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e-voting no more April 30, 2004

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The e-voting fiasco that has swept the country over the last few months has come to a very interesting conclusion. The electronic system proposed for the forthcoming June elections has now been postponed until further notice. source: Department of the Environment and Local Government

Reality has gone too far! April 29, 2004

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While travelling to the airport on Monday before heading to Madrid I heard a story on Ray Darcy about a reality TV show in Singapore entitled “Dr. Love’s Superbaby Making Show”. Indeed the show supposedly does exactly what it says on the tin. Inviting couples from around the various continents to become the first to successfully conceive on a reality show in some perverse statement making effort to encourage the people of Singapore to start populating the country again after years of imposed regulations and population control. Definitely too far! source: Taipei Times – archives

Chill Out April 28, 2004

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Ever feel like a cool drink on a hot day (very appropriate in Madrid today) but someone forgot to put the drinks in the fridge? Well it looks as though a self-chilling can may be the solution to your needs. Read on… source: Irish Independent

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Blogging Madrid April 27, 2004

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Well, I’m in Madrid at the moment it’s about 00:45 and I’ve just discovered that my hotel has a WiFi hotspot available. Amazing what a night of tapas and wine will do for the network snooping curiousities. Seriously though I had an agenda to actually check mail for the project rather than just needed an internet fix. Staying on the outskirts of Madrid so I don’t get to see much but the weather is good even if the work is wrecking my head. More when I get back to Ireland…

Light up your life? April 21, 2004

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It appears (I haven’t heard anything about it before now) that Dublin is to be fitted out with a light display to celebrate the EU expansion. I’m sure the ESB will be happy anyway. Features of the display will include a nightly use of 154,000 watts of power (sponsored by the good people of Ireland who seem to be an inexhaustible source of funding for the ridiculous ventures of “certain city” promoters) polluting 15 kilometers of sky line. Kinda brings a tear to your eye doesn’t it? source: Alzado Vectorial – Vectorial Elevation

Software Sales April 21, 2004

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A banking software company in Dublin has just been sold for $100M, and they still tell us that hi-tech is not in favour. Me thinks it’s time to set up my own company and get out of this rat race. source: Irish Times

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Water but not wet April 15, 2004

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A new chemical developed in ths US exhibits all the fire fighting properties of water and even looks like water but it doesn’t wet anything. Strange but seemingly true. The chemical called Saphire may see firefighters extinguishing fires without the usual associated water damage. source: WPVI.com

Stem Cells April 14, 2004

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Stem cells have finally been used to help heal a fracture in the skull of an animal. Very interesting article about the use of stem cells for helping to heal such problems. It has been long publicised that stem cells hold much promise as an alternative to gorwing clones for spare parts. Hopefully further research will guide us away from cloning technology and back to a more natural solution. source: New Scientist

ComReg to Seize .ie April 14, 2004

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Well it’s about time and hopefully we’ll see prices start to fall as a result of this move. Legislation is currently being drafted that will see ComReg in control of the Irish Domains (i.e. .ie’s). Most Irish companies don’t even bother looking at registering a .ie address due to the red tape nonsense and overpriced registrations. Hopefully this will all come to an end and Irish companies will be identified by .ie source: The Register

The Blogging Gene? April 2, 2004

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Thanks to SeŠn H for this link to a humourous article on the reg. Worth a few minutes of your time for a few smiles. source: The Register