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Mauritius Aims To Be First Wireless Nation

Zonk posted more than 9 years ago | from the coast-to-coast dept.

Wireless Networking 333

hattan writes "This tropical island off the east coast of Africa is best-known for its white-sand beaches, its designer clothing outlets and its spicy curries. But tiny Mauritius is about to stake a new claim to fame. By year's end, or soon afterward, it is expected to become the world's first nation with coast-to-coast wireless Internet." From the article: "An undersea broadband fiber-optic cable, completed three years ago, gives the island fast and reliable phone and Internet links with the rest of Africa and with Europe, India and Malaysia. Many of the country's 1.2 million people--a mix of French, Indian, Chinese and African descendants--are bilingual or trilingual, speaking French, English and either Chinese or Hindi. The country is democratic, peaceful and stable."

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That's just lovely. (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12860292)

So the inhabitants of Mauritas can sit back, sip their lattes and enjoy their wireless internet while just over a small stretch of water illions lie dying from AIDS, malaria, starvation or violence by insane warlords. I hope being able to surf slashdot from the beach can cover up the guilt.

Re:That's just lovely. (2, Insightful)

SQLz (564901) | more than 9 years ago | (#12860311)

Yeah, because its their fault thats happening. Maybe they'll fly right off to Zimbabwe just like you are doing now and pick up a gun and fight.

Re:That's just lovely. (2, Insightful)

MrDomino (799876) | more than 9 years ago | (#12860368)

You're absolutely right.

In fact, let's drop everything we're doing right now and... and what? Take those warlords out of power? Forcibly? Killing how many? Are you suggesting we should go in there and somehow instill democracy? That has, after all, worked so well in Iraq, Afghanistan, Vietnam, North Korea, Haiti, Panama, Kosovo, Iran, and India. All of the unrest in the world is clearly proportional to the amount of time we spend on things not directly related to it, and if we actively try to stop it, it will recognize our efforts and just be nice and go away.

So let's just stop all development of technology, any progress at all, and focus all of our efforts singularly on making everybody happy and healthy. Never mind the fact that this hasn't happened yet in all of human history; if we just stop progressing and think really hard about it, I'm sure the silver bullet will fall right out of our stagnant asses.

Those Mauritian pigs. Progressing on their own rather than getting involved with every little problem in the entire world. How dare they, those rich snobs.

Re:That's just lovely. (5, Insightful)

metlin (258108) | more than 9 years ago | (#12860493)

That has, after all, worked so well in Iraq, Afghanistan, Vietnam, North Korea, Haiti, Panama, Kosovo, Iran, and India.

As a matter of fact, it has worked in India, and quite well too - since the day they have gotten independence from the British in 1947, at least.

In a country of 1.2 billion people, majority Hindus, they've a Muslim President, a Sikh Prime Minister and a Catholic Caucasian female ruling party president. In fact, it's worked better than it does for the US, where except for two Presidents, every other one has been a Caucasian Protestant male.

Not to mention that India has a free market economy which has been growing by leaps and bounds. And it's quite unsettling that you would compare India (which is quite a broad-minded secular democracy with a growing economy) with countries like Afghanistan, North Korea and Iran - you, sir, just proved that you're as ignorant an idiot as the parent poster you were abusing.

Bah.

Re:That's just lovely. (2, Interesting)

pomo monster (873962) | more than 9 years ago | (#12860578)

Erm, India's democracy is democratic all right, but that's about it. The central government is notorious for fucking up everything it touches, and corruption is rife throughout state and local governments. About the only thing this particular democracy has gotten right in the past two decades is to open the economy to the outside world, which, as you say, has contributed to growth. But even in terms of economic growth India's been beaten by East Asia's tigers, particularly China, a party dictatorship. So unless you value diversity for diversity's sake, I don't see how you can say that India's government works better than the U.S.--and that's hardly a glowing appraisal to begin with.

Re:That's just lovely. (1)

goldspider (445116) | more than 9 years ago | (#12860528)

"Take those warlords out of power? Forcibly? Killing how many? Are you suggesting we should go in there and somehow instill democracy?"

