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Please replace the sword, says owner of now-hollow stone

The legendary sword has been pulled from the stone – but the owner wants it back and a crowdfunding campaign has been set up to replace the blade. The iron sword in question was sunk into a rock beside Llangorse Lake in the Brecon Beacons, Wales, by local campsite owner Garnet Davies. "The whole purpose is for kids to have a …
Gareth Corfield, 18 Oct 2017
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Cardiff did Nazi that coming: Hackers slap Trump, swastikas, Sharia law on e-sign

Shoppers in Cardiff got an eyeful this week when mystery hackers took control of an electronic billboard overlooking the main shopping street and broadcasted a string of images, including Nazi swastikas. The billboard, on Queen Street in the Welsh capital, began displaying pictures of the Nazi symbol, and a sign declaring: " …
Iain Thomson, 2 Aug 2017

Wales gives anti-vaping Blockleiters a Big Red Panic Button

Publicly owned open spaces in Wales now feature a Red Button that panic-stricken citizens can smack in fury when they spot a vaper on the premises. The button triggers an anonymous pre-recorded PA announcement – read out by a child. The system, which has been introduced at four hospitals, is designed to curb smoking. But this …
Andrew Orlowski, 14 Jun 2016
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Rock reboot and the Welsh windy wonder: Centre for Alternative Technology

Geek's Guide to Britain There are plenty of tourist attractions scattered around the coast of Cardigan Bay in Wales. But for the last four decades, the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) has provided something appropriately... alternative. There is an early sign of this in the car park – a huge wind turbine blade, placed as if to diminish the …
SA Mathieson, 21 Aug 2015

Keep up, boyos! 20k Win XP PCs still in use by NHS in Wales

The list of public sector departments still stuck on Windows XP keeps on swelling with confirmation that almost 20,000 computers in the Welsh health service are running on the near 14-year old operating system. As we revealed, the framework support agreement negotiated between the Crown and Microsoft at a cost of £5.584m came …
Paul Kunert, 7 Aug 2015
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Loss of Wales PSN gig? No worries, says Logicalis UK boss

Services-based reseller Logicalis is looking to fill the void left by losing the Wales Public Sector Network (PSN) gig to BT with more bite-sized projects. Well, that's the plan at least. The Slough-based firm is to be ousted by the Brit telco monopoly on a contract that could be worth up to £420m over the next seven years, …
Paul Kunert, 11 Nov 2014
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Official: BT wins £420m Wales PSN gig... just as we said it would

The Welsh government has finally coughed to what El Chan readers have known for months, that BT dislodged incumbent Logicalis from the next Public Sector Network (PSN) contract valued at roughly £420m over seven years. The gig to provide the public sector in Wales with broadband and other IP services was actually awarded to …
Paul Kunert, 8 Oct 2014
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BT scoops up Wales PSN contracts, elbows out Logicalis

BT has pipped Logicalis to be the preferred supplier to provide the Welsh public sector with broadband and other IP services in a contract valued at up to £420m over its lifetime. This is a blow for the Welsh Slough-based Logicalis, which from 2007 built a public sector network (PSN) for Wales - the first in Europe - to …
Paul Kunert, 8 Aug 2014
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Mae Microsoft yn addysgu Swyddfa, Bing, siarad Cymraeg*

Microsoft has added Welsh to the list of languages “spoken” by its Bing translation engine and Office products. Redmond's efforts were assisted by Rhodri Glyn Thomas, the commissioner of the National Assembly for Wales with responsibility for the Welsh language. Thomas and other staff worked with Microsoft on a Welsh language …
Simon Sharwood, 12 May 2014
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Welsh gov beats off Canada to hand £1m to Nintendo dev

Game development firm OysterWorld is opening up a base in south Wales that will bring 60 jobs to the region in the next three years. Wales beat out Canada as the site for the development, marketing and research centre, which will be backed by £1m from the Welsh government. “Attracting a significant player like Oyster World, …
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Facebook foolishness foils (un)civil servant's squirm up greasy pole

Welsh bureaucrats are in trouble again for their use of social networking websites: seven civil servants have now been disciplined for their comments on Facebook or Twitter. The latest staff member to draw bosses' ire for online tomfoolery has been banned from promotion for a year after posting remarks on Facebook that were …
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Wales slams Amazon over lack of Kindle support

A publisher has attacked Amazon over its failure to offer books in Welsh on the Kindle e-reading device. More than 1,500 people have also signed a petition demanding the all-conquering badboy of bookselling change its policy after the imprint attacked it in the Welsh press. Y Lolfa, a small publisher based near Aberystwyth, …
Jasper Hamill, 15 Apr 2013
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Welsh council's unused mountain of 2,400 laptops

A Welsh council kept 2,400 laptops, which were supposed to be used by school pupils, in storage for at least a year because it couldn't figure out what to do with the kit. Torfaen County Borough Council bought a batch of 8,642 laptops in March last year for itself, Monmouthshire council and Newport council. Torfaen footed the …
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Oi, don't leave Cymru in broadband slow lane, MPs warn

The UK government's broadband rollout plan fails to address the needs of businesses in Wales, MPs have warned in a report published today. The dossier highlights an apparent "gap" in internet access in more remote parts of Cymru. The House of Commons Welsh Affairs Committee cautioned that too many "slow spots" and "not spots" …
Kelly Fiveash, 17 Sep 2012

BT bags MASSIVE £425m broadband rollout deal in Wales

BT has unsurprisingly won hefty government funds to roll out a faster broadband network to Wales. Sole rival Fujitsu withdrew from the race for securing BDUK investment in the country earlier this year, leaving BT as the only bidder. The national telco confirmed on Thursday that the Welsh fibre broadband project was worth …
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Jul 2012
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Wikipedia to shut down Wednesday in SOPA protest

Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales has announced that the "encyclopedia anyone can edit" will go dark this Wednesday in protest of the Stop Online Piracy Act, aka SOPA, that's dividing Washington DC – not to mention pitting online content providers against ISPs, search-engine sites, civil libertarians, and others. Wales tweeted on …
Rik Myslewski, 16 Jan 2012
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Jimbo Wales ponders Wikipedia blackout

Wikipedia founder Jimbo Wales is contemplating taking "the encyclopedia anyone can edit" down – temporarily – in protest of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) currently wending its way through Congress. But first he wants to hear your opinion. "My own view is that a community strike was very powerful and successful in Italy …
Rik Myslewski, 13 Dec 2011
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Wales relaunches bilingual online traffic info service

The Welsh government has relaunched Traffic Wales, its online traffic management and information service, with new features aimed at helping motorists plan their journeys. Among the new features on the revamped bilingual website are a calendar to view planned roadworks or events and a freight section aimed at road hauliers. …

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