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Phoenix Introduces Draft Ordinance To Criminalize Certain Drone Uses

CohibaVancouver Peeping Toms (192 comments)

Here in Vancouver it seems Peeping Toms have started using drones to peer into high rise apartments:

I would say the era of the legal 'personal drone' is rapidly coming to an end. Some people can't use them responsibly, so like everything else fun they will be banned.

This is why we can't have nice things.


Adam Carolla Settles With Podcasting Patent Troll

CohibaVancouver Re:Dammit! Adam you rolled over... (62 comments)

He should have pushed for court

How much did you contribute to his crowdfunding campaign to help cover the million-dollar cost of going to court?


Ask Slashdot: Would You Pay For Websites Without Trolls?

CohibaVancouver Re:Very subjective (380 comments)

This is why I think the Reddit public scoring system is about the best you're going to get

The problem with this system is that, on Reddit, a downvote = "I disagree."

You get entire discussions where eveyone is downvoted to -14, for no apparent reason.

2 days ago

Financial Services Group WCS Sues Online Forum Over Negative Post

CohibaVancouver Re:As a chrono-American, I can remember... (111 comments)

Mysteriously, you are also quite happy to deficit-finance the billions upon billions it costs to incarcerate millions of your citizens.

If you want to lock up all those people for petty crimes (then throw away the key) then at least raise taxes so your citizens understand the true cost, instead of just borrowing the money to fund it. Eventually that's gonna unravel.

3 days ago

Two Years of Data On What Military Equipment the Pentagon Gave To Local Police

CohibaVancouver Re:Real Problem (264 comments)

Actually many (not all) of the policemen and policewomen in the U.S. are ex military.

That in itself can be a problem. Take a person who has been trained to shoot first and ask questions later and then make them into civilian law enforcement.

What could possibly go wrong?

3 days ago

Figuring Out Where To Live Using Math

CohibaVancouver Re:you must not have done well in math class (211 comments)

We will do what we like, and you will always have to live with it.

Of course we will live with it - But don't expect us to accept nonsense like "We'll change our mind once a gun is pointed at us." We don't live in gun-crazy nations, so we're not going to experience that.

We're also fellow humans, so we're allowed to comment on the insanity of it all when nutballs gun down your children and you just shrug and say "Oh well, nothing we can do. Guess we better get more guns then."

3 days ago

Figuring Out Where To Live Using Math

CohibaVancouver Re:you must not have done well in math class (211 comments)

I hope someone points a gun at you one day, maybe you'll change your snarky assed stance.

Up here in Canada guns are severely restricted. As a result, it's unlikely in the extreme that you'll ever have one pointed at you.

This is something the gun nut anonymous cowards like you refuse to accept: If guns are restricted, *everyone* has less access to them, including the bad guys.

4 days ago

Apple's App Store Needs a Radical Revamp; How Would You Go About It?

CohibaVancouver Re:Two things.... (249 comments)

What do you want to do? Sell devices or make money on apps?

What if you'd asked Edwin Land the same question in 1972?

What do you want to do? Sell Polaroid cameras or make money on instant film?

about a week ago

Chicago Mayor Praises Google For Buying Kids Microsoft Surfaces

CohibaVancouver Re:No wonder MSFT stock is up (137 comments)

Seriously, what good is that "surface" crap, except maybe as 3rd or 4th computer? This thing basically is an overprices Internet terminal and bad at that.

What e-learning pedagogical objectives in K12 can't be met with a Surface RT? Be specific.

about two weeks ago

Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

CohibaVancouver Name Tags (928 comments)

I'm a frequent business traveller. It's interesting to note how fewer and fewer airline staff wear name tags, or if they do they just say "Flight Attendant."

Compare that with the tags in hotels, where they usually state the name, and often the staffer's home town.

about a month ago

Favorite "Go!" Phrase?

CohibaVancouver Apollo 13 (701 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.

about a month ago

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

CohibaVancouver Re:Did he just notice that? (529 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.

about a month ago

Malaysian Passenger Plane Reportedly Shot Down Over Ukraine

CohibaVancouver Re:Confused. (752 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 month ago

Chemists Build First "Buckyball" Made of Boron

CohibaVancouver Re:Boron? (39 comments)

Lighten up, Anonymous Coward.

about a month 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 a month ago

Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

CohibaVancouver No Paper Money... (753 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 a month 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 a month 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 a month and a half 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 a month and a half 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 6 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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