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The Design Flaw That Almost Wiped Out an NYC Skyscraper

theshowmecanuck Re:Nuh-uh! (182 comments)

Yeah same as the GM engineers who didn't 'call out' their company for their shitty ignition switch, or Toyota engineers for their shitty firmware. If they did their job any better strictly for their companies, they would have killed off all their market.

4 days ago
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Snowden Used the Linux Distro Designed For Internet Anonymity

theshowmecanuck Re:The NSA is becoming a new God for "True Believe (171 comments)

Sort of my first thought... he used this secure software to thwart the NSA, while the NSA supposedly 'owned' OpenSSL that the software likely used. Kind of ironic.

about a week ago
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San Francisco's Housing Crisis Explained

theshowmecanuck Re:Simple problem, simple solution (359 comments)

How about locate your fucking company somewhere other than San Francisco? Somewhere that has room to build more houses/apartments/condos and doesn't require a 3 hour commute to work. You know, there are other places. Even in California. Some of them even aren't on a major fault line too! Google's supposed to have so many smart people working there. Why can't they figure out a no brainer solution like this?

about a week ago
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GM Names Names, Suspends Two Engineers Over Ignition-Switch Safety

theshowmecanuck Re:Hero ? (236 comments)

If you are a professional engineer you sign that you agree to a code of ethics. That includes putting your name on your work and being responsible for it. If you don't like it, don't go into the profession. If you do something wrong like obfuscate the trail of a life threatening defect, you own it. Also, fact the engineers didn't go public with the defect should also be owned by them and they should lose their professional accreditation and face jail time due to their not honouring their code of ethics in outing dangerous conditions. If this were done more often, engineers would do what they're supposed to. A few people in Ontario several years ago were killed in a mall collapse when an engineer didn't do what he was supposed to. He is facing jail time and loss of accreditation.

about two weeks ago
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FAA Shuts Down Search-and-Rescue Drones

theshowmecanuck Government Monopoly (218 comments)

The government/NSA doesn't want it's monopoly on aerial observation and spying infringed upon.

about two weeks ago
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Mazda Says Its Upcoming Gas-Powered Cars Will Emit Less CO2 Than Electric Cars

theshowmecanuck Re:Just what we need... more Mazdas (330 comments)

Who cares if they export there? They still take the money. That means all those places are their markets.

about a month ago
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Mazda Says Its Upcoming Gas-Powered Cars Will Emit Less CO2 Than Electric Cars

theshowmecanuck Re:Just what we need... more Mazdas (330 comments)

The population of those four combined is half of the population of North America. Heck, try 90 % of the world's population drives left hand drive vehicles. And in case you missed the memo, Mazda and all the other Japanese car makers have figured out how to send cars to other countries. A new a novel thing called 'the boat' helped with that. The international market dwarfs the Japanese market.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Will Older Programmers Always Have a Harder Time Getting a Job?

theshowmecanuck Re:Ignore Silicon Valley (379 comments)

Maybe he watches too much Trailer Park Boys.

about a month ago
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New Stanford Institute To Target Bad Science

theshowmecanuck Re:And the coughing is twice as bad! (86 comments)

It's the dying that really gets you. One of my best friends died of complications due to measles when I was around 12.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can an Old Programmer Learn New Tricks?

theshowmecanuck Re:Practical application is the only way (306 comments)

A good example of this is from back in the day, people trying to learn C++ after being a C programmer. It was very common to write bastardized C programs with C++ syntax. Mostly because C++ doesn't force you to write object oriented. I found it easier to learn Java first then go back and learn C++, because you had to understand OO better to write Java.

about a month ago
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Flash Is Dead; Long Live OpenFL!

theshowmecanuck Re:To Clarify (166 comments)

As a cushion then, while one comes up to speed on something else. Sounds fair enough.

about a month ago
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Flash Is Dead; Long Live OpenFL!

theshowmecanuck Re:To Clarify (166 comments)

OK, so they rely on a spin off project on it's own, and the rest of the world goes on with HTML5 which will continue to be improved and expanded. Which one will provide more use in the long run? So, OpenFL, is a way to avoid learning new technology. Hopefully it doesn't lead people down a one way street.

about a month ago
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Flash Is Dead; Long Live OpenFL!

