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Lest we Forget!

12-Nov-20 09:58 pm EST Leave a comment

Rememberence Day has just passed and I thought one story I caught on worthy of mention this year in particular:

Ottawa announces new Hong Kong immigration options as committee warns Uighurs face ‘genocide’

Earlier today, members of a House of Commons committee looking into the plight of ethnic Muslim Uighurs in China’s Xinjiang province cited their recent conclusion that the Chinese Communist Party is guilty of perpetrating a genocide against the ethnic minority.

The all-party Commons subcommittee on human rights heard harrowing testimony from survivors of China’s imprisonment of Uighur Muslims. They shared accounts of mass incarceration, rape, forced sterilization of women and mass surveillance.

Critics say China has detained as many as one million Uighurs and members of other Muslim groups in what amount to mass prisons, where they are subjected to “re-education.”

The Chinese government has denied any abuse of human rights in the region and insists that reports claiming that are false.

John Paul Tasker, CBC, Parliamentary Bureau (November 12, 2020)

The words decrying concentration camps setup by Nazi Germany following World War II come to mind: “Never again!” It made me reflect on the loss of Canadians who fought the kind of thing China is now obviously committed to and how those words ring hollower the longer we let their failing tyranny continue unopposed here in our nice, comfortable western democracies. Just as at the beginning of World War II, the Nazis setup concentration camps where they didn’t gas Jews to death along with the homosexuals and others the ‘master race’ decried as inferior. That came later, after the horrible living conditions and abuse had settled in. Now here we are again letting conditions deteriorate for the Uighurs. How long will it be before China decides on its own “final solution” to the Uighur problem? Do we in the free world continue to do nothing?

If so, I have just one question: do we really honor those who have given their lives for the freedoms we now enjoy? Something tells me, they didn’t dream of freedom and security for just Canada and its allies facing Nazi tyranny but even if they did, can we really be so naieve to think we’re secure from any future date where the Chineese Communist Party (or its surrogates) decides it is in its own interests to take them away?

43rd Canadian Parliamentary Election: Last-Minute Considerations

17-Oct-19 12:38 pm EDT Leave a comment

I wasn’t going to comment directly on the election, fearing people drawing conclusions about my public endorsement of a political party. Those who live here in Canada are aware: we have a secret ballot.

Yet comments today from Conservative Party leader Andrew Scheer forced me to make a few remarks in full public view. Andrew Sheer said this morning:

  • “The Party that wins the largest number of seats is [typically] asked to form the government.”
  • “Our strategy is to [deal with the recent trend of illicit drugs being poisoned with other substances] by encouraging…people getting off drugs.”

This brings up two important issues for me which I addess below, headed separately.

(Drug) Addictions Treatment

As seems typical for right-wing governments all over the world lately; starting with the climate change approach debate and carrying on through a variety of issues involving the observations and conclusions of professionals and experts (often involving science themselves), there seems to be a collective state of denial.

Conservatives seem to delight in dredging up some minority report or singular study in the climate change debate to contest the conclusions of scientists and environmentalists studying and observing ongoing changes to our environment. This same phenomenon has now inserted itself into the Canadian election when it comes to using addictions-fighting tools like harm reduction or monitored safe-injection sites. On the subject of legalization, most experts seem to agree that the whole issue of drugs is better handled by healthcare professionals instead of police; which the Chief of Police of Winnipeg (and possibly other cities) have come out and said they’d like to just left out of.

So what we seem to have here is governance by ideology instead of practical considerations. And the trouble with that approach is, in general, you end up governing the country you wish existed instead of the one that does!

The Election Game Show

What really bugs me is such broad-spectrum fundamental ignorance about how Canada’s government is designed to work. Is Canada’s education system to fudnamentally damaged that nobody realizes that Parliament decides who the government is – as the people have voted for each member sent there to do so? There’s this absurd idea that somehow a Canadian federal election is somehow analogous o a game show where the party that wins the largest seat count automatically forms the government — effectively ignoring who everyone voted for! The party with the largest seat count certainly can form the government, if it holds the confidence of more than 50% of the elected MPs. However, Andrew Sheer would somehow have us believe that all he has to do is get the largest seat count and that’s good enough…and presumably what Canadians have had to say about the matter matters not. Only a party, in Andrew Sheer’s Canada deserves to pick the government.

