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Royal Mail FAIL as web brokerage Hargreaves Lansdown struggles with investor demand

Online share brokerage Hargreaves Lansdown is still struggling to cope with the massive spike in Royal Mail share dealing that brought down its trading portal this morning. The company's Oracle-based infrastructure collapsed 45 minutes after trading began at 8am today, Tom McPhail, a spokesman at HL confirmed to El Reg. "Demand …
Paul Kunert, 11 Oct 2013
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Royal Mail fights to address website outages

Parts of the website for the Royal Mail still aren't operational today, after the site reportedly went down over the weekend. Using the website at the time of publication was very slow going, and Reg readers said that the Smartstamp service for printing postage was offline. The website wasn't carrying any message for …
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Royal Mail double-dip billing bug enrages stocking-filling biz

Royal Mail apologised on Thursday for the resurgence of technical problems that have bedevilled the website over recent weeks. The SmartStamp and Online Postage applications are both playing up at the worst possible time of year as business customers rush to get Christmas mail out the door. About 600 of the 30,000 SmartStamp and …
John Leyden, 09 Dec 2011
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Inside the Royal Mail's Internal Cloud

Holmes and Watson. Kirk and Spock. The Chuckle Brothers. And now, Steel and Knaresborough. Recently we brought you the feel-good tale "Royal Mail Moves to the Cloud" , in which intrepid Adrian Steel and trusty companion Glyn Knaresborough migrated 30,000 desktops - and lived to tell Reg readers their heartwarming story. They …
Phil Mitchell, 17 Jun 2011
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Royal Mail tells The Register how it's using private cloud

Holmes and Watson. Kirk and Spock. The Chuckle Brothers. And now, Steel and Knaresborough. Recently we brought you the feelgood tale "Royal Mail Moves to the Cloud" , in which intrepid Adrian Steel and his trusty sidekick Glyn Knaresborough migrated 30,000 desktops - and lived to tell Reg readers their heartwarming story. They …
Phil Mitchell, 28 Jun 2011
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Punters go postal with erratic Royal Mail site

The Royal Mail's electronic redirection website was finally restored on Thursday, days after problems affected the postal service's website on Sunday. A Register reader has come forward with evidence to show that he was presented with the personal details of another user when he logged into the redirection site on Saturday, …
John Leyden, 24 Nov 2011
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Royal Mail website goes on strike

Next week, after a vote from their union, thousands of Royal Mail workers are set to go on strike. This week, the Royal Mail website beat them to the punch: Royal Mail Website Down We question whether the Communications Works Union is behind the shutdown, but one Reg reader thinks otherwise. "Looks like the CWU have got their …
Cade Metz, 16 Oct 2009
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Amazon eyes wander as Royal Mail strike looms

Online retail giant Amazon is mulling "contingency measures" to deal with a looming national strike at the Royal Mail, but it has insisted that no "long-term contracts" had been cancelled with the UK’s largest postal carrier. The Guardian reported yesterday that Amazon had ended its contract with the Royal Mail to deliver …
Kelly Fiveash, 08 Oct 2009
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PAF! MPs go postal over postal location data sell-off by Coalition.gov

MPs have accused the government of short-sightedness, after it agreed to offload the Postcode Address File (PAF) as part of the sale of Royal Mail. The PAF contains location data for tens of millions of postal addresses across the nation. The parliamentary public administration committee said in a report, which scrutinised the …
Kelly Fiveash, 18 Mar 2014
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Royal Mail promises 2nd class service on postcode data

The Royal Mail looks set to disappoint members of the public hoping to see the contentious Postcode Address File database opened up for free access on the internet. On Monday the UK government reiterated plans to get the Ordnance Survey to open up some postcode data from April 2010. In November, Prime Minister Gordon Brown …
Kelly Fiveash, 10 Dec 2009
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MP urges Royal Mail rethink on postcode site takedown

Tom Watson MP has fired off a letter of complaint to the Royal Mail Group, in which he grumbles that the UK postal service’s legal action against a two-man operated postcode lookup site was a "heavy handed" and "deeply regrettable" move. The Labour politician and ex-government minister for digital engagement asked the Royal Mail …
Kelly Fiveash, 08 Oct 2009
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Royal Mail lawyers demand closure of postcode lookup site

A UK postcode lookup service has been slapped with a cease and desist letter from the Royal Mail, forcing it to close down its website. Until last Friday (2 October) North London-based Ernest Marples Postcodes Ltd had been providing web outfits with an API to power their sites that helped people search for information specific …
Kelly Fiveash, 06 Oct 2009
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Zeus spyware pretends to be Royal Mail PDF

