Hmm, maybe it was like in Kenya, where we "rented" books?
I spent 5 years (94-99) in Kenya, and every year, we would go to the moldy old book room to get books, which we would return at the year end (if you lost one, you had to replace at your own cost) I think they charged a fix rental, regardless of how many books, and they would regularly replace the books falling apart. I can't recall how much because we paid a lump sum every (four-month) term which included tuition, books and notebooks.
Which was good, because it was cheaper to rent books than to buy them out right, because with 35-36 textbooks for the 13 subjects we had, it would have prohibitively expensive.
If this is the same, then I guess maintaining digital copies is easier. You just issue a cheap tablet (a good chinese make cost for like ~$200 retail) and just copy the year's books on them.
You insensitive clod!
No really, I am anosmic, (complete inability to smell)
I would love things like these.
Maybe a portable detector signalling foul odours, coz if you baked me a cake literally full of shit, I wouldn't know.
+1 for Leshp reference
I mean seriously, how far does this go?
I live in Pakistan, and I have a pressure cooker.
If I happen to be walking outside with my cooker, will I be carrying a WMD?
If a drone kills me, will I be counted as a terrorist?
But screw me, *you* are the guys who are really fucked.
I never had rights in the first place, but you...
Good luck carrying a utensil around. Frankly it's hilarious.
I just unsubscribed from the Slashdot RSS. It's a shame
WHOA! That's a..lot...of explanation
(anybody got a tl;dr?
Thank you for taking the time to explain this to an internet stranger, let me parse this, then I will ask any questions that I have.
This is the Alliteration Police, Hand over the alliteration tables right now!
Does England not have the room for a proper field
Hilarious, because cricket grounds are *much* bigger than baseball grounds
Okay here is a deal: Explain me baseball, and I will explain you Cricket, because frankly baseball is totally whacky for me (not that cricket is any simpler, mind you...)
I *think* the idea is, pre-plan a route on your android device, then transfer/connect to the google glass, and wear that. Now you don't need to check your phone every time you face a corner, the route will be hovering over you all the time.
No more random wandering, checking map, wander some more...Leaves your hands free to drive, cycle, carry stuff etc. You could give it to pizza deliverers, bike messengers and post carriers, and pre-plan their route for the day, and even update it from base station.
( Whether this actually a good thing is a different question)
At least that's what I took from it. Anything else (take pictures, check calendar etc) can be done easier, better and possibly quicker from your cellphone (*most* of the time). Sure there will be time when PoV camera tricks would be beneficial, but I doubt the battery life would support that endeavor for long.
It's worse if you are driving...
Also, everyone, knock yourself out, there is plenty of trolling material:
Funnily enough I recall a case of "vial infection", where a patient was administered a dose from a vial that had had minute fractures in it, causing its contents to be compromised, and the resulting injection severely disabled the patient (IIRC it was in the back bone, and he was left paralysed).
His lawsuit was dismissed, as I recall, because the administration could not have know about those minute fractures, and had otherwise taken all reasonable care to maintain those vials in proper condition.
Just a interesting anecdote I though i would share, sorry for the OT.
So what exactly was your point, really?
My point, my dear rustled jimmies, is in the very sentence you quote from my previous comment:
for a certain value of democracy
There is no point of a "democracy" if it's a farce; at least a military dictator is straight forward in admitting they don't give a shit.
We don't HAVE democracy, even if it looks like it; ballot stuffing and poll rigging does not make a govt democratic.
That does not mean *actual* democracy (where "elected" officials can face consequences for their actions, and a re actually answerable to their electorate) is bad, I have no idea where you took that from.
For five years, our govt has been busy:
- making sure their irregularly elected officials are not ousted (irregularities include fake degrees, dual nationalities, corruption case, other criminal acts etc)
- making sure their crooked president is NOT convicted by Switzerland (He isn't called Mr 10% for nothing)
- maintain the unconstitutional National Reconciliation Ordinance, which give Carte Blanche to all previous crimes
In addition to the usual corruption and bribery etc etc
What they *aren't* doing is sustaining and improving a fuel structure, which is what a democratic govt should care about. So we have massive fuel shortages, and factories are closing down and moving to such countries as Kenya and Bangladesh (not exactly top-of-the chart, but at least they give a shit).
Heck they promoted the man responsible for our electrical crises, and made him prime minister!
So my point, my dear friend, is that if infrastructure is better in Egypt than in Pakistan...and where our govt more concerned about saving crooks than factories...then what we have is NOT democracy.
Sigh, mr confirmation bias, let me spell it out for you:
Military aid: services rendered, keeping generals happy
Economic aid: bribes to keep bought politicians bought
Happy now? I thought it was clear.
And sorry, but I am not an ungrateful shit, coz I haven't got a cent of US aid to be grateful for
You give aid to buy off politicians, and keep them bought.
Btw, found this in your link:
Furthermore a significant proportion of U.S. economic aid for Pakistan has ended up in back in the U.S., as funds are channelled through large U.S. contractors. A U.S. lawmaker also said majority of U.S. economic aid has not left the U.S. as it spent on consulting fees and overhead cost
Seriously though, I absolutely agree with you, cut off the damn aid. Let's not fund corrupt politicians. No one will accuse your govt being a murderer for not giving aid, you are not our nanny (well, there *is* the drone thing...guess why you were paying the heavy bribes
You hate the aid, I hate it, but what can one do when our governments love it?
EVERY where you go, you will find tons of objectionable behaviour, norms and social mores. You will often be saying "we didn't do it like this back home" or "it wasn't like this back home". It's called cultural shock for a reason.
But's that's price you pay. No one is saying you must accept that...merely that if you can't accept it, it would be suitable for you to stay home.
The Person in the article could accept it, hence Malaysia.