October, 2008

October 31, 2008  4:17 PM

Cheeky song gets the b*m’s rush

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Downtime was interested to see that iTunes had a problem last week that led to some songs being censored. The Cheeky Girls' Touch My Bum has been changed to Touch My B*M. So it has gone from a cheeky little number with a relatively harmless...

October 30, 2008  10:30 AM

I don’t want you in my gang, my gang….

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Downtime would like to be a fly on the wall at the meeting at HP between the person who decided to use Gary Glitter's song Touch Me in a US advert for a new TV bearing the name Touchsmart TV and his or her superiors. The computer giant could have to fork out about

October 27, 2008  12:29 PM

Home Office promises media windfall through credit crunch

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government, National news, politics

Not content with having far more data than it can competently handle, the government is proposing gathering all citizens'...

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October 27, 2008  12:28 PM

Swedish clergymen join the ranks of the infected

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online, Security

The church has always been unusually preoccupied with sex. Normally this obsession is focused on condemning the rest of us for doing it, but a Swedish...

October 27, 2008  12:27 PM

British inventors put a gag on the nuisance callers

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Downtime likes nothing more than chatting to double-glazing salesmen and call centre workers, but it seems others do not feel the same.

Two British inventors who fall into the latter category have invented the

October 27, 2008  12:22 PM

Flogging old tat in the name of environmentalism

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consumer, Hardware

Downtime is a big supporter of businesses recycling technology and last week we saw an innovative re-use of floppy disc labels. A website is flogging packets of five to be used as...

October 27, 2008  12:21 PM

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Is it a 15-year-old Renault?

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In a story that will please Jeremy Clarkson and others suspicious of any road-safety measure, a Romanian man received a speed ticket for driving at 310mph. The 62-year-old had been driving a 15-year-old Renault K65, which he claimed he could barely get...

October 27, 2008  12:16 PM

Dutch authorities clamp down on virtual criminality

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crime, online

It seems the Dutch are taking virtual crime very seriously these days. Two youngsters have been sentenced to community service for stealing virtual goods from another youth on a computer game.

Presumably Dutch...

October 16, 2008  11:16 AM

Three cheers for systems administrators

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It will be no surprise to sysadmins everywhere that even Downtime, shamefully, forgot 25 July 2008, which is obviously less well-known as Systems Administrator Appreciation Day.

Fortunately Google remembered where the sysadmins left the page that commemorated the event. It is here, and...

October 10, 2008  4:42 PM

Microsoft makes mildly amusing marketing effort

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Microsoft seems to be allotting a surprising amount of revenue to providing Downtime with material.

After showering Jerry Seinfeld with money for a couple of bewilderingly awful adverts, it has released a fresh advert for Windows 7 which delivers at least comparable measures of...

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