Fortunately, the laws of our country don’t agree and I’d really like Canadians to try to remember that instead of waiting to find out if the big blue bar on the screen is slightly larger than the big red one on October 21st (the date selected for election day this time around).

Guardian FSD Booster

01-Jul-18 07:25 am EDT Leave a comment

We’re Baaaaaack……

23-Aug-16 04:47 pm EDT Leave a comment

ue to certain issues with the “free” WordPress/IIS host I’d previously been using on and off for the past couple of years, I’ve ended my experimental hosting experience and returned here after all.  A couple of minor articles were deleted — but nothing too critical.

So I’ll resume in the weeks ahead posting here on articles of interest mostly to me, but perhaps to some of you out there as well. 😉  Hope the summer is going well for all!

NASA/JPL’s Mars Curiosity Rover Data: Delivered to Mobile Phones

03-Sep-14 03:57 am EDT Leave a comment

ecently, I announced the release of a personal project on my blog – the delivery of ongoing Curiosity Rover data to Windows desktops using Google Earth (in Mars data mode, sometimes referred to as ‘Google Mars’).  Now, it’s possible to deliver this same information to the Apple iPhone and Android smart phone audiences using the Google Earth app for those platoforms.  Insturctions on how to setup the Google Earth app to do that, step-by-step follow below:

How to view Curiosity Rover (MSL) Mars geodata using the Google Earth app on a SmartPhone:

Google Mars Showing Curiosity Rover data from Sol 735

Google Mars Showing Curiosity Rover data from Sol 735

  1. Load the Google Earth app
  2. Select menu icon, top right-hand corner of Google Earth UI
  3. Select ‘Settings’ from pop-up
  4. Scroll down & select ‘Databases’ from Settings menu
  5. Databases menu appears, with “Default” radio button selected.  Select menu icon, top-right-hand corner of UI.
  6. Select ‘Add’ from pop-up
  7. Enter Database URL dialogue box appears.  Enter into the dialogue’s textbox and click ‘OK’.
  8. The database address now appears beneath “Default” in the databases menu with its radio button selected (make sure).
  9. Click the ‘back/return’ button from the phone’s UI (at the bottom, in the Android version).
  10. Google Mars should now be visible.
  11. Return to the smartphone’s browser & visit the Curiosity Rover data page:
  12. Click the entry for the current Sol & select the Google Earth app if/when prompted to select a smart phone app to load the data with.

The Google Earth app should automatically centre Google Mars on the location of the latest data summary.

Step-by-step video: here.

Canadian court forces Google to remove search results worldwide, as fears of “memory hole” grow

25-Jul-14 03:09 pm EDT Leave a comment

This smacks of “common sense” approaches to the problems endemic to a “right to be forgotten” going totally unheard. Did lawyers really have to be the ones settling this issue? Perhaps this is a good referendum question in local elections coming up over the next few years in nations globally. God forbid we should leave something like this entirely up to the courts to decide.


A Canadian court took the unprecedented step this week of declaring global jurisdiction over Google(s goog) and forcing it to delete search results not just for “” but for “” as well. The move comes as lawmakers in Europe pressure Google to censor more pages under a controversial “right-to-be-forgotten” law, and could accelerate a recent trend of disappearing online information.

In the Canadian case, Google had urged a judge in Vancouver to suspend an earlier ruling that required it to remove any search links related to an e-commerce vendor accused of selling knock-off internet equipment. That ruling, which came out in June and gave Google 14 days to remove the results, is now in force after the judge concluded that applying the worldwide ruling would not create “irreparable harm.”

The ruling already appears to be rippling beyond Canada’s borders. For instance, when I searched in the U.S. for a product called “GW-1000,” Google shows that it has censored at least four webpages:

search results missing

The “we have removed results” notice…

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Iran Election “Free & Fair” Say Callers to Conservative Talk Show

23-Jun-09 10:24 pm EDT Leave a comment

couldn’t believe my ears driving to work this morning, listening to a morning talk radio show on Ottawa’s CFRA radio.  CFRA’s listener demographic is largely Conservative, which is one of the reasons I was so surprised to hear a number of callers voice support for the Iranian government’s claim that the recent election, which had sparked riots in Terhan and other Iranian cities this past week, were “free and fair”.  This view contradicts reports yesterday that international observers had uncovered evidence of widespread fraud at numerous polls – enough irregularity for these observers to harbour serious doubts concerning the overall result of the election.  In particular one caller cited evidence that the regime hadn’t been toppled yet as evidence that it must have majority support, “else it wouldn’t be in power.”

