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Days After Shooting, Canada Proposes New Restrictions On and Offline

Beardo the Bearded Re:Shot in the back (281 comments)

Here's the deal.

It's expensive to stay on high alert all the time. All those extra guards, guns, maintenance, etc. That costs money. Up here, after 9/11, we maintained high alert at the bases for a couple of years, then decided to go back to more-or-less before. Not quite; back in 2000 I could walk onto the base only flashing my ID, and once I did show a post-it that said PASS on it. As it stands now, I do require an actual valid pass to get onto the base. However, the security on the base itself is lower than that of my local YMCA. (The base passes are easy to forge and don't get scanned or recorded; the gym requires an active membership and records your entry times.)

What I'm getting at here is that when you're on guard duty at the War Memorial, you're there to be a meet-and-greet kind of soldier. The only shooting you're expecting is some selfies with the kilted guy (meaning you) and maybe a couple of shots at the bar after work. You're not guarding anything. It's a public sculpture that's maybe 50 feet per side. There's literally nothing there to defend. (I've been there a few times; years ago for work I stayed at the Lord Elgin and worked in the next-door building, housing some PW stuff.)

Now, here's the other thing. Bullets. You have to track the shit out of them. If you gave the guards at the War Memorial live ammo, it would be a complete clusterfuck. If you're giving someone ammo, you're expecting them to get shot at, right? Which really means they should be wearing armour as well, not the ceremonial dress uniform (which only offers protection against thrown bullets) So you've got to get them armour, bullets, and a real gun, plus track all that stuff from day to day. What if the gun got dropped and discharged? What if you stopped for a picture and someone took your gun or cut themselves on the bayonet? What if the magazine fell out and the ammo sprayed all over the ground? Now the person guarding is presenting the image of a drunkard scrambling around for their car keys in the dark.

Weird scenarios, but all significantly more likely than a schizophrenic walking up to you and shooting you in the back in cold blood on a boring Hump Day morning.

yesterday
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Experiment Shows Stylized Rendering Enhances Presence In Immersive AR

Beardo the Bearded Re: Porn ... (75 comments)

I'm imagining this conversation as the same guy talking to himself, since both are AC...

about three weeks ago
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Experiment Shows Stylized Rendering Enhances Presence In Immersive AR

Beardo the Bearded Re:Simulated Universe (75 comments)

So what does that make Saint's Row IV?

about three weeks ago
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Apple's "Warrant Canary" Has Died

Beardo the Bearded Re:There is no "almost impossible" (236 comments)

I literally don't know the password to my phone. I know of it, and how to type it in, but even at gunpoint / threat of contempt, I couldn't tell you what it is.

about a month ago
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Is the Tesla Model 3 Actually Going To Cost $50,000?

Beardo the Bearded Re:car sellers are bad even at selling (393 comments)

One of my buddies is buying a Leaf.

The problem is this: once you test drive an electric car, you're done with shitty ICE forever. Nothing has better torque, better acceleration... and that's what the gold ol' 'murkin cahs are sold as, muscle.

Put them up against something electric, and these so-called "Muscle cars" are just saggy old curlbros trying to get big arms to draw attention away from their massive beer bellies.

about a month ago
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Apparent Meteorite Hits Managua, Nicaragua, Leaving Crater But No Injuries

Beardo the Bearded Re:Excuse me, but ... (107 comments)

Excuse me, but are you commenting on the Facebook auto-play problem? That was three stories back.

Give him a break, he's using IE and this is as fast as he can post.

about a month and a half ago
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Swedish Farmers Have Doubts About Climatologists and Climate Change

Beardo the Bearded Re:Weather is NOT climate (567 comments)

Meh, I live in Canada, future home of 250,000 km of tropical coastline.

What's your retirement plan? I've invested all my RRSPs (like a 401k) into scuba gear and sunblock.

Dive Nanasvik!

about 4 months ago
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Supreme Court Rules Cell Phones Can't Be Searched Without a Warrant

Beardo the Bearded Re:So they'll just add (249 comments)

Thank you, I wasn't sure what they meant by the imminent threat.

