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Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

CohibaVancouver Re:Remember when WSJ had a modicrum of decency? (665 comments)

Democrats are going to keep demanding that the government force low-skilled workers out of work... sorry, increase the minimum wage.

Now that it's been studied, it turns out this isn't the case. Raising the minimum wage doesn't force people out of work, and, in some cases, causes local economies to surge. Seattle is the most recent example.

http://seattletimes.com/html/l...

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Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

CohibaVancouver Re:Cashiers (665 comments)

It was always unfathomable to me how more than a century after the invention of the cash register, a multi-billion dollar company could predicate all of their income on high school students' scribbling

Well, if this was true, I'm sure the beancounters determined that at the end of the day the arithmetic errors were in effect rounding errors. McDonald's certainly didn't go bankrupt in the '70s.

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Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

CohibaVancouver Cashiers (665 comments)

In contrast, McDonald's hasn't changed its basic system of taking orders since its founding in the 1950s

When I was a kid in the 1970s, I remember the order-takers at McDonalds would take the order down on a paper pad, then in seconds add it all up with a pencil and present you with the total.

Wonder if the cashiers would even be able to do that today...

2 days ago
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3D-Printed Gun Earns Man Two Years In Japanese Prison

CohibaVancouver Re:That's the way the gyoza goes (329 comments)

When liberty itself is feared

Yep, you're right - It's really important for gun nuts to have the liberty to gun down children at school.

Man, nothing makes me angrier than gun-fanatics championing "liberty." You want "liberty?" Go DO SOMETHING to preserve your democracy, to make America better. Buying another Glock has nothing to do with liberty. .

4 days ago
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FBI Director Continues His Campaign Against Encryption

CohibaVancouver Re:And he is, probably, right (284 comments)

The people certainly never requested any of that.

Sure they did. They demanded a warm security blanket be wrapped around them at all times, in exchange for loss of privacy and liberty. No one protested at the state and federal legislatures. No one (other than the Tea Party) dominated primaries to ensure that people that supported beliefs of freedom received party nominations... and on and on.

about two weeks ago
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FBI Director Continues His Campaign Against Encryption

CohibaVancouver Re:And he is, probably, right (284 comments)

America has always valued the cantankerous Individual above the glorious Collective, that other cultures prefer...

Not sure if you're being sarcastic or not...

"America" demands the nanny-state, be it the TSA groping grannies for 10 years, the militarization your police...on and on.

None of the Glorious Collectives behave like Boston did after the Marathon bombings... HIDE IN YOUR HOUSE AND TREMBLE IN FEAR.

about two weeks ago
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Designing Tomorrow's Air Traffic Control Systems

CohibaVancouver Re:Use more airports (72 comments)

Seems we used to do it that way - but that was when the airline routes were REGULATED for the public good ... that went by the board as soon as they got enough congressmen in their pockets

You're conveniently forgetting how expensive airfares were in those good ol' days.

about two weeks ago
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Flight Attendants Want Stricter Gadget Rules Reinstated

CohibaVancouver Re:That's not the reason you're being ignored. (406 comments)

I realize this is Slashdot, where the edge use-case is required to 'win' every time and defines why anything will fail, but for the sake of argument imagine this: For every given flight where there is one individual so asleep on takeoff and landing as to be nearly comatose, there are 150+ who are awake and listening the instructions. The 'no earphones' rule was made for those, Rip Van Winkles excepted.

And yes, they probably should have woken you up, particularly if you're between someone and an exit door.

about two weeks ago
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Flight Attendants Want Stricter Gadget Rules Reinstated

CohibaVancouver Re:That's not the reason you're being ignored. (406 comments)

The only reason for the ban was RF interference

This is incorrect - It was *a* reason not the *only* reason.

Landing and takeoff are the most dangerous times of the flight. If the flight crew have to should instructions to you they don't want you to have earbuds stuffed in your ears with music drowning out their instructions.

about two weeks ago
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Flight Attendants Want Stricter Gadget Rules Reinstated

CohibaVancouver Re:Do it like a virgin (406 comments)

Time for other airlines to get with the times

Many airlines are ditching in-flight screens in favour of content that streams via WiFi directly to your device.

