Archive for July, 2009

Access Copyright Charging for Public Domain Material

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

If this is how those who give pious lectures about respecting the rights and "property" of their clients act with regard to the rights and property of the rest of us, is it any wonder that many people refuse to respect any of these rights at all?

The NDP on copyright

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

Charlie Angus has an article in the on copyright reform.

The Return of Captain Copyright?

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

Michael Geist notes that the CIPO is Launching another campaign "Promoting Respect for IP Rights". But, as I commented on his post, although respect for the Law is an essential foundation for a safe society, the best way to achieve that respect is by making sure that the Law is both fair and seen to […]

Am I wrong on this?

Monday, July 27th, 2009

Mr Ahmadinejad has a reputation for having a good eye and ear for the popular mood. So doesn't the fact that he appears to be distancing himself from the RG and SL (to whom he may have been considered to be indebted for his victory at this point) perhaps suggest that a good eye sees […]

A Necessary Job Done Badly

Saturday, July 25th, 2009

Claudio Lomnitz and Rafael Sánchez have done a poor job of raising some legitimate concerns about possible anti-semitism in the rhetoric of Chavez. I say "poor job" because, although the problem is real, the article reeks of bias and resorts repeatedly to misinformation, inuendo, and guilt by association. Fortunately many of the commenters call them […]

Stupid 'stupid'

Friday, July 24th, 2009

Obama's retraction is refreshing, but does leave some questions about his willingness to comment on the basis of incomplete information.

Interesting New Twist in Iran

Friday, July 24th, 2009

BBC NEWS | Middle East | Iranian leader 'orders dismissal'

Claiming for Bloglines

Friday, July 24th, 2009

Speak Out On Copyright

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

Speak Out On Copyright is a new forum initiated by Michael Geist to encourage and support responses to the current Canadian consultation process re copyright law revisions.

Getting Smarter

Monday, July 20th, 2009

This article shares some of my own reaction to the "internet is making us dumber" nonsense, as well as commenting on other possible sources of increasing global intelligence.

Economics: What went wrong with economics | The Economist

Friday, July 17th, 2009

Economics: What went wrong with economics | The Economist

More on Religion

Sunday, July 12th, 2009

Just a couple of items which may be interesting but which I haven't yet had time to write about: Review by Simon Blackburn in the Guardian of ' The Case for God' by Karen Armstrong - "eloquent and interresting'" he calls it but points out that "you do not quite get what it says on the […]

Reason vs. Faith?

Monday, July 6th, 2009

Reason vs. Faith: the Battle Continues -

The SAC Double Negative Option

Monday, July 6th, 2009

Howard Knopf doesn't like The SAC Double Negative Option Celestial Jukebox, but I have to quarrel with a number of his reasons. Many of these have to do with defending the existing media levy schemes which unfairly extract funds from people who have no intent of copying copyrighted work and who are provided no option […]

More Mythical Myths

Monday, July 6th, 2009

EXCESS COPYRIGHT: More Myths about Myths about File Sharing

Find broken links on your site with Xenu's Link Sleuth TM

Saturday, July 4th, 2009

Find broken links on your site with Xenu's Link Sleuth TM Links for further reading Wired article: Rotten Links Hamper Learning The study: Broken Links: Just How Rapidly Do Science Education Hyperlinks Go Extinct? Another study: Digital libraries and World Wide Web sites and page persistence