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Australian Senate Introduces Laws To Allow Total Internet Surveillance

twakar Re:Not the government's fault. (212 comments)

Yes.. we are still taking Aussie immigrants. In fact, this evening at our favourite restaurant, our server was an Aussie. very pleasant. Good service gets a good tip. Just bring some sun please as winter is upon us.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Linux-Friendly Desktop x86 Motherboard Manufacturers?

twakar Gigabyte minus UEFIware works (294 comments)

I just upgraded to an i5 with a GA-Z87X-D3H mobo. I've got it triple-booting (GRUB has LinuxMint 17 or Windows Loader). If I select Windows, then the windows loader gives me the option of XP-32bit or windows 7-64bit. I can attest to the fact that it is the UEFI crap in the BIOS that causes issues, but once you turn it off, all the problems disappear. All in all, money well spent and I'm quite content

As always, YMMV

Good luck

about 2 months ago
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NTSB Calls For Wireless Tech To Enable Vehicles To Talk To Each Other

twakar Re:Why not just fix car design? (153 comments)

If this car has so many negatives that annoy you, why did you buy it? Shouldn't most of these annoyances shown up in your test drive? You DID take it out for a test drive, didn't you?

A major purchase, such as a car should have much more thought put into it than you seem to have done.

Anyways, it doesn't affect me one way or another, I just got very perplexed by your post.

Enjoy you car, if you can.

Cheers,

about a year ago
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Kernel Dev Tells Linus Torvalds To Stop Using Abusive Language

twakar Re:linus is frank (1501 comments)

Actually, I'm Frank, but it's a common error...

Now don't let it fucking happen again. :P

about a year ago
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Another Study Confirms Hands-Free Texting While Driving Is Unsafe

twakar Re:Even worse (286 comments)

THIS!!.

I bet my life that the main cause of traffic jams, where there is no incident, whether freeway or not is the result of some fucking retard not knowing how to merge. Here's a couple of pointers:

1) if you're the one merging, speed up to the speed of traffic before changing lanes. DO NOT slow down and wait for an opening.. this fucks it all up
2) if you're the being merged into (make your own jokes), don't do anything to assist other than getting out of the way, if possible, before the merge point. Keep driving the same way and speed you have been. It makes it very predictable to the person doing the merging.

Drive Safely... and properly

about a year ago
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Former FBI Agent: All Digital Communications Stored By US Gov't

twakar Re:Jupiter Tape? (621 comments)

This sounds like a bad season of Survivor, especially if the immunity idol was really well hidden.

about a year and a half ago
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Belgian Media Group Demanding Copyright Levy for Internet Access

twakar No 'Net For You (162 comments)

I think a simple solution to this asshattery should be a policy, or a law, among all Belgian ISP's and Wireless providers to refuse to take on SABAM, their members, and their families as customers. If they cannot get internet service, besides begin really fucking funny, it should send a clear message to the rest of the world.
Also, given this level of mental retardation, what are the laws in Belgium surrounding having someone committed to mental illness facility. Surely they qualify?

Thoughts?

about a year and a half ago
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UN Summit Strikes Climate Deal Promising "Damage Aid" To Poor Nations

twakar I'm Selfish (212 comments)

As the subject line notes, I'M SELFISH.

Allow me to elaborate.

I believe the world needs a 'reboot'. There is far too much wrong in the world that I think we need to start over.. not as cavemen, but the governments of the world need to be replaced, as does the allocation of wealth. I don't mean wealth resdistribution, as I am a capitalist, but the way things are now, capitalism can't work... too much control (patents, copyrights, barriers to entry) for people to bring themselves up. Too many roadblocks. Not to mention the problems (yes I consider them problems) of surveillance, too much government control, taxes, over-population, censorship and so many other ills of the world. Of course this could blow up in my face, but I do belive most of the world is corrupt and in need of rebuilding.

Secondly, as has been noted recently, it would appear that Russia and Canada could very benefit from climate change. As a Canadian, I would welcome some warmer weather, and I VERY resent having to pay someone, somewhere for alleged damage, without considering the good, for something that I can benefit from, and actually want. Notice that I'm not denying it, or skeptical of it... I am looking forward to it, and I hope I live to see it.

I also have a wife and 2 kids, including a 3 year old whom I love very much, but I fear for their future the ways things are now.

Call me selfish, but I want the world rebooted, and my home just a touch warmer ;)

about 2 years ago
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Cyber Monday and Amazon's Online Dominance

twakar Re:Not in Canada (174 comments)

If you happen to live in southern BC, try www.myshiphappens.com. Costs $5 and works wonders. I believe there are similar services across the country. This won't work though if not relatively close to the border to make it worthwhile.

