I feel great when I feel that I’m useful, that I’m productive and doing something that will truly help. I’m sure most others feel the same way. That being said, today truly is a grab bag of stuff.
First off, Geoff has a job in the Waterloo area, so I’m asking if anyone knows a place he can rent out it (esp. among fellow CompEs) it would be great. Spread the word. So if, you have a handle on a place he can stay – let him/me know. The info will get to him. Thanks!
Amazon and Canada Post must be doing brisk business. I’ll have to say, that for all their faults, Canada Post seems to be making some good business moves. Building Purolator capitalizes on people’s desire for fast, trackable delivery (not to mention the fact that signatures at each end guarantee cover your assability). Teaming with Amazon ensures that they get a foothold in the ecommerce industry (I’m fully convinced that ecommerce is the way to go for certain classes of products). And of course – who can forget junk mail and catalogs, the mainstay (probably now) of the ‘normal’ post system. All in all, they seem to be covering their bases. I wonder if they’re actually profitable.
It’s good to hear that the EFF has made headway against Diebold. The utter gall of that company to try and shut down commentary on its _plainly_ defective and IMO poorly designed electronic voting systems is…breathtaking. And of course, to top it all off, they tried to use the DMCA to do it. Man. But it reminds me – donate to the EFF!. They’re often at the forefront of a lot of the activism and the issues that take place in the technical arena. As soon-to-be engineers a lot of us seek complacency in ignoring the larger technical issues around us. This is _not good_. Although we may not have the time to get involved in these issues, it is our responsibility to educate ourselves on what effect laws, coroporations and individuals are having in our field. If you can’t donate the time – donate the money to people who will fight to keep the freedoms we currently enjoy safe for the future. Cause I do believe, once laws pass, unbreaking them will be much, much harder…