...but nice to see a bit of Thai script in El Reg.
20 posts • joined 18 Jan 2010
I'm in bangkok and perhaps hear more from the local press than's reported internationally. So far, Honda, Toshiba, Ford, WD, Seagate, Canon, Nikon and others have been affected. There are huge industrial estates in Ayuthaya and Pathom Thani (both just north of bangkok) that are under as much as 3 metres of water which prevously employed 100,000's of workers. Food prices will rise too as Thailand is one of the biggest rice exporters worldwide but 10% of the farmland nationwide is destroyed.
It's not uncommon to see swastikas in Asia, eg in school logos etc - I've seen them in several countries. The Thai word for hello (sawasdee สวัสดี) is derived from the same Sanskrit word (svasti) that the word swastika comes from.Perhaps you'd like to ban Thai people from saying hello, eh?
But since Asia *only* has a third of the world's population, let's use western history to censor them...
Now, if I was CEO of a company that found an enterprising kid doing stuff like this I'd have phoned up the kid to ask if I could pop round for a cuppa and a chat. I'd take a corporate lawyer with me and whilst sipping aforementioned cuppa I'd offer to sponsor him through university, the lawyer would draw up an appropriate contract: a) stop selling this stuff, b) if you drop out, pay our $$ back, c) if you get really bad grades, pay our $$ back, d) after graduation must work for us for 3 years due to our investment in you.
Everyone's happy right? Kid gets education/job. Company will probably spend less on his education than lawyers fees. Parents don't spend mortgage repayments on lawyers. PR dept gets to have a wank, or whatever it is they do.
Kids that are willing to get off their arses and work hard are somewhat rare these days (IMHO). This kid should be shown a bit of respect, not threatened by the suits...
I agree... when my phone was updated to 2.3 it came with a WiFi Hotspot app and when connecting to my laptop via USB it asks if I want to tether via USB. 2.2 tethered via USB easily enough too. I've never tried with bluetooth - is that what they're trying to block?
Regardless... data is data. Telcos should not charge extra for "tethered data". Scum bags.
Confused of somewhere in Asia.
Well, sometimes I think a successor should have a slightly different perspective... how about GNU/FSF's Richard Stallman taking on the job???? :-) wouldn't it be fun to see Oracle's DB (and other software) open sourced under GPL and watch every corporation in the world which uses them have to open source code for their internal & external apps... ;-)
I'm not really an "open-sourcer" and nor do I have particularly strong capitalist leanings... but it would be fun to watch, right? :)
This is not just "two American companies". Each of them (Oracle & Sun as US companies) have ownership of companies in many other countries, eg. Oracle UK or Sun UK, Sun France, Oracle Australia etc. Each of those subsidiaries has to obey local laws - US laws have absolutely no jurisdiction outside of the US, it's based on where the subsidiary company is incorporated, not who owns it.
So each country's government is fully entitled to check the buy-out of the company in their jurisdiction is within the local laws there.
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