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Other Solar Systems Could Be More Habitable Than Ours

canuck57 Intelligent life (143 comments)

I can't help to think there is more intelligent life elsewhere. There has to be....

As we just are too stupid to find it yet.

I hope we live to see proof....just so the backwards amongst us eat crow.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: VPN Service For a Deployed US Navy Ship?

canuck57 So much for freedom (349 comments)

So much for fighting for freedom of speech and American values..

Seems to me that perhaps the US military is protecting a country that is against human rights and against freedom of speech.

But I am sure this article is trolling. I say this as I can't believe a US warship doesn't already have encrypted Internet channels back to DC. Sounds like a hoax.

Easiest way is for getting a world phone with data capabilities and don't use the local fascist government repression of the peoples systems.

about 2 years ago
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Losing the Public Debate On Global Warming

canuck57 Eco fraud (1181 comments)

First, you have to prove it was mankind and is harmful. Let me toss some facts:

Recent melting glaciers in BC contain trees only 7600 years old. This means the ice isn't long time permanent. Be you creationist or evolutionist man survived and multiplied well 7600 years ago with a warmer climate. Most of the antarctic and arctic ice is recent ice as in less than 10,000 years old. Human species evolved when it was warmer.

Mars polar caps, Io ice melts, my SUT did it? Hm, prove it. There is a stellar component and tax-me-more eco freaks ignore the obvious. Ignore sunspots and stellar activities? Come now. Seelctive science is generally junk science.

Hey, I will not even argue warming exists!!! But is it bad to have say NWT turn into farm-able and livable land? Or ferns to grow again on the north slope of Alaska?

Let me ask, why does eco junk science always talk of gloom and doom for tax bucks? Yep, it is about the money for most eco freaks, it isn't about empirical unbiased opens science at all. Just political BSing the outlook for fear taxes today. 99% of what we are fed in the media is political jousting in the ruse of science, about money, taxes and power. Pretty hard to sort it out too.

People are getting sick of the BS and shutting down. Be it right or wrong.

more than 2 years ago
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Canada Post Files Copyright Lawsuit Over Crowd-sourced Postal Code Database

canuck57 Simpliefed to... (168 comments)

I will simplify it for you.

Just more government-union greed.

Postal codes are by defacto public information. Just desperate for money Posties want a royalty. Should just say stuff it.

more than 2 years ago
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VMware calls open source cloud vendors "ugly sisters"

canuck57 VitualBox (1 comments)

Just keep their hands off of VirtualBox.

On the personal level I stopped using VMWare 5 years ago. VMWare might be good in some business situations on monster boxen, but on a stand alone desktop or even small/mid server VMWare is overkill bloat when VitualBox does really good at this.

more than 2 years ago
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Pix of my girlfriend's boobs will land me, master hacktivist, in jail? EXIF!

canuck57 GPS and Boobs (3 comments)

Always nice to know where the boobs are, but how few people realize how much information can be embedded into photographs and videos....GPS, host keys, IP addresses including upstream routers, your name and anything else it can get/has in it. Can be obfuscated or encrypted too so don't rely in "strings" to detect it.

It is deliberate too as many manufacturers embed this. Microsoft will on any video it touches. And a lot of times it isn't obvious, might be your host key where Microsoft can lookup your IP and registration, maybe right back to the store you bought it and credit card you used. Can be done with SIP phone calls too.

Even hackers miss it.

And why open source is only source I trust with critical stuff even though I don't do anything wrong.....while it too isn't perfect, it isn't as lame on personal security as many commercial devices and OSes.

more than 2 years ago
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Canada: Police Do Not Have Power To Wiretap Without Warrant

canuck57 Re:Don't get your hopes up just yet (133 comments)

They will not bother, US Surpreme court or any is just to slow and it gets leaked to the world.

RCMP and CSIS are above the law. This is more like a ruse to come clean. Wasn't just USA that had McCarthyism. Canada is a statism state, between Saudi and USA. Government in Canada has monitored Canadians without warrants for 5+ decades at least.

Cops here can spy on anyone except the corrupt MPs, judges and the well connected. General population is wide open.

