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"Infrared Curtain" Brings Touchscreen Technology To Cheap Cars

theshowmecanuck We Don't Need... (52 comments)

We don't need any more shit in the car to distract us from what we are supposed to be doing, and that is driving.

3 hours ago
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Behind the Scenes With the Star Trek Fan Reboot

theshowmecanuck Re:The bane of fan made series - the acting (101 comments)

I don't agree with respect to this first episode anyway. Maybe over time they'll all get there. My biggest beef though is with 'Scottie'. I've heard the Scottie here is James Doohan's son. Regardless, his 'Scottish accent' is just horrible. Doohan's wasn't exactly a real Scottish accent, but it was consistent and at least believable in the context of the show. But on this reboot, this Scottie's accent is the one thing that forced me to stop watching.

yesterday
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Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

theshowmecanuck Re:Home of the brave? (580 comments)

Yeah sure. I carried a GPMG before too. I call bullshit. There's no way you're carrying 10 boxes of ammo on your person. That's why they distributed it to carry.

2 days ago
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Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

theshowmecanuck Re:Home of the brave? (580 comments)

In the US, you probably have a way higher chance of being kill at a mall or random public place by some other American freak who has decided to kill as many people as he or she can for some reason; and takes their assault rifle they purchased at a gun show or corner gun shop and 2000 rounds of ammunition (even though they couldn't possible carry that much) and goes off on innocent people. It's not like it hasn't happened dozens of times before. And it's interesting that I have yet to hear of some gun totin' NRA wingnut with his right to bear arms concealed pistol taking one of these guys down. The only time I heard it tried was in Las Vegas when a married couple went off at a Walmart. And that guy was killed (real life is different). The police that everyone lately seems to want to protect themselves from are the ones who do the job.

3 days ago
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Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

theshowmecanuck Re:Home of the brave? (580 comments)

Where is the proven terrorist act committed by North Korea?

3 days ago
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Airbus Attacked By French Lawmaker For Talking To SpaceX

theshowmecanuck Re:who cares? (168 comments)

the canuck part should be a clue. and I don't mind if anyone publishes what our politicians say. if it is stupid, it makes it easier to call them on it. I'd vote conservative if this batch weren't anti-science school of bush secret police, save the children ideologues, who are cronies of big oil and therefore modelled the current economic policies on third world style resource based exportation; which is why our economy is about to tank as bad as Russia's since they have trashed our eastern industrial base and don't have that to mitigate against. the party they evolved from, the reform party led by Preston Manning (no relation to Chelsea), and which was originally considered more right than its child, was far more progressive in those regards. they promoted increased spending in fundamental r&d, and nothing to do with secret police. the best of the other two contenders, the NDP, ironically was considered really left wing (your Democrats are what our conservatives used to be). but they have since moderated while the centrist liberals have fought tooth and nail lately to be left of the NDP. so this conservative will be voting NDP. the belief is that if they win the current conservatives will be forced to get rid of their leader, Stephan Harper, and they will develop reasonable policies again. two elections ago I voted conservative, but last I voted NDP because I could see where they were going. and now oil is tanking and the final bit of my conservative misgivings have been confirmed. harper has to go. :) unless there is crazy vote splitting, he won't be leading the next government.

about a week ago
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Airbus Attacked By French Lawmaker For Talking To SpaceX

theshowmecanuck Re:who cares? (168 comments)

Then why do you elect them?

about a week ago
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Ubuntu Gets Container-Friendly "Snappy" Core

theshowmecanuck Re:What about things like the JVM inside a contain (149 comments)

I still program and run a few servers, even though it isn't my day job any more (I used to be a C Unix programmer). I'm trying to understand the benefit vs switching to a new paradigm, to try to use the word properly. It has a silver bullet smell to me. I hope this doesn't mean that Ubuntu will only be available with containers. Otherwise I'll likely have to make the switch to BSD.

