p2pnet: – Hi all:
I thought I was getting better but my ‘flu symptoms have returned, in spades.
Nine point.nine times out of ten, when I get a cold, or whatever, I just ignore it. But this time, I can’t.
It’s floored me.
So I’m the rest of taking today, and the weekend, off to try to deal with it and get it properly out of the way.
I really hate to miss a day, but I should be back Monday.
Cheers! And all the best …
Copyright tough guys, Tories face the music for using song – Ottawa Citizen
As the Harper government prepares to introduce tougher new copyright rules, the Conservative party is being accused of using the theme song from the reality TV show The Apprentice without permission of the record company that owns it. At a press conference on Sunday, the Conservatives presented an election-style attack video about the alleged costs of Stéphane Dion’s spending promises, set to the musical refrain of "money, money, money, money, mo-ney." The video was presented to support the Tories’ claim that the Liberal leader would run up $62.5 billion in new debt if elected. It splices together video clips of Mr. Dion citing financial figures, accompanied by a segment of the 1974 hit song, For the Love of Money.
Under a proposal designed to help musicians cash in on the millions of song downloads every year, one group is proposing that all Canadian broadband users pay a $5 monthly fee for unlimited music downloads.Eddie Schwartz, of the Songwriters Association of Canada, revealed the plan on CTV’s Canada AM on Thursday. He says the fee is small, but multiplied many times over it would create a substantial pool of cash to compensate musicians when their songs are downloaded. He pointed out that the $5 fee amounts to just 16 cents per day.
Shakeup at CBC aims to integrate TV, web & radio – National Post
An internal reorganization is under way at the CBC to streamline news-gathering and delivery across the public broadcaster’s radio, television and online divisions. Staff across the country were filled in yesterday on the changes, which are an extension of a reorganization in November that put Richard Stursberg in charge of all English-language services including television, radio and the internet.
Maritz joins EMC, to battle Microsoft in the cloud – the Seattle Times
Microsoft’s cloud computing efforts have a formidable and familiar new competitor. Paul Maritz, the former Microsoft platform boss, is becoming president of EMC’s cloud computing initiative, which competes directly with Microsoft. Maritz is a veteran of ruthless platform battles, so it ought to make things interesting. He’s rejoining the corporate world after seven years of dabbling in startups and philanthropy. The Zimbabwe native was a top dog in Redmond and a central figure in the company’s meteoric rise in the late 1990s, so maybe it took this long for his Microsoft non-compete agreement to expire.
Facebook – it’s so over. That’s been the tenor of most of the commentary since Thursday’s figures showing a slight dip in Facebook’s UK users. The general feeling is that the kids, with their minute attention spans, have already tired of the social networking site and moved on to something more hip and happening. I think the opposite is true – that Facebook’s new wave of older users have decided it is just not worth the bother and are now leaving it to the kids.
Busted hacker ring hit 100 countries: police – Canwest News Service
Quebec’s provincial police said yesterday they had dismantled the largest and most damaging computer-hacking network ever uncovered in Canada, a ring that touched almost a million computers in 100 countries. The Surete du Quebec and RCMP officers carried out 17 lightning-fast raids in 12 towns and cities across Quebec, including Montreal. This hardware is believed to contain incriminating data to document the alleged ring, said SQ Captain Frederick Gaudreau.
Lord Falconer believes the actions would only need to be temporary
Articles relating to high-profile court cases should be removed from online news archives, the former Lord Chancellor has told the BBC. Lord Falconer believes the action is necessary to avoid news stories written before a case influencing its outcome. Action would be necessary for around 20 cases a year, he said, in trials which attract a lot of pre-trial coverage.