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Plan C: The Cold War Plan Which Would Have Brought the US Under Martial Law

CanadianMacFan Re:Urban legend? (306 comments)

Wondering who is going to be sending mail after a nuclear war. I think the water bill can wait and Sears isn't going to be doing mail order for a while.

3 days ago
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Plan C: The Cold War Plan Which Would Have Brought the US Under Martial Law

CanadianMacFan Re:USA invading Canada? (306 comments)

That's okay, we have plans for stopping you from invading. Just leave lots of cases of real beer across the border. You guys won't be able to handle it and we can counterattack.

3 days ago
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Police Organization Wants Cop-Spotting Dropped From Waze App

CanadianMacFan Re:Our revenue stream your personal freedoms (461 comments)

Or if someone wanted to attack police officers they would probably go to a police station. Might be one or two hanging around there.

3 days ago
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Americans Support Mandatory Labeling of Food That Contains DNA

CanadianMacFan Re:Link to the study (351 comments)

I read a lot of books but am lousy at remembering the titles. If asked that question about the books I've read concerning food and agriculture I know that I've read at least four in the past year but can only remember the title of one, Cooked. I can give the summary of three but the title escapes me. One of my favourite authors is Patrick Rothfuss and I can remember he's writing The Kingkiller Chronicle but can't remember the books in it.

4 days ago
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Calif. DMV Back-Pedals On Commercial-Plate Mandate For Ride-Share Drivers

CanadianMacFan Re:Insurance (213 comments)

I'm not familiar how California does their licenses and insurance. Are they tied together so that when you renew your plates you are also paying for your insurance?

4 days ago
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Google Just Made It Easier To Run Linux On Your Chromebook

CanadianMacFan Re:Chromebook Shmomebook (169 comments)

I'm trying to install Solaris on my Vic 20 but transferring the CDs over to cassettes is taking forever!

about a week ago
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'Never Miss Another Delivery' - if You Have a TrackPIN (Video)

CanadianMacFan Re:delivery people will never do it (85 comments)

UPS can't even find the time to knock or ring the doorbell when they deliver a package so I never know when it shows up.

about a week ago
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Eric Schmidt: Our Perception of the Internet Will Fade

CanadianMacFan Don't really need it (228 comments)

A lot of the things they are proposing I don't really need. I don't need my dishwasher or laundry machine to tweet me when they are done. Why? Because I run them in the middle of the night when the electricity is cheaper. I don't care when they finish. Besides if I did care they have this feature called a beep or chime. The Nest had a bit of attraction to me until I found out that all of the information was being sent to a central server. Surely processors are powerful enough that the predictions could be calculated on the thermostat itself. It's bad enough that I'm stuck with a smart meter. I don't need my habits being tracked by another organization. Besides my non-connected programmable thermostat is more than good enough.

I could see a smoke detector with some sort of thermal scanner that would only detect fires that would contact the fire department in emergencies being quite handy. But for the most part I see the Internet of things as doing stuff because we can do them and not because we need them.

about a week ago
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New Advance Confines GMOs To the Lab Instead of Living In the Wild

CanadianMacFan Re:ARE WE THIS DUMB!!! (130 comments)

Are we this dumb? Yes, apparently we are. We haven't grasped the idea of just because we can do something doesn't mean that we have to do it.

about a week ago
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Calls For European ISPs To Filter Content Could Be Illegal

CanadianMacFan Re:I hope it works (60 comments)

Oh come on, it's got lad in the domain name. It's obviously a site for child porn!

about a week ago
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Simon Pegg On Board To Co-Write Next Star Trek Film

CanadianMacFan Re:what about... (138 comments)

I know that Nick Frost has done a lot of projects with Simon Pegg but I'd see Brian Blessed as Harry Mudd instead.

about a week ago
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Simon Pegg On Board To Co-Write Next Star Trek Film

CanadianMacFan Re:Sounds good to me (138 comments)

With a cricket bat!

about a week ago
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Blackberry CEO: Net Neutrality Means Mandating Cross-Platform Apps

CanadianMacFan Sure thing (307 comments)

I'll get right on it. Oh wait, I remember now, every time I've used a Blackberry I've hated the experience. If I developed apps for your devices then I'd have to use them. No thanks.

about a week ago
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The Tech Industry's Legacy: Creating Disposable Employees

CanadianMacFan Nothing New (263 comments)

I think it was in the 1980s that the business world stopped being a place where you could join a company and expect it to look after you in return for your loyalty. I don't know why the author thinks the tech industry is so special that it would be immune from this.

One thing driving this, or at least in the past that I have seen, is that people are brought onto projects when there is the ability to do so, not when there is the need to. So when the times are good you expand your workforce even if you don't really have need to. Then when things look bad you let them go.

In one company I was doing some contracting for their managers level was determined by the number of people reporting to them. This led to a lot of fighting for projects and a lot of people being hired. And a couple of the "software engineers" were lucky to be able to turn on the computers at the start of the day.

about a week ago
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Facebook Will Let You Flag Content As 'False'

CanadianMacFan Re:stupid idea (224 comments)

We do that in elections and see how well that works out.

about a week ago
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Facebook Will Let You Flag Content As 'False'

CanadianMacFan Re:False Flag (224 comments)

I can see this now:

IPCC releases latest report saying climate change is happening due to human causes
- Republican Party flagged this as false
- Greenpeace has flagged Republican Party's flag as false
- Koch Brothers has flagged Greenpeace's flag as false
- WWF has flagged Koch Brothers' flag as false ...

about a week ago
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Facebook Will Let You Flag Content As 'False'

CanadianMacFan Re:So what? (224 comments)

Fox News isn't a reliable news source either but it hasn't stopped people from going there from getting their conspiracy theory of the day.

about a week ago
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Your Entire PC In a Mouse

CanadianMacFan Re:Keyboard (165 comments)

I think the Commodore 64 had a little bit of popularity.

about two weeks ago
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Moscow To Track Cell-phone Users In 2015 For Traffic Analysis

CanadianMacFan Adding traffic analysis (63 comments)

We've been tracking your cell phones for years now but we're going to start using the data for traffic analysis this year.

about two weeks ago

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Ask Slashdot: Extensions to block popups asking to subscribe to newletters

CanadianMacFan CanadianMacFan writes  |  about a week ago

CanadianMacFan (1900244) writes "A lot of the sites I'm seeing now are bringing up messages asking me to sign up for their newsletter. It's getting to be very annoying. Is there any extensions that you are using to block this? I'm using Firefox and have AdBlick Plus installed."

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