February 2009 Archives

A trademark for 'Netbook'? Who knew?

by Paul Jay, CBCNews.ca

Lately I've been thinking about picking up a "Netbook", something nice and portable to take on road trips or the occasional on site reporting gig. But perhaps I should be careful with what I wish for, or at least what I call it.

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Jesse Brown: Worldwide copyfight heats up down under

By Jesse Brown, CBC technology columnist:

Chalk one up for the copyfight.

An atrocious amendment to New Zealand’s copyright law was slated to go into effect this week: it would have required ISPs to kick users and sites off of the Net based on unproven allegations of copyright infringement. Under the now infamous Section 92A of the New Zealand Copyright Act, major media companies would have had the ability to ban citizens from the Net entirely, leaving users no recourse.

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Alas, that’s not Atlantis, Google says

by Emily Chung, CBCNews.ca

Could it be possible to find the mythic lost city of Atlantis by sifting through Google's sonar images of the ocean?

A British man caused quite a buzz over the weekend by suggesting that he may have found ancient Atlantis using Ocean in Google Earth. The recent upgrade to Google’s “virtual globe” allows people to explore ocean landscapes.

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Jesse Brown: Government strangely closed about open source

By Jesse Brown, CBC technology columnist.

Earlier this month Canadian techies were excited to learn that our federal government was taking a serious look at open source software.

I thought it was a good move too, and was excited to finally do a positive story about our government’s approach to tech. For once we’d be leading the pack, not lagging miserably behind! But I may have gotten excited too soon...

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Is traffic management working?

by Paul Jay, CBCNews.ca

Since it has become a bit lost amid the CRTC's new media hearings, it's probably worth mentioning again that the deadline for submissions to the CRTC's net neutrality hearings is on Feb. 23.

The deadline was extended last week to allow for interested parties to comment on figures from the internet service providers on the volume and nature of traffic on their networks. We'll take a look at many of the arguments once the submissions become publicly available - likely on Feb. 24 - but for now it's worth looking at some of the numbers the ISPs disclosed.

One group of numbers in particular that I suspect opponents of throttling or traffic shaping will take note of is the annual growth in total traffic volume

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Jesse Brown: Last chance to chime in on Net Neutrality

By Jesse Brown, CBC technology columnist.

Monday (Feb.16) is the CRTC's official deadline for public comments about traffic throttling and net neutrality. The comments will inform their hearings this summer, where the CRTC will decide whether or not to allow all manner of network "management".

If you care about this, say so now.

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Student inventors win and cash in with medical monitor, bike trailer

by Emily Chung, CBCNews.ca.

$20,000 isn’t your average science fair prize, but it is within the reach of students who come up with the right invention and enter it in the right student competition nowadays.

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Jesse Brown: Ethical hacker sniffs passport tags in driveby

By Jesse Brown, CBC technology columnist.

A few months back I reported on security problems with RFID chips, the radio scannable tech embedded in next-generation Enhanced Driver's Licences. EDLs are in use in B.C. and set to hit Ontario en masse this summer. The problem was that sensitive info could theoretically be "sniffed" by anyone with a cheap RFID scanner.

Well, it's no longer theoretical.

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Expand your life experience, shrink your income with IBM

By Tracy Johnson, senior producer and business reporter for CBC Radio.

International Business Machines Corp. (IBM) has been quietly laying off thousands of workers in Canada and the U.S., and has come up with some interesting options for employees who have been cut loose.

Such as a move to India.

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NASA, Google team to train future futurists

by Paul Jay, CBCNews.ca.

A who's-who of futurists and science and technology heavyweights are teaming up to start what they are calling the Singularity University.

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A really, really, cheap laptop

by Paul Jay, CBCNews.ca. Just how low can a low-cost laptop cost? The tech world was abuzz Monday morning with word that India would be introducing its own home-grown low-cost laptop for an unheard of price: 500 rupees, or about $10 US or $12.70 Cdn.

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