top New York City Considers Articulated Subway Cars
FWIW, Vancouver's "Skytrain" has neither drivers nor conductors.
top Zuckerberg Lobbies For More Liberal Immigration Policies
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
top Missouri Legislation Redefines Science, Pushes Intelligent Design
.. 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
top Ask Slashdot: What Features Belong In a 'Smartwatch'?
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
top Email Trails Show Bankers Behaving Badly
"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
top A Least Half a Million Raspberry Pis Sold
I see people successfully using Raspberry Pi as a xbmc box. I'm wondering if anyone is using it as a MythTV frontend?
top Canadian Spying Case Proves Floppy Drive Isn't Dead Yet
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.
top Mozilla Downshifting Development of Thunderbird E-Mail Client
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.
top Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Watch TV In 2012?
unblock-us.com - better price than a US VPN and easy to set up. You get US Netflix, BBC iplayer, etc
top Pay the TSA $100 and Bypass Airport Security
No no no you mean those terrorists from Canada.
top How Game Makers Like EA Mine for Tax Breaks
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.
top Leaked Cable Shows Heavy US Influence On Swedish Copyright Policy
... 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.
top Winklevoss Twins Finally Give Up Fighting Facebook
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.
top Netflix Compares ISP Streaming Performance
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.
top Teachers Back Away From Evolution In Class
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.
top Comcast Accused of Congestion By Choice
A 100 percent full pipe is an efficient use of their resource.
Much like a 100% full highway.
top The Binary Code In Canada's Gov-Gen Coat of Arms
I don't believe the Queen is a Canadian citizen. If so, by definition that makes her a foreign head of state, no?
top Apple Offers Free Cases To Solve iPhone 4 Antenna Problems
Apple Offers Free Cases To Work Around iPhone 4 Antenna Problems
There we go, fixed that for ya.
top What Nokia Must Do To Stay Relevant In Mobile
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?
top Landmark Health Insurance Bill Passes House
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).
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