Friday, January 25, 2008

What happened on Friday January 25th?

Where's the mouse, Rascal likes to attack the curser.Where's the mouse?

Feast One Hundred & Seventy Seven , for Friday, January 25th, 2008

How many times per day do you usually laugh?
Not sure right now, I guess a couple of times. I know today I've laughed at least 3 times so far. Maybe soon I will laugh more.

What do your sunglasses look like?
They are clipons that go onto my Progressive lenses, yea I'm getting old!

You win a free trip to anywhere on your continent, but you have to travel by train. Where do you go?
I want to go fishing on the very tip of the Baja Peninsula at Cabo San Lucas . I don't know if you can get there by train but I sure hope you can.

Main Course
Name one thing you consider a great quality about living in your town/city.
The people for the most part are still nice to each other.

If the sky could be another color, what color do you think would look best?
A shade of pale green would be nice.

Monday, January 21, 2008

From Boing Boing Jan 21/08

Canadian Privacy Commissioner rejects DRM: don't give spyware legal protection!

Posted by Cory Doctorow, January 20, 2008 10:04 PM

Jennifer Stoddart, the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, has published an open letter to Industry Minister Jim Prentice, who has been working behind the scenes to resurrect his disaster of a copyright bill, which will import the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act to Canada. The DMCA has been a total failure, resulting in nearly 30,000 lawsuits against music fans, massive anti-competitive effects, and despite all that, no discernable decrease in unauthorised copying.
At issue in Stoddart's letter is the idea of protecting "Digital Rights Management" anti-copying and use-control systems in law. These systems frequently spy on users and then "phone home" with detailed information about your activities. The Privacy Commissioner is understandably alarmed at the prospect of changing Canadian law to make it illegal to tamper with this spyware:
If DRM technologies only controlled copying and use of content, our Office would have few concerns. However, DRM technologies can also collect detailed personal information from users, who often do no more than access the content on a computer. This information is transmitted back to the copyright owner or content provider, without the consent or knowledge of the user. Although the means exist to circumvent these technologies and thus prevent the collection of this information, previous proposals to amend the Copyright Act contained anti-circumvention provisions.
Technologies that report back to a company about the use of a product reveal a great deal about an individual’s tastes and preferences. Indeed, such information can be extremely personal. Technologies that automatically collect personal information about individuals without their knowledge or consent violate the fair information principles that are central to PIPEDA and most other privacy legislation. That this occurs when individuals are engaged in a private activity in their homes or other places where they have a high expectation of privacy exacerbates the intrusiveness of the collection.

Link (via Ars Technica)

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

What happened on Tuesday January 1st?

This is my neighbours house, they do it to raise money for sick kids hospital, can you believe we even have tour buses come to our street!DSCF0111

Welcome to 2008, Happy New Year ... may it be the best for all of you and your loved ones. Keep well in the coming year and I wish you all that you can handle. Stay well!!
Hore Frost, on Boxing Day 2007 (that Dec 26th to you guys south of the border)