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Canadian Regulator Threatens To Impose New Netflix Regulation

CohibaVancouver Re:why does the CRTC need this list? (283 comments)

In fact, it's probably zero percent.

Except when it comes to the filming locations (mostly filmed in Toronto and Vancouver) and the actors (mostly Canadians).

But other than that, yeah.

6 hours ago
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Home Depot Says Breach Affected 56 Million Cards

CohibaVancouver Re:Credit cards? (77 comments)

All the Home Depot stores here in Vancouver, Canada have chip-and-PIN card readers.

yesterday
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Is the Tesla Model 3 Actually Going To Cost $50,000?

CohibaVancouver Re:Still pretty affordable (386 comments)

What else can subsidize here?

Well, in your case, apparently grammar school.

2 days ago
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A DC-10 Passenger Plane Is Perfect At Fighting Wildfires

CohibaVancouver Re:Hmmm .... (110 comments)

Did anyone bother to check on World Airlines

In the last 30 years, World Airways has had one incident, and that was due to pilot error, not issues with the DC-10 itself.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W...

there is always a refueling stop at Anchorage or Honolulu.

Yes, and when Canadian Airlines crossed the Pacific with their DC-10s in the 70s, 80s & 90s they used to stop in Hawaii for fuel.

This is one of the reasons these airframes have been retired.

2 days ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

CohibaVancouver Re:Cue the Bozos (948 comments)

The problem is that when the Bozos say that the USA is as bad as (or worse than) North Korea or a region suffering under ISIS or the Taliban, you belittle the suffering that those people are genuinely experiencing.

Could the USA do better? Absolutely, much, much better - But don't insult some teacher or blogger living in fear of torture or death in Syria by suggesting some teacher or blogger at West Beverly High is her peer.

2 days ago
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A DC-10 Passenger Plane Is Perfect At Fighting Wildfires

CohibaVancouver Re:It's just simple economics (110 comments)

What's expensive for a commercial airliner can be economical for a fire-fighting operation.

...or cargo operations, which is where you still see a lot of these older birds.

2 days ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

CohibaVancouver Cue the Bozos (948 comments)

Cue the bozos, who, due to Slashdot hivemind, are now required to post "So, exactly like the USA!"

...and no, I'm not American.

2 days ago
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A DC-10 Passenger Plane Is Perfect At Fighting Wildfires

CohibaVancouver Re:Lament the DC10 (110 comments)

Because that's typical economy seating plans are 3-3.

Not two-aisle heavies like the DC-10.

Most of those are either 2-3-2, 2-4-2 or 3-3-3.

2 days ago
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A DC-10 Passenger Plane Is Perfect At Fighting Wildfires

CohibaVancouver Re:Hmmm .... (110 comments)

There's a reason why the DC-10 isn't used anymore.

Explosive Decompression

Incorrect. DC-10s were perfectly safe aircraft that flew millions of miles. They weren't explosively decompressing left right and center.

DC-10s aren't flying passengers any more because they don't have the efficiency of modern airliners like the 787. They're heavier, have more drag, and burn more fuel - Particularly due to the their three engines.

FedEx still operates a whack of 'em hauling cargo.

2 days ago
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A DC-10 Passenger Plane Is Perfect At Fighting Wildfires

CohibaVancouver Perfect? (110 comments)

A DC-10 Passenger Plane Is Perfect At Fighting Wildfires

It's not 'perfect.' Unlike water bombers like the Martin Mars ( http://www.martinmars.com/ ) the DC-10 can't 'scoop' water from a lake. It needs to land and be refilled, which limits the amount it can drop.

2 days ago
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What To Expect With Windows 9

CohibaVancouver Re:Haters gonna hate (535 comments)

Hey Anonymous Coward, you're gonna have to do better than that...

3 days ago
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What To Expect With Windows 9

CohibaVancouver Re:Haters gonna hate (535 comments)

What facets of my Surface Pro makes it a fake computer?

