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Obama Administration Argues For Backdoors In Personal Electronics

Mashiki Re:I call BS on this one.... (506 comments)

For example, Republicans have been pushing voter ID laws which include stricter ID standards, more bureaucratic hoops to get ID, and the closing of offices to get IDs in areas which, by some crazy coincidence, are where black people live. None of these things are racist on the face of it, but the result is that its harder for black people to vote, and thus that fewer blacks vote. The Republicans and their supporters know this, but bristle at accusations of racism because, hey, its not like they used the N-word or anything like that.

If what you say about republicans is true, then democrats are akin to the khamer rouge. And please, I live in Canada, I've lived in Europe. The US is one of very *few* western countries that doesn't have a requirement of voter ID.

This has nothing to do with "making it harder" especially when states are willing to hand out the ID for free. It seems to me, that democrats would be much happier to let people vote as many times as they can and "call it democracy." I mean it's not like there haven't been a string of democrats having been charged in the last year for election fraud or anything right? I mean there was one two days ago, that was charged with 19 counts I believe.

I'm sorry you can't see that the US is still a deeply racist society in many ways. The legal system is incredibly biased, harassment by the police is a major problem, and the Republican party still finds mass appeal in certain states with dog-whistle, coded racism. Its a bigger social problem, not the fault of one party, but the Republican party has chosen to be the standard bearer of that racism (see the Southern Strategy, still in effect).

The US is a deeply racist society? I haven't read anything so funny in all my life. I'm guessing you've never traveled to japan, s.korea, malaysia or anything. You want to see deeply racist, try looking there. Or better yet, go look at the middle east...you'll see what a deeply racist society looks like. I do find it funny though that you use key words and talking points right out of the various left-wing pundits though. Perhaps you're so biased, and so deeply ingrained in your own bigotry that you can't see what you're actually saying.

yesterday
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Obama Administration Argues For Backdoors In Personal Electronics

Mashiki Re:I call BS on this one.... (506 comments)

Seriously? I don't think I've ever read such BS in my life. Can you do us all a favor and tell everyone which between the two parties always falls back on playing the race card on any issue, when something isn't going it's own way. Or uses slanderous attacks in order to try and stifle another persons speech? I'll give you a hint, it's that "center-right party" that you were talking about at the start. I'm not even american, and I can see fundamental differences between the two. You however, with that post simply scream "political shill."

My personal favorite, is when democrats call black republicans "house niggers, and uncle toms" being the most kind of the two that they use.

yesterday
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Antarctic Ice Loss Big Enough To Cause Measurable Shift In Earth's Gravity

Mashiki Re:The last sentence in the summary... (215 comments)

Canada...had another record breaking hot summer, and expecting another winter with hardly any snow in the Vancouver region.

Really?

If I take a look at the measurements from EC, I see that most of the country was seasonal or far below seasonal. Including snowfalls in Alberta in June and August. In Southern Ontario where I live, it was on average of 3C lower than the seasonal averages, compared to ~3-6 years ago it was 5C lower. We still had ice on the great lakes in July, that hadn't been seen since the 1970's either. Of course it doesn't help that EC has been shutting down many of the weather stations that have been in use for awhile. And of course we can't forget that in much of the country our temperature records only start in the 1970's. So if you're going to claim "a record breaking hot summer" based on 30ish years of data, you're not doing yourself any favors.

yesterday
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Energy Utilities Trying To Stifle Growth of Solar Power

Mashiki Re:Dupe (475 comments)

Maybe some utilities are scared.

Around here, they account for under 0.1% of all generation, and cause all sorts of problems. I suppose it's nice if you live in a part of the world where you get lots of sunshine or something, but you start approaching the northern latitudes and all bets are off. Wind farms are the big thing up here(ontario), and we only pay a "mere upto 0.83c/kwh" for them to generate power.

2 days ago
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Exxon and Russian Operation Discovers Oil Field Larger Than the Gulf of Mexico

Mashiki Re:Ukraine just got screwed (199 comments)

Yeah you guys in the US by definition of who you elected decided you didn't want our "dirty oil." That's fine we'll sell it to asia and europe.

