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Introductions / Anything new happening around here?
September 09, 2013, 04:16:45 PM
Or is it the same old place?
Well, if you've a Playbook, you can.


You still can't have messenger, or an email client, but you can fire up Commander Keen and toast some Vorticons.
On September 29th, 2011 the recently re-elected Conservative Government reintroduced the Copyright Modernization Act, Bill C-11 (previously Bill C-32). Given that the Conservatives now hold the majority of seats in the House, the quick and easy passage of this 'Made In America' legislation is no more a matter of 'will it pass' but a matter of 'just how quickly will it pass.'

Heritage Minister James Moore has indicated that once Bill C-11 reaches the committee stage, witnesses who appeared before the old C-32 committee will not be heard from again. This despite that fact that there is a new Industry Minister on this portfolio. This move coupled by Moore's confirmation that the committee will be meeting for extended hours each week and the fact that appeasing the United States has emerged as a bigger Conservative priority than making good on their promise to scrap the wasteful long gun registry.

Although Bill C-11 appears to be more flexible than the previous attempts at copyright reform, this bill is flawed to its core by the inclusion of strict, anti-circumvention provisions. Understandably, Canadians are concerned at how easily their rights are trumped by the overriding protection for digital locks included in this legislation and it is to this effect that the CCER has updated its online letter writing tool. It is essential that Canadians speak out about their concerns with Bill C-11 while it is still open to amendments.

There is more there...

This one is nearly identical to the one that died on the floor when the election was called. It includes things like making the download of some electronic format educational materials illegal...even from universities and other scholastic operations. Want to record that movie onto your PVR and watch it later? Not if the broadcaster flags it, you won't. You'll record only what they allow you to. Kind of defeats the purpose of a PVR, doesn't it?

Anyway, this is going to pass. With a majority gov't, it can't not. Expect this to be law by the end of the year. Why the rush? Who knows...it's certainly odd. How odd? Very. More here on just how odd:

The federal government wants to push through it's "copyright modernization act" before the end of the year, but one critic asks what the rush is all about, especially when there are five copyright cases scheduled to come before the Supreme Court of Canada in the first week of December that could be related to current aspects of the act.

"There will be five cases heard in two days on Dec. 6 and 7, which is absolutely unprecedented in Canada," says Howard Knopf, counsel with Ottawa's Moffat & Co./Macera & Jarzyna LLP.

Especially interesting is the Wikileaks revelations that our venerable former Minister of Industry, Maxime Bernier, offered to 'leak' the bill to the USA prior to being tabled. Nice of the US to be dicating what Canadian copyright law should be, isn't it? This law will be about as Canadian as the New York Yankees.

Here's the official version of the bill: http://www.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?Docid=5144516&file=4
Here's an easier to read version of the bill: http://canadacopyrightlaw.com/doc/bill_c-11
And with the amendments consolidated: http://canadacopyrightlaw.com/doc/canadacopyrightact_consolidated_with_bill_c-11
A while back, I'd posted something in the Simmonds thread about how people will let you down every time.

Perusing the news sites this morning, I find lots of evidence backing that up.

Some examples:

2 year old hit by a vehicle...and 18 people walk right past her, as she lies there in the street:

Child abuse has reached epidemic proportions in the USA:

3 mentally disabled adults kept chained in basement:

This isn't just 'one off' problems. This is society going down the toilet. Is it really all about money now? Is that all anyone cares about?

Bah...no wonder Belak checked out. This planet sucks.
Non-Hockey Chatter / Blackberry Media Player
September 29, 2011, 02:32:37 PM
Anyone know of a decent media player for the Blackberry?

I'm tired of not being able to scroll through my media, and when I find a song I like, queue it up to be played next. Like a dynamic playlist. The default one bites.

I jump around a lot with my musical tastes, and it's awkward to create playlists that encompass my diverse tastes. I'd like to have the ability to do so on the fly. I don't care about downloading song info from the web, or album covers, or any of that...I just want a versatile media player.

Any recommendations?
For years I've been using Daemon Tools, but the past few versions seem to have been a hassle to get installed, and has given me a few headaches, so I'm looking for alternatives.

It's primary use will be the virtual drive function, as I frequently have mutliple ISO's mounted.

Any recommendations?

It's corporate attitudes like this take make me glad I don't own a PS3.
Non-Hockey Chatter / RIP Cliff Robertson
September 11, 2011, 02:06:01 AM
General NHL News & Views / Avery: BUSTED.
August 08, 2011, 12:10:53 PM
Didn't see this elsewhere...


Out on $20K bail for assaulting a police officer.

Whatta guy...
Non-Hockey Chatter / Missing Friends
July 19, 2011, 12:25:17 PM
The Sakura thread got me thinking about missing friends....

Anyone heard from Mr.T?