BTW, RCMP only get their man if it is politically approved.

more than 2 years ago
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Canada Seeking Cyberspace Security Input

canuck57 So what? (56 comments)

So what? Canada can't even keep out 492 Tamil illegals even when given 30 days notice they are coming. Maybe the Americans can show Canadian Border Services to do more than collect GST.

more than 3 years ago
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What Are the Best Valentine's Day Stunts?

canuck57 Re:Talking to a girl (470 comments)

UNIX Sex:

{man;look;for;cat;nice;gawk;find;whois;init;sed;talk;date;grep;touch;finger; flex;unzip;head;tail;mount;workbone;fsck;yes;gasp;fsck;more;yes;yes; eject;umount;makeclean;zip;sort;done;cu;split;exit:xargs!!}

more than 4 years ago
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Study Says OOXML Unsuitable For Norwegian Government

canuck57 It isn't OOXML.. (145 comments)

It isn't OOXML, it is MOOXML.

more than 4 years ago
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'09 Malibu Vs. '59 Bel Air Crash Test

canuck57 Re:Classic Cars (496 comments)

I just wish they showed the cars up close afterwards. While both are trashed, it's clear from the video that the A pillar just collapses on the Bel Air and the driver is probably crushed to death. Showing that (or whatever you can film) versus the still mostly intact cockpit of the Malibu would have driven the point home really well.

It isn't really a fair comparison. Years of rust, fatigue, grinding and polishing. The Bel Air is a graceful but very old lady. Then you put it against a newer Malibu is like having a 17 year old go after the 95 year old grandmother. Who do you think will win?

But in any case, pretty safe bet not many of today's Malibu vehicles, if any at all, will make it 51 years in running order. It certainly doesn't have the class.

more than 4 years ago
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'09 Malibu Vs. '59 Bel Air Crash Test

canuck57 Re:Classic Cars (496 comments)

And no one expects a Malibu made today to last 51 years. Be lucky if it isn't in the heap by 10.

more than 4 years ago
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Bank Goofs, and Judge Orders Gmail Account Nuked

canuck57 Re:G-Mail? (594 comments)

The repackaging of subprime mortgages into valued securities was one problem but it might not have caused a collapse had the banks not also willingly massively over leveraged - at 30 to 1 it only takes a 3% downturn in the market and your bank is insolvent...

You should be mod-up as insightful.

People conveniently forget that it is government sponsored leverage that started this whole mess for cheap easy debt. And government did it so interest rates could be artificially low, no checks and balances for run-away debt. Because government is the largest default debtor going, over $12T for the US government, many trillions more at the state, county and civic level.

The government does this as not GM, but the US government is in fact the largest defunct debtor out there.

more than 4 years ago
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Bank Goofs, and Judge Orders Gmail Account Nuked

canuck57 Re:G-Mail? (594 comments)

When the families are told by the bank that they will be able to repay the loan and are given very low initial rate, AND the bank knows they will not be able to pay it back, AND the bank knows they will bundle it up the mortgage and sell it off, AND regulators that actually promote this THEN you have banks that are evil, greedy bastards, and you have families that are stupid, and a government that is incompetent, greedy, and stupid.

AND supported by a Democrat Congress and Senate.....for fast easy cheap money the government needs for its liberal debt-corruption spend ponzi scheme.

Hell, the government can't pay it's bills without more debt.

Good post.

more than 4 years ago
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Mozilla Firefox Not In Violation of US Export Rules

canuck57 Re:Oblig xkcd... (127 comments)

That is why most companies do any crypto work offshore. It avoids this stupid law altogether as it can be freely imported. The result is the best crypto in the world is imported to the US. In fact, I don't trust crypto with origins in the US. You know, NSAKey and all.

more than 4 years ago
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Most Useful UNIX Tool?

canuck57 Re:Missing option (641 comments)

I much prefer workbone.

