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Obama Delays Decision On Keystone Pipeline Yet Again

CanEHdian Updated Wire Service Headlines (199 comments)

Obama Delays Decision On Keystone Pipeline Yet Again

Canada ponders legalizing p2p filesharing for not-for-profit, personal use

Obama Approves Keystone Pipeline and Fast-Tracks Implementation

4 days ago
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Intuit, Maker of Turbotax, Lobbies Against Simplified Tax Filings

CanEHdian FREE Electronic Return from Tax Agency (422 comments)

I know for a fact that the Dutch tax agency experimented in the 1990s with simply put: the paper return but turned into a computer program, with some added sanity checks and obvious automation/summations, available on a 3.5" floppy disk that you mailed back; later on it allowed you to dial in directly via modem to return, later via the Internet. Free of charge, directly from the Tax Agency themselves. You could also buy commercial programs, that offered specific tax tips and more elaborate explanations.

Why is a free, electronic version of the paper return from the IRS/CRA so much to ask for? I don't trust my demographics to these so-called "free versions" of commercial tax return software.

about a week ago
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IRS Misses XP Deadline, Pays Microsoft Millions For Patches

CanEHdian Re:see where your taxes go (322 comments)

The fun part is that both the UK and The Netherlands governments are doing the same; thus each patch is now paid 3 times over! The sad part is that none of the taxpayers will be able to get their hands on these patches.

about two weeks ago
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Software Upgrade At 655 Million Kilometers

CanEHdian Re:the first thing to do... (57 comments)

According to TFA they have a kernel exploit and will attempt to install a CFW.

In the mean time, forget about torrenting Churyumov.-.Gerasimenko.(2014).CAM.x264-Rosetta.avi as it's VERY blurry and sound is missing.

about three weeks ago
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Bring On the Monsters: Tolkien's Translation of Beowulf To Be Published

CanEHdian Re:False (94 comments)

I think AC meant, a brand new copyright term as in x number of years.

Even if in a few short years from now we see a global trend to radically curtail copyright terms, starting with the European Spring, I do agree that unpublished (*) works should be treated as new works when published by the estate (with a "safety net" provision of x years for unpublished works, anonymous or not, for works to fall into the public domain) (**).

(*) publishing should be seen in the broadest sense possible, to avoid "members only" clubs where works are "circulated only amongst members" for some bogus reason, leading to the claim that the work hasn't officially been published, so a copyright term never started.

(**) this might lead to the interesting conclusion that "selfies" become public domain 120 years after your death.

about a month ago
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Twitter Turns 8; May Drop Hashtags and @replies

CanEHdian Twitter killing off... itself (96 comments)

the @userid and the trick with the . in front, combined with "hashtag" DEFINES twitter. Twitter wants to kill that off? Sure. Here comes Flit-it with @userid, hashtags, and 255 character Fleets. Flit it. Fleet it like it's 2013.

about a month ago
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Creationists Demand Equal Airtime With 'Cosmos'

CanEHdian "Creation" (667 comments)

The dissenters should just commission their own series, perhaps called Creation.

It opens with a bright blue eyed boy of about 4 years old, sitting on his knees on the carpet, toy rocket in hand, talking to what is presumably his great-grandfather who is seated in a comfortable chair, sipping from a cup of tea in his right hand, a copy of the Holy Bible on one of the armrests. "Grampy," the boy asks, "where did the world and all the stars come from?"

The man puts his other hand on the bible. "Boy," he says, "the answer to that and all other questions is right in here!" He puts the cup of tea on a side table and picks up the bible, thumbing through it, then closing it and holding it up in front of the boy. "It's all here because God wanted it to be here. He said: Let there be light! And there was light. And the next 5 days He spent building everything you see, including us. And on the 7th day He rested."

The boy ponders over this for a second, then frowns. "But Grampy... then where did God come from?" The man's face turns into an angry scowl, he lifts up the bible high into the air as if to strike down the young man with it... then screams "Blasphemy! How dare you ask such questions! Off you go, get out of my eyes!"

about a month ago
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Snowden A Hero? Gates Says No, Woz Says Yes

CanEHdian Other TLA agencies (335 comments)

Gates seems to be forgetting that other Three Letter Acronym agencies were already standing in line to access the "metadata" and some were already actively using it, with the caution that the source could never be disclosed. And once the TLAs had their fill, the FLAs are next (Four Letter... as in MPAA or RIAA).

about a month ago
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Monster Hypergiant Star Discovered

CanEHdian Atmospheric drag? (94 comments)

"By analysing data on the star’s varying brightness, using observations from other observatories, the astronomers confirmed the object to be an eclipsing binary system where the smaller component passes in front and behind the larger one as it orbits. In this case HR 5171 A is orbited by its companion star every 1300 days."

Wouldn't atmospheric drag from the Yellow Giant slow the companion star down rapidly or is it somehow "star surfing"?

about a month and a half ago
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Free (Gratis) Version of Windows Could Be a Reality Soon

CanEHdian Windows 8.x protection platform (392 comments)

It's unbelievable how much time and effort went into the protection (from "unlicensed copies") of Windows 8.x -- the OA/SLIC 3.x method for large OEM customers causes an *individual key* for each unit to be generated, verified/registered with Microsoft, and inserted into the systems firmware.

