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City of Toronto Files Court Injunction Against Uber

drumlight Re:Inspections? (169 comments)

England had yearly safety inspections (the MOT) but in Ontario they do not exist and a safety test is only required when the vehicle registration is transferred i.e. when ever a second hand car is sold to a new owner. I don't think the safety check is required when transferring the ownership to a family member but I wouldn't swear to that.
I've been utterly shocked at the state of many cars on the road here with no sills left and nothing but rust in other structurally essential parts of the car. I think the OPP can stop cars that they deem unsafe but there certainly is no annual safety inspection and the only required test is a bi-annual emissions check.

about a month ago

Worcester Mass. City Council Votes To Keep Comcast From Entering the Area

drumlight Re:Awesome quote (232 comments)

I think that is a great for many networks but you can't have a different cable provider to your neighbors without lots of new/redundant infrastructure as the same RF signal is sent to a huge number of people.

about 2 months ago

What Will It Take To Run a 2-Hour Marathon?

drumlight I might have a shot at this (254 comments)

I think WADA have classified both alcohol and cannabis as performance enhancing drugs so if I can just drag myself off the couch I assume I'll have a huge advantage and it'll be no trouble at all.

about 2 months ago

The Milky Way Is Much Less Massive Than Previous Thought

drumlight Re:Sponsored by Mars Candies: (119 comments)

The astronomers probably just missed the blue car speeding away with the rest of it.

about 5 months ago

Researchers Experiment With Explosives To Fight Wildfires

drumlight Re:You bet they are "quietly optimistic".. (80 comments)

I bet they are; its proven incredibly effective on Sharknados and a wildfire should be a much simpler threat.

about 7 months ago

To Reduce the Health Risk of Barbecuing Meat, Just Add Beer

drumlight I'm sceptical (179 comments)

I thought all experiments should have a control group, but BBQ without beer... Has that ever been tried before? Can than be credited with two discoveries?

about 8 months ago

Is Buying an Extended Warranty Ever a Good Idea?

drumlight Re:No. (329 comments)

Yeah my experience with Futureshops warranty coverage sucked and our camera was actually replaced/reapaired twice without too much complaint. The second time is why I'd never recomend extended warranty coverage. It refused to turn on one day and it would have been outside the manufacturer's warranty. We took it into future shop and they agreed to send it out for repair, it was all handled without too much difficulty. However it was more than 3 bloody months later before we saw our camera again.
Is the failed device something you actually use? Do you want to go/ can you live without it for 3 months?
Save the cost of the extended warranty and just buy a better/newer replacement for immediate use on the extremely rare occasions where the warranties might actuallly be used.
I didn't purchase the warranty above myself and in fact I've only ever bought one which I was delighted with (even if I never use it). From a repair/refurbishment center for Sony they offered a 5 year extended warranty on my PS3, the $50 extended warranty also included 3 brand new games (from a choice of around 50, I took Drake3 and GoW3 plus something else) and a second brand new controller.
Most extended warranties suck and are just a very nice extra profit for the store, the only time I've ever personally seen one used the experience was so slow I would much rather not have had the warranty at all, I felt obliged to make use of it when it would have been better to just replace the device.

about a year and a half ago

Code.org Documentary Serving Multiple Agendas?

drumlight Re:There is no shortage of American talent (226 comments)

You might want to ease up on the rum; you go by 'Dread Pirate Robberts' nowadays and don't want to let that secret slip.

about 2 years ago

Cubans Evade Censorship By Exchanging Flash Drives

drumlight Re:Okay hang on, (171 comments)

A thumb drive is a method of hitching a lift, flash drives would be something like a Lamborghini and memory sticks are like ummm....Christine maybe.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Best 32-Bit Windows System In 2012?

drumlight Re:Windows 7 x64 with XP Mode (313 comments)

This was briefly mentioned earlier, but I wanted to state clearly and concisely:

Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise, and Ultimate all include licensing for Windows XP Mode, a 32-bit virtualized instance of Windows XP SP3. It is an additional download (actually a couple downloads), but it is free. I use it every day at work (on my 64-bit Win7 machine) to run a 16-bit app that was written in 1992, while I wait for that app's replacement to be written. It works perfectly, in fact much better than VirtualBox did for the same use case (there was laggy/odd redrawing issues with VirtualBox, no matter how many resources I allocated to the virtual machine).

