Ah, so that is the reason he has such a wide view on the Internet.
Audi apparently thought it could pull one over on the residents of Toronto, but it got caught. The automaker from Ingolstadt applied for a permit from the Film and Television Office of Toronto to shoot a commercial that would allow it to place double “T” statues that measure six feet high and fifteen feet long all over the city for a period of three days. A press release issued by Audi, however, confirms that no commercial would be shot, but rather that the statues are meant to act as billboards advertising the new Audi TT. The placement of the statues as advertisements, though, violates the city’s signage laws.
About 50 of the statues were placed around Toronto, some appearing in park settings where residents go to enjoy natural beauty and a peaceful environment in the city. Clearly, the statues are regarded as a major eyesore, and people are ticked off that Audi and its advertising agency, Maverick PR, bent the rules to place them in the path of Toronto’s residents.
It’s really amazing. The gall of these people!
Take this article for example. It says:
US officials asked him to stay on as a caretaker until the end of June to allow time for the naming of a successor.
You may think that this is a reasonable question to ask, right? Well, not really – Wolfowitz knows there’s nothing for him to do but sit in an office all day playing minesweeper:
World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz, who resigned yesterday, offered to delegate day-to-day decisions to his top deputies until his tenure ends on June 30.
Wolfowitz, in a letter to board members today, said most of his responsibilities can be handled by the agency’s two managing directors, Graeme Wheeler and Juan Jose Daboub, and that he won’t be involved in personnel decisions. He said he wrote the letter after consulting with the board’s senior members, Eckhard Deutscher and Otaviano Canuto.
“Should policy matters arise, I would defer to the appropriate” managing director or vice president, the letter said. “If the board so desires, I am happy to assist on the few pending strategic issues” such as the bank’s budget.
So, why do they want Wolfowitz to say? Simple. Money. Back to the first article:
Wolfowitz will be able to collect a $400,000 performance bonus due him on June 1, according to two senior bank officials.
Yeah, that bank really takes care of the poor, like they’re supposed to do.
“Novell’s activity will be protected by the fact that it was complete as of the date in November, which is the effective date of their deal with Microsoft. [The GPL revisions won't be retroactive.] Microsoft’s activity will begin to disperse patent defenses into the community. When GPL 3 goes into effect, every Microsoft coupon handed to somebody, which results in the shipment of a Novell Server Edition product to that coupon-holder, will result in a conveyance of broad patent defenses to parties throughout the community.
“The goal of this provision was to incent Microsoft to get out of the patent deal with Novell. Microsoft, which fully understands what we are doing and why we are doing it, has elected instead not to withdraw from the deal with Novell, but to throw coupons wholesale out of airplanes. You have been watching for months as Microsoft gave away these coupons — which were supposed to be valuable to Microsoft, and for which it paid a lot of money — as though the coupons themselves were hot, as indeed they are. All of this giving away coupons activity by Microsoft is meaningless and useless. The coupons have no expiration date, and Microsoft can be sure that some coupons will be turned into Novell in return for software after the effective date of GPL 3. Once that has happened, patent defenses will, under the license, have moved out into the broad community and be available to anybody who Microsoft should ever sue for infringement.
“Our goal, in other words, is to add one more layer of probable defense against the Microsoft patent aggression, which Microsoft has just been busy thumping its tub about this week. So, in summary, Novell will be protected for the long haul, and Microsoft will be endangered for the long haul by GPL 3, and that’s as it should be.”