And now they're just giving it away?

I still prefer and use Windows 7, and will continue to do so.

about 2 months ago
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Computer Geeks As Loners? Data Says Otherwise

CanEHdian Now for the real numbers... (158 comments)

First take in this story.

Perhaps "a 100-person Mechanical Turk study with a $5 research budget" should be done here as well, then define "married" to be engaged in holy matrimony with an actual physical human being (of the opposite, same, or any of the genders defined by Facebook). Perhaps the questionnaire failed to mention "IRL" so they thought WoW counted, too.

about 2 months ago
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Google Says It Has "No Current Plans Regarding Bitcoin"

CanEHdian Googs vs. Zoins (157 comments)

It's just too bad I can't use Zoins in the Play Store, and can't use Googs to buy stuff on Amazon.

about 2 months ago
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CERN Antimatter Experiment Produces First Beam of Antihydrogen

CanEHdian Re:Cool science coming... (136 comments)

I don't understand where your "negative mass" is coming from.

Another one that never watched ST:TAS... from Memory Alpha's description of Beyond the Farthest Star:

En route to investigate, the Enterprise suddenly experiences severe hypergravitational effects from Questar M-17's negative star mass.

about 3 months ago
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Mars One Studying How To Maintain Communications With Mars 24/7

CanEHdian Funding (143 comments)

The major obstacle is initial funding. Here's the link to the indiegogo campaign. Right now it's at something like $150k of $400k. Once they successfully land something on Mars, demonstrate they can manufacture water, oxygen and plenty of electricity on Mars, they will be taken a lot more serious. Until then, it's just the odd one out that's putting their money where there dreams are.

about 3 months ago
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Nintendo Defeats and Assumes Control of 'Patent Troll's' Portfolio After Victory

CanEHdian Now what? (87 comments)

I wonder what Nintendo is going to do with these patents they weren't infringing on in the first place (and thus should be null and void from their standpoint)... going after Sony or Microsoft that might be infringing on them with certain elements of Move or Kinect?

about 3 months ago
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100-Year-Old Photo Negatives Discovered In Antarctica

CanEHdian (C)opyright (114 comments)

It'd be interesting to see how the copyright is going to be talked into existence on these 100-year-old photographs made by an unknown photographer.

about 4 months ago
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Panoramic Picture Taken By China's Moon Lander

CanEHdian Re:NOT a Chinese released panorama (125 comments)

Chang'E 3 has several cameras (as does the YuTu rover)

The rover's cameras cannot be used following an emergency injunction order from YouTube for trademark infringement. :-)

about 4 months ago
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Netflix: Non-'A' Players Unworthy of Jobs

CanEHdian C for McCord (397 comments)

What you need to ask yourself: what makes the "A" player an "A" player? How did that player get there? A very intelligent go-the-extra-mile person with excellent social skills is always welcome. Don't forget, this would affect anyone that has been an "A" player in one role, and (after a similar transitional period a new hire would get) is an "A" player in another role. Because if you are made redundant in the manner McCord champions, what would be the chances that you would ever return to the same company, other than for a substantial wage increase and -in a fool me once... manner- demand a substantial severance package.

about 4 months ago
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Throwable 36-Camera Ball Nearly Ready To Toss

CanEHdian DROP IT! DROP IT NOW! {Bang!} {Bang!} (68 comments)

Two guys, one with a large backpack, are in the middle of an always very busy Time Square, NYC, NY. They look around, excitedly talking to each other. They stop, the back pack goes off and a big, rugged, grapefruit-sized ball is taken out. They are seen fumbling with it, like they are using some kind of activation mechanism. Then one of them is what looks like preparing to throw said ball in the air. The police officer, who had been observing the whole thing, takes immediate action!

about 4 months ago

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Faster-than-Fast Fourier transform

CanEHdian CanEHdian writes  |  more than 2 years ago

CanEHdian (1098955) writes "MIT news reports on research done resulting in a Faster-than-fast Fourier Transform algorithm, the Nearly Optimal Sparse Fourier Transform, which also has practical applications:

At the Association for Computing Machinery's Symposium on Discrete Algorithms (SODA) this week, a group of MIT researchers will present a new algorithm that, in a large range of practically important cases, improves on the fast Fourier transform. Under some circumstances, the improvement can be dramatic — a tenfold increase in speed. The new algorithm could be particularly useful for image compression, enabling, say, smartphones to wirelessly transmit large video files without draining their batteries or consuming their monthly bandwidth allotments.

Paper will be available on arXiv."

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Judge takes copyright infringement seriously

CanEHdian CanEHdian writes  |  more than 2 years ago

CanEHdian (1098955) writes "Texas court-at-law judge identified as William Adams alledgedly put his belt where his mouth was back in 2004 upon his discovery of the alledged crime of alledged copyright infringement perpetrated by his own daughter and committed in his own home. A graphic and disturbing video is included with TFA, reader discretion is advised.
A source close to the RIAA, speaking on condition of anonymity, stated "If all American Dads had done that to their kids, piracy would have been eliminated... did I just infringe on a Trademark?"."

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