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|Crime / Re: Nigerian Couple In Texas Face Slavery And Assault Charges, Faces Upto 60 Years by Wallie(m): 7:23pm On Feb 10|
Here's the actual criminal complaint filed against the employers. It contains all the facts, albeit, from the plaintiff's point of view. The Nsobundos still have to mount a defense.
|Crime / Re: Nigerian Couple In Texas Face Slavery And Assault Charges, Faces Upto 60 Years by Wallie(m): 3:39pm On Feb 10|
My guy, no try am o!
You cannot enter into a contract deemed illegal even if the other party is willing. The contract is void ab initio.
|Crime / Re: Nigerian Couple In Texas Face Slavery And Assault Charges, Faces Upto 60 Years by Wallie(m): 3:22pm On Feb 10|
I actually believe the story. An agreement was probably reached but the nanny was definitely cheated because the employers were probably looking for awoof! The employers didn't want to pay the going rate for a nanny and figured they could get a Nigerian in Nigeria cheaply. That in itself is not a bad idea but when you start mistreating her and not even paying her a fraction of the ongoing rate, they deserve the football numbers coming their way! They are going to jail for a very long time! I only pity the innocent kids now left without a mother and father.
A licensed daycare for ONE child under two is about $250- $475 per WEEK! A live-in nanny charges about $15-$18 per hour. I can't even begin to think the cost of watching over five kids. The very least they could do is give her about $1000 a month for working 8 hours per day.
I interviewed a nanny and her mother once. The girl was about 26 and in school, and the mother, a 76 year old, recently lost her husband and stated working as a nanny to keep busy. The stories they told me about how a Nigerian couple treated the mother when she worked as a live-in nanny was crazy! I didn't hire them because it was cheaper for me to use a licensed daycare plus I don't have to worry about a stranger living in my house.
By the way, the employers probably didn't want her to use the hot water because she takes too long in the shower and/or the hot water is done by the time they want to take a shower. When you have 8 people in a house, it is not too difficult to imagine that hot water and food will run out very quickly.
By the way, why are Nigerians not becoming au pairs? http://www.aupairinamerica.com/fees/ You can make easy money for 1 year watching kids.
|Phones / Re: How To Watch Videos And Surf The Web Without Using A Lot Of Data by Wallie(m): 10:00pm On Feb 09|
That's one solution to it but what if you want to "eat your cake and have it too"? In other words, with limited data, increase quality of the images and extend usage of your MB? I guess time will tell whether it is possible.
|Phones / Re: How To Watch Videos And Surf The Web Without Using A Lot Of Data by Wallie(m): 1:31am On Feb 05|
What is IDM?
|Phones / Re: How To Watch Videos And Surf The Web Without Using A Lot Of Data by Wallie(m): 7:41pm On Feb 04|
Thanks for the info! By the way, I wasn't trying to do anything illegal nor do I have a reason for doing so. I'm not even based in Nigeria. I can now understand why people are hesitant.
My intention is honest and it stems from the fact that Netflix is opening up shop in a country where most people use mobile phones and data cost a fortune. Personally, I do stream Netflix to my cellphone daily on my commute home from work but that's because I have unlimited data with my carrier. As of today, I've used 11,931.53 MB (12GB) of data on my cellphone and my billing cycle ends tomorrow. And even at home, our broadband internet access is unlimited, and Netflix and YouTube are constantly being streamed.
As I alluded to, I'm trying to develop a solution to the problem but I want to better understand the pain-points before wasting my time and resources.
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|Phones / Re: How To Watch Videos And Surf The Web Without Using A Lot Of Data by Wallie(m): 5:15pm On Feb 04|
Thanks! I'm going to try to keep up but please bear with me.
It sounds like people are using Bis on a non-Blackberry device because data is cheaper on a Blackberry? Notwithstanding the device, it still seems that you pay N4200 for 3GB?
How are you able to watch videos when a typical movie consumes about 1-2GB of data per movie?
|Phones / Re: How To Watch Videos And Surf The Web Without Using A Lot Of Data by Wallie(m): 5:03pm On Feb 04|
A solution but I need to better characterize/understand the problem.
|Phones / Re: How To Watch Videos And Surf The Web Without Using A Lot Of Data by Wallie(m): 3:25pm On Feb 04|
First tell me how you do it now.
|Phones / How To Watch Videos And Surf The Web Without Using A Lot Of Data by Wallie(m): 2:48pm On Feb 04|
Since mobile phone data is very expensive, how do you do the following:
1. Surf the web for your favorite websites?
2. Watch videos on YouTube?
3. Watch Netflix?
4. Watch iRokoTV?
If you use Wi-Fi, where do you get your Wi-Fi from and how do you use it on-the-go? Or are people just stuck at internet cafes all day?
