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January, 2008


January 29, 2008  12:03 PM

The real European identity

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As we are all learning, 28 January was Data Protection Day. We in Britain won’t know too much about it because it is a European thing dreamed up last year by the European Council....

January 25, 2008  4:06 PM

Coder or cannibal? Friday is fear-day…

rfroley Profile: rfroley
celebrity, Coder, Email, killer, profile, Programmer, quiz

Coder or cannibal quiz Now I know that those of us working in the IT sector have not always been known for...


January 25, 2008  3:54 PM

Notes from Sutton high street

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It’s amazing what you can learn about the use of technology by taking a stroll down the high street. On such a safari this week I saw at first hand two technologies, which made me question the appropriateness of advanced technology for technology sake. On the first hand, nestling in a corner at...


January 25, 2008  3:43 PM

Political donors take note

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I was editing a story this week about how Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity is implementing business intelligence software that will help it understand where donations are coming from. It helps them target fundraising by understanding where donations come from. I could not help...


January 25, 2008  10:29 AM

Jerome Kerviel: lost billions and lost friends…

rfroley Profile: rfroley
dumped, Facebook, friends

Poor Jerome Kerviel. As if it wasn't bad enough that he had family problems, might have 'lost his mind a bit', has been found out as a fraduster and was perhaps the


January 24, 2008  12:22 PM

Clarkson column a bit soft, but said to be accurate

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Jeremy_Clarkson.gif Fraud is a terrible thing, and identity theft an unpleasant experience. Unless of course it happens to Jeremy Clarkson. “OK, so Jeremy Clarkson is a bit...


January 23, 2008  11:57 AM

Pirate’s fishy dealings land him in jail with crabs

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crab.gif A man who sold pirated computer games, films and music to fishermen in exchange for a box of crabs has been fined £3,000. The 61-year-old intended to sell the copied discs for...


January 22, 2008  11:27 AM

Hungary dogs prepare to give voice to their desires

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IMG_6232_x.gif Hungary is well known for its ancient folklore and tales of mythical monsters. Even the slogan for the tourist board translates as, “Come for the goulash, stay for...


January 21, 2008  6:55 PM

Paxman’s pants leak – does the BBC need to up its IT security training budget?

rfroley Profile: rfroley
breach, briefs, E-mail, Email, knickers, leak, pants, privacy, private, underpants, underwear

Oh dear, oh dear. Another day, another data security issue in celebsville. Following on from news of BBC Top Gear car hack Jeremy Clarkson's touchingly naive approach to data security,...


January 21, 2008  3:47 PM

Bebo’s best – but what’s the test?

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bebo, Facebook, MySpace, Social networking

The self-appointed consumer champions at Computing Which? have declared Bebo the best social networking website, as explained in the following video report from Reuters. But what Downtime wants to know is, if Which? is so into social networking, how come it left the choice down to just one...


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