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Canada Tops List of Most Science-Literate Countries

theshowmecanuck Re:Nice article. (150 comments)

The health care system in Canada needs fixing. Many can't get a family physician because there aren't enough and have to go to clinics. Having no doctor because you can't afford one is no worse than not having one because they aren't there. Having primary care physician is the best way to stay healthy. Specialist wait times are crazy and you must have a referral.

The system is going downhill, but because it was the best 50 years ago, people here think it still is. If you talk change the radical parrots all squawk 'no American style health care!' as if that is the only other system out there. And then they are so satisfied with themselves thinking they have preserved a great system. Meanwhile they are mostly the ones who do have family physicians and are afraid of change, even for the better because they don't want to lose their doctor (which they wouldn't). Canada's health care system ranked 30th in 2000 according to the WHO. America 36th.But most Americans at least know it could be better, while too many Canadians don't think the same way about our system. Attitude is slowly changing, but too slowly.

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Canada Tops List of Most Science-Literate Countries

theshowmecanuck Re:Could have fooled me (150 comments)

He is not. He's a douchebag.

10 hours ago
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Canada Tops List of Most Science-Literate Countries

theshowmecanuck Re:Could have fooled me (150 comments)

That's the party in power BTW.

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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

theshowmecanuck Re: Send in the drones! (720 comments)

France had more tanks, including heavy tanks than Germany at the start of the war. A couple of countries could have tag teamed Germany before they attacked. But the head in the sand attitude stopped them. I will grant that that same attitude kept their tactical thinking behind the times too. But an early concerted effort would likely have ended der fuhrer's plans.

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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

theshowmecanuck Re:Ukrainians are a modern civilized people ... (720 comments)

Russian lead, supplied and fomented separatists who do not identify with Ukraine can hardly be called Ukrainians. If you were to ask the perpetrators, they would call themselves Russian .

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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

theshowmecanuck Re:Send in the drones! (720 comments)

Another Russian propaganda sock puppet. Poroshenko sent troops against Russian agents provocateurs using military weapons and insurgents to try to split his country.

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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

theshowmecanuck Re:Send in the drones! (720 comments)

A little truth mixed in with bullshit doesn't make it any more palatable.

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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

theshowmecanuck Re:Send in the drones! (720 comments)

Thank you Russian ministry of propaganda.

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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

theshowmecanuck Re: Prediction: (720 comments)

The majority of Ukrainians wanted to be in the EU, but Yanukovych wouldn't be able to continue raping his country for billions if that happened. It was his pay off for following Putin's orders.

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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

theshowmecanuck Re:Prediction: (720 comments)

Russia is not low hanging political fruit. Politicians don't know how to do anything that requires commitment or being accountable. Helping Ukraine, including shipping real weapons systems means taking a stand with consequences. And what they refuse to recognize is that when Russia is at the Polish border they'll be asking how it got that far. They actively forget that by ignoring what is going on, they (Ukraine) will eventually become NATO. Better to stop it early, unlike in the 1930s. Maybe Germany will actually do something more than have conversations on the phone when the Berlin Wall is being rebuilt. This is not hyperbole. It should be readily apparent that Putin wants the Soviet Union back. I wonder when Neville Merkel or Barack Chamberlain will get their heads out of their asses. Of course Russians aren't Muslims so the US Congress won't care till it's too late. but I put more blame on the Europeans. They will be waffleling and talking until Eastern Europe is paying taxes to the Kremlin again. Russia will not stop trying till they get it all back bit by bit over time. Or until Europe grows some balls. Those who forget history...

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DoT Proposes Mandating Vehicle-To-Vehicle Communications

theshowmecanuck Re:Oh, really? (253 comments)

This also shows the problem with most Hollywood movies... why they mostly suck and why indi movies are often better. Idiots who think everything must be spelled out in detail, nothing left to the imagination. Like the difference between a beautiful woman wearing lingerie and a classless stripper who sticks her rancid snatch in your face. It's why sarcasm is wasted there. The American masses can no longer seem to think, and it's growing worse year by year. It's why science is dying there, and people are becoming radicalized fundamentalists (insert faith here) allowing their church leaders to think for them. Thank Christ (a euphemism if I may be permitted) that there are still some who can understand and appreciate implicit endings and...

