Rule changes for Dublin waste collection – They can’t handle competition!

Dublin’s four local authorities have changed the rules governing household waste so that only the Councils, and a private company who secures a contract by tender, can collect bins. Currently companies like Panda are undercutting the local authorities in pricing for bin collections. And looking around many of dublin’s housing estates, it is evident that the majority are using 3rd party waste collection companies…and why not if they are cheaper!.

But no, it appears that the local authorities don’t want to compete so they are cracking down. GreenStar and Panda Recycling, argue the Councils are abusing their power and intend to challenge the decision in the courts. But the Councils are using the excuses of  traffic congestion, noise and air pollution, and adding to greenhouse gas emissions to impose this new rule.

This decision on the capital’s multi-million euro waste business will almost certainly end up before Irish and European courts.

Shuttle Unveils K45 mini-PC Barebone

Shuttle has launched its new barebone PC called the K45 mini-PC. It sports power-saving and current dual-core processors. This PC is perfect for use in home, office, an information kiosk, or as a cashier system. It Measures 280mm × 190mm × 170mm and it supports Intel Core 2 Duo E6xxx/E4xxx, Pentium Dual-Core 2xxx and Celeron 4xx (max. 65W) series with Socket 775 (to FSB 1333).

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It has 4 x USB 2.0, 2 x SATA2, 1 x ATA100 as well as 6-channel audio.

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No Interest Rate Cut Just Yet by ECB – Inflation too High!

Inflation is too high for the European Central Bank to consider cutting interest rates yet, its president Jean-Claude Trichet signalled yesterday.

Borrowers are likely to have to wait until the summer, or even autumn, before they see the cost of their mortgages and other debts comes down, economists said. One believes there may be no cuts at all.

Analysts were surprised at the tough tone of Mr Trichet’s comments. The euro hit new record highs against the dollar as it became clear the 1pc gap between interest rates on each side of the Atlantic is likely to widen. The US central bank, the Federal Reserve, has slashed interest rates to 3pc and is expected to cut them to 2.5pc later this month.

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Joke: Three Wishes from a Frog

A woman was out golfing one day when she hit her ball into the woods. She went into the woods to look for it and found a frog in a trap. The frog said to her, “If you release me from this trap, I will grant you 3 wishes.”

The woman freed the frog and the frog said, “Thank you, but I failed to mention that there was a condition to your wishes – that whatever you wish for, your husband will get 10 times more or better!”

The woman said, “That would be okay,” and for her first wish, she wanted to be the most beautiful woman in the world. The frog warned her, “You do realize that this wish will also make your husband the most handsome man in the world, an Adonis, that women will flock to.”

The woman replied, “That will be okay because I will be the most beautiful woman and he will only have eyes for me.” So, KAZAM – she’s the most beautiful woman in the world!

For her second wish, she! wanted to be the richest woman in the world. The frog said, “That will make your husband the richest man in the world and he will be ten times richer than you.” The woman said, “That will be okay because what is mine is his and what is his is mine.” So, KAZAM she’s the richest woman in the world! The frog then inquired about her third wish, and she replied……”I’d like a mild heart attack.”

Moral of the story: Women are clever bitches.

Dell unveils the Rugged Latitude XFR D630

Dell has unveiled its first fully ruggedized laptop, the Latitude XFR D630. Available in the US, the system is one of the only in its class to simplify IT with seamless integration into existing infrastructure and deliver extreme durability without compromising performance.

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 Built on the successful Latitude D family, the Latitude XFR D630 laptop maintains commonality with the Latitude D630 series and offers all of the quality, reliability and support offered by an established platform.

Also, a patent-pending thermal management system allows the rugged laptop to use latest generation technology and deliver up to four times better graphics performance than the Panasonic CF-30.

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