about two weeks ago
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Ubuntu Gets Container-Friendly "Snappy" Core

theshowmecanuck Re:What about things like the JVM inside a contain (149 comments)

To get away from 'vm' terms, we know there can be several app's that might need mysql. So this would act like an embedded mysql server for each app instead of one. Or say like Python virtualenv only different. It seems like it might allow different versions of stuff but it also occurs to me this could get confusing after a while. I guess it's something else to learn, but I can't really see what the benefit is yet. chroot still works for good security.

about two weeks ago
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Ubuntu Gets Container-Friendly "Snappy" Core

theshowmecanuck Re:What about things like the JVM inside a contain (149 comments)

Then don't slag people for using Oracle products. If you can't answer a question, then shut the fuck up. I don't need to listen to assholes with nothing to say spouting some smart mouth remark instead of helping or passing on the question.

about two weeks ago
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Ubuntu Gets Container-Friendly "Snappy" Core

theshowmecanuck Re:What about things like the JVM inside a contain (149 comments)

I don't know about containers. It is also why I mentioned databases and other servers. I happen to know a good deal about JVMs. So just because I used Java as PART of an example don't go all aspergers and fixate on it. If you can't answer the question about containers then shut up. I responded to another fucking goof for acting like an asshole and implying I had a problem because I used Java based tools. Having worked on several projects in the last 15 years that had budgets of close to a billion dollars each, I'm willing to bet I have as much or more experience around Java and Java EE as you or anyone else around here. I asked a question about containers using simple arbitrary parameters to see if anyone could explain how they work. Instead I got a fucking idiot slagging me for using Oracle products. If you don't like my response to that, then fuck you too.

about two weeks ago
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Ubuntu Gets Container-Friendly "Snappy" Core

theshowmecanuck Re:What about things like the JVM inside a contain (149 comments)

Artifactory, Netbeans, Maven, Glassfish, and Java are open source or close enough for me. Are you suffering from self imposed ignorance or arrogance? Either way, you sound like an uninformed dick who is trying too hard to sound programmer hip. I thought you'd appreciate the insult since from your sig you seem to be into cocks. Whatever floats your boat.

about two weeks ago
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Ubuntu Gets Container-Friendly "Snappy" Core

theshowmecanuck Re:What about things like the JVM inside a contain (149 comments)

So I have Artifactory and two versions of Glassfish on my dev box. But only one JVM. One JAVA_HOME. I also have Maven and Netbeans IDE using the same JAVA_HOME. Why would I want 4 different JVMs installed when one works just fine? And if there is a security flaw in Java and I need to upgrade, now I would need to download 1 update as opposed to 4 times that much (plus other crap like databases and other app code, assuming they want you to just download a whole new complete container whenever you upgrade). I understand the idea of encapsulation and how it can make things neater in one sense, but seems kind of crazy in another to use containers for everything on the server.

about two weeks ago
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Ubuntu Gets Container-Friendly "Snappy" Core

theshowmecanuck Re:What about things like the JVM inside a contain (149 comments)

So that would mean then that you would need a far larger resource footprint. Say a single server with 4 domains could get by with say (just for round figures) 5 GB of RAM. From the sounds of it I would think you would require 5+ GB of RAM using containers because each container needs a minimum footprint before you add in the resources required by the application. Same for a database. I would guess that it would be significantly more than the original (significantly more than 5 GB), but I don't think it has a slope of 1. i.e. per my quite arbitrary example, I don't think you would then need 20 GBs but still more than 6 or 7 or 8. Any thoughts?

about two weeks ago
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Ubuntu Gets Container-Friendly "Snappy" Core

theshowmecanuck What about things like the JVM inside a container? (149 comments)

I haven't used Docker before. Does this mean if I have two (or more) servers running on a JVM, that each container will have its own JAVA_HOME? If so, wouldn't that make maintenance a nightmare? Similar for python (or other language) based services? Or items running a database? Each will have it's own MySQL or PostgreSQL instead of just adding another DB to an existing server? Or do the containers sit on top of traditional mode of installing these things?