Sometimes I gotta wonder what people use for brains.  I suppose according to this fellow, we might as well do away with elections in Canada because the government could be changed by means of an armed uprising.  And if such an uprising should fail; well, obviously the majority must want the government to remain unchanged.  Might is, after all, always right, isn’t it?

Even more incredible was the show’s host – whose name wasn’t announced during the time I was listening, unfortunately, seemed unwilling to challenge the caller’s facts or intone a peep of disagreement.  I’m starting to think CFRA takes this Conservative thing a little too far….the word isn’t supposed to mean preserving the status quo at the expense of hundreds or thousands of innocent lives.  Or so I’d thought, anyway.

Even were I willing to concede that the incumbent Iranian president (Ahmadinejad) actually won despite obvious evidence of fraud; no government that sanctions fraud, arrests journalists en masse, or is paranoid enough to blame “the west” in some kind of huge international conspiracy to control its destiny by agitating such a huge segment of its own population – to the point of becoming an enemy of the people it’s supposed to govern – no government of this sort can legitimately claim to represent the people, regardless of whether it or one of its candidates won an election.

And, for the record, I don’t believe for a moment that Ahmadinejad won the election.  A snowball staying frozen in hell would have a better chance; but the best thing Ahmadinejad could do at the moment is concede.  Frankly, I don’t think he’s either courageous or smart enough to do so – but this movement that’s started in Iran might prove to have more longevity than his own political career otherwise.  (Not that I’m all that hopeful he’ll emerge from any revolution with any kind of political voice.)

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Premier says apology punishment enough after Alberta MLA’s comments

23-Jun-09 09:53 pm EDT Leave a comment

reedom of speech is often cited by those defending politicians like Alberta MLA Doug Elniski, a Conservative back-bencher who joins a number of his kin on the political right embroiled in scandals sparked by what they said before and now regret.  Conservative apologists complain he and others like him are merely doing what so many other politicians don’t – speak their mind – and it’s led us to a political culture dominated by image, spin doctors and political correctness.  So they say, Liberals are just better at not getting caught.

Speaking as an elector – and not one who, admittedly, tends to vote Liberal – I find this an extremely odd bit of reasoning.  While it’s certainly true that our political leadership has honed its collective expertise at managing appearances over the last several decades, why shouldn’t we hold that leadership responsible for making ignorant remarks when they’re made?  I really believe Conservative voters are understandably frustrated when yet another story of this sort breaks, but the solution isn’t stowing the cameras and microphones when someone like Mr. Elinski screws up.  It’s shining the spotlight on him – and, as Conservatives, making sure that others like him don’t end up representing you in the future if he stumbles and somehow reveals what twisted thoughts are really occupying his mind.  At the very least, such faux pas are “fair game” for the media to report on – for the simple reason Conservatives don’t raise this same complaint when a Liberal makes remarks of a controversial nature. 

Besides, muzzling the media really is more a game for regimes like the theocracy that’s clinging to power in Iran than Canada’s governing political party, isn’t it?

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Decision 2008: 40th General Election – October 14, 2008

12-Oct-08 03:56 pm EDT Leave a comment

To those of you who know me well, you know me as a partly political animal. I’ve always been keenly interested in politics (to varying degrees over time) and although many of you are probably feeling "electioned out" perhaps not having exactly the same stomach as mine for this stuff, we’re now at the end of the campaign and it’s time to cast your ballot.

Now last time, a number of you I’d asked about voting told me "I didn’t have my ID," or "I didn’t know where the polling booth was" or some other excuse.  In Canada we’ve made virtually every reasonable accommodation to ensure voting is as easy and painless as possible.  Last year, my buddy Oz (sorry to "out" ya pal) said he couldn’t vote because when he showed up at the polling station he was told his ID wasn’t adequate – I think he’d forgotten his heath card at home or something and his birth certificate was rejected.  Yet he could have voted had he simply asked me to come along (as I’d suggested)!  You’ll note in the rule below, option #3:

Elections Canada On-Line | 40th General Election – October 14, 2008

…which means that even if you forgot your ID like Oz, you can be sworn in at the polling station if another elector (like me) vouches for your identity and then cast a vote (although it is just easier if you remember your ID, plus you can go by yourself then).  You don’t need to have been mailed a voting card, as I somehow have not been for the past several years now.