The UN's current strategy of waiting and hoping the region will stabilize itself sure has been a roaring success, no?

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Re:That's just lovely. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12860500)

It should cover up the guilt just fine -- hell, I surf slashdot from the dank mildewed recesses of my Mom's basement and I've never given a shit about those millions of people dying from whatever.

This is the free market at work. (1, Troll)

CyricZ (887944) | more than 9 years ago | (#12860296)

This is the free market at work. This is what happens when companies are forced to compete, and to innovate. This would have happened years ago in America had the government not passed legislation limiting the creation of local wireless networks by townships and counties, all due to lobbying from the large telecom corporations.

Re:This is the free market at work. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12860318)

" This is the free market at work."

"It is our vision to transform Mauritius into a cyber-island"

I agree, free markets and the worlds oldest profession go hand-in-hand.

Re:This is the free market at work. (4, Insightful)

andhravodu (698763) | more than 9 years ago | (#12860356)

Ah, the knee jerk reactions start. let's check some facts BTW

Size of Mauritius : around 1,865 km
Population : about1.2 Million

in contrast, size of LA: 1200 square kilometers

what, you say it's easy to actually network a tiny country. noooo, let's put some spin on it.... oh, BTW, let's put the catch words competition, innovation blah blah. this should get modded insightful

What exactly is your point? (2, Interesting)

CyricZ (887944) | more than 9 years ago | (#12860366)

What exactly is your point, my good man? Are you suggesting that it would be impossible to convert the entire United States to wireless communication within a day? Of course it would be! That goes without saying.

But by starting small, at the township and county level, then progress could have been made. But such progress was inhibited by the government, due to lobbying from the large telecoms.

Re:This is the free market at work. (2, Informative)

Mahou (873114) | more than 9 years ago | (#12860430)

from TFA:

The main problem, he and others say, is that the government holds a substantial share in Mauritius Telecom, the island's only fixed-line telephone operator, as well as one of its Internet providers and the company that controls the submarine fiber-optic cable that provides all of the country's phone and Internet bandwidth.

Because the government makes so much money from the company and its cable, it has been reluctant to open the market to competitors that might reduce Telecom's profits, even though the country's National Telecommunications Policy, passed in 2004, calls for "positive discrimination" by regulators in favor of start-up companies facing off against established firms like Telecom.

Re:This is the free market at work. (1)

naesung (808150) | more than 9 years ago | (#12860469)

I haven't RTFA yet, but as far as I understand (according to my hazy memory of ECON 101 a couple of weeks ago) this is hardly the "free market at work." Presuming that this plan costs the government any money at all (and you can be sure it does) it's a sure bet that every citizen is going to be paying some sort of a "wireless tax" to pay for governmental infrastructure, staffing, cables, transmitters, etc. Whether this is good for the average consumer is a simple question of comparing those taxed costs with the costs of a competitive private industry. Knowing government wages here in the US, it's entirely likely that, not a private monopoly, but a competitive industry of wireless providers could hook up the entire island for a lot less. In other words, when the government hands out a contract like that they're creating an artificial monopoly = bad bad idea. The point is: this is not a victory for the free market. The free market would have been a little... more free.

no way (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12860298)

fp?

How developed is Mauritius? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12860299)

I do wonder, if anyone could tell me, how developed Mauritius is?

One has this idea in one's head that African countries are all dirt poor... but I have learnt in life to be wary of ideas in one's head...

Is there much of an IT industry there? Is this the nice sunny place to which I have been longing to relocate?

Most African nations are quite developed. (2, Informative)

CyricZ (887944) | more than 9 years ago | (#12860313)

Most of the larger towns and cities in Africa are quite developed. They're very similar to towns in places like Arizona and Texas. They have running water, they have power, they have sewage systems, they have phones. While they don't have the latest in fiber optic technology, they do have decent Internet subsystems. Wireless technology will allow them to forego the expenses of laying cable, thankfully. One you adapt to the local customs, many of the cities there are very nice places to live.

