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Ask Slashdot: When and How Did Europe Leapfrog the US For Internet Access?

kevinbr Re:Government Intervention (451 comments)

You cannot be serious. I live between UK and France. I work every day in france in my local cafe with Wifi. Everywhere I go there is free wifi. I live over a greek restaurant in the uk - free WiFi. Most cafe's in UK and france have free wifi. UK airports - Free WiFi, Franch Airports - free wifi, Swiss Airports - Free WiFi etc etc.

European MacDonalds, free wifi, European Starbucks - free Wifi etc etc.

Your statement is bullshit.

13 hours ago
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NASA Considers Autonomous Martian Helicopter To Augment Future Rovers

kevinbr Re:Lift? (83 comments)

http://www.spaceref.com/news/v...

Attempt to fly at 100,000 feet, which is about I suspect the same density as martian atmosphere.

4 days ago
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Calif. DMV Back-Pedals On Commercial-Plate Mandate For Ride-Share Drivers

kevinbr Re:Insurance (216 comments)

The Uber policy is a scam. There is another case where the passengers were injured, but again they are in court trying to force Uber to pay as the drivers private insurance declined coverage.

"The collision occurred at approximately 8:00 p.m. as the Liu family was heading home and was lawfully crossing, with a green light, when they were struck by a right turning vehicle. Sofia was taken to San Francisco General Hospital where she died. Her mother was hospitalized for an extensive period with life threatening injuries requiring delicate, extensive, surgery. Anthony, who suffered serious injuries was released to his grieving father Ang.

Uber acknowledged that Muzzaraf was a "Uber partner" but stated that he was not providing transportation services for Uber at the time of the collision. Uber has also stated that its oft touted $1,000,000.00 in insurance coverage for its drivers is not available to pay for the medical expenses, funeral bills, or the other damages suffered by the Liu family because there was not a passenger in the vehicle at the time of the collision. In addition to losing Sofia, her mother Huan, and her brother Anthony, were seriously injured requiring extensive hospitalization.

The Dolan Law Firm has filed suit in San Francisco Superior Court against Uber, its business partners, and Muzzaraf claiming that Uber is responsible for Muzarraf's conduct, and the Liu's losses, based on the fact that Muzzaraf was logged on to the Uber app.

At the time of the collision and was, therefore, working for Uber whether or not he had a passenger in the car.

4 days ago
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Made-In-Nigeria Smart Cards To Extend Financial Services To the Poor

kevinbr Re:Financial stability, trustworthy commerce... (40 comments)

Obviously the author of the article never heard of Mobile Payment systems like MPESA, which are already very successful in other countries, and do not require a bank account, or a smart card, just a SIM card and an ID document.

Smart cards on their own can't succeed, the key is reusing the vast african system of agents associated with mobile operators. Smart cards need infrastructure t accept payments. An MPESA merchant only needs a mobile phone with SMS or USSD capability.

So I see this as just more banking hype, banks hate MPESA..........

about a week ago
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MI5 Chief Seeks New Powers After Paris Magazine Attack

kevinbr Re:Vague article (319 comments)

So when you can't monitor the obvious threats you already know about the solution is to add more and more to the pile ? Really? Why not ask for more manpower to monitor the known threats? Or are they busy monitoring politicians and journalists ? Who the fuck knows how they are burning manpower but the Paris incident shows that they can't do threat assessments nor properly monitor who they know about.

If they knew these guys were a threat, then they can get a warrant already an scoop up everything. Phone locations etc. No one objects to monitoring via a legal process known threats. But with current powers available, they did not. So adding more and more powers leading to more and more data is in my opinion not a solution.

Potentially the whole world flies under the radar.

about three weeks ago
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The Open Office Is Destroying the Workplace

kevinbr Re:More productive on the bus to/from work (420 comments)

I split time between France and the UK. We have hot desks so when in the UK there are never desks. Hence I rarely go to the office but work from my apartment and walk to the office a couple of times a week fork meetings. In France, I work at home or my local cafe where I get the real work done, as in a cafe there is a little noise but no one talks to me, and I get automatic coffee refills. Everyone now knows that a certain table is my office. I have Skype, Lync, a phone and email. I deal with China, Albania, Kenya, Germany, Ghana, romania and DRC. So it is impossible to have real meetings mostly. Over Christmas I have been at home for a month now.

