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CRTC fails to protect net neutrality | Friday, November 21st, 2008

Via The National Union of Public and General Employees

In a move that has disappointed many Canadian high-tech leaders and public interest groups, including the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE), the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has announced that it will not force Bell Canada to stop its controversial Internet throttling practices.


The CRTC decision comes in response to a request from the Canadian Association of Internet Providers (CAIP) that Bell stop throttling other Internet service providers that use its network. More than 2,000 Canadians across the country filed letters with the CRTC supporting CAIP’s request.


CAIP has been in limbo since April waiting for the CRTC decision. CAIP argued that Bell’s throttling practices violated telecommunication regulations, gave Bell an unfair market advantage and interfered with Canadians' online privacy.

Well, you know, shit.

Science, Tech and Design panel at the CCA | Thursday, November 20th, 2008

((english / french invitation cards)):


On Saturday, November 29th, please join us for an informal discussion panel bringing together Scientists, Technologists and Designers to weigh in about the current and future influence of each of these disciplines on one another. The Mother-Child Health International Research Network, The World Association of Young Scientists and the Canadian Centre for Architecture invite you to a public conversation on collaboration between these three critically important – and increasingly interdependent - fields of knowledge.

This session will be structured around a series of questions posed to our guest panelists, followed by a discussion and open exchange with the audience.

  • Saturday November 29th, 2008, from 2:30pm until 4:00pm

  • Canadian Centre for Architecture: 1920 rue Baile, Montréal, Québec – Shaughnessy House.
  • Refreshments will be provided.
  • Contact Us for more information.

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Congratulations to our American Neighbours | Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

American Flag

(I never, ever thought I'd post that picture on my blog) ;)

I can only hope that we here in Quebec can come together for change the same way Americans did yesterday, the next time we are presented with such a historic choice.

Inept Customer Service Series | Saturday, November 1st, 2008

This is from an item that I ordered on October 7th:

Late Shipping

Nothing I've ever ordered from the U.S. via USPS had ever taken more than 7 business days from the time I submitted the order until it arrived on my doorstep. It took one week for the company to process the order (all items which were marked "in stock"), nearly one week for USPS to fully ship it... and then it spent ten more days at Canadian customs.

More Mac vs. PC... | Thursday, October 23rd, 2008

mac vs pc

'tis funny 'cause 'tis true! ;)

(((relatedly, anyone far enough from the echo chamber to notice how ridiculously bullshitty their "performance charts" are? No matter that previous Macbooks were, for all intents and purposes, basically unable to run Call of Duty 4 - the "New Macbook" does so 6.2x faster! Last time I checked, 6.2 times zero is still zero. Forget that my two year old Dell still has a better video card than any Macbook Pro on the planet... form over function. Apple really has become the Chrysler of computing.)))

Montreal in the Fall | Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

Here's a quick panorama shot from the top of Mont-Royal, on Sunday. The seams are not quite perfect - I'm still learning hugin. :)

The image itself is quite large, so give it some time to download - 13374x1600 pixels, 8.1 MB.

Panorama of Montreal

Digital representations of reality | Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

Find the least contacted community in the most underdeveloped corner of the world, and you will probably find kids with sticks playing with ants (assuming the area isn't dominated by siafu). The insect's charm is understandable. In ants, we find tiny but industrious creatures that work together to build cities and surmount obstacles far too great for the individual. We enjoy observing and meddling with these miniature societies, because in them we see our own.