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Politics and its Discontents: We Must Be Luddites

That can be the only possible explanation for the fact that the federal government is breaking its promise to end abuses of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program so that Canadians can have the first opportunity at applying for available jobs.

As reported by the CBC, The federal government has granted an exemption to Microsoft . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: We Must Be Luddites

Montreal Simon: Who’s the Real Immigration Minister Chris Alexander or Jason Kenney?

Ever since he was made a minister I've made it pretty clear what I think of Chris Alexander.How he reminds of the character in The Picture of Dorian Gray.Who after selling his soul to Stephen Harper, morphed from a promising young diplomat into a ghastly Con monster…

But who knew he was so . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Who’s the Real Immigration Minister Chris Alexander or Jason Kenney?

drive-by planet: Sophisticated malware ‘Regin’: Western intelligence suspected source of spy tool

Symantec just recently reported on an advanced malware tool known as Regin or Backdoor.Regin that has  been showing up around the globe. A post that appeared on the company’s blog on Sunday described Regin as  “An advanced spying tool [that] displays a degree of technical competence rarely seen and has been used in spying . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: Sophisticated malware ‘Regin’: Western intelligence suspected source of spy tool

Progressive Proselytizing: Tech on the Side: Microsoft corrects past mistakes

In a world where tech companies are forced to make difficult decisions between mutually exclusive business models, it can be hard to know whether they decided correctly. For instance, did Google make the correct choice to release Android on a less-than-free model (which has been obviously successful), or did they make one of the biggest . . . → Read More: Progressive Proselytizing: Tech on the Side: Microsoft corrects past mistakes

Progressive Proselytizing: Tech on the Side: Business Models vs Capabilities

One of the most fascinating aspect of following technology is not just the speed at which the technologies themselves change. It is that the shifts are so large and so fast that business models need to get changed on the fly. Many of the biggest battles in tech are not battles between products, as . . . → Read More: Progressive Proselytizing: Tech on the Side: Business Models vs Capabilities

cmkl: Anyone still making fax machines? I found a buyer for you

Microsoft. I don’t usually comment on technology stories but this is Onionesque. Surely if Microsoft wants to regain its position as a technology leader/force to be reckoned with/etc etc it should be looking to use its money to buy itself back into relevancy, rather than picking up the only company making less useful stuff than . . . → Read More: cmkl: Anyone still making fax machines? I found a buyer for you

Cowichan Conversations: PM Harper has set up a sophisticated program to read our email and monitor our online activities.

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Good morning folks. I was looking to do some tidying up and editing posts on the left side under News & Opinion from Home and Abroad.

These are items from across the internet that I include because of their interest and relevance.

This story regarding surveillance caught my eye . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: PM Harper has set up a sophisticated program to read our email and monitor our online activities.

Progressive Proselytizing: Windows 8 is a flop, and there is little they could have done differently

The recent release of an IDC report shines a pretty bad light on Microsoft. Windows 8 is selling very poorly with the steepest declines ever in the PC market, and in particular it has entirely failed to gain traction in tablets, with companies like Samsung even pulling their Windows RT products in some places. Especially given . . . → Read More: Progressive Proselytizing: Windows 8 is a flop, and there is little they could have done differently

Progressive Proselytizing: Microsoft’s vacuous new news portal

Microsoft is undoubtedly hoping that its new news portal, to launch concurrently with Windows 8 and be heavily Metro UI based, will revolutionize our consumption of news. Or at least, that it will manage to carve out a nice chunk of the Internet news market for itself, especially given the break up of the long running . . . → Read More: Progressive Proselytizing: Microsoft’s vacuous new news portal

Alberta Diary: Edmonton Journal, Calgary Herald to shed more staff as newspapers struggle to survive

Peering through the fence at the newspaper business in 2012. Canadian newspapers may not be exactly as illustrated. Below: Edmonton Journal editor in chief Lucinda Chodan.

The newspaper industry was officially pronounced a dead man walking on Sunday, July 8, 2012.

The declaration was made by no less an authority than the New . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Edmonton Journal, Calgary Herald to shed more staff as newspapers struggle to survive

The Scott Ross: Liberal Party’s Future, New Apple or Old Microsoft

Tablet computers have been around for years, but it took Steve Jobs to make them popular.

Though the Liberal Party has been around longer than any tablet computer, it shares more than a few similarities with the now ubiquitous device.

The Liberal Party has strong fundamentals and viable market share in a competitive industry, but . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Liberal Party’s Future, New Apple or Old Microsoft

Wise Law Blog: Will Microsoft’s Surface be the Tablet for Lawyers?

Though I’m a long-time Windows user, I’ve certainly done my best over the last couple of years to warm up to Apple’s clearly superior mobile and tablet products.

