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

rikkards Re:Enfield .303? Wow!! I know these rifles. (204 comments)

Getting my gun license in a couple months and it is on the list of guns I want. I spent a week up north working with the Canadian Military and a bit with the Rangers and I enjoyed it immensely. They get an allowance to purchase their own equipment. Once out on the tundra they revert to the traditional garb as they found the high-tech stuff doesn't work well.

yesterday
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Not Just Netflix: Google Challenges Canada's Power To Regulate Online Video

rikkards Re:thanks (109 comments)

Yeah our right leaning people are more like your left-middle. You probably wouldn't like them

about three weeks ago
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BlackBerry Launches Square-Screened Passport Phone

rikkards Re:As a BlackBerry user (189 comments)

They went into the consumer market because Apple (and Android)started eating their lunch. The amount of people who can live with their "toys" as a primary work phone is more than the amount that Rim needed/needs to survive. They were trying to plug the dike and stop people from moving over.

about three weeks ago
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Not Just Netflix: Google Challenges Canada's Power To Regulate Online Video

rikkards Re:I was hoping for 1) and 2) (109 comments)

Think of it more as a kid moving out of their parent's house at the age of 22 and saying that they still love their parents. The US was more of a 5 year old leaving home against the parents will while flipping them the bird.

Personally I see the CRTC as the same as Quebec's Language Police but on a grander scale: trying to keep Canadian Culture (for whatever that is) alive, when it's pretty much a known fact that culture is a living breathing thing and no matter what you do you can't stop it from evolving.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Avoid Becoming a Complacent Software Developer?

rikkards Lack of passion? (275 comments)

More like they realized that the gerbil wheel that is your job shouldn't define you. It's an means to the end, not end to the means.

about 1 month ago
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Apple Outrages Users By Automatically Installing U2's Album On Their Devices

rikkards Re:It's not your phone (610 comments)

My guess is they went the way they did was that it is a one time modification to the database to mark it as purchased. If a new person comes on they don't get the album free. Setting it to $0 for only existing users would be probably more difficult.
I understand what they did but I think it kind of backfired for them.

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

rikkards Re:Cuba could have lifted it ages ago (540 comments)

Canada does trade with Cuba and it is a popular vacation site as it is usually more affordable than other island retreats. Some Canadians go there as it also has a more limited selection of holiday-goers (read between the lines). That said americans are going there by flying up to Canada and then flying out. The Cuban customs won't stamp their passports but will very willingly take their tourist money.

about a month ago
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Ask David Saltzberg About Being The Big Bang Theory's Science Advisor

rikkards Re: Why do you participate? (226 comments)

This, it's essentially nerd blackface.

about a month and a half ago
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Synolocker 0-Day Ransomware Puts NAS Files At Risk

rikkards Re:This is how we learn (150 comments)

Oh also it can act as a firewall as well (not saying much for its capabilities though)

about 2 months ago
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Synolocker 0-Day Ransomware Puts NAS Files At Risk

rikkards Re:This is how we learn (150 comments)

Kind of defeats the cloud feature on Synology NAS doesn't it? Granted you should have it firewalled off except for the specific port it needs.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Unattended Maintenance Windows?

rikkards Re:Schedule some days as offset days (265 comments)

Not only that but a company that lets someone do that is shooting themself in the foot. Sooner or later 80 hour a week guy is going to leave, good luck getting someone that is
A: willing to do it coming in
B: not taking the job until something better comes along.

It's not a badge of honor, just an example of rationalization for a crappy job.

about 3 months ago
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Florida Man Faces $48k Fine For Jamming Drivers' Cellphones

rikkards Re: In other news (358 comments)

Which given enough time will do absolutely zero for accidents. The problem isn't the handsfree, it is the fact you have someone paying more attention to what is being said on the other side of the phone call than actually what is happening around them. Driving should take up 100% of your attention.

about 4 months ago
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Canadian Supreme Court Delivers Huge Win For Internet Privacy

rikkards Re:What's lost in the rhetoric and internet rage (112 comments)

His point is still valid as an example of where things could go if left unchecked. Don't get all high and mighty as this is a Canadian-related thread.

about 4 months ago
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UK Ballistics Scientists: 3D-Printed Guns Are 'of No Use To Anyone'

rikkards Re:Untraceable (490 comments)

Hobby built implies that you find someone with the talent and expertise to do the required fabrication.
3d Printed implies you find someone who can work a mouse and download a plan from a website.

Whole different paradigm

about 5 months ago
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Comcast Predicts Usage Cap Within 5 Years

rikkards Re:Caps Are Definitely Coming (475 comments)

Interesting thought though would be that if you have a content provider who is also your ISP, could that be considered monopolistic similar to what Microsoft went through with IE being included with the OS?

about 5 months ago
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Canadian Teen Arrested For Calling In 30+ Swattings, Bomb Threats

rikkards Re:Autoimmune disorder... (350 comments)

Sure but there also these things called pay phones. Not quite as common as they used to be but they are still around

about 5 months ago

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Fans??

rikkards rikkards writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Got bored at work (no surprise there) and went looking at my stats on /.

Suprisingly I have 2 fans. Hi Fans! Colour me flattered.

My question is why? What could I have possibly done to get me to deserve this? Ok maybe I am putting too much into this but makes me wonder...

P.S should I be worried about this post to my journal going down on my permanent record? My parents and teachers used to threaten me with that in school and fat lot of a difference that made :)

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