Archive for the ‘News’ Category

“Some sort of ‘nano-technology’”

May 8th, 2007 at 11:07 am
Canadian 25 Cent Poppy Coin

I remember a while back when this story first came out. It seems to be making the rounds again. Too freaking funny.

One contractor marvelled that the coin didnt seem to have a power source, but was filled with some sort of “nano-technology.”

Another wondered how those things got into his pockets after he had put his loose change in a secure plastic bag.

“And you wonder why our war effort isnt going too well,” said John Pike, a security and military analyst at GlobalSecurity.org.

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Branson offers $25M prize to fight climate change

February 9th, 2007 at 3:26 pm

British airline tycoon Richard Branson announced a $25-million prize for the first person or group to find a way to remove billions of tonnes of greenhouse gases from the atmosphere…
The contest, called the Virgin Earth Challenge, will be open for five years, with a panel of judges including Branson and Gore evaluating submissions.

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Hey Ralph, can I get me some?

February 2nd, 2006 at 7:49 pm

Ralph Klein

A Brantford, Ont., man who says he has never worked or lived in Alberta received a cheque from the Alberta government as part of its prosperity payout.

Brian Clegg also says he won’t cash the $400 cheque, which he received in the mail on Wednesday, but will hold onto it as a keepsake.

The Canadian Taxpayers’ Federation says it’s another reason Albertans would have been better off with a tax cut than the rebate, nicknamed Ralphbucks after Premier Ralph Klein.

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Best CBC Headline of the Month: Jujitsu moves foil teenager’s attackers

January 31st, 2006 at 2:28 pm

Two would-be robbers tried to mess with the wrong girl in Nova Scotia… However, the teenager, fully trained in the 2,500-year-old martial art of jujitsu, used a defensive technique to punch one of the men in the face, knocking him to the ground. When the second man came at her, she kicked him in the groin and punched him in the shoulder.

Both men ran away – without the knapsack.

There is nothing I could possibly say to make this story more awesome.

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Investigation highlights security concerns at Canadian airports

November 9th, 2005 at 3:03 pm

A special undercover investigation by the CBC… has exposed major problems with security at some of Canada’s airports…

“It’s what I call the illusion of security,” says a passenger screener.

The Fifth Estate‘s program on airport security airs Wed. (Nov. 9th) at 9 p.m. on CBC.

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“Wyrd Sisters” cannot stop Harry Potter

November 5th, 2005 at 2:24 pm

An Ontario judge has dismissed a motion by a Winnipeg band that would have blocked the release of the new Harry Potter movie in Canada.

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Google Personalized Homepage goes International

November 3rd, 2005 at 10:03 am

A Canadian google-developer writes on the google blog: “today we expanded the personalized homepage to 16 new regions: Australia, Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Netherlands, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, UK, and ahem, Canada.”

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Media coverage of the Canadian DMCA-like copyright legistlation

June 21st, 2005 at 12:10 pm

University of Ottawa Law professor Michael Geist has been covering the Canadian government’s path towards a DMCA-like copyright legistlation pretty thoroughly. Below is an excerpt from one of his recent postings…

Most telling, however, was the appearance of Canadian Heritage Minister Liza Frulla. The Minister picked her photo-op to discuss the bill. She didn’t pick a library or a school or a university lab or the National Arts Centre or any other place that would tie copyright to the concerns of Canadians. No, she did her interview from an HMV, the foreign-owned record store. That is the proverbial picture telling a thousand words about Bill C-60.

Ouch.

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CBC announces new podcasts…

June 14th, 2005 at 2:06 pm

I’m not sure if the show is all that interesting, I can’t recall the last time I heard it, but nevertheless, CBC’s Metro Morning will be podcasting ‘a package of the show’s top stories’ every weekday.

TORONTO – Highlights from CBC Radio’s Metro Morning are now available online for fans of the show who want to download interviews and listen to them at their leisure.

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What’s in a name?

June 8th, 2005 at 3:03 pm

So this is the second time I’ve read a clarification posting that Newsgator, the RSS agregation company, is not, in fact, the reviled spyware company ‘Gator’. Apparently people don’t seem to get that just because a business name contains, in part, the name of another business, they’re not actually the same business. Shocking.

From Nick Bradbury’s blog posting:

Shortly after I announced that NewsGator had acquired my company, I started seeing comments from people wondering whether NewsGator was related to the “Gator” spyware company (now known as “Claria”). The answer, of course, is NO (you don’t really think I’d join a spyware company, do you?).

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