Zeus spyware Trojan variants have begun using PDF files to package exploits. Thousands of spammed messages containing exploit-ridden attachments posing as delivery notices from the Royal Mail have been intercepted by net security firm Websense this week. The PDF attachment contains an embedded executable containing the Zeus …
John Leyden, 16 Apr 2010
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NHS England DIDN'T tell households about GP medical data grab plan

NHS England patients who went to the trouble of opting themselves out of junk mail being crammed through their letterboxes did not receive the health service's recent leaflet about its data grab plan with GP medical records, it has been revealed. That's despite ministerial mutterings that implied that households across the …
Kelly Fiveash, 24 Feb 2014
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Web firms seek Royal Mail rivals with GSOH for delivery fling

Online UK retailers are outlining plans to flee Royal Mail’s service following yesterday’s Communication Workers Union vote, which came out massively in favour of a national strike. The ballot showed two thirds of posties voted "yes" for strike action. The CWU currently has 121,000 members. The Royal Mail condemned the action …
Kelly Fiveash, 09 Oct 2009
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Royal Mail sites hit by downtime cock-up

Royal Mail’s three main websites have been unavailable since last night, forcing millions of customers to get used to the taste of glue while guessing where their registered post might be. Blighty’s national postal service currently has no online facility. Instead, customers attempting to gain web access to Royal Mail are …
Kelly Fiveash, 04 Apr 2008
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Royal Mail disses runaway post van man

The Royal Mail has taken a less than grateful attitude towards a Bristol man who prevented a runaway post van "careering over a busy main road", as the Times puts it. Dad of two and artist Robert Moore, 63, spotted the Transit rolling backwards after the driver forgot to apply the handbrake, in an incident last September. He ran …
Lester Haines, 10 Mar 2009
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Royal Mail launches e-stamps service

The Royal Mail has launched an online service allowing customers to buy and print postage in the comfort of their own homes, Reuters reports. Payment can be made by prepay account, credit card or debit card and thereafter you simply print a "unique barcode" onto a label or envelope. Prices are the same as for normal stamps. …
Lester Haines, 19 Sep 2006
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Top Brit docs wade into GP data grab row, demand 'urgent' NHS England talks

Pressure is mounting on NHS England to stall its incoming data grab of GP-stored medical records, after another health body said that the government needed to improve public awareness of the controversial scheme. A stronger campaign was demanded from top doctors at the British Medical Association on Monday. The care.data plan …
Kelly Fiveash, 18 Feb 2014

NHS preps spammy mailshots advertising 'BIGGEST medical data grab in HISTORY'

GPs will no longer carry the sole burden of telling patients that their medical records will be shared across the NHS, after it was confirmed today that millions of households in England will receive a leaflet explaining the controversial plan. NHS England has splurged £1m on what one critic described as a junk mail drop, which …
Kelly Fiveash, 16 Oct 2013

Unbridled BONKING and rampant ROGERING at YOUR office!

Youtube Video Sex sex sex, that’s all we think about, apparently. I think I read somewhere that men think about sex every seven seconds. But then you shouldn’t believe everything you read because a person could hardly concentrate on (SEX) matters on a day-to-day basis if this was the case and you would turn into a (SEX) machine …
Alistair Dabbs, 18 Jul 2014
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Royal Mail ditches e-mail operation

The Royal Mail has scrapped its email-to-letters operation because the service is unpopular with Net users and commercially unviable. RelayOne - which has been up and running for the last 18 months or so - stopped taking orders last week and will be shut down for good on Thursday. A spokesman for the Royal Mail said: "We had …
Tim Richardson, 01 Aug 2000
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Royal Mail pulls plug on ViaCode digital certificate

The Royal Mail has pulled the plug on its Viacode digital certificate business after it failed to reach profitability. A spokesman for Royal Mail confirmed a statement by the British Chamber of Commerce, which resells the service, that ViaCode is to cease trading due to "slow development of the market and the company's …
John Leyden, 29 May 2002
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Dopey dope-growing dope smoked out by own dope dope-growing vid

A New Hampshire judge has jailed an Auburn dope-grower who inadvertently blew his cover in a series of YouTube vids of his marijuana cultivation operation. Police were alerted last year to Kyle Berry's handy online guides, but the cops did not require the services of Sherlock Holmes to lead them to his home's weed-packed …
Lester Haines, 29 Aug 2013
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Cuckold bombards Royal Mail with revenge email

A jealous husband faces legal action after setting up a website accusing his wife of conducting an affair with a senior employee of the Royal Mail. To make matters worse, the unnamed man, who lives in the midlands, sent an email to chief executive Adam Crozier and other senior managers of the Royal Mail alleging that their …
Drew Cullen, 08 Oct 2003
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NeoPost: This is how you DON'T do PIN security

