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Reading UK. July 12, 2017 – IGEL, a world leader in the delivery of powerful unified endpoint management (UEM) software, thin clients, zero clients and all-in-one solutions, today announced that the Hillcrest Group of Companies, a social housing, care, skills, training and employment organisation, is updating its desktop infrastructure to provide an easy to manage, affordable, reliable and multimedia-ready solution for 800 staff across its 50 sites in Scotland.

The project will see the replacement... Source: RealWire
Harper Macleod selects Lexis Draft, the multi-award winning toolbar, to help save time on documentation – while delivering a higher standard of serviceLONDON, 6th July 2017 – LexisNexis UK (www.lexisnexis.co.uk), a leading provider of content and technology solutions, today announced that Harper Macleod, one of Scotlandrsquo;s leading full service law firms, has deployed Lexis Draft to help them reduce the time they spend on drafting, while increasing the quality of their documents.Lexis Draft is a... Source: RealWire
Death by Scotland! The whole world is doomed by a beast of darkness.
Heavyweight Scottish firm, Drummond Miller, has selected the Proclaim Practice Management system from Eclipse Legal Systems, the sole Law Society Endorsed legal software provider. With offices in 6 locations throughout Scotland, and over 100 staff, Dru...
Following the continued successful partnership with Fred. Olsen Renewables (FOR), Natural Power has been selected to deliver the turbine servicing at both Rothes Wind Farm and Paulrsquo;s Hill Wind Farm which are located to the South West of Elgin in the north of Scotland.

Anders Falkfjell, Operations Manager at Fred.Olsen Renewables, said: “This move marks a another step forward in our transition to independent service provision for our fleet, and I have high expectations of... Source: RealWire
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND, May 12, 2017 – Calnex Solutions Ltd today shipped the industryrsquo;s first ever 100GbE Synchronous Ethernet (SyncE) Jitter measurement solution to a major North American equipment manufacturer. Providing 100GbE Jitter Generation and Jitter Tolerance measurement capability, the Paragon-100G enables the jitter performance of SyncE network equipment to be fully stressed and validated.The ITU-T standard for SyncE (G.8262) has strict limits for both Jitter Tolerance and Jitter Generation.
Itrsquo;s vital that network equipment can... Source: RealWire
Edinburgh – Sopra Steria, the European leader in digital transformation, is pleased to announce its sponsorship of the Scotland Top Talent Leadership Programme, now in its fifth year.

This programme is run by the Society of Information Technology Managers (SOCITM) Leadership Academy in partnership with Sopra Steria, and in association with Scottish Government and Brightsolid, the data centre and cloud hosting specialists.
In five years over which the programme has been run, over 100 students... Source: RealWire
Natural Power’s Senior Renewable Heat Engineer, Guy Milligan, has joined the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) Certification Register of Heat Network Consultants following his training and exam success. He joins his colleague, Steve Smith, who was officially accepted as the first Scottish-based CIBSE registered Heat Network Consultant last year.

Guy said: “We expect Scotland to increase its involvement in district heating networks as a key area of focus to help meet Government targets.... Source: RealWire
HMS Forth, like the bridge The Royal Navy’s newest warship, offshore patrol vessel HMS Forth, has been formally named in a ceremony held in Scotland.…
'More realistic picture' we're told Crime stats for England and Wales have shown a huge year-on-year increase.

Don't panic, though: it's due to the inclusion of fraud and computer misuse offences for the first time. In a report published this week, the UK Office for National Statistics (ONS) reckoned there were 6.2 million reported incidents of crime in the 12 months to September 2016 in England and Wales, and that this figure is virtually unchanged from the previous year. Crucially, the beancounters have now thrown fraud and hacking crimes into the mix. When the criteria for what's included in the stats were drawn up decades ago, "fraud was not considered a significant threat and the internet had yet to be invented," said the ONS's John Flatley. Obviously, that's no longer the case. When you include 3.6 million cases of fraud and 2 million computer misuse offences, that 6.2 million figure jumps to 11.8 million.

That's a 90 per cent surge in illegal activity. Of course, adding a positive integer to another positive integer results in a bigger positive integer (barring an arithmetic overflow). No surprise there. However, the fact that computer crime and fraud are now being included may make people and organisations more aware of the threat, according to Huntsman Security. Piers Wilson, head of product management at Huntsman, told us: “Including cybercrime in regular crime figures might lead to a dramatic increase this year, but over time it can only be a good thing. We will get a much more realistic picture of the extent of such crimes, leading to a greater understanding of how to identify, prioritise and address them.” ONS crime reports have been produced every year for the past 35 years.

The stats covers England and Wales – and not Scotland and Northern Ireland because the latter two maintain separate judicial and policing regimes. ® Sponsored: Next gen cybersecurity.
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EnlargeCarl Court, Getty Images reader comments 61 Share this story Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder, backed out of his pledge Wednesday that he would surrender to US authorities if President Barack Obama granted clemency to Chelsea Manning. Manning, a whistleblower serving a 35-year-sentence for leaking classified material to WikiLeaks as an army private, had her sentence commuted by President Barack Obama on Tuesday.
Instead of being released in 2045, Obama said Manning could leave military detention May 17. But just days before the commutation, WikiLeaks tweeted that Assange—who is living in a self-imposed exile in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London amid fears he could be charged in the US for exposing the secrets Manning leaked—tweeted, "If Obama grants Manning clemency Assange will agree to US extradition despite clear unconstitutionality of DoJ case." As recently as Tuesday, WikiLeaks said that Assange "stands" by the promise. But on Wednesday, Assange's lawyer blinked and said no dice—that Assange would not honor his statement.

