Sweden has won the top prize in a new global index of countries getting the best out of the net socially and politically, with the US second and the UK coming third. Sir Tim Berners-Lee's World Wide Web Foundation ranked 61 countries in seven different categories to assess the impact of the internet in each, looking at issues …
I think it would be nice to include a link to the source, to check the data for ourselves.
Load of bollock*
I know this is in bootnotes ...
... but am I the only one whose first reaction was "What a fucking useless index!"?
Re: I know this is in bootnotes ...
Yes, and indeed, all subsequent reactions.
I couldn't help but notice the year on the languages page you linked to. Seriously, if data over a decade old from Google searches is the gauge, I gotta say I'm surprised Chinese ranked so highly. It does, however, make me wonder if Baidu would have a different ranking.
To quote the page:
"Chart of Web content (milions of webpages by language) 2002" "Languages used to access Google in January 2002"
It's only a pity I can't use both the WTF? and FAIL icons simultaneously. Mental note, look up how to spell p0rn in Swedenese[sic].
Greetings from #1 Sweden!
The correct spelling in Swedenese is "pörn", "pörren".
I thought it was "Pr0n" in all languages.
@Major Tom (was: Re: Languages???)
Only all languages that are spoken by folks with Internet access.
Hmm. Have we accidentally stumbled on Tim B-L's evil plan?
You, sir, have been learning Swedish watching the Muppet Show.
Whilst the umlauts (the little dots you muppet) are entertaining, they're not used randomly for effect.
Here you go: "porr"
I recall the hard rock outfit Trojan that decided to put those dots above the "o" to get some Scandinavian/Viking(Gothic/Whatever feel on their album cover. Problem is that Tröjan translates as "Sweater" in Swedish. Not that hard rock anymore.
And be careful with those umlauts/dots/"prickar" out there!
Supposedly the mark of Heavy Metal bands, "those dots" are called an "umlaut". Sometimes called "röck döts". First used in the popular music world by the Krautrock band "Amon Düül II" in 1969 ... In 1970, at roughly the same time, Blue Öyster Cult named itself, and Black Sabbath released a single variation of the song "Paranoid" renamed "Paranoïd", leading into what has become known today as "the Metal unlaut".
God, I'm getting old ...
 For the kiddies in the audience, a "single" was a form of analog RAM, a disc roughly 7" across, made of vinyl, (usually) spinning at 45 RPM, (usually) featuring one song per side. The music was recorded as a continuous spiral grove, called a track, which was followed by a needle that transformed bumps in the track into an electrical signal, which when amplified and sent to speaker(s) produced the sound that kids called "music" and parents called "noise".
I'm distinctly surprised that neither South Korea nor Japan made the top 10. I join those who suspect an excessive language bias...
No Patents, No Companies bringing boodles and goodles of lucre to the Queenie yet he's a SIR?
Great new idea... Rent a Sir for those who have everything except the praise and snooty regard of some old poops and pretend Shake Your Spear Players.
Bill of Faire:
Plain Sir 1d per click
Sir with Cream cheese and Onion 2d per click
Slur (a Sir with character) 4d per click
The value of Berniers-Lee opinion about the use of a system so grossly beyond him before he started playing with it, making his opinion today like anyone else's essentially worthless. That he attempts to give it anyway sad and all too telling.
Is it just me or...
Shouldn't Google be doing this kind of thing anyway as part of its market research? Suspicious.
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