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Google To Stop Describing Games With In-App Purchases As 'Free'

canadiannomad Re:Freemium vs DLC (139 comments)

Those would be a great metrics, average $ spent over total usage, and average $ per hour usage, and % of screen per minute that is occupied by advertising.

about a week ago

Dell Starts Accepting Bitcoin

canadiannomad Re: Until dell can pay it's bills with Bitcoin.... (152 comments)

True to a point, but if they receive in bitcoin and convert to Yuan directly to pay their suppliers then they may save a load in exchange and bank fees.

about a week ago

Why the FCC Is Likely To Ignore Net Neutrality Comments and Listen To ISPs

canadiannomad Re:Of, For, and By the People (140 comments)

In its landmark 5-4 decision in the case of Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, the U.S. Supreme Court tossed out years of campaign finance law by ruling that corporations and labor unions have the same First Amendment freedom of speech rights as individuals in using their funds to support or oppose candidates for election. In his dissenting opinion, Justice John Paul Stevens raised an interesting, if somewhat sarcastic question: does this mean corporations can vote now?
"Under the majority's view, I suppose it may be a First Amendment problem that corporations are not permitted to vote, given that voting is, among other things, a form of speech," wrote Justice Stevens.

-- So, Can Corporations Vote Now?

about a week ago

Why the FCC Is Likely To Ignore Net Neutrality Comments and Listen To ISPs

canadiannomad Re:Of, For, and By the People (140 comments)

So if someone were to open a million numbered companies, then is each one like a little slave baby that has all the rights of a person, but not the self determination?

about a week ago

People Who Claim To Worry About Climate Change Don't Cut Energy Use

canadiannomad Re:It is a given that I'll use more (708 comments)

Don't know about where you live, but around here electricity is separate from rent. The landlord has not motive to upgrade electric equipment unless it is malfunctioning.

about a week ago

FBI Concerned About Criminals Using Driverless Cars

canadiannomad Re:Only because they're stupid. (435 comments)

There are already microwave transmitters that can fry a car's control system at range (such as the one promoted by SAVELEC). This should be the preferred method. The police should be *so sure* that the driver is a criminal that they're willing to stake a lawsuit on physically destroying a car's control system. That should be the bar.

I'd never thought of it that way, but I completely agree. That really should be the bar. That said, there should be a system by which an officer could notify the occupants of the car that they should immediately pull over and increases the ease of doing so (big red button on the display), or gives a way(phone/radio?) to explain why they wont (on way to hospital with critically injured child?).

about a week ago

People Who Claim To Worry About Climate Change Don't Cut Energy Use

canadiannomad It is a given that I'll use more (708 comments)

I'm concerned about the environment, but it is really a given that over time I'll use more electricity. Technology may get more energy efficient, but we will get more things that demand that energy. I'm under no illusion that I'll be able to meaningfully lower my emissions more then trying to fix the big things, like getting an electric car and upgrading my AC to a more energy efficient model. Everything else is just a drop in the bucket. Around here the pollution mainly comes from cars and trucks that are far out of repair and coal power plants. The only other thing we can do is get private solar power.
So my part will be to get an electric car and solar panels, but those are still a couple years away for me for economic reasons. The sooner they are more affordable and have longer range, the sooner I'll be able to take advantage of those technologies. Or I need to get a raise ;)

about two weeks ago

Does Google Have Too Much Influence Over K-12 CS Education?

canadiannomad I can feel it now (66 comments)

I can just feel it now, my job prospects dwindling in the next 10 years. Well gotta start working on plan B.

about three weeks ago

Android Leaks Location Data Via Wi-Fi

canadiannomad Re:This is old (112 comments)

How can anyone still be surprised?

Because they are one of the lucky 10000...

about three weeks ago

A Physicist Says He Can Tornado-Proof the Midwest With 1,000-Foot Walls

canadiannomad Re:Why not windmills instead? (501 comments)

Miss the /sarcasm tag and I'm flamebait. Moderators missing a sense of humour.

