July 2009 Archives

iPhone leads to cannabis stash

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iPhone users can now buy an application that guides them to the nearest supply of Cannabis.

This is obviously for medicinal purposes in US states where the drug has been approved for medical treatment.

So don't expect the software's appearance in the iTunes Appstore to create a surge in iPhone users amongst students. They prefer waiting for their man rather than calling him.

Out of the mouths of babes and sucklings

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A 15 year-old intern at Morgan Stanley investment bank caused controversy this week when he wrote a report about teenagers' consumption of media. Teenager Matthew Robson raised eyebrows when he pointed out that few teenagers use the social networking doyenne of the day, Twitter, on the grounds that it is "pointless". No sooner had the guileless youth spoken when a number of grown-ups clamoured to the fore to insist that, on the contrary, the Emperor was indeed wearing new clothes, and mighty fine they were as well.

One such was self-proclaimed 'social software consultant' (no vested interests there then) Suw Charman-Anderson, who patronised the lad thus: "He has written a very well thought out piece which describes the media habits of him and his friends... It is not a reliable description of all teens' attitudes and behaviours."

Tellingly, Ms Charman-Anderson concluded her blog: "If I relied on Morgan Stanley for anything, I'd be rather concerned right now regarding their lack of critical thinking." Downtime thinks there are far better reasons to be concerned about Morgan Stanley's thinking. Compared with the deeds of some of its fund managers in recent years, young Matthew's rather modest revelation looks sheer bloody genius. Thus it is in the spirit of the moment that Downtime wishes the record to show the pearls of wisdom uttered by his three year-old daughter only this morning, when she breezily damned another social networking phenomenon: "Yammer? POO!"

You heard it here first.

Scottish sheep taggers get cash let off

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Scottish sheep farmers have won a ruling in Europe that means they will not have to fork out for sheep tag readers.

Legislation emanating in Europe will mean sheep have to be tagged but farmers will not be forced to have tag readers. Tags will be scanned at the markets or abattoirs instead.

Sorry no good news for the sheep.

USB powered chainsaw released

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Downtime was amazed to see that you can now buy a chainsaw that plugs into your computer's USB port.

Lumberjacks everywhere will be swarming to buy the latest computer gadget. Chop trees while you do your accounts on your wireless networked Netbook.

Or if you only have a mundane office chop you can rearrange the desk of an annoying colleague.

Snakes alive - it's a spy robot!

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Technology is taking inspiration from nature with Israeli military scientists creating a robotic snake to spy on enemies and plant bombs.

Presumably having giving up trying to train their pet snakes, the scientist used them instead as a model for a high-tech sneaking device.

Soldiers can control the robotic snake and follow what it sees using a remote laptop.

In addition to snooping, the robotic snake could be used to find survivors trapped in the rubble of buildings, assuming they will not die of fright when the snake slithers in.

If you are finding this a bit to hard to swallow, check out the video.


Petty thief nabbed by caller-ID technology

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Cybercrime is flourishing because some criminals are among the most tech-savvy people on the planet, but it seems some petty thieves still have a lot to learn.


In particular, Torbay teenager Jake Ormerod, who got nabbed for stealing a cabbie's mobile after using it to call a taxi.


The 18-year-old dialled victim Don Smith's firm and the number was recognised by the controller. Ormerod was picked up shortly afterwards, by the the police.


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