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How Lobby Groups Rejected the Canadian Government's Plan To Combat Patent Trolls

DarthVain Re:Unintended Consquences (57 comments)

Wow, even more crooked than I thought...

and yet since being changed, is he in jail? Has he paid a fine? Has their been any consequence whatsoever? Is he still an MP? How is it one can cheat to get elected, then somehow stay elected?

As I said I'll wait and see, but I see the most likely result being it will be dragged out until it is no longer in the public eye, and he might pay some token fine or something.

yesterday
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Shooting At Canadian Parliament

DarthVain Re:Considering (521 comments)

And yet apparently they only thing he could get his hands on for his shooting spree was a two shot shotgun. Hardly ideal (if there is such a thing really). The fact that he probably couldn't even get a hand gun, or a rifle such as you mention says a lot. I wouldn't be surprised if even the shotgun was stolen from another family member or something.

yesterday
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Shooting At Canadian Parliament

DarthVain Bribes, Kickbacks, Etc... (521 comments)

You are aware that these positions are appointed by their political masters right? The Gov. Gen, is appointed by the PM, and the LG by their Provincial Premier... I am not sure what kind of sanity check or emergency break they are seeing as they owe their very position to the one they are supposed to be limiting.

Case and point PM Harper proroguing government multiple times to avoid having to face scandal or answering uncomfortable questions, to which each time requires the GG approval, and she did it every single time, even with public protest to the contrary.

As to the public relations, the last one was involved in a scandal that basically had her spending close to 50 million dollars for what amounted to a bunch of parties with political leaders, private jet trips, etc...

So no, they are totally useless positions that spend money, that are undemocratic, that are pork handed out by political leaders to flunkies. There is absolutely no need for them. They were in the past, the Queen's hand within government, however now that that hand is totally symbolic, it is just a left over anarchism that has position, power, money, to be doled out for political favors. Git rid of them all already.

yesterday
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Shooting At Canadian Parliament

DarthVain It's Complicated... (521 comments)

Only thing I could think of was Canada's relationship status on Facebook...

Anyway I have no problem with the Queen as a symbol etc... However there are a ton of wasteful APPOINTMENTS (not democratic even), that cost the taxpayers millions of dollars each year.

I do not see the need for A) A lieutenant governor of Canada, or B) another one for each Province.

Not only is it political pork, but they each have an office, staff, and budgets to spend... because why?

2 days ago
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Shooting At Canadian Parliament

DarthVain Considering (521 comments)

The gunman was using a double barreled long shotgun says otherwise. If that was the best weapon they could find to go on rampage with, I would say it is working.

2 days ago
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NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders

DarthVain Total BS. (764 comments)

Perhaps Women in Management positions.

Most "coders" are entry level positions. I have been working in my field for 15 years now, and I grew up in the 1990's really. If you grew up in the 1980's you might still be or do coding, but most would be at a high level position now. Ad's from the 1980's would have little effect.

Now you might make the argument that, most of those Managers would do the hiring and have a preconceived idea about hiring Women VS Men. However you could pretty much use the same argument for any field of work, none of which has anything to do with stupid 1980's ads.

2 days ago
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Ebola Does Not Require an "Ebola Czar," Nor Calling Up the National Guard

DarthVain Czar (383 comments)

I always thought it funny that in the US there seems to be this fear of socialism and communism, yet lately they appoint Czar's to everything it seems, which are most commonly attributed to pre-communist Russia...

Foreshadowing of things to come?

2 days ago
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Australian Physicists Build Reversible Tractor Beam

DarthVain Tractor (70 comments)

Considering the Beam is limited to 20cm right now, my money is on grappling hooks...

Then again, if looking for space battle damage, firing an actual Tractor at the target might be more effective.

2 days ago
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32 Cities Want To Challenge Big Telecom, Build Their Own Gigabit Networks

DarthVain At least (173 comments)

At least if your City does that however, presumably that would go towards the tax base, and would help them manage their taxes better or be able to lower them, rather than just going to some faceless corporate coffers.

Which is to say, it isn't ideal, but presumably at least the local users might reap some benefit out of it at least.

