This weeks links (2008-12-22)

Microsoft Extends XP To May 2009 For OEMs
Microsoft has given another reprieve to its faithful old operating system Windows XP in a sign of the lingering difficulties facing its successor Windows Vista.
The software giant announced over the weekend that it would allow computer makers to receive copies of the old system until the end of May 2009, which is shortly before the successor to Windows Vista is widely expected to hit the market.
A previous extension allowed computer makers to install XP on low cost laptops and netbooks through 2010.
ioltechnology.co.za

Internet Industry Association Feasibility Study – ISP Level Content Filtering
The former Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts contracted the Internet Industry Association to undertake a feasibility study into internet service provider (ISP) level filtering.
The report is available here. (2008-Dec-23) [Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy]

Mac vs PC Transformers
Mac vs PC Transformers !!

LEGO Echo Base (Hoth)
Mark Borlase’s 5′ x 10′ Star Wars Empire Strikes Back Echo Base (Hoth). Contains 55,000 to 60,000 pieces took four years to build and cost $3,000+.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/23575410@N05/

Avira AntiVir Rescue System
The Avira AntiVir Rescue System a linux-based application that allows accessing computers that cannot be booted anymore. Thus it is possible to repair a damaged system, to rescue data or to scan the system for virus infections. Just double-click on the rescue system package to burn it to a CD/DVD. You can then use this CD/DVD to boot your computer. The Avira AntiVir Rescue System is updated several times a day so that the most recent security updates are always available.
http://www.avira.com/en/support/support_downloads.html

The right to food

Recognizing the complex character of the worsening of the current global food crisis, which would threaten to violate the right to adequate food on a massive scale, the Assembly would — by the resolution on the right to food (document A/C.3/63/L.42) — reaffirm that hunger constituted an outrage and a violation of human dignity, requiring the adoption of urgent measures at the national, regional and international level, for its elimination. The text would have the Assembly consider it intolerable that more than 6 million children still died every year from hunger-related illness before their fifth birthday, and that the number of undernourished people had grown to about 923 million worldwide, at the same time that the planet could produce enough food to feed 12 billion people, or twice the world’s present population.
THIRD COMMITTEE DRAFT RESOLUTIONS ADDRESS HUMAN RIGHTS SITUATIONS IN MYANMAR, DEMOCRATIC PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF KOREA, IRAN (200-Nov-21) [UN General Assembly]

Draft resolution XX on the right to food, approved on 24 November by a recorded vote of 180 in favour to 1 against ( United States), with no abstentions, would have the Assembly reaffirm that hunger constitutes an outrage and a violation of human dignity, requiring the adoption of urgent measures at the national, regional and international level, for its elimination. (Press Releases GA/SHC/3940 and GA/SHC/3941)
GENERAL ASSEMBLY ADOPTS 52 RESOLUTIONS, 6 DECISIONS RECOMMENDED BY THIRD COMMITTEE ON WIDE RANGE OF HUMAN RIGHTS, SOCIAL, HUMANITARIAN ISSUES (2008-Dec-18) [UN General Assembly]

That’s right 180 in favour, 1 against.

Special Rapporteur on the right to food [Office of the United Nations Commissioner for Human Rights]
Make Poverty History [Make Poverty History]

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