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Biofuels From Corn Can Create More Greenhouse Gases Than Gasoline

Mashiki Re:"beofuels from corn" is not just stupid (94 comments)

Sounds like a crate full of stupid my friend. Imagine how many people could be fed from that corn? Well as long as the environmentalists didn't throw a hissy fit over it and try claiming it was poisonous or something.

8 hours ago
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Obama Delays Decision On Keystone Pipeline Yet Again

Mashiki Re:Texas needs water, not oil (182 comments)

Any Canadian politician who wants to lose an election just has to propose piping precious Canadian water down to those Yanks.

We already let american companies bottle precious canadian water for your bottled water industry, doesn't seem to be hurting any of those politicians any.

yesterday
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Beer Price Crisis On the Horizon

Mashiki Re:Don't worry Americans... (375 comments)

With the way you Canadians tax the fuck out of your alcohol? It's no surprise that many of you end up brewing your own batch. Now, I don't care how you guys handle your taxes, that is your business and none of mine, but I really don't think you could end up selling much down here with those prices.

Funny enough, that's because in places like Ontario the booze is controlled by a provincially mandated cartel. In Ontario's case beer is "run" by Brewers Retail AKA the beer companies themselves, and the LCBO(the provincial government). And sadly in Ontario's case, it isn't the tax that you're getting screwed over on, you're paying a indulgence tax. And instead of leveraging their buying power, everyone gets screwed over. There's actually a rather massive dustup right now over selling booze at corner stores/grocery like they do in the US right now. With the brewers retailers trying to go with the "but your teenagers will be drunken heathens!!!!eleventyone!!!!11111!" In a place like Alberta, the government buys the booze, but anyone can apply for a license and open their own shop to sell, providing they can pass the requirements to do so.

But funny enough, you can buy Canuck made beer and spirits cheaper in the US than you can in Canada.

2 days ago
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Beer Price Crisis On the Horizon

Mashiki Re:Don't worry Americans... (375 comments)

Quite true, my city(funny how in Canada we call a city with ~35k people a city), we have 2 micro breweries. They're not well known by any stretch of the imagination but they're known well enough that the people who run them make money to keep them in operation and run a "brew your own" business on the side.

2 days ago
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Declassified Papers Hint US Uranium May Have Ended Up In Israeli Arms

Mashiki Re:Good for them. (149 comments)

Well let's be realistic then shall we? Technically they're not beholden to anyone to not build on the West Bank, being that it was a captured territory. Useful point, that much of it was already bought previously and before 1940. And every time that they gave land up--end when it was fully productive the palestinians fully destroyed it, looted it, and went on their way instead of taking it over and using it to bolster their own economy.

Gaza and the West Bank are "open air prisons" of their own making. Their own making revolved around: Palestinians, sniping at civilians along the highways, strapping explosives to themselves and blowing themselves up at cafes, bus stops, and other crowded civilian areas, and so on. Of course we can't forget the "rock throwing" brigades either, or some of the other incidents.

Building is restricted because terrorist organizations love to build bunkers, and weapons munitions dumps within civilian structures, and in places near to the border with Israel, they like to build tunnels to try getting under border check points. In other cases to build smuggling tunnels into Egypt. In order to smuggle in whatever they can.

The reason that building materials are hard is see the last paragraph, the last time they allowed unfettered access to building materials it went right to the terrorist groups who used it for bunkers, and weapons dumps. Big shock right?

So, let me ask you. If you had a "neighbor" who was doing that to you, and not only that but was launching rockets on a regular basis at the entire southern part of your country, to the point where all of your civic buildings are now bomb hardened structures, and houses are now moving that way too, how long would you simply put up with that? Especially when they've been claiming that it's "all in the name of peace."

2 days ago
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Beer Price Crisis On the Horizon

Mashiki Don't worry Americans... (375 comments)

You can count on us Canadians to provide you with quality beer that isn't watered down and has actual kick to it! Though you will have to occasionally deal with Molson, and perhaps some weird off-brands, or something oddly flavored for the trendy folks at the centre-of-the-univerise(Toronto).

2 days ago
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Declassified Papers Hint US Uranium May Have Ended Up In Israeli Arms

Mashiki Re:Good for them. (149 comments)

I'm absolutely not ok with the politics Israel undertakes towards the palestineans, the actual worst enemy for peace in Israel( In my count Gaza and west jordan area are part of Israel) is the whole politics of blame and shame.