3 days ago
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What To Expect With Windows 9

CohibaVancouver Re:Haters gonna hate (535 comments)

You know what I love even more than than Win 8.1 on my Surface Pro 1? The side glances of envy from MacBook Air fanboys as they watch me use the touchscreen.

Downvote away haters, my karma can take it.

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Any Place For Liberal Arts Degrees In Tech?

CohibaVancouver Political Science (391 comments)

I have a liberal arts degree (Political Science) and I work in tech as a product manager - Writing requirements docs, training, travelling, evangelizing as the voice of the customer. I also have more job security than my coder-peers as my job hasn't been outsourced, unlike many of theirs.

However, I've always dabbled in computers and software, going back to my TRS-80 Model 1 in 1980.

The biggest challenge is that while Tech CEOs talk the talk of wanting 'critical thinking skills' it doesn't translate down to the line managers doing the hiring. All they know is STEM, so that's what they fall back on.

3 days ago
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Original 11' Star Trek Enterprise Model Being Restored Again

CohibaVancouver Re:Restoration (99 comments)

Why is it that if you copy something it's called a fake, but if you also destroy the original it's called restoration?

Interestingly, that's how transporters might eventually work:

Scan you, transmit scan data, reassemble you at the other end based on the data, confirm checksum, then destroy original.

5 days ago
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Drone-Based Businesses: Growing In Canada, Grounded In the US

CohibaVancouver Re:Do We Want Our Gov't to regulate the drones? (94 comments)

So basically what you're saying is humans are flawed, so we need some flawed humans to make rules for the rest of the flawed humans?

Yes, because some humans are way more flawed than others.

Here in Vancouver, flawed humans are flying drones around jets landing at our airport. Less flawed humans are making rules around that, which is OK by me.

about a week ago
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Verizon Working On a La Carte Internet TV Service

CohibaVancouver Re:Meh (108 comments)

Who watches TV these days.

Most nights when people are watching TV I'm out walking the dog. Judging by the number of TVs I see glowing in everyone's living rooms as I walk by, I'd say a lot of people are still watching TV these days.

about a week ago
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Turning the Tables On "Phone Tech Support" Scammers

CohibaVancouver Re:How about (210 comments)

You know, the amazing thing is they feel they have a right to be angry.

You're using a western mindset.

He's some impoverished guy in India desperate to make a few rupees from someone who, in his eyes, is very wealthy.

The 'wealthy' person has wasted his time, so he's angry. His 'boss' will probably yell at him for being unsuccessful, so he's angry.

It's not cut-and-dry like you might think.

about a week ago
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Denver Latest City Hit By Viral Respiratory Infection That Targets Kids

CohibaVancouver Re:No deaths? (174 comments)

If nobody has died why is this news? Slow news day?

Do you have children?

From the article -

HEV68, which almost uniquely affects children, tends to first cause cold-like symptoms, including body aches, sneezing and coughing. These mild complaints then worsen into life-threatening breathing problems that are all the more dangerous to children with asthma.

Sure, having your child day is way worse than having your kid really sick, but having a really sick kid is pretty horrible as well. That's why it's news.

about two weeks ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

CohibaVancouver Re:Anthropometrics (818 comments)

> But there's no guarantee that paying an extra $50 will get me that extra space.

It sure will on United or Delta. If you pay the upcharge for a seat with more legroom, then you'll get a seat with more legroom.

about two weeks ago

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Is Access to Gadgets a good Measure of "Success?"

CohibaVancouver CohibaVancouver writes  |  more than 3 years ago

CohibaVancouver writes "In a current article on Salon.com, author Patrick Smith asks whether or not a measure of success in a poor nation is access to technology like laptops and mobile phones when people still don't have access to clean drinking water or healthcare, and sewage runs in the street. He calls out the fact that in a desperately poor nation like Guyana the government is planning to spend $30,000,000 on laptops for school children, while the people urinate in the gutters. Is it right for poor people to continue to suffer while companies like Motorola, Microsoft, Apple and Nokia make profits. Is this really an important step towards empowerment?"
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Indie Media locked out of 2010 Winter Olympics

CohibaVancouver CohibaVancouver writes  |  more than 5 years ago

CohibaVancouver writes "The Vancouver Olympic Organizing Committee ("Vanoc") is getting some flack this morning about its decision to largely exclude "Indie Media" from covering the Winter Olympics in February of 2010.

