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Favorite "Go!" Phrase?

CohibaVancouver Apollo 13 (661 comments)

Apollo 13 Flight Controllers. Listen up! Give me a go/no-go for launch... Booster!
We're go, Flight!
Guidance, go!
Go, Flight.
We're go, Flight!
We're go!
Go, Flight!
We are go!
We're go, Flight!
Launch Control, this is Houston. We are go for launch.

2 days ago

US Senator Blasts Microsoft's H-1B Push As It Lays 18,000 Off Workers

CohibaVancouver Re:Did he just notice that? (527 comments)

Then why do employer not want to give up health insurance and let everyone get health insurance like they get car insurance?

I'm sure employers would love to get out of having to supply health insurance. However, the USA has for some reason created this convoluted health 'insurance' system whereby employers are supposed to take care of Americans, not the nation-state.

...but you know how it is. Every other developed nation in the world is wrong, and the USA is right. Same with guns, of course.

4 days ago

Malaysian Passenger Plane Reportedly Shot Down Over Ukraine

CohibaVancouver Re:Confused. (751 comments)

One of the most complex machines built and operated by man has allegedly been shot down from 40,000 feet by a sophisticated explosives-carrying rocket missile, and it's not 'news for nerds?'

about a week ago

Chemists Build First "Buckyball" Made of Boron

CohibaVancouver Re:Boron? (39 comments)

Lighten up, Anonymous Coward.

about a week ago

Chemists Build First "Buckyball" Made of Boron

CohibaVancouver Boron? (39 comments)

The first time I read the headline I thought it said Chemists Build First "Buckyball" Made of Bacon .

Boron's OK, I suppose, but bacon would have been way wicked cooler.

about two weeks ago

Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

CohibaVancouver No Paper Money... (751 comments)

I was talking to an economist friend, and he was saying one way to greatly reduce crime would be to eliminate all hard currency over $5 and make the currency that was left just coins.

Yeah, yeah, I know the libertarians would go apeshit, but the world for the likes of Tony Soprano would crumble.... Most criminals would no longer be able to transact business, as they operate in a cash system.

about two weeks ago

Lyft's New York Launch Halted By Restraining Order

CohibaVancouver Re:Why are the number of cabs [artificially] limit (92 comments)

I just don't get it!

Citizens won't pay taxes to fund the things they want like roads, parks and sewer pipes, so city governments have to come up with alternate funding mechanisms such as hotel taxes and taxi medallions.

When alternate services like Airbnb and Lyft come along, that funding decreases - Rather than raise taxes or let potholes grow (and be turfed from office) they attack the services that are cutting into their revenue.

about two weeks ago

New Russian Law To Forbid Storing Russians' Data Outside the Country

CohibaVancouver Re:Who are you to tell them how to live... apk (206 comments)

If you're going to mutilate the genitals of your young girls, tell your women they can't drive, stone people to death for drawing cartoons, marry off children, beat homosexuals in the street until they're bloody and starve your citizens until near death then hell yeah I'm going to tell you how to live in your nation.

about three weeks ago

New Russian Law To Forbid Storing Russians' Data Outside the Country

CohibaVancouver Re:What a shame, but... apk (206 comments)

Don't be naive. The only reason Russia and other oppressive nations pass laws like these is so they can better monitor what their 'citizens' are doing and saying. It's a lot easier to lock up whoever wrote "Putin Sucks" online if the data is in a Russian server.

about three weeks ago

Tesla Aims For $30,000 Price, 2017 Launch For Model E

CohibaVancouver Re:many are missing something important. (247 comments)

And yes, when driving across the US, you DO have to be concerned about range

How often do you drive across the US?

Out of all your friends and family, how often do they drive across the US?

about three weeks ago

Facial Recognition Might Be Coming To Your Car

CohibaVancouver In 2001... (131 comments)

"Open the hatchback door, Ford."

