Archive for August, 2007

Probability of Occurring by Chance

Tuesday, August 14th, 2007

In this post at squareCircleZ, Professor Bruce Armstrong from the Sydney Cancer Centre at the University of Sydney is quoted as saying "The probability the that increase is due simply to chance is about one in a million so we are looking at something that is almost certainly a real increase in risk". But this […]

Leaning Tower Illusion

Sunday, August 12th, 2007

My friend Gerry Pareja forwarded a link to this story from 'Improbable Research' about the first prize winner in the Neural Correlate Society's 2007 Illusion of the Year contest. The image certainly is pretty cool. But to test the explanation I tried covering each image in turn and the effect was still there! I wondered […]

Basskin Misrepresents Media Levy

Friday, August 10th, 2007

David Basskin, Director of the CanadianPrivate Copying Collective, has written a letter to the Star in response to Michael Geist's earlier comments about the media levy and its prospects of its being extended to mp3 players and perhaps even computer hard drives. Basskin says "The private copying levy is an important source of revenue for […]

Bad Law

Friday, August 3rd, 2007

The peace and wellbeing of society is harmed by laws whose perceived unfairness or unenforceability reduces public respect for the law. In a large body of legislation it is hard to avoid parts which will appear unfair to some, but it is foolish to unnecessarily enact provisions whose manifest unfairness will be frequently imposed on […]

Media Company Thieves Coming Back For More

Thursday, August 2nd, 2007

In TheStar.com - entertainment - Tax on MP3 players may return, David Basskin, director of the Canadian Private Copying Collective, is quoted as saying: "When you have bought a CD, you don't own the music – you own the copy of the music that you've purchased," he says. "You're not buying the rights to make […]

Big Guns Join Fight Against Illegal Copyright Notices

Wednesday, August 1st, 2007

Michael Geist brings some good news in - Complaint Filed With FTC Over Copyright Notices. But it is a bit sad that it is only with the support of big businesses that there is any hope of defending public access rights. If there were no major segment of the economy interested in protecting these rights […]

AlterNet: Environment: Exposed: The Truth Behind Popular Carbon Offsetting Schemes

Wednesday, August 1st, 2007

AlterNet: Environment: Exposed: The Truth Behind Popular Carbon Offsetting Schemes