theshowmecanuck Re:To Clarify (166 comments)

So it's a way not to learn a new language. Is there a danger of as the flash api is not updated possibly losing out where things like HTML5 while not perfect, gets perfected?

about a month ago
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Author Says It's Time To Stop Glorifying Hackers

theshowmecanuck Re:Also time to stop (479 comments)

But it takes 27 of them to think inside the car.

about a month and a half ago
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Face Masks Provide Chinese With False Hope Against Pollution

theshowmecanuck Re:Not possible (156 comments)

Now look up ass hat.

about 1 month ago
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Face Masks Provide Chinese With False Hope Against Pollution

theshowmecanuck Re:When I was working near asbestos (156 comments)

I was in charge of respiratory protection at one facility. These n95 masks should never be used for anything like asbestos. You need half (pictured with hepa stacked with organics filter) or full face silicone respirator masks with hepa filters. Those masks require you to be clean shaven and proper fitting. Any paper mask provides only rudimentary filtering. They should not be used when exposure to anything really hazardous is likely. In our case people were handling very large bulk shipments of quartz, with a lot of crystalline silica dust. Another good use of these is for welders to avoid welding fume... they make full face welding respirator masks too. You can even get them powered to make it easier to breathe with the added cooling benefit of the air flow.

Same idea if you are using other materials, but you may need to attach other replaceable filter types to the mask, like filters for organic vapours (real meaning of organic in science) etc.

For really hazardous conditions in other areas, we used supplied air on backpack for short duration, and with remote supplied air (racks of very large tanks of certified breathing air) for long duration... With full safety suits when required.

about 2 months ago
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Face Masks Provide Chinese With False Hope Against Pollution

theshowmecanuck Re:Not possible (156 comments)

It's called Google you lazy /&/&

try 'coal heating china' if you need help with a suitable search term

about 2 months ago

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Toyota Paying $1.2 Billion Penalty for Safety Issues

theshowmecanuck theshowmecanuck writes  |  about a month 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 5 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 5 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 6 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 6 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 6 months 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 9 months 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 9 months 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  |  1 year,25 days

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 a year and a half 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  |  about 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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60 Years of Business Computering Starts With Tea

theshowmecanuck theshowmecanuck writes  |  more than 2 years ago

theshowmecanuck (703852) writes "The Telegraph has an article talking about the 60th aniversary of The Lyons Electronic Office I (LEO I), complete with an old video from the mid 50s about LEO II. The LEO I was the first major computer business system and was installed at a large catering company in the U.K. named J. Lyons and Co. that operated a chain of tea shops among other business interests. So blame them or praise them, November 17, 2011 will mark 60 years since the day in 1951 that the Brits started the age of business computing. All hail our tea and biscuit powered computer overlords."
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Russian Mars Probe Could Become Most Toxic Satelli

theshowmecanuck theshowmecanuck writes  |  more than 2 years ago

theshowmecanuck (703852) writes "We all know about the Russian Grunt Mars Probe launching. And most of us know that it failed to make it out of orbit. Russian rocket scientists are trying hard to figure out how to get the motors to fire and get the probe out of orbit and on its way. However if they are unable, they figure that they have up to two weeks before it runs out of power, and from a five days to a month before it reenters the atmosphere. From article:

Space experts worry that the tons of toxic fuel carried by Phobos-Ground could turn it into one of the most dangerous spacecraft to fall from orbit. About seven tons of nitrogen teroxide and hydrazine, which could freeze before ultimately entering, will make it the most toxic falling satellite ever, James Oberg, a NASA veteran who now works as a space consultant, said in an email to the Associated Press. What was billed as the heaviest interplanetary probe ever may become one of the heaviest space derelicts to ever fall back to Earth out of control.

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Big Oil Funded University Cimate "Research" FUD

theshowmecanuck theshowmecanuck writes  |  more than 2 years ago

theshowmecanuck (703852) writes "A pair of "research" accounts at the University of Calgary, funded mainly by the oil and gas industry, were used for a sophisticated international political campaign that involved high-priced consultants, lobbying, wining, dining, and travel with the goal of casting doubt on climate change science, newly-released accounting records have revealed."
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SA Scientist: Dolphins Smart As a Bag of Hammers

theshowmecanuck theshowmecanuck writes  |  more than 7 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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