I'm not going to rave or rant about these results, just present them: ![election.PNG](/attachments/large/0/f75f76bdc2b7331e408e8157d9bb4cf7.PNG "align-center") There are 650 seats in the House of Commons: * 18 for Northen Ireland * 59 for Scotland * 40 for Wales * 553 for England One country voted for this Conservative government. We're all getting what they deserve, like it or not. If this isn't a premise for the break up of the UK I don't know what is.

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Hello, My name is Ivo Petrov and I'm junior SEO specialist. I have optimised few websites in the past, but now we have to deal with much bigger project. We need to optimize a custom made UK business directory (like Thomson Local). I need advice from more experienced SEO's on how to do the advertising campaign. Here are my questions: Question 1: **Should we submit the site to many local directories?** I don't mean fly by night directories,but high quality onces? I heard that directory submission is not a good practice anymore but since these are most relevant websites we …

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Hi Guys I based in London and i am looking for best UK Forum. Thanks

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I receive an error message when i install an Office Software or open an Office program or document.

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The UK Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has slapped the Greater Manchester Police force with a £150,000 fine (reduced to £120,000 for early payment) after a memory stick containing sensitive data about serious crimes was stolen from the home of a police officer. ![dweb-police](/attachments/small/0/dweb-police.jpg "align-right") The ICO has the power to levy such fines if an investigation determines that sensitive data has been put at risk courtesy of a lack of proper data protection being in place. In this particular case it must have been a very quick investigation, filed under the no-brainer category, seeing as the data was being stored …

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It's never easy calculating the true cost of inadequate security to business, not least as there are so many variables and such reticence when it comes to full disclosure for fear of brand damage. However, the latest [Information Security Breaches Survey](http://www.pwc.co.uk/audit-assurance/publications/uk-information-security-breaches-survey-results-2012.jhtml) (ISBS) from PwC/Infosecurity Europe has had a good bash at it, at least as far as the UK is concerned, and the answer is breathtakingly big: billions of pounds. And that was just last year! ![dweb-secreport](/attachments/small/0/dweb-secreport.jpg "align-right") According to the survey which investigated a total of 447 UK-based businesses, the number of large enterprises being hacked into is at …

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Computer: Packard Bell iXtreme i5622 uk intel Core i3 processor 530, 3GB DDR3 My dad's computer has died and we have identified the motherboard to be at fault. I'm uncertain as to which motherboard to suggest as a replacement for the above, i can find little documentation about it on the internet, and can't find any motherboards matching the above on sale online, only RAM. Has anyone who has had to replace a motherboard for this packard bell series, or who knows which one might be close, post a suggestion? Or is this a case of - 'its broken and …

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Earlier this year Jonathan Evans, the Director General of MI5 (the UK Security Service), warned that cyber attacks against UK plc were as much of a security challenge as terrorism as far as Britain was concerned. He claimed that UK businesses were being targeted at an 'astonishing' rate driven by "many thousands of people lying behind both state-sponsored cyber espionage and organised cyber crime". Now Foreign Secretary William Hague has [joined the fray](http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/9624655/Britain-is-target-of-up-to-1000-cyber-attacks-every-hour.html) to warn that "not an hour goes by when a system in the UK is not being attacked" and how hackers and foreign spies are 'bombarding' government …

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Not sure if this is the right place, so forgive me if it isn't. There's a few of us building a huge online portal that contains IT training courses in Cisco, CompTIA, Microsoft and ITIL certifications. We're offering it at the small cost of £5.00/month full access to IT professionals and graduates but we're going to build links to colleges and secondary schools up and own the country providing free access for their students who have interest. The only problem is that we are unable to complete certain topics. Years of experience and attaining most of the certifications myself has …

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Hi, I am new to daniweb and appreciate this opportunity to hear the communities thoughts. I would like to market our B2B service* though affiliate marketing but am getting quite a negative impression towards B2B from affiliate networks, who say B2B is too small. There are over 4 million small and medium sized enterprises in the UK and there must be a good percentage who are interested in offering a B2B product to their B2B community. It is hard to accept that B2B affiliate marketing will not/does not work. We can pay from £10 - £20 per referral. Is this …

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UK Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, has just sat down after speaking for an hour to deliver the coalition Government's 'Emergency Budget' to a crowded and noisy House of Commons - and it's not good news for the games industry. Of interest to those in the IT industry in general are the following announcements: The proposed [URL="http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2010/mar/24/budget-2010-video-games-tax-relief"]video games industry tax relief[/URL] announced by the previous Chancellor earlier in the year, and worth an estimated £1 billion a year to games developers, has been abolished. The [URL="http://www.broadbandchoices.co.uk/landline-levy-will-fund-superfast-broadband-for-all-16062009.html"]landline levy[/URL] which was also proposed in that same previous budget, estimated to cost …

