Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The US Ownzzz You!

The broad strokes of US policy makers are about to claim “ownership” of such a wide swath of the Internet that will effectively give them total control. As Michael Geist explains:

“The U.S. Congress is currently embroiled in a heated debated over the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), proposed legislation that supporters argue is needed combat online infringement, but critics fear would create the "great firewall of the United States." SOPA’s potential impact on the Internet and development of online services is enormous as it cuts across the lifeblood of the Internet and e-commerce in the effort to target websites that are characterized as being "dedicated to the theft of U.S. property." This represents a new standard that many experts believe could capture hundreds of legitimate websites and services”

The definitions are so broad that they capture many sites that are certainly not US in any way.

“First, it defines a "domestic domain name" as a domain name "that is registered or assigned by a domain name registrar, domain name registry, or other domain name registration authority, that is located within a judicial district of the United States." Since every dot-com, dot-net, and dot-org domain is managed by a domain name registry in the U.S., the law effectively asserts jurisdiction over tens of millions of domain names regardless of where the registrant actually resides.

Second, it defines "domestic Internet protocol addresses" - the numeric strings that constitute the actual address of a website or Internet connection - as "an Internet Protocol address for which the corresponding Internet Protocol allocation entity is located within a judicial district of the United States."

Yet IP addresses are allocated by regional organizations, not national ones. The allocation entity located in the U.S. is called ARIN, the American Registry for Internet Numbers. Its territory includes the U.S., Canada, and 20 Caribbean nations. This bill treats all IP addresses in this region as domestic for U.S. law purposes. 

To put this is context, every Canadian Internet provider relies on ARIN for its block of IP addresses. In fact, ARIN even allocates the block of IP addresses used by federal and provincial governments. The U.S. bill would treat them all as domestic for U.S. law purposes.”

From: SOPA: All Your Internets Belong to US


Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Regulators pull back from usage-based billing after half-a-million Canadians speak out


“CRTC reconsiders ruling that would let Big Telecom companies control independent competitors, Canadians urged to use indie services

November 15, 2011 – The CRTC has released its decision on Internet metering (usage-based billing), and pro-Internet organization is celebrating it as a step forward for the open and affordable Internet. The decision comes as the result of public pressure, channeled primarily though the group’s Stop The Meter campaign, which included a petition that attracted over half-a-million Canadians.”

For the Complete Post see:
Regulators pull back


Sunday, November 13, 2011

End of the Leaves?

Maybe….  it seems like it never ends but it’s really only 2 months or so.

If you are thinking about getting eaves guards to keep those leaves out of your eves trough and you just can’t make up your mind, DO IT! It will be THE effort saving device of your handyman history. Smile  No really, these things are great, instead of having to do the eves trough every week or so in the fall, and every couple of months in the off season, you do it ONCE a year.

The roof all done, and the pesky eves trough


And the pile has now grown to EPIC proportions ….

and the rest of the “front yard” Smile We cut the blackberries right back last year and they are happy, happy now, getting back to bat cave size.


Saturday, November 5, 2011

Rites of Fall

If we didn’t rake our leaves …..



Why its hard to rake our leaves…..  (damn cars Smile )


The dang big pile o’ leaves….  (so far Smile )


The scary part we haven’t got to yet …..


The end result is lots for our compost and a LOT left over Smile
So if you are looking for compost….  please don’t hesitate to come by.