That's nice and all, but maybe you can get the palestinian's government to explain why they're so pro-genocide in their teachings. With the various terrorist organizations, which were elected actively supporting said teachings, and taking money from the countries in the region to wage a proxy war. And while you're at it, perhaps you can explain why the BDS movement is so anti-Israeli while said organizations actually hire and pay said palestinians not only a good wage, but an amazing wage. All the while there are arab, druze, and palestinians in the Knesset. Let's be realistic, between the two? I'll back Israel every time.

2 days ago
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Minerva CEO Details His High-Tech Plan To Disrupt Universities

Mashiki Re:why not just go the trades / apprenticeship sys (100 comments)

Because that would require real "work" and they've spent the last 15-20 years telling people that trades and apprenticeships as worthless. That's why there's such a demand for them these days.

2 days ago
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How Nest and FitBit Might Spy On You For Cash

Mashiki Re:Yes, I care (92 comments)

It's hard for the pencils to spy on you when you smash their tiny graphite hearts.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

Mashiki Re:@Whatisname - Re:LaserJet II and LaserJet 3 (674 comments)

When my father and his generation bought stuff they expected it to last a lifetime,

Pretty much spot on. I've got a radio that was my great grandfather's, it was my grandfather's for a few years it's mine now. It's a glorious bit of work, solid maple cabinet, cherry veneer, coated with shellac. Tubes, picks up AM, and pretty sure shortwave. Can't remember off the top of my head what year it was made in but it still works, and they used it for years.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

Mashiki Re:MacBook Air 13 Inch (674 comments)

Well you could just buy a IDE controller card, they do make them. And can run as cheaply as $9.

2 days ago
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Criminals Using Drones To Find Cannabis Farms and Steal Crops

Mashiki Duh... (256 comments)

In the old days, criminals would just follow others out or use dogs trained to sniff out other peoples grow ops in some farmers field, woods/back wood lot/etc. They're just going hi-tech, nothing to see in that sense.

3 days ago
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RCMP Arrest Canadian Teen For Heartbleed Exploit

Mashiki Re:Mischief in Relation to Data (104 comments)

Here in Canada, we use common law as the basis of our legal code. So the wording really interesting, what you're actually missing is the case law behind how the law has developed and why mischief is actually a fairly serious crime on the books here. If you're actually interested, you can go over here and start looking through the vast library of it.

Anyway, for your analogy, that comes under several different laws. Mischief(interrupting the cable service on your end), theft of service(from the provider and to you), B&E(altering the state of your house), probably possessing tools to commit the BE(another law), peeking through the windows(invasion of privacy). But it does actually align with the definition in relation to data just fine, since the case law data has defined this clearly. It's also just as important in common law that the law itself clearly defines what is, and isn't. And in this case, with the previous cases of mischief of people "capturing data" in an unauthorized way, section 1.1(c) is what will most likely be applied.

3 days ago
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RCMP Arrest Canadian Teen For Heartbleed Exploit

Mashiki Re:LOL CANADA LOL (104 comments)

RCMP compared to say? OPP and issues with let's say...oh...Caledonia? Or several other issues? Let's run away, away, run away way. Let's arrest the other non-native protesters so we don't enflame the natives? Doesn't get better when the OPP are involved or the courts either here in Ontario. How about Ipperwash? When the natives were shooting at the police, and they had it on film, and the courts refused to hear the evidence? I've have a friend who was in the military at the time and she was shot at while her helicopter was doing a flyover. They refused to allow evidence of that in too.

Or how about the CBSA, when they stopped hundreds of american natives coming into Canada with guns? The RCMP arrested them but the courts let them go and where did they end up? Ipperwash shooting at the OPP, at the RCMP, and at the CF's. Please, the RCMP has problems without a doubt, but they're not a patch on either what goes on with the natives, some of the serious issues with the courts, or even with the provincial police forces when the government jams their fingers in and tells them to "back off."

3 days ago
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RCMP Arrest Canadian Teen For Heartbleed Exploit

Mashiki Re:Mischief in Relation to Data (104 comments)

Protip: In Canada, the courtroom is owned by the judge. Not the crown, the crown can offer whatever they want. The judge however can slap them with whatever sentence they want, that however can end up before the superior court(think state level supreme), which may decrease the sentence or even increase it if they think it isn't severe enough.