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Martha Lane Fox, who co-founded lastminute.com, has [URL="http://www.number10.gov.uk/news/latest-news"]been appointed[/URL] as the new UK Digital Champion by Prime Minister David Cameron. As part of the coaltion Government's drive to increase transparency and accountability, the Internet entrepreneur will be tasked with encouraging as many people as possible to go online, and improving the convenience and efficiency of public services by driving online delivery. She will be supported in this endeavour by the Cabinet Office. Lane-Fox will also sit on the Efficiency Board, which is co-chaired by Cabinet Office Minister, Francis Maude, and Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander, and which oversees …

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Find out what's on in London and rest of the UK today. [URL="http://www.giveamonkey.com/event/"]Giveamonkey[/URL] provides a special event planner for professional event and festival planning in UK. Plan your special party with our free event planner!

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At the State Opening of Parliament, the Queen has been giving her annual speech on behalf of the UK Government. Written by the new Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition Government itself, much of the speech was devoted to the inevitable cost cutting exercises, the 'Big Society' concept and reform in terms of both the electoral system and Parliament itself. However, one thing amongst an otherwise predictably boring speech came, thankfully, near the start, when Her Majesty stated that "my government will support the [URL="http://www.itpro.co.uk/blogs/daveyw/2010/03/23/looking-beyond-the-broadband-budget/"]introduction of high speed broadband[/URL] access" for the UK. Unfortunately she did not mention that her government will repeal …

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Despite having recently been [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story273853.html"]cast as the villain of the piece[/URL] by some high profile members of the Free and Open Source Software community, IBM has just revealed itself as actually being something of a crime-fighting superhero. The Florida State Department of Juvenile Justice is following in the footsteps of the Ministry of Justice, one of the largest UK government departments with in excess of 95,000 employees and a budget of some £9 billion, by employing IBM predictive analytics tech to assess prisoner re-offending risk and ultimately protect the public at large from the dangers that repeat offenders pose. With …

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Well thanks for that O2, my iPhone was as much use as a chocolate teapot from lunchtime yesterday thanks to the pay monthly data network suffering a monumental failure. There I was, sitting in a (without wifi) Costa Coffee about to start an informal meeting with a potential client. I needed to check my email to confirm something with him, but wait, what was that my iPhone was telling me: unable to connect to the O2 data network? Surely some mistake. But no, a very embarrassing 30 minutes passed during which time I was unable to access the all important …

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Many American readers won't have noticed - why should they? - that the UK is in the middle of the lead-up to a [URL="http://www.parliament.uk/about/how/elections.cfm"]General Election[/URL]. We don't do it like the Americans, we elect our Members of Parliament, the leader of the majority party becomes Prime Minister automatically and our second chamber, the House of Lords, is full of appointees and hereditary peers. We don't elect a President - technically the monarch is still Head of State. So much for background. What's really interesting is that for the first time social media is playing its part - and even more …

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According to the British government organisation which helps UK-based companies to succeed in the wider global economy, UK Trade & Investment ([URL="http://www.uktradeinvest.gov.uk"]UKTI[/URL]), it is currently helping some 76 UK companies pitch for business with the European particle physics laboratory, CERN. Apparently, CERN spent a massive £110 million ($175.75 million) on such supply contracts last year. UKTI is working with the Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC) to bring senior procurement officials to the UK who are looking to fulfil contracts in areas such as IT, mechanical engineering and electronics. The UK companies will be meeting with CERN officials at two …

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Jumping the queue for BT Broadband is possible, it would seem. Possible, but not easy - unless you happen to be the Chairman of BT that is. Imagine you've been living without broadband for years because BT cannot supply it to your rural residence. Now imagine if the chairman of BT moves to your village, and you discover that he is actually getting a broadband service - from BT. Oh what a PR disaster that would be. Imagine no more, that's exactly what has happened in Hambleden, Oxfordshire. Sir Michael Rake arrived in the village, one of the 'broadband not-spots' …

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I'm not a great fan of the phrase 'total coincidence' and nor am I a fan of The Rt Hon Lord Mandelson, First Secretary of State, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation & Skills and Lord President of the Council to be formal. While I'm on the small matter of things I don't like, I'm not exactly standing cheering on the sidelines when a recording or movie industry executive bemoans modern technology for stripping them of some of their profit from the sale of music or film. So you can probably guess I was none too pleased to [URL="http://www.channel4.com/news/articles/arts_entertainment/media/was+mandelson+behind+piracy+crackdown/3321192"]learn[/URL] that …

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Gary McKinnon is either a UFO-obsessed nerd who happens to suffer from a form of autism, or a fugitive from justice who was responsible for the biggest military hack of all time. The description varies depending upon whether you are a balanced individual with no axe to grind or the US authorities looking for a scapegoat to deflect the simple fact that their own cyber-defences are woefully inadequate. Rather predictably, but nonetheless sadly, Gary McKinnon today lost his judicial review in London which he was hoping would allow him to be tried for his crimes in the UK rather than …

