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courteaudotbiz writes "For years, a business named Compu-Finder has been sending spams all around the province of Quebec, Canada. In their emails, there is a phone number where we can reach them, and an unsubscribe link that you can click and seems to work, but even after asking them on the phone, by email or with their unsubscribe link, to unsubscribe me, I still receive 10 — 15 spams a week coming from this company. Many bloggers, journalists and radio chroniclers talked about them, but they seem to be untouchable. Still, it is easy to find the names, addresses and phone numbers of the shareholders and administrators of the company. How can we, collectively, take action to make them understand that we do not like their mass mailing practice?" Link to Original Source top
courteaudotbiz (1191083) writes "Last week, two Canadian geeks launched a website where they are selling pixels in a video. The news release says they could sell their pixels in this 30 seconds video to as many as 30,000 sponsors, for $0,01 per pixel per frame, and that their ultimate goal is to air this video on the SuperBowl. This is not without remembering the Million Dollar Home Page, but it is the first time I hear about pixels sold in a video." top
courteaudotbiz writes "From now and until october 20th 2009, updates will be posted at www.courteau.biz with details on how 2 geeks are going to launch the greatest commercial stunt of all times. For the moment, there are no more informations available, but as the date approaches, some details could be given on this event which will be exciting for geeks, as well as general public." Link to Original Source top
courteaudotbiz (1191083) writes "It seems the mess is never going to end on the financial markets. This morning, right after the opening bell rang in Toronto for the opening of the stock market, the TSX IT infrastructure crashed and left investors with no place to trade their already much battered stocks." top
courteaudotbiz (1191083) writes "The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has started the process to grant a trademark to Dell for the term "Cloud Computing". Although the Notice of Allowance has been cancelled by the Office on tuesday for further review, it appears that the USPTO's machine is well started in the advantage of Dell Computers to own a trademark on this very generic term." top
courteaudotbiz (1191083) writes "The CRTC is about to create a Do-Not-Call registry with a big "BUT". It allows so many exceptions (from the article: Charities, political parties, polling firms, newspapers and companies that have done business with an individual over the past 18 months) that in the end, we shall continue receiving most of the sollicitation calls we used to receive up here. However, it seems to be a step in the right direction, with fines ranging from 1500$ per offense to 15000$ per offense for corporations ignoring the rules. Once subscribed, an inscription is kept for 3 years, after what it has to be updated." top
courteaudotbiz (1191083) writes "26 Egyptian Facebook activists, who belong to the "April 6" movement, have been arrested lately after they set a GT on a beach near Alexandria. 16 of them have been jailed for more than two weeks for "threatening national security", because they had a kite painted with the Egyptian flag, and we were wearing T-shirts with "April 6 Movement" on. They were singing nationalist songs and wanted to protest against inflation in Egypt." top
courteaudotbiz (1191083) writes "Renowned spammer Robert Soloway, alias "Spam King", has just been jailed for the next four years; way enough time to think how not to be caught the next time. Last March, he pleaded guilty to accusations like EMail fraud and tax evasion, and he has now been brought in a cold and dark cell. He told the court that he felt ashamed and that he apologized for being a nuisance. He will also have to unfold a 708 000$ fine." top
courteaudotbiz (1191083) writes "The superior court of the province of Quebec, Canada, has issued a permanent injunction to close the Torrent website quebectorrent.com. This is the first time in Canadian history that a website dedicated to file sharing is closed. The original article is in french, and the translation is poor, but still it can be understood..." top
courteaudotbiz (1191083) writes "Rogers made available to the public its different IPhone voice and Data packages for its 3 years contracts. Packages are starting at 60$ per month only for the most basic package (add the network access and 911 fees, plus the taxes...), and going up to 135$ for those who will take all the priciest options. Not bad, but still more expensive than in the US, and even though the comparison doesn't seem that clear, the voice plans offered with the IPhone are really minimal for the price in Canada compared to those offered by AT&T" top
courteaudotbiz writes "Canada and all members of the U5 (United States, Germany, United Kingdom, France and New-Zealand) state that they all suffered government-directed attacks between june and september 2007. These seemed to be chinese government sponsored attacks, who most likely declared a cyber-war with the rest of the world. The original story is in french, and the link translates it with Google Translate." top
courteaudotbiz writes "I just took the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WAISWechsler Intelligence Adult Scale rev. 3 (WAIS-III) this weekend, since I wanted to get an idea of my brain's computing power (and wanted to become a member of http://www.mensa.org/Mensa). I got a score of 127, which is in the top 4% of the population, but Mensa asks for the top 2%, which at first meant I didn't qualify. I was a little angry since the test costs me 400$, but thought I did my best, and went back home.
Back at home, I see I got EMailed by my psychologist who tells me that, using the Canadian scoring standards, I got 127, but using the american scoring standards, I got 137, which places me in the top 1 percentile. (I'm a Canadian...) My question is: Do these http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_IQ_societyHigh IQ societies use a standardized US scoring sheet? Or do they use your localized score?"