Aiming high

Thursday, August 25th, 2016 10:58 am
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Amateur rocket enthusiasts have gathered in Scotland to mark 30 years of aiming for the skies.

I wrote a thing!

Friday, August 26th, 2016 12:15 pm
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I worked hard on it, because it's a tough subject and my brain hasn't been working lately (I have so many things to tell you about! but no words!). And it's important so I wanted to get it right. I'm pleased with how it ended up and glad I was able to do it.

Here it is. It's about Ray Fuller, a bisexual Jamaican denied asylum in the U.S. partly because the judge thought his relationships with women meant he couldn't be bisexual.
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Researchers track a particular type of tiny vibration for the first time, as it wobbles through the Earth from the Atlantic to Japan.

How to shave a mountain

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016 03:29 pm
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Tourists gather in Transylvania to help with the traditional mountain hay harvest. BBC Gaelic Journalist Teàrlach Quinnell went with them.

Russian MP's son convicted of hacking scheme

Friday, August 26th, 2016 09:55 am
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Russian Roman Seleznev has been found guilty in the US of running a hacking scheme that stole $169m (£131m).
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Posted by Tom Mendelsohn

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Rescue teams working in earthquake-ravaged central Italy have asked local residents to leave their Wi-Fi networks unlocked to aid them in searching for survivors.

The Italian Red Cross made the request in the wake of an earthquake just 65 miles from Rome, measuring 6.2 on the Richter Scale which has so far claimed more than 240 lives, and left dozens of people potentially still trapped beneath the rubble.

Easy access to Wi-Fi is essential to the rescuers who have been hampered by damage to mobile networks in the chaos.

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Posted by Fat Jim

mary-berry-FHM-100The government is delighted with the success of its obesity plan as only 11.2 million viewers returned for a seventh series of the Great British Bake Off.
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Posted by Neil Tollfree

bake-off-20164.6 billion people tuned into the first episode of Great British Bake-off on Wednesday evening, that’s approximately 63% of everyone in the world!
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Posted by Davywavy

Jeremy-Corbyn-speechLabour's annual brewery piss-up may have to be held round at Jeremy Corbyn's house after they completely failed to organise it.
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Posted by Tom Mendelsohn

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New EE customers—and existing ones willing to sign new contracts—are to be offered six months of free access to Apple Music, in an apparent bid to chip into Spotify's dominance of the streaming music market.

This is the first time a UK mobile operator has offered Apple's premium streaming app to customers. Six months is double the free trial period which Apple usually offers for its service.

After it comes to an end, EE subscribers will either be allowed to opt-out, or will pay the normal subscription charge, currently £10 per month, via their mobile bill.

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The Blood is the Life for 26-08-2016

Friday, August 26th, 2016 11:00 am
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There are some who might suggest that a party that cannot even organise its own annual conference are not capable of running the country.

Fortunately, there is a professional civil service who are able to ensure that the wheels of government are able to keep running irrespective of who is in power.

Alas, that does not appear to be the case with the Labour Party, who seem determined to self-destruct at every level.

The Independent reports that the prospect of the Labour Party cancelling its annual conference has become ever more realistic after G4S turned down a last-minute offer to provide security.

G4S has apparently been present at the event for 20 years, but has recently been criticised by party figures, including Jeremy Corbyn, for various prison contracts and links to Israel.

As a result Labour found a replacement security company called Showsec, but they are in the middle of an industrial dispute with the party over union membership for its workers. There have been threats to form a picket line outside the conference entrance, which several Labour members have said they would refuse to cross.

Merseyside police re not willing to allow the event to go ahead without security, and that they are not in a position to provide it.

The prospect of Labour not having a conference at which it can announce the results of its leadership election looms ever larger.

You couldn't make it up.
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Posted by Annalee Newitz

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Note: Halt and Catch Fire airs on Amazon Prime in the UK. Season 1 and 2 are available on-demand, and episodes from season 3 will be released on a weekly basis.

Halt and Catch Fire is a fascinating AMC series about the 1980s computer industry, and its intense characters and nostalgic evocations of classic startups have made it a cult favorite over the past two years. Each season explores one aspect of the nascent tech scene—first in Austin, then San Francisco—by re-imagining key moments in the early days of personal computing. Season 1 brought us the drama of creating the first PC clones, season 2 was a tale of early online gaming and chatroom community at startup Mutiny, and season 3 started this week with a look at online services like eBay as well as antivirus software (evil marketing genius Joe has morphed into John McAfee). It's off to a great start, providing a nuanced look at online privacy and startup culture.

