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"
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.Â Microsoft, which aggressively patents its own technologies […]Read more "On Microsoft and Schadenfreude"
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"
Have you had problems returning a damaged iPhone to Rogers Wireless?Â 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.Â It was that summer, in 2008, I unloaded my first-generation unlocked iPhone for a legit iPhone 3G […]Read more "Rogers Wireless iPhone 3G = FAIL"
It’s such common wisdom to say that your team gets you into the playoffs but your goalie gets you to the final that the phrase has become a hackneyed cliche. But there’s a new cliche in town:Â One lesson is starting to become clear in the new NHL is that you’ve got to build it, […]Read more "NHL goalie salaries and playoff impact"
Once man’s recipe to salvage the Vancouver Canucks’ chances at a playoff run in 2009/2010Read more "The Armchair GM’s Rx for the #Canucks in 2009/2010"
Since the 1970s, Vancouver hockey fans have endured a club that has been roller-coaster at best and horrifyingly bad at its worst, often never making the playoffs and even more often getting drubbed in the first or second rounds by clearly superior teams.Â Since my childhood the team has withstood four different ownership groups and […]Read more "More NHL teams should salute their fans"
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?"
Om has a piece today written by Venture Capitalist Allan Leinwand asking whether Canada should bail out Nortel.Â He asks:Â “But is preserving the countryÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s technological heritage reason enough to spend millions in taxpayers dollars?” I think that the answer to the question is contained within the question.Â There is no such thing as technological […]Read more "Should Canada bail out Nortel?"
This just in:Â Vancouver has been ranked fourth on the world’s list of least affordable cities.Â This is well ahead of cities like Manhattan, San Francisco, London, Paris, and Hong Kong.Â As most rational people know, the city’s thundering real estate market has been bolstered by rampant speculation and constant construction of new condominiums.. but […]Read more "Still a lot more bottom in Vancouver Real Estate"