September, 2009

September 25, 2009  2:28 PM

Downtime’s black market value

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Downtime is indebted to Trust's blog which alerted him to the new Norton calculator. This works out what one's personal information is worth to cybercriminals. Having answered the...

September 18, 2009  11:51 AM

Rodent or primate?

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Scientists have made a breakthrough and cured colour blindness in Squirrel Monkeys.

Two squirrel monkeys were trained to perform standard colour-blindness tests and communicate what colours they were seeing to the researchers...

September 18, 2009  11:50 AM

MoD undecided on value of IT

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Three of the biggest departments of state - the Department for Work and Pensions, HM Revenue and Customs and the Department of Health, have CIOs at the top table - but not the MoD which, at the top, is still coming to grips with the importance of technology in the 21st Century.  

September 18, 2009  11:45 AM

One cannot help but imagine the machines are laughing

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It can only be a matter of time before a coroner records a verdict of death by satellite navigation.

Downtime has previously documented examples of drivers happy to trust the directions of their satnav devices over the evidence of their senses. Most notable was the case of the Polish...

September 18, 2009  11:38 AM

Rip-off Rolexes and Gucci? Not for Second Lifers

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In news from virtual worlds, The Register brings us the story of an unusual case of intellectual property rights infringement.

A pair of Second Life entrepreneurs are suing the game's...

September 16, 2009  9:33 AM

Hedonistic freshers get iPhone help

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September 10, 2009  4:23 PM

Pigeon fancier

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It appears that UK broadband users should be thankful what they get, even though it's a long way short of the advertised headline speeds.
A South Africa financial services company pitted its local broadband service against a pigeon to send a four gigabyte file 80 km. The pigeon, Winston,...

September 10, 2009  4:19 PM

Mandy gets China boost

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Business secretary Peter Mandelson has returned from China claiming credit for £500m in new business contracts. While in Shanghai he also attended the groundbreaking ceremony for AstraZeneca's new $100m Innovation Centre China, one of three flagship R&D projects by major UK companies in...

September 3, 2009  2:26 PM

Puffins get GPS devices

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News that Puffins will be fitted with tiny GPS systems to help conservationists monitor their populations is worrying downtime. Recent reports that drivers have had accidents because they are over reliant of GPS systems could be repeated in the seabird community. Especially with tides...

September 3, 2009  2:20 PM

Japanese are barking

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Dogs, Gadget, japan

A Japanese company has invented a gadget that can translate a dog's bark into human words. Apparently the Bowlingual Voice device will go on sale for £129 in Japan from next month. We can't wait for the UK version. You don't really need to translate what attack dogs talking to their...

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