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Peter RobertsUCL - London

German robbers blow up bank

26 May 2010  |  3918 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&q...

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Peter RobertsUCL - London

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

29 April 2010  |  4360 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

Britons tech knowledge a little lacking?

15 January 2010  |  3811 views  |  1  |  Recommends 0

In case you've not seen this yet - here's a slightly disturbing insight into the state of awareness of information technology issues in the UK. According to a recent survey, one in 10 Britons think A...

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Peter RobertsUCL - London

Is it just me or has online banking got worse?

04 January 2010  |  4571 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 annoyi...

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Peter RobertsUCL - London

Banking in the future - as seen from 1969

14 September 2009  |  3609 views  |  1  |  Recommends 1

The BBC have put a priceless collection of items from Tomorrow's World online. If you've not heard of it, this used to be essential viewing on BBC1. It was a weekly look at science and technology whic...

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Waste even more time with your iPhone

17 February 2009  |  2215 views  |  0  |  Recommends 0

While waiting at Kennington station this morning (imagine my usual rant here about how crap the Northern Line is these days) I had time to look at the free newspaper. In fact I had time to read War an...

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Peter RobertsUCL - London

Microsoft to open stores - offers 250,000 dollar bounty

13 February 2009  |  2032 views  |  0  |  Recommends 0

Had to check the date - nope - not April 1st. It seems the good folk from Redmond are going to open Microsoft-branded stores to create a "deeper engagement" with consumers and they've recrui...

Peter RobertsUCL - London

Shiney Apple people...

12 February 2009  |  2476 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 ...

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Peter RobertsUCL - London

Introducing a new member

04 February 2009  |  2592 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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Peter RobertsUCL - London

On the resilience of modern infrastructure in the UK

02 February 2009  |  1937 views  |  1  |  Recommends 0

Yes it's snowed. And yes no buses or trains were running this morning as London ground to a halt prompting the usual complaints about how unprepared we are. I can work from anywhere so I wasn't partic...

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