The following is my letter to Jack Harris, the NDP‘s Defence Critic, regarding what I fear is the pending confirmation of the purchase of the F-35 Lightning II by Canada’s government. This after I recently read a staggeringly overstated defense of the aircraft by its manufacturer, Lockheed-Martin. Hi Jack; While I think our current […]Read more "Punt the F-35, Protect Canada’s Soldiers Now"
The breakup of the Bell System, and the shifting tides in our approach to the regulation of communications in the US, was likely the single-most important precursor to the growth of the Consumer Internet. Without these, consumers would never have been able to purchase dial-up modems from computer manufacturers, would never have connected to ISPs, […]Read more "How To Bomb Big Cable"
Apple Now Has $121.3 Billion In Cash according to TechCrunch. Here are some creative things they could do with that horde (but likely won’t) that would still be fun to imagine. Field the world’s most powerful Air-to-Air Fighting Force At $150M fly-away cost, Apple could buy 550 F-22 Raptor airplanes, fund their operations (calculated at […]Read more "Apple’s Massive Cash Glut"
11 years ago… I woke up to my good friend Greg Lensch frantically calling me at 5:45AM, aware that I was supposed to be flying from Newark to San Francisco on that clear blue September Tuesday morning. Instead he found me slumbering in San Francisco having changed my plans. Together (by phone) we watched the towers crumble […]Read more "Nine One One"
This post originally appears at ProfitGuide.com. To technology entrepreneurs, the 2012 federal budget, tabled in May, is conspicuous in not meddling with the Scientific Research and Experimental Development rebate program (SR&ED). This despite numerous signals sent by the federal Conservatives throughout 2011 that, in their view, SR&ED is the object of rampant abuse and in […]Read more "Ottawa’s Covert War on SR&ED"
So goes the maxim, as oft attributed to Mark Twain as to Abraham Lincoln: “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt”. Twitter is, for so many of us (yours truly included) the loudspeaker for a great deal of idiocy. Â It’s also a permanent archive. Â The […]Read more "Racism and the NHL"
This article was originally published @ TechVibes. The term Branch Plant Economy is not a new one, and gained specific relevance for Canada in the early 20th Century, when US Companies began to build factories in Canada to circumvent pricey tariffs on importing their wares to the Canadian market. Â One example where this really took […]Read more "The Branch Plant Economy"
Why is it that every time a politician feels themselves sagging in the polls, they invoke some improbable, obviously impossible, pipe dream about the space program? Â This pantomime is almost invariably played out in front of a NASA audience in Cape Canaveral, involves some completely ludicrous timeframe, and involved rockets. Â Americans, apparently, love them some […]Read more "To The Moon, Alice"
** This post originally appeared on TechVibes. Â Go read it there. I have a spotty track record for timing on predictions, but that doesn’t stop me from making them. Â Having studied the influence of technology and media on societies, and having worked in the technology business now for almost 24 years, starting at 17 as […]Read more "Ten Tech Industry Predictions for 2012"
In 2008, PavCo, a crown corporation taxed with operating Vancouver’s 55,000 seat BC Place Stadium, announced a $150M renovation which would include the replacement of BC Place’s inflatable roof with a retractable cloth roof. This was likely their way of addressing the rather dramatic deflation of that facility in the winter of 2007, when the […]Read more "Vancouver’s new (old) stadium is a broken, expensive eyesore"