Monthly Archives: June 2008

Jack Layton Response to the Canadian DMCA (Bill C-61)

Thank you for sharing your concern over Bill C-61, An Act to amend the Copyright Act.

The NDP is strongly opposed to this bill and we are calling on MPs from other parties to listen to their constituents and join us in the growing chorus against it. Rather, we are pushing for legislation that will ensure that artists and creators are compensated for their work but that also ensures consumers are able to enjoy reasonable rights of access.

Over the past two years we have urged the government to consult with stakeholders and develop legislation that would protect artists, innovators and consumers in the 21st century. Unfortunately, the government has completely ignored calls to bring forward reasonable copyright legislation. In fact, this bill is worse than originally feared. There is no evidence of an attempt to strike any reasonable balance that would protect either artists or consumers. Instead, we are faced with a full capitulation to the U.S. corporate lobby that will pave the way for the criminalization of perfectly reasonable behaviour (like format shifting of most legally purchased content).

What can you do? If you haven't already, contact the Ministers of Industry and Heritage, the Prime Minister, the leaders of the other opposition parties, and your local MP to tell them that you oppose this piece of legislation. Encourage your friends and families to do the same. For contact information, please visit: http://www.parl.gc.ca/common/index.asp?Language=E. Your participation will be important to making the opposition to this bill impossible to ignore.

Again, I appreciate the time you have taken to register your views and concerns about this important issue. Feel free to pass along my email to anyone who may be interested. All the best.

Sincerely,

Jack Layton, MP (Toronto-Danforth)
Leader, Canada’s New Democrats

Layered Technologies: dedicated hosting provider to avoid

Layered Technologies, Inc. has decided to raise their prices again. The other day I woke up to an e-mail with the subject "Layered Technologies Pricing Update – Effective July 1, 2008", stating that they would be increasing the price of each of my works' servers by $28 dollars a month, this works out to a 21% price increase per server; This brings my works' AMD Athlon 64 3200+'s to an outrageous $160/Mo.

At Layered Technologies we are proud of the pioneering role we've played in the unmanaged server hosting market, as well as the trust we've developed within our community of thousands of clients and partners. We know that this trust is dependent on a number of factors including our ability to provide excellent customer service, market leading products, and highly available facilities and infrastructure. We also know it is imperative that we put in place the tools that allow us to provide more value and higher levels of service to those who depend on us and, like most other businesses, our underlying costs for providing these services have increased dramatically in the past year. As a result it has become necessary to adjust our pricing effective July 1, 2008.

I have never, in all my years of working in the IT industry heard of a data centre raising the prices of their dedicated hosting clients to such a great degree. This is not the first price increase that Layered Technologies has forced on their clients, if my memory serves correct this is the second price increase in less than a year. While Layered Technologies has stated in their email that they have a “technology refresh” available, I received the following e-mail when enquiring about having my server hardware upgraded:

Hello,

Unfortunately we are not offering free hardware upgrades. Please see our specials page here:

http://www.layeredtech.com/dedicated-servers/specials.php

Thanks,
Hallie

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They are telling me that it's cheaper to replace my server, and go through the effort of transitioning over all my software than to simply upgrade my hardware? This is a provider to avoid using if you do not want to deal with unexpected price increases and shoddy support. There is a large thread on Web Hosting Talk regarding the price increases. I suggest if you are looking for hosting I suggest you take your business elsewhere. Layered Technologies does not warrant the premium that they are charging for their services.