So all you have to do is show up with a friend who has ID at your polling station – remember that!  And if they tell you you can’t vote, refer them to their own website and cite option #3 indicating you’d like be sworn in so that you can vote.

Remember to cast a ballot on Tuesday, October 14th!

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Gates Looks Back

01-Jul-08 02:15 am EDT Leave a comment

He even posted his good-bye video to You Tube.  How times really have changed!  Take a look back at his legacy in this two-part video presentation:

More videos I found interesting are indexed at my You Tube site.

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Facebook Must Die!

05-Feb-08 12:42 pm EST Leave a comment

I’ve despised Facebook for a long time now.  While the popular social networking service has managed to re-unite me with a number of long-lost friends, schoolmates, etc. (more thanks to its own bloated popularity than anything innovative or wonderful it was doing), being periodically harassed and then spam-attacked by people I didn’t want to talk to for whatever reason caused the bad to far outweigh the good where I was concerned.  Much to my delight, renowned Internet-based journalist and author Cory Doctorow shares my view that the site is ultimately doomed; and largely on the reasons why.

Hear why here.

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The Execution of Saddam: A Media Spectacle

31-Dec-06 01:01 pm EST Leave a comment

What a stark contrast one sees in the Canadian media’s reporting of Saddam’s execution.  Watching CBC Newsworld and reading the News web site, one can’t help but be left with the impression that Saddam, while probably guilty of grave crimes, was nonetheless the victim of a kangaroo court, grounded in the trappings of a legal system but without any of the proper, due process normally assigned to a capital crime case – at least by western standards.

And in the more conservative-leaning media, CTV News (, what we see is a guest interview with a barrister with the International Bar association; the organization responsible for training Iraq’s new judiciary, talk about how the essential principles of law were followed, how well-trained the judiciary was, etc., etc.  The interviewee even used words like "fair", "due process", "conscientious", "intelligent", "sophisticated", "basic principal pillars of a fair trial" and, "a reasoned, written judgement" to summarize the treatment of Saddam and the people involved in the Iraqi court that condemned him.  Add to this a defense of the decision as being well-grounded in a legal system that both embraces capital punishment and routinely executes its capital criminals, and what we have to necessarily conclude to this newscast is the polar opposite of the corresponding presentations by the CBC.

So here again is another example where the basic facts each "side" (if I can use that term) presents are basically the opposite of each other.  Although something about this balkanization seems really clever – even seductive – I can’t think it’s too healthy.  I hope it’s not a conceit to say this publicly, but I’m just not sure the average person sees these differences – and not because those differences which I see are imaginary any more than I am a uniquely observant person.  I think it’s likely because most people might still not get their news from the Internet.  Not quite yet (and I base that on Jupiter media’s forecast that online ad spending will only eclipse conventional paper-based spending next year).  For many older than I (mid-30’s) it’s still the newspaper, TV or radio that brings the news in.  And you don’t often find a plurality of views too evident in such arenas as talk radio, TV news or print news.  Yes, it’s occasionally there in the "Letters to the Editor", but there is (I humbly suggest) a predominant view that drowns out any opposing views expressed.

The good news is, that the Internet makes that plurality a lot more accessible – and maybe that best explains my seeing these contrasts.  And that’s healthy, I think, because the world would be a better place with people seeing the editorial underpinnings of news reports and thus being forced to make up their own minds.

So what do I think of Saddam’s execution (this site’s called more than you wanna know for a reason).  Well, I, the product of this well-informed, egalitarian, new Internet-age techno-democracy – opposed as I am to the death penalty – feel pretty darned ambivalent about Saddam’s execution.  My opinionatedness is will-grounded enough for this to not be the result of my somehow being numbed by too much information – rest assured.  No, this is the result of me feeling that Saddam probably was a relatively terrible person with few moral poles or will to exercise good judgement politically.  It is said by some (mostly on the CBC) that he did both good and bad things; to which I say as but a voice in a chorus, "so what?"  Whatever good he did over the course of his life was more than many, many times upstaged by the evils he unleashed on his fellow human beings – mass murder, crimes against humanity, mass torture, genocide; these are crimes without redemption by mortal men, even were there remorse, of which there was clearly none in any case.

