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societyofrobots (1396043) writes "Thailand has now put the first 50,000 of a planned 800,000 tablets into the hands of elementary students. Each tablet costs only $80/unit, runs Android ICS, and was manufactured in China. Opponents claim it to be a very expensive populist policy to 'buy votes', while proponents argue it could bypass the root causes of poor education in the country: outdated books and unskilled teachers. Is this the future of education in developing nations?" Link to Original Source top
Programmer insults Thai king on Facebook, arrested
societyofrobots (1396043) writes "AFP reports: Police have arrested a Thai computer programmer on charges of insulting the nation's revered king on a Facebook page, his lawyer said Monday. The charges carry a penalty of up to 15 years in prison." Link to Original Source top
societyofrobots (1396043) writes "In the run up to the July 3rd election in Thailand, use of Twitter, Facebook, and other social media are banned for campaigning and other election related purposes.
Offenders face a maximum six months in prison and a 10,000 baht ($330) fine. The ban includes sending short telephone texts and forwarding emails.
"There will be a unit of more than 100 officers to monitor this," said police spokesman Prawut Thavornsiri of the social media ban. "If we can track the origin of (an online message) right away, we will block the site and make an arrest. But if the sites are registered overseas and we can't check the origin, we'll first block it and ask the IP (Internet Protocol) providers for further investigation," Prawut said." Link to Original Source top
societyofrobots (1396043) writes "A US citizen, upon visiting Thailand for medical treatment, was arrested for lese majeste (insulting the king) and computer crimes ("entering false information into a computer system"). He is charged for posting a link on his blog to a banned book, The King Never Smiles, and for translating excerpts of it. He made the posting four years ago in 2007, while in the US. Trials for lese majeste are traditionally held in secret, for reasons of 'national security'. AFP has more information." Link to Original Source top
societyofrobots (1396043) writes "Since the military coup of 2006, Thailand's media freedoms have continually been downgraded. A growing tactic among the ruling elite is to accuse the political opposition of insulting the king, allowing for censorship and political imprisonment of those who dare speak out. In 2010, web censorship began to reach the scales of China and Iran. Now, Thailand has formed a group of volunteers called Cyber-Scouts to patrol the web looking for comments deemed to insult the monarchy. AFP also has a video." Link to Original Source top
societyofrobots (1396043) writes "Yesterday I saw on the MekTek site that users were reporting the MechWarrior 4 game was infected with a virus and causing 'data loss'. MekTek theorized it was a false alarm.
Scanning MW4Mercs.exe revealed the same trojan, verifying the bittorrent is in fact infected with a trojan. uTorrent detected over 7000 people downloading the game within the first 3 days, so thats quite a lot of infections . . ." top
societyofrobots (1396043) writes ""Local government officials are in the process of approving an operating budget for fiscal year 2010. Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl has proposed taxing college and professional students for the privilege of receiving an education in the city. The proposed tax will charge students in the city at a rate of 1% of their yearly tuition — which, at Carnegie Mellon, would mean roughly a $400 tax on most students. As the tax proposal hit local media outlets this week, the mayor repeatedly emphasized the burden that college students have placed on city services, and the need for students to pay their 'fair share.'"" Link to Original Source top
societyofrobots (1396043) writes "Following the forced software bundling strategy of Microsoft, Youtube now requires all members to own and use a Gmail account. Any member trying to sign in to Youtube will now be rejected until this linking is complete. No opt out option is available. Has evil slowly crept into Google?" Link to Original Source top
societyofrobots (1396043) writes "By data mining Google, YouTube, and my server data, it was possible to determine the otherwise unmeasurable market for robotics hobbyists. Various interesting trends were found about those who build robots:
90% use Windows, 4% use Linux, 4.5% use Mac;
17% are female;
53% for IE and 38% for Firefox;
Google searches on robotics terms have dropped more than ~40% in four years.
What was strange however is that last point . . . why are there fewer Google searches year on year concerning robotics related keywords? Is the field shrinking or is there something larger at work here?" Link to Original Source top