You might say that Halt and Catch Fire is an alternate history of the techie 1980s, re-imagining the origins of today's online world through the lives of our struggling, flawed geek heroes. Maybe "alternate history" sounds like a strong term for a show that offers a fairly realistic snapshot of the '80s tech world, right down to the bleepy music and New Wave design of the credits. Many details, like the marketing of PC clones and online communities like CompuServe, are fairly accurate. But often, events that happened in the 1990s and 2000s are injected into the story. This season, for example, Mutiny founders Cameron (Mackenzie Davis) and Donna (Kerry Bishé) are basically inventing eBay. But they do it by navigating a very 2000s-era tech issue: digital privacy.

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The Department of Homeland Security says it's looking into a cyber-attack on Leslie Jones' website and iCloud account.
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Netflix US takes a light-hearted swipe at North Korea's recent venture into the video-streaming industry, in its Twitter biography.

What you missed at Gamescom 2016

Friday, August 26th, 2016 07:29 am
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Posted by Mark Walton

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With Microsoft, Sony, and all the large publishers deciding against big press conferences at Gamescom 2016—Sony didn't even schedule any appointments for journalists—the show was always going to be a little quieter than years past. Gamescom's proximity to E3, which is held two months prior in June, has always been something of a nightmare for developers, giving them very little time to fix up new demo code specifically for Gamescom.

But while there were no earth-shattering announcements at Gamescom 2016 (at least for press), plenty of publishers held back some tasty titbits from E3. Fans of stare-blankly-into-the-nothingness-simulator Elite Dangerous were pleased to get details on the upcoming Guardians 2.2 expansion, which introduces the likes of ship-launched fighters, crew recruitment, and "mysterious sites." Oh, and you can finally live the dream of doing the most mundane thing possible in Elite and essentially drive a bus through deep space thanks to the introduction of passenger contracts.

Square Enix let press loose on the first four chapters of Final Fantasy XV, and while I wasn't totally convinced by the combat or the haphazard introduction, the fact that there's a huge open world to explore makes it easier to warm to than FFXIII. Which is more than can be said for, Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV, a spin-off movie so bad that having a feral skunk periodically pee on you while a homeless man pokes you in the eye with a sharp, pointy stick would be a marginally more enjoyable way to spend an evening.

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Nation considers culling generation of GCSE failures

Friday, August 26th, 2016 08:10 am
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teenagersAfter GCSE results fell by the largest amount since records began, the nation is wondering if we should just bin the lot of them.
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Posted by Dan Goodin

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Apple has patched three high-severity iOS vulnerabilities that are being actively exploited to infect iPhones so attackers can steal confidential messages from a large number of apps, including Gmail, Facebook, and WhatsApp, security researchers said Thursday.

The spyware has been dubbed Pegasus by researchers from mobile security provider Lookout; they believe it has been circulating in the wild for a significant amount of time. Working with researchers from University of Toronto-based Citizen Lab, they have determined that the spyware targeted a political dissident located in the United Arab Emirates and was launched by an US-owned company specializing in computer-based exploits. Based on the price of the attack kit—about $8 million for 300 licenses—the researchers believe it's being actively used against other iPhone users throughout the world.

"Pegasus is the most sophisticated attack we’ve seen on any endpoint because it takes advantage of how integrated mobile devices are in our lives and the combination of features only available on mobile—always connected (WiFi, 3G/4G), voice communications, camera, email, messaging, GPS, passwords, and contact lists," Lookout and Citizen Lab researchers wrote in a blog post. "It is modular to allow for customization and uses strong encryption to evade detection."

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Posted by Beth Mole

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With rage surging over claims of price gouging, EpiPen manufacturer Mylan took a page from Turing’s playbook today. CEO Heather Bresch told CNBC that the company is taking “immediate action” to make the life-saving auto-injectors available to any patients that need one. The company will expand discounts and eligibility of its customer assistance program.

However, Mylan gave no sign that it will lower the EpiPen’s list price, which the company has hiked up more than 400 percent in recent years. Though an EpiPen only costs a few dollars to make and can reverse deadly allergic reactions, they now can cost more than $600.

Bresch, seen as the mastermind of the price hike and currently one of the highest paid executives in the industry, tried instead to shift the conversation to problems in the American healthcare system.

