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May, 2008


May 31, 2008  3:32 PM

Braille speedometer

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It's very rare that Downtime laughs out loud at reader comments but reader Ed Burke managed just that with his take on the Braille Speedometer: "Following you articles on Braille speedometers discussion has taken place in the office as to the effectiveness of these. We reckon that if guide dogs...

May 30, 2008  4:54 PM

The secret’s out on why Microsoft didn’t buy Yahoo!

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May 30, 2008  3:30 PM

Cern rocks on YouTube – the WWW band

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Downtime wonders if, when Tim Berners Lee first had his lightbulb moment about the worldwide web, he had any inkling of the curious delights Web 2.0 held in store. Doowop singers, Les Horribles Cernettes - who derived their name from their employer, the Cern laboratory in Switzerland - were the...


May 28, 2008  2:56 PM

Hungary for revenge? Ballmer egged in anti-Microsoft protest

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For those who've somehow missed this one (well, it was a Bank Holiday weekend), here's ITN's report on the egging of Steve Ballmer, Microsoft's CEO, at a Hungarian university. Following a moment of all-too-visible shock, Ballmer recovers pretty quickly, and gets a laugh from his audience, perhaps...


May 27, 2008  12:13 PM

Japanese designers hit on an uplifting scheme

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The whole world is going green in an effort to help save the planet, and the IT sector doing its bit by cutting the amount of power consumed by datacentres, computer processors and the like. Japanese techno wizards may be going a bit too far, however, with their latest plan: putting solar...


May 26, 2008  1:32 PM

CERN rocks on YouTube

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Downtime wonders if, when Tim Berners Lee first had his lightbulb moment about the worldwide web, he had any inkling of the curious delights Web 2.0 held in store.

Doowop singers, Les Horribles Cernettes - who derived...


May 25, 2008  12:16 PM

Is that a mobile phone in your pants? Yes, it is

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Sticking to this week's theme of undergarments, the ultimate gadget for geek girls may have arrived. Imaginatively named firm Call Me Panty has unveiled a pair of knickers that have a pocket on the front for storing a mobile phone.
As the maker of this item suggests, "Just switch your...


May 24, 2008  12:14 PM

Consoles pose threat to nation’s finest sperm

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As well as facing accusations that games such as Grand Theft Auto encourage violence and criminality, Greenpeace is now laying the blame for the state of the environment at the door of console manufacturers. Worse still, consoles could affect sexual development in men, the organisation has...


May 22, 2008  12:14 PM

Database plans create phone-walking industry

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As the government gears up to introduce a super database containing the details of every phone call and e-mail sent in the UK, shady entrepreneurs are no doubt planning the finer points of a brand new industry in alibi construction. If the law is happy to determine the whereabouts of citizens...


May 21, 2008  9:36 AM

Dobbie’s cupboard antics: an inspiration to us all

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Anyone who saw the second episode of Peepshow series five must have come across the wonderful character of Dobbie and her, ahem, antics in the cupboard with Mark. Dobbie clearly puts to rest the stereotype that IT staff are boring fuddy-duddies by proving that techies can seize the moment just as...


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