As in:

{man;look;for;cat;nice;gawk;find;whois;init;sed;talk;date;grep;touch;finger; flex;unzip;head;tail;mount;workbone;fsck;yes;gasp;fsck;more;yes;yes; eject;umount;makeclean;zip;sort;done;cu;split;exit:xargs!!}

more than 4 years ago
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Symantec Wants to Use Victims to Hunt Computer Criminals

canuck57 Re:The World is America? (139 comments)

How many of these scams and hack originate in the US anyway? Will their customers really have information to share?

Lots actually. If I wanted to hack you my first step is to hack someone in a country where their police can't be bothered to look nor cooperate. Next, I launch the attack on the local USA target using the foreign system as a proxy. Some who do this even work for the same company. I have no way of qualifying this, but I am sure it is a major constituent of "foreign" hack jobs.

More sophisticated hackers might use 2 or more proxies making it a real PITA to chase them. But sloppy ones with savvy security types often get caught. But the savvy hackers, they often never get caught.

The best advice I can say is that never assume the origin of the hack, it could be anywhere. Often command misspellings, names used and packet latency is a better guide but even they are suspect.

more than 4 years ago
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Appeals Court Overturns 2007 Unix Copyright Decision

canuck57 Re:Groklaw coverage (330 comments)

that McBride and Co. were involved in a pump and dump scheme.

They did it once, and got away with it. I would also bet too if one looked at non-causal relationships you could find some sleaze motivation in all this. SCOXQ.PK moved up on 15 times volume on a 34.6% gain.

Given the GM dealings to bond holders by the US courts, I would say USA is quickly becoming a corrupt country right out in the open. Where who you know, bribes and favors rule. Between legal extortion, corruption and the threat of higher taxes.... not an attractive place for a new business.

Might be a good time for the CEO of Novell and IBM to get together and ask Obama if this is the future of American business? Then pull out of the USA if it isn't fixed right in 60 days.

more than 4 years ago
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IBM, Other Multinationals "Detaching" From the US

canuck57 Re:And the solution...? (812 comments)

Fucking idiot! This has been happening for the last decade, before Obama even came into the picture. The problem is greedy short term investors who drive companies to short term profits over long term profitability and quality. That's what unregulated capitalism does it drives towards the lowest common denominator - fastest profit with the highest cost at the lowest possible quality until a company implodes and can be sold off piece meal in order to put even more profits in the hands of the investors.

I differ, to do business in the US is now too legally complex and too tax expensive. INS is too meddlesome, keeping the good people out... why tolerate it any more? Just like my investments, most of my trades on the NYSE are in companies with a healthy offshore content as with even more liberalism and associate loss of freedoms and more increases in taxation promised there is no way US is going to lead a recovery.

Now if you believe the recession/depression is over, go ahead, the evidence says not with 550,000 job loss in a traditionally good month of July says different.

Americans can compete, but the environment of more bigger expensive dominating government is a load too big to do it. Get the moneys off the workers backs, and recovery will occur. That includes making corporate welfare to banks and GM a federal criminal offense as it should be. Nothing in the constitution says people coast to coast should be subsidizing banks and corporations.

Get the parasites and corruption out of the system and prosperity will return.

more than 4 years ago
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How Heavy Is a Petabyte?

canuck57 2.5" drives or think differently (495 comments)

Problem is those methods of dropping the weight, also increase the cost (TFA assesses both). In the case of 3.5" SATA HDDs, that weight/cost should include a storage system that renders all the data available at the same time. 140 Lbs for 48 Hard drives is reasonable.

Off the wall idea but how to store a petabyte for near very few kilos and it scales up. Place mirrors in space, from a satellite fire a laser for 10 light seconds of 1 PB of data into space at the mirror. When it comes back send it out again. While 1 PB goes out, the other PB comes back. Create as many steams you want. Near infinite storage. Only hitch is if the relay loop is broke, there goes the data as your not likely to catch up to it. Next issue is random access is 0 to 20 seconds. That is, use light in outer space.

