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NSA Hacked Huawei, Stole Source Code

thebigmacd Re:Wow !! (287 comments)

Uh...yeah...no

The lowest the Canadian dollar has ever been was 61.79 cents US.

about three weeks ago
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Linux May Succeed Windows XP As OS of Choice For ATMs

thebigmacd Re:ATMs? (367 comments)

When I go to a teller at my Credit Union, I just hand them my bank card, tell them what I want, and they key it in. Then I just sign the receipt when all transactions are done. No filling in of forms. No going only to my "home" branch for free service. I used to have to do those things...20 years ago.

about three weeks ago
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NSA Can Retrieve, Replay All Phone Calls From a Country From the Past 30 Days

thebigmacd Re:How? (320 comments)

Canada has one phone company, because the following are not Canadian phone companies: [/sarcasm]
Bell Aliant - Made up of MT&T, NewTel, NBTel and IslandTel
BabyTEL
Bell Canada
BoltonSmith
Brooke Telecom
Bruce Municipal Telephone Service
Chatr
CityWest
Cogeco
DMTS
Eastlink
Execulink Telecom
Fibernetics Corporation/Freephoneline.ca
Fido
Gosfield North Communications Co-op
Ice Wireless
Inline Communications
Iristel
Lynx Mobility
Manitoba Telecom Services/MTS Allstream
North Renfrew Telephone Company
NorthernTel
Northwestel
Novus
Ormuco
Ontera
Primus Canada
Quadro
Rogers Telecom
SaskTel
Shaw Communications
Sogetel
Start Communications
Télébec
TELUS - Made up of BCTel, AGT & ED Tel
TBayTel
Vidéotron
Wightman Telecom

about a month ago
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Canadian Government Trucking Generations of Scientific Data To the Dump

thebigmacd Re:Lots of smoke, little fire? (209 comments)

They ship to China via the Gulf of Mexico? Are there no ports in BC, Washington, Oregon, or California?

about 3 months ago
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Reverse Engineering a Bank's Security Token

thebigmacd Re:Do I care? (55 comments)

You are generally on the hook for fraudulent credit card charges under $50, with any provider.

about 3 months ago
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Jade Rabbit Spotted By American Eagle (LRO)

thebigmacd Re:Prey! (58 comments)

In Canada and the US it's generally called "the Man in the Moon".

about 3 months ago
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Some Londoners Cut Off As Failed Copper Thieves Take Fiber

thebigmacd Re:Copper Fever (184 comments)

Where I live (London, Ontario, Canada), scrap metal dealers will not buy wire which has been burned. You have to either manually strip the insulation off or sell it to them with insulation still on and get peanuts for it.

about 4 months ago
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Single-Atom Layer of Tin May Be a New Wonder Conductor

thebigmacd Re:100 percent efficiency? (126 comments)

If you don't have resistance, any capacitive or inductive effects will be 100% efficient, no?. The whole problem with induction and capacitance in transmission lines is it increases the overall power loss due to unused current flowing through resistive lines. Superconductivity eliminates that source of loss.

about 5 months ago
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EPA Makes Most Wood Stoves Illegal

thebigmacd Re:Good (1143 comments)

The parent post said apartment *owners*, not renters.

about 5 months ago
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Duke Univ. Device Converts Stray Wireless Energy Into Electricity For Charging

thebigmacd Re:Meaningless numbers (216 comments)

I'm sorry but voltage is not the speed of electrons. It is the difference in potential between two points. You can have voltage with absolutely no current. It is equivalent of pressure, not velocity.

about 5 months ago
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Toyota's Killer Firmware

thebigmacd Re:Technology is hard and dangerous (610 comments)

Drive-by-wire exists because of emissions regulations. The ECU precisely controls the position and rate of the throttle plate to optimise combustion during transient events. The current emissions regulations require strict control of combustion from the moment the first cylinder fires on cold start-up.

about 6 months ago
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Anti-Poaching Lawsuit Against Apple, Google and Others Given the Green Light

thebigmacd Re:Employment Contracts for stellar peformers (172 comments)

Regular employment in Canada does not involve a contract either. You fill in some government tax and WSIB forms and you are an employee. It's not quite as at-will as in the US (employer owes you termination and severance pay if they terminate you without cause), but you can leave at will.

about 6 months ago
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Communications Protocol Leaves Power Grid Vulnerable

thebigmacd Re:The real deal (68 comments)

DNP3 functionality will soon (5-10 years) be embedded in grid-tie solar inverters in Canada so the local power company can control them at will on a per-second basis (I'm working with a local college developing this technology right now). Pretty easy access to the communications channel if you ask me. And no, no one seems interested in security.

about 6 months ago
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USAF Almost Nuked North Carolina In 1961 – Declassified Document

thebigmacd Re:Safety design was fine (586 comments)

Not sure if serious.

The probability of multiple safeties failing is the product of all of the probabilities of failure of individual safeties, no?

about 7 months ago
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Solar-Powered Boat Carries 8.5 Tons of Lithium-Ion Batteries

thebigmacd Re:Isn't that cheating? (164 comments)

Ever try to circumnavigate the globe along the equator? That's right, you can't. There's a big difference between 5 weeks sailing as the crow flies across the Atlantic, and sailing all the way around the world.

about 10 months ago
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Man Who Sold $100 Million Worth of Pirated Software Gets 12 Years In Prison

thebigmacd Re:Good (304 comments)

You have no idea what entrapment is, do you? Entrapment by nature cannot be performed by undercover police pretending to be something else.

Entrapment is when a police officer *who identifies themselves as a police officer* orders or asks someone to do something illegal and the person complies *because they are a police officer*. They then proceed to arrest the person for committing a crime they told them to do. THAT is entrapment.

Police have the authority to direct you to do something illegal such as drive the wrong way down a one-way street, if the situation warrants. If they arrest you for doing what they said, they have entrapped you.

about 10 months ago

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