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CRTC slapped down again

Posted in Finds, Movies, Music, Thoughts with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on February 3, 2011 by Mitch Leuraner

Usage-based billing in the internet industry is bad.  But the fact that an organization created to protect consumers actually tried to require such billing is nothing short of a travesty.  Thankfully, just about every politician in this country – regardless of ideology – seems to be able to see the problem with the CRTC‘s recent ruling.

And late last night Canadian consumers were finally vindicated. In an ironic show of support for the internet, Industry Minister Tony Clement Tweeted about his stance on the issue:

Borrowed from the Vancouver Sun online. Thanks!

Even better, the Vancouver Sun online has quoted a senior government insider who said:

“The CRTC should be under no illusion. The prime minister and the minister of industry will reverse this decision unless the CRTC does it itself.”

Booyah! That’s how representative democracy is supposed to work!

Now if only we can get some changes made in the CRTC itself.  Two major decisions being over-ruled in as many years definitely indicates that the current decision-makers are out of touch with reality Canadians.

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This world isn’t ready for Twitter

Posted in Finds, Random with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 12, 2010 by Mitch Leuraner

Sometimes, the internet just makes me want to delete all my posts and log-off.  But for some reason I can’t.  Instead, I friend/follow/RSS the content instead. It’s very disconcerting.

Case in point: I came across something terrible on Twitter today.  This user actually embodies everything that is wrong with the internet:

  1. Fake Identity
  2. Impersonation
  3. Frivolous Content
  4. Sporadic Updates
  5. Politics
  6. Kitten Anthropomorphism

Yes, those are the worst things about the internet, and no I did not forget porn.

Library of Congress to archive tweets, librarians around the world die just a little

Posted in Finds, Thoughts with tags , , , , , on April 15, 2010 by Mitch Leuraner

CBC is reporting that Twitter has “donated” access to its entire archive – going back to March 2006 – to the Library of Congress so that it can be used for research.

<sigh>

That tweet you made at 3am, drunk, alerting all your followers of your late-night Taco Bell run… that will be there.  Forever.

The library’s Director of Communications Matt Raymond is quoted as saying:

…it boggles my mind to think what we might be able to learn about ourselves and the world around us from this wealth of data.

It certainly does boggle the mind.  In fact, it’s frightening.  I was a late adopter of Twitter, mostly because of the sheer volume of useless tweets that my friends were constantly receiving. In truth, I only really use my Twitter account as a way to promote this blog. Had I realized ahead of time that every worthless 140 character message I sent would be recorded in a national library, I probably would have thought twice about joining.

Too late now.

“Be a force for good.”

Posted in Finds, Thoughts with tags , , , , , , on March 16, 2010 by Mitch Leuraner

So, Twitter wants to be a force for good?

How nice.

I’ll admit, it’s certainly more commendable than Google’s misleading “Don’t be evil” slogan, which I’ve talked about before.  But really, who believes that this is anything more than shameless self-aggrandizement?  Over at TechCrunch, Michael Arrington suggests:

What I’d like best is if Twitter just focuses on keeping the lights on, and adds competitive features that keep Google, Facebook and others on their toes. Let others use Twitter to do good things. Twitter should stay goodness-neutral and self righteous free.

I agree wholeheartedly. In my experience, companies that talk about being “good” are a lot like countries that put “democratic” in their official name – neither turn out to be what they claim.