about two weeks ago
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Swedish Police Raid the Pirate Bay Again

theshowmecanuck Re:Free Enterprise (184 comments)

I was thinking they were orchestrated by the American government in retaliation for wikileaks. The U.S. wants to prosecute Assange so bad I believe they will pull just about any move to get him. And this makes sense to try this way, to the U.S. via extradition from Sweden, since I don't think there is any other country where allegations so weak would ever result in a rape charge. Sweden is a country where political correctness has run amok. Sweden is to the golden rule what America is to capitalism: both good systems but FUBAR when taken to the extreme.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft To US Gov't: the World's Servers Are Not Yours For the Taking

theshowmecanuck Re:Hiding evidence (192 comments)

Or Microsoft could move that part of its operation entirely to Ireland and lay off all their American employees. Problem solved, no access from the U.S. needed except for people who use that use Azure from there. I'm sure congress will be behind that solution since they seem happy to have every other job offshored.

about two weeks ago
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Swedish Police Raid the Pirate Bay Again

theshowmecanuck Free Enterprise (184 comments)

Sweden is trying hard to make a name for itself as a place high tech start ups should work. Sweden is a place that will allow them to be creative without fear of undo influence from multinationals or foreign influence. cough cough movie studios cough cough riaa cough cough Assange...

about two weeks ago
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Just-Announced X.Org Security Flaws Affect Code Dating Back To 1987

theshowmecanuck Re:Wha?!?!!! (172 comments)

I agree, And to simplify this, testing doesn't prove or disprove the existence of bugs. If a bug is obtuse enough (like most security holes), there is a good chance it won't get tested even in day to day use. Most code over a few hundred lines gets sufficiently complex that it starts to take a real effort to do a code review. Couple that with the fact that one needs experience and/or training to read code and recognize security flaws; and most programs are thousands to tens of thousand of line long, or more. I think you will likely find that there are not very many people (or in this case none) who have the time nor inclination to review code for security flaws, regardless of whether the source code is available.

So for sure this ultimately makes open and closed source no better than the other in this regard. In fact I can make the argument that closed source might get more reviews since people are being actively paid to look at the code day in and day out. While in open source, people often won't look at code if it isn't the new shiny thing everyone is buzzing about. I'm not saying closed source vendors are willing to spend the time and money to reengineer the code to fix found security bugs, which might take considerable time and effort (unless they are really, really bad). Mainly because doing so impacts schedules and ultimately money. It's just that in closed source, people might actually know about it sooner than in open source. But in the end, if a security flaw isn't fixed in 25 years, what's the difference which paradigm it falls under? (That's rhetorical.)

about two weeks ago
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High Temperature Superconductivity Record Smashed By Sulfur Hydride

theshowmecanuck Re:Scientists? (80 comments)

More importantly, other people should be able to reproduce your results (within statistical significance) if they follow your same procedures.

about two weeks ago

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Alleged Satellite Photograph Says Ukraine Shootdown of MH17

theshowmecanuck theshowmecanuck writes  |  about a month ago

theshowmecanuck (703852) writes "A group calling itself the Russian Union of Engineers has published a photograph, picked up by many news organizations (just picked one, Google it yourself to find more), claiming to show that MH17 was shot down by a Ukrainian fighter plane. The interesting thing is the very quick ad hoc crowd sourced debunking of the photograph using tools from Google maps, online photos/data, to their own domain knowledge backed up with the previous information. It would be interesting to understand who the "Russian Union of Engineers" are and why they in particular were chosen to release this information."
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iPhone 6 and 6+ Drop Test on Video.

