During 2016, SEPA (Scottish Environment Protection Agency) will become responsible for regulating reservoir safety in Scotland. To ensure all relevant reservoir operators are fully registered with SEPA ahead of the change, a free six month registration period will open on 1 April, 2015.
As the £60m boost for community scale renewable energy project is in Loch Lomond National Park, Crianlarich’s powerful start to renewable energy scheme could also be echoed by parallel complimentary networking for broadband to local communities, so that the energy funding could more efficiently afford better links for remote Scottish rural communities than to date BT has to date been able to supply although it is recorded as trialling white space.
Chris Turkstra, senior director of Samsung is of the opinion that the IoT (Internet of Things) is currently at the peak of its hype cycle. Raghu Das, CEO IDTechEx agrees as widespread enthusiasm gives way to the pragmatics of understanding of the problems that IoT can address and that will create user pull.
For the third time in the last couple of weeks, Adobe is dealing with a zero day vulnerability in Flash. The vulnerability affects Flash on Windows, OS X and Linux. The company is working on a patch for another Flash bug that is being exploited in drive-by download attacks.
As the UK government has agreed to a ban franking, in protected areas known national parks "other than in exceptional circumstances" and has accepted an amendment by the opposition Labour party on tougher regulations, but in a parliamentary vote rejected any other changes to its flagship legislation debate has caused cross-party polarisation in Britain, with many MPs from different parties wanting to see a total moratorium adopted, as in France and The Netherlands.
Permeable pavements are already commonly used, in particular in Japan and the USA and in Europe used by Belgium and Germany. Now VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd has developed permeable pavements to reduce the problems caused by storm and runoff water in urban areas. to conform with CLASS ( (CLimate Adaptive SurfaceS)
As gamekeeper George Mutch is sentenced to four months in prison after conviction of the illegal killing of a goshawk, illegal use of a trap and illegal taking of a buzzard and a second goshawk, the RSPB Scotland also continues to challenge four windfarm developments in the Firths of Forth and Tay while urging the people of Dumfries and Galloway to protest the Spango (Mid Rig) wind-farm re-submission proposal.
UK telecommunications regulator, Ofcom, sets out its planned negotiating position for the 2015 global conference where decisions relating to the allocation of radio frequency bands are expected to be taken.
ESET has analysed new member of ransomware family (malicious software used for extortion) detected by its telemetry under name Win32/VirLock. It is claimed the first time ESET researchers have seen ransomware also act as a polymorphic parasitic virus infecting files on user‘s device.
In what some might see as a table turning development, Norway's Next Biometrics Group ASA, HQ in Oslo, sales, support and development subsidiaries in Seattle, Silicon Valley, Prague, Taipei and Shanghai, received a purchase order for 10.000 area sensors from the Taiwanese market for end 2014 delivery
EISJ (European Institute for Security and Justice ) a major new initiative which will examine a wide range of issues from terrorism and national defence to food, energy and health security, is launched at the University of Dundee.
Bluetooth 4.1 devices are rare (the specification finished only a year ago) and it is likely to loose out to Bluetooth 4.2 specification the already been published. The latest version is reported to brings privacy protections, increased speed for data transfers, and a more efficient design.
WHAT!! a grinch steal Christmas and you have to throw Christmas puddings at it and because it's a greedy pig and will overdo on the brandy butter, we will get Christmas back in one piece - yet? No, no, its a new bug that Alert Logic research team has discovered impacting all Linux platforms, including mobile devices. They’re calling it the “Grinch.” As 65% of all web servers on the Internet utilise a Unix/Linux based OS the “grinch” will have a huge impact on e-commerce sites - particularly worrying during the holiday period; furthermore it could be as astronomical as Shellshock; affecting not only home but corporate users too.
Police Scotland is removing its Dumbarton local HQ so Argyll & Bute and West Dunbartonshire division are now merged with Renfrewshire and Inverclyde as a mega area aoperating from south of the Clyde in Paisley. Simultaneously UK's only Search & Rescue co-ordination centre is to move from Kinloss barracks in Moray to Fareham on the English south Coast
SFSA-C (Scottish Food Security Alliance-Crops) collaboration between the Universities of Aberdeen, Dundee and the James Hutton Institute has been awarded €2million funding to research global links between food security and land use change.
As Europe is completing a new round of privacy rules to be finalised 2015r, giving greater power to individuals over who can access their data and how it is used, the UK finds that mass surveillance programs of internet users are lawful and do not violate human rights, according to the recent ruling by the U.K.'s Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT)
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