Eco-warriors can leave their dreadlocks at home

If you've had a yen to protest against the evil doings of corporate giants and nasty governments, but find that baggy rainbow jumpers just aren't you, then...

If you've had a yen to protest against the evil doings of corporate giants and nasty governments, but find that baggy rainbow jumpers just aren't you, then the Internet could be just what you need.

Tree-squatting, tunnel digging and dreadlocks are pass‚. Cyber protest is the name of the game, according to a group calling themselves the Electro-hippies. This is not Donovan-meets-Kraftwerk as the name suggests, but rather a band of GM protesters who are recruiting people to launch denial-of-service attacks - of the type that brought down Yahoo and Amazon - against the creators of Frankenstein foods.

So now you can make the world a better place while maintaining the integrity of your wardrobe.

How much?

Amusing snippets are coming in thick and fast from readers, including this one from an indignant contractor.

Not content with the Government's efforts on IR35, Glaxo Wellcome now charge contractors 30 per cent more than their permanent counterparts for food in the canteen. The Montrose site has invested in a bigger noticeboard on which to display the two prices. One price for permanent employees and the higher one for contractors.

It won't be long before differential rates are charged for using the company car park!

Why didn't I think of that?

It seems Americans just can't get enough of those fat clients. Internet firm Netpliance was offering a closed-box "Internet appliance" - a CPU with no hard disc and just an Internet connection - for $200. An enterprising geek decided to lever open the casing and add a hard drive with a piece of custom-made cable.

Then it dawned on him - and about 100,000 slashdot readers - that he'd just made a $200 Pentium PC. As Netpliance soars toward a stratospheric IPO, one of Downtime's co-workers is working frantically with a screwdriver, a Palm Pilot and an old Sinclair Spectrum and speaks excitedly of an imminent Techmark listing.

Nice and sleazy does it

Mensa - the society for brainboxes which just happens to have a large proportion of IT members - is trying to change its image. How?

By holding meetings in nightclubs with half-naked women to spice things up a bit. Yep, Sir Clive Sinclair and a few other Mensa members were spotted talking shop in London lap dancing club Stringfellows. Certainly puts the term laptop into perspective.

Flying the flag

We've all been to them - company presentations, that is. But for some the event is more than just a presentation of figures at the end of the financial year. Take CMG for example.

The consultancy's 2,000 or so employees recently descended on the Albert Hall wearing company ties, and proceeded to don plastic Union Jack hats and wave flags to the tune of Land of Hope and Glory. More like land of no hope and little glory.

Can any readers beat this for corporate presentation gone crazy? If so, e-mail downtime

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