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Withour further comment

Posted on June 13th, 2012 at 21:46 by John Sinteur in category: Nederland is Gek!

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  1. Surely not…Dutch disease!

  2. Orange ya glad it’ll be done early?

Torvalds splits 2012 Millennium Technology Prize with gene scientist

Posted on June 13th, 2012 at 21:43 by John Sinteur in category: Free Software


Linus Torvalds picked up his share of the world’s largest technology award, the Millennium Prize, along with a check for €600,000 ($752,000) at a ceremony in Finland.

For the first time in the history of the award, the judging panel from the Technology Academy Finland couldn’t choose among the contenders and decided to split the $1.5m prize. Torvalds was recognized for his creation and subsequent development of Linux as an open standard and shared the prize with Japanese stem cell scientist Shinya Yamanaka.

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I personally am looking forward to www.kittens.accenture and www.hp.ibm

Posted on June 13th, 2012 at 19:06 by John Sinteur in category: News


ICANN developed the New generic Top-Level Domain Program to increase competition and choice by introducing new gTLDs into the Internet’s addressing system. What is a gTLD? It is an Internet domain name extension such as the familiar .com, .net, or .org. There are 280 ccTLDs but only 22 “generics” in the domain name system right now, but that is all about to change.

Printer manufacturers should all be put on the .matrix TLD.

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  1. I wonder what percentage of your readers will think the joke has something to do with the Keanu Reeves movies instead of a printer technology? I cannot remember the last time I saw one of those in use.

    I just googled Keanu Reeves to check the spelling. There are reports that he died toady in a snowboarding accident in Zermatt.

  2. Oops. Apparently Keanu is not dead. The news report is a hoax and I should have checked further before posting instead of afterwards. I now see this is the third time this year that someone has spread the rumor that he has died in an accident. I apologize for failing in my due diligence.

  3. See? That’s why we rather talk about printers 🙂

Harvard professor on American society: Everything is up for sale

Posted on June 13th, 2012 at 18:45 by Paul Jay in category: News


Harvard University professor Michael Sandel on Monday lamented that almost every aspect of life in the United States was being “sold off to the highest bidder.”

“A market economy is a tool, a valuable and effective tool, for organizing productive activity,” he said on PBS Newshour. “But a market society is a place where almost everything is up for sale. It’s a way of life where market values seep into almost every sphere of life, and sometimes crowd out or corrode important values, non-market values.”

In particular, Sandel condemned D.C.’s line-standing companies. The companies allow lobbyists and others to obtain seats at congressional hearings without having to wait in long lines. The hearings are supposed to be open to the public, but the line-standing companies make it harder for less privileged citizens to gain access to government.

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Posted on June 13th, 2012 at 17:41 by John Sinteur in category: Cartoon

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Windows 8 vs Idiocracy screen

Posted on June 13th, 2012 at 16:15 by John Sinteur in category: Microsoft


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  1. The one is about as useful as the other

New preface to Charles Kindleberger, The World in Depression 1929-1939

Posted on June 13th, 2012 at 4:17 by Sueyourdeveloper in category: News


The parallels between Europe in the 1930s and Europe today are stark, striking, and increasingly frightening. We see unemployment, youth unemployment especially, soaring to unprecedented heights. Financial instability and distress are widespread. There is growing political support for extremist parties of the far left and right…

Yet today, to our surprise, alarm and dismay, we find ourselves watching a rerun of Europe in 1931. Once more, panic and financial distress are widespread. And, once more, Europe lacks a hegemon – a dominant economic power capable of taking the interests of smaller powers and the operation of the larger international system into account by stabilising flows of finance and spending through the European economy…

In a sense, Kindleberger predicted all this in 1973. He saw the power and willingness of the US to bear the responsibility and burden of sacrifice required of benevolent hegemony as likely to falter in subsequent generations. He saw three positive and three negative branches on the then-future’s probability tree. The positive outcomes were: “[i] revived United States leadership… [ii] an assertion of leadership and assumption of responsibility… by Europe…” [sitting here, in 2013, one might be tempted to add emerging markets like China as potentially stepping into the leadership breach, although in practice the Chinese authorities have been reluctant to go there, and] [iii] cession of economic sovereignty to international institutions….” Here, in a sense, Kindleberger had both global and regional – meaning European – institutions in mind. “The last”, meaning a global solution, “is the most attractive”, he concluded,” but perhaps, because difficult, the least likely…” The negative outcomes were: “(a) the United States and the [EU] vying for leadership… (b) one unable to lead and the other unwilling, as in 1929 to 1933… (c) each retaining a veto… without seeking to secure positive programmes…”

As we write, the North Atlantic world appears to have fallen foul to his bad outcome (c), with extraordinary political dysfunction in the US preventing its government from acting as a benevolent hegemon, and the ruling mandarins of Europe, in Germany in particular, unwilling to step up and convince their voters that they must assume the task.

It was fear of this future that led Kindleberger to end The World in Depression with the observation: “In these circumstances, the third positive alternative of international institutions with real authority and sovereignty is pressing.”

This is unlikely to start happening until governments have tried all the other options no matter how ridiculous.


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  1. Time to read Ravi Batra’s “Crash of the Millennium”. He was a bit premature (about 20 years), but the theory is sound.

  2. Well, you know how long it takes a politician to learn anything… two to three elections. So in about 8 to 15 years, those politicians can be relied on to jump into action and start solving the problems that exist in 2020/2027…

    as if they were the problems of the first half of 2012.


Falkland Islands plans referendum on status

Posted on June 13th, 2012 at 3:23 by Sueyourdeveloper in category: News


The government of the Falkland Islands has announced plans for a referendum next year on the political future of British-owned South Atlantic archipelago claimed by Argentina.

Speaking on Tuesday, Gavin Short, the chairman of the islands’ legislature, said he hoped the referendum would “convey a strong message to the outside world,” about Falklanders’ desire to retain ties to London.

There is expected to be an extremely strong turnout in this referendum and a strong majority for remaining British. This is only because of bizarre electoral rules and limited suffrage. Unlike in the United States, sheep are not allowed to vote.

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  1. I wonder if the luxury of a referendum will be granted to the Chagos islanders booted out of their homeland by the British in in the 1970’s about whether they wish to return?

  2. Here here about the Chagos islanders. When I watched Pilger’s documentary I was sickened by their treatment.