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Comment: Re:Sounds good to me (Score 2) 90

by jginspace (#40695373) Attached to: One Tablet Per Child Program Begins In Thailand

Presumably the Thai education ministry studied the problem and came to the conclusion that these tablets would be worth buying. Maybe you really are that much smarter than the Thai education ministry... or, maybe you shouldn't be so quick to make a snap judgement.

For starters, read this:

BANGKOK (AFP) — High school test results in Thailand have revealed a failure rate of more than 80 percent in mathematics, biology and computer studies — among the teachers. The failure rates for teachers who took exams in their own subjects were about 88 percent for computer studies, 84 percent for mathematics, 86 percent in biology and 71 percent in physics, the education ministry said. And almost 95 percent of about 37,500 secondary school directors did not score a pass mark in English and technology, according to the ministry. The poor results have ignited controversy in Thailand about educational standards. “Even teachers fail, so how can we raise the quality of students?” Education Minister Chinnaworn Boonyakiat was quoted as saying by the Bangkok Post newspaper. More than 84,000 teachers and school directors took the exams, the first of their kind.

Comment: Bangkok Post (Score 1) 90

by jginspace (#40695337) Attached to: One Tablet Per Child Program Begins In Thailand

The caption in the Bangkok Post article reads 'A worker loads boxes labelled "One Tablet Per Child" on to a truck at the Education Ministry in Bangkok. The ministry sent off trucks on Wednesday to deliver the first batch of 55,000 tablet computers to primary schools in eight provinces.'.

Are they saying that all 55,000 boxes are currently sitting at the Education Ministry in Bangkok? Such logistical half-assedness would add at least a dollar a unit to the final cost I should imagine. Or more likely it was just a photo op and the Bangkok Post didn't properly attribute it as such. This being Thailand, and this being the Bangkok Post (establishment ring kissers), we can never be sure.

Comment: Quote ... (Score 1) 2

by jginspace (#40502699) Attached to: UN says North Korean 'fake missile' transporters supplied by China
From the UN report

The newly revealed missile was carried by a new 8-axle transporter erector launcher (see figure V), bigger and more sophisticated than previous transporter erector launchers displayed by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, which have had up to 6-axle configuration. An off-road mobile transporter erector launcher of such dimensions needs very advanced features such as the ability to pivot wheels in the front and back to assist steering, divided axle with differential gear to assist off-road movement, and hydro-pneumatic suspension to handle sensitive payloads. The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea has not previously demonstrated its capacity to build such a vehicle. The Panel will further examine this.

Comment: Re:Forget the ejection seat. (Score 1) 281

by jginspace (#39845443) Attached to: Discovery Channel Crashes a Boeing 727 For Science Documentary

... The Airstair makes the 727 one of the few airliners that it's possible to parachute from without the risk of being hit by the engines, wing or tailplane - a person known as "Mr Cooper" proved this was possible in 1971.

Ly Tong jumped out of an Airbus A310 over Saigon in 1992.


+ - Indian government to track locations of all cell phone users-> 1

Submitted by asto21
asto21 (1797450) writes "As per amendments made to operators’ licences, beginning May 31, operators would have to provide the Department of Telecommunications real-time details of users’ locations in latitudes and longitudes.

Documents obtained by The Indian Express show that details shall initially be provided for mobile numbers specified by the government. Within three years, service providers will have to provide information on locations of all users.

The information will have some margin of error at first. But by 2013, at least 60 per cent of the calls in urban areas would have to be accurately tracked when made 100 metres away from the nearest cell tower. By 2014, the government will seek to increase the proportion to 75 per cent in cities and 50 per cent in suburban and rural areas."

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Comment: Re:General Chinese labor conditions (Score 1) 375

by jginspace (#39057065) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Tech Manufacturers With Better Labor Practices?

She thought $400 a month (in a culture where there are no tips) was excellent money.

I don't know why people always quote things in dollars-per-month. That is meaningless. When I was in Russia in the late 90s, bus fare was less than 5 cents ...

I'm guessing you had the phrase Purchasing Power Parity on the tip of your tongue.

Comment: Re: 'Apartments' (Score 1) 375

by jginspace (#39057003) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Tech Manufacturers With Better Labor Practices?

AC was referring to his friend who is a waitress having a shared apt with a bunk, not factory workers in a dorm. A shared apt is not going to have a sufficient quantity of people in it to talk about the body heat warming the place.

Hopefully. And hopefully it doesn't get that cold (the GP seemed to be struggling to make it sound cold - frost is "moderately common" - wow). But I don't think you get the gist: if this is indeed the situation then she's doing well - it's hardly the sob story that was intended. But actually I don't think the picture you have in your head of an "apartment" bears any resemblance to the kind of "apartment" Chinese businesses provide for their staff. Clue: We're talking high population density, high property prices.

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