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Comment: Re:Ridiculous, Impossible, Etc. (Score 1) 398

by Ripley (#40091315) Attached to: Legislation In New York To Ban Anonymous Speech Online

The New York legislature has been a mess for longer than you think, according to this quote from 1776.

Lewis Morris: [as John Hancock is about to swat a fly] Mr. Secretary, New York abstains, courteously.
[Hancock raises his fly swatter at Morris, then draws back]
John Hancock: Mr. Morris,
[pause, then shouts]
John Hancock: WHAT IN HELL GOES ON IN NEW YORK?
Lewis Morris: I'm sorry Mr. President, but the simple fact is that our legislature has never sent us explicit instructions on anything!
John Hancock: NEVER?
[slams fly swatter onto his desk]
John Hancock: That's impossible!
Lewis Morris: Mr. President, have you ever been present at a meeting of the New York legislature?
[Hancock shakes his head "No"]
Lewis Morris: They speak very fast and very loud, and nobody listens to anybody else, with the result that nothing ever gets done.
[turns to the Congress as he returns to his seat]
Lewis Morris: I beg the Congress's pardon.
John Hancock: [grimly] My sympathies, Mr. Morris.

Businesses

+ - IT Spending Up

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Techdag writes "CIO Insight says that "optimism about the economy and anxiety about security are leading companies to increase IT spending." Its survey of 429 IT executives reveals that IT spending will increase in 2007, despite other reports to the contrary. From the article: "We're predicting a higher rate of spending growth than Gartner Inc., Forrester Research Inc. and IDC; their forecasts for 2007 increases range from 2.8 to 6.5 percent, while we expect a 7.6 percent increase, the largest we've ever reported. But that shouldn't be surprising, given what we've learned in our recent surveys: CIOs are focusing more on growth and improving service than on cost reduction; the current economic expansion has proved resilient; and security worries and regulations require more purchases toward IT protection. And as companies make infrastructure investments, they are updating older systems and installing new applications that can take advantage of these investments.""
Linux Business

+ - Linux Arrives on 50,000 Brazilian Desktops

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An anonymous reader writes "Three companies in Brazil have begun deploying tens of thousands of Linux-powered desktop PCs for the Brazilian federal government's Computers for All program. The ready-to-use PCs reportedly include the Linux XP Desktop operating system. Estimated monthly deployment reportedly is about 10,000 desktops, with 50,000 desktops already delivered. The full scope of the project was not indicated."

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