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Ask Slashdot: How To Pick Up Astronomy and Physics As an Adult?

maliqua Doesnt Hurt to try (195 comments)

Go for it, don't quit your day job, and worst case scenario you never manage to contribute anything major to the field, but you gain a greater understanding of something you find interesting. Best case scenario you excel discover all the mysteries of the universe.

All you have to lose is the time you spend on it, if it's a passion of yours then you have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

10 hours ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do After Digitizing VHS Tapes?

maliqua What to do now easy, (265 comments)

stop asking stupid questions about vhs to /. every few days

3 days ago
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Drone-Based Businesses: Growing In Canada, Grounded In the US

maliqua Re:Good (94 comments)

I hope the FAA never okays drones in civilian airspace.

Good, brings more business to the Canadian economy if you stay out of it.

5 days ago
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CBC Warns Canadians of "US Law Enforcement Money Extortion Program"

maliqua Re:This is getting out of hand (462 comments)

Civil forfeiture preceded the militarization aspect.

Exactly, it's where the money for small town armies came from

about a week ago
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The Documents From Google's First DMV Test In Nevada

maliqua Re:I dont know why this is a bad thing (194 comments)

Exactly, to a scientist / researcher / engineer etc a failed test is not doomsday, as long as it gives them more information to continue solving the problem its just a lesser form of success

about a week ago
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Accused Ottawa Cyberbully Facing 181 Charges Apologizes

maliqua Re:Traditional crimes (140 comments)

Say what? Canada is common-law based, same as UK, US, Commonwealth nations etc. I guess what you mean is that the judges might look at intent more closely...

I mean exactly what i said, common-law refers to a system of consistency basing decisions of how crimes are handled and how evidence is weighted against established president in previous similar cases, and is designed to ensure consistent and equal treatment of similar circumstances going forward.

Common-law systems can be enforced by following the letter of the law, or the spirit of the law. In the united states the letter is followed more rigidly than in Canada. Both systems have merit and both systems are common-law based (Yes i know the usa doesn't exclusively follow the letter of the law but its more rigid than here in Canada)

about a week ago
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Accused Ottawa Cyberbully Facing 181 Charges Apologizes

maliqua Re:Right. (140 comments)

because he knows he is guilty and likely will be found guilty, costing the crown less money to convict you provides some leniency

about a week ago
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Accused Ottawa Cyberbully Facing 181 Charges Apologizes

maliqua Re:Traditional crimes (140 comments)

Canada's legal system is based on enforcing the spirit of the law rather than the letter of the law which allows us a bit more flexibility for circumstances that were unanticipated when the laws were created.

about a week ago
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Top EU Court: Libraries Can Digitize Books Without Publishers' Permission

maliqua Perhaps the first DRM use case i can get behind (102 comments)

Personally i think if they used proper DRM to ensure they didn't have 'too many' copies of a book out at a time this would be the best solution, and the one most true to the library model. Allowing this at dedicated terminals is a start, but I would really like to see a model that allows them to work as library should work, but without the need to to bring the physical book home.

about a week ago
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Cuba Calculates Cost of 54yr US Embargo At $1.1 Trillion

maliqua Re:Ignorance is self-righteous posturing (534 comments)

Ha ha ha ha! Funny guy. He needs to read a history book - or even a current weekly magazine.

Abretardo Morono - pushing the limits of ignorant hyperbole!

No not really, I'm sure from your comfy first world computer your typing into everything in Cuba is A-OK and that 55 years of exclusion from the world economy has nothing to do with the terrible conditions currently. I guess American's are so used to oppressing people it doesn't seem bad to them anymore.

about a week ago
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Private Police Intelligence Network Shares Data and Targets Cash

maliqua Re:Time to exchange data on the American cops... (142 comments)

but they're one of the few groups of people who accept the risk exists and chose to do a job anyway.

both sides cops and criminals as long as they're killing each other and not random bi-standards then i'm fine with it

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Takes Down Slideshow-Building Tool After Getty Images Lawsuit

maliqua Re:pr0n (81 comments)

just an FYI the internet has had porn in video form for quite some time now, you will find it also can provide the same type of 'hands free' operation

about two weeks ago
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NYPD Starts Body Camera Pilot Program

maliqua Price is shocking (170 comments)

I honestly expected to see the camera's priced at like $20,000 each not because they need to be, just because of all the corruption fees all the way up.

so kudos NYC i'm impressed 1k/camera is pretty close to reasonable.

about two weeks ago
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Intellectual Ventures Sheds At Least Part of Its "Patent Troll" Reputation

maliqua 17K buys your soul (75 comments)

Go ahead sell them your idea's this isn't a publicity stunt to try and mend their reputation so they can aquire more arms in the IP cold war

about two weeks ago
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Invasion of Ukraine Continues As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling

maliqua Re:Actual full quote (789 comments)

I see how you got here:

100 tanks + school children asking questions = nuclear war

the world needs more quality reporting like this

about two weeks ago
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This 'SimCity 4' Region With 107 Million People Took Eight Months of Planning

maliqua Re:simcity 4 is best simcity (103 comments)

incorrect, best was simcity 2000

about three weeks ago
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Canada Tops List of Most Science-Literate Countries

maliqua Re:ROLF! (221 comments)

yes that's a pretty accurate summary of our healthcare system.

At one point our healthcare was actually quite good, but that was some time ago. The government seems to think as long as it has a good reputation internationally its not really worth fixing.

about three weeks ago
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Limiting the Teaching of the Scientific Process In Ohio

maliqua Re:This is good! (528 comments)

without the how, facts mean nothing

5 * 5 =25

don't ask why it just is memorize it and every other result of a process!

about three weeks ago
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If Java Wasn't Cool 10 Years Ago, What About Now?

maliqua Re:From a users perspetive (511 comments)

As i look around *my* room, i see embedded linux devices that are running mostly binaries primarily written in C, many smaller electronics with simple micro controllers, even a windows CE embedded device running software written in .NET and one java based device my phone..

If i think about whats in my car, its a windows CE embedded device running native applications.

java does a lot of enterprise, android and a decent % of webapps. other than android apps rarely do i see something that is java that behaves as well as the non java equivalents

about three weeks ago
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If Java Wasn't Cool 10 Years Ago, What About Now?

maliqua Re:From a users perspetive (511 comments)

Then you get to enjoy the unbearably slow performance, and HP-UX style UI from 1992.

Ahh good ol' CDE i never drew the comparison but that's bang on lol, i wonder if java's ui elements were modeled after CDE

about three weeks ago

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NSA Director Heckled as he asks security community for understanding

maliqua maliqua writes  |  about a year ago

maliqua (1316471) writes ""When NSA Director Keith Alexander appeared at the Las Vegas security conference Black Hat Wednesday morning, he hoped to mend the NSA’s reputation in the eyes of thousands of the conference’s hackers and security professionals. It didn’t go exactly as planned."
Taken directly from the article very entertaining read."

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18 Year old shot dead in toronto by police

maliqua maliqua writes  |  about a year ago

maliqua (1316471) writes "It appears the militarization of north american police forces has caused another unnecessary death, this time in Toronto Canada, where a 18 year old boy with a knife isolated alone on a bus was shot 9 times by police and then tazed."
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