There is something very proper about the Royal Mail. It has the word “Royal” in it after all, reassuring users of the postal service's integrity. You particularly wouldn’t want anyone stealing postage, so a franking machine has to be super secure – which is perhaps why my shiny new machine from NeoPost needs three PINs. Setting …
Simon Rockman, 09 Jun 2014
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Royal E-Mail backs security service with £100K bond

The Royal Mail has formally launched a secure e-mail service aimed at posting its 350-year-old business into the next millennium. Reported by The Register earlier this month ViaCode is being billed as the UK's "first secure service for business". And it's so confident that the service cannot be cracked, it's offering a £100,000 …
Tim Richardson, 17 Mar 1999
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Now Post Office branches hit by computer glitches

Computer glitches reduced Post Office branch services to a crawl on Monday. The Post Office network was knocked for six in two 30-minute periods, leading to long queues on one of the busiest posting days in the run-up to Christmas. The bugs coincided with problems accessing services on the Post Office website. The Post Office …
John Leyden, 13 Dec 2011
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UK Post Office admits false accusations after computer system cockup

The Post Office has admitted that it may have wrongly prosecuted sub–post office officials after its computer payment system overcharged some branches. The Horizon system handles all payment processing with the Post Office's 11,500 contractors who run sub–post offices throughout the country. Over 100 have registered complaints …
Iain Thomson, 09 Jul 2013
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How technology tracks parcels every step of the way

A lot has changed since the '80s. Back in the day, your product arrived when it arrived, often within weeks rather than days and you didn’t get the chance to check where it was. In time you could see your product entering and leaving locations en route, enabling you to track it from city to city as it made its way to you. Now in …
Robin Birtstone, 22 May 2014

Why a Robin Hood tax on filthy rich City types is the very LAST thing needed

The lovely thing about this year's Nobel Prize in Economics is that it entirely borks the case for a Robin Hood Tax - a levy on the financial sector's transactions, in other words. Not that the judging panel's decision will stop efforts to implement the tax; everyone's moved beyond intellectual arguments to instead howl in the …
Tim Worstall, 15 Oct 2013
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Microsoft: Here's some cash, channel. PLEASE sell Office 365

Microsoft is hurling cash at enterprise channel partners to persuade them to convince customers to sign up to Office 365. Under an Enterprise Agreement licence promo, large account resellers get $40 per seat for the first 3,000 seats they sign up and $5 for each additional one. The offer, which applies to a minimum order of 250 …
Paul Kunert, 10 Apr 2013
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Blighty's Post Office computer system goes titsup

The Post Office's computer system has crashed, crippling services at branches nationwide, Royal Mail has admitted. It is understood that all of the UK's 11,800 post offices are affected. The fault, which started just after midday and is ongoing, walloped all post office services that rely on computers. Cash machines and …
Anna Leach, 01 Mar 2012
Terminator postal worker

Robots? What a bunch of workers...

Robots have taken over my newsagent. Well, it’s more of a general store than a traditional sweet shop, I suppose. Also, the mecha infiltration so far seems limited to the tiny Post Office counter situated between the beyond-sell-by-date tinned produce and the freezer chest full of Captain’s Table gag-fests. Yet it’s from such …
Alistair Dabbs, 24 Jan 2014
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Experts: What ICO should know BEFORE your private info ends up in a skip

The view of the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) that businesses do not require individuals' "explicit consent" in order to contract others to process their sensitive personal data is in contrast with the wording of data protection law, according to two experts. A spokesperson for the UK's data protection watchdog told …
OUT-LAW.COM, 17 Sep 2012
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How to save UK's open data: Meet the 'Fair Value Licence'

The Royal Mail's postcode database is to be privatised and campaigners for "open data" are furious. But they only have themselves to blame; the open data campaign has been conducted with staggering utopian naivety. I strongly support the idea of opening up public datasets and I'm going to explain how open data can succeed, …
Andrew Orlowski, 19 Apr 2013
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Royal Mail gets competitive

One of the main problems with ecommerce is getting the stuff you buy delivered to your house. While you are actually in your house, as opposed to while you are at work so that you have to take the following morning off to pick up your parcel from your local post office. Not surprisingly, any number of companies have sprung up …
Lucy Sherriff, 14 Oct 2000
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Privacy crusaders: ISPs in 'conspiracy of silence' over Snoop Charter

