May, 2009

May 27, 2009  2:30 PM

IT workers finish high in beer league

KarlFl40 Profile: KarlFl40

Downtime was surprised to see that the latest contender in the beer Olympics comes from the IT department. With journalists the undoubted kings of alcohol excesses it was reassuring to see that the people Downtime writes for have similar issues. Downtime however has that old excuse "people relax...

May 26, 2009  10:40 AM

Up a creek without a GPS

WAshford Profile: WAshford

Sat nav users could find themselves up several creeks without a paddle soon because it seems the satellite network that makes it all happen, could be falling to pieces.

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May 26, 2009  10:19 AM

Scented gas poor substitute for frozen dessert

WAshford Profile: WAshford

Online shopping is a bit of a lucky dip it seems, with nearly half of online grocery shoppers getting the wrong goods.



May 18, 2009  4:09 PM

Wolfram Alpha calculates the Satan formula

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran

Wolfram Alpha, the world's latest search engine, uses clever maths to tell you things you don't already know. In the name of research, Downtime asked Wolfram Alpha about Satan. Apparently Satan can be represented by a mathematical formula.


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May 18, 2009  3:36 PM

Google goes off-road for arse-end of UK

KarlFl40 Profile: KarlFl40

Not satisfied with driving round UK roads and photographing almost every household in the land Google is now turning to three wheels. Google wants to show people much more by using tricycles rather than cars. Downtime thinks that Google should consider using robotic insects so it can see the arse...

May 18, 2009  3:33 PM

Fruitless attempt to rob internet cafe hard to swallow

WAshford Profile: WAshford

A US teenager has been charged with attempted armed robbery at an internet café, but may also be charged with destroying evidence after he ate his "weapon".

All police were left to photograph was the empty peel of a...

May 18, 2009  2:22 PM

Everest, outer space, so what I twitter on the toilet

KarlFl40 Profile: KarlFl40

It's amazing how Twitter has caught the imagination of the world. We now have an astronaut tweeting from space and a man tweeting from the slopes of Mount Everest. What next? Imagine it, people will risk life and limb to achieve fame but it will not be good enough to be the first person to swim to...

May 14, 2009  12:10 PM

Online expense system could be government money spinner

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May 13, 2009  9:44 AM

Porn is unhealthy for you cyber well-being

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May 12, 2009  2:25 PM

EC wants you to control your privacy

ComputerWeeklyStaff Profile: ComputerWeeklyStaff
European Commission, ID cards, identity cards, Passports, privacy, RFID, Smart Cards

As governments and companies find more ways to exploit smart cards, especially the RFID-enabled ones, the easier it is for them to find out all about you, your habits and your movements around the world.

Some (all?) of this may be no-one's business but yours, and the European Commission...

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