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Canadian Supreme Court Delivers Huge Win For Internet Privacy

MrShaggy well then. (112 comments)

Sudden outbreak of common sense...

about 3 months ago

PETA Abandons $1 Million Prize For Artificial Chicken

MrShaggy hhah (191 comments)

Mock Bock??

about 6 months ago

Happy 50th Doctor Who

MrShaggy What's the name of it?? (211 comments)

I am missing out otherwise..

I looked through the site and I am missing it completely...

about 10 months ago

Fundamentalist Schools Using "Nessie" To Disprove Evolution

MrShaggy Obligatory. (936 comments)

'I thought I told you woman never to give the Loch ness Monster no 2&50.'

more than 2 years ago

Bessel Beam 'Tractor Beam' Concept Theoretically Demonstrated

MrShaggy Re:TFA says (54 comments)

Thats what the sharks are fore.

more than 2 years ago

TSA's mm-Wave Body Scanner Breaks Diabetic Teen's $10K Insulin Pump

MrShaggy Re:Jessie Ventura (811 comments)

I am Canadian. So I am unsure if you are funny or not./

more than 2 years ago

Congress: The TSA Is Wasting Hundreds of Millions In Taxpayer Dollars

MrShaggy typo (199 comments)

RuePaul Rand Paul, they are the same ;)

more than 2 years ago

TSA's mm-Wave Body Scanner Breaks Diabetic Teen's $10K Insulin Pump

MrShaggy Jessie Ventura (811 comments)

He has had hip replacement surgery. "Former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura is suing the TSA and Homeland Security for humiliating and ‘offensive’ pat-down procedures he’s been subjected to during airport security checks that included ‘warrantless, non-suspicion-based offensive touching, gripping and rubbing of the genital and other sensitive areas of his body.’ "

He is suing them in court.

more than 2 years ago

Ubuntu Will Soon Ship On 5% of New PCs

MrShaggy yes but.. (441 comments)

Does it run Linux?

more than 2 years ago

Rand Paul Has a Quick Fix For TSA: Pull the Plug

MrShaggy Re:Even a broken clock (1051 comments)

Free health care in Canada is the best thing ever. It costs us 60$ a month to pay for it.
Since I can no longer and on disability I would hate to have to consider extra costs.

I think that the problem that in the states it is too much narrow minded thinking.

Even Cuba has free healthcare.

more than 2 years ago

Botched Repair Likely Cause of Combusting iPhone After Flight

MrShaggy trueism. (181 comments)

I guess the old saying 'don't let the smoke out' is true.

more than 2 years ago

NY Times: 'FBI Foils Its Own Terrorist Plots'

MrShaggy Re:It's not Entrapment. (573 comments)

The other side of the Theatre is the TSA. Another fear-mongering bunch. So much money wasted on this and doing little but turning everyone into suspects. The new scanners don't work well at finding things, that are ones stomach, and on a side.

Would it not be easier, and cheaper to use a time-tested method of metal detectors and every ones favorite sniffing dogs.

Since recently the FBI(?) had busted a group of people for smuggling 50lbs of coke on to a plane, by using a 'secret tunnel. The arrest involved baggage handlers and members of the TSA.

So this is truly a don't pay attention to the man behind the curtain moment.

more than 2 years ago

NY Times: 'FBI Foils Its Own Terrorist Plots'

MrShaggy Re:Oh, the irony! (573 comments)

Isn't that News of the world was doing??

more than 2 years ago

Surface-To-Air Missiles At London Olympics

MrShaggy bunch o fail. (395 comments)

London Calling.

more than 2 years ago

French Elections Could Affect HADOPI, ACTA

MrShaggy Re:Police not enough? (153 comments)

"will you convert? No no'
'Will you confess? NOnoi'

Well then

more than 2 years ago

FBI Seizes Server Providing Anonymous Remailer Service

MrShaggy Re:Bullshit, but with an extreme reason (355 comments)

The entire usa can be summed up like this.


Weapons of Missing Destruction.

more than 2 years ago

FBI Seizes Server Providing Anonymous Remailer Service

MrShaggy Innocent bussiness (355 comments)

Could the business that are not the warrent sue the Feds for the disuption of their bussinesses?

Since in a sense that they were not part the names on the warrent.

more than 2 years ago

Federal Court Allows Class-Action Suit Against Apple Over In-App Purchases

MrShaggy Re:I don't understand the case... (279 comments)

Do your parents moniter your internet usage?

Because responisible don't look over the kids shoulder 24/7. They allow the kids to be trusted with something.

more than 2 years ago



Ask Slashdot: Canadian Idea for the US voter,

MrShaggy MrShaggy writes  |  more than 2 years ago

MrShaggy writes "Since the republican party Seems hell bent on prevenrting people from voting all together, recent state laws that try too make Voterrs bring 3 seperate ID's , to the recent (Cal?) law that changes the registration times to less then 48 hrs to register.

