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Microsoft Black Tuesday Patches Bring Blue Screens of Death

courteaudotbiz Re:Laugh.. (179 comments)

In fact, how can you even read this with a non-functioning PC?

about a month ago
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US Gov't Circulates Watch List of Buyers of Polygraph Training Materials

courteaudotbiz Re:When will they realize (303 comments)

Why would someone want to buy or illegally download a book telling how to pass a polygraphic test, while there is one freely available. This books is called "The Lie Behind The Lie Detector", and it is available as a PDF here

I used this book back in the days to pass the polygraph test in the RCMP recruitment process, and I succeeded. I finally refused the job, but got through all the process pretty easily.

about 10 months ago
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Re: Daylight Saving Time, I would most like

courteaudotbiz Re:Keep DST, but forever! (462 comments)

With such a short /. ID, why do you care about daylight hours? Aren't you always in your mom's basement anyway? ;-)

about 10 months ago
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The Chip That Changed the World: AMD's 64-bit FX-51, Ten Years Later

courteaudotbiz Re:The old days (259 comments)

And then, try running a 1982 GE laser engraving machine on a 286 through a proprietary ISA interface card, with help from DOS 6.2. These are the good ol'days... Now get of my lawn!

about a year ago
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Gmail down... again?

courteaudotbiz I second that (1 comments)

I second that. Hundred thousands of visits to this blog, first result in Google news when you search for "Gmail Down" in Google News says it all.

about a year and a half ago
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Researcher: Hackers Can Jam Traffic By Manipulating Real-Time Traffic Data

courteaudotbiz Re:not too surprising (102 comments)

Anyways, traffic data is so unreliable, it is a joke. Actual traffic is often the exact opposite as the traffic data I get in my car. I don't know for the US, but in Canada, it is completely useless.

about a year and a half ago
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Hacker Skips SimCity Full-Time Network Requirement

courteaudotbiz Re:First! (303 comments)

I think you were not online when you clicked [Submit]

about a year and a half ago
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AirBurr UAV Navigates By Crashing Into Things

courteaudotbiz Re:ORLY (74 comments)

Well, I think that's what wasps do when I approach them, but damn, what a pain to be mapped!

about a year and a half ago
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AirBurr UAV Navigates By Crashing Into Things

courteaudotbiz Re:Idiotic approach (74 comments)

Crashing into things will slow you down, so you lose a lot of energy in the process of slowing down and get back to speed. I thinks it's worth having collision avoidance instead of collision detection (network guy reference...). Didn't RTFA, though IMHO, it is better to crash photons/sound and then detect it to avoid actual crash...

about a year and a half ago
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New NASA Spacesuit Looks Like Buzz Lightyear's

courteaudotbiz Re:Not news, and they didn't address the main prob (81 comments)

The biggest problem with a space suit is not how to get into it.

In fact, the main problem is having a ship to put around it...

about a year and a half ago
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Astronomers Fix the Astronomical Unit

courteaudotbiz Re:let's not waste significant digits! (182 comments)

1 AU = 42

Has anyone here noticed that? Why, when someone picks a random number, 12 and 42 come out so often? Has there been some research done on that?

about 2 years ago
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Microsoft Azure vs. Amazon Web Services, For Programmers

courteaudotbiz Re:I'm not sure ... (64 comments)

Yeah, instead of a blue SCREEN, you'd encounter a blue SKY, which means no more CLOUD.

more than 2 years ago
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New State-Sponsored Malware "Gauss" Making the Rounds

courteaudotbiz I got the solution (106 comments)

Just De-Gauss the infected hard drive

more than 2 years ago
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New Mac Trojan Installs Silently, No Password Required

courteaudotbiz Re:cool ... good that I use OS 10.5 (300 comments)

HOW DO YOU LIVE!?!?

With my heart beating and my lungs breathing.

more than 2 years ago
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New Mac Trojan Installs Silently, No Password Required

courteaudotbiz Re:cool ... good that I use OS 10.5 (300 comments)

because PC refers to windows viruses

PC means personal computer and makes no reference whatsoever to the operating system running on it.

Wrong. When apple did their "I'm a PC, I'm a Mac" marketing campaing, it was perfectly clear they referred to Windows against OSX. They specifically insisted that a Mac and a PC are different, but the geeks we are know that PCs and Macs are almost the same on their hardware base. So what they referred to was about the OS they run.

