Shining a light on industry's hidden data: Professor Stephen McArthur tells a story about the nineteenth century engineer Robert Stevenson who defied those who told him that he would be unable to build a lighthouse 11 miles out to sea. The Bell Rock was duly erected off the Firth of Tay and was completed in 1810. The masonry work on which it rests was constructed to such a high standard that it has never been replaced or adapted. "I had been watching a television programme about it and it … [Read more...] about Interview: Stephen McArthur and Adam Brown
One of the last pieces of legislation to be passed by Parliament prior to the 2017 General Election was the Digital Economy Act which brings welcome changes in a variety of areas, some of which, arguably, are long overdue. While many of the provisions are specific to particular industries and sectors, the Act will introduce changes specific to data sharing and direct marketing. About the Act The Act, which received royal assent in April 2017, covers a wide variety of measures relating … [Read more...] about Act changes privacy and marketing laws
Fibre networks: Scotland's digital infrastructure is being “left in the dust” by the rest of Europe and with no solution in sight, experts state that the issue is increasingly becoming a threat to the economy. On industry operator is warning that if the issue is not addressed it is likely to cause the country’s digital market to stagnate. A primary concern is the lack of ultra-fast fibre to the premises (FTTP) connections – widely seen as “future-proof”. The majority of advertised “fibre” … [Read more...] about Poor digital connectivity ‘is threat to economy’
Quickening the pace of change They were taking orders for gin in one corner of the room and delivering them in another. For guests mingling at the new offices of QikServe this was a way of showing them what the company does and how it lives up to its name. As the QikServe-operated kiosk did brisk trade among the gin lovers, Daniel Rodgers was sharing a demonstration of an installation for Burger King. The fast food chain has just gone live with the click-to-order kiosks at Amsterdam Central … [Read more...] about Interview: Daniel Rodgers, CEO of QikServe
Ignoring the risks and challenges posed by a lack of understanding of the practical implications of using OSS can lead to difficulties in future, says Anoop Joshi OSS: Interacting with Open Source Software (OSS) is a mainstay of modern software development and is encountered by software developers and users on a daily basis. To make the most of the advantages, we have to embrace working with OSS by understanding its role in software and product development. All code is subject to … [Read more...] about Do you have Open Source in your Tech Stack?