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Sinclair ZX Spectrum 30th Anniversary

April 22nd, 2012 04:37 admin View Comments

Education

It’s not just the TRS-80; new submitter sebt writes “ZX Spectrum, the microcomputer launched in 1982 by Sinclair Research (Cambridge, UK) turns 30 today. The launch of the machine is seen by many today as the inspiration for a generation of eager young programmers, software and game designers in the UK. The events surrounding its launch, notably Sinclair’s well-known rivalry with Acorn, later helped to inspire the design of the ARM architecture and most recently the Raspberry PI (based on ARM), in an effort to reboot the idea of enthusiastic kid programmers first captured by the Spectrum and Acorn’s BBC micro. Happy birthday Spec!”

Source: Sinclair ZX Spectrum 30th Anniversary

UK Web Snooping Plan Invades Privacy, Despite Claims To the Contrary

April 21st, 2012 04:36 admin View Comments

Privacy

sweetpea86 writes with a snippet from this story at TechWorld:“The UK government’s proposal to separate communications data from content, as part of new plans to allow intelligence services to monitor all internet activity, is infeasible according to a panel of technology experts. Speaking at the ‘Scrambling for Safety’ conference in London, Ross Anderson, professor of security engineering at the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory, said that the distinction between traffic data as being harmless and content as being sensitive is becoming less and less relevant. ‘Now that people are living more and more of their lives online, the pattern of who you communicate with and in what order gives away pretty well everything,’ he said. ‘This means that, in data protection terms, traffic data is now very often going to be specially sensitive data.’”

Source: UK Web Snooping Plan Invades Privacy, Despite Claims To the Contrary

Sun Advice Columnist Advised MPs On UK Porn-Block Plans

April 19th, 2012 04:50 admin View Comments

Censorship

nk497 writes “The first official expert witness in an inquiry into network-level filtering of porn was a Sun advice columnist called Dear Deidre. A group of MPs has been pushing to censor the UK web to prevent children from seeing porn, but reading the full report reveals the weakness of the evidence. It also features Dear Deidre defending the topless model on Page 3 of her own newspaper saying “the Editor of The Sun thinks it’s okay” and “nine million people read it”.”

Source: Sun Advice Columnist Advised MPs On UK Porn-Block Plans

Sun Advice Columnist Advised MPs On UK Porn-Block Plans

April 19th, 2012 04:50 admin View Comments

Censorship

nk497 writes “The first official expert witness in an inquiry into network-level filtering of porn was a Sun advice columnist called Dear Deidre. A group of MPs has been pushing to censor the UK web to prevent children from seeing porn, but reading the full report reveals the weakness of the evidence. It also features Dear Deidre defending the topless model on Page 3 of her own newspaper saying “the Editor of The Sun thinks it’s okay” and “nine million people read it”.”

Source: Sun Advice Columnist Advised MPs On UK Porn-Block Plans

IKEA Announces Furniture With Integrated TV, Speakers, and Blu-ray

April 17th, 2012 04:51 admin View Comments

Television

MrSeb writes “If you long for those balmy days when TVs looked like pieces of furniture, good news: This fall, IKEA will release Uppleva, a range of home entertainment systems that integrate a flat-screen full HD TV, 2.1 sound, and a Blu-ray player. Uppleva will come in three different designs, with a range of screen sizes starting at 24 inches. If the built-in Blu-ray player isn’t enough, there are two USB and four HDMI ports down the side of the screen, and an empty ‘bay’ that can hold a games console, TiVo, or another set-top box of your choice. In true IKEA fashion, the whole caboodle will come in a range of colors (white, light wood, dark wood, black, and so on). Prices start at 6,500 Swedish Kroner (around $950) — presumably for the 24-inch version — which is a fairly good deal. Uppleva will only be available in a few European markets to start with, but the UK and North America should see it in early 2013.”

Source: IKEA Announces Furniture With Integrated TV, Speakers, and Blu-ray

Raspberry Pi Arrives, With a School Debut In Leeds

April 14th, 2012 04:30 admin View Comments

Education

hypnosec writes “It seems fitting that the first batch of Raspberry Pi computers landed in the UK in the hands of school children based in Leeds as what many consider as another wave of grass-root computing revolution, another BBC Micro 2.0, begins. The Raspberry Pi has been designed from scratch to get anyone interested in computer programming to do so without forking out much; the base unit can connect to a television like the Commodore C64 or the Sinclair ZX81. According to the BBC, the first batch has been presented [Friday] by Eben Upton, the school project coordinator, in an event held at the Leeds offices of Premier Farnell, one of the official PI distributors.”

Source: Raspberry Pi Arrives, With a School Debut In Leeds

Everything Everywhere To Sell UK 4G Spectrum

April 10th, 2012 04:24 admin View Comments

EU

judgecorp writes “UK operator Everything Everywhere is opening up the market for 4G services by selling some 1800MHz spectrum. Real 4G is slow to arrive in Britain as the big spectrum auction is still stalled, but Everything Everywhere is planning to deliver LTE services this year. European competition law required Everything Everywhere to sell spectrum to its rivals when it was formed from the UK networks of T-Mobile and Orange.”

Source: Everything Everywhere To Sell UK 4G Spectrum

Anonymous Hacks UK Government Sites Over ‘Draconian Surveillance’

April 7th, 2012 04:40 admin View Comments

Security

Krystalo writes “The hacktivist group Anonymous today hacked multiple UK government websites over the country’s ‘draconian surveillance proposals’ and ‘derogation of civil rights.’ At the time of writing, the following websites were taken down: homeoffice.gov.uk, number10.gov.uk, and justice.gov.uk. The group is not pleased with the UK government’s plans to monitor Internet users.”

Source: Anonymous Hacks UK Government Sites Over ‘Draconian Surveillance’

Amazon Pays No UK Income Tax, Under Investigation

April 6th, 2012 04:12 admin View Comments

Businesses

New submitter artciousc writes with news that Amazon is dodging taxes in the UK. From the article: “Regulatory filings by parent company Amazon.com with the U.S. securities and exchange commission show the tax inquiry into the UK operation, which sells nearly one in four books sold in Britain, focuses on a period when ownership of the British business was transferred to a Luxembourg company.” Clever trick there: “The UK operation avoids tax as the ownership of the main Amazon.co.uk business was transferred to a Luxembourg company in 2006. The UK business is now owned by Amazon EU Sarl and the UK operation is classed only as an ‘order fulfilment’ business.” The HMRC is investigating the legality.

Source: Amazon Pays No UK Income Tax, Under Investigation

Belfast Plots 1Gbps Ultra-Fast Broadband Network

April 6th, 2012 04:26 admin View Comments

The Internet

twoheadedboy writes “Belfast is going to get ultra-fast broadband, as plans for a 1Gbps network get going. Belfast’s City Council has been guaranteed £6m of the UK government’s £100m Urban Broadband Fund, but could receive up to £13.7m if the Government approves its plans. The city plans to get the network up and running in three years, which will make it one of the best-connected cities in the world.”

Source: Belfast Plots 1Gbps Ultra-Fast Broadband Network