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Apple Swaps "Get" Button For "Free" To Avoid Confusion Over In-App Purchases

dk20 Re:How about NOT demanding a credit card upfront (100 comments)

I struggled with this problem for some time as well and found the "BEST" soloution...

Gift cards....

I had an old gift card with a zero balance. I entered in the numbers, including the CVV code and apple was happy and allowed me to create the account.

If they try to use the card, naturally it will be declined but it isn't even in my own name in the first place (gift cards dont require your detail since they are "stored value" cards.)

yesterday
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Japanese Maglev Train Hits 500kph

dk20 Re:classic train still the fastest (418 comments)

Probably do to many reasons, but these two stand out.

1) Our "love affair" with the car.
2) Our (Canadian) governments love affair with taxing gas.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M...

Taxes are the single largest component in the cost of gas here, and then the government actually charges HST (Harmonized sales tax) on top of that. So basically a tax on a tax.

about a week ago
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Boo! The House Majority PAC Is Watching You

dk20 Re:I hate these "get out the vote campaigns (468 comments)

Ajax (small town to the east of Toronto) just had its municipal elections as well.
This year they even allowed voting over the internet yet the turnout was still shockingly low.

"The turnout was 33.4 per cent, the highest the Town has achieved since the early 1990s. In 2010, the turnout was 25.4 per cent."

So if you look at it from past years, it has improved, but even after making it easy (do it from home) most people still didnt bother?

about two weeks ago
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China To Merge High-Speed Train Makers To Cut Competition

dk20 Re:Dreamteam Siemens and Bombardier (88 comments)

I too ride bombardier train cars daily (GO transit) and they are actually pretty really nice. I would say it is fairly rare that they have "Door" issues (doors fail to operate correctly). Not bad considering in the winter you sometimes find them covered in ice and snow as people get on and off the train and the cold weather outside.

Flip side, I have taken the "metro north" more then once (NEW HAVEN LINE) and some of those cars are terrible (old, smelly, dirty, broken, etc). and also bombardier leading again to potential maintenance issues.

about two weeks ago
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Free Broadband For NYC Public Housing?

dk20 Re:Bullshit (250 comments)

Dude, are you aright? Not all worked up over a simple conversation?

So, in the ISP business model these two points have NO weight on costing?

1) vast difference in country size
2) legacy reasons

Finland may have more "competition" due to point 2, which is a structural difference. In the US/CA competition is often lacking.

For point 1, i notice you have done what you termed "changing the goalposts" and said you will lay cable at the same price/customer when i simply asked if laying 2000 miles costs the same as 200.

In some parts of the the US/Canada you find a lot of small "towns" which are at least 100 miles from the nearest city. Does the fact that the town is small and the distances are great not account for the cost to wire up such a small place in the first place?

about three weeks ago
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Free Broadband For NYC Public Housing?

dk20 Re:Bullshit (250 comments)

Thanks for the post, very useful and insightful.

I've not moved the goalpost by the way, i stated upfront there are at least two reasons for this.

1) vast difference in country size
2) legacy reasons

Is it reasonable to assume the cost of laying cables thousands of miles is the same as hundreds? If so, can i hire you to lay cables 2,000 miles for the same price you would lay one 200 miles?

Lastly, if you can quote where i talked about population density being an issue that would be handy.

about three weeks ago
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Free Broadband For NYC Public Housing?

dk20 Re:and? (250 comments)

A lot of these welfare/secion 8, people are just milking the system.

Almost every week there is stories about "spouse in the house" or other welfare abuses.

Spouse in the house - welfare mother claims no spouse, has kids and needs welfare but yet the husband does live in gvt subsidized housing with her.

" Everyone should be, as much as realistically possible, born with equal opportunity"

People are born with equal opportunity (for the most part) but not everyone wants to take it, many are rather happy living off the taxpayers.

I work 40 - 50 hours a week and have to pay for my dental coverage in Canada, while welfare case get it for free, Is that equal? How did the dentist get paid when he serviced the welfare cases, tax dollars?

They need to cut back on benefits to encourage them to go to work, not give them more.

about three weeks ago
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Free Broadband For NYC Public Housing?

dk20 Re:Bullshit (250 comments)

Was Finland's cables laid in the early 1900's by companies granted near monopoly status in exchange for installing "the last mile"?

As i said, there is also a large legacy component to account for the differences.

about three weeks ago
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Free Broadband For NYC Public Housing?

dk20 Re:Bullshit (250 comments)

That is great logic you have there. Finland (303,890.0 square kilometres) should have the exact same internet at the exact same cost as the US (9,147,420.0 square kilometres).