This afternoon, one CBC commentator (some human rights lawyer in Rome who acted in some fashion in defense of Saddam), who’d clearly lied to the production team as they contacted him by phone, got on the air and instead of answering the news anchor’s questions went on a tirade about how imperfect the trial was, about how unfair the Americans were being in granting access to people while he was in custody, about how arrangements for the body and personal effects were somehow handled in a vindictive way – again, none of it negates what he clearly was guilty of, trial or not.  Although not practiced or learned in either Iraqi or international law, I’m not inclined to simply waive the entire trial on the errors of law which everyone agrees were made.  The Iraqi process, if we’re going to accept the concept of the nation state (and if you’re a lawyer practiced at all with international legal matters, you pretty much have to), is obviously not one with such a lengthy appeals processes as we have here in the west.  If Saddam were Canadian, I’d probably be taking the view that Saddam’s rights were not observed, and the trial was basically unfair because there’s no way one could exhaust every possible appeal inside of 30 days.  (This is one of the reasons we don’t have capital punishment in Canada anymore.)  But if that’s the practice in Iraq, so be it.  I doubt there’s anything that might have come up in an appeal which could have silenced the critics within 30 days – and yet that’s Iraqi law.

And so, in the end, Saddam’s execution is not something I can bring myself to feel very sorry about – regardless of the legal mistakes both sides admit were made.  While in the west, these would most definitely form the basis of a legal appeal (and not a tradition I’d suggest we should abandon), in this particular case, the evidence of Saddam’s guilt was pretty overwhelming. Nobody is saying or even trying to say he was innocent – whatever mistakes of law were made, don’t appear to be related to the bare facts at hand.  So long as that’s true, his death can be seen as a form of justice, and isn’t something worth stewing about.

In the future, the Iraqis probably should review their legal procedures however – and insodoing also critically examine the traditions followed in the west to see if capital cases deserve a closer examination of the defendant than a mandatory 30-day limit would allow (regardless of any pertinent religious edicts on the subject).

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Political Correctness Gone Mad

10-Dec-06 07:52 pm EST Leave a comment

Every morning I’m entertained by the piqued musings of local talk radio host, author and right-wing mouthpiece Lowell Green.  No, I’m not a neocon by any stretch of the imagination.  Like most of my countrymen I like to think my views are comfortably placed in the political centre, along with those of most other (wo)men of reason.  However, I’m in vigorous agreement with Lowell on the subject of Christmas – it’s a word, a concept that’s under attack – and Christmas is worth defending.

Yet again tonight, I find myself reading an article about Christmas under attack: it seems a Jewish Rabbi complained about here not being a display of menorahs at Seattle International Airport this past week.  The Rabbi asserted that if Christmas should be observed, so should Hanukah, which apparently started this past Friday.  I suppose the Rabbi ought to be forgiven for his near-sightedness, but this is exactly where the attack on Christmas typically begins.  And while it might not have been the Rabbi’s intention to fire the first volley, that’s basically where the situation has ended up.

And it all started so innocently.

The notion that anyone (and I don’t care who you are) is somehow offended by Christmas or its celebration has become, frankly, the worst form of Christian persecution since the time of Romans throwing Christians to the lions in the Coliseum.  Even more surprising (and hypocritical) is that much of the calamity of this kind is being caused by those who aren’t comfortable with the environment they find themselves in because they’ve recently immigrated and/or don’t belong to a heritage where Christianity played a very big role.  In short, they’re the same people who complain about being oppressed or facing discrimination of one sort or another and yet readily oppress others when the shoe is on the other foot – but only because either the majority or the largest minority in Canada opt to celebrate Christmas in some fashion.

This isn’t an anti-immigrant rant; God knows most immigrants have it hard enough without having to worry about more bigotry being spun their way by a misunderstanding on this issue.  I’m quite sure the vast majority of immigrants quite readily accept that there are inevitably culture differences between where they’ve been and where they are now; Christmas being only one factor among many.  But the fact remains that a vocal, minority element many of whom are immigrants, many others belonging to ethnic groups where Christmas is not part of the local tradition is stirring up trouble here.  And it’s just as unfair as any form of cultural discrimination faced by anyone for any reason.

