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Shooting At Canadian Parliament

Mashiki Re:Dear Canada.... (521 comments)

Criminals do the same things all over African and even Eastern Europe. I don't see us invading them. Screw Iraq, we have no business fighting in the middle east unless they attack us.

Except we go after their financial networks, launch targeted attacks against them and so on. So yes, we do indeed go after them. It's much harder when their networks are using liquid assets traded through the black market now isn't it.

2 days ago
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Shooting At Canadian Parliament

Mashiki Re:Dear Canada.... (521 comments)

Can you name the "other extremists" that have been busy either successfully or unsuccessfully launching terrorist attacks in the last 10 years? Here in Canada this will be the 5th one by muslims. Though we've had two attacks in two days, one in Quebec and likely the one in Ottawa as well.

We jump back a bit, we've got the muslim nut who wanted to derail a via train, and was planning to do a chemical attack. A couple of others, the 18 muslims who wanted to attack parliament hill as well. Previous to that, we've had environmentalists who tried to blow up sour gas lines, sikhs blowing up an airliner and home-grown separatists who did some shit in quebec.

2 days ago
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Shooting At Canadian Parliament

Mashiki Re:Dear Canada.... (521 comments)

Gee, it might have something to do with all those islamists engaging in genocide, rape, slavery, and mass murder. Maybe...but who knows, after all, when you can go to Iraq and buy a women from them for $10...I mean there might be no problems right?

2 days ago
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No More Lee-Enfield: Canada's Rangers To Get a Tech Upgrade

Mashiki Re:May I suggest (331 comments)

Most likely they'll replace it with the C8 this was just recently done with the federal prison guards in Canada who moved from .303's it was mainly done to ensure that there was a uniform ammo supply across the military and other federal agencies.

5 days ago
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Pentagon Reportedly Hushed Up Chemical Weapons Finds In Iraq

Mashiki Re:Intriguing (376 comments)

Yeah, that Eric Holder so canny he made the previous administration bury a story.

And we all know the poor suffering Mexican drug cartels were unarmed before Obama took office.

Here's the difference: The previous administration tracked the guns, the current administration let them walk. "Letting them walk" means that once they handed them over, they dusted off their hands and said "well that's done." This isn't rocket surgery.

about a week ago
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Pentagon Reportedly Hushed Up Chemical Weapons Finds In Iraq

Mashiki Re:Intriguing (376 comments)

Short answer: Someone with an agenda decided to do it. The same reason why Holder is now looking at a contempt charge. And why he spent two years stonewalling on the current administrations gun-walking, where weapons were deliberately by choice not tracked and put in the hands of cartel members which led to the deaths of not only children, but americans.

about two weeks ago
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How Women Became Gamers Through D&D

Mashiki Re:Trolls gonna troll, buuuuuutttt (238 comments)

Welcome to #gamergate.

Also, they've just figured out that large swaths of the threats against her came from a journalist in Brazil. But remember the movement is full of all white men according to people like her.

about two weeks ago
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Too Much Privacy: Finnish Police Want Big Euro Notes Taken Out of Circulation

Mashiki Re:Not only in Finland. (314 comments)

Talk to the courts, they're the ones who allowed it.

about two weeks ago
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Too Much Privacy: Finnish Police Want Big Euro Notes Taken Out of Circulation

Mashiki Re:Not only in Finland. (314 comments)

Where was this at? I've bought two cars in cash one in '96 for ~$21k and one 3 years ago for $56k. Every dealership that I know of here in Canada has a cash sale policy on vehicles(which usually includes a sale discount as well). My grandparents only bought vehicles in cash and did so right until he died, they lived in Canada and the US and had no problems with this. When they retired, and went from a house to a mobile home(they were snowbirds), they bought their place in Canada with $35k cash, and $48k cash in the US(florida) without any problems either.

about two weeks ago
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Can the Sun Realistically Power Datacenters?

Mashiki Re:Feed 250 hungry people, or 20 Americans (237 comments)

There's an array near where I live here in Ontario, the arrays are packed so closely together that cows and other livestock would have a serious problem navigating them to graze. In many cases, high quality farmland is being turned into the "next big scam." Much like "windmills will solve your needs" from the 1920's.

about two weeks ago
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Texas Health Worker Tests Positive For Ebola

Mashiki Re:Robots? (421 comments)

Uh-huh. And in Pakistan and other African countries they outlawed marrying girls under the age of 10. Of course it still happens, as we all know "making something illegal" doesn't stop it from happening.

about two weeks ago
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How Spurious Wikipedia Edits Can Attach a Name To a Scandal, 35 Years On