From the article here: http://www.financialpost.com/story.html?id=1045816

"None of the people who attended [the Vancouver 2010 Indie Social Media meeting] — with the exception of a Vancouver Sun reporter — will likely get official accreditation to the Vancouver Games. With only 200 accreditations to split among the country's thousands of journalists, the Canadian Olympic Committee, which is responsible for the passes, is having to ration who gets them. So far, alternative and social media outside the traditional form have been unsuccessful."

It is presumed that Vanoc in general and the International Olympic Committee ("IOC") in general is concerned about protecting its revenue streams by only accrediting "traditional" media such as broadcast television and broadsheet newspapers."

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Thieves use Social Engineering to Steal Millions

CohibaVancouver CohibaVancouver writes  |  more than 6 years ago

CohibaVancouver writes "Last month, rare-art jewelry valued at fifteen million dollars was stolen from the Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver, Canada. Today, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation is reporting that the thief or thieves likely used social engineering to pull off the heist. It seems the night of the theft, someone called the museum's security office, claimed they were from the alarm company and told the staff on duty to ignore any alarms, as they were simply 'technical malfunctions.' They then proceeded to raid the museum. Perhaps the thieves recently watched the movie 'Sneakers.'"
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CohibaVancouver CohibaVancouver writes  |  more than 7 years ago

CohibaVancouver writes "There's an interesting legal battle brewing in British Columbia. In January, a woman in Vancouver gave premature birth to sextuplets. That's news in itself, but what's really interesting is that the parents are Jehovah's witnesses. Typically, in order to survive, 'preemies' need blood transfusions, and the parents have refused to allow them for religous reasons.

As a result, the state has been seizing the babies and giving them the transfusions so they have a better chance of survival. Once the transfusions are complete the babies are 'given back' to their parents.

The relationship between the parents and doctors are reported as 'strained' and now there's a court battle brewing to prevent the further seizing of the babies by the state.

Fascinating stuff. You can read more here:

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/british-columbia/story/20 07/02/01/sextuplet-transfusion-070201.html"
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CohibaVancouver CohibaVancouver writes  |  more than 6 years ago

CohibaVancouver writes "The "Vancouver Sun" newspaper is reporting an alleged murderer was tracked down and captured due in large part to his postings to the 'Plenty of Fish' online dating site.

On Saturday night he was featured on "America's Most Wanted" and a tipster reported having seen his face on the popular dating site. The site's admin was contacted and he was able to track the man down via his private messages to various women. Once his messages and a woman's messages starting originating from the same IP, the US Marshalls were able to move in. Full details are in the Vancouver Sun article here:

http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/story.html ?id=666f9a75-6c52-4862-a746-00529b392eaa&k=83847

To quote the article:

[The sysadmin] was never served with a search warrant and voluntarily looked through Bennett and his girlfriend's message traffic. He said he wouldn't hesitate to look at a user's private messages again 'if a crime has been committed or someone is in danger.'"
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CohibaVancouver CohibaVancouver writes  |  more than 7 years ago

CohibaVancouver (864662) writes "In British Columbia, Telus is about the deploy the world's longest over-water RF IP network, connecting the Queen Charlotte Islands with the mainland coast of BC. A series of high-capacity mountain-top data transmitters will beam Internet service 115 kilometres (nearly 72 miles) across Hecate Straight to a station at Masset on the Islands. Service will flow from the station to other points on the Islands via fibre.

More info here: http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/Septemb er2006/20/c8229.html

Google map of Hecate Straight is here: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&z=8&ll=54.072283,- 130.98999&spn=2.02426,4.493408&om=1"

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