Re:Most African nations are quite developed. (1)

MSBob (307239) | more than 9 years ago | (#12860334)

I have no idea what you're talking about. There may be two or three developed cities in Africa. The rest is dirt roads and slum housing.

Even more "advanced" nations such as South Africa and Botswana post per-capita GDP much lower than most Eastern European countries.

Re:Most African nations are quite developed. (1)

CyricZ (887944) | more than 9 years ago | (#12860345)

Of course not all of Africa is developed, much like not all of China is developed. But if you go to large cities you will find developed communities. Cities like Cairo, Nairobi, Tangiers, Tunis, Algiers, Johannesburg, etc., are all very developed.

Re:Most African nations are quite developed. (1)

MSBob (307239) | more than 9 years ago | (#12860370)

Been to Cairo and its poverty is astonishing. Outside of the city centre the rest is cheap apartment blocks followed by a large swathes of slum housing. Egypt as a whole is in dire poverty. Naturally pockets of affluence exist everywhere in the world, even in Kigali or Freetown. Overall even the largest African cities are very, very poor and offer only marginally better life quality than African country side which is to say not much. Drinkable water is a problem as is sewage treatment and intermittent power delivery and crime and... gosh it's really bad. Just go visit there.

Have you ever been to Detroit? Flint? Chicago? LA? (1)

CyricZ (887944) | more than 9 years ago | (#12860399)

I have. Indeed, and I stand by my word. Have you ever been to major American cities like Detroit, Flint, Chicago, LA, Houston, and Miami? They're very similar to many of the larger African cities. Yep, you do have the better part of the town, and then you have your slums and the shittier parts. You talk about intermittent power delivery, just as much of California has suffered from recently. Look at places like Detroit and LA if you want to talk about very horrific and violent crime. Like I said, their cities are very comparable to those of America.

Re:Have you ever been to Detroit? Flint? Chicago? (1)

pomo monster (873962) | more than 9 years ago | (#12860481)

Oh, c'mon. Yes, people tend to imagine horrible things about African cities that aren't true. There's good neighborhoods and bad in every large city around the world. But saying that a city like Chicago or even Detroit would fit in with the likes of Kinshasa and Harare is, politely, a stretch.

Re:Have you ever been to Detroit? Flint? Chicago? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12860494)

"You talk about intermittent power delivery, just as much of California has suffered from recently."

While that was happening, I asked a co-worker "Why didn't htis happen last year? Why the sudden spike in power consumption? Something is going on here."

Turns out I was right-- there is no power problem in CA and there never was. Next example?

Re:Most African nations are quite developed. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12860428)

Having lived in or visited most of the larger cities in Africa, I would definitely not call them "quite developed". Yes, you have phones, sewage, electricity etc, but they do not work nearly as well as cities in Europe and North America. Bandwidth is badly lacking even in Johannesburg which is probably the most "developed" city in Africa.

Re:Most African nations are quite developed. (1)

jericho4.0 (565125) | more than 9 years ago | (#12860466)

Well, I've never been to Texas, but I have been to Africa, and I have a hard time imagining a US city so poor.

Re:Most African nations are quite developed. (1)

MSBob (307239) | more than 9 years ago | (#12860485)

Because it isn't. Texas isn't the prettiest place on earth but there is no comparison to African cities. That guy is out to prove something as he spams every post of mine where I dare say that African cities are poorer than western ones.

Re:Most African nations are quite developed. (0, Troll)

HermanAB (661181) | more than 9 years ago | (#12860482)

Ugh - bad troll dude.

I am an African-American-White. Most of Africa is bad news and the better parts are swamped by millions of people streaming in from the worse parts.

The trouble with Africa is that the people breed like rabbits and even Aids can't fix the problem, since the incubation period is too long.

The only thing that can save Africa is a continent-wide outbreak of Ebola...

