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European Parliament Blocks Copyright Reform With 113% Voter Turnout

From A Far Away Land vote fraud (297 comments)

I guess that's the next step for the Conservatives in Canada... instead of suppressing the vote by misdirecting people away from polls, they'll just send 110% of the electorate to ensure victory.

Democracy is withering all over the world, as good people do... not quite enough.

more than 2 years ago

The Consoles Are Dying, Says Developer

From A Far Away Land hardware limits (309 comments)

Makes sense to me. I see many more people playing Facebook games than they play with their Wii. XBox players are about as frequently seen as Facebook gamers, in my experience.

The technology is where consoles have often been ahead of PCs, but with tablet computers becoming almost as slick as Star Trek Pads, it's harder to imagine a console being able to process a lot more than a PC or be as portable as an iPad or Android phone.

more than 2 years ago

WikiLeaks Begins Releasing Stratfor Internal Emails

From A Far Away Land passwords in leak (220 comments)

Here's a fun leak. Complete with passwords like:

more than 2 years ago

Techrights Recommends An Apple Boycott

From A Far Away Land Boycotts (542 comments)

Are boycotts ever really effective anymore? There's too much clout huge companies carry with their flashy advertising to reach consumers that are willing to break principle. People are not principled enough to rigourously hold to boycotts. I tell people not to bother with them, and focus on positive buying instead of negative buying. Don't avoid buying what you don't want to support, try to actively spend your available spending money with people and companies who support your vision of the world.

more than 2 years ago

I am, at present, from the place of my birth ...

From A Far Away Land Re:born in paris, living in columbus OH (332 comments)

Since there are now more than 400 who claim to be on the ISS, one can assume that either there are many more space stations up there than the news is telling us, or that many dozens of people are liars or jokers.

more than 2 years ago

Favorite Ninja Turtle?

From A Far Away Land Re:What.... (266 comments)

While she wasn't a turtle, I was going to pick her too. Or that rat leader.

more than 7 years ago



From A Far Away Land From A Far Away Land writes  |  more than 7 years ago

From A Far Away Land writes ""Meteoroids are smashing into the Moon a lot more often than anyone expected. That's the tentative conclusion of Bill Cooke, head of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office, after his team observed two Leonids hitting the Moon on Nov. 17, 2006. "We've now seen 11 and possibly 12 lunar impacts since we started monitoring the Moon one year ago," says Cooke. "That's about four times more hits than our computer models predicted."""

From A Far Away Land From A Far Away Land writes  |  more than 7 years ago

From A Far Away Land writes "The New York Times features the news from New Brunswick, where blogger Charles LeBlanc who had been arrested for "obstructing police", was acquitted since he wasn't treated like a journalist by police. "William J. McCarroll, the provincial court judge who heard Mr. LeBlanc's case, wrote in his decision that "Mr. LeBlanc is a 'blogger.' I'm sure that many, if not the majority of Saint Johners, are not familiar with this word." "I believe its fair to say that the defendant was doing nothing wrong at the time he was approached by Sergeant Parks and placed under arrest. He was simply plying his trade, gathering photographs and information for his blog alongside other reporters."""

From A Far Away Land From A Far Away Land writes  |  more than 7 years ago

From A Far Away Land writes "The International Space Station is set to test a new life support system that concentrates on closing the waste-water cycle on spaceships.
The name of the project is Environmental Control and Life Support Systems — better known by its acronym ECLSS (pronounced"EE-cliss"). ECLSS uses a purification process called vapor compression distillation: urine is boiled until the water in it turns to steam. The system is designed to produce potable water "meeting purity standards better than most municipal water systems on the ground."
ECLSS can only recover about 93% of waste water that humans sweat and urinate away, so an even better system that can achieve 100% efficiency is needed for a Mars or other space missions to be completely self contained. Without sci-fi matter replicators, even waste water is a precious resource when you're millions of kilometers away from a water supply."



From A Far Away Land From A Far Away Land writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Water and cameras banned from planes - ninjas, not yet

Air travel is about to get crazier. "Passenger [sheep] Doreen says she trusts authorities to do whatever it takes to prevent mid-air tragedies, including banning cameras and cell phones from aircraft cabins." - Stephen Harper, in retaliation against the blogosphere for criticizing him for getting a pilot fired when the captain asked Harper to put away [...]


I Just Wet My Pants . ca

From A Far Away Land From A Far Away Land writes  |  more than 8 years ago

It's a sad day when to "fight terrorism" you have to talk about it as if you're more likely to get blown up than hit by a drunk driver.
IAMNOTAFRAID.CA is a shameless attempt to garner attention for Warren Kinsella of the National Post, and the CanWest Global media group is only too happy to give him the exposure that conservative bloggers are also providing.
Am I giving him exposure by posting this criticism? Yes, but it's not like no one should talk about the risk of terrorism, I just don't think we all need websites and organizations based on coordinating everyone to BEHAVE NORMALLY. Whoever ordered Homer Simpsons' "Everything's OK Alarm", better take it back to the manufacturer and get a full refund. We don't need a shrill chime every 2 seconds, when everything is alright.


Humour required

From A Far Away Land From A Far Away Land writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Actually humour isn't required, but it sure helps. I think some places should hire based on how well someone can tell a joke. If someone is good a shooting the breeze, they'll be an easier co-worker to deal with right? Ha, I'm just making stuff up now.


From A Far Away Land From A Far Away Land writes  |  more than 8 years ago

The post link above contains about the most creative networking joke I've seen in a good long while.

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