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Fingerprinting of UK school kids causes outcry

The widespread fingerprinting of UK primary school children has been roundly condemned by watchdog Privacy International. The human rights watchdog today warned that tens of thousands of UK school children are being fingerprinted by schools, often without the knowledge or consent of their parents. This under-reported …
John Leyden, 22 Jul 2002
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The NBN questions Malcolm Turnbull won't answer

In the nearly three weeks since Australia's opposition parties released their policy for a faster-and-cheaper-to-implement national broadband network (NBN) reliant on VDSL to bring 50Mbps connections to most homes and businesses, oceans of digital ink have been spilled analysing the plan. We've been trying to add to them in …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Apr 2013
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Kids targeted in mobile phone theft lesson

The UK Government has launched a nation-wide campaign to help kids steer clear of mobile phone crime. Youngsters between 11 and 14 will be able to get their hands on a CD-ROM called "Out of Your Hands?" which provides information on how to help stop them becoming victims of mobile phone crime. The "learning resource" - funded …
Tim Richardson, 24 Sep 2003
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Mobiles blamed for Fat Kids

British kids are the fattest ever, and it's all down to mobiles. Apparently. One in nine children between the ages of seven and 11 is medically obese, a study at Leeds Metropolitan University has discovered. The study has been published in the British Medical Journal and points to a doubling in obesity since the last time a …
Kieren McCarthy, 04 May 2001
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Nottingham leases laptops to kids

Nottingham has become the first city council to buy laptops for all its school kids. Not that they will be giving them away, but leasing them at around a tenner a week, with contributions coming from schools, parents and local businesses. It is the largest implementation of Microsoft's Anytime Anywhere Learning initiative so …
Lucy Sherriff, 18 Sep 2000
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Locking in the NBN

Supporters of Australia's government-backed National Broadband Network are fearful of what will happen if there’s a change of government in 2013, since the current federal opposition remains strongly committed to doing something else with the NBN. Exactly what the “something else” might be remains something we can only see …

Mobile phone thefts hit kids

School kids are five times more likely to be victims of mobile phone thefts than adults, according to a Home Office report. However, in many cases it is younger people who are responsible for the thefts, according to the report Mobile Phone Theft. Although it claims it is impossible to say exactly how many mobile phones are …
Tim Richardson, 09 Jan 2002
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Nebraska school invites email deluge

Some school kids in Nebraska got an unexpected lesson about the speed of communications in the 21st Century, after their teacher started an email chain letter that has elicited over 115,000 responses so far. We reckon it's just the start and they're going to get snowed. Less than a year ago, geography teacher John Street sent …
Lucy Sherriff, 18 Jan 2001
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Couple rewarded for naming newborn after Elder Scrolls Skyrim hero

Earlier this year, Bethesda made a tongue-in-cheek proposal to pregnant mothers: if your child is born on Nigel Tufnel Day, the same date that Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim was released, then name your nipper 'Dovakhiin' after the RPG's protagonist and you'll win free games for life. American couple Megan and Eric Kellermeyer did …
Caleb Cox, 17 Nov 2011
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How computers make kids dumb

A study of 100,000 pupils in 31 countries around the world has concluded that using computers makes kids dumb. Avoiding PCs in the classroom and at home improved the literacy and numeracy of the children studied. The UK's Royal Economic Society finds no ground for the correlation that politicans make between IT use and education …
Andrew Orlowski, 21 Mar 2005
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Boffins develop virtual reality anti-bullying game

Boffins at Warwick University* have claimed their virtual reality bullying simulator will help victims cope with the stress of being taunted. FearNot! creates a virtual school with 3D pupils that can be set to bully, look like an easy target or sit meekly in fear of attracting unwanted attention. Intelligent agents These …
Pratik Desai, 12 Nov 2009
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Actors to teach kids about Net dangers

A touring drama group is to teach school kids about the dangers of the Internet. The group is expected to visit 20 schools in the next four or five months as part of a Government-backed initiative launched today to improve child safety on the Net. KidSmart is backed by kids Internet charity, Childnet International, and UK PC …
Tim Richardson, 10 Jan 2002
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Intel: Think of the children - give them PCs, not e-readers

Intel said school kids need computers, not e-readers, as it kicked off the Cebit computer show in Hannover this morning. Apart from the pre-teen crowd, the vendor made a grab for everyone from desk jockeys to data centre managers as it tried to get round the fact it's already made most of its announcements for the quarter. The …
Joe Fay, 02 Mar 2010
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Basic instinct: how we used to code

