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Researchers Say the Tech Worker Shortage Doesn't Really Exist

CohibaVancouver Re:Duh (429 comments)

The advantage is their family back home costs 1/10th as much as yours to provide for.

Same thing happens in the USA, though. It's certainly not 1/10th, but the cost of living in Sioux City is considerably lower than it is in San Francisco.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Hackable Car?

CohibaVancouver Re:Community is just as important as car (194 comments)

Not some half-a$$ed go cart that can't keep up in traffic.

I didn't realize the hundreds of Prius taxis that are zooming all over my city can't keep up in traffic. You learn something new every day.

I'll also have to let my friend who just drove his Prius cross-country that it couldn't keep up.

5 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Hackable Car?

CohibaVancouver Re:I just want to... (194 comments)

Waited for a friend to have an interview in my car when I was in highschool, listened to the radio for about 45 minutes.

Wow. That's bizarre. Back in the 80s you could listen to a double-feature at the drive-in on your radio then easily start up your car and drive away. 4+ hours of the radio had little to no impact on the battery.

5 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Hackable Car?

CohibaVancouver Instrumentation (194 comments)

Back in the day, when I had time for such things, for me 'hackability' meant lots of additional useful instrumentation. For example, in my 1988 Nissan Hardbody Pickup I had additional gauges for things like -

- Oil pressure
- Rich / lean fuel mixture (via O2 sensor)
- Vacuum
- Coolant temperature
- Oil temperature
- Volts
- Amps
- Fuel pressure

If I wanted to wind down the windows I just turned the conveniently located crank-handle.

5 days ago
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What Would Have Happened If Philae Were Nuclear Powered?

CohibaVancouver The Martian (519 comments)

In Andy Weir's book "The Martian" our hero is stranded on Mars. He uses his RTG as a heat source when he goes for a long drive in one of his rovers.

about a week ago
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Battlestar Galactica Creator Glen A. Larson Dead At 77

CohibaVancouver Re:Sci Fi Really Ages Quickly (186 comments)

Battlestar Galactica was far from groundbreaking.

http://www.aintitcool.com/node...

I remain amazed by the number of chances the show took in terms of its approaches to faith (or the questioning there of), its handling of grief and loss, and illustrating the effects of war and adversity on not only adults - but children (notably Noah Hathaway's Boxey). The show impressively nailed its thematics of religion vs pragmatism, military vs government, the haves vs the have nots, father vs son, and suggested a far bigger and bolder universe than its first season - and its considerably less visionary follow-up GALACTICA 1980 - had a chance to fully explore.

Thus, I strongly assert that - despite its many shortcomings and frustrating elements - the 'classic' BATTLESTAR GALACTICA never got its due. It never found the innate corporate support of fan traction that so dramatically characterizes STAR TREK, and was roundly overshadowed by Ron Moore's 2004 reinvention of the concept. Yet, somehow, the original series abides.

about a week ago
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Facebook Planning Office Version To Rival LinkedIn, Google

CohibaVancouver Re:This article is useless (91 comments)

All hit stage 5 of mass acceptance at work before hitting mass acceptance.

I have to call you out on 'email' and 'internet,' at least outside of tech companies.

I started in the working world in 1988, so I watched the arrival of email and internet. Long after everyone had it at home, PCs at work didn't have email / net access. "Mabel in the back" might have had a US Robotics modem so she could dial-up "the email" but that was it. In many businesses PCs weren't networked, or if they were it was via NetBEUI or some other inappropriate protocol.

about two weeks ago
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Battlestar Galactica Creator Glen A. Larson Dead At 77

CohibaVancouver Re:Sci Fi Really Ages Quickly (186 comments)

No - the original Battlestar Galactica was real crap. Cheesy as all heck

I think you're really looking at the show unfairly. When it came on the air (over 36 years ago) there was nothing else like it on television. Nothing. Sure it was riding the Star Wars wave, and it recycled FX shots, but at the time it was groundbreaking. Think about what else was on then - The Incredible Hulk, Vegas, Dallas.

I still remember the first time the trailer aired: https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

about two weeks ago
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US School Installs 'Shooter Detection' System

CohibaVancouver Re:One problem solved, now the other... (698 comments)

Anyway the sum of it is that it is hard to get a good measurement on

Obviously I was making a tongue-in-cheek nonsense suggestion. America could have a school shooting every week and would still do nothing about their beloved wonderful child-killing guns. They would have nothing left to use to compensate for their small penises.

Oh yeah, and it's not 'hard to get a good measurement on.' The countries that have gun bans have nearly zero incidents of terrified little kids being shot dead at their desks.

about two weeks ago
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US School Installs 'Shooter Detection' System

CohibaVancouver Re:One problem solved, now the other... (698 comments)

Good point.

Tell you what. Let's outlaw all guns like Australia and the UK, and see what the the school-mass-murder rate is in the USA a decade later.

If it hasn't dropped, and there remains the same number of tragic killings (only this time via school bus-steering-wheel takeovers) then we can revisit the gun decision.

Make sense?

about two weeks ago
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US School Installs 'Shooter Detection' System

CohibaVancouver Re:One problem solved, now the other... (698 comments)

So tell me the difference again?

Obviously there are a lost of factors contributing to students 'snapping.'

However, the fact remains that if a 15-year-old doesn't have access to guns then he can't shoot anyone.

about two weeks ago
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US School Installs 'Shooter Detection' System

CohibaVancouver Re:One problem solved, now the other... (698 comments)

Namely, what causes students to snap and to do that in the first place.

Hormone-addled teens 'snap' all the time, all over the world.

The difference is that the USA they have ready access to guns. In the rest of world, not so much.

about two weeks ago
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U.S. and China Make Landmark Climate Deal

CohibaVancouver Re:Quite the poker player (285 comments)

So China promises to stop increasing by 2030, and the US promises to cut ~26% by 2025.

Yes, and by 2030 the USA will still emit more carbon per person than China.

(Today the USA emits about 14 tons per person, compared to China's 7 tons.)

So yeah, you're right, that is some powerful negotiation right there as China is making a much bigger sacrifice...

about two weeks ago
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Denuvo DRM Challenges Game Crackers

CohibaVancouver Re:This is news, how exactly? (187 comments)

This.

Let the market decide. If DRM angers you, don't buy games from companies that use DRM.

about three weeks ago
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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? (720 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...

about a month ago
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Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

CohibaVancouver Re:Cashiers (720 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.

about a month ago
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Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

CohibaVancouver Cashiers (720 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...

about a month ago
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3D-Printed Gun Earns Man Two Years In Japanese Prison

CohibaVancouver Re:That's the way the gyoza goes (331 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. .

about a month 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 a month 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 a 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  |  about 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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