The lawyer announced a new caveat that was not stated in WikiLeaks' original statement, leading many to speculate that Assange's offer wasn't genuine. "Mr.

Assange welcomes the announcement that Ms. Manning's sentence will be reduced and she will be released in May, but this is well short of what he sought," Barry Pollack, Assange’s U.S.-based attorney, told The Hill. "Mr.

Assange had called for Chelsea Manning to receive clemency and be released immediately," Pollack added. On Wednesday, meanwhile, Obama said he did not take into consideration Assange's original pledge when deciding to grant clemency to Manning, who has been imprisoned since 2010. "I don't pay much attention to Mr.

Assange's tweets, so that wasn't a consideration," the president said in his last televised news conference before president-elect Donald Trump is sworn in Friday to become the 45th president. Obama also reiterated what his spokesman said the day before: that Manning was shown mercy because "justice has been served." "The notion that the average person who was thinking about disclosing vital, classified information would think that it goes unpunished, I don't think would get that impression from the sentence that Chelsea Manning has served," Obama said. On Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said you also couldn't compare NSA leaker Edward Snowden's case to Manning's. Many have called for Obama to show mercy to Snowden, who is living in Russia. "Chelsea Manning is somebody who went through the military criminal justice process, was exposed to due process, was found guilty, was sentenced for her crimes, and she acknowledged wrongdoing," Earnest said. "Mr.
Snowden fled into the arms of an adversary and has sought refuge in a country that most recently made a concerted effort to undermine confidence in our democracy." The 29-year-old Army private Manning was court-martialed in 2013 for forwarding a cache of classified documents to WikiLeaks.

After being convicted of leaking more than 700,000 documents and video, Manning—then known as Bradley—announced that she is transgender and would be going by the name Chelsea. Manning said in a clemency petition to Obama that she "did not intend to harm the interests of the United States or harm any service members." She said an early release, not a pardon, was needed so she could continue her medical treatment. Assange has also skipped bail after a European arrest warrant was issued in late 2010 by Scotland Yard on behalf of Swedish officials who sought the extradition of the 45-year-old Australian in connection to sexual assault allegations.
EnlargeBen Stansall/AFP via Getty Images reader comments 19 Share this story Julian Assange's lawyer has insisted that the WikiLeaks founder, who is wanted for questioning in Sweden over an allegation of rape, is "standing by" his promise to—as he characterises it—"agree to US extradition" in light of president Obama's decision to free whistleblower Chelsea Manning. However, no such US extradition ruling against Assange currently exists.

For Assange to be extradited to the US, it would have to be signed off by authorities in Sweden and the UK, but no such request has been made. Assange has been holed up in cramped conditions at the Ecuadorian embassy in London since June 2012. He skipped bail after a European Arrest Warrant was issued in late 2010 by Scotland Yard cops on behalf of Swedish officials who sought the extradition of the 45-year-old Australian. Assange lawyer @themtchair on Assange-Manning extradition 'deal': "Everything that he has said he's standing by." — WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) January 18, 2017 On Tuesday, Obama—in one of his final acts as president—commuted the sentence of Manning.

The US army private was originally sentenced to serve a 35-year term for leaking a cache of classified military documents to WikiLeaks, but she will now be released in May. Last September, WikiLeaks tweeted: "If Obama grants Manning clemency, Assange will agree to US prison in exchange—despite its clear unlawfulness." On January 12, a similar tweet appeared.
It said: "If Obama grants Manning clemency Assange will agree to US extradition despite clear unconstitutionality of DoJ [Department of Justice] case." Following Manning's commutation of sentence, Assange was mocked on Twitter, with many calling on him to pack his bags and leave Flat 3B, No. 3, Hans Crescent—the Ecuadorian embassy's address in Knightsbridge, London. However, because the WikiLeaks chief breached his bail conditions back in 2012, it's highly likely that Assange will be arrested by Met police if and when he steps outside the embassy. In 2015, Scotland Yard said that it was ending round-the-clock "physical presence" of officers camped outside the embassy, but added that the Met would "make every effort to arrest" Assange.
In September last year, a Swedish court upheld an earlier decision to maintain its European Arrest Warrant against him. Assange, who has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing, initially sought political asylum nearly five years ago, after he was wanted for questioning over rape, coercion, and two counts of sexual molestation accusations brought against him by two women in Sweden.

The allegations surfaced after Assange visited the country in August 2010 to give a lecture. Swedish officials confirmed in 2015 that they would no longer be seeking answers from Assange over allegations of sexual molestation and coercion, due to a law of limitation that requires the cops to charge a suspect within a certain timeframe.

But the more serious allegation of rape remains in place until 2020. Assange has claimed that he would be extradited to the US to face espionage charges if he does leave the Ecuadorian embassy in London. On Wednesday, Assange's lawyer Barry Pollock said: Whistleblowers like Chelsea Manning serve the public interest.
She should never have been prosecuted and sentenced to decades in prison.
She should be released immediately. Likewise, publishers of truthful information serve the public interest, promote democracy, and should not be prosecuted. The war on whistleblowers should end now and should not be continued in the new administration [under Donald Trump].

For many months, I have asked the DoJ to clarify Assange's status.
I hope it will soon.

The department of justice should not pursue any charges against Mr Assange based on his publication of truthful information and should close its criminal investigation of him immediately. WikiLeaks also appeared to infer that Assange will receive better treatment from Trump.
It tweeted: "Assange is confident of winning any fair trial in the US. Obama's DoJ prevented public interest defence & fair jury." Ars sought comment from the Met on whether Assange would be re-arrested under section 7 of the Bail Act for breaching the terms of his bail, if he does indeed leave the embassy.

A spokesperson at Scotland Yard said: "We couldn't possibly speculate." This post originated on Ars Technica UK