This is how the Belgian public credit risk insurance body evaluates risks in select world countries. The country that has the world record of being without the government is rated best, the other, buried down in a full-fledged civil war, is just marginally worse, and the most stable political regime on earth is very risky.
hall of shame
The recent Doing Business '2011 report states on page 98 that Belgium has no limit on the maximum length of fixed-term contracts. AFAIK, this is wrong. The maximum length of fixed-term contracts is 2 years (exceptionally, 3 years). In some sectors, this is down to 6 months. My knowledge dates from 2007, but I bet nothing changed since then.
Here's a prooflink from 2006.
La Première a annoncé aujourd'hui dans son journal de 9 heures le limogage du maire de Moscou Yuri loujkov, qu'ils ont prononcé comme [jʊri jʊjkov]. Le nom du maire est Юрий Лужков, transliteré le plus souvent comme Yuri Loujkov et prononcé comme [jʊri lʊʒkof].
It's not that I am searching for epic fails, they are searching for me. Check that site, it comes high in Google SERPs for the eid keyword.
Just spotted this nice little euphemism slipping into the corporate newspeak. Is it because the old-fashioned nature of the word gives more weight to PowerPoint slides? Or it is because saying aloud "PowerPoint" has become suddenly reprehensible?
The official OMG SysML website is edited entirely in Microsoft Frontpage 6.0. Its first page contains 124 links, 18 links among them are broken. Being backed by the biggest and richest corporations like Lockheed-Martin, Airbus, EADS, etc, it also displays a Google Ads block which shall bring in at most 5 USD per month, judging by the traffic it generates.
A composite requirement may state that the system shall do A and B and C, which can be decomposed into the child requirements that the system shall do A, the system shall do B, and the system shall do C.
I just received offline spam from Fedict in the form of a letter without any postage marks and with the text on the envelope stating:
"An important message from the government".
The letter contained an invitation to buy a bundle of a PC with 12 months of free internet access for 422 EUR.
Update: Apparently, the same letter was distributed (not sent by post, but carried to the postbox by a spam delivery company) to a big share if not all belgian residents.
Читаю книжку Фейнмана What Do You Care What Other People Think? Он там упоминает, что не смог поступить в Колумбийский университет из-за квоты на евреев. Интересно, как там сейчас с дискриминацией евреев.