That said, the good news is Christianity is all about understanding, tolerance and love.  The reaction of us Christians to this attack is firm, polite resistance to it by reminding our elected leaders that there are rights for all – among these being the right to practice one’s religion in public places. Myself, I’m in favour of more holidays.  Let’s celebrate Hanukah, Ramadan and Christmas.  And even if one is less prevalent than another because of the traditions of the population in one area versus another – so what?

I remember that in the building I first moved into after arriving in Ottawa was dominated by followers of Islam.  One Ramadan I even received a gift from a small child who was part of some kind of entourage handing candies and other tokens of generosity out.  (I’m assuming that had something to do with the festivities at that time which were otherwise evident.)  I say better we have too much of that going on than someone trying to dim the lights on our most important of winter festivals.

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From Picking a Loser, To a Winner….

03-Dec-06 04:29 am EST Leave a comment
Stéphane Dion; Wikipedia file photo.

I didn’t pick any winners in the Ottawa Civic election, although I’m sure glad I didn’t vote for Ottawa’s new mayor: Larry O’Brien.  Last week marked the victors voting themselves a whopping 35% pay raise!  The largest single-day pay raise I’ve ever got in my life was 15%…and that was a result of my job grade being reclassified where I worked (one of my first jobs as a programmer).  I mean, it’s a bit of a cliché at this point – but I gotta say: it must be nice being able to vote yourself more money….

In hindsight O’Brien has agreed to role back his own take, but many councillors won’t.  He calls it "a rookie mistake"; I say, ‘that inexperinece is one of the reasons I didn’t vote for ya’.  I doubt the Calian CEO would accept that explanation from a new employee who wasn’t performing well.  Calian’s a technology consulting business, and generally, that’s exactly the kind of answer that would get someone fired as the company simply couldn’t afford to send someone who claims inexperience to serve on contract.

While inexperience is definitely a concern with Stéphane Dion too, his winning the Liberal leadership this past weekend is a very welcome development.  The main difference between Dion and O’Brien is the former doens’t sound quite so hypocritical as the latter.  I seriously doubt we’ll hear the excuse "I screwed up because I’m new on the job."  Dion has demonstrated he understands the responsibility he signed up for.  But more importantly, he differs from O’Brien on the front of being a compassionate leader, which is an ingredient that Canadians seem to agree is essential for its successful politicians.  While O’Brien’s busy cutting drug treatment programs and out pretending to get to know Ottawa’s homeless (yes, I do mean pretend) while voting himself double-digit raises, Dion is already hard at work serving to restore Canada’s government to being a true reflection of its people.

Apparently, what’s key in picking the winner is seeing that streak of responsibility, which is something that people feel is missing from their political leadership these days.  And if Dion doesn’t have it, he hasn’t yet shown any hint.  I’d hoped he’d win as many as four or five weeks ago, and with that day here my hope that he’ll restore the government of Canada to an institution that cares more about the environment, the economy and, in general, the people as a whole stands anew.

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P2P Advocates Brace for Apocalyptic Autumn

30-Aug-06 11:23 pm EDT Leave a comment

Back in May, I commented here on an issue dear to my heart: peer-to-peer file sharing technology and a Canadian website operator who managed to draw himself enough attention to get sued by a representative of the MPAA.  (They’re the guys who sue ya if you’re caught downloading movies on the Internet – typically their favourite target is nearly-broke college students who download movies using the big pipes that hook-up colleges to the Internet.)  Well, while browsing the aforementioned site – – again tonight for the first time since my hospital stay, I was surprised to find that the anticipated summer lull in legal action hadn’t been completely gavel-free.  A big site operated by Swedish admins called "The Pirate Bay", menacingly enough, ended up becoming the subject of diplomatic pressure by none other than the Yanks to pull it off the net!  Yep, Uncle Sam tried twisting the arm off the quiet, arctic socialist utopia because – how does that tired old refrain go again?  "The site violates copyright and international law, people’s rights, etc., etc.

Now, leaving aside whether or not the Yanks are in any position to be championing the rights of the individual on the international stage or holding itself up as the nation best-equipped to defend adherence to treaties and international law – whether a country chooses to allow its citizens to trade software using P2P technology seems patently (no pun intended) to be an entirely domestic affair, in which the Americans, despite their farcical digressions on a new world order comprised of a community of nations with due respect for one and other’s laws, borders, etc. would consequently be poking their Pinocchio-esque shnoz.

