AN OPEN LETTER TO GOVERNMENTS
An open letter to the governments of Canada and the United States of America regarding Do Not Call Lists.
PATENT VICTORY OR BUST ?
Prime Minister Steven Harper has prorogued Parliament. What that essentially means, is that he has suspended all parliamentary business until after a set date (there is more to it but you get the idea). From the furor being raised by the Liberal opposition and the caustic criticism for doing such a thing you would think it was something had never happened before.
DEPLORABLE OLYMPIC MANNERS
As the opening of the Winter Olympics in British Columbia near, one can’t help but consider how they reflect upon the society and political arena in which they take place.
CASH FOR CLUNKERS ET AL ?
The “Cash for Clunkers” program in the United States ran last summer and resulted in 700,000 government subsidized trade-ins. The new cars were, theoretically, more fuel efficient by about an average of 58% (which may not be accurate due to speculations regarding the inflation of EPA fuel saving by auto manufacturers). Of equal interest to car enthusiasts is how many units of significant interest, collectibility or otherwise notewrothy models were turned in by misguided individuals and were subsequewntly destroyed.
OPEN LETTER ON SELF-DEFENSE IN CANADA
The following is an open letter written following a discussion in an on-line forum. The arguments and information is cogent and rational, unlike much rhetorc surrounding the issue of self-defense in Canada.
WHY AN OLYMPIC BOYCOTT
Someone asked me why I would put an Olympic boycott link on my site, “don't I support my country’s athletes”?. The answer is quite simple - I do support my country’s athletes. But . . .
QUÉBEC POLITICIAN WANTS CCTLD
Apparently, for some, in the province of Québec having a provincial domain name of .qc.ca or using .ca isn’t good enough. Daniel Turp, a Parti Québécois member of Québec’s National Assembly has started a petition for a Québec specific .qc domain. Under current regulations, however, it would require that Québec be deemed a country in its own right first.
TERRORISTS HAVE BASICALLY WON
The terrorists have basically won (though most won't admit it). They have scared people, understandably, and due to the knee jerk reaction of politicians, their desire to be seen as saviours, and the ulterior motives of those who benefit by restrictions have forever changed the way of life in previously free and easy democratic societies.
COLLUSION IN CANADIAN POLITICS
Well, just when I though politicians couldn’t surprise me anymore with their idiocy, Liberal Leader Stéphane Dion will not run a Liberal candidate against Green party Leader Elizabeth May in the next federal election. The leaders have agreed not to run a candidate in each other’s riding. In the past, Liberal Party members have disparaged other parties for not being national parties (the criteria for a national party is to run candidates in all 308 ridings in Canada). As of this deal, only the New Democratic Party and the Conservative Party fill this requirement.
IPv6 SLOWLY DEPLOYED
In the face of an advancing United States government deadline, major network and security vendors continue to scramble to include support for IPv6
in their leading router and firewall products.
INTERNET PRIVACY THREATENED
Looks like at least some members of the United States of America government want to complete the slide into a Orwellian state with afterburners blazing. A bill introduced to the US
House of Representatives would require Internet service providers to record all users' surfing activity, IM conversations and e-mail traffic continuously and store it indefinitely.
PASSPORT SECURITY - GET IT NOW !
Despite all the warnings and demonstrations about the ease of data theft from RFID tags from surreptitious reading of data to outright cloning, the United States government in its seemingly infinite blind stubborness has decided that RFID are just the thing for new passports.
NOVA SCOTIA’S IT IN-SECURITIES
Incidents documented in a report by Nova Scotia’s Auditor General, Jacques Lapointe would be enough to get any IT
administrator in the private sector shown the door. After less than six months in the position, Nova Scotia’s new Auditor General has found major IT
related bungling. Unfortuantely, in this province this will not provoke the outrage and reaction from government that it should.