Downtime:

December, 2008


December 19, 2008  8:50 AM

MPs’ concerns over sensitive data seem a little misplaced

ComputerWeeklyStaff Profile: ComputerWeeklyStaff
government, politics, Security

It was nice to see politicians question the security of confidential information on the Commons computer system. Following the Damian Green leak affair, MPs have been...

December 18, 2008  11:55 AM

Unemployed CGI robot seeks suitable position

rfroley Profile: rfroley
CGI, ROBOTS

Downtime's heartstrings were duly tugged by this campaign prepared on behalf of all those unfortunate CGI robots who have found themselves out of work this Christmas due to the seasonal switch to elves and reindeers - and credit crunch budget constraints.


December 18, 2008  8:48 AM

Too much information is a very frightening thing

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safety, travel

Downtime is worried about the transparency created by technology. On a recent train journey from London to Horsham, the driver left his PA system switched on while he held a conversation with a colleague about a signal he had just misunderstood and ignored as a result. Hundreds of passengers...


December 17, 2008  11:38 AM

Ned Kelly rehabilitation results in bank job

KarlFl40 Profile: KarlFl40
Citigroup

News that Crocodile Dundee is set to head up the IT operations at Citigroup are wide of the mark. Following the bank's decision to appoint Ned Kelly to head up its merged corporate and investment arms speculation has been rife that Crocodile Dundee will take over as IT director at the...


December 17, 2008  8:42 AM

Online banking spells end for dirty money stories

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Finance

Downtime was happy to read the story about the binman who found £10,000 worth of ripped bank-notes in a dustbin. Best of luck to him: if he pieces it back together, the Bank of England will replace the cash with...


December 16, 2008  2:34 PM

Cancer models used to mine Facebook

ComputerWeeklyStaff Profile: ComputerWeeklyStaff
research, Social networking

As all who read Downtime know, technology tends to be pretty predictable (Moore's Law still holds), but what people will do with it remains a mystery.

Take the latest modelling tool from the University of Warwick's department of...

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December 16, 2008  8:38 AM

Over-engineering a solution to a non-existent problem

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health, Mobile Computing

Downtime was mystified by a Reuters report that a Belgian health products distributor has invented a microchip that it claims will protect mobile phone users from potentially damaging electromagnetic...


December 15, 2008  8:35 AM

Was blackmailing copper a victim of 419 scam?

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crime

There were several odd sorts of symmetry to last week's story about the police officer on trial for blackmailing sex offenders

Former police constable Amerdeep Johal hoped to extort...


December 11, 2008  3:57 PM

Singing in the key of ERP

rfroley Profile: rfroley
Enterprise Resource Planning, ERP, mockumentary, spoofs

whatserp.jpgYou might think that, following Microsoft's rather baffling 'Bill and Jerry go shopping' attempt at a viral video campaign, few other software...


December 8, 2008  3:51 PM

PC shop Mike-O-Soft in Microsoft pirate sales shock

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Software

Mike-O-Soft, a Swansea-based PC shop, has been fined for selling Microsoft software without a licence.

Downtime thinks this may be a particularly tragic case of nominative determinism; poor Mike O'Soft never stood a chance.


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