To be sure, though,  I haven’t quite succeeded.  Subconsciously, I keep asking myself the same nagging question: “Why can’t I do all the stuff on my iPad that . . . → Read More: Wise Law Blog: Will Microsoft’s Surface be the Tablet for Lawyers?

SmartGlass, the universal app that keeps giving

SmartGlass is a new Microsoft technology that allows users of multiple devices tv, Xbox, smartphones etc. to link them together for a universal experience in entertainment. It’s a sophisticated application that allows you to use your phone or tablet as a controlling device for your TV, almost like a remote, but with tons of extra . . . → Read More: SmartGlass, the universal app that keeps giving

DeSmogBlog: Diageo: Liquor giant backs away from science-dissembling Heartland Institute

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The London-based liquor giant Diageo has joined the companies that are criticizing or cutting off the Heartland Institute in protest over its campaigns to confuse people about climate science and to cast prominent climate activists as "murderers, tyrants and madmen."

As Leo Hickman reports in the Guardian, a Diageo spokester . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Diageo: Liquor giant backs away from science-dissembling Heartland Institute

DeSmogBlog: Microsoft Fail: Computer company criticizes Heartland but won’t withhold future support

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Microsoft is finally taking a clearer position denouncing the Heartland Institute's irresponsible position on climate science, but the computer megacorp still won't shut the door on providing Heartland with free software in the future.

In the wake of Heartland's highly offensive advertising campaign, in which Heartland said, flatly, "the most . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Microsoft Fail: Computer company criticizes Heartland but won’t withhold future support

DeSmogBlog: Heartland Billboard: "the most prominent advocates of global warming aren’t scientists; they are murderers, tyrants, and madmen"

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The Heartland Institute's current President, Joe Bast, has launched a billboard campaign denouncing science, scientists, conscientious political activists – and by association EVERYONE else who speaks with concern about climate change – as murderous, tyanical or insane.

Settling on that third descriptor, it's difficult to imagine what kind of crazy person . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Heartland Billboard: "the most prominent advocates of global warming aren’t scientists; they are murderers, tyrants, and madmen"

DeSmogBlog: Heartland Institute Attacks Forecast the Facts, Denies Its Climate Change Denial

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This is a guest post by Daniel Souweine, Campaign Director, Forecast The Facts

On April 24, Heartland Institute President Joe Bast issued an angry missive attacking Forecast the Facts, a new campaign that successfully petitioned automobile giant General Motors to end their financial support of Heartland earlier this month. In . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Heartland Institute Attacks Forecast the Facts, Denies Its Climate Change Denial

350 or bust: Heartland Institute: Funded To Spread Misinformation About Climate Change

The Heartland Institute is a right-wing “think-tank” that describes itself as a “devoted to discovering, developing, and promoting free market solutions to social and economic problems.” However, as DeSmogBlog has recently revealed, Heartland is much more interested in promoting the bottom line of its pro-pollution funders than it is about doing any real “thinking” about . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: Heartland Institute: Funded To Spread Misinformation About Climate Change

DeSmogBlog: Heartland Institute Exposed: Internal Documents Unmask Heart of Climate Denial Machine

Internal Heartland Institute strategy and funding documents obtained by DeSmogBlog expose the heart of the climate denial machine – its current plans, many of its funders, and details that confirm what DeSmogBlog and others have reported for years. The heart of the climate denial machine relies on huge corporate and foundation funding from U.S. businesses . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Heartland Institute Exposed: Internal Documents Unmask Heart of Climate Denial Machine

gay persons of color: Microsoft endorses marriage equality

American multinational computing corporation, Microsoft, headquartered in Redmond, Washington, pushed for gay marriage legislation in the state Thursday via the company’s official blog in which Brad Smith, General Counsel & Executive Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, writes: Today, Microsoft is joining other Northwest employers Concur, Group Health, Nike, RealNetworks and Vulcan Inc. in support . . . → Read More: gay persons of color: Microsoft endorses marriage equality

PoliTeching: Patent That Becomes a Tool for Obstructing Innovation Needs to Go

Software patents have become an unnecessary obstruction to innovation. Company that used to oppose software patent are spending billions to acquire them (including Google). Small time developers (which could include open source and Smart-phones/Tablets Apps developer) are now being targeted. Software patent produces opposite effect of what patents are designed to do – i.e. promote . . . → Read More: PoliTeching: Patent That Becomes a Tool for Obstructing Innovation Needs to Go

Things Are Good: Heat Your Home By Hosting the Internet

As the internet continues its growth it consumes more and more electricity because larger server and data centres are required. Microsoft has come up with a brilliant idea to allow ‘the backbone’ of the internet to continue to grow while helping heat houses and providing a faster internet. Microsoft has released a research paper that […] . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Heat Your Home By Hosting the Internet