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Secret Service Investigating Small Drone On White House Grounds

CohibaVancouver Ban...? (146 comments)

Between stories like this one, 'peeping Toms' and people flying them into aircraft flight paths you can bet that drones are rapidly moving to the top of the list of things for the governments to ban...

Or to put it another way, this is why we can't have nice things.

3 days ago
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New Nicotine Vaccine May Succeed Where Others Have Failed

CohibaVancouver Re:Why would you want this? (178 comments)

You'd still be an addict, just one who could never satisfy his cravings.

Yes, but eventually the cravings would be greatly reduced.

If I dropped a chain-smoker on a desert island for a year with everything they needed, but without any cigarettes, their first month would be hellish, but by the end of the year most of the nicotine cravings would be gone.

about a week ago
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Senator Who Calls STEM Shortage a Hoax Appointed To Head Immigration

CohibaVancouver Re:No way! (512 comments)

You'll have to define "common sense" for me. My understanding of it is incompatible with your description of it. Common sense is a groupthink. It's a moron-level competent man standard.

But how far does it extend?

Everyone in the developed world thinks it's common sense to provide healthcare to all of one's citizens. Not the USA - That's commie talk.

Everyone in the developed world thinks it's common sense to restrict access to firearms. Not the USA - That's Theft of Freedom.

So sure, it's common sense not to run over your foot with a lawnmower, but anything more complicated than that...

about a week ago
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19,000 French Websites Hit By DDoS, Defaced In Wake of Terror Attacks

CohibaVancouver Re:Beats using bullets (206 comments)

Can you think of any good targets?

Saudi Arabia - Sheiks, bankers. After all, they're the one pulling the strings of their 'jihadist' puppets.

about two weeks ago
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How To Hijack Your Own Windows System With Bundled Downloads

CohibaVancouver Re:You don't say !! (324 comments)

Whatever happened to the great days of shareware?

The people making 'shareware' realized they had rent to pay and kids to feed.

about two weeks ago
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Ted Cruz To Oversee NASA and US Science Programs

CohibaVancouver Re:WTF (496 comments)

Why do we keep putting people who have a history of being enemies of the scientific community to the scientific subcommittees in Congress?

"We" don't, the Republican Party does. They don't like pesky science - It keeps contradicting the bible.

about two weeks ago
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Rare Recalled NES Game Stadium Events On Ebay For $99,000

CohibaVancouver Re:God-damn. (138 comments)

Money in the hands of people who know what the hell they are doing and how to truly give help to those who need it (think Medecins Sans Frontieres) goes a lot further than some volunteer stumbling around.

But back when I had no money I did volunteer a lot at the local Boys and Girls' Club.

about three weeks ago
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Rare Recalled NES Game Stadium Events On Ebay For $99,000

CohibaVancouver Re:God-damn. (138 comments)

I have read this three times and I still have no idea what you are talking about.

Option 1: Spend your space $100K on this piece of grey plastic.

Option 2: Spend your spare $100K on food for your local food bank to help families in your community that are feeding their kids Cheerios for dinner. Or worse, sending them to school hungry because this month they had to put a new muffler on the car that they drive 20 miles to work.

I assure you that makes a "damn lot of difference."

about three weeks ago
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Rare Recalled NES Game Stadium Events On Ebay For $99,000

CohibaVancouver Re:God-damn. (138 comments)

I've walked through some of Saddam's old palaces, and the amount of money he probably wasted on that stuff while the rest of the country rotted is just staggering.

Yeah, but unlike Saddam I'd like to think we're not a bunch of assholes who would put an old video game ahead of the well-being of kids.

about three weeks ago
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Rare Recalled NES Game Stadium Events On Ebay For $99,000

CohibaVancouver God-damn. (138 comments)

Time to put my flame suit on.

Done.

You want to know why they hate us? *THIS* is why they hate us. $100K for an effing OLD VIDEO GAME?