2 days ago
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How Lobby Groups Rejected the Canadian Government's Plan To Combat Patent Trolls

DarthVain Re:Unintended Consquences (57 comments)

Two bits of detail here:
1) It was his own money he spent, not corporate donations. Which is still a no no. I think the deal was he spent about 20k of his own money over the limited cap, and tried to hide the fact.
2) "getting" charged? So far as I am aware, there has been no consequences as yet (other than Harper throwing him under the bus as quick as could be). Anyway I will believe it when I see any results from it. My money is it gets dragged out long enough until no one knows or cares about it anymore, then it will just quietly disappear.

2 days ago
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Wind Power Is Cheaper Than Coal, Leaked Report Shows

DarthVain Bias (610 comments)

Uh, if you look at who actually wrote the report, you might want to think about what sort of bias it might contain...

Here is the consultant group that wrote the report:
http://www.ecofys.com/

LOL!

Hey I am not saying the report it wrong, hell I didn't read it... however really? This just seems like something politically motivated, like say justification for the billions spend on Wind Power, saying "see it's the cheapest, honest!"...

4 days ago
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Pentagon Unveils Plan For Military's Response To Climate Change

DarthVain Nuke it from Orbit... (228 comments)

...it's the only way to be sure!

4 days ago
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Why America Won't Match Sweden's Cheap, Fast, Competitive Internet Services

DarthVain Ironically... (346 comments)

Actually Carl XVI Gustaf is king in Sweden.

Take that Democracy! jk :)

about two weeks ago
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Why America Won't Match Sweden's Cheap, Fast, Competitive Internet Services

DarthVain Re:Cost of government-provided services (346 comments)

HA!

I can't speak for the US, but that is the same model in Canada. It doesn't really work without competent regulation. In Canada this is done though the CRTC, who are all pretty much former executives of either Bell or Rogers (The two telecommunication companies with monopolies, one on Cable and the other on Phone infrastructure).

Part of this comes down to what is a "reasonable fee" and how that is determined. The other part is the actual control they exert over the infrastructure. For example a few years ago when throttling was front and center, an independent ISP complained to the CRTC that it wasn't fair competition because even though the leased the lines from the above companies, the speeds to which they could offer their clients were being throttled. At the hearing I believe it was Bell's argument that it was fair because they throttled everyone equally...

So while there are independent ISP in Canada, they are beholden to their landlords so to speak, and the rules are set forth by former landlords.

The whole Netflix VS CRTC is another example. It is basically an extension of Bell and Rogers Telecommunications (who are set to release their own competing video streaming service... nice timing that).

about two weeks ago
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US Says It Can Hack Foreign Servers Without Warrants

DarthVain Hack? (335 comments)

Um, by definition I think anyone can "Hack" Foreign Servers Without Warrants...

The question if they can legally access foreign servers without warrants is another matter entirely.

about two weeks ago
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Hackers Compromised Yahoo Servers Using Shellshock Bug

DarthVain Re:I can believe it... (69 comments)

No didn't bother, very well could be that. I use that as my throw away account. However that said, spoofing would be random. One would have to access my Yahoo address list to get my Gmail account. So unless spoofers used my Yahoo account and sent it around the world, it would be pretty coincidental that using my Yahoo address would hit my Gmail address several times in the last couple of weeks, and as I said, within hours of me changing passwords. Otherwise how would they know to use one against the other. Unless they were specifically targeting me, and I don't think I am that special! :)

I think it is more likely that Yahoo is compromised (or was) and in that time they were scripting spam using personal address books (sending from my account to everyone in my address book) over and over again. If they have access to the passwords, then logging in and repeating would be trivial, even when changes are made... until of course Yahoo patches their damn servers so that they cannot anymore.

about three weeks ago
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Hackers Compromised Yahoo Servers Using Shellshock Bug

DarthVain I can believe it... (69 comments)

I have gotten spam mail from myself several times the last few weeks (From Yahoo to Gmail), and have gone into the stupid yahoo site to change passwords several times. They were obviously compromised as hours after changing passwords, I would get more spam. Little point to changing passwords if they have total access to them. Might be time to finally drop them.

They were all a fictional job offer, that I guess I was going to give to myself for big bucks... Sounds like something I would do! :)

about three weeks ago
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Will Apple Lose Siri's Core Tech To Samsung?

