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Error! Printer’s Broke: Must be the Internet!

My print­er is bro­ken!  It must be the Inter­net! Call them quick!

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I’ve owned ISPs.  I’ve worked at ISPs.  I’ve con­sult­ed for ISPs.  I’ve con­sult­ed for peo­ple who are unhap­py with their ISP. I’m going to make … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Cops, Videos, Privacy: My comments.

The police have a lot of pow­er: they decide who to pur­sue, who to arrest and who to charge.  At that point, it becomes a mat­ter for the courts (most of the time — cops as judge and jury is … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Software Patents: Innovation Disincentive

There’s an idea in report­ing that to be “fair” to a top­ic, one must “bal­ance” one view with equal time and empha­sis for the oppos­ing view.  You will not see that here, dear read­er, as I have said that unbi­ased … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Canada Post: Lack of Tracking Embarrasing

I like new toys.  Who doesn’t.  Most couri­er ser­vices offer online track­ing to reduce the load on their call cen­ters, but it also adds val­ue.  I might not call sev­er­al times a day to watch the progress of my new … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Reading Spam: Where are the Normal People

This blog has not yet been in exis­tence for two weeks and I’m writ­ing my sec­ond post about spam.  The phe­nom­e­non of spam is just amaz­ing (like a train wreck) to watch.
Cur­rent­ly, the char­ac­ter of spam that I’m see­ing is … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Futility of Traffic Tickets and the Internet

The major­i­ty of traf­fic tick­ets giv­en in Toron­to are exer­cis­es in futil­i­ty and tax­a­tion.  Toron­to has made a name for itself as the city with the most speed traps in North Amer­i­ca.  The major­i­ty of these aren’t out to pro­tect … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Server downtime: Eventually We will not Require Hardware

I’m not being entire­ly glib and I’m not talk­ing about cloud com­put­ing.  I’m not the first per­son to have said this, but I have repeat­ed it often: The end goal of the soft­ware engi­neer is to elim­i­nate the require­ment for … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Who’s Right? My Copyright Rant

Being a math­e­mati­cian at heart, I tend to return to first prin­ci­ples to resolve an issue.  To talk about the mod­ern mess that is copy­right and/or intel­lec­tu­al prop­er­ty, we’re going to con­sid­er the pur­vey­ors of this mess: cor­po­ra­tions.  Why is … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Voldemort is not Creepy

This post start­ed as a din­ner table con­ver­sa­tion.  I don’t find Volde­mort creepy.  He’s ugly, evil, mani­a­cal, and nasty, but just not creepy.  My wife argued that he’s creepy because he has no nose.  This point actu­al­ly stemmed from my … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Spam free crap, really?

I get the eco­nom­ics of spam.  I com­mon­ly con­fig­ure FreeB­SD sys­tems to route pack­ets or serve as VoIP switch­es.  One com­put­er pro­grammed to exam­ine and route bil­lions of tiny lit­tle pack­ets each day.  Rout­ing bil­lions of pack­ets or 100’s of … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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