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12 posts • joined 7 May 2007

Vigilantes R US: Private enterprise takes over

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Suspicion = Guilt?

There's at least one case here where they've included someone who was released without charge:

http://www.theratbook.com/Articles/Article/more_arrests_in_terror_operation

I also noticed that they don't credit the source of the articles.

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3G iPhone disassembled, photographed

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Re: Ooooooo

"Barely a millimetre of wasted space, efficient design, amazing what they pack in."

It's nothing special, look inside any mobile phone and you'll see the same thing. Sony Ericsson phones are usually a good example of clever layout and design of the internals.

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What's going to power Small, Cheap Computers?

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Showing your age?

"an external VDU"

I've not heard or seen the term VDU used since the 80's, thought it had died out. For me it always conjures up images of rooms full of DEC green-screen terminals.

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British workaholics win EU opt out deal

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@Frederick Karno

"criminals and terrorists have more human rights than hard working people in this country"

Wrong. Everyone has the same human rights, that's the way human rights work.

You just disagree with certain people having those rights.

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Swedish authorities pull plug on female Elvis

Kevin O'Rourke
IT Angle

Tax Board and choice of names

The tax board (Skatteverket) here in Sweden has a load of extra jobs as well as just dealing with taxes. Among other things they're responsible for population registration.

See (in English):

http://www.skatteverket.se/omskatteverket/allmantomskatteverket/paandrasprak/engelska.4.7856a2b411550b99fb780009630.html

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GSM jumps from the pocket to the desk top

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Definitely nothing new

Chinese companies turn these things out in huge quantities. They're very common in developing countries, either as roadside "business centres" or in offices.

The one discribed in this article seems to be distinguished only by some extra PR trying to flog the thing to the "enterprise" and an exceptionally high price. I'd guess the hardware is just a badged version of a Chinese product.

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African human-powered lighting plan announced

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Kerosene IS that bad

@Brian Miller: You're probably thinking of pressurised kerosene lamps (aka Tilley lamps), which are fairly efficient and produce a bright white light (although they're pretty noisy and hot).

In West Africa those are seldom found and very expensive, instead you have the old-fashioned kero lamps with a cloth wick: smoky, inefficient and only capable of producing a dim and flickery light.

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Mandriva bigwig (nearly) accuses Ballmer of b-word

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Nigerian government links with MS

It's unclear whether the Mandriva deal was with the Nigerian federal government, a state government or a local government. If it's the Federal Government then they already have a deal with MS, so they wouldn't pay any extra to install XP on those systems.

Microsoft also encourages the use of its products by providing 'free' training courses for Federal Government employees. It's likely that some money is diverted to senior officials as well, that's just the way business is done there (not too different from here, just more blatant).

There are two good reasons for using Windows in education in Nigeria:

1. Somebody is going to have to maintain those systems. They're much more likely to be familiar with Windows than some Linux distro. Local knowledge of Linux is very limited.

2. Users know what applications they want to use. In particular Microsoft Word and Corel Draw. People want the 'genuine' product, not what they regard as a 'fake' substitute. Windows apps are also what children are much more likely to encounter outside school.

I've just completed two and a half years working in IT in Nigeria. My enthusiasm for spreading Linux was rapidly worn down by the realities there.

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'I Go Chop Your Dollar' star arrested

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It's not bed English...

..it's Pidgin. There are lots of English words in Pidgin but the grammar is completely different.

As an example, there's the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Pidgin (http://www.unhchr.ch/udhr/lang/pcm.htm), which begins:

"Dem recognise say human beings get dignity wey dey with us and rights wey go make all of us friendly with each other, so tay, we all come be like one family. Na dis be di foundation of our freedom and peace wey de for di whole world."

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NHS staff bemoan NPfIT problems

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But there are nations of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

NHS England is separate from NHS Scotland, NHS Wales, and Health and Care NI.

Maybe you should check your facts before calling other people fools?

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Biofuels are the 'next environmental danger'

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... the Co-op

WarrenG: maybe you should have read the article? The study was by the Co-operative Insurance Company, who don't have links to oil companies and adopt a generally ethical approach to company behaviour and investment.

Just because somebody disagrees with you doesn't mean there's a huge conspiracy going on.

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Nivio betas hosted Windows

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Not so useful for developing countries

This might be a good solution for developing countries, if it weren't for the fact that building the kind of infrastructure needed is expensive, difficult and takes time.

PCs are easily available and parts are available for repairs. Also, once you've bought it there are no recurring costs (assuming zero maintenance, which is the usual case).

For example, here in Nigeria we're stuck with erratic and slow dial up or satellite internet. Satellite has problems with latency (we're talking at least 650ms). Dial up only works when the landlines do, they're frequently off due to strikes, poor maintenance or no adequately explained reason.

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