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Kazakhstan must meet all its OSCE commitments

Kazakhstan must meet all its OSCE commitments - Responding to the semi-annual report by Anton Rupnik, head of the OSCE Center in Almaty, Deputy Chief of the U.S. delegation to the OSCE Douglas Davidson said the United States approves of Kazakhstan's desire to serve as the OSCE's annual chairman in 2009, but the country must meet all its OSCE commitments, gazeta.kz reported on 4 February.

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Take This Cron Job And Shove It

Take This Cron Job And Shove It - Earlier this week, I began migrating all of the sites hosted by Synfibers that were using the PHP-based CMS called Drupal from version 4.2 (and one site that was hosted on a modified 4.0 installation) to the latest and greatest edition, 4.3.2.

Vonage CEO: VOIP will grow, if no regulation

Vonage CEO: VOIP will grow, if no regulation - WASHINGTON - Voice over Internet Protocol (VOIP) services are poised to take off in the U.S., if regulators can keep their hands off this alternative to traditional telephone service, the chief executive of a major VOIP provider said Friday.

Kazakhstan announces tender for GSM-1800 frequencies

Given that the two current GSM operators have significant disputes with the Ministry, and have not yet received all the frequency ranges that were in the original GSM-900 tender, I tend to doubt any other parties are going to be interested in this tender unless they have a strong masochistic streak. Kazakhstan announces tender for GSM-1800 frequencies - RBC Feb 6 2004 10:26AM GMT

Kazakhstan hopes to join WTO by mid-2006 - PM

They're going to have to give up shenanigans like proposing a percentage limit on foreign investment in key sectors like telecommunications before this is going to happen in 2006 or any other year.Kazakhstan hopes to join WTO by mid-2006 - PM - Interfax Information Agency Feb 6 2004 9:55AM GMT

MyDoom reignites the rift between lusers and the tech-savvy

MyDoom reignites the rift between lusers and the tech-savvy - Technophiles are showing more anger towards those they believe are not making efforts to learn more about technology.

Brand New Year, Same Old Crap

Earlier this month, the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan signed into law a regulation disallowing mass media advertisement for alcohol products. The advertising ban was to be effective January 1, 2004. In the weeks leading up to the New Year holiday, there was a palpable increase in the advertising of alcoholic products, which make up a significant portion of television advertising anyway-- as well as billboards and other forms. Whether this was due to the impending ban or just because of the holiday is difficult to say.

Of course, as of January 1, most companies had already found a way to circumnavigate this new obstacle: they ran their old ads with the Russian text for "drinking water" added. One new ad for Parliament Vodka went even farther, with an impressive array of computer animated blocks of ice briefly forming into the vague shape of a vodka bottle and then dissipating while the words "drinking water" were displayed.

The real trick, of course, is that there is no Parliament drinking water for sale-- at least not yet. A check of the Ramstore shelves, and inquiries with sales staff, revealed that at least right now, there is no such product. Perhaps the government will force companies to make their evasion of the new law a reality by at least bringing a drinking water product to market, or perhaps things will be allowed to stay as they are, a modern incarnation of an old Soviet joke: The government will pretend to legislate public morality, and the public will pretend to be moral.

In the meantime, of course, the real tragedy is the time and effort spent wasted on such a meaningless Sisyphean task, while much more important issues remain unaddressed.

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