Reg Hardware Retro Week Logo I’ve recently caught myself, like some horrific solo re-write of the Monty Python Four Yorkshiremen sketch, waxing lyrical to my two iPod-wielding young ‘uns about the good old days; when men were men, computers were effectively clockwork, and computer games… well, come to think about it, they …
Richard Dyce, 27 Apr 2012
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Jodrell Bank gets swanky visitor centre, infuriating maze

Jodrell Bank, home to the Lovell radio telescope, is getting £3.1m in funding to build a new visitor centre, cafe and maze. The centre has also just been granted planning permission so building could start as early as next month. There will be a new Planet Pavilion entrance building, a glass-walled cafe (pictured), a Space …
John Oates, 21 May 2010
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UK.gov scraps stop'n'search terror power

Police are to be stripped of the power to stop and search anyone for no reason, the Home Secretary has announced. Theresa May told the Commons she will immediately limit Section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000 so members of public can only be stopped if officers "reasonably suspect" they are terrorists. The threshold of suspicion …
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AMD bleeds less in Q3 than expected

Computer sales may be recovering, but Advanced Micro Devices was still bleeding money in the third quarter. Never-the-less, AMD on Thursday posted a narrower loss than most Wall Street soothsayers had predicted. Similar to Intel, which reported its Q3 yesterday, AMD said its shipments rose from the previous quarter, thanks to …
Austin Modine, 15 Oct 2009
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Microsoft readies XP for One Laptop Per Child computer

Microsoft has quietly released to manufacturing a tweaked version of Windows XP to run on the One Laptop Per Child XO computer. Microsoft’s marketing and communications wonk James Utzschneider offered some detail about its forthcoming release in a blog post late last week. “Microsoft internally ‘RTM'ed’ the Windows XP version …
Kelly Fiveash, 28 Jul 2008
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BBC excludes Grange Hill after 30 years of misbehaviour

The BBC has finally expelled Grange Hill, the school-based drama that for the last 30 years encouraged conscientious school kids to become stroppy little hooligans at best and soap actors at worst. After three decades of snot-nosed caperings both the Beeb and the show’s creator Phil Redmond have decided the school saga has lost …
Joe Fay, 06 Feb 2008
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BBC Online to be scaled back, budget cut by a quarter

The BBC’s online presence will shrink, after its governing body agreed with director-general Mark Thompson’s plans to cut the public service broadcaster’s online spending. In response to Thompson’s ‘Strategy Review’, published in March this year, the BBC Trust today announced its “initial conclusions” on the future of the Beeb …
Kelly Fiveash, 05 Jul 2010
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Street-savvy Microsoft tries to pop the pimply face of piracy

Microsoft has tagged schoolkids as the UK's worst culprits for illegally downloading files from the net. The company, in its latest swoop on software piracy, today put out the results of a new study - dubbed Real Thing - which was based on a survey of just 270 children and 1,200 adults aged 16 and above. It found that 54 per …
Kelly Fiveash, 15 Jul 2008
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Tories call for mobile phone ban in schools

Mobile phones would be outlawed in UK classrooms under Conservative Party plans to beef up discipline in schools. The Tories said in an education policy document that they wanted to see authority returned to teachers. They reckoned an important part of that proposal would include a crackdown on the use of mobile phones. David …
Kelly Fiveash, 19 Nov 2007
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30 years on: Remembering the Memotech MTX 500

Memotech liked to advertise its MTX 500 and 512 microcomputers with a picture of a speeding black Porsche, but the machines, which made their first public appearance 30 years ago this month, while undoubtedly quick off the mark soon slammed hard into an unforeseen wall thrown up by a sudden, severe change in market conditions. …
Tony Smith, 28 Jun 2013
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Japanese to tag schoolkids

Japanese primary school kids' bags will be tagged with RFID so that little darlings can be monitored on their way to and from school. The telecoms ministry has announced that a primary school in Tabe, Wakayama Prefecture, will test the scheme which will log when kids pass through the gates and warn the school when they stray …
Lester Haines, 09 Jul 2004
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OLPC and Microsoft punt Windows-only XO laptop

Microsoft and the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) foundation have confirmed that the XO laptop will soon be available as Windows-loaded machines. They will be sold in five or six countries (Microsoft hasn’t said which ones) starting in June, with a broader release penciled in for August or September this year. The announcement …
Kelly Fiveash, 16 May 2008
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Where are all the decent handheld scribbling tools?