Thanks for your help!
|Phones / Re: don't trust people that locks their phones by Wallie(m): 6:29pm On Jan 20|
Do you lock your computer?
My cellphone actually has more readily available info on it than my desktops, laptop, and iPad combined!
All my financial info (credit cards, personal bank accounts, business bank account, brokerage account, retirement account) are all accessible through different apps on my phone.
My personal and business email accounts are readily accessible.
My Dropbox and Google Drive are readily accessible.
Once you have access to my cellphone, you basically have access to everything about me.
I would be a fool not to protect the info with alphanumeric password and fingerprint detection.
|Education / Re: I Hate Being Smart! by Wallie(m): 6:50pm On Jan 13|
Your conclusions are wrong.
1. How many people “not getting all the A's and not topping your class” are turning into household names?
2. You are basing smartness solely on acing exams and topping classes. Some people are smart but simple unmotivated or read just enough to pass exams with A-B grades.
3. Being able to ace exams does not necessarily mean that the person understands the applications of what was learnt. The person might just have a photographic memory or spent a lot of time cramming the subject.
4. There are a lot of people with only secondary school education but are indeed geniuses and very successful. http://elitedaily.com/news/business/100-top-entrepreneurs-succeeded-college-degree/
Being successful is usually attributable to a confluence of things. Here are some of the true reasons why the smartest people are not the most successful.
1. They send too much time thinking and too little time doing.
2. They overvalue things like credentials and college degrees.
3. They run away from risk instead of sprinting toward it.
4. They lose sight of the inches.
5. They look for “proof” and “evidence” and “data points” before moving forward when no such thing actually exists.
6. They value complexity over simplicity when simplicity trumps complexity every time.
Having average intelligence, strong work ethic, and grit will beat "pure smart" in the real world any day of the week.
|Business / Re: CBN Stops Sales Of Forex To Bureax-De-Change by Wallie(m): 2:12am On Jan 12|
Too many people are over analyzing the situation.
Here's a simple explanation:
1. Nigerians need dollars to buy stuff abroad.
2. Nigeria only prints Naira.
3. Nigeria has to sell something that pays in dollars so that they earn dollars.
4. Oil pays in dollars but we don't make as much money anymore.
5. Regardless of the price of oil, people still need to buy stuff abroad and pay in dollars.
6. You now go to DBCs and banks to buy dollars with your Naira that wouldn't be accepted abroad.
7. BDCs and banks tell you that they don't have dollars to sell for whatever reason.
8. You go to the black market to buy dollars but law of supply vs demand takes over, and you end up paying a crazy exchange rate.
All cbn is trying to do now is to get the dollars closer to consumers instead of DBCs with the hope that it will alleviate some of the noise.
Here's my take: it won't work unless the CBN (1) reduces demand, and/or (2) earns more dollars by selling more stuff abroad. The cbn governor tried to reduce demand buy stopping people for using debit cards for legitimate reasons and that's a mistake. With this new policy, the Cbn probably hopes that selling dollars directly to customers through banks will curb large scale hoarding by rich people wanting to hold their nairas in dollars but the solution will only work temporarily.
The simple non-punitive solution is to earn more dollars by exporting more. The fast punitive solution is to devalue Naira so that people will become poorer and would in turn buy less dollars.
|Politics / Re: Okonjo-iweala Connived With World Bank, IMF To Write Off Ajaokuta Steel Company by Wallie(m): 9:48pm On Jan 08|
Funny how you rephrased the issue to suit your false premise. This is your second time of doing it in just a few posts. Unfortunately, I really do not have the free time to school you.
|Career / Re: Knowledge Workers: What Did You Search For On Wikipedia/Google Today? by Wallie(m): 4:13pm On Jan 08|
Merkle tree is a tree in which every non-leaf node is labelled with the hash of the labels or values (in case of leaves) of its children nodes.
