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Whisky business: Uni of Edinburgh servers Irn-Scru'd by cyber-attack

Updated The University of Edinburgh has gone offline from what appears to be a massive distributed denial-of-service attack on the campus network. As a result, the Scottish college's websites and wireless network gateways are down due to a flood of junk traffic during its first week of class. So far no student or faculty data is …
Shaun Nichols, 12 Sep 2018
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New Scottish Apple Store appears, then VANISHES off map app

It appears someone has taken steps to cover their tracks after accidentally revealing the existence of a new Apple Store on Apple's map app. Even though the existence of a new "iStore" was one of the worst kept secrets in Edinburgh, it seems someone was determined to maintain its blown cover. Apple has denied making the …
Jasper Hamill, 9 Oct 2014

Plane grounded so cops can cuff semi-legless passenger

A Thomson flight from Tunisia to Edinburgh was diverted to Gatwick airport on Wednesday night after a female passenger allegedly threatened cabin crew with a false leg. As cops escorted her from the aircraft, other passengers bade her farewell with a rendition of The Hokey Cokey, STV reports. A Sussex Police spokesman …
Lester Haines, 1 Aug 2014
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'THERE'S BEEN A MURRRDER!' Plod probe Street View 'slaying'

Edinburgh cops investigating an apparent murder caught on Google Street View were delighted to discover it was a hoax perpetrated by a couple of mechanics. A concerned citizen alerted the boys in blue that images snapped by Google's all-seeing eye in the city's Giles Street showed a man beating down another with a pick axe …
Lester Haines, 4 Jun 2014
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Roses are #f00, violets are #00f. This witty code is a boffinry breakthrough

What do you call a computer program that uses big data to write jokes? Basic, judging by the list of groan-worthy gags generated by this new wisecracking software. Eggheads at the University of Edinburgh have developed code dedicated to spitting out quips along the lines of: "I like my men like I like my monoxide - odourless" …
Jasper Hamill, 2 Aug 2013

Will Jocks strap on beefy ARMs to grapple rival racks next year?

Video When the University of Edinburgh decided to enter the gruelling cluster-building competition for students at this year's International Supercomputing Conference, they didn’t have to look far for hardware suppliers eager to feed their need for speed. The server-wrangling undergraduates turned to UK-based businesses Viglen and …
Dan Olds, 17 Jul 2013
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Seven Dwarfs password gag declared Fringe's best

Comedian Nick Helm has secured the Funniest Joke of the Fringe 2011 title, after entertaining the Edinburgh crowds with this rib-tickler: "I needed a password with eight characters so I picked Snow White and the Seven Dwarves."* Nick Helm with his Dave TV award Nick Helm with his award. Photo: DAVE/PA A triumphant Helm ( …
Lester Haines, 25 Aug 2011
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BAA outhouses 200 IT workers over to Capgemini

BAA has inked a five-year £100m deal with outsourcing outfit Capgemini. Under the agreement, 200 staff at BAA – which oversees the management of Heathrow, Stansted and four other UK airports – will be offered a transfer to Capgemini under TUPE conditions. The deal gives Capgemini overarching responsibility to run BAA's core …
Kelly Fiveash, 21 Mar 2011
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Once-in-a-lifetime gag tops Fringe quip list

Dave TV has honoured Tim Vine with its Joke of the Fringe award - the annual celebration of the Best of Edinburgh quippery. "Pun punditt" Vine beat off some stiff opposition with: ''I've just been on a once-in-a-lifetime holiday. I'll tell you what, never again.'' Eight comedy critics sat through "60 performances, totalling 3 …
Lester Haines, 23 Aug 2010
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Hedgehog quip secures Fringe's top gag crown

Comedian Dan Antopolski has secured the 2009 top Fringe gag crown for entertaining Edinburgh Festival crowds with: "Hedgehogs. Why can't they just share the hedge?" Comedian Dan Antopolski with his Dave award Antopolski (pictured) topped a Dave TV poll featuring top quips from the festival selected by a panel of "nine of the …
Lester Haines, 24 Aug 2009
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Librarians redubbed 'audience development officers'

Edinburgh librarians are apparently "seething" after the powers that be decided they should henceforth be known as “audience development officers” as part of a plan to drag libraries kicking and screaming “into the 21st century”. That's how the Caldeonian edition of the Sun describes the move by "barmy" council bosses, which …
Lester Haines, 13 Jan 2009
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Street View operatives object to being snapped

Edinburgh's Evening News has discovered that, when it comes to personal privacy, Google's Street View is a strictly one-way thoroughfare. The paper was alerted yesterday that several examples of the Orwellian spycar fleet were being prepared for action at a disused garage site in Drum Brae South. It duly dispatched a snapper …
Lester Haines, 16 Sep 2008
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Winehouse jibe wins Fringe's funniest gag

A tasteless jibe at the expense of galactically-talented bouffant platform Amy Winehouse has secured the Edinburgh Fringe festival's funniest gag crown for comedienne Zoe Lyons. Zoe Lyons with her Dave funniest gag trophy Lyons (pictured) entertained the crowds during her Mangled Mantra of the Messed-up Modern Mind show with …
Lester Haines, 22 Aug 2008
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Colchester Hospital sacks manager over lost laptop

Colchester University Hospital has sacked one of its managers over the theft of his work laptop, which contained unencrypted patient records. The PC - which was stolen (pdf) from the unnamed manager's car in June - contained copies of the personal details and treatment plans of several thousand patients. Thieves took the …
John Leyden, 12 Aug 2008
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Google's spycar revs up UK privacy fears

Google's Street View cars, which grab real photographs of streets and the people in them for the search giant's Maps service, have come under fire from privacy campaigners. The spycar has been spotted in London, Edinburgh and Cardiff. A Reg reader was kind enough to send us a snap of the snapper-car in London. The pictures the …
John Oates, 7 Jul 2008
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Disconnected O2 punters to lose connections again

UK operator O2 has admitted a power failure yesterday cut off customers in an area east of Edinburgh, and could do so again this evening while a permanent solution is installed. The failure was due to a faulty power supply unit involved in base stations east of the city and down to the borders. Many customers were able to get …
Bill Ray, 3 Jun 2008

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