As the market for computerised devices grows ever bigger and the internet takes over its users' social lives, it's a good time to be a gadget fan. They're everywhere, from smartphones and fondleslabs to pocket games consoles. There are notebooks of every size and shape from netbooks to desktop replacements. What were once mere …
Liam Proven, 10 Nov 2011
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RM to push new HP sub-laptop to schools

RM has been signed up as HP’s only UK distie for its 2133 Mini-Note laptop intended for the education market. The firm said that it has tied up an “exclusive partnership” to supply schools and colleges across Blighty with HP's dinky new sub-notebook. The computer giant launched the machine, which rivals the Asus Eee PC, earlier …
Kelly Fiveash, 10 Apr 2008
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Smut filter in Dick-pulling outrage

Hundreds of Norfolk primary school kids will not enjoy the chance to get a sneak preview of a traditional Xmas panto after porn filters binned the promotional email. The show in question is not - as you might imagine - Jim Davidson's hilarious Sinderella, but rather an entirely innocent rendering of timeless classic Dick …
Lester Haines, 14 Oct 2004
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Google shouts 'Go team' at businesses, schools

Google Apps today sprouted a new limb to lure more US business users and school kids away from collaboration software rivals Microsoft and IBM. According to the search engine firm, Google Apps Team Edition will allow companies' IT departments to more easily integrate and configure the apps for workgroups. Previously, Google …
Kelly Fiveash, 07 Feb 2008
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Homefront

THQ has made it abundantly clear that it intends to step it up as a publisher, marquee titles – the likes of De Blob 2, Red Faction: Armageddon and indeed Homefront are all part of that plan – as the publishing house looks to take on Activision and EA, specialists in the art of the cross-platform blockbuster. Homefront Cop a …
Mike Plant, 18 Mar 2011
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Darwin Mr Popular again in Kansas

The battle for the hearts and minds of American school children took another turn this week. The infamous Kansas school board that voted to banish Darwin from the science curriculum has welcomed him back with open arms, spurning instead the language of intelligent design. The school board has voted, 6-4, to remove the language …
Lucy Sherriff, 15 Feb 2007
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BETT hosts finals of F1 in Schools design challenge

The finals of a nationwide design and engineering competition will be held in London this week at the BETT Educational Technology show. More than 300 schools have submitted entries to the National Jaguar F1 Team in Schools competition, but only one team can emerge victorious. As well as catching the race, visitors to BETT will …
Lucy Sherriff, 10 Jan 2005
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Three Little Pigs book deemed offensive to Muslims

A digital book based on the story of the Three Little Pigs has been rejected by judges presiding over the annual BETT awards of the government's educational technology tentacle, Becta, because the literary deployment of porkers "raises cultural issues". The CD-Rom - produced by Newcastle-based Shoo-fly - is aimed at primary …
Lester Haines, 23 Jan 2008
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Yorkshire takes schools web filtering open source

The Yorkshire and Humberside Grid for Learning (YHGfL) has rolled out open source web filtering to 700 schools in the region. Financial details have not been released. The system, built by OS services group Sirius, should prevent more than 200,000 school kids from accessing dodgy web pages. It is thought to be the largest such …
Lucy Sherriff, 02 Feb 2007
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Schools look beyond the electronic whiteboard

The BETT exhibition in London's Olympia this week is stuffed to the gills with companies showcasing how their particular brand of technology can transform education, help students achieve more and relieve pressure on teachers. Some technology on display is administrative: for example Bromcom is there showing off its wireless …
Lucy Sherriff, 13 Jan 2005
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BBC jumps gun on Ofcom rethink

The battle for the digital dividend is far from over, with Viviane Reding firing another salvo in Dublin yesterday, but the BBC yesterday decided to unilaterally declare Ofcom is rethinking the auction in response to received comments. In an un-bylined piece, originally titled "Ofcom rethinks airwaves sell-off", the BBC reports …
Bill Ray, 02 Oct 2008
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For security's sake! Send your kid to hacker camp

A computer security expert has called on the United States government to train the nation's youth in offensive and defensive cyber technologies so the country is less vulnerable to attacks on its critical infrastructure. "We need to really encourage young people, high school kids, college students, to embrace cyber security as a …
Dan Goodin, 23 Apr 2009
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Facebook defends teen security tricks

