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How Amazon Keeps Cutting AWS Prices: Cheapskate Culture

CohibaVancouver Re:Economy Class Only (144 comments)

Senior execs being required to use Airbnb if there is a couch to sleep on thats cheaper than a hotel room..

Ridiculous things your company has done to reduce travel expenses:

http://www.flyertalk.com/forum...

3 days ago
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How Amazon Keeps Cutting AWS Prices: Cheapskate Culture

CohibaVancouver Re:Economy Class Only (144 comments)

And I'm sure if you ever actually flew with one our your senior execs, you'd be mystified why you can't find them in the coach section...

A couple of years ago I flew back from Mobile World Congress (Barcelona) in economy class. An Intel exec was seated next to me and an IBM exec was across the aisle.

3 days ago
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How Amazon Keeps Cutting AWS Prices: Cheapskate Culture

CohibaVancouver Economy Class Only (144 comments)

The requirement of 'no business class' for air travel isn't unique to Amazon. Every tech company I've worked for had the same policy - From the senior execs on down.

Thankfully, the company I work for now doesn't require red-eye flights. So I can arrive at a destination, sleep overnight in a hotel bed, then wake up the next morning and start working.

4 days ago
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Inside the Stolen Smartphone Black Market In London

CohibaVancouver Re:Did this really happen? (109 comments)

Did you even watch the video attached to the story?

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

CohibaVancouver Re:Medical doctor (731 comments)

Forget coils and moving magnets - In a post-apocalypse world there are alternators under the hood of every abandoned car. Some diodes, a windmill or waterwheel and you're in business.

about a week ago
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Wi-Fi Problems Dog Apple-Samsung Trial

CohibaVancouver Re:MOD PARENT UP!!! (80 comments)

Exactly. I have WiFi in my house, but my 'smart' TV, 'smart' DVD player, computer & three IPTV boxes are all connected via wired Cat6.

about a week ago
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Future Airline Safety Instructions Will Be Given By Game Apps

CohibaVancouver Re:Oh great (64 comments)

The exit rows don't have fold-down tables (for that very reason).

Not really true - Most exit-rows have fold-down tray tables in the seat in front of them, e.g.:

http://patstravelreviews.com/w...

Usually you only see them in the armrest when you have this situation:

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_3TIF...

about a week ago
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Future Airline Safety Instructions Will Be Given By Game Apps

CohibaVancouver Re:Oh great (64 comments)

If the plane comes crashing down having your tray table up won't safe you, so you can just as well enjoy the instructions.

No, but if the plane crashes on landing and I need to evacuate from the window seat, the last thing I want do is squeeze past your tray table so I can GTFO. Seat pitch is bad enough as it is without having to squeeze past a table so you can play Angry Birds on final approach..

about a week ago
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Australia Declares Homeopathy Nonsense, Urges Doctors to Inform Patients

CohibaVancouver Not going to work... (408 comments)

Most people I know who spout this nonsense don't visit the doctor very much, after all "big medicine" is in the pocket of "big pharma," so they wouldn't hear the message anyway.

For those who might listen, one might temper it by saying homeopathy *does* work, but it's thanks to the placebo effect.

about two weeks ago
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Smart Car Tipping Trending In San Francisco

CohibaVancouver Re:San Fran = the new Detroit (371 comments)

20 some years ago when toyota and honda started becoming popular

You mean back in 1994?

about two weeks ago
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SF Evictions Surging From Crackdown On Airbnb Rentals

CohibaVancouver Re:Hotel tax??? (319 comments)

There is the probably reasonable assumption that this type of activity often comes with drugs, prostitution, etc.

Typically it's much more mundane stuff like tourists taking up parking spaces in the neighbourhood,

about two weeks ago
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SF Evictions Surging From Crackdown On Airbnb Rentals

CohibaVancouver Re:Hotel tax??? (319 comments)

What is the logic behind that?

In the case of San Francisco, the hotel tax is used to fund the arts -

http://www.sfgfta.org/about/hi...

Tourists don't vote, so you can fund the arts without annoying taxpayers who might not otherwise want to.

about two weeks ago
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Why No One Trusts Facebook To Power the Future

CohibaVancouver Can't power themselves... (218 comments)

I don't think FB will 'Power the Future' because there's a lot of stuff they simply can't get right. Take their new search. If I enter "James Bond" into a Facebook search, my expectation is that the first thing it will search is my friend's feeds, followed by the feeds of companies and organization I like, followed by public feeds - Returning "James Bond"- related Facebook posts. Instead it just does a lousy web search. Why?

Or take ads. I'm a Facebook regular, posting daily. Yet FB has never been able to serve an ad up to me about anything I care about. Never. Not once.

...and my feed is just a total dog's breakfast with FB selectively choosing what to show me. I know I can pick "show recent" but the setting doesn't stick for more than 48 hours or so...

So will they power the future? No. They can't even power themselves.

about two weeks ago
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Most Expensive Aviation Search: $53 Million To Find Flight MH370

CohibaVancouver Re:Tracking` (233 comments)

you are quickly into the (very low admittedly) billions.

You're into the high(er) billions once you add all the satellite bandwidth into the mix.

about two weeks ago
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Most Expensive Aviation Search: $53 Million To Find Flight MH370

CohibaVancouver Re:Tracking` (233 comments)

And yet, people stated that "it would be soooo expensive" to add proper tracking to planes.

The 'people' are correct. $50M is much, much less than the billions it would cost to add 'proper tracking' to planes that cross oceans - And it still doesn't address the problem of someone in the cockpit switching the tracking off.

about two weeks ago
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Most Expensive Aviation Search: $53 Million To Find Flight MH370

CohibaVancouver Re:But Terrizm! (233 comments)

the only explanation that makes sense to me is okham's racer

Occam's razor dictates that there's no way some guy named Okham turned the plane into his own private racer.

about two weeks ago
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Typo Keyboard For iPhone Faces Sales Ban

CohibaVancouver Gotta side with Blackberry (205 comments)

Gotta side with BlackBerry on this one.

Keyboards like this one...

http://0.tqn.com/d/ipod/1/0/w/...

...have been around for years.

However, one look at the "Typo" tells you that it's a blatant BB ripoff. If you want / need a keyboard like that, buy a 'Berry.

about three weeks ago
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One Person Successfully Removed From US No-Fly List

CohibaVancouver Re:Shocked and saddened (286 comments)

And that would be our fault...how exactly?

Because if you hand someone over knowing they're going to be shot in the head then you're no better than the killers.

It's the same reason we (Canada) won't extradite someone to the USA if we know a conviction will result in their being killed. It's uncivilized to do otherwise.

about three weeks ago
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One Person Successfully Removed From US No-Fly List

CohibaVancouver Re:Shocked and saddened (286 comments)

If you don't have proof then send them home

They don't have 'homes' - There is nowhere to send them. Furthermore, if you did somehow prove that some of them are Yemeni or Saudi or whatever, they'd be shot as soon as you pushed them off the plane.

about three weeks ago
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One Person Successfully Removed From US No-Fly List

CohibaVancouver Re:no reasonable options (286 comments)

How in the hell is this allowed to persist?

A majority of the citizens that vote don't care.

about three 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 5 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 7 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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