theshowmecanuck theshowmecanuck writes  |  about 3 months ago

theshowmecanuck (703852) writes "A mobile review website, phonebuff.com has posted a drop test video on YouTube featuring the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6+. This was done outside on concrete. When dropped on their backs, both were OK. Dropped on their edges, the iPhone 6+ screen had significant breakage in the bottom corner area. When dropped on its face, the iPhone 6 screen shattered completely. The video is pretty straight forward."
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Newly Discovered Asteroid Passing Within Geostationary Orbit Sunday

theshowmecanuck theshowmecanuck writes  |  about 4 months ago

theshowmecanuck (703852) writes "A newly found asteroid the size of a house will give earth a close flyby this weekend. It will pass just below satellites in geostationary orbit, and above New Zealand around 14:18 EDT / 18:18 GMT / 06:18 NZST this coming Sunday (Monday morning in NZ).

"Asteroid 2014 RC was initially discovered on the night of August 31 by the Catalina Sky Survey near Tucson, Arizona, and independently detected the next night by the Pan-STARRS 1 telescope, located on the summit of Haleakal on Maui, Hawaii," NASA officials said in a statement.""
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Blackberry Passport Specs "Leaked" Synopsis: Powerful, more than expected

theshowmecanuck theshowmecanuck writes  |  about 4 months ago

theshowmecanuck (703852) writes "Digital Spy says:"BlackBerry's square-shaped Passport smartphone will be more powerful than first thought if a specs leak turns out to be accurate. N4BB has posted a page of what they say is the full specification sheet for the new device."
It is set to be released in September, so time will tell. N4BB says it will include:
  • 4.5-inch 1,440 x 1,440 display with a pixel density of 453dpi. possibly a higher resolution than the iPhone 6.
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 with 2.2GHz Quad-Core CPUs (MSM8974-AA)
  • Adreno 330, 450MHz GPU
  • 3GB of LPDDR3 800MHz RAM
  • 32GB Flash storage
  • micro-SD support (hot swappable) to 64 GB.
  • 13 MP back camera, 2 MP Front
  • 1080p HD video recording at 60fps (back)
  • image stabilization front and back
  • USB 2 support out of the box
  • USB 3 support with optional (as in buy separately) BB cable
  • etc... see the N4BB link for more detail
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Private Data On iOS Devices, Not So Private

theshowmecanuck theshowmecanuck writes  |  about 5 months ago

theshowmecanuck (703852) writes "Personal data including text messages, contact lists and photos can be extracted from iPhones through previously unpublicized techniques by Apple Inc employees, the company acknowledged this week.

The same techniques to circumvent backup encryption could be used by law enforcement or others with access to the "trusted" computers to which the devices have been connected, according to the security expert who prompted Apple's admission.

Users are not notified that the services are running and cannot disable them, Zdziarski said. There is no way for iPhone users to know what computers have previously been granted trusted status via the backup process or block future connections."

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Selfie of Stroke Symptoms Finally Gets Woman Correct Diagnosis

theshowmecanuck theshowmecanuck writes  |  about 6 months ago

theshowmecanuck (703852) writes " Canada's CBC TV reports that a woman suffering from a transient ischemic attack (mini-stroke) was diagnosed by the attending emergency room physician as suffering from stress, given tips on how to manage it and sent home. As she left the hospital she again began suffering the same symptoms in her car. Thinking quick she pulled out her smart phone and started taking a video selfie of herself to show the doctors the classic symptoms of a stroke. She was originally stricken at home and remembering the symptoms of a stroke from a public service announcement, went to the hospital when the symptoms subsided. After the second episode, her quick thinking and video convinced the doctors they were wrong and she was right, and they sent her for the proper diagnostic testing and treatment they should have given in first place. The article has a link to the video she took, but here it is in case, and I know it is unlikely on Slashdot, you don't want to read it."
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Toyota Paying $1.2 Billion Penalty for Safety Issues

theshowmecanuck theshowmecanuck writes  |  about 9 months ago

theshowmecanuck (703852) writes "Remember the safety issue with Toyota vehicles causing them to accelerate uncontrollably while not allowing the drivers to turn them off? The one caused by killer firmware? Seems they have now been dinged for $1.2 billion for lying about it. From this article on the CBC:

Under the agreement, announced Wednesday by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, the company will admit that it misled U.S. consumers by making deceptive statements about two safety issues affecting its vehicles. As a result, Toyota will pay a $1.2-billion financial penalty under a "deferred prosecution agreement."