Both the Merkle tree hash and trapdoor function had to do with authenticating signatures.
|Career / Re: Knowledge Workers: What Did You Search For On Wikipedia/Google Today? by Wallie(m): 4:11pm On Jan 08|
Trapdoor function - a function that is easy to compute in one direction, yet difficult to compute in the opposite direction (finding its inverse) without special information, called the "trapdoor".
|Career / Re: Knowledge Workers: What Did You Search For On Wikipedia/Google Today? by Wallie(m): 4:01pm On Jan 08|
Forgot about this thread...time to wake it up!
Rasterisation (or rasterization) is the task of taking an image described in a vector graphics format and converting it into a raster image (pixels or dots) for output on a video display or printer, or for storage in a bitmap file format, ie, rasterising 3D models onto a 2D plane for display on a computer screen.
|Politics / Re: Okonjo-iweala Connived With World Bank, IMF To Write Off Ajaokuta Steel Company by Wallie(m): 1:36am On Jan 08|
You're starting to bore me! You can't even do a simple google search! Na which type community college you dey go? Actually, it must be some online school in the middle of nowhere!
Click on the link this time before opening your mouth. Oga I too know! I've probably spent more years in school that you've been alive!
Let's not derail this thread further. Take care and face your studies.
|Politics / Re: Okonjo-iweala Connived With World Bank, IMF To Write Off Ajaokuta Steel Company by Wallie(m): 8:59pm On Jan 07|
Oga expert, I'm calling your bluff on the countless of articles you claimed to have written. Here's your chance to make the easiest $100 if you prove me wrong. Just because you wrote a couple of essays in your English class you wan come here they form expert.
If you want to make this interesting, you can certainly also call my bluff if you feel that I’ve misrepresented anything that I’ve said. I’ll gladly take your $100 and donate it to charity.
|Politics / Re: Okonjo-iweala Connived With World Bank, IMF To Write Off Ajaokuta Steel Company by Wallie(m): 8:39pm On Jan 07|
I modified my response before seeing your post and just like I guessed, you only know of APA.
|Politics / Re: Okonjo-iweala Connived With World Bank, IMF To Write Off Ajaokuta Steel Company by Wallie(m): 8:11pm On Jan 07|
You just they fire like you have verbal diarrhea! I told you once before that you need to be careful since you don't know who you're responding to!
APA format is probably what you're familiar with. Olodo! To take it a step further, I've used both the Bluebook and ALWD while in law school. In legal practice, we use the Bluebook. Plus, for the most part, unless when writing legal briefs or paper to publish, no one cares how you cite as long as they can understand what you're quoting. That's the difference between class work and the real world! Just because you just learned about citation, you no go let person rest! Next time, make sure you do your research well-well before challenging me again on any topic.
By the way, you derailed the thread with your citation crap! Go find someone with your intellectual capacity to argue with. Local champion!
|Politics / Re: Okonjo-iweala Connived With World Bank, IMF To Write Off Ajaokuta Steel Company by Wallie(m): 5:12pm On Jan 07|
Will this do it for you or you need help reading it?
By the way, why are you guys so quick to insult someone without even knowing who you're talking to? Only people who are intellectually bankrupt resort to insults, instead of a rebuttal, when faced with facts. You obviously are way out of your league and have nothing to offer.
Wikipedia provides a quick source to info and every single info stated as fact is usually cited. That's what [#] means! You could have just followed the link and you would have seen the following:
The Global Enabling Trade Report was first published in 2008 by the World Economic Forum.
 Professor Robert Z. Lawrence, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Margareta Drzeniek Hanouz, World Economic Forum, Editors (2008). "Global Enabling Trade Report 2008". World Economic Forum, Geneva, Switzerland. Retrieved 2009-03-11.
You probably don't even know what a citation is; otherwise, you would have checked to make sure what was posted is kosher.
|Politics / Re: Okonjo-iweala Connived With World Bank, IMF To Write Off Ajaokuta Steel Company by Wallie(m): 11:47pm On Jan 06|
Why is the US not protectionist?
Check out the 2014 Global Enabling Trade Report Rankings. Why is the US ranked 15th if they truly practice free trade in EVERY industry?
1. Netherlands 6.0
2. Singapore 5.9
3. Hong Kong 5.5
4. New Zealand 5.2
5. Finland 5.2
6. United Kingdom 5.2
7. Switzerland 5.2
8. Chile 5.1
9. Sweden 5.1
10. Germany 5.1
11. Luxembourg 5.1
12. Norway 5.1
13. Japan 5.1
14. Canada 5.0
15. United States 5.0
16. United Arab Emirates 5.0
17. Denmark 5.0
18. Austria 4.9
19. Qatar 4.9
20. Belgium 4.9
To answer your question more directly, the US preaches Free Trade because they manufacture way more than they consume and they can manufacture very efficiently. The only reason manufacturing shifted to China is because of their lower labor costs and non-existent/unenforced labor laws.
