Downtime:

January, 2009


January 27, 2009  3:41 PM

Former Google employees reveal the horrible truth

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online

Labouring in the murky, underpaid world of IT journalism, Downtime has always been led to believe that Google was, by comparison, a land of chocolate and fairies, where staff spent entire days in bed eating peeled grapes pondering the meaning of life...

Not so. Leaked e-mails from...

January 27, 2009  3:39 PM

Dry cleaning businesses become data hub

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crime, Hardware, Surveys

Money laundering is a risky business, and so is sending clothing to the local launderette, it seems, without first removing all USB storage devices contacting potentially sensitive information.

Selling data could easily become a second revenue stream for any less than scrupulous...


January 27, 2009  3:38 PM

Australian couple latest victims of Facebook

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online, Social networking

Downtime has been pondering a Facebook ban for these back pages. We are sick of hearing people talk about Facebook, and we are sick of hearing "news" stories about Facebook from journalists who should have something more interesting to write about.

Unfortunately, Facebook is now the...


January 27, 2009  3:37 PM

I spy with my little eye… your profile on Facebook

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government

Apparently it is becoming increasingly difficult to recruit spies because of social networking sites such as Facebook and Linkedin.

Traditionally the secret services could recruit people for covert operations who would be difficult to track by enemy forces. But because people are...


January 16, 2009  4:36 PM

Barclays ‘technical error’ leads to £100bn overdraft

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Finance

We have all come to understand that bankers' greed and -incompetence knows no boundaries, but Barclays Bank customer Donald Moffat must have been surprised to find that he had run up an overdraft of £100bn on his current account.

After Moffat insisted that he had not withdrawn the...


January 16, 2009  4:35 PM

Which? advises readers to smash their way to security

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Hardware, Security

Consumer magazine Which? Computing has warned readers that the only way to ensure their data is safe when retiring a computer is to smash the hard drive to "smithereens".

This drastic measure has been criticised for being a less than green approach to computing.

It may be...


January 16, 2009  4:34 PM

Could Silicon Valley be usurped by, er, Norfolk?

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Outsourcing

Downtime has discovered a new trend in the technology market. Buyers are reaching for software development firms in East Anglia rather than use suppliers in places such as India.

Soon working in IT will be normal for Norfolk, which is probably a less embarrassing association than that...


January 16, 2009  4:30 PM

US and Denmark get housing market moving

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Mobile Computing, travel

It is true that computers improve -mobility, but Danish artists and US scientists have taken the concept a bit too far by building a walking house. Yes, thanks to the wonders of technology, you may soon be able to take your house for walkies too.

A prototype built on six...


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