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Fight For Competitive Broadband in Canada!

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We hope that you will consider supporting and participating in this campaign. We believe that if the CRTC decision to allow Bell and Telus to decide whether or not to provide competitor access to broadband is not changed, prices for broadband and other next generation telecom services to all customers will spiral upwards, innovation and service will suffer, and business customers will have little or no power to protect their interests. Show Your Support!

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September 26, 2009 at 10:38 pm

NanoSolar Readies For Full Production

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Solar panels produced like printing newspapers.

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September 16, 2009 at 6:53 pm

ULTra Transportation System

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August 20, 2009 at 12:17 pm

$2000 Battery Can Power House for One Day

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Popular Mechanics: Without a way to store their power, no number of solar panels will free a home from the electrical grid. Researchers at Utah-based Ceramatec have developed a new battery that can be scaled up to store 20 kilowatt-hours—enough to power an average home for most of a day. An easy sell for solar users, but it could also allow the grid-bound to stockpile energy during less expensive off-peak hours.

The new battery runs on sodium-sulfur—a composition that typically operates at greater than 600 F. “Sodium-sulfur is more energetic than lead-acid, so if you can somehow get it to a lower temperature, it would be valuable for residential use, Ralph Brodd, an independent energy conversion consultant, says.

Ceramatec’s new battery runs at less than 200 F. The secret is a thin ceramic membrane that is sandwiched between the sodium and sulfur. Only positive sodium ions can pass through, leaving electrons to create a useful electrical current. Ceramatec says that batteries will be ready for market testing in 2011, and will sell for about $2000.

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August 2, 2009 at 12:53 am

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Wii Remote Used To Control 15 Ton Grapple. Cool.

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July 10, 2009 at 3:03 pm

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HTC Hero. The True iPhone Killer

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June 28, 2009 at 10:13 am

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Solar Solutions Coming Online. Fast!

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June 3, 2009 at 8:05 am

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Wolfram Alpha. World’s First Knowledge Engine.

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Wolfram Alpha is launching in May 2009.

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May 1, 2009 at 2:03 pm

The Pirate Bay Fight IS NOT About Movies, Music and TV Shows or Even Money. It’s About CONTROL!

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  • You can LEGALLY record songs on the radio and Internet for free.
  • You can LEGALLY record and watch television shows in the CANADA and US for FREE.
  • Movies are popular for about 60 days then they spend the next 10 months collecting dust on the selves at WalMart until they end up in the 2/$10 or less bin.

The recording companies and networks’ arguments for copyright do not ring true. Their fight is NOT about protecting the quality and integrity of the original works nor is it to ensure the ORIGINAL CREATOR is properly compensated because neither is the case.

It IS about control of virtually every single bit of information and entertainment. Their current argument could easily be made for news and information shows, educational shows and documentaries.

So some day down the road a big news company, oh I don’t know say Fox or CTVglobemedia decide that their news and information is SOOOO valuable that they are going to pursue every single users who “shares” snippets or links to their content. Using this ruling as a precedent they could win their argument. It would also put them out of business.

This is probably the first time in human history that the large corporations and monopolies do not have ultimate control of what is is available and when or where and to whom it’s available. Without the monopoly of distribution their business model falls to pieces .

So instead of changing their business models and competing with the marketplace they continually seek legislative means to take back control of the marketplace with things like the DMCA and the ACTA.

The bigger fight IS NOT about movies, music and television shows. It’s SIMPLY about control of THE MARKETS. ANY MARKETS. HOWEVER THOSE MARKETS MAY EVOLVE without having to COMPETE.

I have NO problem compensating the ORIGINAL creators for the works. However compensating the like of SONY and Paramount to fund their extortion racks is something entirely different.

Let’s hope the boys in Sweden finally get this discussion going in the right direction with EVERYONE involved. NOT just the privileged few.

Open Letter to President “CHANGE” Obama. RE: A.C.T.A. Talks

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Why does the Obama administration insist on not making the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement discussions public?

actatopsecretWhile most would understand that there is a modest requirement for security, it seems rather unlikely that given the broad range of private corporations and lobbyists that have been given a privileged seat at the table that the security reasons the President gives for not making the discussions public seems weak at best and at the worst contravene the basic tenets of the Freedom of Information Act.

