Archive | June, 2009

When Bees are Outlawed Only Outlaws will have Bees

30 Jun

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Just found this on Treehugger.   This is a crazy policy

Just read how beekeeping is illegal in New York. Another one of Guliani’s quality of life issues, like jaywalking and dancing. One more reason the SgtMjr has to not move to New York.

It sounds like dozens of people are risking huge fines for the privelige though. Neighbors are bought off with jars of honey and the city benefits. Wish that was true whenever someone broke the law.

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18 Jun

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Facebook URL Policy Favors East Coast

12 Jun

Facebook is wading into territory that domain name registrars found themselves in 10 years ago.  Namely, trying to figure out ‘who owns a name?’  Some notable examples include:

  • J. Crew forced the owner of crew.com to give them the name even though the domain is arguably a generic English word. 
  • Indian megacorp TaTa successfully sued the owner  (and this was my favorite dispute) of bodacioustatats.com and got the name. 

Now these battles over language are being waged in yet another namespace, that of facebook.

Businesses and entrepreneurs have been warned by a leading information technology lawyer to protect brand names and trade marks ahead of plans for personalised web addresses on Facebook.

From Saturday (June 13th) users of the social networking site will be able to register their own URL address, replacing numbers with a name of their choice. This could be your brand e.g. http://www.facebook.com/irwinmitchell.

As someone who has seen the feeding frenzies that arise from these registration drives I can assure you that we are witnessing the beginning of an arms race.  Once scarcity is introduced into the system people are motivated to build technology, sophisticated back stories and big legal teams to extract the value that scarcity creates.  We’ll see that here too. 

That is the big story here but on a more tactical level I was ticked off by their policy of tying registration into time zones.  When I went to facebook today to get my personal username, I got this message:

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Starting on Friday, June 12th, at 9:01pm in your time zone, you’ll be able to choose a username for your Facebook account to easily direct friends, family, and coworkers to your profile.

I was a bit ticked off (as a West Coaster) to see the bias toward those on the East Coast.  By the time the sun sets on the West, all the good names will be gone.  Pity poor Bob Smith.

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Greed in the Seed: Food Inc’s “Inconvenient Truth”

11 Jun

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The Huffpo had a piece on the soon to be release film, Food Inc. 

The riveting documentary Food, Inc. (opening in select cities tomorrow) presents elements of the food industry that can put profit ahead of food safety, workers’ rights, animal welfare, the sustainability of the environment, and the livelihood of the family farmer.

Having watched an advanced screening I can tell you that this film is well worth watching and will change the way you think about food.  If it moves you to act, the film has these suggestions.

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Your Food Has Been Lying to You

10 Jun

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Food Inc Full Movie Trailer 2009

Do you know where your food comes from?  If you’re like most people the answer is likely ‘no’.  The makers of Food Inc. are hoping to educate you.

Bigger-breasted chickens fattened artificially. New strains of deadly E. coli bacteria. A food supply controlled by a handful of corporations.

The documentary “Food, Inc.” opens in the United States on Friday and portrays these purported dangers and changes in the U.S. food industry, asserting harmful effects on public health, the environment, and worker and animal rights.

Big corporations such as biotech food producer Monsanto Co., U.S. meat companies Tyson Food Inc. and Smithfield Foods, and poultry producer Perdue Farms all declined to be interviewed for the film.

But if you think that big agribusiness is taking the new lying down then guess again.  The industry is pushing back hard with a PR blitz of their own.  They have reason to be worried.  Having seen an advanced screening of the film, I can tell you that this movie could reveal some very Inconvenient Truths about the food business.

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Your Food Has Been Lying to You

10 Jun

Do you know where your food comes from?  If you’re like most people the answer is likely ‘no’.  The makers of Food Inc. are hoping to educate you.

Bigger-breasted chickens fattened artificially. New strains of deadly E. coli bacteria. A food supply controlled by a handful of corporations.

The documentary “Food, Inc.” opens in the United States on Friday and portrays these purported dangers and changes in the U.S. food industry, asserting harmful effects on public health, the environment, and worker and animal rights.

Big corporations such as biotech food producer Monsanto Co., U.S. meat companies Tyson Food Inc. and Smithfield Foods, and poultry producer Perdue Farms all declined to be interviewed for the film.

But if you think that big agribusiness is taking the new lying down then guess again.  The industry is pushing back hard with a PR blitz of their own.  They have reason to be worried.  Having seen an advanced screening of the film, I can tell you that this movie could reveal some very Inconvenient Truths about the food business.

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Pirot Party Wins Seat in European Parliament.

8 Jun

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For the first time in history a member of the Pirate Party, an organization dedicated to defending the intellectual property rights of consumers and their ability to file share, has won a seat in the EU Parliament.

The Pirate Party has won a huge victory in the Swedish elections and is marching on to Brussels. After months of campaigning against well established parties, the Pirate Party has gathered enough votes to be guaranteed a seat in the European Parliament.

When the Swedish Pirate Party was founded in early 2006, the majority of the mainstream press were skeptical, with some simply laughing it away. But they were wrong to dismiss this political movement out of hand. Today, the Pirate Party accomplished what some believed to be the impossible, by securing a seat in the European Parliament.

With 99.9% of the districts counted the Pirates have 7.1 percent of the votes, beating several established parties. This means that the Pirate Party will get at least one, but most likely two of the 18 (+2) available seats Sweden has at the European Parliament.

It will be interesting to see whether the party, who has gathered considerable momentum recently, will be able to re-frame the debate and change policy as it relates to file sharing.  The leader of the Pirate Party will be in Vancouver on June 11th speaking at the Open Web Vancouver conference.

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