Re: Simple (cheaper) solution?
That's the easy part. Organising, controlling and delivering the content is a very big job.
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If I remember correctly, it was Michael Hestletine, who when a Minister, signed a document that stated it was ok to withold evidence that would prove the innocence of some company directors accused of supplying 'weapons parts' to Saddam Hussein. The supply of those parts had been carried out with the full knowledge of the UK security services, after the directors had raised their concerns about the contract with them.
His reason for signing the document was, "A senior civil servant told me that I had to sign it."
So, will Ministers act with probity, morality and good intentions?
Microsoft and the FBI took control of many domains. Were these all .com/.us/(.org?) domains and thus under the responsibility of US authorities? If so, they have the legal right to do that, subject to judicial oversight, I hope.
Were any non-US controlled domains involved? If so, did thay have the agreement of the foreign registries involved?
Had the Swiss organisation sinkholed domains under the control of the US or any non-Swiss registrars? If so, by what process? What is the relationship between the Swiss organisation anf the Swiss legal authorities?
How easy would it be for me to sinkhole your domain, wherever you may live and it may be hosted?
I'm sure someone will say that I ought to be grateful that MS and the FBI etc are taking a stand against 'financial terrorism' and stop asking awkward questions.
In the past two months, I've installed Linux Mint 13 (Maya - MATE) on my very old laptop, my new laptop, my Eee netbook and my old Desktop (with old twin head Nvidia Quadro graphics card). Until then, I was a total Linux virgin but it went well ....... except for the things that didn't.
The pop-out side panels were great, just like the XP pop-out menu bars, except that after you logoff and restart, the icons (and the separator bars especially) decide to migrate to a different positon, sometimes. If you use the non-expanded option on the right hand panel, it decides to get into bed with and overlay the left hand panel on next start-up.
The updates, which every sensible person accepts, kill the Nidia Quadro twin head card. The forums have lots of amazingly complicated advice about how to get the card working, but I finally figured out that the best way is to do a fresh install and block any update called 'nouvaux' or 'Nvidia'.
The Caja file manager locks up, falls over and eats CPU time and memory if you ask it to copy too many files, especially over a network. This is mentioned on the official forum, and gets the response, "Caja works fine on my computer". I solved this by finding out about Nautilus and installing then using it. (Caja is an 'improved' version of Nautilus but I fail to see how it could be.)
If you try to set VLC as the preferred application for video files, where VLC is offered as an option, it still uses Banshee to play video. The way round this is to select Custom and then specify VLC as the Custom command. This applies to other user preference settings as well.
You can't copy a file from a network location onto the desktop. You have to copy to a local drive first then copy from local drive to the desktop.
Thunderbird does not work properly on Mint 13, I won't go into details. It might be Thunderbird's fault, it might be Mint's fault. These problems are common across all my four installations (except the twin head video one).
I'm very impressed by the structure and principles of Linux, because I'm the sort of person who has the time and ability to find out about it and do 'experiments'. I'm impressed by the way the Linux devotees spend time and effort to improve the arcane and occult aspects of file systems and all sorts of esoteric stuff.
I'm not impressed by the way the 'small' but obvious problems seem to be ignored in favour of doing lots of 'cool and cutting edge' things.
'Normal people', who are used to Windows 7, etc, will not be impressed and will think it is clunky and amateurish and definitely not ready for the desktop.
Edit: I nearly forgot:- The amazing adventures of getting drivers for printers, etc. It's a challenge but I got my Dell laser printer and my old Epson scanner working fine, eventually. I am bloody minded enough to slog through that but not many people would be.
'Eastern' capitalism seems to have done well in Japan (and other places) and now China, in terms of letting technology flourish. I'm not sure if it's a form of imported 'western' capitalism or just letting people do what they want to do.
Can you give examples of where technology development (not copying) has done at least fairly well away from capitalist systems?
If a set of identical, general purpose computing elements/blocks could be made from cement (with a filler material to give strength), then some form of interconnect studs on the top, with matching receptacles on the base could be formed into each block to give a structural and data/power interconnect. Using these, a larger unit could be simply assembled from smaller units. Just an idea......
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