June 2006 Archives

I was down town this morning in Thurles and could not help but notice the large number of kegs of beer outside a number of pubs in the square. All the local establishemnts are gearing up for the 55,000 supporters who will be here on Sunday for the Munster Hurling Final between Cork and Tipp. So if you are travelling to the match don't worry the town won't run out of beer. Enjoy the game.

In Thurles an Espresso to take away will set you back about 2 - 2.20 Euros. An Americano which is an Espresso plus hot water will cost you about 1.30 - 1.60. Why the price difference? Surely the Espresso should be cheaper. Answers on a post card to......

Intel Network Processor Division may be sold off

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TIPPINST - Rumors are mounting that the IXP division of Intel responsible for their NP products may be sold off. The Register cites an article in the news paper the San Jose Mercury who have claimed to have seen documents relating to the sale. The Intel's IXP network processor and its Xscale business - which made mobile chips for phones and other mobile devices are being sold off as a single business according to the paper. The IXP wing of the business generated income of $150 million in 2005. The title of the article in the Mercury "How Intel Wasted Billions" sums up the motivation for this review of their communication business.

This sale could have serious ramification for academic research into multi-processor SOC's and NP related work. Intel through their Academic Programme have fostered and promoted a very strong research programme with Institutions world wide. I suspect that more will be learned when I attend the ANCS conference in San Jose in Dec 06. Academics and research students (that includes yours truly) will have to wait and see what developments will arise.

Reviving Malaysia's Multimedia Super Corridor

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The BBC have an article about how the government are trying to revivie Malaysia's MSC and Cyberjaya. The MSC, now celebrating its 10th anniversary, was intended to tempt technology companies to Malaysia to build on its growing success as a hi-tech manufacturing centre. If Malaysia are serious about attracting people to their MSC they have to address a number of "serious business cultural issues"

I was in Malaysia in 2000 trying to set up partnerships with the govt and local businesses in the area of e-commerce and training. As part of my stay I spent a considerable amount of time in Cyberjaya, which struck me at the time as being something out of a William Gibson novel. Cyberjaya rises out of the jungle and occupies space similar to that of Waterford City, it has highways running in every direction and the odd lonely office building. In 2000 all the signposts were in place but unfortunately the roads were not so every time you went to visit a company you literally had to lay a trail of breadcrumbs in order to find your way back. The people there were enthuastic, young and technically sound the problems they faced however were not of their creation but more of a glass ceiling that exists above them, above this ceiling resides the lethargic bureaucratic night mare that is the government/state departments.

Malaysia's telecoms industry for example is dominated by lethargic government-linked companies. There is precious little competition and no one seems to be prepared to take responsibility for the problem. Malaysia's Communications Minister Lim Keng Yaik declined to be interviewed by the BCC about the internet crisis that has seen internet connectivity stagnating for the past few years (Damien Mulley might see similar parrallels). His office told the BBC that the internet was not his responsibility. The trouble is it certainly it is not anyone else's.

The reality of doing business in Malaysia is that unless the board of your business is not related in some way to govt ministers you face an uphill battle to sort out immigration visa, connectivity, awarding of contracts etc. In private conversations with Malay and Chineese business people I was painted a picture of nepotism and cronyism that would make the findings of Ireland's Tribunals look saintly and amateurish.

To a certain extent it is part of their culture so long standing ethnic and cultural values should not be abolished just because Western foreigners desire it. If however they want serious investment then the key Govet/Dept officials have to stop asking the questions "What's in it for me ?" and start looking at the bigger picture. To tar everyone in the govt with the same brush would be unfair but from where I am standing a major shakeup is needed so as to introduce a more open and transparent system. Only then will the vision of Malaysia's former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammed be realised.

Navigable blogmaps


TIPPINST - The more observant of you out there may have noticed that you can now now wander around the local blog map using your mouse. The level of detail is pretty spare but interesting. I now know where Curraghduff is. When you are not from an area (i.e. a blow in) it is vital that you get to learn townlands as quickly as possible as people with identical surnames e.g. Ryan are often identified by their nickname or townland.

Numbering subsections in the latex book class

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TIPPINST - Sometimes there may be a requirement to have the subsections in a book class document have an associated numbe beside them e.g. There is no need to edit the associated .cls files etc instead the following command allows you to set the depth of your numbering


A depth of 3 includes subsections.

If you require the table of contents to list as far as sections only then use the following:


Both commands should be entered at the top of the document before the section \begin{document}

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