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Hi, my name is Alexander and this is my website.

I live in Toronto, Canada, and work as a Senior IT Professional.

In spare time I enjoy writing some code, developing web applications, working on my robot, reading sci-fi, finance and technical books, visiting my cabin in the wilderness and travel when I can.

Here are some technical news to read...


What is Article 13? The EU's copyright directive explained [Thu, 14 Feb 2019 13:13:05 GMT]
The final version of the new EU copyright law is agreed after three days of talks in France.
YouTube's copyright claim system abused by extorters [Thu, 14 Feb 2019 10:37:47 GMT]
Google acts after YouTubers report users attempting to extort money via fraudulent copyright claims.
Amazon cancels New York City campus plan [Thu, 14 Feb 2019 20:10:17 GMT]
The internet giant hit local opposition over the roughly $3bn in subsidies it had been promised.
School bomb hoax suspect arrested in US [Thu, 14 Feb 2019 11:45:36 GMT]
Thousands of US schools were shut down by fake threats involving bombs, allege prosecutors.
JP Morgan creates first US bank-backed crypto-currency [Thu, 14 Feb 2019 15:58:19 GMT]
The US investment bank has created the JPM Coin to handle wholesale payments for some clients.
British hacker Marcus Hutchins loses bid to omit 'intoxicated' testimony [Thu, 14 Feb 2019 13:42:27 GMT]
Devonian Marcus Hutchins is accused of writing virus code and says he was "intoxicated" in an interview.
Apple to investigate Saudi app [Wed, 13 Feb 2019 18:08:15 GMT]
An app that can be used by men to stop women leaving the country will be investigated by Apple.
Former Apple lawyer charged with insider trading [Thu, 14 Feb 2019 03:03:38 GMT]
Gene Levoff is accused of engaging in insider trading on several occasions between 2011 and 2016.
Nasa calls time on silent Opportunity Mars rover [Wed, 13 Feb 2019 19:07:18 GMT]
The 15-year mission of "Oppy" the robot is declared over after repeated failed attempts to contact it.
Overwatch and Call Of Duty maker to cut 800 jobs [Wed, 13 Feb 2019 11:43:19 GMT]
Activision Blizzard will lay off about 800 people, despite announcing record revenue.


Gravitational waves: Black hole detector to get upgrade [Fri, 15 Feb 2019 00:47:20 GMT]
The UK and US governments have announced a £25m upgrade to the machines that detected gravitational waves.
Chernobyl: The end of a three-decade experiment [Thu, 14 Feb 2019 17:49:54 GMT]
The abandoned Chernobyl exclusion zone could be about to change for the first time since the world's worst nuclear disaster.
Search for Shackleton's lost Endurance ship called off [Thu, 14 Feb 2019 12:15:12 GMT]
Thick ice and a lost sub bring an end to the search for the famous Antarctic explorer's sunken polar yacht.
Chemicals 'repair damaged neurons in mice' [Thu, 14 Feb 2019 16:30:28 GMT]
Some early studies in mice suggest drugs can be developed to halt mental decline, say scientists.
Paying tribute to the nation's forests [Thu, 14 Feb 2019 09:27:33 GMT]
Britons are being urged to write a poem, letter or story to celebrate the woodlands of the UK.
Nasa calls time on silent Opportunity Mars rover [Wed, 13 Feb 2019 19:07:18 GMT]
The 15-year mission of "Oppy" the robot is declared over after repeated failed attempts to contact it.
Pangolins: Rare insight into world's most trafficked mammal [Wed, 13 Feb 2019 00:45:05 GMT]
Scientists release rare footage of the secretive giant pangolin to highlight the scaly mammal's plight.
Nasa's InSight mission: Mars 'mole' put on planet's surface [Wed, 13 Feb 2019 13:38:32 GMT]
The US space agency's InSight mission positions the second of its surface instruments on Mars.
Kings of the jungle on top in photo award [Wed, 13 Feb 2019 00:19:58 GMT]
The winning pictures in this year's Wildlife Photographer of the Year People's Choice Award.
Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering: GPS pioneers lauded [Tue, 12 Feb 2019 14:00:48 GMT]
Four Americans are celebrated for their roles in developing the sat-nav Global Positioning System.