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Selling Our Wireless Future

Selling Our Wireless Future

One of the reasons we started this blog is to discuss some of the important ideas coming out of academia with the broader tech community.  Too often these ideas get lost – somewhere between the tomes of journals that fill university libraries and the tech news that fills the blogosphere. ...

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What GAO Peak Oil report?

What GAO Peak Oil report

An important piece of internationally significant news drops down through the crack On March 29th, the Government Accountability Office (GAO), also referred to as the ‘congressional watchdog’, released a much-anticipated report called Crude Oil:Uncertainty about future oil supply makes it important to develop a strategy for addressing a peak and ...

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You can only roll your eyes

You can only roll your eyes

Only a fool would take on the media, and I guess I’m that fool Dealing with the media is a lot like dealing with five-year-olds. In an interview I did some time ago with freelancer Shannon Rupp for an article she was preparing about Wikipedia, the online open-source encyclopedia, we ...

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To be brutally honest

To be brutally honest

Author of “A revolting confession” responds to widespread media criticisms John Keats wrote 123 years ago, “Beauty is truth, truth beauty,-that is all Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.” On the confusing afternoon of September 11, that didn’t appear to be quite enough. I went down ...

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The mainstream media and their Main Street audience

The mainstream media and their Main Street audience

Just whose point of view does the media reflect, anyway? Below are just some of the comments made by journalists in the media, interposed with just some of the comments made to me or to newspapers by readers His [Kevin Potvin’s] views are repugnant to anyone with a sense of ...

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Censorship for beginners

Censorship for beginners

Events of the last week offer a unique opportunity to offer observations on the state of Canada’s 21st C media, from inside the media’s own washing machine Last week, I became the centre of a massive corporate media storm related to two articles that appeared in this newspaper many years ...

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They all turtle on the environment and war

They all turtle on the environment and war

In hockey parlance, it’s called “turtling.” There are hockey players who never fight and others who always fight, and many in between who drop the gloves only when it really matters. These are all loved or hated depending on whose shirt they have on. But the universally reviled hockey players ...

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