The Branch Plant Economy

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.  One example where this really took […]

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Why there’s no Kindle for Canada

Canadians want their Kindle.  The device, which Forrester predicts Amazon will sell 1.8 Million copies of during 2009, is becoming a force in the publishing industry — and may well be Amazon’s iPod.  As an example of its early impact, fully 5% of the early sales for Dan Brown’s latest book were Kindle-downloaded.  Of course, […]

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iPhone Skype for Canada — A workaround

Skype launched an iPhone client this week, everywhere except for Canada.  According to a Skype representative interviewed by Tom Keating, “There are some patent-licensing issues which prevent us from offering it there.”  Translation:  This is a long-term issue.  The representative further went on to state that “it’s codec related.” I’m thinking that might be a […]

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Faux News Offends Canada Again

I must admit that this took a while to get to me since I tend to pay attention to actual news and not racist, homophobic, xenophobic, marginalist neo-con right-wing propaganda, but Greg Gutfeld last week took time out of his busy broadcast schedule to offend Canadians and trivialize the deaths of more than 116 of […]

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Another C-17 incident at Bagram

Last week a US Air Force C-17 transport plane (tail #96-0002) made a dazzling nighttime “wheels up” belly landing at Bagram Air Base in Aghanistan sending sparks and flames higher than the tailplane (which on the C-17 is five stories high).  The crash led to a three-day closure of the airfield for fixed-wing operations, as […]

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Should Canada bail out Nortel?

Om has a piece today written by Venture Capitalist Allan Leinwand asking whether Canada should bail out Nortel.  He asks:  “But is preserving the country’s technological heritage reason enough to spend millions in taxpayers dollars?” I think that the answer to the question is contained within the question.  There is no such thing as technological […]

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