Re:How developed is Mauritius? (4, Insightful)

MSBob (307239) | more than 9 years ago | (#12860319)

Its per-capita GDP (the best indicator of the overall "wealth" of the country) is around $13,000 which is similar to Czech Republic or if you're not familiar with Eastern Europe it's about half of UK's per capita GDP.

I'm sure its IT industry is limited by its size but not because it's "dirt poor" because it's not.

Re:How developed is Mauritius? (1)

CyricZ (887944) | more than 9 years ago | (#12860359)

Have you ever been to Prague? It is an extremely developed city. A small GDP relative to a GDP bohemoth such as the UK or the United States does not mean that such cities are underdeveloped or third-world cities. Indeed, many such in Africa are very comparible to most mid-sized American cities like St. Louis or Tampa Bay.

Re:How developed is Mauritius? (1)

MSBob (307239) | more than 9 years ago | (#12860389)

Did I say that Czech Republic was undeveloped. I actually come from there and probably know much more about it than you do!

Mauritius does have a life quality similar to Czech Republic which is to say it's very high. However, Mauritius is nothing like most African countries in terms of its Human Development Index.

Re:How developed is Mauritius? (1)

CyricZ (887944) | more than 9 years ago | (#12860426)

You were suggesting that the Czech Republic-like GDP of many African nations means that they do not have developed cities. And like we now agree, you were incorrect on that point. Many African cities are very developed and extremely similar to those in Europe and America.

Re:How developed is Mauritius? (1)

MSBob (307239) | more than 9 years ago | (#12860467)

I think you just mixed up two different threads. In one I'm arguing (correctly) that much of Africa is in dire poverty (including large cities) and in another thread I tell people that Maurtius (not in Africa although close to it) is a semi-afluent nation comparable to lower wrung EU states such as Czech republic. It's you sir who are confused and replying to too many threads all at once.

Re:How developed is Mauritius? (1)

CyricZ (887944) | more than 9 years ago | (#12860501)

Indeed, you are correct. Most of Africa is quite developed, and the major cities of Africa are comparable to those of America or Europe, even some of the impoverish former Communist Bloc members.

Re:How developed is Mauritius? (0, Offtopic)

MSBob (307239) | more than 9 years ago | (#12860518)

Yes sir. You win.

You can now curl up in bed knowing that you really put up an amazing fight in a slashdot thread. What a loser.

Re:How developed is Mauritius? (1)

TaGirl_Keri (627106) | more than 9 years ago | (#12860495)

Beautiful place. I went there (Port Louis)when I was young (14)on a sugar freighter (MV Crystal Diamond)I still have the shark's teeth necklace a lovely old gentleman gave me. I also had my first taste of rum there. :) Wanna go back now.

Summary is misleading... (1)

Nimloth (704789) | more than 9 years ago | (#12860302)

Now I don't know if they want me to be impressed by their technological superiority, or if they want to convince me to move there...

maad (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12860303)

mad props to yaz in lucien-matte res.

The Vatican (4, Funny)

ari_j (90255) | more than 9 years ago | (#12860308)

How in the hell can anyone be faster than the Vatican to reach this level? Seriously, that's a nation you could get wireless inside of an afternoon, but maybe wireless networking is a sin like sausage was at one point. I don't get it.

It's a very historic place. (4, Interesting)

CyricZ (887944) | more than 9 years ago | (#12860328)

Remember, the Vatican is a very historic place. There is monumentery there that cannot be disturbed by the placing of wireless transponders.

Besides, such systems would have very little use in the Vatican. Canon law states that all documentation from the Vatican must be in written form, on paper, and stamped with the holy seal of whichever bishop, priest, archbishop, cardinal, Pope, etc., is responsible for the document. You can't apply a holy seal to an electronic document.

Re:It's a very historic place. (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12860365)

I would love to see the Holy PGP Key, though.

Would such "sealed" e-mails be considered God's encrypted word? Would they do a destructive write-over of it from the papal server when he dies and generate a new one, generating it from bible passages?

See, they just wouldn't use technology. (1)

CyricZ (887944) | more than 9 years ago | (#12860382)

As you have noted, such technology is very problematic to use when it is to replace tried and trusted systems, such as that of the Vatican. No, a PGP key does not and cannot replace a Holy Seal.

