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Russian Programmers Dominate At Google Code Jam

Ambush Re:It's the cold and Isolation (159 comments)

I'm not sure if you're being sarcastic, but yes, people should have access to computers in prison. Unlike in USA, many other countries do actually try to get prisoners back to being normal, productive people instead of just punishing them. Now, internet access and such is another point because that could be used to communicate with other criminals outside.

Actually, you might be surprised. Some prisons do provide web and email access, albeit extremely filtered, logged, etc. The issue at hand is that the vast majority of work-place jobs require some interaction with a keyboard and screen, and that without adequate experience with computers then ex-offenders' job prospects include only labouring work and similar. The cost of recidivism is far higher than the cost of rehabilitation (assuming the offender wants to be rehabilitated, of course).

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Aussie prisoners escape lock-in with Ubuntu

Ambush Dupe article (2 comments)

It looks like I didn't see the previous article here from a couple of hours earlier.

more than 5 years ago
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Aussie prisoners escape lock-in with Ubuntu

Ambush Link (2 comments)

err, oops. More info here.

Repeat after me; must use preview... must use preview... must use preview...

more than 5 years ago
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What Restrictions Should Student Laptops Have?

Ambush Who owns the laptops? (1117 comments)

If the students own the laptops then get out of their way you self-righteous buffoon.

more than 5 years ago
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Comcast charges $1000 per wiretap

Ambush How many taps? (178 comments)

I'm no financial wiz, but with Comcast being a publicly listed company wouldn't it be possible to see how much they've earned from this specific venture - and consequently how many taps they've implemented? Might be interesting to compare the figures year-by-year.

more than 7 years ago

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Aussie prisoners escape lock-in with Ubuntu

Ambush Ambush writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Ambush (120586) writes "Shameless self-plug... A prison in Canberra Australia is deploying another 30 transparent desktops running Ubuntu Linux for use by their inmates. This will supplement stage-1 of a network comprising of Ubuntu servers and desktops which my company recently deployed. Prisoners have extremely limited access to email and web browsing, as well streaming media, educational applications, etc. More info here."

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