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  • LEARNING

    Acronyms vs initialisms

    Learningpost, Heather Vlach, Published on 05/01/2010

    » An acronym (pronounced AK-ruh-nihm) is a word formed from the initial letters of other words and can be pronounced as a word. For example, the acronym laser is much easier to say than its components - light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation. The same goes for radar (radio detection and ranging) or Nasa (National Aeronautics and Space Administration), Ielts and Toefl.

  • TECH

    Need to know

    Database, Published on 17/02/2010

    » The US Federal Bureau of Investigation began a campaign to force all Internet providers in the United States to record and file all web activity by all users, all the time, in case the FBI ever needed the information; FBI director Robert Mueller said he wants storage of "origin and destination information," able to be retrieved with a search warrant issued by a judge in important cases such as terrorism, kidnapping, criticism of FBI and the like; in a huge, shocking coincidence, pretty well every US state investigation bureau backed the FBI proposal, because you never know when a state prosecutor might need information about the surfing habits of a nefarious outlaw, paedophile or political opponent, not that top investigators would ever stoop to asking for politically related surfing records, perish the thought; the FBI, by the way, does not want actual data such as email retained, only the information recording the origin and destination of a web session - for now.

  • TECH

    Analytics tackle fraud, security issues

    Database, Suchit Leesa-nguansuk, Published on 03/03/2010

    » SAS is pushing "text mining" technology and social network analysis to help the government tackle fraud, terrorism and national security threats, while leveraging private clouds to cut licensing costs in the enterprise market.

  • TECH

    Cock-and-bull story

    Database, Published on 10/03/2010

    » As the euro dropped and bureaucrats across Brussels wondered whether they would have to give up the milk-fed mussels for one night a month, along came their regulators with a great idea: let's sue Google; the fact that the US company is richer than Belgium has nothing to do with it, perish the thought, but Google is, let's face it, a monopoly and price fixer and, well, the public needs a lot of protection from Google; Translation; Nice little search engine you've got here, be a shame if you had to go through years and years of court cases just to end up paying us pretty much the same amount of, you know, "fines" you could pay now.

  • TECH

    Bigger than it seems

    Database, Published on 17/03/2010

    » In the most exciting technology news since the introduction of the T-Rex sensing alarm, Apple announced it will allow certain people to purchase an iPad on April 3 and thereafter for between $499 and $829, or roughly 17,000 to 28,000 baht in real money; unfortunately, you are not nearly privileged enough, by about 10,000 miles, or 16,000 kilometres in real distance; you meet the high standards of Apple's class consciousness if you live in North America (not counting Mexico), Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland, or the British Isles. Sony and Sony Ericsson pretended they did not leak or authorise news that they will release a new portable tablet device and a smart phone able to play PlayStation games, not that they are at all worried about the near monopoly of the markets by Apple; Sony has officially announced it is opening a download service that will so totally crush iTunes; it is called Qriocity, pronounced "curiosity" isn't that precious?

  • LEARNING

    Studying abroad? Take a look at Malaysia

    Mylife, Nauvarat Suksamran, Published on 22/04/2010

    » When the opportunity to study abroad comes along, the majority of Thai students usually aim for the US or Europe.

  • TECH

    How IT saved the day for big business

    Database, Suchit Leesa-nguansuk, Published on 26/05/2010

    » After the May 19 "Bangkok burning" civil unrest made headlines worldwide, businesses seeking to continue operating in Thailand will have to consider political threats and terrorism to be major factors.

  • TECH

    Technology to boost public safety

    Database, Don Sambandaraksa, Published on 02/06/2010

    » SINGAPORE : Motorola is taking public safety solutions to a new level with the launch of the industry's first Tetra 2 in-car radio with high-speed TEDS data along with far-ranging improvements to its command and control and intelligence systems that help support mission-critical operations in policing, fire, oil and gas through to transportation, airport, seaport and other industries.

  • TECH

    KYC/CDD to tackle financial terrorism

    Database, Suchit Leesa-nguansuk, Published on 07/07/2010

    » After the 9/11 World Trade Center attack, terrorism became a major global issue. Similarly in Thailand, the torching of many buildings on May 19 has been blamed on terrorists.

  • TECH

    How to get around your ISP or country's restrictions

    Database, James Hein, Published on 21/07/2010

    » Internet control around the world seems to be settling out into a number of different camps. On the one hand there are the open Internet societies such as you might find in places like the United States. Next are those places that specifically restrict subject matter on a case by case basis if it causes some offence, like Qatar, Pakistan and Bangladesh. At the bottom of the stack or the restrictive nations that actively censor all manner of sources, like you may find in places like China and North Korea. Places like Thailand are not as free as the US but nowhere near as restrictive as China.

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