You also miss out on the legacy aspect, when and why the original cables were laid in the US vs Finland.

about three weeks ago
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Free Broadband For NYC Public Housing?

dk20 Re:and? (250 comments)

I'm Canadian as well, and strongly disagree with this.

Not sure where you are, but head by Regent Park in the summer and watch them out on the lawn enjoying a few beers while you are on your way home from work.

The more we (taxpayers) give the more a certain percent of the population takes. We already have "welfare queens" who have multi-generation welfare bums.

If they want/need internet, go to the library. Once they get internet access it wont be long before they need a PC, and other things everyone else has to go to work to pay for.

Want to make a bet over how many of the gvt subsidized houses with free internet will be sitting around watching netflix all day?

You seem to come from a poor background and worked your way out of it, but you are not the norm, many of those living in gvt subsidized housing make a lifetime out of it and never work a day in their life to better themselves.

about three weeks ago
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China Staging a Nationwide Attack On iCloud and Microsoft Accounts

dk20 Re:Chinese ops a great idea, right? (109 comments)

Only a small fraction of that buy Apple or Microsoft products.
Citation? You have data backing up the statement?

Looking at it another way, lets say just 10% of Chinese buy Apple products, that would work out to 136,704,000 customers

Are you aware that Companies like GM actually sell more cars in China then any other market?

about a month ago
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China Staging a Nationwide Attack On iCloud and Microsoft Accounts

dk20 Re:So what? I'm not in China. (109 comments)

Please post us a picture of your Chinese entry visa so we know you have actual evidence, not just regurgitating what you saw on FOX or CNN.

about a month ago
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Debian's Systemd Adoption Inspires Threat of Fork

dk20 Re:And this is why Linux will never win the deskto (555 comments)

" problem that made your desktop look like Windows 95"

I don't get the reference, are you saying windows 95 is a bad thing in your pro-windows rant?

Fortunately there are slightly more then 654685787684 different websites telling you how to remove windows infections.

about a month ago
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No More Lee-Enfield: Canada's Rangers To Get a Tech Upgrade

dk20 Re:May I suggest (334 comments)

First, what weird thing to say "The air temperature is irrelevant for the heat inside the car."

So why when i get in my car when it is -20C outside why is the car -20C inside despite the sun shining away on it?

Next, you can just pull up a city up north and see the summer temps: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I...

The "average" temperature in the summer is +12C so what sort of temps do you think you will find inside the car? It happens to be +12 here today (southern ontario) and insdie the car was only around 18C.

The further up north you go the less intense the sun's rays are.

about a month ago
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Canada Will Ship 800 Doses of Experimental Ebola Drug to WHO

dk20 Re:Tax dollars at work. (102 comments)

I find it interesting how the article talks about how the Canadian government owns the IP yet you discuss the US and its rules.

This is something you see often on slashdot, not all countries have the same rules as the US does.

about a month ago
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Tech Workers Oppose Settlement They Reached In Silicon Valley Hiring Case

dk20 Re:Systemic abuse can only be handled one way (54 comments)

"Neither is true in this case."

Know what is true, and more importantly what matters? It is against the law.

No where does it say the penalty has to be "fair" (which is relative by the way), just take a look at the multi-million dollar fines for "uploading" music.

There are companies that will argue that bankrupting a single mom is a suitable penalty for uploading a single song, but yet a multimillion dollar fine against them is suddenly "unfair"?

about a month ago
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Pentagon Reportedly Hushed Up Chemical Weapons Finds In Iraq

dk20 Re:Designed in US, Built in EU, Filled in Iraq (376 comments)

Everyone who is surprised by this please raise your hand..

Didn't the same thing happen with Anthrax, where they did a DNA analysis and determined that strain was sold to them in the 1980's?

about a month ago
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China Bans "Human Flesh Searching"

dk20 Re:Chinese Virgin (109 comments)

My wife is also Chinese so I am familiar with a lot of this.
Among the many differences, Mandarin (Actually Chinese in general) has no concept of Plural so this is anther common mistake they make when speaking English.

English speaker "How many books do you have in your hand?"
Chinese response "Oh, i have three book right now".

about a month ago
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China Bans "Human Flesh Searching"

dk20 Re:Chinese Virgin (109 comments)

Just curious, how is your mandarin? I mean here you are making fun of their English accent so i have to assume you speak both English and Mandarin perfectly right?

about a month ago

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