December, 2012

December 17, 2012  2:54 PM

Pirates versus Plumbers

CBaldwin Profile: CBaldwin
plumbers, Princess, Romance, scenarios

With a childhood spent mostly being a plumber, rescuing a princess from a castle, Downtime has learned a few things. Mostly it has learned that being a plumber and rescuing a princess from a castle can be a lonely experience.

It has now also learned that backing the...

December 14, 2012  11:22 AM

Internet officially makes life harder for primary school parents

KarlFl40 Profile: KarlFl40

The Internet is pretty much accepted as being very, very useful. Downtime clearly agrees. But while dropping kids off at school one Downtimer was horrified to see the clever tricks that parents are using to make their kids popular. Apparently if you sign into the school portal you can see who your...

December 14, 2012  10:15 AM

Holy tweet, Pope!

jscott1 Profile: jscott1

December 14, 2012  10:07 AM

Down the Hobbit hole

KarlFl40 Profile: KarlFl40

Downtime shall reserve full judgement on Peter Jackson's speeded up (48 frames per second!) film version of our ill-remembered tale of Bilbo Baggins and his escapades until it has been properly viewed in the picture house.

A neat trick to have conjured three films out of one rather...

December 6, 2012  12:03 PM

Google driverless cars strategy faces competition from Kiwi dogs

KarlFl40 Profile: KarlFl40

Google's investments in driverless cars could be a waste of money as dogs show their potential in the space.

Dogs in New Zealand have been trained to drive cars. The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) in Auckland decided to teach the dogs to drive to demonstrate the...

December 6, 2012  11:08 AM

Google saves the rhino

jscott1 Profile: jscott1
Africa, Asia, Google, Nepal, Poaching, Rhino, WWF

December 5, 2012  3:19 PM

Teasing a frog with a smartphone

CBaldwin Profile: CBaldwin
frog, smartphone, tongue

Inspect-a-Gadget investigated what objects you could use to operate your smartphone back in February, and deduced that in addition to a finger,...

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