Book Review – Letters from the Light Brigade, The British Cavalry in the Crimean War



The Light Brigade became immortal, their fame stretching far beyond a British remembrance. History generally remembers the Light Brigade as the victims of poor leadership and a determination to charge artillery when prudence would have called retreat. However, there are also those who consider the Light Brigade as having achieved the objectives set but been let down by inadequate follow through that would have turned a costly repulse into a stunning victory. The controversy surrounding the Charge of the Light Brigade will probably continue long into the future, but this new book is based on the letters home from those who served on that fateful day. The author has made a very good selection of previously unpublished letters that were written within eight days of the battle. This is primary source material that provides unique insight.

Elektrobit (EB) announces a versatile and easily customizable Internet of Things (IoT) device platform


This compact and powerful platform enables development of different kind of products that have wireless connectivity and various sensors for the Wearable, Healthcare, Machine-to-Machine communication and Industrial Internet markets

OULU, Finland, November 26, 2014 – Elektrobit (EB) announces a versatile and easily customizable EB IoT Device Platform. The platform offers customers a fast way to broaden their product offering into the IoT market with latest technology and optimized cost. This device platform, that supports different operating systems like Android, can be used to develop products with wireless connectivity and various sensors, such as, smart watches, intelligent jewelry, and wellness wristbands. Due to the versatility and performance of the device platform, it also suites for Industrial Internet use, for example to M2M device development.

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SMEs shun new markets in favour of domestic growth

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· 37% entered new markets in past 12 months – down from 53% last year

· 43% of small firms experienced a range of problems when entering new markets

· Small firms in London and North West have strongest appetite for breaking into new markets


Less than four-in-ten (37%) of UK small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) have entered new markets over the past year compared to 53% in 2013 according to a new study1 launched by Albion Ventures, one of the largest independent venture capital investors in the UK. This suggests that more opportunities exist in their core areas of operation than 12 months ago.

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Sale of G4S US Government solutions completed

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G4S completes the sales of its US Government Solutions business

G4S, the leading global integrated security group, announces that it has completed the sale of G4S Government Solutions to a US buyer for US$135m, comprising cash proceeds of US$80m and retained receivables of US$55m.
The retained receivables are expected to be collected within the next 18 months.

Hornby announce 3D Scanning for ultimate accuracy

3D Scanning of Adams Radial

The Warley Model Rail Exhibition promises to be an exciting show for the model rail enthusiast again this year. The Hornby team are delighted to be able to exhibit the models they have been working on. Visitors to the three day show will be able to examine the decorated samples (samples made from the new tooling and then decorated by hand) of the Drummond 700, K1, and J15. There will also be running samples (undecorated samples from the new tool) of the D16 and the Crosti Boiler 9F. Hornby will also be revealing a rapid prototype model which is a highly detailed 3D printed version of the newly announced King Class.

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Engineers: we must ensure devices such as webcams are private and secure


Hundreds of private webcams in the UK can be accessed by anyone with an internet connection, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has warned. A Russian website has been streaming images from webcams around the world, including CCTV and baby monitors. The site, which has been operating for a month, gains access by using the default logins and passwords for the web cameras.

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We started a fire


November = one exciting month! Thanks to all of you Firefox & You readers who rallied on the 10th anniversary of Firefox by telling the world you Choose Independent with Firefox. With you on our side, the passion for a free and open Internet will burn forever bright.

To celebrate 10 years, we released a special Firefox update featuring some great new privacy options, and we released a spiffy new look for our newsletter. Read on to get tips, add-ons and apps, and to see what’s new in the latest, greatest Firefox.

Low oil price is good for the tanker industry

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Many of you have recently contacted us regarding the impact of the recent drop in the oil price on our business. Let me be very clear that the effect is positive for the world tanker business. The upswing in Suezmax tanker rates in the recent past may have to some extent to do with the decrease in the oil price. The Suezmax tanker market is strong at the time of this letter which is boding well for the 4th quarter of 2014.

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Lockheed Martin and Concord Blue Plan to Build New Bioenergy Facility in Herten, Germany


Current Concord Blue Reformer® in Herten, Germany. Photo courtesy Concord Blue.

BALTIMORE, Md., Nov. 19, 2014 – Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] and teammate Concord Blue announced a new contract to build a power generation facility that will provide a new, clean energy source to meet the needs of 5,000 homes and businesses in Herten, Germany.

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The Maasai cry for help


Within hours, Tanzania’s President Kikwete could start evicting tens of thousands of the Maasai from our land so hunters can come and kill leopards and lions. Last time Avaaz raised the alarm, the President shelved the plan. Global pressure can stop him again.

We are elders of the Maasai from Tanzania, one of Africa’s oldest tribes. The government has just announced that it plans to kick thousands of our families off our lands so that wealthy tourists can use them to shoot lions and leopards. The evictions are to begin immediately.

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