I really don't understand why people are tied to offices anymore. The work gets done, or it is obvious when people are docking off. I do my 6:00 AM conf calls in bed with my laptop ....... on my lap. I am often on conf calls 7 hours a day, impossible to do them in the office with the noise, and if everyone else is on calls it is too distracting. Worse when people are in the offices andn join calls, there is always too much noise when they are not muted.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Tech Companies Won't Be Around In 10 Years?

kevinbr Re:Yahoo and HP (332 comments)

Amadeus. Owned by Airlines.

about 1 month ago
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Mobile Phone Use Soon To Be Allowed On European Flights

kevinbr Re: Restrictions (96 comments)

Fact is, phones or not people talk on airplanes. But current American culture being fearful and intolerant and all about "me" will result in yet more disputes. Want to sleep in a public place? Earplugs or noise cancelling head phones. And no one needs to shout at 85 dB to be heard with a person in the next seat or for a phone conversation.

about 4 months ago
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Mobile Phone Use Soon To Be Allowed On European Flights

kevinbr Re: Restrictions (96 comments)

Aircraft interior 85 dB
Speech: 65-70 dB

Ask the pilot to switch off the engines while you sleep.

about 4 months ago
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Mobile Phone Use Soon To Be Allowed On European Flights

kevinbr Re: I'd pay for a non-phone flight (96 comments)

I've sent iMessages at 5000 meters over Ghana. Record. Kenya was 2500 meters. Heathrow sucks. Nice is ok. Zurich terrible - 600 meters

My trivial hobby.

about 4 months ago
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Mobile Phone Use Soon To Be Allowed On European Flights

kevinbr Re: And has been a fact ever since the beginning. (96 comments)

People already sit with other and blabber. They even bring kids that ..... Cry. Music leaks out of headphones. Fact is an airplane is not an optimal place for quiet. Oh yeah people scream in air pockets.

about 4 months ago
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400 Million Chinese Cannot Speak Mandarin

kevinbr Re: Amazing comments from all the "Mandarin expert (562 comments)

Well I'm on a project with a very large Chinese network supplier. Their team with Cantonese and Mandarin use English to communicate. It's only via English they can communicate. So they tell me.

about a year ago
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Jonathon Fletcher: The Forgotten Father of the Search Engine

kevinbr Re: archie (95 comments)

Veronica?

about a year ago
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NJ Court: Sending a Text Message To a Driver Could Make You Liable For Crash

kevinbr Asynchronous ? (628 comments)

Unlike a phone call, a text message has the expectation to be read when the receiver chooses. I send text messages to people I know are driving so the message is there when they stop.

about a year and a half ago
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Marking 10 Years Since 9/11/2001

kevinbr Re:10 years later (804 comments)

Thank you, well said. I myself went to Afghanistan in 2003 but to help not to kill. Since the CIA created and funded Osama, would it not have been cheaper to bomb CIA headquarters? 99% of Afghans want help from anywhere - they will accept the Taliban ( as they did ) to get minimal security. The Taliban had nothing to do with 9/11. The ongoing struggle between Pashtun and Northern Alliance has nothing to do with us. Osama was our chicken coming home to roost.

more than 3 years ago
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Sony To Sell 3D Head-Mounted Display

kevinbr Optimized ... (153 comments)

For solitary porn viewing, incase you need BOTH hands free.

more than 3 years ago
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Chinese Written Language To Dominate Internet

kevinbr Re:Quantity, not quality. (535 comments)

cockroaches are dominant in numbers, but this is no reason that they will dominate the internet. The intnernet is about power as much as anything else. A billion poor Chinese do not wield enough influence yet to change the world.

