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March, 2010


March 31, 2010  11:27 AM

Black berets and Blackberrys cause journo confusion

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BlackBerry, blackberrys, guradian

This extract below comes from the Guardian's corrections and clarification's column and made me chuckle as one journalist made the all too simple mistake of muddling up fruit and a well known brand of...

March 31, 2010  10:47 AM

A prickly problem

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Someone has discovered a little hole in Durex Inda's website. A customer worked out he could find other people's vital stats quite easily, by changing the user ID in his boweser window, allowing him to see what they had ordered. Sales of...


March 31, 2010  10:27 AM

How to improve on the best…

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Car manufacturers do like to use state of the art computer gear to design better cars. Downtime received news about a new supercomputer that SGI has just sold...to Skoda.  One wonders how they can ever improve on a car they call the "


March 31, 2010  10:00 AM

Private photos not so private with Quip app

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app, iPhone, Quip

While the BBC has delayed the release of its iPhone apps, due in early April, because of concerns from the BBC Trust that the Beeb has too many fingers in online pies, some iPhone users have discovered their penchant for distributing embarrassing photos of themselves to close friends has been...


March 31, 2010  9:53 AM

PayPal is April fool in Japan

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Paypal

It is good to see online payments firm PayPal keeping its finger on the regulatory pulse of leading economies. The company has had to shut its Send Money service in Japan...


March 30, 2010  11:54 AM

MI5 recruits internet savvy spies

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MI5 is recruiting a new team of intelligence officers in their 20s and 30s to replace ageing operatives who do not have the IT skills they need to survive.

Jonathan Evans, the director-general of MI5, admitted to a Parliamentary committee that his agency's IT skills are not up to...


March 25, 2010  9:38 AM

Beware of users with corporate credit cards

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran
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Thanks a lot Salesforce.com - now any bozo with corporate plastic, can get around IT and sign up to a software service. But why stop at Salesforce...one company found that a couple of high-def TVs were on its monthly bill from Amazon, for the EC2 service. Anyone know of cloud operators offering...


March 25, 2010  9:34 AM

Tips on keeping track of servers

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Andy Bechtolsheim, a co-founder of Sun, has a bit of advice for IT managers worried about what all the servers in the data centre are doing: "If you have 10,000 servers, how do...


March 24, 2010  9:42 AM

Virtual farmer sacked for milking his cows

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Facebook, FarmVille, Laptops, online

Gordon Brown need to think carefully about his plan to spend £300m giving laptops and 12 months' online access to 270,000 poor school kids.
News just in from Bulgaria reports that a Plovdiv town councillor has been sacked for playing the Farmville game on Facebook. Apparently he was...


March 23, 2010  4:13 PM

They don’t like it up ’em

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Blunkett, ID CARD, Quinn

No doubt Dad's Army Cpl Jack Jones' words were ringing in his ears as former Home Secretary David Blunkett recanted his belief in the National Identity Register and all that it entails at Privacy International's 20th anniversary party.
Blunkett, Downtime readers will remember, began an affair...


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