AND I AM NOT AN APPLE FANBOY! I have no Mac computers, no iPods, no iPhone

more than 2 years ago
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New Mac Trojan Installs Silently, No Password Required

courteaudotbiz Re:Macs don't get viruses. (300 comments)

Anonymous Coward? Or Anonymous Canadian? Eh?

more than 2 years ago
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Open Millions of Hotel Rooms With Arduino

courteaudotbiz Re:Lock the door when inside (268 comments)

Why call them safes then? Let's call them UnSafes!

more than 2 years ago
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Scientists Resurrect 500-Million-Year-Old Gene Inside Modern Organism

courteaudotbiz Re:Two words. (135 comments)

Jurassic. Park.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Find a Job In China For Non-native Speaker?

courteaudotbiz Re:Construction or landscaping (402 comments)

Hard to claim racism when no race is mentioned in the question or the answer, only language, though I do see where you're coming from.

How would you call that? Languagism?

more than 2 years ago

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What to do with spammers you know?

courteaudotbiz courteaudotbiz writes  |  more than 2 years ago

courteaudotbiz writes "For years, a business named Compu-Finder has been sending spams all around the province of Quebec, Canada. In their emails, there is a phone number where we can reach them, and an unsubscribe link that you can click and seems to work, but even after asking them on the phone, by email or with their unsubscribe link, to unsubscribe me, I still receive 10 — 15 spams a week coming from this company. Many bloggers, journalists and radio chroniclers talked about them, but they seem to be untouchable. Still, it is easy to find the names, addresses and phone numbers of the shareholders and administrators of the company. How can we, collectively, take action to make them understand that we do not like their mass mailing practice?"
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RFP suspended to take free software into account

courteaudotbiz courteaudotbiz writes  |  about 4 years ago

courteaudotbiz (1191083) writes "After a judgment against Quebec government practices for requesting quotes for "Microsoft Office" and not for "an Office productivity suite", the "Societe de Transport de Montreal" running Montreal public transit has decided to cancel its current Request for Submissions (Google translation) (Original french article) for "Microsoft Office 2010 office suite". They are going to consider publishing a RFP for "an office productivity suite", opening the door to free software in a public organism."
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Free software wins court battle

courteaudotbiz courteaudotbiz writes  |  more than 4 years ago

courteaudotbiz (1191083) writes "In a court battle initiated more than 2 years ago, free software activists "Savoir Faire Linux" (Litterally "Linux know-how") won for the right to submit offers when the government of the province of Quebec, Canada (original french version), goes in public requests for submissions to replace its desktop operating systems and office suites, opening future replacement of MS Windows and MS Office in favor of Linux and Open Office, or any other operating system and office productivity suite. In his judgement, the magistrate said that the government acted illegally when it discarded the proposal of "Savoir Faire Linux" for replacing Windows XP with a Linux distribution."
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Two geeks sell pixels in a video, aim SuperBowl

courteaudotbiz courteaudotbiz writes  |  more than 4 years ago

courteaudotbiz (1191083) writes "Last week, two Canadian geeks launched a website where they are selling pixels in a video. The news release says they could sell their pixels in this 30 seconds video to as many as 30,000 sponsors, for $0,01 per pixel per frame, and that their ultimate goal is to air this video on the SuperBowl. This is not without remembering the Million Dollar Home Page, but it is the first time I hear about pixels sold in a video."
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Yet another pixels story... aiming the SuperBowl!

courteaudotbiz courteaudotbiz writes  |  more than 4 years ago

courteaudotbiz (1191083) writes "There is a story running on the Internet about two guys who had an idea similar to that of the Million Dollar Home Page, but instead of selling pixels in a static, 1 million pixels image for $1.00 per pixel, are doing so in a 829,440,000 pixels high definition 30 seconds video, but for $0.01 per pixel. For the moment, their so called Collective Commercial is almost empty, but it seems that some medium sized businesses demonstrated interest. It's also pretty new since they launched on October 20th... What's incredible is the development job behind their pixels selection tool!"
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24th France Telecom employee to commit suicide

courteaudotbiz courteaudotbiz writes  |  more than 4 years ago

courteaudotbiz writes "This monday, France Telecom, the largest telecom operator in France, has seen the 24th suicide of one of its employees since february 2008. (automatic translation) Of the related stories that we've heard of, one of them even jumped off the window of his office while on duty. The French government is urging France Telecom to take action, but no one seems to understand what's going on in the organization."
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On october 20th, 2 geeks will launch the greatest