We had the same ruling up here in Canada, although you do have to lock your phone with a password. It requires a specific type of warrant, not a general warrant.

about 4 months ago
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Trivial Bypass of PayPal Two-Factor Authentication On Mobile Devices

Beardo the Bearded Re:Rookie mistake (47 comments)

No fucking kidding. I wouldn't trust the client when I did FUCKING HOBBY GAME PROGRAMMING in my spare weekend time.

And that was to check that someone's magic sword wasn't bothering other players.

Fuckin' hacks.

about 4 months ago
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Canadian Court Orders Google To Remove Websites From Its Global Index

Beardo the Bearded Re:Internet (248 comments)

I agree. A more sensible solution would be to mandate that the infringing website be changed to say "the GW1000 product relies on technology stolen from Equustek . To buy the original product, visit Equustek " Make them put up a link to the original product.

Order that the defendants pay for the hosting for 100 years or whatever.

Finally, bar the defendants from working together and/or working on similar technology.

I'm not sure what the judge's problem is though. What you carry out in your brain is yours to keep in Canada.

about 4 months ago
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Why Disney Can't Give Us High-Def Star Wars Where Han Shoots First

Beardo the Bearded Re:Despecialized Editions (210 comments)

In the book, it's not just that Han shoots first.

(Yes, there's a book.)

It's that every single person in the bar except Greedo knew that it was a Bad Idea to let Han get his hands under the table. They even started moving out of the blast zone, smirking.

Han's a tough motherfucker, and Greedo was fucked the moment he signed on for credits. He's a survivor, and the only reason Luke and Obi-Wan lived is because Han is one of the only pilots to enter hyperspace with his shields on. (Costing excess fuel and a minor environmental problem.)

Look at the ambush with Vader at Bespin -- Han doesn't shoot a look at Leia, no one-liners, neither a "you asshole!" to Lando nor a "it's a trap!", he just pulls out his blaster and starts blasting. Every shot is dead center, and it costs Vader something like FOUR force points to survive the attack.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

Beardo the Bearded Re:Medical doctor (737 comments)

Indeed.

I'm an EE. If the grid goes down and I've got carte blanche, I could get some semblance of electricity up and running in under a week. (Which would enable you to plug in your standard appliances.) I could get solar USB chargers working in the same time frame.

First you get the electricity, then you get the... power... uh... then you get the wom... can I start over?

I know how to make beer.

about 6 months ago
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How Cochlear Implants Are Being Blamed For Killing Deaf Culture

Beardo the Bearded Re:Let it die (510 comments)

Deafness used to run in my family.

My cousin is stone deaf. There's a genetic thing on the women's side where sometimes the flap covering the semicircular window in the ear just doesn't fall off. This causes the hairs in the cochlea to atrophy and die, and cause permanent uncurable deafness.

Modern testing and surgery has made this a thing of the past. A quick test as a newborn checks for this via echo and a minor outpatient surgery is all it takes.

Fuck deafness. Sneak up behind it with a marching band and stab it in the neck.

about 6 months ago
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Study: People That Think Social Media Helps Their Work Are Probably Wrong

Beardo the Bearded Re:Hmm.. (40 comments)

Indeed. PLCs.NET has been great for my work in PLCs.

about 7 months ago
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A 2560x1440 VR Headset That's Mobile

Beardo the Bearded Re:Transparent OLED (135 comments)

Let me know when someone starts making OLEDs.

They've all but stopped production. My guess is that there are far too many LCD panels sitting in warehouses to change the tech to OLED.

about 7 months ago
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Gameover Malware Targets Job Seekers

Beardo the Bearded Re:rushed target selection? (42 comments)

Yeah, that's what I was thinking. Are you going to steal my no money? Go right ahead.

It's like... if someone breaks into my house looking for money and valuables, I'll hand out flashlights, turn on the lights, and we'll all look together.

My CC is maxed, my LOC is full, my mortgage is full, and my savings are nil. Nothing like getting laid off just after finishing up a divorce.

about 7 months ago

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Warrants required for text messages

Beardo the Bearded Beardo the Bearded writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Beardo the Bearded (321478) writes "The Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) has ruled that your text messages cannot be seized without a wiretap order.

FTA: "The decision overturns a lower court ruling against Telus that required the company to hand over copies of two of its customers' text messages after it was served with a general warrant by police in Owen Sound, Ontario.

Telus had appealed the ruling. The phone provider argued that seizing the messages would constitute "interception" of the communication and would therefore require a wiretap warrant. That is more difficult to get than a general warrant, because of special privacy provisions in the Criminal Code protecting private communications.""