This is not just about raw numbers.

more than 4 years ago
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$1 Trillion In Minerals Found In Afghanistan

kevinbr Re:And if you (688 comments)

Iran is favored in Afghanistan, except the US with their aid budget precludes buying for example farsi software. We like to ship them English Windows. Mac OS X could be used with a pashtun and dari and uzbeck but no wat in 2003 was the US going to buy Mac's.

Pakistan is pretty much hated by the average Afghan. They had to escape to Pakistan but they don't forget how badly they were treated.

China has been all over Afghanistan for 8 years now seeking to win tenders and gain influence.

fact is you can gain influence by bribing people.

Corruption is endemic.

more than 4 years ago
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$1 Trillion In Minerals Found In Afghanistan

kevinbr Re:CNN said this could make it the saudi arabia (688 comments)

".....The sharing of family wealth has been a critical component in maintaining the semblance of a united front within the royal family. An essential part of family wealth is the Kingdom in its physical entirety, which the Al Saud view as a totally owned family asset. Whether through the co-mingling of personal & state funds from lucrative government positions, huge land allocations, direct allotments of crude oil to sell in the open market, segmental controls in the economy, special preferences for the award of major contracts, outright cash handouts, and astronomical monthly allowances, - all billed to the national exchequer - all told, the financial impact may have exceeded 40% of the Kingdom's annual budget during the reign of King Fahd. Over decades of oil revenue-generated expansion, estimates of royal receipts have varied, ranging as low as an unlikely $50 billion and as high as well over $1 trillion. [5]. This method of wealth distribution has allowed many of the senior princes & princesses to accumulate largely unauditable wealth and, in turn, pay out, in cash or kind, to lesser royals and commoners, and thereby gaining political influence through their own largesse.
During periods of high oil prices as were the late 70s, early 80s, and again, immediately after the 2003 US invasion of Iraq, national income has outpaced the developmental needs & social obligations of the Saudi government and the effects of royal skimming were diminished. From the mid 80s through the 90s, when international crude oil prices dropped to the teens and below, the subsequent shortfall in income, and the availability of surprisingly limited financial reserves (when compared to such countries as Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates which continued to grow during crude price droughts because of dividends generated from years of prudent investments.)[6]. According to well-publicized but unsubstantiated reports, King Abdullah has intentions to reduce the Al Saud share of the budget, an act which may sow discontent within the royal family, but would be popular with the Kingdom's citizenry."

Fact is no one knows really how much the Royal family keep and how much gets shared.

Saudi Arabia has the wealth to never export oil but to process it all on shore. INstead that potential excess to invest in expensive downstream processing goes in to the royal family.

Afghanistan will be the same.

Have a read of :

http://www.amazon.com/Plowing-Sea-Nurturing-Sources-Developing/dp/0875847617

more than 4 years ago

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French Officially Unlocked phone broken

kevinbr kevinbr writes  |  more than 7 years ago

kevinbr (689680) writes "French iphones can be actually SIM unlocked, but a stupid software bug causes the phone and SMS apps to crash when using a foreign SIM. Apple hard coded information, and when the phone compares hard coded data to a SIM with a country code not hard coded, the app exits.

http://www.iphoneatlas.com/2007/12/18/french-unlocked-iphones-crippled-cont/

French "unlocked" iPhones crippled in other countries
Posted 18 December 2007 @ 12pm in News

Apple are busy deleting posting referring to this issue, and their pack of friendly posters keep insisting the issue is because the phone is not really unlocked. Anyone who counters this false assertion gets deleted.

iPhones that are sold as "unlocked" through Orange of France (the iPhone's official provider there) are crippled on various wireless carriers outside of France, failing to make phone calls, send SMS messages and perform other critical functions.

Apple may rectify this issue with a future firmware/software update that allows officially unlocked phones to work in countries where the devices are currently crippled. However, the company has not responded to requests for comment or technical explanation of this issue."
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Napster: Music Subsciptions are over-rated.

kevinbr kevinbr writes  |  more than 7 years ago

kevinbr (689680) writes "Napster has concluded that PC-based music subscriptions aren't a growth business.....because it's retreating from its core business: Selling all-you-can-eat music subscriptions. Maybe the RIAA can sue someone to save this model."

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