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How post BREXIT the bookmakers are looking at WH2016

Friday, August 26th, 2016 04:30 am
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Posted by Guest slot


A certainty – maybe not

With three months to go until election day, people all over the world are lining up to place their bets on who’s going to take on the role of the 45th president of the United States after Barak Obama’s two-term presidency. Up until now, the odds have been everywhere – Donald Trump may have started off with odds that would make you a millionaire if he was elected, but right now, the fact that he could soon be leading one of the most powerful countries in the world is both scaring and exciting millions of people, depending on which side you’re on. But, if the odds are anything to go by, Hilary Clinton is still in the lead, with the wife of former U.S. president Bill Clinton polling strongly during the move along the campaign trail, giving her a solid lead over Republican nominee and immigrant-proof wall-builder Donald Trump.

Is Clinton in the Lead?

It would be safe to say that Hilary Clinton is currently taking the lead, however, when it comes to political betting, it’s always good to remember that sometimes, elections can go a completely different way from how the majority of people envisioned. One of the best recent examples of this is the EU Referendum in the United Kingdom, with bookies placing massive odds on the public voting to leave – a ‘remain’ vote was definitely the favourite, a mistake which cost dearly as the 23rd June saw Britain decide to Brexit with a 52% majority vote. The CEO of Bookmaker Ratings, Paruyr Shahbazyan, said at the time “the shock of Brexit definitely surprised a lot of bookmakers. It’s likely the bookies will be setting tighter odds for the US election, just in case”.

When it comes to the U.S. presidential election, Clinton appears to hold a considerable lead in several of the key states, including New York and California – states which have the most and third-most electoral delegates. However, Donald Trump is currently reigning supreme in Texas, the state with the second-most electoral delegates.

Is the Gap Closing?

Although Hilary Clinton seems to be firmly in the lead, the Republican Convention saw the presidential odds begin to tighten. After Clinton’s extended period of being dominantly in the lead according to the odds, Donald Trump has started to close the gap and creep a little bit closer to being in the lead. And, the bad news for Clinton supporters is that whilst Trump’s odds have been rising, Clinton’s have been doing the exact opposite and falling. Of course, if your money is on Trump to win the presidential election, this is great news for you. However, let’s not forget about Republican newcomer Evan McMullin, a former CIA operative who has recently announced that he will be running for president as a conservative alternative to Donald Trump – great news for anti-Trump Republicans who were unsure of which way to vote.


It’s safe to say that this year’s presidential election in the U.S. will be a stand-off between billionaire media mogul Donald Trump and former First Lady Hilary Clinton, who will become the first female president of the United States if she is elected. It’s worth noting that Clinton’s odds have not yet fallen below those of Donald Trump, as her potential position as the first female president has incited millions of vote from women who want to finally see another woman in power.

On the other hand, Donald Trump was the only presumptive nominee for a month after Ted Cruz and John Kasich both suspended their campaigns within twenty-four hours of one another back in May. Although Clinton gained enough delegates to win the nomination before the Democratic Convention, her opponent Bernie Sanders vowed to take his campaign all the way to Cleveland, before losing the final primary by a huge margin in the District of Columbia on June 14.

The Presidential Race

This year’s presidential race has certainly proven to be one of the most interesting of all time, with many of the candidates defying the odds to win or lose at different points. From a betting perspective, Clinton has always been a firm favourite to win, however, Donald Trump, who’s now the bookies’ second favourite, was just a ludicrous long-shot when he first announced that he would be running in the election. So far, the race for POTUS has taught us one thing – anything can happen!

Who are you backing to win?

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Posted by Megan Geuss

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On Thursday, federal antitrust regulators from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) approved electric vehicle maker Tesla’s bid to buy solar panel company SolarCity for $2.6 billion in an all-stock deal. The deal was expected to be approved, and Reuters reported that regulators fast-tracked the merger, along with a number of other, lower-profile mergers in which the two companies seeking to merge did little overlapping business.

Tesla announced the merger in June, and on August 1 it proposed terms for the takeover of the solar panel company—owners of SolarCity shares will get 0.11 shares of Tesla stock for every share of SolarCity stock they own. Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who also serves on the SolarCity board, said he wanted to purchase the solar panel company to create an integrated solar platform in which houses could generate their own electricity (perhaps even with an entire Tesla-branded solar roof), store that energy in a Tesla Powerwall, and charge their electric vehicle. Servicing and installation would ideally become more consumer-friendly as well, as it would all come from the same company.

Tesla has also said that its growing experience in manufacturing at its Fremont, California, and Sparks, Nevada, locations could help SolarCity more effectively realize its own massive solar panel manufacturing project in Buffalo, New York.

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