Downtime:

February, 2015


February 26, 2015  9:28 PM

The end isn’t nigh, it’s already here

Clare McDonald Profile: Clare McDonald
5G, BBC, zombies

The BBC has recently launched a show on its maybe-soon-to-be digital channel BBC Three.

The premise...

February 25, 2015  10:45 AM

Will astrology solve the NHS crisis?

Alex Scroxton Alex Scroxton Profile: Alex Scroxton
astrology, NHS

Well, will it?

In an interview with the Astrological Journal, Conservative MP David Tredinnick has made the bizarre claim that astrology could solve the NHS crisis.

"I do believe...


February 20, 2015  12:26 PM

No printers, exploding sockets, and a missing ‘ ‘ key

Alex Scroxton Alex Scroxton Profile: Alex Scroxton

A recent office move has left the Computer Weekly team's lack of practical technical knowledge tragically exposed.

Not only are we apparently incapa le of networking a printer properly, we have also overloaded the production team's sockets and  lown several fuses in the process.


February 20, 2015  12:23 PM

Colossus gets the ultimate accolade – its face (sort of) on a stamp

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
Email

Britain's contribution to computer history has received its ultimate accolade - Colossus, the world's first electronic computer, designed at Bletchley Park to help break secret German codes in World War 2, is to be featured in the latest set of Royal Mail stamps.

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February 19, 2015  12:52 PM

Self destruction service

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran
Uncategorized

If there is anything worse than waiting in the queue at the Post Office, it is using its new self service machine. First there are three staff - who would normally be behind the counter - keying in PIN numbers, because the Post Office doesn't trust you to buy a stamp on self service. Then there is...


February 9, 2015  10:29 AM

Why I turned off voice recognition on my Samsung Smart TV, and it’s not why you think

Alex Scroxton Alex Scroxton Profile: Alex Scroxton
Romulans, samsung

I'm going to tell you a true story about voice recognition, and how far we still have to go before it really works properly.

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February 5, 2015  3:18 PM

Security quote of the week

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran
Uncategorized

Here at Downtime, we seem to get inundated by people who give their two bit's worth whenever there there is something security related. Here's this week's Top Five:


1. Lancope CTO, TK Keanini, on Anthem 
Changing your DNA is not an option - if...


February 5, 2015  2:35 PM

Spin me do

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran
ADAC, BMW

"As the leading manufacturer in the networking of driver, vehicle and the surrounding environment, the BMW Group is increasing the security of data transmission in its vehicles."

This is what the car maker told its customers about a fix for its ConnectDrive app, that allowed car thieves to...


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