"I'm sorry, Dave. I'm afraid I can't do that."

about three weeks ago

The Rise and Fall of the Cheat Code

CohibaVancouver Armored Patrol (178 comments)

Not a cheat code per se, but when you play Armored Patrol on your TRS-80 Model 1, there is a 'trick' that allows you unlimited energy.

If you back your tank up to the edge of 'the universe' and then point your barrel back into the arena at bad guys you can just keep shooting and shooting and get an unlimited score - You'll never run out of energy and no tank or robot can kill you.

I remember leaving for school in 1982 with the space bar taped down, and then coming home to a zillion points.

about a month ago

San Francisco Bans Parking Spot Auctioning App

CohibaVancouver Re:Communism (404 comments)

Vancouver PNE by any chance?

I'm not sure it is legal, I just think The City of Vancouver bylaw enforcement team turns a blind eye to seniors waving tennis rackets with "Park Hear" scotch-taped onto them.

about a month ago

BlackBerry Back In Profit

CohibaVancouver Outside of North America (67 comments)

I recently got back from a trip to Latin America. Blackerries were *everywhere,* with everyone BBMing like mad. iPhones were almost non-existent, with a smattering of older Android devices. I think we tend to take an America / Western Europe approach when in fact it's apparent that BB remains strong in 'emerging' markets.

about a month ago

When Drones Fall From the Sky

CohibaVancouver Terminology? (97 comments)

The problem I have with 'drone' is there isn't a clear definition of what a 'drone' is.

A thousand-kilogram General Atomics MQ-1 Predator raining freedom (via Hellfire missiles) down upon terrorists is a 'drone' as is one-kilo quadcopter taking webcam pictures of some housing development.

Back in my day, the former was a 'drone' and the latter was a 'remote controlled plane.'

about a month ago

Harley-Davidson Unveils Their First Electric Motorcycle

CohibaVancouver Re:Dangerous (345 comments)

Bikes aren't dangerous ... bimbos in SUVs are dangerous. Cell phone drivers are dangerous. Bikes are devices. People are the problem.

The fact that 'people are the problem' are what makes bikes dangerous.

If you're behind the wheel of a Smart car and you're hit by a bimbo in an SUV you get up and walk away.

If you're on a bike you're a dead skidmark if you're lucky and in a wheelchair for the rest of your life if you're not.

about a month ago

Harley-Davidson Unveils Their First Electric Motorcycle

CohibaVancouver Re:Nice looking bike... (345 comments)

Loud pipes are compensation for 75 year old technology

Incorrect. "Loud pipes" are compensation for a small penis.

about a month ago

NADA Is Terrified of Tesla

CohibaVancouver Re:Change is coming for car dealers (455 comments)

I've already argued endlessly with these guys

Waste of breath / pixels. After all, this is Slashdot, where perfect is the enemy of good and the edge use case wins every time.

about a month ago

Restored Bletchly Park Opens

CohibaVancouver Re:I'm so confused how to feel (51 comments)

They were spying on the militaries of countries they were at war with

They were spying on British Citizens too... If you went to your shortwave in your attic and typed out a coded message that you sent across the Channel to occupied Europe, Bletchley Park would decode it.

about a month ago

Amazon's Android Appstore Coming To BlackBerry

CohibaVancouver Re:I'm sorry, could you repeat the question? (76 comments)

How long has it been since BlackBerry has had more than a negligible share of the consumer market?


I recently returned from trips to Mexico City and Bogota. 'Berries were in the hands of everyone you saw, all BBMing like mad. Occasionally you saw an older Android device, almost zero iPhones.


about a month ago



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

CohibaVancouver CohibaVancouver writes  |  more than 3 years ago

CohibaVancouver writes "In a current article on, 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?"
Link to Original Source

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:

"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."

Link to Original Source

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.'"
Link to Original Source

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: 07/02/01/sextuplet-transfusion-070201.html"

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: ?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.'"

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: er2006/20/c8229.html

Google map of Hecate Straight is here:,- 130.98999&spn=2.02426,4.493408&om=1"


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