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  It’s Official:  You’ve been duped!  
 
 
Posted 2002-10-29 by Tony Walsh
 
 
     
 
The Internet Registry of Canada was charged under the Competition Act yesterday by Canada's Competition Bureau. The Bureau alleges that the IRoC marketed it's domain registry services under the guise of the Government of Canada (or other official agency) to domain registrants whose domains were about to expire. "The mailings allegedly gave the impression that domain name holders were existing customers of, and had to re-register their domain names with, the Internet Registry of Canada which was not true." [press release] Earlier this summer, IRoC addressed consumer misconceptions in an unintentionally jokey press release. Even earlier than that, watchdogs spied the IRoC's parent company trying to bamboozle Euros.
 
     
 
   
 
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  Owned genes:  
 
 
Posted 2002-10-21 by Tony Walsh
 
 
     
 
According to this report, American company Myriad Genetics owns a patent on two breast cancer-related genes, and therefore controls all research using those genes. Now that Myriad Genetics has a monopoly, they have dramatically hiked the price of screening tests involving the genes. Due to legal threats from Myriad, the B.C. government has ordered the B.C. Cancer Agency to stop doing the tests themselves, forcing local residents to pay for the test out of pocket. Thanks, Myriad Genetics for holding cancer patients hostage so you can make a few bucks.
 
     
 
   
 
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  Jailhouse Rock:  
 
 
Posted 2002-10-17 by Tony Walsh
 
 
     
 
A new VH-1 show promises to put rockin' convicts on TV. Music Behind Bars "...focuses on one particular band and its amazing array of colorful members, looking at their lives, their crimes, and their subsequent incarcerations, and following each inmate inside the reality of prison life..." Sounds like a carnival of misery to me, but I've never been to prison. [story@yahoo/link>stephan]
 
     
 
   
 
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  Racing game publisher Acclaim covers speeding fines…  
 
 
Posted 2002-10-04 by Tony Walsh
 
 
     
 
In an iffy but effective publicity stunt, PS2 publisher Acclaim offered to refund the fines of speeding drivers caught by traffic cameras on Wednesday. Needless to say, the Department of Transport (Britain?) was a little upset: "Basically they are encouraging people to speed and to break the law. I just hope for their sakes that none of these people ends up knocking down a child." [source]
 
     
 
   
 
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  The Conditions of Corporate Community  
 
 
Posted 2001-03-30 by Tony Walsh
 
 
     
 
The promise of the internet, for many, is the opportunity to be heard, be seen, and communicate with others who share similar interests. The net facilitates this sort of thing beautifully, and a zillion so-called "communities of interest" have sprung up all over the web. In many cases, these online gathering places are indeed communities in the friendliest definition of the term. Sharing is encouraged, and through the contributions of community members, a site can become full of neighbourly cheer. Or, big business can get involved, and make things a lot less friendly. Capitalising on the geek chic of web-based chats, personal homepages, and sites fuelled by user contributions, a number of dot-com corporations are setting up communities of their own — and taking you along for a ride. Behind these "global villages," "virtual neighbourhoods," "fan sites," and other meeting places, clever corporate entities are sitting pretty while community members give away their time, their work, and sometimes even their rights.

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  Bites:  APPLE GETS GRABBY  
 
 
Posted 2000-02-03 by Tony Walsh
 
 
     
 
  • This story over at Mac Addict claims that Apple's iTools/iDisk program is grabbing all of the content it can. It's a tactic that several 'free home page' places such as Geocities tried out many months ago, and were reamed for by the media. Anything you put in Apple's 'free' storage space (iDisk) becomes their sole property for them to use as they see fit. The legal notice for this is apparently hard to find and very difficult to get a print-out of. Apple is beginning to get stupid with its customers, don't you think?
  • Added a gallery to my Rust Dragon page. I used the same images in my Flash gallery, and will probably have the same damn gallery linked from my Razorgrin and Non-Flash Secretlair pages soon as well. I figure it can't hurt to keep re-using the graphics, considering they're just sitting there online wasting space.
  • Does anyone know why secretlair.com consistantly crashes Explorer 4.5 on a variety of Macintoshes? It's the .swf file, but I don't know what the problem is.
  • Lots of snow in Toronto today. I hate the crunching noise of rock salt under my feet worse than the snow.
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    Dinozoiks wrote:
    Wow! Thanks for that Tony. Just posted a bunch of other tips here... http://www.dino.co.uk/labs/2008/45-tips-when-designing-online-content-for-kids/ Hope it helps someone... Dino...
    in Dino Burbidge's '10 Things To Remember When Designing For Kids Online'


    yes, many of the free little games are crappy. but as an artist who has recently published free content on the itunes app store,…
    in Free iPhone Games Are Awful: Strategy?


    I vote for popup radial menus. Highlight a bit of text, the push and hold, Sims-style radial menu pops up with Copy, Paste, etc....
    in More iPhone Gestures, Please


    Hey Tony! A client of mine is looking to hire an internal Flash game dev team to build at a really cool Flash CCG…
    in Dipping Into Toronto's Flash Pool


    Yeah, there's a lot of weird common sense things I've noticed they've just omitted from the design. No idea why though....
    in More iPhone Gestures, Please


    It also bears noting there's no mechanism right now for a developer to offer a free trial for the iPhone; the App Store isn't…
    in Free iPhone Games Are Awful: Strategy?


    @GeorgeR: It's on my shopping list :) I've heard good things about it as well. And Cro Mag Rally. @andrhia: meh, I don't know…
    in Free iPhone Games Are Awful: Strategy?


    ...you get what you pay for, you know? I actually bought Trism based on early buzz, and it's truly a novel mechanic. I've been…
    in Free iPhone Games Are Awful: Strategy?


    The only one I've heard good things about is Super Monkey Ball. Have you given that a whirl yet?...
    in Free iPhone Games Are Awful: Strategy?


    Advance warning: this frivolent comment is NOT RELATED or even worth your time ... But whenever i hear "Collada", i think of that SCTV…
    in Electric Sheep Builds Its Own Flock


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