You know how many schools you could build in Kenya for $100K? How many goats you could buy for needy families? How many girls you could send to school in Afghanistan? How many life-saving vaccinations you could dispense? How many malaria nets? How many wells you could dig?

Hey bidders, if you seriously have this kind of coin go spend it on something that will honestly make a difference in the life of a kid.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Sounds We Don't Hear Any More?

CohibaVancouver I must be old. (790 comments)

Wow... Where to begin?

In addition to the ones already listed -

- Car backfiring

- Car engine dieseling

- Vinyl record 'stuck in the groove'

- Motor drive on a 35 mm SLR

about three weeks ago
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Anonymous Declares War Over Charlie Hebdo Attack

CohibaVancouver Saudi Arabia (509 comments)

If they have the resources to attack someone, it should be the cash-rich Saudis who fund these terror cells. If you want to hurt jihadists, cut off their money.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Options For Cheap Home Automation?

CohibaVancouver Re:what is your return on investment? (189 comments)

you should be measuring it in United States Coolness Units.

I live in Canada, you insensitive clod!

about three weeks ago
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HOA Orders TARDIS Removed From In Front of Parrish Home

CohibaVancouver Re:Conform or be expelled (320 comments)

Also, in many cases, the HOA bylaws are not made available to you until closing.

That is bananas. Here in British Columbia you don't have HOAs, but when you buy a condo or townhouse you fall under the condo board's bylaws. It's perfectly reasonable to ask for them during the due diligence process (and in some cases they're publicly online for all to read, e.g. http://www.freesiavancouver.co... ).

You may be asked to cover the cost of photocopying them, but that's it.

about three weeks ago
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Unbundling Cable TV: Be Careful What You Wish For

CohibaVancouver Re:And? (448 comments)

Head to my nearest airport and observe what?

Did you RTFA?

about three weeks ago
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Why We're Not Going To See Sub-orbital Airliners

CohibaVancouver Re:huh? (300 comments)

Except, it has the potential to be many times faster

"Faster" was important when people couldn't afford to be out of contact with the office for 10 hours.

Technology is rapidly making that notion a thing of the past. If you can sit in comfort in first class on an airliner, and be online like you're in the office then it doesn't really matter if it takes you longer to get there.

about three weeks ago
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Professor: Young People Are "Lost Generation" Who Can No Longer Fix Gadgets

CohibaVancouver Re: Cultural Shift (840 comments)

Yeah, maybe that day will come... But as of today, my kids simply don't have the patience / attention span to 'help' as I replace the brushes in the lawn mower.

about three weeks ago
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Professor: Young People Are "Lost Generation" Who Can No Longer Fix Gadgets

CohibaVancouver Cultural Shift (840 comments)

It's also a cultural shift - When I was a kid, I remember my dad being down in the basement for hours fixing stuff, working on the car or what have you, while my mum took care of us kids. Now that I'm a dad, I'm out at the park with my kids, or taking them to swimming lessons or just doing general Dad stuff. So while I have the aptitude for fixing stuff (likely inherited from my dad), I don't have the time - I'm busy parenting. It's just not acceptable for a Dad to be down in the basement or the garage for hours on end while the mum upstairs is going insane.

about three weeks ago
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Netflix Cracks Down On VPN and Proxy "Pirates"

CohibaVancouver Re:frankly, I think it's awesome (437 comments)

3 in the last year or so? that's completely unacceptable.

What are the three Airbus A-320 crashes in the 'last year or so' that you're referencing?

I'm an aviation geek and I know of one, for which the cause has not yet been determined. 18+ months ago one ran off the runway in the Philippines, but that was pilot error.

about three weeks ago
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Netflix Cracks Down On VPN and Proxy "Pirates"

CohibaVancouver Re:frankly, I think it's awesome (437 comments)

can't product planes that don't regularly fall out of the sky

"Regularly?"

You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

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 6 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 8 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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