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The Canadian Government's War On Science

MSBob Re:umm..... (474 comments)

Balancing the budget? LOL! This government has blown the hole in the budget that Canada had never seen in its entire history. The federal debt has skyrocketed under this regime while the funds to provinces were cut. The 'tax and spend' Liberals maintained balanced budgets for years and years until these clowns grabbed a hold of the steering wheel. Their first stupid move was cutting the GST by two percentage points just before the debt crisis hit. As for their approach to science they had a creationist as a minister of science; enough said.

about a year ago
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Gambling-Focused Internet Cafes Now Illegal In Florida

MSBob Does that mean (53 comments)

My brokerage account will be blocked too?

about a year and a half ago
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Current favorite still-image camera type:

MSBob Fixed lens: Fuji X100 (316 comments)

I have a love/hate relationship with this cam though. Love the size, the viewfinder and even the 'retro' looks. But the slowness of the autofocus really hampers the experience of the camera. Especially in artificial light. Here's to hoping that X100s fixes the issue once and for all

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Can I Explain To a Coworker That He Writes Bad Code?

MSBob Wilmer? (683 comments)

I think slashdot has a post about you.

about a year and a half ago
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British Schoolkids To Be Taught Computer Coding

MSBob Re:Finally (247 comments)

The BBC Micro was terrific. It was entirely made of off the shelf components like the 6502 and 6522 so understanding its design was easy and transparent. The BBC Micro was probably the best computer to teach assembly programming on as the 6502 assembly was such as joy to learn and use.

about 3 years ago
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Has Cleverbot Passed the Turing Test?

MSBob what we need to ask (427 comments)

is what it's going to do if it comes across a turtle lying on its back.

about 3 years ago
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Would the Developing World Use E-Readers More Than Laptops?

MSBob Re:Text to speech (155 comments)

I don't have a kindle nor do I know what they use but the blog-to-podcast engine Audiodizer uses a very good TTS engine that I find is good enough even for long articles (not sure I would hear it read an entire book though) and it seems to improve on a regular basis. Here's a sample of how it sounds: http://www.audiodizer.com/Clients/PhysOrg/physorg/news217488993.mp3

more than 3 years ago
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Why haven't you bought a tablet?

MSBob Re:Why? (459 comments)

>what can it do that my phone can't?

Display stuff at a screen that's comfortable for prolonged reading/viewing.

more than 3 years ago
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Why haven't you bought a tablet?

MSBob I have a tablet but no smartphone (459 comments)

I realize I'm in the minority here but I'm not impressed with modern smart phones. They are just a tad too large to be comfortable in my pockets but not large enough to be comfortable web browsers, ebook readers etc.

My needs would be covered by two devices, a smartphone in the size of say the fith generation iPod Nano and a 10 inch tablet. So far the market has only deilvered the latter so that's what I have.

more than 3 years ago
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GM Criticized Over Chevy Volt's Hybrid Similarities

MSBob This Slashdot post is lying (657 comments)

The GM volt drives the wheels from the engine when the battery is depleted AND the speed is more than 70mph. Both conditions have to be met before the outer ring of the planetary is unlocked and powered by the gas engine.

more than 3 years ago
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GM Criticized Over Chevy Volt's Hybrid Similarities

MSBob Re:The Volt uses a planetary gearset (657 comments)

The claims made by Nissan are yet to be tested in practice. I doubt that car will go anywhere near 100 miles on a charge. 60 is much more probable.

more than 3 years ago
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The Hell Known As Internet Screening Services

MSBob Cause and effect? (557 comments)

What if we turn this around and consider that maybe those who apply for jobs to screen the internet already have an unhealthy fascination with weird and/or illegal content? Maybe the post-contract counseling only reveals all the issues they harbored prior to starting the work?

I'm not saying this is the case, but it's a possibility...

more than 4 years ago
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DIY Pixel Qi Screens Available

MSBob Programmer's display (60 comments)

I wasn't aware of this company or its technology. But to me this is something that programmers would really enjoy (and other workers stuck in front of an LCD for 8+ hours a day). They need to get the size and resolution much higher up though. I'd pay north of $900 for something like this but in a 23" format with a resolution of 1920x1200 or higher.

more than 4 years ago
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House Passes Massive Medical Insurance Bill, 219-212

MSBob Re:health insurance is like auto insurance now (2424 comments)

> Funding will be used to kill human fetuses. I did not have the choice to opt out of paying for your idiotic war on Iraq. Screw you and your right wing fetus obsession.

more than 4 years ago
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What is the ambient temperature in your office?

MSBob Re:Yes, celsius, clod, blahblahblah (676 comments)

Are you very fat? Anything below 20C and I feel like putting my jacket on.

more than 4 years ago
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Chilean Earthquake Shortened Earth's Day

MSBob Did this affect climate (374 comments)

Given the axial shift will that have a measurable impact on the climate in a measurable way?

more than 4 years ago

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