FALLING WAY, WAY DOWN

I know I promised that this blog wouldn’t be turning stale with a lack of posts, but I’ve been crazy busy and I’m battling a nasty flu bug. I figured I might as well get on with getting a post. That and watch CNN — man, these people are such tools sometimes.

Oh, and why the title? Well, all you have to do is look here, here and here. I’m trying to stay optimistic in lieu of the economy in the U.S. and Europe, but, well, that gets harder and harder. Welcome to March everyone! Snow, cold, RRSP investments seem kind of pointless this year and the DOW’s below 7,000 points for the first time in 12 years!

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*sigh* Just remember people — it will get better one day. Obama says so.

Anyway, onto the tech stories:

* The Pirate Bay trial still rolls on and now the prosecution is calling for prison terms for the defendants and creators of The Pirate Bay site. It’s hard to say at this point which way the trial’s going to go — we’ll know soon enough — but still: prison time for this sort of thing? These American movie studios and record companies must be really laying the pressure down hard on the Swedish government now. I suppose they must know a conviction’s not so much of a slam dunk.

* Mobiles have long been enjoying broader market penetration in regions of the world where landline connections are expensive and hard to deploy. The Third World’s now one of the world’s most dominant consumer markets for mobiles. Interestingly, a companion piece to this is how Japan — the most mobile-crazy market on Earth — is generally hostile towards Apple’s iPhone. Makes some sense when you read the article.

* Since a lot of people in my generation and younger are abandoning email now and going strictly Facebook or MySpace to communicate non-time sensitive information, it was only a matter of time before this problem emerged.

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