There is an update to the QANUS distributable (v29Nov2012). The previous version (v23Apr2011) made use of a web service for named entity recognition (NER). However the NER service wasn’t always reliable, and this prevented many people who had downloaded QANUS from using it out-of-the-box.
To remedy the problem, the new distributable is shipped and configured with a local NER engine (Stanford NER). Users who download the package should now be able to follow the instructions on the README file and run QANUS out-of-the-box.