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: What Would It Take For You To Buy a Smartwatch?

canadiannomad Re:I bought a Pebble for just one reason (427 comments)

But with the Pebble any question of aesthetic elegance goes right out the window. It's an ugly hunk of plastic. It will not impress anyone.

Just saw the Pebble Steal, sorry, Steel online. Honestly doesn't look so bad...

about a month ago

A Physicist Says He Can Tornado-Proof the Midwest With 1,000-Foot Walls

canadiannomad Re:Why not windmills instead? (501 comments)

Yes! Lets make a giant 1000ft tall bird shredder! We might get some food out of it too >:)

about a month ago

Trivial Bypass of PayPal Two-Factor Authentication On Mobile Devices

canadiannomad Re:Ahhh ... (47 comments)

Pretty easy:
Convert request password variable to hash
Check password hash agains't DB
If success, check request password variable against current standard password strength rules.
If fails, expire the password and force password reset prior to login.

No need to store the password, just have to expire it on the next login if there is trouble.

about a month ago

What Happens If You Have a Heart Attack In Space?

canadiannomad Re:in space... (83 comments)

Pure O2 is toxic. Just saying...

about a month ago

Microsoft Runs Out of US Address Space For Azure, Taps Its Global IPv4 Stock

canadiannomad Re:OR (250 comments)

As for taking back IPv4 addresses, that has to be the most ludicrous thing I have heard.

Personally, I think it is a great idea. Leave ISPs enough that all their static IP customers can have an IP address, but otherwise take away all dynamic IPv4 addresses. Leave IPv4 addresses for the server/commercial community for now, and make sure IPv6->IPv4 tunnelling is available. Once all the customers are on IPv6, then it makes economic sense for commercial users to switch/go dual stack.
Trying to get companies to shell out money for a service their customers can't even connect to is just going to make this even slower and more painful.

I think forcing somebody's hand is the only way to really get the ball moving at a reasonable rate.

about a month ago

New Permission System Could Make Android Much Less Secure

canadiannomad Re:I want silent denial (249 comments)

I would love this... Now if only it didn't require rooting the device.

about a month and a half ago

Driver Study: People Want Fewer Embedded Apps, Just Essentials That Work Easily

canadiannomad Re:What I want (148 comments)

"The car stereo I wanted 10 years ago"
"The car stereo I want today":

The one at the bottom is the one I wanted 10 years ago, and remains the one I want today. Why is that so hard!?!

about a month and a half ago



This Is The Best Takedown Of The 'Speed Kills' Myth You'll Ever See

canadiannomad canadiannomad writes  |  about 10 months ago

canadiannomad (1745008) writes "

One refrain you hear frequently from insurance companies, police, and the media is that 'speed kills.' It doesn't, and this is the best debunking of that myth that we've ever seen.
I already thought that speed limits were low, and that was without any facts. This video will make you go nuts with anger about speed limits. Seriously. You'll go all Hulk on the next limit sign you see after watching this.


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Ask Slashdot: Could government be run like bitcoin?

canadiannomad canadiannomad writes  |  about a year ago

canadiannomad (1745008) writes "Could government as it stands now be replaced by a computer program?
Could government be replaced by a verifiable distributed system(ala bitcoin)?
How would one go about it?

What parts of the bureaucracy could not be crowd-sourced, distributed, or otherwise reduced to an algorithm?
How could we protect such a system from hacking, tampering, or changing for nefarious goals.

It seems to me that there is a lot of waste in government, and a lot of processes that could be streamlined to a single line of code. What would be your favourite example of a government job that could be replaced by a single line of code?"

Space Jam, Barenaked Ladies sing with the ISS

canadiannomad canadiannomad writes  |  about a year and a half ago

canadiannomad writes "Watch the video as astronaut Chris Hadfield, from aboard the International Space Station, performs "I.S.S. (Is Somebody Singing)" with Ed Robertson, the rest of the Barenaked Ladies and the Wexford Gleeks from Wexford Collegiate School for the Arts, who were all at the CBC studios in Toronto."
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