Category Archives: Opinions

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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From #NotW in the GMT morning to #UBB in the EDT afternoon — an example of devoted journalism

I’ve just been catching up on my Twitter account’s updates for today, where possibly the only non-tech person I follow, a politics journalist from the CBC called Kady O’Malley (@kady and @anotherkady) is still tweeting after 15 hours. She started … Continue reading

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Canada Post Labor Dispute — Resolved?

I’ve been watching the Canada Post labor dispute from afar over Twitter and saw the back-to-work bill pass on third reading. Does that mean the dispute is over? I don’t think so…

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