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The independent regulator and competition authority for the UK communications industry, OFCOM, was charged by the government to reveal consumers' experiences of electronic communications services, including broadband provision, and the results do not make for happy reading. The research saw in excess of 60 million separate service performance tests carried out in over 1600 homes between November 2008 and April 2009, comparing the real world performance of the UK’s nine largest ISPs by market share. Perhaps unsurprisingly it found that there were significant differences in the download speeds offered by providers, with speeds depending on the technology used to deliver …

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The High Court in the UK will this Friday decide if an appeal against the Home Office backed decision to extradite Gary McKinnon on hacking charges to the US is to be upheld or, as seems likely, not. McKinnon has been accused of what US prosecutors refer to the [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry2863.html"]biggest military computer hack of all time[/URL] after hacking into US military computers right after the 9/11 attacks. He is said to have deleted files, [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry3877.html"]bringing the station to a standstill[/URL], at the New Jersey Naval Base that has responsibility for supplying munitions to the Atlantic Fleet. McKinnon, a former systems …

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What happens if you get caught out sharing copyright music or video online? If you live in Hull, in the north of the UK, the answer will probably surprise you. At the same time that most Internet Service Providers are applauding the recent [URL="http://www.itwire.com/content/view/22936/53/"]Digital Britain report[/URL] from the government which argued against the music industry 'three strikes' approach admitting this was not the government's preferred option, the only broadband ISP in Hull (yes really) has decided that even a [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry2857.html"]three strikes option[/URL] is too lenient. If you want to get a broadband Internet connection in Hull then you have to …

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Can anyone top this: the Ministry of Defence here in the UK has admitted that last year it managed to lose a server. A whole one, and get this, it was meant to be located in a secure government building for good measure. Over the years I have become more than a little immune to data loss stories, probably as a result of the sheer number of press releases concerning this subject that pass through my inbox every month. Yes, I was gobsmacked when the [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry2685.html"]UK government admitted[/URL] that it had managed to lose a couple of discs from HM …

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In what must go down as one the biggest tech u-turns of the century so far, the ISP that was quite happy to undertake Internet snooping trials without informing those customers being spied upon has changed its mind about Phorm WebWise. BT, the biggest Internet Service Provider in the UK, has dramatically dropped plans to roll out the Phorm deep packet inspecting WebWise behavioural advertising Internet usage system completely. This after it defended its position with regards to [URL="http://www.itwire.com/content/view/20889/53/"]those secret trials[/URL], and proposed usage of Phorm to spy upon its members, through a furious media backlash, a [URL="http://www.itwire.com/content/view/20475/53/"]police investigation[/URL] which …

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UK iPhone 3G users hoping that the network operator with the exclusive contract on the new iPhone 3GS might see sense and let them upgrade have been dealt a body blow as O2 confirms they can go and swivel on Twitter. The iPhone 3GS will be upon us in a week or so. Brilliant stuff, especially seeing as predictions about the [URL="http://www.itwire.com/content/view/24653/1231/"]tech spec[/URL] were pretty spot on. What a shame, then, that UK users are going to once again get shafted by mobile operator O2 over pricing, thanks to the exclusivity contract it has with Apple. First the good news: …

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While The Telegraph has been enjoying all the media attention this last week, at least here in the UK, thanks to exposing the scandal of British MP expense claims and breaking new details first online every day, it is not the most popular online UK newspaper according to [URL="http://www.comscore.com/Press_Events/Press_Releases/2009/5/U.K._Newspaper_Sites_Aattract_Visitors_from_Around_the_World"]newly published[/URL] research. The Telegraph was third in the list with 3.9 million visitors during the month of March, admittedly long before the current media-magnet scandal hit the front page. Maybe that honour, then, falls to The Guardian. After all the online version of this long running newspaper did pick up no …

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I am no great fan of the concept of National ID Cards, although my reasoning is not so much based upon distrusting the 'if you've done nothing wrong you have nothing to fear' argument nor even the 'big brother invasion of privacy' paranoia which seems to grip most of the mainstream media in the UK whenever the subject is mentioned. I do admit that both of these things do play a part in my dislike of ID Cards though, but the real deal clincher for me has always been a bit more pragmatic: the UK Government is really crap at …

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Virgin Media has released the results of research carried out into just how much the British actually understand the Internet, and those results show that on the whole the nation is pretty much baffled by broadband. The study, which quizzed more than 3000 internet users, discovered that broadband jargon confuses many and the rest are just as puzzled by security issues and Internet speeds. Of course, and can call me cynical if you like, but the fact that this research has been published alongside an announcement that Virgin Media is to start opening a number of [URL="http://www.virginmedia.com/better"]broadband schools[/URL], initially targeting …

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The End.