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August, 2010


August 23, 2010  12:51 PM

Ofcom’s Olympian largess

ComputerWeeklyStaff Profile: ComputerWeeklyStaff
Ofcom, Osborne

Let's see now: the government faces a £1.847tr budget black hole; it is unlikely to get another £22bn-odd from

August 23, 2010  12:31 PM

Don’t call us

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muppet

Surprising as it may seem to some, there is a list of the UK's best call centres. Well, strictly speaking, this is a list of volunteer companies that have elected to put themselves through tthe ordeal of having up to 600...


August 16, 2010  11:26 AM

Are you reading this on the loo?

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
smartphone, twitter

Regular readers will know that Downtime thrives on the activity of organisations that fund utterly pointless research in the name of desperate PR. But for once, even we have been left wondering about the mental processes of the people who commission such rubbish.

Today's


August 13, 2010  3:04 PM

Da Vinci Code meets Lord of the Rings in plan to save the internet

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armageddon, ICANN, Radio4

Downtime fears the leaders of domain name controller Icann have been reading too many Dan Brown novels.

Last week it was revealed that seven key holders from around the world have each been assigned to guard a part of a key, and in times of great crisis, five of them must come together...


August 13, 2010  2:27 PM

Researchers show private web browsing history is not so private

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IE8, Internet Explorer

Many of you will have seen the TV advert highlighting the privacy mode in Internet Explorer 8, which allows a husband to "browse for a present for his wife" without leaving any evidence on the family computer. Well, before you peruse those lingerie sites, be warned: researchers at Carnegie Mellon...


August 12, 2010  3:47 PM

Husband fingered as polygamist by digital fingerprints on Facebook

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Facebook, polygamy, Social networking, twitter

User generated content is all very well, but as one - no two married couples in the US found out, digital fingerprints, once out there, can come back to haunt you.

Cleveland woman Lynn France typed into the Facebook search the name of the woman with whom she suspected her husband was...


August 6, 2010  3:01 PM

Don’t tell the spooks

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Cryptography, GCHQ, NSA

Scientists in Germany have provided what they call "compelling evidence" that quantum computing will outperform classical computing, even though we can't build a quantum computer with existing technology. Of course, it is only signals intelligence people like GCHQ and the NSA that have the...


August 6, 2010  2:15 PM

Computer super-material could stop your shoes smelling

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China, Downtimes, E-coli, semiconductors

Graphene has been heralded as the new super-material. It possesses incredible strength and elasticity, while its exceptionally high conductivity and use in flexible semiconductors could soup up computing.
If that weren't enough,...


August 4, 2010  3:35 PM

Tales from the dark side of tech support

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It's the silly season, so all kinds of stories crawl out of the woodwork to warm themselves in the Downtime sun. You can blame/thank SysAid Technologies and its ecosystem for these tales from the dark side of tech support. 

1. The Magic of Christmas

A lady opened a...


August 2, 2010  4:10 PM

Don’t flush the toilet with your mobile phone

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
Mobile, phone

It is not that often that Downtime receives a press release that starts, "Mobile phones could become the next key consumer market for built-in anti-bacterial protection."

Our extensive recollection of UK advertising brings the phrase "kills 99% of all known germs, Dead", to mind, but...


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