Here in Sweden we have double-decker trains running at 125 mph. The French have the TGV duplex with a maximum speed of almost 200 mph.
The problem isn't the speed, it's that you need a much bigger loading gauge for double-deckers to be practical.
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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.
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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.
@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.
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.
..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."
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.
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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