Category Archives: Opinions

Re: E-mail

The Globe&Mail dedicated half a page of the Report on Business section to managing your inbox today. People who work with me know that if you want to get ahold of me quickly, E-mail is not the way to go … Continue reading

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Is Open Source software security falling apart?

There have been a number of well-publicized security flaws in open source software lately — the most well-publicized of course being the OpenSSL Heartbleed bug1. Then there’s the demise of Truecrypt, recent bugs in GnuTLS and recent bugs in the … Continue reading

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Perl: Practical or Pathologically Eclectic? Both?

There are two canonical acronyms for Perl: “Practical Extraction and Report Language” and “Pathologically Eclectic Rubbish Lister”. Arguably, Perl can be both.

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A few thoughts on BitCoin

Mindmap of a few thoughts on BitCoin I’d meant to turn into prose (still might)

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Why #fixthathouse?

Those of you who follow me on Twitter might wonder why, all of a sudden, I started tweeting assertions with the #fixthathouse hashtag. The reason is simple, CBC The House made me do it.

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Common nonsense: the charter of Quebec Values

Four of these need not apply for a government job in Quebec if the new PQ charter of values becomes law. Can you pick the one that might still get the job?

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Opening a support ticket with Microsoft (or: how not to support your customers)

I had to open a support ticket with Microsoft today: I found a bug in the TCP/IP stack of Windows Embedded Compact 7 that I wanted them to know about (and to fix). I also wanted to know when it … Continue reading

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The underestimated legacy of Dennis Ritchie

Dennis Ritchie is the inventor of the C programming language, which is the ancestor of a whole family of programming languages that includes C++, Java and C# — probably the three most popular programming languages today — as well as … Continue reading

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Making the enabling of online copyright infringement itself an infringement of copyright

Bill C-11 amends the Copyright Act in several different ways. One of the states purposes of those amendments is to “make the enabling of online copyright infringement itself an infringement of copyright”. While I can understand that this adds significant … Continue reading

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Harper government reintroduces toughened online copyright law

In the Vancouver Sun: bill C-32 from last session has been re-introduced (probably with some modification — I haven’t had a chance to read the bill yet) and is far more likely to pass, now that there’s a conservative majority … Continue reading

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