If you want to motivate people get all your rocks in a row, says columnist Bill Thompson."This afternoon my son and I drove from Cambridge to Lode, a small village just north of the city. When we got there we made our way to the old watermill and I lobbed half a brick across a river while Max filmed me.Earlier in the weekend my friend Matt Jones, co-founder of the social network site Dopplr, Read More »
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By Mark WardTechnology correspondent, BBC NewsBletchley Park is best known for the work done on cracking the German codes and helping to bring World War II to a close far sooner than might have happened without those code breakers.But many believe Bletchley should be celebrated not just for what it ended but also for what it started - namely the computer age.The pioneering machines at Bletchley w Read More »
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It has often been said that change is the only constant in the 21st Century.And there is little doubt that the restless tone of these times is something that the web has helped to accelerate.But the only reason that the net and the web can cope with that punishing pace is thanks to work done four decades ago by British mathematician Donald Davies at the UK's National Physical Laboratory (NPL).On Read More »
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By Clark BoydThe World, WGBH BostonLaptops and smartphones allow easy access computing power, but researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology want to go one step further by turning the entire world into a computer.At this year's Computer-Human Interaction (CHI) conference in Boston, the Fluid Interfaces Group at MIT's Media Lab unveiled the latest prototype of SixthSense, a wearable, Read More »
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By Tim WeberBusiness editor, BBC News websiteJohn Chambers is a paranoid man. All smiling, all confident, but paranoid nonetheless."Healthily paranoid," he says several times during our conversation. Mr Chambers is the boss of Cisco Systems. His company has survived four economic downturns: in '93, '97, '01 and '03. Now he is pushing hard to make it through number five (and six, if like Read More »
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By Victoria GillScience reporter, BBC News"When I arrived here, I saw people with HIV being carried all day to get to the clinic," Paul Williams recalls."There were no testing services, no education, no treatment and certainly no monitoring of treatment. People just died." That was the situation in Bwindi, Uganda, three years ago. Dr Williams, formerly a GP in North-East Engla Read More »
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Easter eggs are not just made of chocolate. With a bit of perseverance they can be found hidden inside DVDs, games and even business software.Computer code with a hidden purpose can be found lurking beneath DVDs, video games, and software such as spreadsheets, or word processors, Marc Cieslak found out. The secret add-ons are often little jokes or tips-of-the-hat by programmers who have slaved fo Read More »
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By Dan Simmons Reporter, BBC ClickHave you ever dropped your mobile phone, sat on it or spilt coffee all over it Thought so.But handsets are getting tougher these days thanks to a series of tests they go through before hitting the shops.Nokia opened its test centre doors to TV cameras for the first time to show how devices are put through their paces. Engineers carry out more than 200 physical te Read More »
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