3 days ago
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NVIDIA Begins Requiring Signed GPU Firmware Images

Mashiki Re:Alibaba (189 comments)

Quite often they're not even unlocking anything. Rather they're doing a dirty hack to change the bios information of the card to display something that it isn't. This isn't all that unfamiliar to those of us who were in the industry back in the mid to late 90's when scammers were resilking(cpu info used to be silk screened on, to counter this it's why all cpu's are now stamped) Cyrix cpu's as AMD and Intel. You only found out what the CPU actually was, when you plugged it into the board and it said "cyrix." And while there are cases of people doing this to binned parts, most of the time the links to enable those pathways are cut before they're made into a gpu to stop people from doing exactly that. And if you're wondering why, it's because Intel ran into a massive problem where fly-by-night companies would unlock the binned CPU, and then actually flashing the microcode to change what the CPU was.

The cheap and dirty way to unlock CPU's during that time period was to use a graphite pencil across a unfinished path. I think it was pin 14 or 23 on the board. Very nasty problems with Slot 1 cpus.

4 days ago
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The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy

Mashiki Re:"the Phoebus cartel still casts a shadow today" (596 comments)

None of the LEDs in this house have failed so far (after close to three years since installation), so I have no reason to expect that they won't last the rated lifetime.

LED's I've yet to have a problem with. CFL's, I've had nothing but problems with, ranging anything from massive flicker bad enough to cause migraines to them going up in smoke in a matter of months even in your standard lamp base. It seems to me that manufactures the first couple of years after CFL's became common started cutting costs by reducing the quality of the components themselves. Leaving you with a good glass fixture, and cheap ass electronics. Most of the failures I've seen after pulling them apart fail on resistors or capacitors. Lot of the people saying "the caps are over heating" to me, in all the cases where I've seen a capacitor fail, it's followed the same path as the "bad cap" scandal that hit PC motherboard makers in the early 00's. That is, fake caps.

5 days ago
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Before Using StingRays, Police Must Sign NDA With FBI

Mashiki Re:Guns in Canada (124 comments)

In the US, it's not just gun ownership, but the number of people owning guns and toting them around in public.

It's not the people "toting them around in public" it's the cultural problem with particular segments of the population. Have you ever questioned why "fergison" was such smashing news, or the zimmerman trial, when not a weekend goes by in Chicago that 10-40+ people are shot, with 1-20 fatalities.

You should spend more time researching this.

about a week ago
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BT and Coke To Offer Free Rural Wi-Fi In South Africa Through Vending Machines

Mashiki Re:Uh seriously? (71 comments)

"Africa"
Africa is the world's second-largest continent, in case you didn't notice.
Not all people in Africa are starving or at war.

Sure, and it's full of abject poverty, petty dictatorships, and in many places has an education level of where the western world was ~1000 years ago, sometimes earlier. And while "not all people in africa are starving or at war" large segments of it are. The same large segments can't produce enough food to feed itself, and every time a country or person tries to fix it, it becomes a tribalized mess.

about a week ago
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BT and Coke To Offer Free Rural Wi-Fi In South Africa Through Vending Machines

Mashiki Uh seriously? (71 comments)

I think Africa has more serious problems besides "can I check my email" and "where can I buy a coke."

about a week ago
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Australian Senate Introduces Laws To Allow Total Internet Surveillance

Mashiki Re:Australia voted... for a kick in the nuts. (212 comments)

You mean like that wanna-be 17 year old terrorist who stabbed two officers and ended up getting shot for his trouble? Seems to me that they did the right thing in that case after all, but let's look at europe. France has no-go zones, norway has them, sweden has them. Of course we can't forget the rape jihad either, and it's even hitting the courts where the defendants are claiming it's "part of their religious duty to do so." I believe you had one in Australia a few months back, might have been last year.

After all here in Canada we've had 18 muslims who wanted to cut the heads off of everyone in parliament, another muslim that wanted to let off 50+ bombs in Ontario, another muslim that wanted to derail a VIA train. The three teens from london that ran off and were nailed at the oil refinery somewhere in Africa. Then we've got the mosques indoctrinating youth, and they go off deciding that they want to fight "for an islamic state" so far we're just revoking their passports.

Yeah it seems like we don't have any problems or anything. I'm not saying what they did was right, but pretending that there aren't issues with the muslim communities is just burying your head in the sand.

about a week ago
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Emma Watson Leaked Photo Threat Was a Plot To Attack 4chan

Mashiki Re:Emma Watson is full of it (590 comments)

Except if you actually look into the numbers it's easy to disprove. inb4 lul aei, except that they explain their methodology. And try as people might, they've yet to successfully disprove it.

about a week ago
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Before Using StingRays, Police Must Sign NDA With FBI

Mashiki Re:United States of Amerika (124 comments)

I can only hope. From your fingers to God's eyes.

