January, 2011

January 13, 2011  2:06 PM

Calling all defects

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran

Downtime got a message in its InBox about a new  groip for IT people. "The Defectives, a software testing community aimed at bringing testing professionals together for fun and social events where they can work as a team and put their skills to the test," the message stated. Bug tracking with...

January 13, 2011  12:32 PM

Publishing a breeze with IT, two UK teenagers show

WAshford Profile: WAshford

IT is lowering the barriers to business all the time, and an excellent example is a profit-making, self-funding quarterly magazine set up and run by two UK teenagers.
Technology has enabled 14-year-old Sean Spooner and Louis Porter to become probably the youngest successful...

January 11, 2011  10:48 AM

Goldman Sach’s Facebook investment offer or a Nigerian email opportunity ?

Bill Goodwin Profile: Bill Goodwin
Facebook, nigeria, nigerian, Spam

Many people have commented on the uncanny resemblance between an email sent out by Goldman Sach's advertising investment opportunities in Facebook, and the spam emails regularly sent out by Nigerian dignitaries offering rewards to people if the agree to  liberate money...

January 6, 2011  3:46 PM

EU research project ends civilisation

ComputerWeeklyStaff Profile: ComputerWeeklyStaff
Dvd, Remote Control, tv

Downtime was dismayed by the news that the European Commission has actually paid researchers €2.7m to develop a personalised and simplified Universal Remote Console interface that runs on normal remote controllers, mobile phones, computers and other devices.

January 4, 2011  2:20 PM

Wife claims half hubby’s virtual assets

WAshford Profile: WAshford

A wife in China has claimed half her husband's virtual assets in divorce proceedings. She says she helped him build up the virtual assets in online games such as Sims and Happy Farmer, and is therefore entitled to her share.


The divorce court at Shunyi, Beijing, rejected...

January 4, 2011  1:42 PM

How to save the economy using traffic cameras

ComputerWeeklyStaff Profile: ComputerWeeklyStaff
cameras, Clarkson, DVLA

Having given up his car in the interests of greening the ecology and improving his bank balance in the face of petrol at £1.26 a litre, Downtime was relieved to consider himself a little further ahead of the game when news emerged that the department of transport is considering publishing the...

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