3 days ago
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RCMP Arrest Canadian Teen For Heartbleed Exploit

Mashiki Re:Mischief in Relation to Data (104 comments)

Here in Canada, we use common law as the basis of our legal code. So the wording really interesting, what you're actually missing is the case law behind how the law has developed and why mischief is actually a fairly serious crime on the books here. If you're actually interested, you can go over here and start looking through the vast library of it.

Anyway, for your analogy, that comes under several different laws. Mischief(interrupting the cable service on your end), theft of service(from the provider and to you), B&E(altering the state of your house), probably possessing tools to commit the BE(another law), peeking through the windows(invasion of privacy). But it does actually align with the definition in relation to data just fine, since the case law data has defined this clearly. It's also just as important in common law that the law itself clearly defines what is, and isn't. And in this case, with the previous cases of mischief of people "capturing data" in an unauthorized way, section 1.1(c) is what will most likely be applied.

3 days ago
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How Apple's CarPlay Could Shore Up the Car Stereo Industry

Mashiki Re:Wouldn't trust Apple (193 comments)

We all believed you until you hit "A Wife." This is ./, and we already know that the virgin crowd rules these shores...

5 days ago
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Guardian and WaPo Receive Pulitzers For Snowden Coverage

Mashiki Re:Congratulations are in order. (78 comments)

Well that's not really true, in the cases of both Benghazi and say F&F they're still on-going because the witnesses have either disappeared. Or the government itself has made the evidence disappear.

5 days ago
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Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

Mashiki Re:Upgrade, don't update. (574 comments)

Perhaps you didn't read the summary.

Assuming, magically making an ass out of yourself.

about a week ago

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FCC wants to decide what's news

Mashiki Mashiki writes  |  about 2 months ago

Mashiki (184564) writes "The FCC has decided that they know what news you need to know. This sounds familar doesn't it? Everyone remembers the fairness doctrine. The CIN, will "ferret out information from TV and other media, and determine what's best." Including but not limited to, the format, type of information, and whether or not it's newsworthy. But with this, they say don't worry we won't do anything wrong and it's voluntary. As we all know, the government is highly trustworthy. There have been no flagrant abuses that have come to light in the last year, and we can trust in their unbiased opinions, and their objectives right?

Let's think on that a moment, and remember that Putin did something similar 14 years ago, and let's look at the state of the media in Russia today."
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EU probes new Google privacy policy

Mashiki Mashiki writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Mashiki writes "The EU is probing Google's new privacy policy to determine whether or not it breaks the bloc's data, and privacy laws. This investigation could delay the rollout of the new policy, and bring increased pressure against Google, as they are already under investigation for their existing competition practices."
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Google Announce cross-product tracking, no opt-out

Mashiki Mashiki writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Mashiki writes "Google has announced new privacy rules across all products(email, search, youtube, plus, etc). With this change, comes a unique twist. You can't opt out. I'd say google pulled a netflix, but it could be much interesting than that depending on where you live. Since this flies in the face of the privacy laws of other countries to track across sites, when you refuse to allow users to opt-out of tracking altogether."
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DOJ seals records of murdered border guard

Mashiki Mashiki writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Mashiki writes "The DOJ has sealed the recorders of a border agent, who was murdered by a weapon procured during the Federal Government's Fast and Furious program, operated by the ATF, which allowed weapons to walk into the hands of known criminals. Perhaps the most troubling issue at hand from the most transparent administration ever, is how quickly they wish to silence any information of how these weapons were moved, and who has been murdered by them."
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EA modifies ToS for ORIGIN again

Mashiki Mashiki writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Mashiki writes "Following what seems to be a brilliant move by everyone favorite company Sony, EA has amended the terms for ORIGIN their downloading service to include the following clause: "By accepting these terms, you and EA expressly waive the right to a trial by jury or to participate in a class action.

YOU UNDERSTAND THAT BY THIS PROVISION, YOU AND EA ARE FOREGOING THE RIGHT TO SUE IN COURT AND HAVE A JURY TRIAL.

YOU AND EA AGREE THAT EACH MAY BRING CLAIMS AGAINST THE OTHER ONLY IN YOUR OR ITS INDIVIDUAL CAPACITY, AND NOT AS A PLAINTIFF OR CLASS MEMBER IN ANY PURPORTED CLASS OR REPRESENTATIVE PROCEEDING."

You have until tomorrow(Aug 25th) to opt out, if you want."

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