The article also said, "the payments are unlikely to hurt Toyota's finances much." It seems even if the government has decided to punish Toyota, the consumer hasn't."

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Graphine Condom Proposed By Bill Gates

theshowmecanuck theshowmecanuck writes  |  about a year ago

theshowmecanuck (703852) writes "Well it's not exactly carbon fibre, and might not be bullet proof, but scientists at the National Graphene Institute in Manchester are working on blocking another kind of shot. According to the BBC, "The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded scientists $100,000 (£60,000) to create stronger, thinner condoms from the new 'wonder material'." Perhaps they might even provide an enhancement so that you can broadcast some 'getting in the mood' music at the same time?"
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Putin Beats Chuck Norris

theshowmecanuck theshowmecanuck writes  |  about a year ago

theshowmecanuck (703852) writes "In a true news for nerds flash, Slashdot's favorite ass kicker Chuck Norris has just been eclipsed by Vladimir Putin in the realm of Taekwondo. It seems our man Vlad has just been granted a 9th degree black belt, one better than yesterday's news Chuck. The king is dead, long live the king. Now to start rewriting all those old Norris jokes. Let's see, Chuck Norris^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^HVladimir Putin is the only person that can punch a cyclops between the eye."
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Elementary School Bans Students From Touching Each Other

theshowmecanuck theshowmecanuck writes  |  about a year ago

theshowmecanuck (703852) writes "From the 'Think Of The Children' Department: OK, so this isn't a tech article. But it is about something that is so messed up I just had to post it. A school in British Columbia (the province that now even California can call flakey) has just banned elementary school students from touching each other during recess. You know, one of those times for play and more importantly learning how to socialize (which itself includes touching). CTV News reports: "A ban on touching during recess at a B.C. elementary school has shocked parents, who call the new no-touch policy "ridiculous." For most kids, recess is a chance to run around and goof-off with their friends, but a new ban on touching at a school in Aldergrove could put a damper on playtime. School administrators at Coghlan Fundamental Elementary School in B.C. have banned kindergarten students from touching each other during recess.""
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Bell Canada Will Begin Tracking All Customer Online Activity

theshowmecanuck theshowmecanuck writes  |  about a year ago

theshowmecanuck (703852) writes "A report in the Financial Post says: "A move by BCE Inc. to track its cellular customers’ every move and use that information for marketing purposes has prompted public complaints along with an investigation by Canada’s privacy regulator. ... BCE plans to change its privacy policy on Nov. 16 and begin using account and network usage information to serve up personalized advertising it says will be more relevant to users. ... BCE’s policy states it will collect network usage information including: web pages users visit from their mobile devices or home Internet, search terms used, location, app usage, television viewing and calling patterns." BCE == Bell Canada Enterprises. Granted Google and Facebook do this already, but you have a choice to use them or not. With limited competition in the mobility market, when your service provider gets in on the act, it gets increasingly hard for people to opt out of corporate bother's ever watchful eye. Is VPN (or similar mechanism) for all mobile users the answer? Or do we just have to learn to eat whatever they feed us?"
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CDN Gov Security Concerns - Egypt Accelero Barred from Buying CDN Telco Division

theshowmecanuck theshowmecanuck writes  |  about a year ago

theshowmecanuck (703852) writes "The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reports that:

Manitoba Telecom Services says the federal government has rejected a deal for it to sell its business unit Allstream to Egyptian investment group Accelero Capital Holdings due to "unspecified national security concerns." ...

