IT Business Elsewhere: IT’s the end of the world as we know it

Elsewhere is a collection of unusual technology stories from around the world.

To catch a thief
BBC News

Abertay University in Dundee, beginning later this year, will teach “ethical” hacking. That’s right: If your hacker education isn’t Scottish, it’s craaap!

IT’s the end of the world as we know it
L.A. Times

We expect a lot from technology, but is it really fair for a group of Christian fundamentalists to think it will speed up Armageddon – and the arrival of their Messiah?

If that’s what the phone costs, imagine the bills
Chicago Sun Times

Nokia is pitching its US$90,000 Vertu handset to affluent shoppers in the United States. Features include customized jewelry embedded in the device, a virtual concierge to make dinner reservations, and a ring tone that sounds like a cash register.

But will Johnny Depp be their poster boy?
Wired News

A team of people south of the border forms a political group called the Pirate Party, which will reform intellectual property laws. It’s enough to make Bill Gates rethink his decision to step down from Microsoft in 2008.

You shouldn’t have tried that at home

Sure, those things you download from YouTube when you’re supposed to be doing work are funny, but sometimes it’s all fun and video before things go horribly, horribly wrong.

Don’t call it an iParody
iPod Observer

Microsoft fesses up to the fact it made a video that poked fun at Apple’s most popular product, but explains it was meant for internal use only. See, the people in Redmond do too have a sense of humour. They just don’t want the rest of the world to know about it.

Home is where the IT is
Wired News

They may be without basic human needs like, say, food and shelter, but some people will do anything other than part with their gadgets.

Scared straight: Technology Edition

Europe opens its first detox clinic for video game addicts. Withdrawal symptoms include an obsession with scantily-clad heroines and an obsessive-compulsive urge to shoot lasers at fellow patients.


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