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British Politics – a short guide

Posted by Kevin on October 19, 2016

Background It’s often thought that British politics is divided into the Left and the Right. This is not strictly true. The Left comprises the Labour Party; the Right comprises the Conservative Party – which are indeed, the two primary political parties. Beyond either is the extreme left (Marxists) and the extreme right (Fascists or British […]

IPB excuse #74

Posted by Kevin on October 19, 2016

Investigatory Powers Bill (IPB) in the Lords; from Hansard: Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb (Green Party) The amendment simply requires, first, a threshold of reasonable suspicion that a serious crime has been planned or committed and, secondly, a factual basis for believing that the targeted communications data will contain information relevant to the criminal investigation. This […]

IPB Excuse #73

Posted by Kevin on October 18, 2016

A new report from the government-backed Get Safe Online organization says that almost £11 billion pounds was lost to fraud and cyber crime in the UK last year. That translates to £210 for everybody over the age of 16. No, wait. It’s likely to be £523 each, because that’s the average for victims of online […]

Lock up your data – the British IPB is coming

Posted by Kevin on October 17, 2016

Until a year before the Brexit referendum, I was firmly in favour of the UK leaving the EU. This was because I have zero faith in European politicians. Then I did a 180. This was because I have even less faith in British politicians. And IPB. And here’s why. In a highly significant judgment released […]

Still in Denial of the Tough New Privacy Law GDPR?

Posted by Tara Taubman-Bassirian on October 17, 2016

This morning GDPR on the news, shared by Rachel Oconnell : Firms Are in Denial About Tough New EU Privacy Law: The world’s toughest privacy law will go into force in Europe 18 months from now, and so far, the strategy of many IT professionals appears to be “pretend it’s not happening.” That’s the takeaway […]

Targeted Advertising — a new farce in one Act

Posted by Kevin on October 11, 2016

Ain’t targeted advertising wonderful? Top of the list of adverts that LinkedIn thinks I might be interested is Dessy. I’ve never heard of Dessy. This is what it offered me: If you actually know me you will laugh. I get most of my clothes from Mole Valley Farmers, where they do a wonderful line in […]

Yet more VR announcements add confusion to a crowded market

Posted by Josh Townsend on October 11, 2016

Virtual Reality saw a lot of news in the first week of October, which has done little to clarify or stabilise a marketplace that many already see as confusing and complicated. The first big announcement comes from Google, with the news that they going beyond their ‘Cardboard’ VR-viewing device with a more purpose-built headset, the […]

Facing the Realities of VR and AR

Posted by Josh Townsend on October 5, 2016

It’s hard to separate important innovations from mere fads. The technology industry can be especially difficult in this regard, constantly throwing out curve-balls that take analysts by surprise. So many devices once considered to be game-changers have been forgotten without contributing much to their relevant spheres, while even something as wide-ranging and dominant as gaming […]

Physical security and quantum computing

Posted by Rob Slade on October 3, 2016

There is probably not a great deal that quantum computing can do to benefit physical security. As previously noted, biometrics may be improved, and these are being increasingly used for physical access control. Control of certain alarm systems might benefit from pattern recognition capabilities: for example, fire alarm systems with a complex set of different […]

Why cyber security doesn’t work

Posted by Kevin on September 29, 2016

Ilia Kolochenko, CEO and founder of High-Tech Bridge, has an interesting article in CSO Online. It’s worth reading – but I just want to consider the first part here. He examines two sets of figures: spend on cyber security; and the losses to cyber crime. Both are rocketing: Gartner predicts a rise in spend from […]