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"
It was a year that began with such promise.Â Having elected an African-American democrat, America seemed to be shrugging off eight full years of its most oppressive, incompetent, and deceitful government of the modern era and was moving boldly into a new political and social revolution anchored by hope.Â There remained the promise that from […]Read more "2009: The Year of the Hypocrite"
American politics are so polarized at the moment around the issue of health care that it’s hard to envision a favourable outcome. Â I would define a favourable outcome as a more cost-efficient system that guarantees coverage for all American citizens and provides non-elective treatment for free — or, at least, on a co-pay basis that […]Read more "The US Health Care Debate"
Statistics lauding the growth of the Internet in China have become so commonplace as to inspire yawns, despite breathless press reports of hundreds of millions of Chinese going online and signing up for the ‘net.Â With the Chinese Government declaring that their internet population surpassed the US last year, it would seem that the real […]Read more "The Open Debate on Chinese Internet Proliferation"
When I was a child growing up in the suburbs of Vancouver, we conducted regular drills to rehearse for what we believed was the inevitability of a nuclear assault at the hands of an evil Communist empire half a world away.Â This was the height of the cold war, and as our air raid siren’s […]Read more "MSFT vs GOOG: The New Cold War?"
Ã¢â‚¬Å“The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing.Ã¢â‚¬ÂÂ – Archilochus Which one are you?Â The ancient parable of the fox and the hedgehog has come into increasing view in popular culture lately.Â And while its origins are somewhat ambiguous, the allegory has been applied to entrepreneurs, scientists, philosophers, playwrights, business leaders, […]Read more "The Fox and the Hedgehog: Which one are you?"
Skype launched an iPhone client this week, everywhere except for Canada.Â According to a Skype representative interviewed by Tom Keating, “There are some patent-licensing issues which prevent us from offering it there.”Â Translation:Â This is a long-term issue.Â The representative further went on to state that “it’s codec related.” I’m thinking that might be a […]Read more "iPhone Skype for Canada — A workaround"
While there is much kvetching and hand-wringing of late regarding impending demise of the dead-tree business (sic) that is the newspaper industry, there is another dead-tree business that is descending quickly toward irrelevance:Â The Yellow Pages. Every year, beginning around this time, trucks shunt around cities and visit every household in North America, and indeed […]Read more "The Yellow Pages: Adapt or die?"
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).Â The crash led to a three-day closure of the airfield for fixed-wing operations, as […]Read more "Another C-17 incident at Bagram"