DarthVain Meh. Patents. (161 comments)

This is not a big deal. Even if it does happen, there is likely a preexisting licence, or they will just licence the tech from Samsung. Both devices licence each other Apple/Samsung, along with a host of other companies that have various patents on technology. Or what will happen is the Apple will just continue to use it, refuse to pay the licencing fees as Samsung has set them too high per device, then they will eventually go to court over the whole thing 5 years later, and a army of lawyers will get rich trying to figure it out. The later has already happened on one occasion.

about three weeks ago

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Man 'Controlled By Satellites' Makes 100 Calls To 911 In A Month, Vows To Contin

DarthVain DarthVain writes  |  about a year and a half ago

DarthVain (724186) writes "A man who called 911 more than 100 times in one month says he’s not going to stop until his concerns are heard by the federal government.
Jimmy Shao keeps a log book of every 911 call he’s made. So many that he boasts he’s probably set a world record.
He doesn’t believe he’s wasting the time of emergency responders because he has an emergency of his own: Shao believes he’s being watched by shadowy government authorities.
He claims to believe his body is controlled by satellites.

If ever there was a story for slashdot..."

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Limewire being sued for 75 Trillion.

DarthVain DarthVain writes  |  more than 3 years ago

DarthVain writes "Apparently 13 record companies are trying to sue Limewire for 75 Trillion. The NYC judge thinks it is "absurd". Its almost like these media companies are their worst enemy trying to make themselves look ridiculous."
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George Lucas loses court appeal over Star Wars

DarthVain DarthVain writes  |  more than 4 years ago

DarthVain (724186) writes "I remember it was reported by Slashdot sometime ago that Lucas sued his old Prop guy (Andrew Ainsworth) for trying to sell Replica Star Wars costumes. The Prop guy lost that battle it seems in the US back in 2006, but they haven't been able to get the British courts to enforce it. It seems now the British court has ruled to "Sod Off", and "that the helmet and armor of the Stormtrooper costumes had a "utilitarian," rather than an artistic, purpose" and as such is apparently exempt.

I am not sure if anyone in the court room actually saw Star Wars, but I think I know some Ewoks that might argue how "Utilitarian" those suits of armor actual were..."

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Waterboarding and Comic books.

DarthVain DarthVain writes  |  more than 5 years ago

DarthVain (724186) writes "I noticed something last night when I was re-reading Superman: Red Son. http://www.amazon.com/Superman-Red-Elseworlds-Mark-Millar/dp/1401201911/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1244041637&sr=8-1 There appears to be water boarding in it. It is clearly described as torture. It appears in a scene in which Hal Jordan (The Green Lantern) is captured by the enemy and held as a POW and tortured, Vietnam style, or so it looks. It was not too long ago that I didn't even know what water boarding looked like, however I saw this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUkj9pjx3H0 of a republican radio personality that didn't think it was a big deal and submitted himself to water boarding with horrific results. Comparing those two images, the one from the video, and the one from Superman: Red Son, they are clearly the exact same event. Even the posturing of the persons performing the water boarding is the same, it is pretty surreal. So what does this really mean? Well for starters I think it is a pretty good indication of what is considered torture and what is not. The comic was written in 2002 (before all the hullabaloo), and this was the worst torture image they could print to illustrate Hal Jordan's discomfort. So folks that do not get it or fail to understand that it is torture, you can point them to this comic book with its pretty pictures. I also think it is a bit iconic that the image in the book is portrayed as a sort of Vietnamesque torture scene, one that I think most US citizens would identify with "worst torture ever". Anyway just something interesting I noticed while reading last night."
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Rogers - "We're A Dumb Pipe"

DarthVain DarthVain writes  |  more than 5 years ago

DarthVain writes "Rogers Communications the second half of the telecommunications duopoly with Bell in Canada had some interesting things to say to the CRTC (Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission).

Apparently when asked about Canadian content, they are a "Dumb Pipe" however later when asked about Bittorrent they are suddenly able to be a smart pipe and monitor every single packet.

It will be an interesting saga to see if the CRTC actually has some teeth and does something about the questionable practices of Bell Canada and Rogers Communications."

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