In Canada we use a simple method for registering. Rev-Canada has a box that you can tick to register.

In the Us, using the same system, and do it automatically at the federal level.
The other issue is that by some magic, dead people vote.

Could you not use the death certificate to automatically off?

A voter should have a Id card that they can take with them to any polling station. As well as any other normal ID. Such as tax records, or drivers lisence.

What do you guys think?"

Stanford Grad Students fix e-car issue

MrShaggy MrShaggy writes  |  more than 2 years ago

MrShaggy writes "fta :

With new state regulations demanding an increase in the number of clean and green cars, the future is looking bright for electric cars, such as the Nissan Leaf.

The problem is, most electric cars can't go more than about 100 miles without being recharged.

But a team of Stanford University researchers may have come up with a novel infrastructure design that could solve this problem. They see a future in which magnetic fields could transmit electrical currents on highways, charging cars while they drive."

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Was mega upload crushed to stop mega box?

MrShaggy MrShaggy writes  |  more than 2 years ago

MrShaggy writes "Our friends at dsl-reports that 'The kicker was Megabox would cater to unsigned artists and allow anyone to sell their creations while allowing the artist to retain 90% of the earnings. Or, artists could even giveaway their songs and would be paid through a service called Megakey. “Yes that’s right, we will pay artists even for free downloads. The Megakey business model has been tested with over a million users and it works,” Kim Dotcom told TorrentFreak in December. Megabox was planning on bypassing the labels, RIAA, and the entire music establishment.'"
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Sw:tor free time not so free after all.

MrShaggy MrShaggy writes  |  more than 2 years ago

MrShaggy writes "Seems that the 30 days of playtime that Bioware has included in has been halted.

Which sounds like a breech of contract.
Since I live in Canada we have a law preventing negative purchase options. Which sounds like it.
From their own website:

Some of you have seen a ‘no active subscription’ error on your account while attempting to login to play today. As mentioned yesterday, as of 6AM CST this morning and the completion of our maintenance period, in order to continue playing Star Wars: The Old Republic you will need to have completed the following steps:

1) Create an account on (if you have not already done so)

2) Within the 'My Account' section:

Complete your contact information
Add between three and five security questions on your account
Redeem an official Game Product Registration Code (not a pre-order code; see below)
Sign up for a subscription or enter a Pre-Paid Game Time Code
Optional: register a Physical or Mobile Security Key to your account
If you have issues completing any of these steps, please contact Customer Services.'"

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Windows gaming server.

MrShaggy MrShaggy writes  |  more than 2 years ago

MrShaggy writes "Since I have a bunch of spare parts. I am wondering if there is a way to make a disk less client that would let me play games?

Sort of like on-live.

  I don't have a lot of money, so cheap or free solutions will the best.


Wind Mobile regrets investing in Canada

MrShaggy MrShaggy writes  |  more than 2 years ago

MrShaggy writes "The billionaire financier behind the Wind Mobile cellular telephone company says he regrets getting involved in Canada in the first place.

That's one of several revelations made by Naguib Sawiris, the Egyptian founder of the Orascom media conglomerate, in an interview with the CBC's Amanda Lang.

Verizon Strike ends.

MrShaggy MrShaggy writes  |  about 3 years ago

MrShaggy writes "The union has announced that they are back to work on Monday. They are working on terms of old contract untill a new one is worked out. The union also indicated that the new contracts are to be narrowed in scope."
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150 year old, Civil War Message Decoded

MrShaggy MrShaggy writes  |  more than 3 years ago

MrShaggy writes "RICHMOND, Va. — A glass vial stopped with a cork during the Civil War has been opened, revealing a coded message to the desperate Confederate commander in Vicksburg on the day the Mississippi city fell to Union forces 147 years ago. The dispatch offered no hope to doomed Lt. Gen. John C. Pemberton:"
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Woz on Neutrality

MrShaggy MrShaggy writes  |  more than 3 years ago

MrShaggy writes ""s. On the other hand, I'm a founder of the EFF and I care a lot about individuals and their own importance. Finally, the thought hit me that every time and in every way that the telecommunications careers have had power or control, we the people wind up getting screwed. Every audience that I speak this statement and phrase to bursts into applause.""
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Julian A. v. American Smear

MrShaggy MrShaggy writes  |  more than 3 years ago

MrShaggy writes "WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is accusing his detractors of conducting a successful smear campaign to destroy his reputation, but says his organization will "work around it."

"This has been a very successful smear campaign so far," Assange said Friday from Bungay, England, where he is currently out on bail.