Time for other airlines with screens to get with the times.

about two weeks ago
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The Era of Saturday Morning Cartoons Is Dead

CohibaVancouver Re:Speaking for myself (320 comments)

I don't think the Internet killed Saturday morning cartoons. I think corporate-inspired churn in pursuit of ever more income pushed out some very lovely and entertaining cartoons in favor of what was, quite frankly, awful junk. Poorly drawn, badly scored, badly scripted, and almost uniformly missing the hilarious innuendo and subtleties that were present in your typical 'toon from the nineteen-fifites and -sixties.

I'm a Gen-Xer born in 1967. Saturday Morning in the good ol' days (early-to-mid 70s) had a large share of crap, mostly forgotten today...

Josie & the Pussycats / The Grape Ape / Gilligan / Planet of the Apes / Waldo Kitty / Space Nuts - And that's just off the top of my head. None of this stuff was particularly highbrow, the Filmation-style animation would be laughed at today....

about three weeks ago
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Apple To Face $350 Million Trial Over iPod DRM

CohibaVancouver RealPlayer? Sigh... (135 comments)

RealPlayer - Talk about a wasted opportunity. In the '90s those guys OWNED streaming "Internet Radio" and the nascent business of streaming video. All squandered as their player degraded into a process-hogging bloatware-laden pig that people began uninstalling in disgust.

about three weeks ago
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Robot Arm Will Install New Earth-Facing Cameras On Space Station

CohibaVancouver Canada, eh? (40 comments)

Not only is the arm installing the cameras Canadian, so are the cameras! The company that makes them is headquartered in Vancouver.

about three weeks ago
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Elon Musk: We Must Put a Million People On Mars To Safeguard Humanity

CohibaVancouver Re:Profitable, if self-contradictory (549 comments)

We already have the tech to go to Mars

Yes and no. Even in your example, we have the tech to get machines to Mars but we still don't have the tech to get humans there.

Amongst other things -

- We don't yet know how to deal with the ionizing radiation on the way there

- We don't yet know how to build a lander to get humans safely down on Mars, then back up for the journey home.

about three weeks ago
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HP Introduces Sub-$100 Windows Tablet

CohibaVancouver Re:Imagine (182 comments)

Somewhere in the world is the person who keeps posting this on Slashdot.

In Soviet Russia, Beowulf Cluster build you!

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft's Asimov System To Monitor Users' Machines In Real Time

CohibaVancouver Re:Start menu usage dropped in lieu of what? (269 comments)

Prior to Windows 8, what exactly where people using to start applications if they were not using the start menu?

They clicked "Start" then started typing "wor"... and hit enter.

Presto. MS Word.

about three weeks ago
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Could We Abort a Manned Mission To Mars?

CohibaVancouver Re:Second the recommendation (267 comments)

It's OK as proper SF, but the main character is depicted almost as lacking emotions.

He's not lacking emotions. It's just that when something bad happens he curses and then sits about working the problem.

At one point Venkat comments on it by explaining that he's a NASA Mars Astronaut - One of the best in the world at coping with difficult situations.

"He's stuck out there. He thinks he's totally alone and that we all gave up on him. What kind of effect does that have on a man's psychology?" He turned back to Venkat. "I wonder what he's thinking right now?"

LOG ENTRY: SOL 61 How come Aquaman can control whales? They're mammals! Makes no sense."

about a month ago
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Nearly 2,000 Chicago Flights Canceled After Worker Sets Fire At Radar Center

CohibaVancouver Re:Taxing the Congested Skies (223 comments)

travel forced on employees

I'm a frequent business traveller. I appreciate getting out of the office and getting in front of customers and other users.

about a month ago
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FBI Chief: Apple, Google Phone Encryption Perilous

CohibaVancouver Re:Think of the children (354 comments)

I would give you a mod bump if you weren't anonymous.

about a month ago
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Microsoft On US Immigration: It's Our Way Or the Canadian Highway

CohibaVancouver Re:Cake and eat it too (365 comments)

Canada is much more business friendly than the US

It's also easier to run a business in Canada because you don't have to pay out thousands per employee for health insurance. Most employers offer an 'extended health' package that includes coverage for things like prescription drugs and eyeglasses, but it's pennies compared to what US employer has to pay.

about 1 month 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 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 8 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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