Like I said from the beginning of this thread, free trade only benefits those who have something to trade. When you manufacture nothing and fling open your borders, you become a dumping ground for other countries!
If we are going to open our borders, it should be for technology and knowledge transfer, which is something that will benefit us long term. How did you think most Asian countries got to where they are today? Think about it for a second. Why buy fish from you if I have the ocean in my backyard? I would be better off being taught how to catch the fish because once I become proficient, I no longer need to buy the fish from you!
Anyway, my time is up as this is becoming an exercise in futility!
|Politics / Re: Okonjo-iweala Connived With World Bank, IMF To Write Off Ajaokuta Steel Company by Wallie(m): 10:01pm On Jan 05|
The highlighted is EXACTLY the point lost on a lot of people. It is true that there are immediate benefits to cheaper products but at what long-term costs? Why do you think our manufacturing industry is comatose? We are a decade or two away from competing head-to-head with developed countries when it comes to manufacturing. They will almost always produce cheaper goods than we can manufacture locally, especially when the goods are sourced from Asia. However, simply throwing open our boarders is what got us to where we are today with the high unsustainable unemployment rate! We are lucky enough to have the population to consume and somewhat of a middle class to buy most goods but we are wholly inefficient when it comes to manufacturing due to production costs and lack of technology.
However, every planned country has a multitude of industries that they protect from competition either through tariffs, quotas, subsidies, and/or laws. Some things are just so important to a country’s vital interest that they are done locally even though it would have been cheaper to produce outside. I know for a fact that the US protects the following industries from external competition: defense, agriculture, oil and gas, and some technologies.
Something has to give as there is no free lunch! If we want large scale employment, we will have to manufacture more and import less. There are no two ways about it unless we become a service-based economy, which is not currently feasible because we lack the knowledge. Right now, for every ton of steel we buy, we are employing workers and enriching companies in China that mine for iron ores, manufacture steel, and transport steel. And this is just ONE industry! Any wonder why we have no foreign exchange!
By the way, I do believe that there’s not a single steel mill in Africa even though South Africa has proven iron ore reserves!
|Politics / Re: Okonjo-iweala Connived With World Bank, IMF To Write Off Ajaokuta Steel Company by Wallie(m): 9:03pm On Jan 05|
Care expatiate? Based on what I've found so far, they seem to be using an up-to-date method.
Historically the Bessemer process was a major advancement in the production of economical steel, but it has now been entirely replaced by other processes such as the basic oxygen furnace.
The chosen Technology for Steel Production is the time tested Blast-Furnace – Basic Oxygen Furnace route for Steel Production. http://www.ajaokutasteel.com/site/pagef.php?cnt=Company%20Overview
I have very little doubt that the cost of production at Ajaokuta will be a lot higher than China imports. But whether we like it or not, sooner or later, we will have to start manufacturing to keep more of our earnings. Every time we buy imported products we end up subsidizing the workers of the economies that we buy the products from. Free trade with western countries do not benefit us because we have nothing to trade. We are just a dumping ground for every country that manufactures! Here’s the kicker, after paying for imported products with our earnings, those countries will then turn around to loan us some of the money we paid them!
To resolve the cost issue, we can simply limit the import of steel and/or increase the tariffs so that our locally produced ones can compete (even though that will mean that the price of steel will increase, at least, momentarily). Simple. Other western countries do the same thing. Take a look at the map below. Can you give me any rational reason as to why the countries in Africa are the least protected economies?
|Politics / Re: Okonjo-iweala Connived With World Bank, IMF To Write Off Ajaokuta Steel Company by Wallie(m): 8:01pm On Jan 05|
Can't speak to the audit report but generally speaking, there are actions taken by governments based solely on the strategic importance of the action even though the action is not economically feasible!
Whether or not Ajaokuta is economically feasible, the decision on whether to continue funding it should be based on its strategic importance. We should be looking for ways to make it run efficiently and not shut it down because its product is in demand! The simple act of raising tariffs on steel imports would be enough to justify the investments.