Cheers,

about 2 years ago
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With NCLB Waiver, Virginia Sorts Kids' Scores By Race

twakar Re:Why Do You See This as Anti-White? (622 comments)

I believe the OP point is that being racist in America is OK and acceptable as long as being white is disadvantageous... not necessarily that this policy is anti-white.

Not being American myself, the most glaring example of this that I can think of is 'Affirmative Action'. As I understand it, and correct me if I'm wrong, the point of AA was to encourage, even by quotas, the hiring of aborginals, minorities, women, people with disabilities. This of course will leave white males at a distinct disadvantage, through no fault of their own, even if they're qualified for the position. This was acceptable and Ok because the common belief was held that white males had it so good for so long, that now they have to pay the piper. This is the kind of racism that the original poster was alluding to.

All of this is more commonly called 'reverse racism', and there is no outcry about it.. because 'whitey' needs to pay in perpetuity for the injustices of their ancestors.

about 2 years ago
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Secession Petitions Flood White House Website

twakar Re:Let them go. (1163 comments)

As a Canadian...

KEEP THEM.. don't bring us into this please..or we'll hold back the maple syrup.

We don't want your nutjobs

about 2 years ago
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German Foreign Office Going Back To Windows

twakar Erste Post (901 comments)

Warum?

more than 3 years ago
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How Your Username May Betray You

twakar Re:No problem (308 comments)

Well, by mentioning that you're a 'dude', you've already done half the work for them. Now instead of 7 billion possibilities, there are only 3.5 billion possibilities. Way to go Einstein.

more than 3 years ago
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Golden Gate Bridge To Eliminate Tollbooths

twakar Re:Just get rid of tolls completely. (349 comments)

from your comment..

The most fair way to finance roads is to pay by the mile traveled with the weight of the vehicle factored in

so does that mean government odometer checks every few months... being required to keep a logbook (as truckers do), or have some monitoring equipment in the car (that you of course can't hack)?

Also, the criteria you describe 'pay by the mile' and 'weight of the vehicle' are exactly how gas taxes work..

more distance > more gas > more tax
more weight > more gas > more tax

It already works that way.

The one question I have, especially from the non drivers/environmentalists is.

When all personal vehicles are electric, and gas tax revenue drops by 50% or more, are you willing to make up the difference on your personal taxes?

more than 3 years ago
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Golden Gate Bridge To Eliminate Tollbooths

twakar Re:Saving $19.2M over the first eight years...how? (349 comments)

I did read TFA, and I truly apologize for that, but in there was this little tidbit:
A toll-taker's base pay starts at $48,672 a year and tops out at $54,080

Does it strike anyone else that this is a ridiculously high salary for the work involved? Is it possible that pay structures such as this for snivel servants are part of the problem with Californias' budget?

I say this from Vancouver, where the cost of living is higher than S.F.

more than 3 years ago
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Italian Scientists Demonstrate Cold Fusion?

twakar Re:Uh, no (815 comments)

As a fellow lower mainlander, I think I got very lucky on December 26, at 10:12 am. I saw very bright light from the above me, that looked eerily similar to what's being described. However, since it only lasted a minute, I was unable to confirm.

On a positive note, others have told me that this bright light does in fact happen once a year, there's just no way to predict when.

Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go outside and take a shower before I swim to work.

more than 3 years ago
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Ideas For a Great Control Room?

twakar Re:Environment factors (421 comments)

I like your comments. They are valid and well thought out. I would like to add one thing though. Even though we are societys' pariah right now, we are not yet criminals. Please consider a comfortable place for the smokers to go. Of course this will depend on local laws, but some reasonable accommodation can be made I'm sure.

Thanks,

more than 4 years ago
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Minority Report Style Iris Scanners In Mexico

twakar Epic Fail (187 comments)

How anyone, except those that will profit from this, can think this a good idea is beyond me. Should enough politicians be bought, and sheeple swayed that this makes it into Canada and the US, I'm going to have to move into the mountains, or under a bridge. I've got a sneaking suspicion that this one of the 'boiling frog' ideas where the original is so outlandish that a watered down version would be accepted. This is just a bad idea on so many levels. I will refuse to participate.

Since the information would be kept in a private companys' database, I can't help but think of the movie Robocop, where all of society is run by a single corporation. I genuinely hope that I, or my family don't live to see such a society.

more than 4 years ago
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Using Classical Music As a Form of Social Control

twakar Re:Ask the Artists (721 comments)

In response to your sig..

I've taught at both union and non-union schools. Unions are better for students and teachers.

[citation needed]

more than 4 years ago
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The Pirate Bay Sails To a New Home

twakar Re:host the servers in antigua (244 comments)

Tell us how you really feel... Please don't sugarcoat it with well thought out rebuttals to blanket statements that are lacking in substance and anything at all to back them up. Also, where the hell is the ad hominem attack? This is /. after all. Sheesh, just can't get any good posts around here anymore.

about 5 years ago

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