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Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

c-A-d Re:Medical doctor (737 comments)

It's a good start, but alternators are terribly inefficient so you'll want to learn to wind your own generators.

about 3 months ago
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The Science of Solitary Confinement

c-A-d Re:isn't it used on violent prisoners? (326 comments)

One solution would be to rearrange the cells in new prisons to allow them to communicate with a small group of other prisoners even while isolated. Perhaps if they were placed in such a way as to allow them to physically interact at even a distant level so they can play cards or board games.

The current system is complete isolation but it may not be necessary. Just high isolation may be enough to keep the danger level down but the mental health of the prisoners up.

about 5 months ago
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Woman Attacked In San Francisco Bar For Wearing Google Glass

c-A-d Re:Rejects (921 comments)

We have them already. They're called "hoodies".

about 5 months ago
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Quebec Language Police Target Store Owner's Facebook Page

c-A-d Re:Why so defensive about French? (506 comments)

France really isn't. They don't perceive any sort of attack on their culture and every one of their neighbours speaks a different language (except Belgium, which speaks French). Quebec, on the other hand, is smack dab in the middle of an English speaking CONTINENT. All their neighbours speak English and they perceive any anglo encroachment as an attack on their culture. The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled Bill 101 and other language laws as unconstitutional, but by invoking the Notwithstanding Clause they are able to ignore that ruling.

Personally, I think all anglos should run, not walk, to an english speaking jurisdiction. Let Quebec die under the weight of their language storm troopers.

about 5 months ago
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Quebec Language Police Target Store Owner's Facebook Page

c-A-d Re:much ado about nothing (506 comments)

As someone who is from, and living in, B.C., I can confirm that more people speak Mandarin than French here.

about 5 months ago
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Quebec Language Police Target Store Owner's Facebook Page

c-A-d Re:And in other news... (506 comments)

I think you mean Jacques. He's the dick from Quebec. Scott lives in Toronto.

about 5 months ago
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Quebec Language Police Target Store Owner's Facebook Page

c-A-d Re:France is obsolete today. (506 comments)

According to Wikipedia, French is still spoken around the world in 29 countries, including Canada, 11 of which it is an official language (wikipedia is wrong here... it's 12. In Canada, French is an official language and is enshrined in the Constitution).

about 5 months ago
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Visual Effects Artists Use MPAA's Own Words Against It

c-A-d Re:Nothing Will Come of It (131 comments)

As someone from BC, I would like to indicate my displeasure that the film industry here is heavily subsidized. That means that I'm paying, through my taxes, to keep someone employed. And I'm not sure if that's better than paying them welfare, through my taxes.

about 5 months ago
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How Mobile Apps Are Reinventing the Worst of the Software Industry

c-A-d Re:f**k cell phones (333 comments)

Where's the upvote button?

about 5 months ago
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How Mobile Apps Are Reinventing the Worst of the Software Industry

c-A-d Re:Web blew it all up? (333 comments)

The web has been sucking for about 5 years now, IMO. I find many sites are about 75% advertising and 25% content. Then there are the sites that absolutely refuse to let you view content unless you accept their cookies so they can track you. The web used to be great for finding information, now with all the SEO junk running around, trying to find anything is becoming more difficult. I'll often search for an obscure electronics part and get stupid results like the first 10 search results being from basically the same page (which is not related or does not contain the search term of "datasheet" but is instead trying to tell me what chinese sweat shop I can order it from) on a different domain, requiring me to drill down 3 or 4 pages to begin to find relevant results.

about 5 months ago
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How Mobile Apps Are Reinventing the Worst of the Software Industry

c-A-d Re:App permissions (333 comments)

If you can, use cyanogenmod on your droid. It has an option - and I'd love to see more granularity on this - to block apps from accessing your contact lists and some other things.

about 5 months ago
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Facebook Shuts Down @Facebook Email System

c-A-d Re:Professional Email Address (149 comments)

Yarr.... next time I should actually read what I post..

My customer domain is lazy"somethingsomething".... not terribly professional.

about 5 months ago
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Facebook Shuts Down @Facebook Email System

c-A-d Re:Professional Email Address (149 comments)

my custom domain is lazy.... I don't think that's terribly professional...

about 5 months ago
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Facebook Shuts Down @Facebook Email System

c-A-d Re: Because people already have E-mail addresses? (149 comments)

Many users have been stung over the years by changing ISP and losing their email address.

I moved my parents to a gmail account just because of this.

about 5 months ago
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Facebook Shuts Down @Facebook Email System

c-A-d Re:They harvest enough private, personal info (149 comments)

That linkedin stuff really burns my bacon. Everytime I log in, they beg me to let them log into my Gmail account so they can find more "connections" for me.

No. Just because someone is in my email address book does NOT mean they are someone I want to connect with on a business level.

about 5 months ago
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Driver Arrested In Ohio For Secret Car Compartment Full of Nothing

c-A-d Re:Not the only state with this law (670 comments)

Canada Border Services Agency can do the same thing.

I think it's fucking disgusting that this can happen. They don't have to charge you with a crime. They just declare the money as "bad" and make you prove that the money was earned legitimately.

Many provinces also have proceeds of crime legislation. The Government of Ontario has abused their implementation of the law to try to take someone's house (I don't know if they have been successful) after they were convicted of improper storage of a firearm (and I'm not getting into the mess that legislation is. there is no definition of proper storage) because they chose to fight the charge instead of plead guilty like a good little prole.

about 8 months ago
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Driver Arrested In Ohio For Secret Car Compartment Full of Nothing

c-A-d Re: Not the only state with this law (670 comments)

This just cements my belief that the Canadian criminal system - as imperfect as it is - is better than the American one. Municipalities cannot enact any criminal ordinances and provinces are strictly limited in criminal law. Criminal Law is seen as being Federal Jurisdiction.

That being said, in the US, I would rather see the States in charge of all criminal laws and the municipalities not permitted any criminal law and the federal government severely restricted (or better yet, if they just stuck to their enumerated powers as outlined in the US Constitution).

about 8 months ago
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User Alleges LG TVs Phone Home With Your Viewing Habits

c-A-d Re:Sites to Blacklist (286 comments)

Time to write a L7 filter then.

about 8 months ago
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EU To Allow 3G and 4G Connections On Planes

c-A-d Re:What's the point? (106 comments)

The cell network was never designed with the idea that one phone was going to hit an entire metropolitan area's cell towers.

about 8 months ago
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EU To Allow 3G and 4G Connections On Planes

c-A-d Re:Well crap... (106 comments)

I took the TGV from Brussels to Paris in September. If I could do that in Canada (it'll never happen on the west coast, but I can dream), I'd never fly again.

about 8 months ago

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