The Winnipeg company said late Monday it is "extremely surprised and disappointed" by the decision to not approve the deal, which was announced last May. At the time, the company valued the sale at $520 million.

The company said it and Accelero, which is owned by Egyptian telecom magnate Naguib Sawiris, have offered to "take whatever actions are necessary" to address Industry Canada's concerns, but have been rejected.

Sawiris is an original investor in small wireless company Wind Mobile, which operates in Canada. ..."

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Gore Site Operator Arrested for Posting Video of Murder

theshowmecanuck theshowmecanuck writes  |  about a year and a half ago

theshowmecanuck (703852) writes "

The owner and operator of a well-known “real gore” website is charged with corrupting morals for posting a video allegedly depicting the murder of student Jun Lin by Luka Magnotta.

Magnotta, 30, is currently in custody charged with first-degree murder in the death of the 33-year-old Chinese international student, who was killed in Montreal in May 2012. The victim’s severed limbs were then mailed to political parties and elementary schools, and his torso found inside a discarded suitcase.

A news interview with the detective in charge of the case, airing on CTV as I type this, says he believes the web site hosts a lot of racist content and unimaginable violence. You should note that Canada has less free speech than in America (we have 'hate crime laws'), but there will likely be some arguments in this vein. The charge against the operator is quite rare and no-one so far remembers it ever being used before."
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Ask Slashdot - Node.js vs JEE/C/C++/.NET in the Enterprise

theshowmecanuck theshowmecanuck writes  |  about a year and a half ago

theshowmecanuck (703852) writes "I'm working at a small to medium sized company that creates software for mobile devices, but came from a 'large enterprise' world before. I see node.js being used increasingly in smaller companies (including ours) or in web/mobile related software. Meanwhile we see languages like Java/JEE, C/C++, and .NET continue to be used for medium to large enterprise corporate software. Compared to the status quo in the enterprise (JEE/C/C++/.NET ... and yes, maybe even COBOL) maybe Slashdotters can chime in on how they see Node.js in this role. I'm thinking of things like complexity of business logic (dependencies, workflows, linear processes, etc), transaction support (for processes in general and database support), messaging services, etc. etc. etc. Also what is the state of Node.js in terms of paradigms like application containers, where much of the 'plumbing' is already set up for your (one of the main benefits of JEE application containers). But there is also the question of maintainability, deployment, and ongoing operations. What say you, Slashdot?"
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Electrolyzer Discovery Could Boost Use of Fuel Cells

theshowmecanuck theshowmecanuck writes  |  about a year and a half ago

theshowmecanuck (703852) writes "(Despite the misleading headline in the article) Researchers at the University of Calgary in Canada have discovered how to make highly efficient electrolyzers using common metals instead of rare earth metals. I think the key quote from the article is this:

Electrolyzers depend on rare, difficult-to-work-with and sometimes toxic metals, but the method developed by Chris Berlinguette and Simon Trudel uses metals as common as rust. It delivers results comparable to current techniques but costs about 1,000 times less.

This seems like it could make the use of fuel cells common place with an economical fuel source. If this pans out, what other hurdles might need addressing to get a fuel cell into every home?"

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Island's Historic Hotsprings Dry Up After Earthquake

theshowmecanuck theshowmecanuck writes  |  more than 2 years ago

theshowmecanuck (703852) writes "The National Post newspaper in Canada reports: "Days after the remote B.C. archipelago of Haida Gwaii emerged virtually unscathed from Canada’s second-strongest earthquake, locals discovered that the shifting earth had mysteriously switched off a centuries-old hot spring considered sacred by the Haida. ... A Parks Canada inspection party set out to investigate and stepped ashore to find that the island’s three main hot spring pools, which once bubbled with water as warm as 77 Celsius, were bone dry. “Not even a small puddle,” said Mr. Gladstone. Surrounding rocks, once warm to the touch, were cold." The earthquake measured 7.7 on the Richter scale."
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Toronto City Council Bans Plastic Bags