courteaudotbiz courteaudotbiz writes  |  more than 4 years ago

courteaudotbiz writes "From now and until october 20th 2009, updates will be posted at www.courteau.biz with details on how 2 geeks are going to launch the greatest commercial stunt of all times. For the moment, there are no more informations available, but as the date approaches, some details could be given on this event which will be exciting for geeks, as well as general public."
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Dell tries to patent the term "Cloud Computing

courteaudotbiz courteaudotbiz writes  |  more than 6 years ago

courteaudotbiz (1191083) writes "The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has started the process to grant a trademark to Dell for the term "Cloud Computing". Although the Notice of Allowance has been cancelled by the Office on tuesday for further review, it appears that the USPTO's machine is well started in the advantage of Dell Computers to own a trademark on this very generic term."
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Canadian CRTC creates a Do-Not-Call registry

courteaudotbiz courteaudotbiz writes  |  more than 6 years ago

courteaudotbiz (1191083) writes "The CRTC is about to create a Do-Not-Call registry with a big "BUT". It allows so many exceptions (from the article: Charities, political parties, polling firms, newspapers and companies that have done business with an individual over the past 18 months) that in the end, we shall continue receiving most of the sollicitation calls we used to receive up here. However, it seems to be a step in the right direction, with fines ranging from 1500$ per offense to 15000$ per offense for corporations ignoring the rules. Once subscribed, an inscription is kept for 3 years, after what it has to be updated."
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Facebook activists jailed

courteaudotbiz courteaudotbiz writes  |  more than 6 years ago

courteaudotbiz (1191083) writes "26 Egyptian Facebook activists, who belong to the "April 6" movement, have been arrested lately after they set a GT on a beach near Alexandria. 16 of them have been jailed for more than two weeks for "threatening national security", because they had a kite painted with the Egyptian flag, and we were wearing T-shirts with "April 6 Movement" on. They were singing nationalist songs and wanted to protest against inflation in Egypt."
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Robert "Spam King" Soloway jailed

courteaudotbiz courteaudotbiz writes  |  more than 6 years ago

courteaudotbiz (1191083) writes "Renowned spammer Robert Soloway, alias "Spam King", has just been jailed for the next four years; way enough time to think how not to be caught the next time. Last March, he pleaded guilty to accusations like EMail fraud and tax evasion, and he has now been brought in a cold and dark cell. He told the court that he felt ashamed and that he apologized for being a nuisance. He will also have to unfold a 708 000$ fine."
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Petition against Rogers over its IPhone pricing

courteaudotbiz courteaudotbiz writes  |  more than 6 years ago

courteaudotbiz writes "A petition launched on friday has already been signed by 16000 people to protest against the ridiculously high price of the packages offered by Rogers Communications to get the IPhone in Canada. On this translated French Canadian website, there is also a detailed calculation of the total price for 3 years of ownership of the IPhone with the basic plan."
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Packages prices available for IPhone in Canada

courteaudotbiz courteaudotbiz writes  |  more than 6 years ago

courteaudotbiz (1191083) writes "Rogers made available to the public its different IPhone voice and Data packages for its 3 years contracts. Packages are starting at 60$ per month only for the most basic package (add the network access and 911 fees, plus the taxes...), and going up to 135$ for those who will take all the priciest options. Not bad, but still more expensive than in the US, and even though the comparison doesn't seem that clear, the voice plans offered with the IPhone are really minimal for the price in Canada compared to those offered by AT&T"
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Chinese cyberattacks

courteaudotbiz courteaudotbiz writes  |  more than 6 years ago

courteaudotbiz writes "Canada and all members of the U5 (United States, Germany, United Kingdom, France and New-Zealand) state that they all suffered government-directed attacks between june and september 2007. These seemed to be chinese government sponsored attacks, who most likely declared a cyber-war with the rest of the world. The original story is in french, and the link translates it with Google Translate."
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High IQ Societies

courteaudotbiz courteaudotbiz writes  |  more than 6 years ago

courteaudotbiz writes "I just took the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WAISWechsler Intelligence Adult Scale rev. 3 (WAIS-III) this weekend, since I wanted to get an idea of my brain's computing power (and wanted to become a member of http://www.mensa.org/Mensa). I got a score of 127, which is in the top 4% of the population, but Mensa asks for the top 2%, which at first meant I didn't qualify. I was a little angry since the test costs me 400$, but thought I did my best, and went back home.

Back at home, I see I got EMailed by my psychologist who tells me that, using the Canadian scoring standards, I got 127, but using the american scoring standards, I got 137, which places me in the top 1 percentile. (I'm a Canadian...) My question is: Do these http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_IQ_societyHigh IQ societies use a standardized US scoring sheet? Or do they use your localized score?"

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