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Oracle's Take On Red Hat Linux

nwetters Re:One stop shopping (165 comments)

"coverage is 24/7 across all time zones" Good luck with Oracle 24/7 support in the Middle East. In Qatar, you'll have to wait several days for a guy to get on a plane. Oracle's Linux support offers nothing over Radhat's in this corner of the world.

more than 5 years ago

UK ISPs Are Censoring Wikipedia

nwetters de ja-vue (668 comments)

Almost two years ago, Wikipedia banned users from the State of Qatar from editing anonymously, and from signing up for accounts. At the time, it was dismissed as a storm in a tea-cup by Jim Wales. Many people decided it wasn't a problem because of the small size of the country.

Well, now the rest of the world is catching up with the Middle East in the use of transparent proxies, maybe Wikipedia will try to find some solution to the problem. In Qatar, for the last two years, we have continued to be blocked for months at a time from editing.

more than 6 years ago



Etisalat bungles Blackberry spyware deployment

nwetters nwetters writes  |  more than 5 years ago

nwetters writes "Dubai's Gulf News is reporting a bungled attempt by the national telco Etisalat to deploy spyware to Blackberry devices. ITP.net gives some details of the battery-sapping "performance patch", which has been uploaded to the Blackberry support forum last week. On Sunday Etisalat issued a two paragraph statement apologising for "a phased software upgrade...that led to extra consumption of the handset battery.". It described the patch as a "routine upgrade process", but said it had stopped issuing it as a precautionary measure.""

Tagged banned in Qatar

nwetters nwetters writes  |  more than 5 years ago

nwetters writes "Tagged.com, the social networking site, has been placed on a blacklist by Qatar, the small Middle-East nation. Instead of the usual landing page, users within the gas-rich state are told "The webpage you are trying to access has been blocked as the content contains prohibited materials." Last week, tagged.com was within the top-10 websites in Qatar, according to Alexa.com."

nwetters nwetters writes  |  about 8 years ago

nwetters writes "Qatar is a small country on the Arabian Peninsula. As is the way in many parts of the world, Internet traffic is censored through a proxy server, and this has led to the whole country being blocked from posting to prevent vandalism."


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