Insomnia 61: The UK’s Biggest Gaming Festival

by Dan Hind, BSc Computer Games Technology student. 

For almost 20 years now Multiplay has been hosting what they claim to be “the UK’s biggest gaming festival”. From its humble beginnings in a small office in Swindon with a few hundred people, it is now filling out the UK’s largest exhibition centre, the Birmingham NEC. Insomnia started primarily as a LAN event for people to bring their own computers to compete in tournaments to win prize money. Since then it has grown to a massive exhibition full of upcoming games, stage events featuring popular YouTube personalities, a showcase of small indie titles, retro games, tabletop games, lots of evening events, and the list goes on and on – there’s even a live robot wars tournament!

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Looking back on Innovation Fest 2017

This year our Innovation Festival was on Friday 26 May, but it was such an amazing day we’re still celebrating! We’ve written a little round-up in case you missed it, or if you enjoy reminiscing like we do!

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Happy Birthday Sir Tim Berners-Lee!

“If you can imagine a computer doing something, you can program a computer to do that. Unbounded opportunity… limited only by your imagination. And a couple of laws of physics.”

Today is the 62nd birthday of Sir Tim Berners-Lee, a significant but perhaps under-appreciated innovator that we definitely owe a lot to!

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The path less travelled

by Stephen Murphy, Academic Lead – Linux Professional Institute Academy.

Why changing priorities and straying from the beaten path could help reduce the risk of cyber-attack…

I am sure that you’ve noticed that the NHS (along with a large number of other worldwide organisations such as Deutsche Bahn, Telefonica and FedEx) has been hit by a targeted cyber-attack that disabled computers using the Windows XP operating system. The attack encrypted a user’s files, making them inaccessible unless a ‘ransom’ was paid to the attackers.  People have pointed the finger at out-of-date operating systems, lack of funding and poor security procedures, but are these really the underlying issues, or only failures in diagnosing a more fundamental malady in global computing?

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Big Data and Climate Change

by Dr. Jagdev Bhogal, Senior Lecturer in Data Technologies.

Climate change is making the news headlines again, but for all the wrong reasons. Donald Trump believes that climate change is a ‘hoax’ and has signed executive orders to open federal land to coal mining, reverse the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan, and to halt new vehicle emissions standards. The Clean Power Plan was designed to reduce America’s emissions by 26-28% in accordance with the Paris Agreement made by 200 countries in 2015. Trump even pledged to “cancel” America’s part in the agreement, which he branded “the Paris compromise” as part of his presidency campaign.

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