The US Health Care Debate

American politics are so polarized at the moment around the issue of health care that it’s hard to envision a favourable outcome.  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 […]

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On Microsoft and Schadenfreude

The blogosphere is all a-twitter about yesterday’s East Texas court judgment, which previously awarded $290 Million to appropriately-named Canadian patent troll i4i (well, OK, not exactly a troll) and further granted them an injunction preventing Redmond from selling any more copies of Microsoft Word starting in 60 days.  Microsoft, which aggressively patents its own technologies […]

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Rogers Wireless iPhone 3G = FAIL

Have you had problems returning a damaged iPhone to Rogers Wireless?  If so, I’d like to hear about it in the comments. It has been a year since Apple and Rogers Wireless launched the iPhone 3G in Canada.  It was that summer, in 2008, I unloaded my first-generation unlocked iPhone for a legit iPhone 3G […]

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The Yellow Pages: Adapt or die?

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:  The Yellow Pages. Every year, beginning around this time, trucks shunt around cities and visit every household in North America, and indeed […]

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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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