Re:It's a very historic place. (5, Funny)

kaens (639772) | more than 9 years ago | (#12860376)

Bless the bits?

Re:It's a very historic place. (1)

jeepeagle (682756) | more than 9 years ago | (#12860414)

I'm sure Verisign is working on it.

Re:It's a very historic place. (2, Insightful)

MrDomino (799876) | more than 9 years ago | (#12860424)

You can't apply a holy seal to an electronic document.

Sure you can. Just hook the Pope up with a PGP key and we'll be set. Holy digital signatures all around.

Re:It's a very historic place. (1)

CyricZ (887944) | more than 9 years ago | (#12860440)

"Sure you can. Just hook the Pope up with a PGP key and we'll be set. Holy digital signatures all around."

A PGP key cannot be used in place of a Holy Seal. Such a seal must be made of wax, and must be used to verify the authenticity of a paper document produced by scribe (ie. hand) or by impression printing.

Re:It's a very historic place. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12860447)

Yes. We know. It's a joke.

Re:It's a very historic place. (1)

CyricZ (887944) | more than 9 years ago | (#12860462)

One cannot joke about a Holy Seal.

Re:It's a very historic place. (2)

Roland Piguepaille (883190) | more than 9 years ago | (#12860505)

One can joke about anything one wants.

You can however, choose to ignore the fact that is a joke, and look like a stick in the mud.

Re:It's a very historic place. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12860519)

I'm sure marine mammals sleep around like everyone else, what's so holy about them?

WZBOOSM!

Re:It's a very historic place. (1)

CyricZ (887944) | more than 9 years ago | (#12860520)

Indeed, one can joke about anything one wishes. But said joke need not be funny! It need not make people laugh.

Re:It's a very historic place. (1)

AcidLacedPenguiN (835552) | more than 9 years ago | (#12860564)

it made me laugh.
and please for sanity's sake, discontinue your line of reasoning and admit that things can be funny whether or not you find them funny. It's this monotheology stuff that tends to get people riled up on the topic of religion anyway.

Re:It's a very historic place. (1)

MrDomino (799876) | more than 9 years ago | (#12860464)

Oops. I, uh... I think I broke your sense of humor.

At least, it's not working correctly at any rate.

Re:It's a very historic place. (3, Funny)

CyricZ (887944) | more than 9 years ago | (#12860488)

It is not humorous to joke about the Holy Seal.

Re:It's a very historic place. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12860563)

Sure it is.

The fact that you can't see that a digital document could easily be more secure because it breaks with your tradition, that's really amusing.

I'm laughing but mostly at you ;-)

Re:It's a very historic place. (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12860579)

eat my fucking balls you nigger.

if you love the pope so much, why don't you marry him?

Re:It's a very historic place. (1)

AndrewJ-NYC (750178) | more than 9 years ago | (#12860434)

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I recall reading in the New York Times and elsewhere that the official Vatican announcement of John Paul II's death was made by email. Maybe they licked that electronic-holy-seal problem when no-one was looking.

Re:It's a very historic place. (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12860513)

It's a little known fact, but the Pope's hat is actually a mobile wireless access point, 802.11g I believe...

Re:The Vatican (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12860330)

.... because we all know that the Pope likes to look at pr0n, and his netzero account just wasn't getting it to him fast enough!

Re:The Vatican (0)

remahl (698283) | more than 9 years ago | (#12860536)

Before the Vatican can get coast-to-coast wireless, they will have to expand their land holdings significantly. See, it's a catch-22 situation. ;-).

fast internet links? (1, Funny)

cgenman (325138) | more than 9 years ago | (#12860326)

gives the island fast and reliable phone and Internet links with the rest of Africa and with Europe, India and Malaysia.

I don't think it really counts as a reliable phone or internet link if it doesn't extend to South America, Asia, and the US.