Read more:"

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Cool Deadman's Switch style Encryption.

MrShaggy MrShaggy writes  |  about 4 years ago

MrShaggy writes "Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange responds to a BBC question about why it provides encrypted files for download. (Video: Frontline Club)
A novel use of encryption by whistle-blowing website Wikileaks could "challenge the legal system for years to come," according to an influential observer of the hacking community."

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Digital Home - Ontario to ban incandescent light bulbs

MrShaggy MrShaggy writes  |  more than 7 years ago
According to an article at DigtalHome Canada, the ON government is following in the footsteps of the 'halls o of Europe'. They plan on Banning the Incandescent Bulb. " ...Ontario is banning the sale of incandescent light bulbs by 2012 and launching five province-wide conservation initiatives Energy Minister Dwight Duncan and Environment Minister Laurel Broten announced today.

The government says that by switching to compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) instead of incandescent bulbs, homeowners will reduce the amount of electricity to light their homes by around 75%."


Entertainment Industry

MrShaggy MrShaggy writes  |  about 9 years ago

I am in the entertainment industry. I work as an electrician, in a unionized environment.

I work setting up shows, and running lighting consoles, for theatre and music. I also work in film, setting lights, and running cable. I have what could be called an 'industry insiders perspective.' I could even be that guy that talks at the beginning of the moves, explaining what he does.

There are two totally different worlds between the music industry, and the film industry. The artists are treated and paid much differently, from one to the next.

Movie stars once upon a time, were tied to the studio. They worked for a number of movies, for a set amount of money, regardless of how the well the picture grossed. The producer and the director made off with the cash that everyone worked so hard for. The talent was caught in the same sort of web, being pushed to do all these movies because they were signed on. As time went by the contracts moved to a base plus some of the profit. The cast retains some control over images that the studio uses of them to promote the movie. The cast is also responsible for plugging the movie. Works both ways, the actors plug the movie, and everyone sees more money.

When I work on the movie set, there is lots of overtime, days can stretch from the normal 12 hours to whenever they want to stop. The Director, the Producer, and the Assistants are all aware of how the overtime works. The overtime is there in order that the rest of the folks working aren't being abused and punished to work long hours without eating. Generally we go 6 hours before lunch (law requires after 5). We have plenty of goodies and snacks going around for sustenance until then.

Even with the overtime, the labor cost is usually about 30% of the budget.


Most of us understand how little of the album that actually goes to the artist. On 15 dollars, something like 1$ comes to the artist, and depending on if the artist owes something to the studio, depends on how much from that.

The musician goes into the studio to record their album.The record company charges for them to use their space, and equipment. That gets taken out of their sales. If they rack up 200, 000$ in studio expenses, that comes before you ever see your milllion. Add on any additional promo-fee that they might have incurred and we see how fast they loose. The other penalty is that the record company can decide that if they try to promote you in Europe, and it tanks, and they spent a million, that you could be on the hook for that as well. We can see how the companies like to hold their money. Most do.

When the band goes out on the road, someone has to foot the bill. Either the record company or the ban themselves. U2 is one that does. Most don't. If the tour goes bad, then the band isn't being held responsible. The tour is where the band makes their money. But they are playing for a fixed fee. Mega bands like U2 and the Stones command mega dollars. Even with all this profit, the promotors are crying poor. They place constraints on production, and crew sizes. Everything is geared so that it sets up and goes out quickly. Minimal number of crew, minimal overtime. There are few amenities, they try to make you feel guilty over getting paid. How the the labor budget is killing these poor Promotors. If they weren't making a profit, they wouldn't exist.

If the artists got together and said they wanted a better deal. Told the record companies that they wanted the same thing as the film actors, paid a certain base amount plus profits, and say 3 months of album support (interviews etc.), I think that they would be all better off.

The movie industry realizes that it takes people to make things happen. The music industry grinds through talent to strengthen its dollar. The problem is that the band will never get the exposure that it might deserve if no-one buys the record. So when the album is downloaded for free, they have no real counter of popularity. No tour means no work for us at the bottom level.

There are so many labor hours that go into either an album or a movie. The cost of a DVD or CD, seems almost trivial when compared to that. There is a sense of replay value, in that if they are good, then its worth replaying more then once. The cost of a good album is like that, in that you might listen to it multiple times. Movies are bundled with extras, that people seem to want. I'm not here to justify the exact cost, whether albums should be 10 not 20, etc. I won't stoop to say that I don't feel the pinch at 12 bucks for a movie ticket. There are only a few movies that I will pay that much to see. But to be entertained for 6$ an hour isn't too bad. You dont mind paying 50$ an hour for your lawyer or plumber. Your happy that they keep you out of the shit.

Its ok to make money. Sometimes its how you treat those that got ya there.

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