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Davidflude
10-04-2008, 10:53 AM
Yesterday the Financial Review reported that the New South Wales government
is ensuring that PC's for schools

1) have Windows XP and not Vista

2) use Open Office and not Microsoft Office.

Capablanca-Fan
10-04-2008, 12:22 PM
Yesterday the Financial Review reported that the New South Wales government
is ensuring that PC's for schools

1) have Windows XP and not Vista

2) use Open Office and not Microsoft Office.
Maybe they are right, but why should this be the business of government in the first place?

pax
10-04-2008, 05:35 PM
Maybe they are right, but why should this be the business of government in the first place?
In this case, I agree with you. Quite apart from the issue of whether the Government should own the schools or not, I hate seeing IT policy being dictated from on high in any large organisation. It is quite irksome to have (for example) University Administration dictating that thou shalt use this operating system or that particular program - when they don't have the faintest idea of what your requirements are..

Davidflude
10-04-2008, 09:01 PM
Maybe they are right, but why should this be the business of government in the first place?

The government is paying for the PC's

Axiom
10-04-2008, 10:02 PM
The government is paying for the PC's
with OUR money

Capablanca-Fan
11-04-2008, 03:36 PM
Yeah.

A right, such as a right to free speech, imposes no obligation on another, except that of non-interference. The so-called right to health care, food or housing, whether a person can afford it or not, is something entirely different; it does impose an obligation on another. If one person has a right to something he didn't produce, simultaneously and of necessity it means that some other person does not have right to something he did produce. That's because, since there's no Santa Claus or Tooth Fairy, in order for government to give one American a dollar, it must, through intimidation, threats and coercion, confiscate that dollar from some other American. Walter Williams; of course equally applicable to Australia.

Desmond
11-04-2008, 03:51 PM
Got a mate who received a M'soft t-shirt that says "Vista advisor". He said he's going to stand in Harvey Norman on the weekend and advise people not to buy anything with Vista on it.