February, 2011

February 28, 2011  5:18 PM

MPs tune in to BT’s music

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BT, parliament, telecommunications, telecoms

Downtime was delighted to learn via The Guardian that BT, the UK's biggest telecoms provider, sponsors the parliamentary choir to the tune of £60,000.

No doubt it helps if MPs sing from...

February 28, 2011  3:26 PM

The value of pure cheek? Priceless. (Well, $192,500, to be precise)

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Domain name, Ebay, URL

There are not many proper URLs left to buy these days - hence the number of start-up firms with obscure-sounding names including lots of "Z" and "X". But one enterprising domain name owner has taken cheek - and his sales technique - to a new level.

Having registered

February 28, 2011  10:14 AM

Love is blind X2 online

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They say love is blind, but when the relationship has been conducted purely online and there are large sums of money involved, there are bound to be tears.

According to police 

February 24, 2011  12:10 PM

Dumb and dumber

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A burglar has been caught thank to Facebook, after he stole a laptop, logged into the user's Facebook account, then posted a picture of himself. Doh! A fews ago a techie got robbed when he blogged about all the great...

February 22, 2011  9:40 AM

How to be happy

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happiness, happy, MIT

February 21, 2011  3:01 PM

Fools and their money

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Downtime's mum was fond of saying, with pointed emphasis, "A fool and their money are soon parted".
Which makes one wonder about defence force officials on both sides of the Atlantic. First there's the long-suppressed news (see

February 21, 2011  10:35 AM

Pseudo computer science baffles top US officials

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Computer expert Dennis Montgomery tricked the US government into paying £13m for software he claimed could stop terrorist attacks.

He even managed to persuade former President George Bush to divert a series of flights from London away from the US after convincing him they were...

February 21, 2011  10:30 AM

Nun expelled from convent in Spain over Facebook

WAshford Profile: WAshford
Facebook, social media, Social networking

A convent in Spain has expelled a 54-year-old nun for spending too much time on social networking website, Facebook.

Sister Maria Jesus Galan said on her Facebook page that she has been asked to leave the convent after disagreements over her online activities, according to

February 17, 2011  11:11 AM

Lawyers go cloudy

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cloud, lawyers

Downtime wishes to congratulate the Cloud Computing Centre for bagging accreditation as a preferred supplier to the Solicitors Outsourcing Association.
SOA, (no relation to Service Oriented Architecture) is a non-profit that supplies lawyers with 0 Comments     RSS Feed     Email a friend

February 16, 2011  11:16 AM

Flamenco nights at MWC

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CBoss, MWC

CBossMWC .jpgDowntime's intrepid reporter at Mobile World Congress discovered CBoss, a software house...

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