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A gold buying house in Africa. Pic: Sasha Lezhnev

Clueless do-gooders make Africa's conflict mineral mines even more dangerous

Worstall on Wednesday I have muttered around here more than a few times about the various idiocies of the Blood in the Mobile campaign. This was the idea that we could stop the appalling (and true) levels of violence in Eastern Congo's mining trade by making American companies fill out lots of documents. The idea was that if they all had to say …
Tim Worstall, 5 Aug 2015

How much should an ethical phone cost? An extra penny? Or $4bn

As the Dodd Frank regulations about conflict minerals approach the date at which people actually have to do something about them, it's worth seeing if they're really the monstrously ghastly clusterfuck I've been predicting they will be. Much to my surprise they're not: they're worse. Previous El Reg near-annual installments of …
Tim Worstall, 25 Nov 2013

New monkey species with massive blue arse found in Africa

A species of monkey previously unknown to science has been discovered in Africa: and boffins say that it has an "extensive" bright blue bottom which rivals that of the largest and most colourful known monkeys on Earth. The lesula monkey. Credit: PLoS ONE Feeling blue The new monkey was first sighted by scientists in 2007, …
Lewis Page, 13 Sep 2012

New rule on blood-soaked metals in mobes is POINTLESS

Analysis There's been much trumpeting of new rules that require companies to 'fess up if they use minerals extracted from war-torn African nations. If this is news to you, try this handy guide El Reg made earlier. Having actually gone and read the directive [PDF], freshly issued by US watchdog SEC, I cannot see that it achieves …
Tim Worstall, 29 Aug 2012

New US rule aims to crack down on Congolese capacitors

In an effort to stem the flow of foreign money into war-torn Africa, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has issued new rules requiring manufacturers to publicly disclose whether they use minerals extracted from the conflict-torn Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) or any neighboring countries. Conflict diamonds, …
Neil McAllister, 23 Aug 2012
The Register breaking news

Conflict mineral laws haven't helped Congolese

So the tantalum for the capacitors in our electronics comes from columbo-tantalite, which is coltan, which comes from militias in the Congo, so we should have a law making sure that no tantalum for our electronics comes from militias in the Congo. Fine, we do have that now, it's part of Dodd Frank*, and how's it working out? …
Tim Worstall, 14 Nov 2011
The Register breaking news

Rocks, hard places and Congo minerals

What should we be doing about these conflict minerals from the Congo, eh? Even MPs are raising Questions in the House on the topic. It's certainly true that some of the violence in Eastern Congo has been associated with access to minerals. What's a lot less certain is which way around the causality goes: is it people being …
Tim Worstall, 2 Nov 2010
MSI Wind 12 U230

MSI intros AMD 'Congo'-based thin'n'light laptop

AMD's answer to arch-rival Intel's CULV - Consumer Ultra-Low Voltage - processor series is making its way into laptops. MSI has just taken the wraps off the Wind 12 U230, a 12in machine based on two of AMD's 'Congo' chips. The parts' go-to-market name are the Athlon Neo MV40 and the Athlon Neo X2 L335, being single- and dual- …
Tony Smith, 27 Nov 2009
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AMD to sound Congo bongo for skinny laptops this month

AMD's 'Congo' - the chip maker's answer to Intel's ungainly named Consumer Ultra-Low Voltage (CULV) platform - wil be out at the end of the month. Or maybe early next. So say notebook manufacturer moles quoted by the ever ear-wigging DigiTimes. They add that the thin'n'light laptop platform will comprise AMD's Turion Neo X2 …
Tony Smith, 15 Oct 2009
The Register breaking news

Congo major had piss-up with rebels

A Democratic Republic of Congo army major has been suspended after inviting rebels for a few liveners at his base - hours before they rather churlishly repaid his hospitality by torching part of the facility. According to Bloomberg, Major Leon downed a couple of jars with members of the Resistance of Congolese Patriots, aka …
Lester Haines, 29 Sep 2009

AMD's dual-core Neo set for 2009 release

AMD plans to release its dual-core version of the low-power Athlon Neo in the second half of this year. As we wrote late last month, the dual-core chip - code-named Conesus - will be aimed at what AMD senior vice president Randy Allen identified as customers who don't want a "compromised PC experience." In other words, the …
Rik Myslewski, 19 Jan 2009

AMD readies 'Yukon' for netbook gold rush

AMD has, as expected, announced its plan to tackle arch-rival Intel's dominance of the netbook arena. But its efforts will centre on a new CPU: a 45nm dual-core part dubbed 'Conesus'. Due sometime next year, Conesus contains 1MB of L2 cache - 512KB per core, presumably - and a DDR 2 memory controller. That broadly matches the …
Tony Smith, 14 Nov 2008

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