Category Archives: Europe & EU
Now we generally don’t support commercial style campaigns, but this one is a little different.
It challenges and attempts to find a solution for the growing tide of electronic waste, It makes phones more repairable and customizable and it encourages phone developers to compete a little more for you support.
The concept is brilliant, a series of blocks you can just plug onto the back of a circuit board and there is your phone, with all the features you want, and if any break or become obsolete, just replace then in a few minutes.
An unwanted block can be on sold if still working, or be much easier to recycle if not working.
I think they need rounded corners on the phone somehow, but it looks really good.
The idea is trending like mad right now.
Nice find boingboing.net
Man builds secret spy rock.
Government steals secret spy rock idea.
Man gets no money for secret spy rock.
Man sells spy rock on Ebay.
Spy rock, not so secret, anymore.
Nice one cryptome
Remember: Always pay your mercenaries and spies. Always!
Free shipping, oh sweet!
I hate having to add an extra $20 in my head when comparing the prices of secret military hardware being sold on Ebay by cheated contractors.
Chemical weapons used in Syria and the 'red line crossed' is being ignored.
Oklahoma surgical center charges approximately 1/5th of the cost of hospital medical care,
but you pay that same 1/5th of the cost in insurance levies and medicare cost if you go to a hospital.
So what did you pay for with medical insurance and medicare?
Nothing, it’s all just a racket!
This bubble ( which is 20% of USA’s GDP) is inflated with government money and will eventually burst.
Several other large economies are potentially on the brink of collapse, Europe, China and Japan.
Which domino will fall first?
The world is losing trust in the dollar as a safe haven. A major blow came after Germany's Bundesbank demanded the repatriation of a big chunk of its gold being held in the US. Because as RT's Gayane Chichakyan reports, some are concerned the assets of foreign nations in the Federal Reserve are not secure or even there. The Germans were infuriated when the US Federal reserve didn't even let them examine their own assets properly.
Many of you will be using a PC based computer or one of its many inspired clones or competitors to read this right now.
So how did the PC enter our world?
Here the birth weight stats:
Name: 5150 IBM PC
CPU: 8088 4.77MHz
RAM: 16 Kb -256Kb
Graphics: Mono chrome monitor
Removable media: 5 1/2 ” floppy Mylar discs
Hard drive: optional extra
And all it would cost you in todays money is about $4000 AUD (unless you bought it in a pub from a guy you don’t remember the name of, come to think of it, what he looked like).
A computer today has about 1 million times the processing power for less than a tenth of the cost.
And what is a computer? A question we don’t but probably should ask our selves…
It a tool which is good at mimicking the functions of another tool, provided it has the correct added hardware and the task can be thoroughly described.
It can be a tool of oppression or a tool of liberation, the choice is yours.
So what we do now, we take for granted; ‘someone’ types something into a computer or smart phone and suddenly many other ‘someones’ can know that thought stream, and even respond to it over vast distances in more or less real time.
It hasn’t always been ‘beer and skittles’ however.
The IBM corporation has a murky past with the first major contracts being gained by selling and supporting tabulating machines to Nazi Germany to catalog the population, particularly dissidents.
One of todays Tech giants Apple, uses what could easily be described as slave labor to produce many of its products in Asia (particularly China).
The conditions of people who make these wonderful( but taken for granted) electronic devices often work in arduous conditions, with some factories installing anti suicide nets on their multistory buildings.
Many PC’s still run 32 bit operating systems as a hangover from Windows XP and Intel’s successful attempts to stifle AMD’s innovation into 64 bit processing in the mid 2000′s.
So to the PC: happy 32 (bit) birthday.
It shouldn’t take too long to figure out the reference to the German red shield.
From now on when you see a red shield you will probably think twice.
A pretty good explanation of how it all happened.
“Its first pledge was to break all its promises, making the party almost impossible to attack, then it promised a polar bear to the zoo and a drug-free parliament within 10 years.
The party’s only advertisement was in a newspaper personal column, saying: “The Best Party wishes to meet good people aged between 18 and 90.” Its 10-point plan had 13 points. And the party’s campaign video featured candidates singing Tina Turner’s Simply the Best, with the chorus: “We are the best, the bestest of parties, best for Reykjavik, best city of every week.” It works in Icelandic.
Iceland was ripe for change, having effectively gone bust thanks to the cronyism of a cluster of politicians and bankers who thought that they could turn an island of fishermen with a population of 318,000 into a financial superpower.
In less than four years, the most rapid expansion of a banking system in history saw three privatised banks develop assets 10 times the size of the country’s GDP. It was the Icarus economy. Property prices tripled, the stock market multiplied nine times, and people borrowed heavily – often in foreign currencies – to cash in on the boom. The crash was fast, hard and painful, worsened by the collapse of the krona as the state, unable to bail out the banks, refused to pay foreign creditors.
The strategy looks smart now, compared with events in Greece and Ireland, but the country was angry and frightened. Voters wanted change, and the Best Party caught the mood, capturing Reykjavik with 34.7% of the vote. “No one has to be afraid of the Best Party,” said Jón in his acceptance speech. “Because it is the best party. If it wasn’t, it would be called the Worst Party or the Bad Party. We would never work with a party like that.”
“Given the frivolity of their campaign and the fact the mayor is a famous comedian, best known for playing a bad-tempered Marxist on television, they have surprised people with the seriousness they have shown in running the city.”
Poets should be lawgivers; that is, the boldest lyric inspiration should not chide and insult, but should announce and lead, the civil code, and the day’s work. But now the two things seem irreconcilably parted.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 -1882)
Looks like Iceland has found a way with Jon Gnarr! Apart from being in a punk band and a comedian and a suspected jedi, he also used to be a cab driver. That’s the kind of mayor Melbourne needs. Then again, if it ends up being Sean Bedlam or (God forbid) Carl Scrace, I may have to eat my words. Maybe, for the time being, we are better off with the devil we know.
3000 protesters block access to the ECB in Frankfurt…Mainstream media ignores it. it appears that a lot of people are ignoring the Mainstream media too, newspapers downsizing their paper editions is just the first step in the gradual extinction of the mainstream media.