I use XP mode almost daily but find VMware player to be much faster and a more pleaseant experience. I forget the exact steps but it was pretty simple to use the free XP mode download with VMware instead of the default in Win7.

more than 2 years ago

NASA Engineers Building Mockup of Deep Space Station

drumlight Re:Submariner experience? (64 comments)

Here is a tellephone call with Astronaut Scott Carpenter speaking to President Johnson from the helium atmosphere in the 1963 Sealab II project. The President's operator is very suspicous of Scott's voice and they have some trouble getting connected to the President. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gg0pMbc7Opk

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How Do SSDs Die?

drumlight Re:Umm (510 comments)

I was quiet impressed with the fact both headlight bulbs in my Hyundai died in the same week after ~13 years of use. If the lifetime were anymore consistent I might have been stuck in the dark without replacements; as it was I had the second replacement close at hand when I needed it. I admit this is not very relevant to the topic at hand but horrah for chaos and randomness.

more than 2 years ago

Why Worms In the Toilet Might Be a Good Idea

drumlight The worms that go in are long and thin, (124 comments)

The worms that go in are long and thin,
The worms that come out are fat and stout.

Not the best place to ask I imagine but... Does anyone know which Pouges song these lyrics were from? (it might have been more of an intro to the song rather than actual lyrics as they have never come up on a search)

more than 2 years ago

For Obama, Jobs, and Zuckerberg, Boring Is Productive

drumlight Re:Just like Sheldon (398 comments)

I didn't see this episode but I assume it is a homage to Dice Man by Luke Rhinehart. The purpose of the dice in the book was quite different as it was a way to achieve freedom by removing his responsibility in choices. It was a pretty interesting and thought provoking read so I thought I'd recomend it here. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dice_Man

more than 2 years ago

Space Station Spacewalkers Stymied By Stubborn Bolt

drumlight Re:Exactly what I was thinking... (290 comments)

I was amused to see a can of WD-40 being wielded above an F1 car before it left the garage for qualifying ealier in this season.

more than 2 years ago

Drug-Sniffing Drones Take Flight Over Bolivia

drumlight Mmmh (84 comments)

I had a temporary warehouse job where I worked with drug sniffing drones; generally a bunch of tedious mother&*@#*s.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Evacuate a Network

drumlight Re:been there done that (331 comments)

Oops removing wrong moderation

more than 2 years ago

The Gamification of Hiring

drumlight Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster (203 comments)

I've never failed to get a job after serving the interviewer with a Gargle Blaster and despite the reoccurring dreams noticing I'm half naked in the middle of the interview has never been a hindrance.
On the other hand being over qualified, under qualified or just plain nervous have been problems. I'm glad it turns out that in these cases the interviewer was in the wrong rather than myself.

more than 2 years ago

PlayStation 4 'Orbis' Rumors: AMD Hardware, Hostile To Used Games

drumlight Re:Cost (371 comments)

Your maths is a little wrong in the second case. You still only sell two games and Gamestop or whomever sells the third.

more than 2 years ago

Generating Alcohol Fuels From Electrical Current and CO2

drumlight Re:Now this could be potentially game changing.... (82 comments)

I like the way it works in video games, such as Wipeout and a hundred others. To recharge your electric car without even stopping just pull into the lane with the glowing >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> and in a matter of seconds your fully charged. If your car could be charged every few miles you would need far smaller battery packs saving weight and whatever rare or unpleasant materials your batteries are made of. I hate filling my car with gas in the winter and I'm not keen on the concept continuing with electric vehicles. In fifteen years of driving I've rarely ever emptied an entire tank in a single journey, I fill up because of the inconvenience not because I need the range. I'm aware of certain impracticalities with the above suggestion but electric vehicles are different to ICE vehicles and we shouldn't cripple them by relying on infrastructure and ideas based on the latter.

My alternate (more fun but even less practical) idea involves distributing and then irritating huge numbers of Yorkshiremen hitch-hikers. You look for one who wants to go in the opposite direction to which you heading and you then just coast downhill both ways.

more than 2 years ago


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