Mashiki Re:And the culprit is (165 comments)

Wikipedia is full of factual inaccuracies, it gets even worse the closer you come to articles on politics or popular culture. Then the neutrality goes right out the window because someone, somewhere is always carrying an agenda. I think my current favorite is the #gamergate article where the founder of wikipedia has stepped in because a particular subset of users and ultra-leftwing feminists skewed the neutrality so badly that even he could spot it. Couple that with a particular senior editor having done nearly 25% of the edits and breaking the neutrality rule, it's now led him down the path where people on both sides of the spectrum want him stripped of the ability to edit at all.

about two weeks ago
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Why the Trolls Will Always Win

Mashiki Re: weev (728 comments)

There's instances of this from other blogs doing the same thing. One example that stands out in my mind is from LGF. Where a user bombed comments on hot air(during a low moderation period) to claim that "hot air supported racism." Then was lauded for what they did on their home site.

about two weeks ago
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Ubisoft Claims CPU Specs a Limiting Factor In Assassin's Creed Unity On Consoles

Mashiki Re:To be fair though (338 comments)

Consoles just have to render at 1080, not 1440 or the 4k you can easily pick up for your PC.
*re-reads*

For the last couple of gens it's usually been possible to get a PC that 'looked better' - but you ended up paying a whole wedge more for the privilege

I hope you know that neither console uses 1080 as a native resolution. Some games use 1080 mainly on the PS4, though they're main 900p, almost all games on the Xbox One are 792. Some get up-sampled to 1080p. But let's compare the current generation of hardware on those consoles, and what you could build with a PC. And you'll find that for ~30-80 more then a console you can build a PC that will stomp the ground flat and do 1080p without a problem.

The current gen of consoles at best were aborted messes that anyone in their right mind should never have bought.

about two weeks ago
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Ubisoft Claims CPU Specs a Limiting Factor In Assassin's Creed Unity On Consoles

Mashiki Don't worry guys... (338 comments)

I'm sure some console fanboy will come out any time now and still scream that these consoles are more powerful than PC's and all that. Well I guess they are, but only if you count a PC from ~3-4 years ago.

about two weeks ago
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Why the FCC Will Probably Ignore the Public On Network Neutrality

Mashiki Re:Fortunately... (336 comments)

Strange, I heard the same thing that it "would never happen in Canada." Interestingly enough Rogers, Bell, Telus and Cogeco discovered that despite the "never mess with hockey" rule that Canucks also have a "never mess with the internet" rule too. It was a big enough outrage that the federal government(that would be the current conservative government) stepped in and threatened the CRTC(think canuck FCC), that they would strip their mandate away if they didn't smarten up. They're also discovering that with the current video streaming and trying to piss off people over netflix up here too.

Then again, I sometimes think that Canada stole the US's ability to stand up against government and government bodies. We've been doing that quite often here over the last 15 years coming from our history where we used to just whine, bitch and moan over something. While americans are simply whining, bitching and moaning over something now.

about three weeks ago
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Is It Time To Throw Out the College Application System?

Mashiki Re:If yes then what ? (389 comments)

Except of course when you see the questions. Example from when I was out in Alberta required you to carry four tens, then break the ones into another set of subgroup of ones. Yeah, using 20+20+2x2=wrong in their little world.

about three weeks ago
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Is It Time To Throw Out the College Application System?

Mashiki Re:If yes then what ? (389 comments)

The problem is that we need an accurate measure of a student's creativity instead of a student's talent for memorizing the correct answer. This creates a brain-dead workforce which kills the ability to innovate.

I'm guessing you've never looked at or went into any field that requires memorization for course work. As a hint, there's a lot of areas of work that require that in order to be successful even in a job that requires logical thinking, problem solving, and "thinking outside the box." What you're talking about in the rest of your paragraph however is taking learned knowledge plus experience and applying it to understand "how something happens." You still need that memorization and learning by rote to get there.

Yeah don't get me started on common core, we tried that up here in Canada before you guys did and it's done such a fucked up job of screwing kids up that there's at least 4 years worth in Ontario and Alberta that they're not struggling at basic areas of math, english and history. In fact it's so fucked up that both provinces have thrown the "non-directive learning" into the trashbin of history.

about three weeks ago
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The Era of Saturday Morning Cartoons Is Dead

Mashiki Re:not quite (320 comments)

I am in Durham Region Ontario near Toronto, where are you?

I'm in Oxford currently, in one of the dead zones. I can get CityTV because Woodstock has a repeater, global comes in if you're lucky.

about three weeks ago

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FCC wants to decide what's news

Mashiki Mashiki writes  |  about 8 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 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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