And they might well be told to bugger off, although they might be numb to such polite, diplomatic tones at this point.

To up the stakes a little on this subject, the Yanks even threatened economic sanctions if they didn’t comply!  Did anyone bother to ask why they were so hell-bent on pursuing the Sweeds because of TPB and not, say, the Chineese government whose communist regime thinks about as much of copyright as Fidel Castro might think of a get well card from George Bush?

It doesn’t bode well for the fall and winter months coming.  Indeed, it’s looking more and more like the establishment (and the movie & music producers with their political lobbyists in tow) are getting themselves positioned to torpedo P2P right out of existence.  And here in Canada, with Prime Minister we’re discovering to our horror is far more right-of-center than any has been in the past 50 or so years (notwithstanding Diefenbaker; the guy who at the urgings of his American cousins was single-handedly responsible for making sure Canada never produced its own fighter planes, so the Americans could always have to sell ’em to us).

How does someone wake up his fellow citizens to the threat the end of P2P poses the Internet and mobilize a political resistance around it? The odd coverage by Terry Milewski, like his piece on CBC this past May is a starting point – maybe.  But surely, not the end.  If it becomes okay to limit how information is shared on the Internet just a little bit, there’s a legal precedent set and it becomes a lot easier to do it again and again; under all kinds of conditions.  Conditions that might shortly thereafter jeopardize privacy and free-speech.  And those of us familiar with the technology don’t have to stretch our imaginations very much to see it coming.

How does one blow this whistle?  The Pirate Bay weathered its storm – the Swedish constitution once again served to protect the little utopia from the greed and unquenchable thirst for power that so epitomizes the Yankee trader.  In Canada, Herr Harper likely doesn’t know or care enough about P2P to jeopardize his desire for closer Canadian ties to the U.S.  And so the government might well get its hands into logging home PCs and scanning packets for traffic that might be piracy or whatever passes for viable means to get probable cause to raid someone’s house for pirated software.  Because we have to make sure those poor, starving movie producers make their money.

God help us…

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Kazaa owners risk jail for alleged violation of Australian court order

15-Dec-05 12:39 pm EST Leave a comment



Kazaa owners risk jail: ZDNet Australia: News: Software

And now the real aim of the recording industry again rears its ugly, unjust head.  As a Christmas present to the innovators oft he Kazaa P2P software, the recording industry seeks to send its owners to jail merely to scare others away from similar innovations in the future.

And as a software developer myself, I’ve half a mind to create my own P2P file sharing program just to spite them.  This is rediculous already….instead of ruining people’s lives to line their own pockets, why can’t the recording industry just adapt naturally, as it’s going to have to do now anyway in order to survive?

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Visual SourceSafe Eclipsed! (Programmer offers sacrifice…)

06-Jul-05 09:55 pm EDT Leave a comment

It’s been a long time coming, yet it took me completely off-guard!  Since pretty much forever, I and almost any other developer I spoke to longed for one set of features or another to be added to Microsoft’s Visual SourceSafe – the leading, integrated code repository and versioning software for Microsoft software development.  However, many of the solutions I’ve heard developers pine for have finally been realized in SourceGear’s "Vault" – and I only just heard about it a couple of weeks ago for the very first time.

No clue how it compares yet with the about-to-be-released Visual Studio 2005.  But then, any comprehensive review will take way more time than I’ve got just now.  Will try to get back to this – and Studio 2k5 soon.

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Nuclear Fusion Hits Desktop

29-Apr-05 05:40 pm EDT Leave a comment

Are we one step closer to "cold" fusion?  A Nature Magazine article doesn’t answer that question directly, but does offer an interesting story about an invention that at least miniaturizes fusion technology, putting many fusion-based applicaitons in reach where they weren’t before…

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15-Apr-05 06:58 pm EDT Leave a comment

Found a removal tool that might help if you’ve been infected with one worm known to cause the aforementioned LSASS.EXE issue:

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Christmas Christening

07-Dec-04 10:46 pm EST Leave a comment

And here’s my test MSN blog.  Prolly use this while travelling to Winnipeg, MB @ Xmas (after Dec. 20/2004).

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