Posts Tagged “BBC”
Found two interesting posts about how Twitter becomes a real-time news media and how it contributes to spread news all over the World despite telecommunication networks breakdown and/or government censorship.
Smart Mobs author Mark A.M Kramer asks if Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) could make humanity morally accountable ? Today, even with a very limited presence of the International community (politics, journalists as well as Aid workers) we continue to receive near real-time information from Myanmar through various multi-plateforms communication media such Twitter, SMS, RSS etc.
Ten days later, in China, an powerful earthquake shook the Sichuan province, information that Technology blogger Robert Scoble claimed that Twitter had the breaking news even before the United States Geological Survey, which provides early warnings of seismic events.
Is Twitter's slogan "What are you doing" should be now replaced by "What's going on" ?
Sources: SmartMobs, BBC
Found on BBC website a study, which questioned 1125 IT professional in Europe, revealing that more than 50% of IT projects are not delivered on time.
The study conducted by by HP and the Economist Intelligence Unit says the the 3 most commons causes for delay are :
- Outsourcing (it reminds me something)
- Changing priorities half way through (certainly not always an IT responsibility)
- Poor coordination between managers (sic!)
Other interesting points found on the article are that :
- 51% of European IT's say there would be not risk to their job. This percentage slips to 33% in Asia and 22% in Americas.
- 57% of participants to the study said that less than 50% of the IT initiatives in their firms had a positive outcome. In 2006 this figure was 54%
In Europe Sweden comes first when it is about delivering IT project on time with 44% then follow
Czech Republic 20%
Source : BBC News
, IT project
, IT World
, time delivery
After receiving an email from Kpjas, an Ipernity member, who informed me that he took a photo of mine to illustrate "50 Places To See Before You Die" selected by BBC viewers in 2003 in his blog, I reviewed the list and noticed that I have already visited more than 50% of these places that BBC viewers dream about (lucky me).
This list raised some interrogation to me about why these places have chosen instead of other famous ones ? I could not find any relevant explanations except perhaps a majority of places where the spoken language is (was) English (but it makes sense as enquiry took place in UK). One thing is sure, after reading names of these great location, you just feel to escape from your office, pack you stuff and go travel.
Personally I would definitively add some places to this list (Okavango delta, Yunnan mountains, Kalahari desert, Japan, etc..) and perhaps drop some but for sure, I'll not be able to keep it to only 50 locations.
BBC 2008 Viewers "Must See list"
La Digue, Seychelles
The Pyramids, Egypt (1993)
Luxor, Egypt (1993)
Abu Simbel, Egypt (1993)
Masai Mara, Kenya (1993/2002)
Victoria Falls, Zambia / Zimbabwe (1994)
Cape Town, South Africa – (1994/1998)
The Grand Canyon, USA
Yosemite National Park, USA
Las Vegas, USA
San Francisco, USA
Niagara Falls, Canada / USA
Canadian Rockies, Canada
Chichen Itza, Mexico
Angel Falls, Venezuela
New York, USA (1996/2000)
Florida, USA (2000)
Galapagos Islands, Ecuador (1999)
Machu Picchu, Peru (2001/2004)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (1989/2000)
Iguassu Falls, Argentina / Brazil (2001)
Golden Temple, India
Taj Mahal, India
Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka
The Maldives, Maldives
Terracotta Army, China
Bangkok, Thailand (1994/2002)
Great Wall, China (2005)
Angkor Wat, Cambodia (1995/2006)
Himalayas, Nepal (2006)
Hong Kong, Hong Kong (2006)
Paris, France (1980/2007)
Venice, Italy (1977/1982)
Barcelona, Spain (2001/2007)
Iceland, Iceland (1992)
Zermatt, Switzerland (1992/2005)
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Petra, Jordan (2003)
Bora Bora, French Polynesia
South Island, New Zealand
Auckland, New Zealand
Sydney, Australia (1996/2005)
Uluru, Australia (1996)
Great Barrier Reef, Australia (1996)
Some pics are really crap, so good excuse to visit some of these places again
, before you die
, best of
, must see
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Posted by Cedric in Bangkok
A Swiss man, was convicted on 29th of March for 10 years in Prison on charge of insulting His Majesty the King by vandalizing His portraits during a drunken spree.
Pleading guilty to five counts of lese majeste — the crime of offending the dignity of a sovereign — for defacing several portraits of His Majesty with spray paint in the northern city of Chiang Mai, the court has reduced his sentence to 10 years.
He could have faced up to 75 years in prison as Lese Majeste is a serious crime in Thailand.
On Thursday 24th of April, the prosecutor announced that His Majesty the King Bhumibol Adulyadej has pardoned the Swiss man. As a result, he will be deported from Thailand after his release.
A good news for this 57 year old guy and a good gesture which will hopefully be followed by others, as the actual political turmoil has seriously damaged the international image of the Kingdom.
Happy Sonkran !
Sources: The Nation and BBC
, Bhumibol Adulyadej
, lese majeste
, new year
I don't want to be perceived as a basic anti-american person, but if the guys they interview on this video are so called "sampling frame" of the average american people, they, and we, have serious problems as they may be totally unable to understand why less and less people like them (or rather the policy conducted by their elected government and what/who is really behind).
I wonder how come they have so little knowledge about geography, History and above all, what's going on these days around the world. They still have plenty good news papers such the New-York Times or the Washington Post which are far better than any TV channel and in particular Fox News.
Scary no ?
, anti american
, armed conflicts
, Coup de Gueule
, foreign affairs
, foreign policy
, Our World
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Just read an interesting article about Connexion by Boeing on the Journal du Net. Today, 11 airlines proposed inflight Internet access on some selected flights.
The connexion speed is announced to be 1 Mbps upload and 5 Mbps download. Prices start at 9.95 USD for 1 hour up to 26.95 USD for the whole flight + connecting flights during a 24 hours period. The service includes email access, web browsing as well as VPN connexions.
Connexion to user’s computer can be established using cables (only in Business class I guess) and WiFi 802.11b/g.
Connexion by Boeing bases its connexions on Société Européenne des Satellites (SES) Ku Band satellites such the newly launched AMC-23.
Since January 2006, 5 TV channels such BBC, Eurosport or MSBCN are also available on the 135 aircrafts already equipped.
Airlines proposing Inflight Internet service:
Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS), Japan Airlines, Singapore Airlines, All Nippon Airways (ANA), China Airlines, Korean Air, Asiana Airlines, El Al Israel Airlines, Etihad Airways, Austrian Airlines, Air China
I’m impatient to board one of these flights to see how good and reliable the connexion is. Unfortunately, Connexion by Boeing does not provide electricity supply to aircraft seats, in consequence, inflight Internet access will remain limited by the battery capacity and the laptop consumption.
By the way… according Connexion by Boeing, the average user of Inflight Internet is 41 years old, flies 57% of his time on Business class and flew 27 times in the last 12 months. Etonnant non ?
The complete story in french is here
, internet access
, Internet News
, Internet World
, Mobile Communications
, singapore airlines
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