirtenSys was founded in December 2005, as a fabless semi-conductor company, with many people in its team of developers coming from Xyratex's Integrated System Division. It is based in Manchester, UK, and has offices in Beaverton, …
Chris Mellor, 11 Aug 2009

How did something so small and pink cause so much trouble?

Book extract Today, we publish the next extract from SA Mathieson's book on ID cards in Britain, following on from the political wrangling over the controversial technology in the 1990s and 2000s. All that remained before the 2010 general election was the Mancunian trial of the new UK identity card. On 30 November 2009, Manchester Evening …
SA Mathieson, 07 May 2013
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Dole office to roll out digital benefits to north-west – 6 months early

The government has announced plans to launch universal credit six months ahead of the national rollout in October 2013. The scheme will go live in the Greater Manchester and Cheshire region in April 2013. The Department for Work and Pensions said that the early rollout of its new benefit system is expected to see up to 1,500 new …
Peter Jones, Dragon's Den star

Dragons' Den badboy ups Expansys bid to £7.55m

Lanky Dragons' Den badass Peter Jones is edging closer to signing a deal to buy AIM-listed Expansys for a fraction of the price of some shares he placed on the market in 2010. The irascible tennis aficionado – Jones trained as a coach in his teens – launched an initial buy-out offer of £6.1m via PDJ Bidco in January, but upped …
Paul Kunert, 03 Mar 2014
Gardiner's frog

IBM boffins stuff 16 million-neuron chips into binary 'frog' brain

Updated IBM researchers developing chips that mimic mortal brains say they've built a 4,096-core processor that simulates a million neurons. The SyNAPSE silicon, fabricated by Samsung using a 28nm process, has 5.4 billion CMOS transistor gates, consumes 70mW of power, and uses a processor architecture completely unlike today's CPUs. …
Chris Williams, 07 Aug 2014
Pirates ahoy!

BSA dubs Manchester second worst for piracy

The Business Software Alliance (BSA) has claimed that Manchester is the second worst city in England for software piracy. It said thousands of firms in the city will be targeted in the group’s latest campaign to clamp down on counterfeit software in Blighty, which it claims costs the economy nearly £1bn a year. The anti-piracy …
Kelly Fiveash, 19 May 2008
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Spiders attack Manchester phone network

A shocked Reg reader was told by a BT engineer his girlfriend was having problems with her phone because spiders had eaten through the line. An OpenReach techie was called out to the Manchester suburb of Chorlton on Monday after problems with voice calls. According to our correspondent, after a quick shimmy up the offending …