Sheesh (1)

Qxz86 (642866) | more than 9 years ago | (#12860339)

1.2 million people? That's less than many big cities. I think we really need to get the government in the US to ramp up funded wireless access points.

Re:Sheesh (1)

Vitamin P (837888) | more than 9 years ago | (#12860369)

maybe 1.2 people but how many of then can afford starbucks?

Dude, I'm there. (1)

shinyplasticbag (670882) | more than 9 years ago | (#12860343)

Seriously, where do I sign up?

Oh... crap. (1)

MrDomino (799876) | more than 9 years ago | (#12860408)

You know, I just thought the same thing. Furthermore, I'm pretty sure most other geeks who read the summary (not the article---this is Slashdot for chrissakes) also had a similar thought.

Considering Mauritius' relatively small size, this begs the question... is it possible to slashdot a country?

Ambitious Maritius (4, Insightful)

Dancin_Santa (265275) | more than 9 years ago | (#12860347)

The African continent is one of those areas that is perpetually in the dark, both literally and figuratively. It appears as a large black mass in the World At Night map, and it has been a long time since it was a source of mankind-advancing knowledge (at least since the Library of Alexander in Egypt was destroyed).

In addition, its history of being conquered and carved up by Western empires has left it nearly incapable of functioning as a cohesive continent of nationstates. Rather, it languishes in tribal warfare made all the worse by the relatively recent influx of Islam which has torn the northern countries of Chad and Sudan to shreds.

But separated from the mainland, Maritius is amazing in its ability to remain relatively free of the strife that plagues the rest of the Dark Continent. Catering to foreign tourists who want to get away from the normal tourist hotspots, Maritius has been much more stable and forwardly progressing than its neighbors. It is really no surprise that it would be the first African nation to attempt something as ambitious as this project.

That it is the first in the world is absolutely amazing.

Re:Ambitious Maritius (0, Flamebait)

Vitamin P (837888) | more than 9 years ago | (#12860419)

Rather, it languishes in tribal warfare made all the worse by the relatively recent influx of Islam which has torn the northern countries of Chad and Sudan to shreds. Then being 100% serious they are doomed! Islam will not allow what most of the modern world considers essential to having a prosperous economy. If you can't allow 50-60% (your women) of your population to produce what you need then you are forced to take it from somewhere else therefore making us infidels a lucrative target we have the cash and the balls to let most anyone work to produce what we want to spend our money on. Islamists (yes this is flamebait) only care about themselves and history has shown that they are at an economic disadvantage when they restrict their population from enhancing their economic status. If they would wake up and smell the camel dung they might see that restricting about half of your population might seem like a good idea it is not without risks.

Re:Ambitious Maritius (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12860540)

so... cutting clitori off women and fucking infants to cure AIDS is OK as long as you're not Muslim?

Re:Ambitious Maritius (0, Flamebait)

ImaLamer (260199) | more than 9 years ago | (#12860489)

it has been a long time since it was a source of mankind-advancing knowledge (at least since the Library of Alexander in Egypt was destroyed).

Hey!

Many things were invented or discovered in "dark Africa" before a bunch of honkeys ever did anything. But because Europeans didn't know - I guess that makes it backwards...

Get to know your African history (before the last 200-300 years) and you'd be suprised.

Re:Ambitious Maritius (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12860522)

Excepting the northern nations along the Mediterranean Ocean, which have long had direct contact with European peoples from as far back as the Greek eras, I challenge you to name accomplishments and inventions from "before the last 200-300 years" that we either directly use today or that have led to modern-day inventions.

Re:Ambitious Maritius (1)

iCEBaLM (34905) | more than 9 years ago | (#12860542)

I think I would call 200-300 years a long time, especially since it is approximately 5 human generations long.

Care to name the last thing that africa did for the world?

A country of 1.2 million... (2, Insightful)

HexaByte (817350) | more than 9 years ago | (#12860354)

Is bragging that their "Whole Country" is wireless?

There are cities that have that much wireless capacity just from their coffee shops! Add in the hotels, and the all-too-prevelant open APs, and you see that that's nothing to brag on.

