Canada's Draconian C-51 – Another Big Pharma Push

Canada is following the USA, and on April 8th 2008 proposed sweeping
changes to it’s Food and Drugs Act through introduction of a law
known as C-51. If this law is passed it will:

* Replace the word “drug” with “therapeutic product” throughout the
Act. This would enable regulation of sale of all herbs, vitamins and
supplements.

* Change the definition of “sell” to include anyone who gives
therapeutic products to someone else.

* Grant new powers to enforcement agents to protect the public from
dangerous unapproved “therapeutic agents.” These powers would
include:

– raiding homes and businesses without a warrant.
– seize bank accounts.
– levvy fines up to $5 million and jail terms up to 2 years …
potentially for merely selling a herb.

To learn more go to: www.stopc51.com

What would this law do to Freedom?

This sort of law is what we are fighting against.

Google: Unicode vanquishes ASCII

Unicode has overtaken ASCII as the most popular character encoding scheme on the World Wide Web. Also vanquished at almost exactly the same time was the Western European encoding. more

OOXML expert: ODF standard is broken

The International Organization for Standardization’s OpenDocument Format standard is broken and needs to be mended, according to an expert who claimed to have carried out tests on the format. more

Outsmarting Keyloggers

Are you worried that when you use a public terminal, a keylogger might snag your password info? Read today’s tip to learn what you can do to outwit this brand of spy software. more

Windows sales drop nearly a quarter

Microsoft has posted revenue of US$4.03 billion from all desktop versions of Windows for the three months ending 31 March, down from US$5.3 billion during the same period 12 months earlier. more