SubscriptionsGo to the Subscriptions Centre to manage your:My ProfileCanadians and Americans remain anxious about their finances and aren’t in the mood to make big purchases this Christmas shopping season, according to two new surveys.The TNS Canadian Facts consumer confidence index fell to 95.5 this month, down from 101.7 three months ago. This shaky confidence doesn’t bode well for retailers, as the poll by the custom research agency indicated only eight per cent of Canadians expect to spend more this Christmas season than they did last year, while about one third intend to spend less.A survey in the United States also found shoppers in a gloomy mood. About 77 per cent of Americans polled said they feel pressured by debt, and 65 per cent plan to spend less this holiday season than last, according to America’s Research Group and UBS.Has the economy affected your holiday spending plans? If so, how will you be cutting back?Internet freedom: Should government have the ability to shut down the internet?The Egyptian government shut down access to the internet and the country’s cellphone data network early Friday, according to media reports.
Dr. Legato is a woman, so it is natural that she writes from feminine perspective, however, her analysis of male mind is also very appropriate. Without generalizing the entire human race, she presents her perspective in physician’s point of view. And I know, why go with 720 lines when you can have more than a thousand? Because to some people 720 lines look better because they’re displayed progressively. You’ll want to go to the store and see which one YOUR eyeball favours.There’s NOTHING about the actual resolutions that are listed in most electronics store catalogues like Future Shop or Best Buy. What’s the diff between 1280×768 and 1388xwhatever? What’s HD and what’s not?There’s NOTHING about the difference between component video and DVI and HDMI connections and that’s crucial considering the upcoming HDCP standards.There’s NOTHING about expected price, except for one mention of $1500 for DLPs at Future Shop.There’s NOTHING about ATSC built in tuners, or digital cable vs standard cable resolution, nothing about HD sets that are the old CRT style (which some say give the best pic of all).In short, if this is the standard we should expect from Canada’s national public broadcaster, it’s far too low.I think a lot of us videophiles are waiting for SED TVs to come out (then subsequently come down in price).
There was a danger that increasing autonomy in the critical functions of weapons systems to search for, identify, select and attack targets would substitute human decision making with that of machines. That posed significant legal and ethical concerns. Beyond doubts of legal compliance were the fundamental concerns about the ethical and moral acceptability of allowing machines to independently take life and death decisions.ZAHIR TANIN (Afghanistan), associating with the Non Aligned Movement, said that multinational diplomacy was an important principle in advancing international security and was imperative to avoid the use of nuclear weapons.