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Peter RobertsUCL - London

German robbers blow up bank

26 May 2010  |  4061 views  |  1  |  Recommends 0

Some charmingly inept robbers have completely demolished a bank in Malliss in Germany by somewhat miscalculating the amount of explosives needed. Despite the devastation, the ATM remained intact and the miscreants presumably made off with nothing of value. Cue the Michael Caine impression "you were only supposed to blow the bloody doors off&qu...

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Peter RobertsUCL - London

Hacking your bank with the help of social networks...

29 April 2010  |  4548 views  |  0  |  Recommends 0

Just read an interesting blog post from a security researcher performing a stealth penetration test on a bank, at the request of the bank incidentally. What was interesting to me was the amount of technical information about the bank's systems that they obtained from public sources - the Facebooks and LinkedIns of the world. This was then followed ...

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Peter RobertsUCL - London

Is it just me or has online banking got worse?

04 January 2010  |  4691 views  |  5  |  Recommends 0

I recently had the misfortune to receive a chip and pin card reader to use with my Smile account and in a stroke the entire banking experience has been ruined. It's fiddly to use and generally annoyin...

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Peter RobertsUCL - London

Shiney Apple people...

12 February 2009  |  2573 views  |  0  |  Recommends 0

I stumbled across this video today which I think perfectly encapsulates the Apple philosophy. Nice to see cutting edge design taken beyond even the iPhone. Now if you'll excuse me I have to pop to th...

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Introducing a new member

04 February 2009  |  2670 views  |  0  |  Recommends 0

I'd like to welcome Dirk Kinvig to the community. Dirk started yesterday on the Finextra web team as senior developer and will be rolling out all manner of exciting new developments to the site over ...

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Does Windows slow down of its own accord?

14 January 2009  |  4098 views  |  3  |  Recommends 1

I read this piece about "code rot" this morning. Curious. Every Windows PC I have ever owned has seemed to get slower as time goes by - and that includes servers. Sometimes defragging the di...

Peter RobertsUCL - London

1.6bn goldmine for City workers

17 December 2008  |  2765 views  |  0  |  Recommends 0

I've noticed my journey into work appears to be taking longer on the Northern Line these days with a deal of waiting around at Kennington. So - plenty of time to read the Metro - the free paper - whic...

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Peter RobertsUCL - London

Festive online gift ideas

03 December 2008  |  1705 views  |  1  |  Recommends 0

Apparently online sales are still doing quite well, despite the credit crunch. Anyway, rather than leave it to the last minute I thought I'd start my seasonal present research early this year while pr...

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Peter RobertsUCL - London

UK credit customers worried about the future

02 December 2008  |  1495 views  |  0  |  Recommends 0

PricewaterhouseCoopers have published the results of a survey into UK attitudes to credit and to me at least it doesn't look terribly healthy. Twenty per cent of credit customers in the UK are worried...

Peter RobertsUCL - London

iPhone 2.2 - now with Google street view

21 November 2008  |  1556 views  |  0  |  Recommends 0

ITunes informed me this morning that an update was available for the iPhone, so I thought I'd give it a go. There are a number of improvements listed to various apps - Mail and Safari for example - a...

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