Well-known pro-privacy organisations in the UK have accused internet providers of failing to respond sufficiently critically to the government's plans to massively increase surveillance of Brits' online activity. In a joint letter - penned by individuals representing Privacy International, the Open Rights Group, Big Brother …
Kelly Fiveash, 23 Apr 2013

Gift-giving gotchas: How to avoid Xmas morning EMBARRASSMENT

You might think, what with gift buying out of the way, the hard work of the holiday season is largely done. Not so. Before you reach for the wrapping paper and sticky tape, there’s a fair bit more you can do to ensure a trouble- and tantrum-free Christmas Day. Batteries not included If you’ve been buying gadgets, don’t forget …
Nigel Whitfield, 23 Dec 2013
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STRIPPED DOWN and EXPOSED: Business kit from the good old days

A staple of radio phone-ins is to invite listeners to share their stories about funny things they found when moving into a new property. There are some tales that everyone can share, such as front doors fitted with a letterbox so small that you’d struggle to fit a postcard through without having to fold it in half. There are …
Alistair Dabbs, 07 Feb 2014
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Conmen swipe 100,000 Brits' sensitive info in UK.gov fraud bid

Crooks attempted to defraud the UK government after swiping sensitive details on tens of thousands of civil servants, postmen, BT staff and public-sector workers, The Register has learnt. The audacious raid of personal information on state and private-sector employees is the subject of a two-and-a-half-year criminal …
Anna Leach, 27 Nov 2012
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Cambridge student wins 'Hack Idol'

A 19-year-old computer science student has been named the UK's Cyber Security Champion following months of competition. _award_hack_idol_cyber_security_jonathan_millican Jonathan Millican emerged victorious from finals held over the weekend at the end of a six-month challenge designed to get talented people to consider a …
John Leyden, 12 Mar 2012
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UK government rebuffs cries for free postcode database

Number 10 has responded negatively to a petition signed by over 2,000 people that asked the government to convince the Royal Mail to offer a free postcode database to non-profit and community websites. Sadly, a day is a long time on the internet, and following yesterday's data.gov.uk love-in, Prime Minister Gordon Brown today …
Kelly Fiveash, 22 Jan 2010
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Business Cloud Summit preps for launch

It’s called the Business Cloud Summit and it’s about how Cloud Computing changes the way we all do business. But what about the technology behind the Cloud that enables us to realise the potential of the Cloud model – and the people who deploy and develop that technology? This year’s Business Cloud Summit in London on December 5 …
Phil Mitchell, 28 Nov 2011
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Business Cloud Summit countdown

On December 5, London's annual Business Cloud Summit kicks off with a Technology and Developer stream helmed by The Register’s own Tim Phillips. Better still, we've persuaded the organisers to give away 20 free conference passes*. The first 20 of you heading across to http://www.businesscloudsummit.com/ and entering the code ‘ …
Miatta Momoh, 11 Nov 2011
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Parcelforce fails to deliver for Windows 7 lovers

The Royal Mail's Parcelforce website is upsetting some Windows 7 fans, because the service doesn't support Microsoft's latest operating system. One customer told us that the site refuses to let him proceed with a payment on Parcelforce.com because Windows 7 "failed to meet the necessary requirements for completing a transaction …
Kelly Fiveash, 10 Dec 2009
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Parcelforce to drop Windows 7 compatibility through letterbox in New Year

Parcelforce plans to overhaul its website early next year to allow Windows 7 users to access its service. As we reported yesterday, The Royal Mail's parcel delivery website has been upsetting some Windows 7 fans, because the service doesn't support Microsoft's latest operating system. Customers have been struggling to access …
Kelly Fiveash, 11 Dec 2009
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Google, Amazon, Starbucks are 'immoral' and 'ridiculous' over UK tax

MPs didn't shrink from telling senior execs from Amazon, Starbucks and Google that they were "ridiculous", "unbelievable" and "immoral" about their UK taxes. Under questioning from the Public Accounts Committee, Andrew Cecil, the director of public policy for Amazon, tried to claim that he had no idea what sales were made in …
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Survey: '4 million' Brits stung by ID theft

Consumers continue to be complacent about identity theft despite growth of the crime, which has claimed four million victims in the UK alone. The warning from the Metropolitan Police Service comes at the start of National Identity Fraud Prevention Week, which begins today. The seventh edition of the annual event aims to educate …
John Leyden, 17 Oct 2011
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Revolting postmen force early Windows 7 launch

Windows 7 orders are arriving in some UK customers’ letterboxes three days ahead of the operating system’s official launch. Currys and PC World have shipped some editions of the software early in a move to try and offset the pain customers face from Royal Mail's planned 48-hour strike on Thursday 22 October, which happens to …
Kelly Fiveash, 19 Oct 2009