Tag Results for MoD (8)

  1. UK MoD Loses Yet Another Laptop

    The UK Ministry of Defense (MoD) has admitted that an unencrypted laptop containing the names of Special Air Service (SAS) soldiers and their top-secret training exercises has gone missing, according to a story in the London Telegraph. The laptop was discovered missing during a routine audit. The Telegraph story states that the MoD insists the computer did not contain information about operations or details of weapons. As I noted last year, the MoD was losing or having stolen about 15 laptops of month, which caused quite a stir in the British …

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  2. Adding to the Queue: UK Government Loses Still More Data

    I noted two weeks ago that the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) acknowledged that three hard drives containing the personal data of over 50,000 current and former Royal Air Force service personnel had been stolen on the 17th of September from a â''double-securedâ'' area of the Service Personnel and Veterans Agency's offices at Innsworth Station, Gloucestershire. The drives were not encrypted because they were located in a (supposedly) secure facility. Then late last week, the MoD acknowledged that an investigation had been launched into another loss of a hard drive, this time by its …

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  3. "One of the incompetent procurements of all time."

    The UK National Audit Office released a report on the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) effort that, according to London Times, "has spent more than £500 million (so far) on eight Chinook helicopters that have never been flown" since the MoD accepted them from Boeing. For the past seven years, the MoD has been trying to make the Chinooks airworthy. Edward Leigh, chairman of the Commons Public Accounts Committee described the situation as of â''one of the most incompetent procurements of all time." The Mk3 Chinooks were ordered …

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  4. UK Chinooks: $150 million for Hope over Experience Software?

    While Boeing may be having troubles with the Dreamliner, according to a story in the UK Computing it is to receive a £90m contract to rectify software and avionics problems for eight brand-new Chinook helicopters that have been sitting in hangers at RAF Odiham for the past nine years. This has been one strange defense program from the beginning, which goes back some 13 years. Below are excerpts from the 2005 UK Select Committee on Public Accounts report that gives some background to the story: "In July …

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  5. More game research of note

    On the heels of Rob's post about the possibility of a DSM classification for "video game addiction", Destructoid recently found an article on the research of Oregon psychiatrist Jerald Block which concluded that the denial of violent games to teen killers Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold was a catalyst for what became the Columbine massacre. As someone who has worked on several FPS games, I completely understand this conclusion. FPS games are widely misunderstood in the popular media.

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