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Russell McOrmond
Works at Canadiana.org
Attended Carleton University
Lives in Ottawa
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Reading The Netflix Backlash: Why Hollywood Fears a Content Monopoly feels so disconnected from my experience as a fan of the works of scripted video (television) productions. There are things I agree with, but the solutions...
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Dr Danny Kingsley recently concluded a series of articles titled The case for Open Research: the mis-measurement problem (part 1), the authorship problem (part 2), reproducibility, retractions & retrospective hypotheses (par...
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After the cast functionality stopped working with CraveTV after a browser upgrade, I tried contacting CraveTV for support. As I wanted to send detailed browser version information I sent is an an email, and they ignored the ...
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I spent the morning being reminded of the importance of public service. I first met in Mauril Bélanger in 1996 the context of the Defence Fund for the Montreal Rally (Rally during the Quebec referendum of 1995), and SOS Mont...
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Canadiana is sending me to Access 2016. While I expect to learn quite a bit and meet new people, I wanted to make an additional introduction online ahead of time. I have participated in many changes to the technical platform...
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Fair Vote Canada (FVC) has a slogan that it wants to "Make Every Vote Count". It has a list of voting systems it approves of, and a list it disapproves of. The problem is that their list is composed based on whether the sys...
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Since the 1950's there have been some Canadians who believe that in order to protect the culture of Canada we need to restrict Canadian's access to culture from outside of Canada. Concepts such as CanCon has existed in posit...
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Today is the last day for LAC's Alter Ego: Comics and Canadian Identity exhibit (See more on LAC's blog via their 'comics' tag), so yesterday I wandered through again (during lunch break as I work in the building). When I ...
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I've met a few dozen federal MPs so far, and given how important technology law is to me I am always wanting to be introduced to and meet with more. This is why I was so happy when I heard that a very technology savvy MP was...
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Linux turns 25 today. That's four years older than Linus was when he invented it. That means Linus has spent more of his life with Linux than he did without it. I also suppose that's true as well for many (possibly most) Linux users, experts and deployers of all kinds.
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As a member of the Green Party of Canada, I am being asked by the party about my views on the recent resolution passed in support of the BSD movement. Short answer I do not support g16-p006, and believe the resolution shou...
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Interesting. I submitted my membership application a few days ago precisely because the Green Party finally took what i consider the correct and moral stand on this issue.  In contrast, the other Parties voted in the House almost unanimously to condemn BDS activity.  It brings the Greens closer to their roots as an anti-war Party and will help to overcome its reputation as being single interest (environment).
I don't think it is such a radical position. It is my feeling that a substantial minority (if not already a majority) of the public sees that the government of Israel is instransigent and something real needs to be done because mere statements deploring the illegal activity and disproprotionate violence in occupied Palestine are not working.  The mainstream media, as usual, are magnifying the government/official position, lagging behind the public.
Should it have risked taking a stand at all, considering the other issues facing Canada? Yes, i believe this strengthens the foreign policy portfolio of the Party.  It is consistent with a pro indigenous rights position.  It is consistent with historical progressive movements' opposition to apartheid.
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Introduction
I have a hardware/software background and primarily get paid for related skills, but my passion is public policy.  Active in areas where technology, law and economics come together -- most recently focused on digital copyright, information/mental process patents, and new media/network neutrality.

Bragging rights
Don't have a drivers license, been involved in computing since 1980s, Eastern Ontario Authorized Commodore repair-person in late 1980's, Linux user since 1993
Education
  • Carleton University
    1987
  • Garson Falconbridge Secondary School
    1982 - 1986
  • Nickel District Secondary School
    1986 - 1987
Basic Information
Gender
Male
Work
Occupation
Internet/FLOSS Consultant
Employment
  • Canadiana.org
    System Administrator/software developer, 2011 - present
    System administration of LAN and Internet servers, software developer (primarily Catalyst/PERL based web application)
  • FLORA Community Consulting
    Internet/FLOSS Consultant, 1995 - 2012
    Self-employed consultant http://www.flora.ca
  • Agriculture Canada
    2008 - 2010
    Configuration management, system administration
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Currently
Ottawa
Previously
Sudbury
Great food. Have plater there, then bring assortment of patties home to Ottawa. Visited a few times when in Montreal.
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Great location and view. Only thing I would change is add some healthier options for breakfast/dinner (yoghurt, more salads/vegetables, etc).
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Was here to see the building used for Torchwood 1 (Dr. Who verse..)
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Nice way to organize menu: pick 2 or pick 3 (dessert) for a simple price.
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