On the issue of IMF, most Nigerian leaders are shortsighted and do not have the common sense to identify a Trojan Horse. Sanusi is the only one that I’ve heard of thus far to buck that trend! We need to understand that everyone is out there looking out for #1 and their friends. We should be doing the same.
|Properties / Re: The Safest And Most Private Estates In Lagos? by Wallie(m): 7:41pm On Jan 05|
Slightly different question to the one asked: which of the estates above do not get flooded during raining seasons?
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|Politics / Re: Meaning Of The Arabic Word On Nigerian Army Logo by Wallie(m): 6:41pm On Dec 13, 2015|
What the army is doing is not unique to Nigeria alone but does beg the question why we didn’t go with Latin as did the British and the Americans. Maybe it is a way of breaking away from our colonial masters and showing independence!
United States Coast Guard: "Semper Paratus" (English: Always Prepared)
United States Navy:"Non sibi sed patriae" (English: Not Self, but Country)
United States Marine Corps: "Semper Fidelis" (English: Always Faithful)
United States Coast Guard Maritime Security Response Team: "Nox Noctis est Nostri" (English: The Night is Ours)
United States Army Rangers: "Sua Sponte" (English: Of their own accord)
United States Army Special Forces (Green Berets): "De Opresso Liber" (English: To Liberate the Oppressed)
1st Armoured Regiment: Paratus (Latin for "prepared"
2nd Commando Regiment: Foras admonitio (Latin for "without warning"
Royal Australian Artillery: Quo fas et gloria ducunt (Latin for "whither duty and glory lead"
Royal Australian Engineers: Ubique (Latin for "everywhere" and honi soit qui mal y pense (Old French for "evil be to him who evil thinks"
Special Operations Engineer Regiment: Inter hastas et hostes (Latin for "between spears and enemies"
Canadian Army: Vigilamus pro te (Latin for "we stand on guard for thee"
Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group: Semper vigilans (Latin for "always vigilant"
Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group: Audacia et fortitudo (Latin for "strength and courage"
The Royal Navy: Si vis Pacem, para bellum (if you wish for peace, prepare for war)
The Royal Air Force: Per Ardua ad astra (Through Adversity to the Stars)
Parachute Regiment: Utrinque paratus (ready for anything)
Royal Artillery: Ubique Quo Fas Et Gloria Ducunt (Everywhere right and glory lead.)
Royal Marine Commandos: Per mare, per terram (by sea, by land)
Royal Signals: Certa Cito (Latin), Swift and Silent (old), Swift and Sure.
The London Irish Rifles: Fág an Bealach (Gaelic), Faugh a Ballagh (Anglicised spelling), Clear the way.
The Royal Military Police: Exemplo Ducemus (By Example We Lead)
The Rifles Regiment: Celer et audax (Latin) Swift and bold.
|Politics / Re: Why EFCC Arrested Dokpesi And Bafarawa by Wallie(m): 11:17pm On Dec 01, 2015|
The issue of fraudulent payment is relatively simple in this case because the question is not whether payment was made to Dokpesi for services rendered but whether the payment relates to NSA-type activities.
If money was to be paid to AIT, it should have been paid out of a PDP campaign account or some other governmental account that had to do with disseminating NEWS. If the money was paid out of a government account, then the next question would be why that agency (owner of the account) is involved in partisan news that AIT was broadcasting.
No matter how you dice it, NSA and "someone" is screwed. On the other hand, Dokpesi may be able to avoid charges by feigning ignorance as to why he was paid out of NSA's account but he would need to spill the beans on services rendered. However, I have a feeling he will be asked to refund the N2.1 billion.
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|Business / Re: Dangote Quits Board Of Flour-producing Subsidiary by Wallie(m): 7:35pm On Nov 16, 2015|
Resign or ousted? You don't just resign from a company in which you own a majority-minority stake! Also sounds like the 3 other board members were his appointees to the board. If I had to guess, I would say a major ownership change is ongoing and Dangote is being bought out or pushed out. When you lose that much power in a company, it can only be because everything don pafuka!
|Education / Re: Opeyemi Enoch Solves 156-Year-Old Maths Problem, Gets $1M by Wallie(m): 11:36pm On Nov 15, 2015|
Don't know if he solved the problem or not but he did present a paper on the topic at the International Conference on Mathematics and Computer Science 10-11 November 2015, Vienna, Austria. See page 8 of the attached:
A matrix that generates the point spectral of the Riemann Zeta function
|Crime / Re: Tajudeen Disu Killed In Land Fracas In Lagos by Wallie(m): 5:58pm On Oct 12, 2015|
RIP Uncle Bola!
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