As a Canadian and a graphic designer who creates and manages creative projects I have a better understanding of the issues facing copyright and the need to reform legislation to meet the needs of the 21st century. The reform however should NOT be taking place behind closed doors and without the FULL participation of public stakeholders.

I believe like most that the issues of counterfeiting with respect to products and goods we consume and use is a very serious matter. But its a matter separate from the issue of copyright. The two issues are mutually exclusive and should be addresses by separate legislative initiatives.

I strong urge the President elected solely on the platform of CHANGE to abandon the PRIVATE A.C.T.A. talks and begin a new and open process that includes public stakeholders BEFORE the “treaty” is signed.

I believe that any “treaty” that has such a massive impact on the rights and freedoms of few citizens all over the world most not be decided in secret by most of the corporations and lobbyists who’s actions have so greatly contributed to the current and deepening economic crisis the world is dealing with.

I know this email is unlikely to be seen by your eyes but I do hope with all my heart that the person reading this message has the courage and strength to, at the very least, raise the important issue of FULL public disclosure and participation in the very important issues of copyright and fair-use in the day and age of a READ/WRITE, web-driven society that is finally accessible on virtually all levels because individuals can and do share thoughts, ideas and yes media.

It’s too bad the leaders of the free world do not put as much “secret” energy into building strong and accessible social infrastructures as they seem to do to protect the so-called “intellectual property” of large multi-national corporations at a time when these corporations are allowed to grow to enormous size and more importantly influence in too many segments of our civilizations.

Take General Electric for example, given the MASSIVE extent that G.E. controls a large piece of almost every MAJOR segment of the US entertainment/content economy it’s hard to believe that the President can not see that not allowing public participation in the A.C.T.A. discussions is simply creating the same “too big to fail” scenarios for MEGA corporation like G.E. but this time the impact will be with human knowledge and access to it. It has been said that the new North American economy will be built on a knowledge economy so it should be no mystery why these global corporations and their lobbyists want so much of the A.C.T.A. to be completed in private.

  • GE Capital, GE Technology Infrastructure, GE Energy Infrastructure, GE Energy, NBC Universal, GE Consumer & Industrial
  • NBC Universal (NBC merged with non-music entertainment assets of Vivendi Universal – GE has 80% controlling share)
  • NBC – National Broadcasting Company
  • NBC Network Television stations (10)
  • NBC Entertainment
  • NBC News
  • NBC Sports
  • NBC Studios
  • NBC Universal Sports & Olympics
  • NBC Universal Television
    (Media Studios, Television Distribution, International Television)
  • NBC Universal Digital Media
  • NBC Universal Cable
  • A&E Television Networks (23 – include CNBC co-owned with The Dow Jones and MSNBC co-owned with Microsoft)
  • Significant ownership in Paramount Pictures, DreamWorks (Viacom), MGM and 20th Century Fox Film Corporation;
  • TiVo¹
  • Universal Studios (co-owned with Vivendi)
  • Universal Pictures (Focus Features, Rogue Pictures, Working Title Films)
  • Universal Studios Licensing, Universal Animation Studios, Interactive, Pictures International, Home Entertainment, Home Entertainment Productions
  • United International Pictures (co-owned with Paramount Pictures/Viacom);
  • Universal Parks & Resorts

It is equally disappointing that even as the very corporations and lobbyists that have contributed so much to our current economic crisis and the ongoing pain and hardships of MILLIONS of North Americans are only ones invited to participate in a treaty that is likely to decide who has the right to access, distribute and rework human knowledge for the next century.

I do HOPE that President CHANGE – CHANGES his mind and allow the citizens of his nation to fully and equally participate in the A.C.T.A. discussions and the crafting of this very important “treaty”.

Contact the President and demand a public and open seat the A.C.T.A. table!

Whitehouse Contact numbers:
Comments: 202-456-1111
TTY/TDD Comments: 202-456-6213

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March 16, 2009 at 8:55 am