Monday, December 18, 2006

Crowds roll up for a Banksy

Good old Banksy, he's released 1,000 prints for sale at £100 raising money for cataract operations for children in Bangladesh.

According to Sightsavers it costs on average £17 to perform cataract surgery on an adult and £27 on a child. It will give extra resonance to looking at the print in future

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Keep your evil monopolistic nose out

I hate Microsoft. I hate the way they squeeze their sticky little tendrils into any market they so that they can increase their monopoly

Now they're doing it to the one laptop per child project

This was meant to be an open source project that would avoid anybody's licenses and would stymie Microsoft getting a toehold in emerging markets so they can squeeze them dry in the future

Thankfully the Green party has brought this matter to the public eye

The UK's Green Party has accused Microsoft of "unacceptable bribery" in trying to run Windows on the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project.

"Open source tools are a way to let the global south develop their own knowledge economies," Siân Berry, principal speaker for the Green Party, told in an email.

"Microsoft wants to restrict the greatest profits in the knowledge economy to already established software corporations like itself.

"By installing its programs on these laptops Microsoft hopes to create market domination and vendor lock in. That is unacceptable bribery.