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Facebook To DEA: Stop Using Phony Profiles To Nab Criminals

canadiannomad Re:Ermagherd! (217 comments)

What like "The Man Who Was Thursday"?

yesterday
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Adobe: Click-to-Play Would Have Avoided Flood of Java Zero-days

canadiannomad Re:April Fools? (111 comments)

Maybe, and I mean this as a real MAYBE, they learned something from those vulnerabilities...

5 days ago
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Scanning Embryos For Super-Intelligent Kids Is On the Horizon

canadiannomad Re:I hate to say it... (366 comments)

Giving them more reason to need to improve?

5 days ago
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The CDC Is Carefully Controlling How Scared You Are About Ebola

canadiannomad Re:Ebola threat (478 comments)

I'll only agree with you to a point. There are a lot of old wives tails in latin america that people follow, but for the most part they would trust western medicine in the case of life threatening pandemics where the men/women in white suits start coming out... Also there are lots of doctors around, so if something that serious was happening then they would be be the ones really helping the uneducated people understand that this isn't just a "government scare" and really quite serious. Their social structure is quite good at disseminating information outside of traditional channels.

In short, my guess is that brujeria would be kept to a minimum if an ebola outbreak started in Latin America.

about two weeks ago
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The CDC Is Carefully Controlling How Scared You Are About Ebola

canadiannomad Re:Ebola threat (478 comments)

Every first aid course I've ever taken has taught, and retaught how to take off gloves. I'm sure someone going into such a situation would have been taught as well.

about two weeks ago
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Silk Road Lawyers Poke Holes In FBI's Story

canadiannomad Re:Perjury (191 comments)

Actually, this is the US, the selling of the evidence and even its seizure is independent of the trial, in fact, it would be handled in a seperate civil trial under a much more leniant standard of evidence, allowing for all of his assets to be seized and kept EVEN IF HIS TRIAL RETURNS A NOT-GUILTY VERDICT.

He can actually be found not-guilty, let free, and they still get to keep his stuff.

I just want to be put on the record saying: "That is completely insane."

about three weeks ago
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Nixie Wearable Drone Camera Flies Off Your Wrist

canadiannomad Just what we all need (63 comments)

More people taking selfies....

about three weeks ago
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Euclideon Teases Photorealistic Voxel-Based Game Engine

canadiannomad Re:Static lighting only (134 comments)

Here I was watching it at 144p...

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Remote Support For Disconnected, Computer-Illiterate Relatives

canadiannomad Re:Dial up can still access gmail (334 comments)

FYI Gmail has SMTP/POP service, and has the added bonus of excellent virus/spam filtering and no rational size limits.

I would suggest a linux system with the main system being on a readonly partition. Then use unionfs/aufs to give them readwrite access. Worst case scenario you can blow away the RW partition and it will be restored to your defaults.

As for Window Manager, I'd give'm IceWM locked down with a Windows Style Start Menu. Put anything they can have access to there. (Maybe even a "Restore To Defaults" script.)

If you need remote access setup SSH to autostart on dialup connection, maybe with a No-IP client. If you set a decent password there is little risk for a mostly offline computer, and it would give you access. If ssh port is not an option you could setup some type of reverse ssh proxy connection.. but that might take up valuable bandwidth unless you give them a button they have to push to initiate the connection.

about a month ago
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The Case For a Federal Robotics Commission

canadiannomad Looking for a Job (70 comments)

Is it just me, or does this sound like an ambitious Law Professor looking for a new job as head of a newly minted agency?

about a month ago
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Artificial Spleen Removes Ebola, HIV Viruses and Toxins From Blood Using Magnets

canadiannomad Re:Poor source (106 comments)

This summary is a butchered summary of a far more interesting article. Here is a far better source! [Cause HTML has Anchor Tags] I'm quite surprised at IBT's lack of knowledge. Viruses killed by antibiotics? Toxins Multiplying?

Wow I agree! Thanks for sharing this! This is much more interesting.. Maybe someone should write up a summary about the actual article....

about a month ago
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Oregon Suing Oracle Over Obamacare Site, But Still Needs Oracle's Help

canadiannomad Re:Mistake #1 (116 comments)

Much as I'm not a fan of Bill gates, mistake #1 is not following the rules of automation:

The first rule of any technology used in a business is that automation applied to an efficient operation will magnify the efficiency. The second is that automation applied to an inefficient operation will magnify the inefficiency.

-- Bill Gates

about a month and a half ago
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NASA Telescopes Uncover Early Construction of Giant Galaxy

canadiannomad Re:How fast do stars form? (25 comments)

So when they say it is producing 300 stars per year, they are really saying that they are/have been observing about 300 stars completing that process?
How fine is that line between being "almost a star" and actually being a star? Is there a flash point?

about 2 months ago
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NASA Telescopes Uncover Early Construction of Giant Galaxy

canadiannomad How fast do stars form? (25 comments)

The growing galaxy core is blazing with the light of millions of newborn stars that are forming at a ferocious rate.

In TFA it states that

GOODS-N-774 is producing 300 stars per year. “By comparison, the Milky Way produces thirty times fewer than this — roughly ten stars per year,”

I'm sure I could find it somewhere, or it is really an unanswerable question, but how fast do stars themselves generally form?

about 2 months ago
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Airbnb To Hand Over Data On 124 Hosts To New York Attorney General

canadiannomad Re:Addressing potential problems (149 comments)

I've been to dozens of AirBnB locations all over Europe. I certainly can say that I've never had a truly bad experience. The only slightly bad experience I've had came from what I think was a hotel trying to sell their services on the wrong site, and that was in Amsterdam. Those that used the site as designed, were generally easy to sift through so we could find some real gems and avoid the cruft.

about 2 months ago
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Selectable Ethics For Robotic Cars and the Possibility of a Robot Car Bomb

canadiannomad Re:Labor costs (239 comments)

You get less human rights complaints when you let the children(or entire populations) stave by using robots for your cheap labour instead of paying them a pittance. :(

about 2 months ago

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

canadiannomad canadiannomad writes  |  about a year 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?"
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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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