Re:A country of 1.2 million... (3, Insightful)

NineNine (235196) | more than 9 years ago | (#12860421)


There are cities that have that much wireless capacity just from their coffee shops! Add in the hotels, and the all-too-prevelant open APs, and you see that that's nothing to brag on.


They also have a tiny tax base. It's impressive in that I don't think we've ever seen a single US city that is 100% wireless. This is a major milestone, regardless of size.

Oh yes it is.. (1, Insightful)

ciroknight (601098) | more than 9 years ago | (#12860527)

It means that the entire nation could get its collective ass together and pitch in on a project that benefits everyone. This is an amazing accomplishment.

America could do the same damned thing, except the collective ass is a lot larger, and the people with the collective asses try to turn it into an empirical thing; okay, who gets what services at what cost.

Imagine if that entire country went VoIP, hired a cellphone company to make wireless handsets that talk internet protocol in the 802.11x range, and became a completely wireless nation. Help is always a handset away. Nobody is more than a few numbers from everyone else.

I wish I could move there, but I doubt there's much work for a software developer in a country nobody's heard of until today.

Re:Oh yes it is.. (1)

Ass Feces (892481) | more than 9 years ago | (#12860567)

Benefits everyone? Thats a stretch. I have nothing against what this country wants to do, but somehow I doubt the country's poor could care about the wifi and even those that do own computers may not nessecarily see the practicality of this.

Absolutely great... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12860362)

A tribal spokesperson was quoted as saying "We expect that free wireless access for all citizens will make it easier than ever for tribesman who have caught the AIDS-voodoo to find an infant to rape to cure themselves. Native translation: Ngee-<tock> ptee-fa-<click> ptang-<clonk> aids-voodoo-<phtonk> rape-ulu."

Re:Absolutely great... (1)

yanokwa (659746) | more than 9 years ago | (#12860405)

Boy. That is clever.

Moving soon? Anyone? (2, Interesting)

CRepetski (824321) | more than 9 years ago | (#12860364)

I wanna live there! If that's their method of convincing people to move, it worked. Seriously though - just add 10 or 20 bucks to your taxes and you're good to go! Awesome!

Re:Moving soon? Anyone? (1)

antifoidulus (807088) | more than 9 years ago | (#12860411)

My high school French teacher was born there, from what I understand the land is overflowing with alcohol, and the people there have an interesting sense of humor. She was ugly but one of the funniest people I have ever met. Best of wishes to you!

hehe (1)

Pinefresh (866806) | more than 9 years ago | (#12860367)

reminds me of the blurbs you get on nationstates.com

That and, (2, Insightful)

neurokaotix (892464) | more than 9 years ago | (#12860383)

it's a hell of a lot cheaper to install wireless access points across an island than it is to lay wiring across it.

One AP is enough... (0, Flamebait)

HermanAB (661181) | more than 9 years ago | (#12860384)

Well, yeah - you only need one Access Point to cover the whole island...

Small Country Syndrome? (1, Informative)

PetoskeyGuy (648788) | more than 9 years ago | (#12860393)

The Principality of Sealand [sealandgov.com] did it first I believe, although Petoria was probably covered by their cordless phone.

Sealand is NOT a country (3, Interesting)

SuperBanana (662181) | more than 9 years ago | (#12860561)

Sealand is not a country; not a single UN member recognizes it, and despite what some quack claims on his ISP homepage, it just plain isn't. It is a small island that the British decided it wasn't worth it to "reclaim" by force.

If they invaded to kill, they'd slaughter a bunch of idiots. If they invaded "nicely", a couple of British soliders would most likely be killed. Either way, a potenial PR disaster.

Honestly, the UK just doesn't give a shit about the island- not enough to drop a bomb on the place and blow it to smithereens, or anything else. They could have cut the island off long ago and starved everyone out, but even that wasn't worth it.

Geeks in Paradise (5, Funny)

axonal (732578) | more than 9 years ago | (#12860401)

Excuse me? Excuse me, senor? May I speak to you please? I asked for a mai tai, and they brought me a pina colada, and I said no salt, NO salt on the margarita, but it had salt on it, big grains of salt, floating in the glass...