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What MP3 players are available?

Beardo the Bearded Beardo the Bearded writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Beardo the Bearded (321478) writes "Dear Slashdot:

I have to get a new MP3 player. For years I've been using a Sony Walkman after winning one at work. I used it every day to block out the cubicle sounds, especially the humming of the fans. (I have noise-blocking earbuds.) It saw frequent use it at the gym. I also used it when biking, so an external speaker is critical. Last week it got wet and despite my best efforts (I'm an Electrical Engineer) it did not survive.

I don't want to get an iPod because of their attitude towards slave labour. iTunes is also something I want to avoid because it's a closed format that doesn't work under Ubuntu.

Sony's... well, we all know what Sony's been up to lately. You also had to use Windows Media Player to make playlists — Rythmbox, Banshee, and other Ubuntu players couldn't create the propietary format. I could drag-and-drop music but that was it.

It seems like all the brick-and-mortar retailers carry are iPods and some junky low-end disposable models that barely passed quality control. I had to return a Polaroid player because it was unusable.

I've had bad luck with Archos products as well, with a battery on my Archos 7 dying after about 6 months. It doesn't have to be an all-singing, all-dancing pony. I want music. I don't have a cell phone, nor do I plan on spending several thousand dollars over the next three years to get an MP3-capable cell. In fact, because of the rules at work, it shouldn't have a camera in it. Nor will I be able to use any streaming audio features at work.

I've looked at the Anything but iPod website, but none of the players they recommend are available anymore. There are a few from Amazon retailers but few, if any, will ship outside of the US.

What players would you recommend? It's got to be something that's rugged enough to take a fall, has an external speaker for biking, and work under Ubuntu. Cost is a secondary concern, my main goal is to have a nice machine that does its job well."

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Details of Canadian Copyright Law

Beardo the Bearded Beardo the Bearded writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Beardo the Bearded (321478) writes "For the third time, the Canadian Government is bringing forward new copyright legislation. While generally balanced and creating a differentiation between personal and commercial copyright violaters, there is a catch. The proposed law would create $5000 penalties for breaking any digital locks. ANY locks. That means unskippable commercials on Blu-Ray players and broadcast / delete flags on TV transmissions. Even attempts to circumvent the locks are violations, and that means Sony gets to install rootkits on your... er, their computer, and your cable provider gets to disable your PVR that you bought and paid for. These locks over-ride any other rights that consumers would have under the new Act.

This would have the side effect of outlawing any operating system that includes region-free players, or even watching imported movies that are impossible to obtain in Canada.

This ignores the wishes of the Canadians who participated in the lengthy consultations; we said that the locks would be too restrictive.

Too bad we can't apply a three-strikes law to laws..."

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Scubaboard sued over post content

Beardo the Bearded Beardo the Bearded writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Beardo the Bearded (321478) writes "In early 2008, several SCUBA divers were injured (one killed) due to contaminated air provided by a dive boat. Old news is exciting, but legal gears grind slowly.

The operator of the dive shop has filed suit against the owner of the board in an attempt to discourage discussion about the bad air, the fatality, and the conditions of the dive operation. Part of the issue is that the operator closed ship and moved to another company in January of 2010. The posters on scubaboard found that it was the same person and started warning divers against using the new company altogether.

Is it possible or reasonable to hold public forums accountable for the posts of its users?"
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Canada's Heritgage Minster Violating own Bill

Beardo the Bearded Beardo the Bearded writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Beardo the Bearded (321478) writes "In Canada, the legislation for Copyright Reform comes from either the Heritage Minister or the Industry Minister. According to an article on the CanWest news service, "Heritage Minister James Moore — one of the government's leaders on the copyright file — admitted Monday that he hasn't always abided by Canada's copyright law." In other words, the person in charge of copyright legislation in Canada doesn't follow his own rules. The most recent legislation, Bill C-61, would have made it unlawful to (among other things) record TV shows for watching later, or shifting any media with any form of copy protection. It was abandoned during the elections in October 2008. This raises the question: Why are these guys making laws that they aren't going to follow themselves? If Bill C-61 had passed, he would have been civilly liable for $20,000 per offence, and possibly even jail time."
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