March 29, 2014 at 3:14 PM
Excellent Economist’s article about Northern Ireland, and its lessons for the wider world:
The main reason for the West’s failures to reshape societies in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere was all along apparent in this corner of the United Kingdom: history and culture, orphans of neoconservative policymaking, almost invariably trump its darlings, democracy and prosperity.
March 29, 2014 at 11:04 AM
. . . Dr Abdullah Abdullah . . . who got his second name only because newspaper sub-editors in the West could not contend with his lack of a surname.
The Economist in ‘Runners and riders’
March 16, 2014 at 3:10 PM
Recently I switched from a Dell Latitude to a Surface 2 Pro. The Dell always reported excellent WiFi signal strength (all bars) whereas the Surface reported only good connection (2/3 bars). Testing the network speed I was getting 8+ Mbps download with the Dell and around 5 Mbps with the Surface.
I have a Linksys E2500 dual-band router. Apparently the Dell laptop uses the 5 GHz band, whereas the Surface uses the slower 2.4 GHz one. I solved the problem changing the router configuration so that it publishes two different network – one for each frequency, and then connected explicitly the Surface to the 5 GHz network.
In this way the download speed went up and it is now similar to the Dell laptop one.
I am still getting a reported poorer signal from the Surface than from the Dell, and I am not 100% sure that the network speed is actually the same.