Facebook has defended its privacy protection despite the possibility that this has been circumvented for the first time by an alleged sexual predator. The teen-tastic site's chief privacy officer Chris Kelly told security experts Facebook offers a robust system to protect identities of its 16 million participants and to exclude …
Gavin Clarke, 08 Feb 2007
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OLPC sweet talks Microsoft

The One Laptop Per Child Foundation (OLPC) is adapting its Sugar software package to make it compatible with Microsoft’s operating system. The group’s founder Nicholas Negroponte said in an email yesterday that it was agreed after months of discussions with the software giant that the XO Laptop, which currently only runs on a …
Kelly Fiveash, 24 Apr 2008
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Florida cops issue shock 'Butthash' warning

Cops from Florida's Collier County have created a bit of a shitstorm stir by declaring that local high school kids are getting high on fermented "fecal matter and urine", known as "Jenkem", or "Butthash" According to The Smoking Gun, the memo itself - issued by Lieutenant Al Ganich - is real enough, and a shocking read it makes …
Lester Haines, 06 Nov 2007
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The ugly face of crime

There might be some truth in caricatures from films such as Dick Tracy after all. Ugly teens are more likely to grow up to commit crime, according to study by a pair of US economists who tracked the life history of youngsters through to early adulthood. "We find that unattractive individuals commit more crime in comparison to …
John Leyden, 21 Feb 2006
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Irish college deploys fingerprint scanners

It was with a little fanfare of trumpets that St Andrew's College in Dublin today announced it has rolled out a biometric student registering solution which allows the reading of kids' fingerprints without physically storing an image of same. The TruancyGuard system - deployed by thrustingly-monikered Adrenalin - is being …
Lester Haines, 31 May 2005
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Samsung NB30 touchscreen durable netbook

Samsung's range of first generation netbooks consisted of such a bewildering array of similar spec machines that a year on its difficult to remember what the difference was between the N110, N120 and N310. So I had a slight sinking feeling when the NB30 turned up because the basic specification is identical to the N220. Samsung …
Alun Taylor, 11 Jun 2010
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Reuters to start MySpace for City traders

Newswire and financial data service Reuters is to dip another finger in Web 2.0 waters by setting up its own version of MySpace. But the Reuters site will be targeted at City traders rather than US teenagers. "You will see us, later in the year, launch a version of MySpace for the financial services community," Reuters chief …
Lewis Page, 07 Mar 2007
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US schoolkids run amok on internet

US authorites are preparing to throw the book at 13 high school kids for "computer trespass" after the Dirty Baker's Dozen - aka the Kutztown 13 - bypassed school computer security measures to indulge in an orgy of net surfing and online chat. The Pennsylvania perps face a 24 August meeting with the beak in the rather agreeably …
Lester Haines, 10 Aug 2005
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Private space rocket crashes in desert

A privately funded rocket, bound for (sub)orbit, has crashed into the New Mexico desert after something went wrong at 40,000 feet. The UP Aerospace SpaceLoft XL rocket was carrying cremated remains, which at least will be materially unchanged by the crash, and school kids' science projects, which will not. The team behind the …
Lucy Sherriff, 26 Sep 2006
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Happy Pi Day

Happy Pi Day to the Maths geeks of America. For today is March 14 or 3.14 in US date format. If you are in San Francisco, swing by the Exploratorium, join the school kids and "gather around the Pi Shrine to perform pi-related rites and eat ritual food - will it be apple pie or pizza pie or just pie in the sky? - in honor of …
Drew Cullen, 14 Mar 2007
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Can Microsoft teach tots digital-age virtue?

Earlier this month, word got out that Microsoft was funding its own intellectual property rights curriculum in schools. The reaction was understandably negative. The basis of Redmond's pitch was a small survey they sponsored where nearly half of the kids polled said they were unfamiliar with the rules and guidelines of using …
Austin Modine, 27 Feb 2008
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Mobile masts not mortally threatening

Hard up schools which have decided to earn a bit of extra cash by letting a phone company stick a mast on their roof are OK. The National Radiological Protection Board, NRPB, has published research indicating that children in schools with phone masts on the roof are not being exposed to dangerous levels of radio waves. But …
Lucy Sherriff, 30 Jun 2000
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Ruth Kelly: transforming teaching with IT

Ruth Kelly, the new Secretary of State for Education and Skills, opened the education technology fair BETT with an overview of how IT should be used to transform teaching and learning, and a few specific announcements. Teachers TV, a new digital channel, goes live on Sky, NTL, Telewest, Homechoice and Freeview on 8 February, …
Lucy Sherriff, 13 Jan 2005