Daily Archives: October 11, 2007

What does this election mean for Toronto and David Miller and taxes?


I am sure that David Miller, and all of the city councilors, were watching the election closely. Essentially, Torontonians have decided to put Dalton McGuinty back in power, but voting overwhelmly for Liberals in various ridings. An interesting note is that NDP voters seemed to be concentrated in the downtown areas, where David Miller’s support is strong. A pattern is forming that may need NDP support spread to other ridings. On the other hand in some areas, that might not be possible, with vote splitting between the NDP and Green Party. Now what does this mean for Toronto? Well, it means that David Miller and city council will probably have no choice but to increase taxes and implement new user fees on Toronto tax payers. He took the “City of Toronto Act” bait and now, with such a majority, Dalton McGuinty has no obligation to do anything about downloading. But, the oddity is that Torontonians do not want higher taxes or fees, but they want more service? So, what does this mean? If Torontonians wanted to send a message to Dalton, supporting the bad financial situation for Toronto, then it would have been heard. However, the message sent was that they like the Liberals and the status quo. This means Toronto is in the middle of a rock and a hard place! If Dalton McGuinty and the Liberals re-nag on provincial downloading, I am sure there will be a swelling of ground support for David Miller. If David Miller is smart, he should use his NDP support for a new campaign for 2011. Now the question remains, will David Miller consider a run for the leadership of the NDP?

By: Andy MJ
a.k.a. “The G.T.A Patriot”
Toronto, Ontario

New Features Discovered in Windows XP SP3: Is It Better Than Vista?


The principal reason given for the tremendous under-the-hood changes to Windows unveiled early this year in Vista was the need to overhaul the security model. Indeed, Vista has proven to be a generally more secure operating system, though some vulnerabilities that apply to ordinary software impact Vista users just as much as any other.

But now, software analysts testing the latest build 3205 of the beta for Windows XP Service Pack 3 are discovering a wealth of genuinely new features – not just patches and security updates (although there are literally over a thousand of those), but services that could substantially improve system security without overhauling the kernel like in Vista.

According to preliminary reports from Neosmart, testers there found evidence that the company is hardening XP’s network security with added features.

One of these features had actually been on Microsoft’s list for some time, and might actually have caused problems for customers had it been omitted: Network Access Protection (NAP), which is due to be managed by the forthcoming Windows Server 2008. This new service disallows network clients from accessing a WS2K8 server without passing a minimum “health screening,” which checks for the presence of updates and service packs (including SP3) and disallows access to failing clients until they upgrade.

When NAP’s inclusion in WS2K8 was first confirmed in late August, a Microsoft spokesperson contacted BetaNews to make sure we reported it wasn’t just for Windows Server and just for Vista. We assumed that meant it would find its way to XP as well, though the spokesperson declined to be pressed further at that time.

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