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Business fashions do move in cycles: Another World on BB 10

THAT old DOS computer game, Another World. has just been ported over to the new BlackBerry operating system, BB 10. Which just goes to show that fashions in the business world really do go in cycles.

Eric Chahi’s seminal

Posted: 15th, February 2013 | In: Money, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


83 per cent of radiologists can’t see a gorilla in this CT scan

CAN you see the gorilla? CBS news reports that 83 per cent of radiologists didn’t see the beast.

The 24 qualified radiologists were given lung CT scans, which each had about 10 nodules (abnormal spots), and were asked to find

Posted: 14th, February 2013 | In: Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Consumerism, Eh? The £7,000 mobile phone

THIS did rather make me giggle. A company that makes outrageously expensive mobile phones. Their latest model costing £7,000.

The Vertu Ti costs 7,900 euros (£6,994) and is made at the firm’s headquarters in Church Crookham, Hampshire.

The device

Posted: 13th, February 2013 | In: Money, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Is Microsoft’s Excel the most dangerous software in the world?

IS Microsoft’s Excel the most dangerous software in thewWorld? It could be actually. That is, that the very existence of Excel itself makes it the most dangerous software in the world.

There’s two parts to this. One is that we’ve …

Posted: 13th, February 2013 | In: Money, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Robert Crumb predicted twitter and the internet (photo)

DECADES before it went live, Robert Crumb predicted Twitter and the internet:

“Everyone will be tuned into everything that’s happening all the time! No-one will be left out. We’ll all be normal!”

Crumb – a life in photos; the Crumb …

Posted: 10th, February 2013 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, Technology, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Cosmos watch: Earth like planet spotted but Apophis is going to blow us up

FIRST the good news:

“Using publicly available data from NASA’s Kepler space telescope, astronomers at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) have found that six percent of red dwarf stars have habitable, Earth-sized planets. Since red dwarfs are the most

Posted: 7th, February 2013 | In: Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Naples driver’s U-turn meets Monty Python (video)

TO Naples, where a man in a small car is attempting to execute a U-turn in a narrow street. The action heats up at the 1:30 mark when the cast of local Monty Python Appreciation Society arrives:

Posted: 7th, February 2013 | In: Technology | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


1976: the Star Trek cast meet the Space Shuttle Orbiter Enterprise

IT was no coincidence that the first Space Shuttle Orbiter was called Enterprise. Originally named Constitution (in honor of the U.S. Constitution’s Bicentennial), Star Trek fans wrote to President Gerald Ford suggesting an alternative name: Enterprise. The vehicle debuted  at …

Posted: 6th, February 2013 | In: Flashback, Technology, TV & Radio | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


France bans lights at night

THE Dark Ages are returning to France. French environment minister Delphine Batho says that from July 1, all non-residential buildings will have to switch off interior lights one hour after the last worker leaves the premises. The outside lights must …

Posted: 5th, February 2013 | In: Technology | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


No, really, Apple still isn’t avoiding UK tax

THE Sunday Times has done yet another of its pieces on how tech comapnies are avoiding tax in the UK. Given that that paper’s gated, here’s the Telegraph telling us all about it. The real problem here is that Apple …

Posted: 5th, February 2013 | In: Money, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Mahmoud Ahmadinejad goes looking for gays in space

HAS Iran run out of monkeys to fire into space? News is that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is ready and willing to be the first Iranian to orbit the Earth in space. As he says:

“I am ready to be

Posted: 4th, February 2013 | In: Politicians, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Iran’s space monkey was faked: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad invents cheesecloth pantaloons

IRAN did not fire a monkey into space. When Anorak read the news that Iran had done what the USA had done in 1961, we feared that before long Iran’s go-ahead leaders would be wearing cheesecloth pantaloons, reinventing …

Posted: 1st, February 2013 | In: Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Go-ahead Iran invents machine to decapitate fingers and fires monkeys at Israel

EARLIER this week Iran shot a monkey into space. It is feared that very soon Iran will firing monkeys at Israel. Anorak’s security expert tells us that at the current rate of technological progress, the next forty years should see …

Posted: 30th, January 2013 | In: Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Downton Abbey game for Super Nintendo

TIME to play Downton Abbey on the Super Nintendo:

Posted: 30th, January 2013 | In: Technology, TV & Radio | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Car of the day: 1959 BMW Isetta Whatta Drag with 730 hp Chevrolet V8 engine – photos

CAR of the day is a 1959 BMW Isetta Whatta Drag with 730 hp Chevrolet V8 engine. It’s a three-wheel bubble car on fire. Would anyone be game enough to drive the thing? The Isetta never had a reverse gear. …

Posted: 29th, January 2013 | In: Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Apple’s sales rise, profits rise, shares tank: WTF?

A USEFUL little reminder of something that economists keep trying to tell people but which often doesn’t seem to get through. Stock markets are forward looking.

So, we have Apple reporting its financial results for the most recent quarter. Profits …

Posted: 29th, January 2013 | In: Money, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


How Las Vegas casinos show Britons the future of CCTV

TED Whiting is director of surveillance at Las Vegas’s Aria casino in Vegas. The control room works like London: everyone is observed in a hunt for the cheats:

Despite that, Whiting says facial recognition software hasn’t been of much use

Posted: 28th, January 2013 | In: Technology, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


US military scans dogs’ brains to find best combat soldiers

ONE day they’ll be doing this to people:

DARPA’s mission is to prevent technological surprise for the United States and to create technological surprise for its adversaries.  The DARPA SBIR and STTR Programs are designed to provide small, high-tech businesses

Posted: 27th, January 2013 | In: Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


China shows why Microsoft is screwed

THERE been some recent whining from Microsoft about how they get to sell bugger all in China. As opposed to Apple who can’t make things fast enough. Some of this is of course because Microsoft sells software, something often ripped …

Posted: 25th, January 2013 | In: Money, Technology | Comments (3) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Aberdeen receptionist accidentally sends entire office sexy email meant for fiance

OOPS! Melanie Anderson accidentally sent a racy email intended for her finace Eric Knisz to everyone at her work. Melanie works at Aberdeen-based oil company ISS. Bruce Webster, HR director of ISS, says:

“Personal emails are not encouraged at work

Posted: 25th, January 2013 | In: Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The ban on tasteless diners taking photos of their meals

EVER taken a photo of your meal and posted it to a social media site? No, not pictures of terrible food, like this RyanAir disaster. This is about those pictures of fine dining. Some eateries in the US have …

Posted: 24th, January 2013 | In: Technology, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Petter Kverneng gets 1million likes to earn Facebook sex with Cathrine

MODERN love: If pimply teenager Petter Kverneng gets 1million likes on Facebook, Cathrine will shag him.…

Posted: 20th, January 2013 | In: Strange But True, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Giant Panda bears blood is good for you

GIANT PANDA blood is good for you. The bears create an antibiotic in their blood stream that can kill off bacteria and fungi.

Dr Xiuwen Yan, of the Life Sciences College of Nanjing Agricultural University in China, tells us:

Posted: 17th, January 2013 | In: Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0