November, 2008

November 18, 2008  11:18 AM

Scientists find cool way to unlock the secrets of space

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Hardware, research

In a boost for legacy IT systems, Downtime has learnt that a fridge-sized tape recorder is being used to unlock the secrets of space.

A 1960s IBM729 Mark 5 tape drive at the Australian Computer...

November 18, 2008  11:17 AM

Children stealing parents’ identities, study finds

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crime, online, research

One in five children under 16 steals money from their parents by buying goods online...

November 18, 2008  11:15 AM

Google helps hypochondriacs get the attention they need

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health, online, research

Google staff have devised a way to help predict and manage outbreaks of influenza by collating common flu-related search terms such as "headache" and "runny nose".

The company has compared past search terms to...

November 18, 2008  11:10 AM

MP3 users may kill more than the silence, study finds

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gadgets, health

If you think it is annoying listening to the noise pollution from the headphones of obnoxious teenagers on your daily commute, spare a thought for people suffering from cardiac problems.

A study...

November 5, 2008  4:35 PM

Moses found among the reeds

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Satellite navigation has guided one poor Polish chap straight into a lake after he put blind faith into the technology. The local authority flooded a road to make room for a lake but no-one had told...

November 4, 2008  4:32 PM

Romanian man puts his old banger up for sale

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While ebay bans the sale of ivory goods, a man in Romania decided to sell his wife on a used car website. His advert says Wife for sale. Model 1983, good condition. Full option, nice suspensions, spacious boot, second owner. Judging by...

November 3, 2008  4:21 PM

HP the Leader of the Gang

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Downtime would love to be a fly on the wall at the meeting at HP with the person who decided to use Gary Glitter's song 'Touch Me' in a

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