The Land of the Dodo (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12860402)

This tropical island ... is best-known for its white-sand beaches, its designer clothing outlets and its spicy curries.

I thought Mauritius was best-known as the former home of the Dodo. Hopefully their stab at nationwide wireless connectivity won't share a similar fate.

Re:The Land of the Dodo (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12860568)

That's Madagascar, not Mauritius. Mauritius never had Portuguese or Dutch, only French.

Ah yes... (1)

halcyon1234 (834388) | more than 9 years ago | (#12860420)

... but can you imagine a beowulf cluster of these islands?

I suppose this eliminates them from being the location for the next Survivor season.

"Well, Jeff, we couldn't get any fire, food, water or shelter going-- so we were on the Internet in minutes registering our disgust."

Re:Ah yes... Beowulf clusters (1)

Bushcat (615449) | more than 9 years ago | (#12860573)

That would be Finland's Turku archipelago, the world's largest. Alas, doomed to be a tourist backwater because visitors can't actually pronounce the island names. An entire nation based on T9 typos.

a new low for /. (2, Funny)

IchBinEinPenguin (589252) | more than 9 years ago | (#12860433)

peaceful? wireless? tropical?

Every geek in the workd is going to move there.
We just /.-ed an entire nation

My only questions... (1)

ImaLamer (260199) | more than 9 years ago | (#12860471)

Where do I sign up and when does my flight leave?

1860 square km (1)

kc8jhs (746030) | more than 9 years ago | (#12860435)

That's right only 1,860 km^2 folks.

A little under half the size of Rhode Island.

Step right up and learn more! [wikipedia.org]

-Mikey P

Up until the 1800's, every nation was wireless (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12860450)

Apparently, the Amish are taking over the island.

federation (1)

m()p3s (888808) | more than 9 years ago | (#12860479)

As soon as I whip up a constitution and declare my home a republic seperate from Australia I will be the first country to COMPLETE the project.

Take that small African country.

Estonia (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12860512)

Wasn't Estonia doing something like this at some point? What happened?

Working from an island (1)

BlackMagi (605036) | more than 9 years ago | (#12860525)

I think that if I could live and work on an Island paradise, I might enjoy doing just that. The idea of leaving the city, living in a small community of techno-geeks, hot tourists, great seafood, wireless access and my own thatched-roof bungalo sounds mighty attractive. If it paid well, I think it would be perfect! Until the next Tsunami of course. I could live beside the ocean And leave this life behind Swim out past the breakers And watch the world die... Cheers, -T

Best Known? (1)

Markus Registrada (642224) | more than 9 years ago | (#12860526)

When I think of Mauritius I think first, last, and only of a hypertrophied flightless pigeon, sadly extinct since the seventeenth century, known as the dodo.

There's one stuffed at the Harvard Museum of Natural History, from which new specimens might be cloned someday soon. I doubt they will make much use of wireless internet service, though, even if they find their way to their ancestral home. They're even dumber than your average slashdot moderator; while equipped to peck, hunting is probably beyond them.

Democratic, peaceful and stable? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12860531)

"The country is democratic, peaceful and stable."

Well then, the US obviously needs to step in and make some changes. Places like this tend to encourage freedom of expression and all kinds of other Liberal hogwash. Add to that a free, wireless network which anyone can take advantage of and you'll have what sounds like the beginnings of an unrestricted breeding ground of copyright violators and software pirates.

Don't worry, when we're through with you Halliburton will get you set up with some nice wired internet services with hourly block rates and restricted port ranges. Can't keep you TOO safe from the evil hackers, y'know.

Now THAT's a country! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12860541)

By year's end, or soon afterward, it is expected to become the world's first nation with coast-to-coast wireless Internet.

Take that, Russia!

Neal Stephenson (1)

iLEZ (594245) | more than 9 years ago | (#12860566)

Did anyone except me think of Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson when they heard about this?
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