It's good to know that they're making progress in the field of knee replacements, since I'm probably only 15 years away from my set. Don't get me wrong, I'm lovin' the Synvisc, in fact it's saved my umpiring career. I'm just looking ahead to the day that injecting my knees on a yearly basis with some lubricating fluid isn't quite going to do the trick anymore.
The best magazine in the world has posted edition 13:01, including a fantastic article on the BitTorrent effect. For most of us, BitTorrent is a lot like when Marlin decides to jump in the "EAC" with Crush to find Nemo. You may not understand exactly how it works and maybe it's a little dangerous, but it's way cool and will accelerate your journey to digital content nirvana to such a degree that you actually get there.
My first experience with BitTorrent was using BitTornado to download a SUSe Linux distro, and although I'm not sure exactly how, I know that I managed to get a digitally-intact and verified copy of the open source operating system without hurling, much like Marlin. Read up Clive Thompson's take, then check out Brian's BitTorrent FAQ for some quality how-to.
Canada's efforts to update its copyright laws for the Internet continue apace -- you may remember three separate posts on this last week. Heritage Canada is now recommending an Internet "levy" that will go to a collecting society, on a grounds that everything on the Internet is copyrighted by someone, and the collecting society will gather money for them in exchange for your use of their material.
The problem here isn't really the levy -- blanket license fees, including levies, are actually not a bad way of solving some copyright problems -- but what you get in exchange for it. The levy here would cover all Internet users, including institutions that have the right to re-use work without permission or payment (like schools and libraries), and it won't confer any substantial rights upon you.
When customers of Canada's Shaw Cable high-speed Internet service noticed that their filesharing activity had slowed down dramatically, they didn't know what to make of it. Calling the ISP didn't help: Shaw's tech support people swore that they were delivering all the packets they received from their customers, just as you'd expect. After all, who'd want an ISP that picked and chose which of your communications got through -- imagine if the phone company or the post office just silently threw away some of your messages based on secret criteria!
I've got a thing for iPod ad parodies - there's just something so terrific about making fun of a really quality thing, as opposed to kicking something that's already down. Here's another one: Heeb Magazine's GuiltPod. Enjoy.