Oh noes...guns. So we've got guns in Canada, and guess what? We don't have the murder problem, what you have in the US in a culture problem. Or rather a culture problem with sections of your society, should I just point out the obvious? Well what the hell I've got karma to burn. If you remove black gun related crime guess where the US would sit in terms of gun violence? Not much higher than most countries in Europe. You can bury your heads in the sand, scream "zomg racist" all you want and the longer you continue to do so, the longer the problem remains unresolved. It's the same in Canada with drinking and driving, and aggravated assault. The vast majority of these cases resolve around two groups: Jamaicans and Natives. With Jamaicans it's mainly around the drug trade, especially hard drugs and Natives it's DUI, and violent altercations while intoxicated. That's why they're the two most represented minority clases in our prisons.

I'm sure someone will trot out the "but countries that have banned guns..." yes indeed, they have pretty much eliminated gun violence. Of course criminals moved onto knives, bats, and other things. Which is why in a place like the UK if you're under 18 you can't buy a knife easily, and why assault with a weapon is the most commonly laid charge with "blunt force, or lacerations" being the primary indicator in cases of death or AS.

I'm sure someone with an agenda will start modding this into oblivion, and I say "disprove it." The stats are out there, you can see them yourself on wikipedia and can order them under FOIA/Open Access in various countries. You don't like it? Tough, it's reality. You want it changed, fix the problem.

about two weeks ago
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Before Using StingRays, Police Must Sign NDA With FBI

Mashiki Re:United States of Amerika (124 comments)

If the only thing you can get out of that is "godwin" you need to update yourself on the topic. That is, fascism always marches towards disarming a population in order to further it's own agenda. A disarmed population is a cowed population.

about two weeks ago
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New MRI Studies Show SSRIs Bring Rapid Changes to Brain Function

Mashiki Re:Now all they need to do... (138 comments)

Same reason why those of us who take tramadol go through serotonin withdrawal.

about two weeks ago
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Mark Zuckerberg Throws Pal Joe Green Under the Tech Immigration Bus

Mashiki Re:Most transparent ever? (260 comments)

And if you honestly believe that, you may just be on Obamacare!

Don't worry, your rates aren't going to go up AND you can keep your doctor too.

about two weeks ago
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Canadian Regulator Threatens To Impose New Netflix Regulation

Mashiki Re:why does the CRTC need this list? (324 comments)

Huh? The American networks as carried in Canada do not have 50% Canadian content in prime time. In fact, it's probably zero percent.

You're right, the only reason they don't is because the channels that are canadian get overwritten by the cableco/satellite provider when it's also broadcast on a US channel. So they get their "canadian content" that way. The only way to get a US channel in Canada that isn't simulcast is by OTA.

about two weeks ago
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Canadian Regulator Threatens To Impose New Netflix Regulation

Mashiki Re:why does the CRTC need this list? (324 comments)

You've got no idea of what you're talking about. The biggest reach that politicians have on this is being able to threaten to take their mandate away on broadcast regulatory issues. And it has nothing to do with libertarianism, this is due to excessive regulation not too little. And why is this happening? Because the CRTC is packed with suits from the major telcos, cableco's, and industry insiders. I'm sure someone will scream "lulz harper" but I'll point out now that this is how it has been since the CRTC got started.

The CRTC mandates: internet, pricing controls for the internet, third party pricing controls for the internet, cancon, who can or can't have a broadcast license, telephone, telephone quality, and several other things. Industry Canada on the other hand their biggest reach is spectrum.

about two weeks ago
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Canadian Regulator Threatens To Impose New Netflix Regulation

Mashiki Welp... (324 comments)

Sounds like I need to contact my MP, last time the CRTC pulled this shit with UBB it took the federal government threatening to pull their mandate for them to smarten up. Fellow canucks can contact their MP via this list here. Sounds like they need to be threatened again, and if they decide to piss on us--I'll get a VPN and get the US netflix. And if they make it illegal like US satellite dishes, people will say fuck you anyway.

There's a reason why the cableco's up here are hemorrhaging subscribers.

about two weeks ago
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Use of Forced Labor "Systemic" In Malaysian IT Manufacturing

Mashiki Re:"forced labor" (183 comments)

You know what I find interesting in this? The moderation. I do believe that the people moderating the comments are saying "intellectual cowards unite." They can't refute what you said, they can't refute what I said. They'd rather try to bury it instead of confronting the fact that this is factual.

about two weeks ago

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FCC wants to decide what's news

Mashiki Mashiki writes  |  about 7 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  |  about 3 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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