The ideal is impossible.. the idea of the ideal is essential…
Happy freedom day Italy!
This blog is mainly devoted to tech and management.
But sometimes the Italian citizen I am proud to be comes out and cannot stay silent.
The sinking of Costa Concordia is a pain it will be difficult to heal for us.
There where errors and we (as a country) are going to pay for them both on a moral (because the deads will remain as a mark for the next years) and economical point of view (because in this tough times money will be payed for all this problems caused).
We are a state that has in tourism and landscape one of our main entries, so this will cause for sure problems, suffering and loosing of jobs.
What I ask you is what you would like to demonstrate your booking and shooting toward Costa (that BTW is part of Carnival Group)?
I assume that there where quite more urgent problems to solve while you were playing with your keyboard trying to book your trip.
And where is the problem in having the booking system still up and running? Do this implies that someone stole your money, or in some way in next days someone will knock at your door giving back your money?
And again, what proves that you’ve been able to get your docs ready for the trip? Anything. There’s no tragedy in this, but is the kind of journalism that some people, at least me, do not want.
And what does mean that term “rogue captains”? I assume that those people are trained and (intelligent or stupid) the same way as other ship captains in the world.
Error occurs and is useful to learn from them.
All of this is only a speculation on a tragedy and that disgusts me more than being able to book a trip on a sunk ship or not having learned the rule of thumb of being more than 2 miles from the land.
I think that there’s a moment to inform (and that was done by all the reporters all over the world) and a moment to close the news and leave the space to human and professional pain.Read More
Christopher Trout at Engadget reports an original post by Riccardo saying that “[...] This week, Olivetti announced the release of the OliPad, staking its claim to a slice of the slab pie, and repositioning itself on the enterprise PC market. Heralded (at least by Olivetti) as Italy’s first tablet, the OliPad sports a 10-inch screen, 3G, WiFi, and Bluetooth connectivity, NVIDIA Tegra 2, Android 2.2.2, and a 1024 x 600 display. It also features USB and HDMI ports and a 1.3 megapixel camera, but perhaps most telling is the simultaneous launch of the Application Warehouse, “a virtual storehouse of configurable and customizable software applications designed by Olivetti specifically for business and government. [...]” (full story here)
I’m Italian and proud of this. Despite the name, well abused (like was e-everything in 90s, i-everything in this years, now the claim is for pad-evereything), I love the fact that a company like Olivetti is getting back in serious business with something that is also appealing on a visual POV.
This post as a comment also at EngadgetRead More
Rick Steves (http://www.ricksteves.com/) at Arcamax writes a good article on my city: Milan, Italy (full article at http://www.arcamax.com/travel/s-806273-526671?source=1930).
Rick says “[...] Many travelers come to Italy because of its past. But Milan is today’s Italy, and no trip here is complete without visiting this city. While overlooked by many, Milan is a hardworking, fashion-conscious, time-is-money city with plenty to see. The importance of Milan is nothing new. [...] Milan’s centerpiece is its magnificent cathedral, built from 1386 to 1810. The church boasts a soaring ceiling supported by sequoia-sized pillars, brilliantly colored stained glass dating from about 1500, and more than 2,000 statues. [...] The grand glass-domed arcade on the square marks the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele. [...]”
Though Milan is passing some major changes preparing for Expo 2015, is really a beautiful city, baricentric also for visiting near regions, both in Italy and abroad.
Really worth a visit! We wait for you…Read More
Michael Trei at dvice (http://dvice.com/archives/author/michael_trei) reports that “[...] Developed by a team at Vislab, a spin-off company from the University of Parma, the plan is to run the vehicles on electric power, covering 60 miles a day at about 40 mph. The vehicles charge overnight. The large solar panel on the roof of each van is used to power the vast array of control systems, including laser scanners, cameras, and GPS units.
The lead van will be driven by a real human, with the autonomous vans following behind like the pied piper’s hypnotized legions. While they are driverless, a couple of brave people will be sitting in the back seats of the robot vans, ready to take over in the event something goes wrong. [...]” (full article at http://dvice.com/archives/2010/07/solar-powered-r.php).
I’m proud of this innovation coming from my home country!
Hope that helps in making street safer and our travels easier.Read More
Ryanair is making a crusade against Italian government regarding documents needed to board passengers, under the menace to stop flights in Italy (full story in italian at http://www.corriere.it/economia/09_dicembre_29/ryanair-stop-voli_487ca210-f48b-11de-a1b2-00144f02aabe.shtml).
Just a couple of words: We don’t really care of Ryanair!
It’s not a matter of security or of policies. It’s a matter of respect for countries laws.
Italian people are worried more than Mr Stephen McNamara (spokesman) or Mr O’Leary (CEO) of passengers security. And made a law allowing people to board on aircrafts using government issued ids on top of id and passport.
So, in brief, Mr O’leary: we have our rules and laws and everybody (including foreign companies) respect them. If you respect them too you’re welcome, otherwise, the door is open to go away.
P.S. If security is so important for you Mr O’Leary, why the payment of a cash extra and some protests permits the boarding with documents other than idsand passports?Read More
I found again an article where some foreign newspapaers (and above all of them The Guardian form UK), talk and make (ineducated) comments on Italian Prime Minister Mr. Berlusconi (full article at http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2009/jul/26/editorial-silvio-berlusconi-eu-scandals).
As I said in another article, I’m not for or against Mr. Berlusconi, but I ask which is the right of foreign people to talk on other countries choices and facts (and this includes Italy and Mr. Berlusconi, of course).
I consider the fact that someone is tempted to talk on others facts when they bring to consequences for their own countries, but which is the damage brought to United Kingdom by Mr. Berlusconi?
I think that before talking of someone else, everybody should take a closer look at they’re own facts.
Doesn’t seems to me that Mr. Berlusconi has been awarded the role of Prime Minister of England or anywhere else except for Italy.
So, please, shut up and mind of your own things instead talking of others.
It’s a question of respect.Read More
I see that Financial Times has, again, something to say on Italy and Mr Berlusconi (full article in Italian at http://www.corriere.it/politica/09_maggio_27/financial_times_berlusconi_pericolo_b5b08798-4aa4-11de-90df-00144f02aabc.shtml)
I don’t want to comment Mr Berlusconi himself: It’s appreciation is something personal and one can love him and another can hate him. No problem.
But I can eventually talk on this because I’m Italian. And I’m talking about my country and my prime minister.
Doesn’t seem to me that FT is an Italian newspapers, nor that the author is an italian born writer.
I think that some offensive opinion on other countries should be a litlle bit weighted before expressing them.
What about trying to have respect for sovereignity of other countries? And maybe taking a look at UK problems in this case?
The availability and freedom of information is not an authorization to offend other people.Read More