about 5 years ago

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Apple extortion of Samsung

canuck57 canuck57 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

canuck57 (662392) writes "Looks like Apple won a round with Samsung, guess Apple isn't happy that Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 outsells the Apple iPad. I am a Galaxy Tab 10.1 owner and for the most part satisfied one at that. But hey, consumers should be against this patent extortion. I have used an iPad and Android, fact is this is just Apple patent trolling."
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Next step in world wide economic slavery of NWO

canuck57 canuck57 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

canuck57 (662392) writes "This reminds me of free speech, but freedom of spending money. A UN New World Order Transaction tax in the making. eMoney before eDemocracy. And democracy we have now being a ruse, only can choose ponies put on the ballot for us in a ruse, as we are democracy by proxy not a real democracy...are we not free? I submit the loss of economic freedom is the loss of Liberty is occurring. Oh, they will sell it on reducing government corruption, illicit drugs, less tax evasion and the like, but later the screws will be turned on the people. A step toward world wide economic slavery of mankind."
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Technical problem shuts down TSX

canuck57 canuck57 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

canuck57 (662392) writes "Looks like the TSX has computer problems, been down for over one hour.

TORONTO — The Toronto stock exchange is down — meaning today that its computers are not conducting trades, and have not been all morning. "We've halted the Toronto stock exchange and TSX Venture Exchange and we will update you as soon as we are able," said Caroline Quick, director of communications at market operator TMX Group Inc. (TSX: X.TO). "It's a technical issue", she added, declining to elaborate.

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Torvalds: Fed up with the 'security circus'

canuck57 canuck57 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

canuck57 (662392) writes "I read this article today and bells went off in my head.

Linus took a dig at OpenBSD and it references a post he made last month which really caught my eye. This paragraph floored me:

"Btw, and you may not like this, since you are so focused on security, one reason I refuse to bother with the whole security circus is that I think it glorifies — and thus encourages — the wrong behavior."

This explained to me why I recently left security. Having working with the big knee jerk called SOX long enough, I am ready to state, SOX SUX and is BS for control freaks in finance who know squat about effective security.

Why? It is simple. Being now in two environments hard driven by SOX politics, they make it hard to do the job right for the people who need access, yet leave gaping wide open holes because some auditor missed it or no one political cares! Give me a break, securing UNIX/Linux/BSD is trivial politics aside, and no one trusts the admins. While many admins are incompetent, many are fully security aware. How do you overcome this? Just pick someone that cares and knows what they are doing.

What do you think? Time for a SOX revolt by techs that care?"
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XP SP3 Cripples Some PCs With Endless Reboots

canuck57 canuck57 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

canuck57 (662392) writes "PC World has the scoop on XP SP3 crippling some machines. Mine is a HP/Compaq AMD X2 w. MS-Windows XP MCE which has run flawlessly for over 2 years — and yes, I got endless reboots. I found the work around here. Fortunately I could get safe mode and did the rename. So what are /.ers 2 cents take on this? Is this AMD, Intel, vendor or Microsoft issue?

Installing Windows XP Service Pack 3 sends some PCs into an endless series of reboots, according to posts to a Microsoft support forum.

Jesper Johansson, a former program manager for security policy at Microsoft and a prominent Windows blogger, has worked with users to tentatively identify the problem as involving only machines using processors from Advanced Micro Devices .

Messages from frustrated users began accumulating on the XP SP3 support newsgroup Wednesday, just a day after Microsoft released the update to the general public.

"I just installed Windows XP SP3 and after completing the processes and when the system reboots, the system cannot proceed to load the Windows," said a user labeled as "Olin" in a message that kicked off a long thread . "It just displays the flash screen of Windows then after it reboots again."

Most users who left messages on the forum said that they were unable to boot into Windows Safe mode — a last-ditch way to sidestep the normal boot process for troubleshooting purposes — or revert to a previously saved System Restore point.

The full PC World story
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Ballmer: You want XP, we'll keep XP

canuck57 canuck57 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

canuck57 (662392) writes "Funny how this gets announced as Ubuntu 8.04 is released. But Dell is going to continue to ship XP to 2010. And then this story also...

The death of Windows XP may have been greatly exaggerated.

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said the company could re-evaluate its plans to phase out Windows XP by June 30, if customers demand that it stick around. So far, they have not.