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MediaGoblin 0.7.0 "Time Traveler's Delight" Released

theshowmecanuck Re:What's MediaGoblin? Do we care? (69 comments)

The very first thing you need to do is describe on the front page of your Website what your project is

In non-technical terms. Everyday language an average computer user can understand, free of jargon. More than one or two sentences, with pictures. Think extra long user story written by an end user who is going to use the output, not the one installing it. You can have as many other web pages you wish to get esoteric with.

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MediaGoblin 0.7.0 "Time Traveler's Delight" Released

theshowmecanuck Re:Because the summary won't tell you (69 comments)

If you would have clicked the link to the product page you would see that the op copied it from there. The very first line of the content.

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California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels

theshowmecanuck Re:Not surprising (501 comments)

I keep thinking it's kind of funny that the many people here advocating no human interaction allowed, would be completely bummed if their favourite star man wouldn't be allowed to switch his space ship to manual mode.

"Use the Force Luke."
"Awww man, it won't let me."

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California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels

theshowmecanuck Re:Short term (501 comments)

Unless they pass a rule that you still need to know how to drive a car without the computer.

2 days ago
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California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels

theshowmecanuck Re:Driverless (501 comments)

Any driverless train I've been on (and that would be many) always have manual control panels at either end, albeit covered and locked. But if someone needs to operate it manually, they can.

2 days ago
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If Java Wasn't Cool 10 Years Ago, What About Now?

theshowmecanuck Re:What's the point? (507 comments)

Netbeans is better. It does all that out of the box, without needing so many plugins. [ducks and waits for the fallout]

4 days ago
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Figuring Out Where To Live Using Math

theshowmecanuck Re:you must not have done well in math class (214 comments)

Having to worry about who's going to shoot you or mug you doesn't count as living well for those who don't have their heads up their asses. Try coming out for air and see what you've been missing.

4 days ago

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Blackberry Passport Specs "Leaked" Synopsis: Powerful, more than expected

theshowmecanuck theshowmecanuck writes  |  4 days 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 a month 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 2 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 5 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 9 months 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 9 months 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 10 months 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 10 months 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 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 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  |  about 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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Mythbusters Shoot Up Someone's Home With Cannon...

theshowmecanuck theshowmecanuck writes  |  more than 2 years ago

theshowmecanuck (703852) writes "The Mythbusters ran into some "issues" while using the trusty cannon they built a while ago on another mythbusting event at the bomb range yesterday (Dec 6, 2011). Seems they were firing at a bunch of drums full of water parked in front of a concrete wall. Trouble was that they got the powder charge and elevation a little high on both counts and the cannon ball missed the water, punched through a cinderblock wall, sailed on over the berms for 700 yards, bounced on the ground, punched through the front door of someone's house (pictures), up the stairs, through an occupied bedroom (they only woke up because of the plaster dust) and through the back wall on the second floor, across a six lane road, and took out a minivan (well broke through the passenger window and demolished its dashboard). Maybe they need a little more room for that thing, or at least somewhere that doesn't have housing developments on the other side of the berm... or at least knock a little less forcefully next time."
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Toronto school bans hard balls

theshowmecanuck theshowmecanuck writes  |  more than 2 years ago

theshowmecanuck (703852) writes "OK, this is not really technical or nerdy, but it is so stupid people have just got to see this. A school principal has banned 'hard balls' from school, including those incredibly dangerous soccer balls. Some parent suffered a concussion after being hit in the head with a soccer ball so the principal banned them from school. "Students can bring sponge or other soft balls to play with, but soccer balls, footballs, baseballs and even tennis balls are not allowed for safety reasons." People here on Slashdot are well acquainted with hearing about nanny-state rules... but really, when is enough, enough already? What makes it even worse, is the Minister of Education for the Province of Ontario is backing the principal."

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SA Scientist: Dolphins Smart As a Bag of Hammers

theshowmecanuck theshowmecanuck writes  |  about 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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