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New York City Considers Articulated Subway Cars

jbr439 Re:The New New York is Screw York (237 comments)

FWIW, Vancouver's "Skytrain" has neither drivers nor conductors.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SkyTrain_%28Vancouver%29

1 year,4 days
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Zuckerberg Lobbies For More Liberal Immigration Policies

jbr439 Re:FWD.us? (484 comments)

What bullshit. "Protectionist" my ass.

The U.S. is the ONLY economy in the world where government *doesn't* work to make sure that their own citizens are first in line for jobs. Just try to emigrate to the U.K. Try to emigrate to Canada.

...

Not entirely sure what point is trying to be made with the reference to emigrating to Canada, but as a FYI, on a per-capita basis Canada takes in *far* more immigrants than any other country in the world.

about a year and a half ago
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Missouri Legislation Redefines Science, Pushes Intelligent Design

jbr439 Intelligent designer (813 comments)

But .. but ... but ... who designed the designer? And who designed the designer that designed the designer? And who ... ah forget it.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Features Belong In a 'Smartwatch'?

jbr439 NTP (322 comments)

A "smartwatch" needs to support NTP or something very similar. Having to have to manually set the correct time on a watch every few weeks or months is ludicrous in this day and age.

about a year and a half ago
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Email Trails Show Bankers Behaving Badly

jbr439 Re:News for Nerds??!! (251 comments)

"And there is a reason for the old rule of thumb of buying a house at 2.5 times your annual income. "

Off topic, but ....
In Vancouver you can't buy a shack for that, let alone a house. And to make it more fun, interest on mortgage payments is not deductible in Canada.

about a year and a half ago
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A Least Half a Million Raspberry Pis Sold

jbr439 Anyone using this as a MythTV frontend? (212 comments)

I see people successfully using Raspberry Pi as a xbmc box. I'm wondering if anyone is using it as a MythTV frontend?

about 2 years ago
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Canadian Spying Case Proves Floppy Drive Isn't Dead Yet

jbr439 Re:$3000 a month? (148 comments)

This piece of shit sold out my country for a lousy $3000 a month?

That was my reaction when I saw the news last night.

about 2 years ago
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Mozilla Downshifting Development of Thunderbird E-Mail Client

jbr439 Re:Good. (378 comments)

I use "Exchange 2007/2010 Calender and Tasks Provider" extension (on Linux). I find it does a good job of allowing me to access the corporate Exchange server for calendar activities. I use IMAP to access said corporate server for plain old mail.

Used DavMail for a while but had problems when the server upgraded. No I just use the extension and don't have to have another Java program (DavMail) running as a gateway.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Watch TV In 2012?

jbr439 Re:No TV, Canadian Netflix and news sites (479 comments)

unblock-us.com - better price than a US VPN and easy to set up. You get US Netflix, BBC iplayer, etc

more than 2 years ago
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Pay the TSA $100 and Bypass Airport Security

jbr439 Re:Great! (527 comments)

No no no you mean those terrorists from Canada.

more than 2 years ago
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How Game Makers Like EA Mine for Tax Breaks

jbr439 Re:Even in Canada they do it (123 comments)

I too have worked for Canadian companies doing software development, and as best as I can make out the Canada R&D tax credit is basically a 'D' (development) tax credit which pays companies to do what they would be doing anyway.

more than 3 years ago
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Leaked Cable Shows Heavy US Influence On Swedish Copyright Policy

jbr439 Re:Tone the hyberbole down (171 comments)

... The US here is asking for something like the DMCA (which is required by treaty), ...

DMCA-like legislation is not required for treaty (are we talking WIPO here?) compliance. Canda's Dr. Michael Geist has gone to great lengths to explain why.

However, the US likes the DMCA and is hell-bent on ramming it down every other country's throat. And, sadly, the governments of most countries (including Canada's) are willing accomplices in this farce.

more than 3 years ago
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Winklevoss Twins Finally Give Up Fighting Facebook

jbr439 Re:That is overhyped. (160 comments)

For the sake of settling this once and for all, I accept that challenge. Kindly supply me with an abundant supply of super-models so that I can properly prepare my report.

more than 3 years ago
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Netflix Compares ISP Streaming Performance

jbr439 Telus (209 comments)

I'm with Telus on the 6 Mb/s (dowload) plan. And I can get about 600 kB/s (that's bytes) when downloading a torrent, which is far in excess of what the netflix chart shows. Just my 2 cents.

more than 3 years ago
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Teachers Back Away From Evolution In Class

jbr439 Re:America has jumped the shark (947 comments)

What the teacher should have said is something like this:

Although I respect your right to have religious views that differ from mine, I am teaching the theory of evolution and I expect you to know the material I am teaching if you want to pass this course.

You can feel free to add a disclaimer to anything you submit that your religious views are in conflict with the theory of evolution, but, as I said before, you must know the course material to pass.

FWIW, I basically agree with the sentiment the teacher expressed, but if said teacher was indeed as hostile as is made out to be, then he/she wasn't being very professional. It's not the teacher's job to change religious beliefs (regardless of how absurd they may be); it's the teacher's job to teach the course material and ensure his/her students know it.

more than 3 years ago
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The Binary Code In Canada's Gov-Gen Coat of Arms

jbr439 Re:I still can't believe (486 comments)

I don't believe the Queen is a Canadian citizen. If so, by definition that makes her a foreign head of state, no?

about 4 years ago
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Apple Offers Free Cases To Solve iPhone 4 Antenna Problems

jbr439 correct title of article (917 comments)

Apple Offers Free Cases To Work Around iPhone 4 Antenna Problems

There we go, fixed that for ya.

more than 4 years ago
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What Nokia Must Do To Stay Relevant In Mobile

jbr439 Re:Did the author completely overlook,,, (289 comments)

In Britain, they used to do it the US way, and still do to an extent, but you can now get much cheaper SIM only plans.

Count yourself lucky. No such option exists in Canada with the 3 major carriers (Rogers, Telus, Bell). You pay the exact same for a plan regardless of whether you are getting a heavily subsidized iPhone or if you brought your own phone to the party. It's an amazing rip-off, but it's the current state of affairs in Canada. Oh, and did I mention how we get reamed on data plan costs?

more than 4 years ago
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Landmark Health Insurance Bill Passes House

jbr439 Re:This is how freedom dies (1698 comments)

Gives new meaning to the phrase "live free or die" :-)

FTR, I live in Canada, and although the Canadian system definitely has its issues, I consider it superior to the US system in providing better average outcomes. There is a reason that no other industrialized country in the world has a system like that of the US (and it's not because these other countries hate freedom).

more than 4 years ago

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Copyright lawsuits apparently coming to Canada

jbr439 jbr439 writes  |  about 2 years ago

jbr439 (214107) writes "Voltage Pictures, a L.A. movie studio known for numerous forgettable motion pictures, is seeking, via court order, customer information on 2,000 IP addresses used by customers of Canadian ISP TekSavvy. The expectation is that if this information is obtained, lawsuits will be soon be following. The court date is set for Dec 17.
TekSavvy was possibly chosen as the target of this action due to it being one of the smaller ISPs in Canada.

This is likely a result of Canada bringing in new copyright laws in early November. Among other things, under the new laws statutory damages for non-commercial infringing are limited to $5,000.

Additional information on this issue can be obtained at Michael Geist's excellent site: http://www.michaelgeist.ca/content/view/6718/125/
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