"XP will hit an end-of-life. We have announced one. If customer feedback varies, we can always wake up smarter, but right now, we have a plan for end-of-life for new XP shipments," Ballmer said during a Thursday news conference, according to Reuters.

Big-name computer makers are still scheduled to have to stop selling models with Windows XP installed by the end of June. Mainstream technical support will continue to be available for Windows XP through April 2009, and more limited support will continue through April 2014.

Full story on news.com"

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Pakistan Nukes YouTube?

canuck57 canuck57 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

canuck57 (662392) writes "Looks like this might have been what happened to youtube.com yesterday.

So, assume you're an ISP in Pakistan and, for whatever reason, you receive an order such as this (PDF) from the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA). The letter is from the Deputy Director of Enforcement with the PTA, and is requiring that you immediately block access to a YouTube URL, or more specifically (actually, less specifically, but that's a different issue), that you block access to 3 specific IP addresses: 208.65.153.238, 208.65.153.253 and 208.65.153.251. More...

But raises one huge question to Internet security. If a single country can do this, just how stable is the internet routing?
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HDCP/HDMI - What is this? DRM in another acronym?

canuck57 canuck57 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

canuck57 (662392) writes "I was shopping for a new quad core PC today and asked what is this "DVI with HDCP" all about? Being naive I though it might be High Definition Capable something or rather. What he said sounded in like DRM in the hardware. Needless to say alarm bells ran through my head like a waterfall. So I opted out of the purchase. Was a nice system, 8GB of RAM with a PCI-E video and 24" wide screen...

So I ask, what is HDCP got to do with HDMI and how does it impact me? Or should I just buy a non-HDCP system, they are less expensive? Is it passive or active? Can Linux bypass it? Or is this a dead end for consumers?"

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Canada's labels slam proposed digital 'tax'

canuck57 canuck57 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

canuck57 (662392) writes "Why do I not get a good feeling about this Reuters story?

A revolutionary plan that would effectively legitimize file-sharing here has been slammed as "a pipe dream" by Canadian labels.

The Songwriters Assn. of Canada proposes to allow domestic consumers access to all recorded music available online in return for adding a $5 Canadian ($4.96) monthly fee to every wireless and Internet account in the country.

The SAC claims that the proposal, which has been presented to labels' bodies the Canadian Record Industry Assn. (CRIA) and Canadian Independent Record Production Assn. as well as publishers' groups, would raise approximately $1 billion Canadian ($993 million) annually. Although the SAC does not detail how revenue would be collected and distributed, it says it would go to artists, labels and publishers.
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Christmas decorations and Google

canuck57 canuck57 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

canuck57 (662392) writes "Good to see Google is in the Christmas spirit once again! I have to give it to Google here. But visiting many web sites look like a scrooge Christmas for sure. I bet if we told people they have to work the 25th if they didn't get some spirit things would change.

Hey, should ./ decorate?"
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Google Gets Ready to Rumble With Microsoft

canuck57 canuck57 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

canuck57 (662392) writes "The full NYTimes story on Yahoo

The growing confrontation between Google and Microsoft promises to be an epic business battle. It is likely to shape the prosperity and progress of both companies, and also inform how consumers and corporations work, shop, communicate and go about their digital lives. Google sees all of this happening on remote servers in faraway data centers, accessible over the Web by an array of wired and wireless devices — a setup known as cloud computing. Microsoft sees a Web future as well, but one whose center of gravity remains firmly tethered to its desktop PC software. Therein lies the conflict.
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eBay Hijacking

canuck57 canuck57 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

canuck57 (662392) writes "CBC is running a story on eBay hijacking where people are losing money, makes a good case to escrow sizable transactions:

A Calgary man is one of 1,000 Canadians who have been scammed on eBay through a tactic known as hijacking, and the RCMP says the online auction service is not co-operating with their criminal investigations.

Shaqir Duraj, a Calgary bakery owner, won an eBay auction for a car in early October. He thought he was dealing with a reputable seller with a 98 per cent customer satisfaction rating.
http://www.cbc.ca/consumer/story/2007/12/03/ebay-hijack.html"

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