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Looking for Google Statistics...

Like many technical people I want to find out statistics about Google such as the number of machines it runs. It is estimated that the Google cluster has more than 80,000 2-CPU machines running Linux. According to an article last year in The Observer by John Naughton, this was to be a secret before their IPO of August 19, 2004.

Is this a number anyone else in the technical community has? I have been surprised that this is something that is not easy to find on Google itself. You can find out about their plans for lunar labs, but not the number of computers they run.

Bill C-365: VoIP free-for-all

This entry from Matthew Skala's blog includes:

Yesterday in the House, Mr. Massimo Pacetti (Saint-Léonard-Saint-Michel, Lib.) introduced Bill
, which aims to exempt VoIP from regulation - pretty much entirely.

The Early History of Nupedia and Wikipedia: A Memoir

This SlashDot article includes:

Larry Sanger was one of the moving forces behind the pioneering Nupedia project. That makes him one of the people to thank for Wikipedia, which has been enjoying more and more visibility of late. Sanger has prepared a lengthy, informative account of the early history of Nupedia and Wikipedia, including some cogent observations on project management, online legitimacy, dealing with trolls, and other hazards of running a large, collaborative project over the Internet. Boycott Motion Picture and Recording Industries from April 24-30

The site is trying to use consumer boycott to make a point about these industry associations attacking their customers.

The last week in April 2005 - 24th up until and including 30th - show them how much money we are spending on their products by denying them our hard earned income. Do not go to the movies; do not buy any entertainment products during that week.

This is not a call to use unauthorized P2P as a replacement, as this doesn't harm these associations! I started my boycott 5 years ago.

See also: Adbusters TV Turnoff Week (April 25 to March 1) update on BMG Canada v John Doe

An article in provides an update on the status of BMG Canada v John Doe

We asked CIPPIC counsel David Fewer if he's optimistic about the possible outcome this time around.

"The evidence hasn't changed, " he told p2pnet. "And the evidence was horribly weak. I'm very confident that the CRIA's evidence is no better today than it was a year ago, and the federal court of appeal will say it's inadequate to give the extraorduinaty remedy the CRIA is seeking.

U.S. blogger thwarts Canadian gag order

This article by Declan McCullagh Staff Writer, CNET includes:

A Canadian commission that's investigating charges of high-level wrongdoing in the nation's Liberal Party has ordered news organizations not to reveal details from the proceedings, which are open to the public.

I simply don't understand the logic: either something is open to the public (including access via traditional or new media), or it is closed. The antiquated concept of there being classes of "the public" needs to be put to rest.

As to Chapter 3 (Sponsorship) of the 2003 Reports of the Auditor General of Canada, I still believe Chapter 1 (Government On-Line, Secure Channel, Entrust) should have received more attention.

Michael Geist: Copyright's Convergence

Michael Geist's weekly Law Bytes column (Toronto Star version, and non-reg hyperlinked version) reflects on two major copyright events of the past ten days -- last week's Grokster case and the recently announced Canadian copyright reforms. Of all the interesting anecdotes about the Grokster case, he found the fact that people began lining up at 2:30 p.m. the day before the hearing the most interesting. As he argues in the column, when people are willing to line up for nearly 24 hours to hear a copyright case, something far bigger than accessing free music is taking place.

P2PNet: It's not about IP infringement

In this P2PNet article republishing a Letter to the Editor of the Toronto Star I wrote:

The critical question that must be answered is this: what is implied to have been authorized by the copyright holder when they place a work up on the anonymous part of the Internet. This is when there is no password, cookie or other Technological Protection Measure being used to determine the identity of the person accessing the information. CIPPIC on Canadian IP plan

This article includes the following:

“Sharing is not something the Internet created, but is a healthy aspect of our culture,” says’s Russell McOrmond. "Our government should be supporting creators who adopt modern business and distribution models that harness the value of sharing, rather than only protecting those who oppose sharing like the outdated major label recording industry.“

Yahoo adds search for 'flexible' copyright content

This article by Matt Hines,
Staff Writer, CNET, includes:

Yahoo has added a feature that lets people search content that's been licensed through Creative Commons, a nonprofit group that specializes in copyrighting material so that it's available for some reuse.

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