theshowmecanuck theshowmecanuck writes  |  more than 2 years ago

theshowmecanuck (703852) writes "A CBC radio news item just in reports that at the end of council debate today, the council rather than passing a resolution to discontinue the current 5 cent tax per plastic bag imposed on shoppers a couple of years ago, instead the council imposed a complete ban on plastic bags. The mayor had initiated the debate in order to have the tax rescinded. However, at the end of the day, the council of the city of 2.5 million people voted for a complete ban on plastic bags from stores. It was close, 24 to 20 voting in favour of the ban. It comes into effect January 1rst, 2013. Along with an earlier rebuff to his effort to add subways to a system that sorely needs them (they voted for surface transport), this latest push back from city council might make Mayor Ford reconsider what he wishes for. The mayor is politically right wing, the majority of councillors are on the left. The metro area has 5.5 million people but the ban applies only to the city itself. If this carries through, we will see a strangely retro look in supermarkets and stores next year, baggers with paper bags. What's next, government imposed bell bottoms?"
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Text Messages Suspected of Leading to Accident Death Released

theshowmecanuck theshowmecanuck writes  |  more than 2 years ago

theshowmecanuck (703852) writes "From TFA: "A series of heartwrenching text messages is being used by the boyfriend of a car accident victim to warn people to pay attention when driving. Mathieu Fortin has created a Facebook page (fr-ca) to get the word out in memory of Emy Brochu, who died Jan. 18 when her car slammed into the back of a tractor-trailer truck as it merged with traffic near Victoriaville, Que...." Hopefully getting the word out will help... hopefully. Too bad humans aren't as well programmed for pro-action as we are for re-action."
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Ohio Quakes Caused By Fracking Waste H2O

theshowmecanuck theshowmecanuck writes  |  more than 2 years ago

theshowmecanuck (703852) writes "A series of small earthquakes in Ohio (largest Saturday Dec 31, 2011, Magnitude 4.0) may have been caused by briny fracking waste water being injected into the ground close to a fault line. The waste water comes from one of the processes used in fracking natural gas. The company involved agreed to stop pumping the waste water in that location (but the activity is still ongoing elsewhere, further from the fault)."
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No Security At Russian Rocket Plant

theshowmecanuck theshowmecanuck writes  |  more than 2 years ago

theshowmecanuck (703852) writes "Reuters reports that there is little or no security at one of the main factories in Russia responsible for military and Soyuz rocket manufacture. Blogger Lana Sator was able to walk right into the empty (off hours) facility through huge gaps in the fences that no-one bothered to repair, and there was no security to stop them aside from some dogs that didn't bother them either. In fact Lana even has one picture of herself posing next to an apparently non-functional security camera, another of her sitting on what looks like to be possibly a partially assembled rocket motor (someone who knows better can fill us in), and has about 100 photos of the escapade all told on her blog about this (it's in Russian... which I don't speak... any translators out there?). Russian officials are said to be deeply concerned. I wonder if this has any bearing on why Russian rockets haven't been making it into space successfully, or whether it and the launch failures are all part of some general industrial malaise that is taking place."

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SA Scientist: Dolphins Smart As a Bag of Hammers

theshowmecanuck theshowmecanuck writes  |  more than 8 years ago A scientist from South Africa (Paul Manger from Johannesburg's University of the Witwatersrand) is basically saying that the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy got it all wrong. Dolphins are stupid. Or more succinctly, they are as smart as a bag of hammers. In fact says he, Goldfish are smarter. It seems the size of the Dolphin's brains are due to an overabundance of glia, and well, an underabundance of neurons. The neurons do the thinking (so to speak), and the glia have the support roll, feeding, making connections, and most important in Dolphins, providing heat in cold environment. Here are a couple of links to check out. To the Dolphin's defence, one scientist says that their complex social behaviours tend to refute Manger's claim.

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