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Detroit losing MILLIONS because it buys CHEAP BATTERIES – report

Johnny Canuck

cheap shit

Having spent a good deal of time being utterly poor (divorce, if you must know), I can testify to the futility of buying cheap. Instead of buying decent shoes for $100.00, that last a couple of years, I bought cheap $30.00 dollar shoes that failed after a couple months.

Also. cheap computer crap is just that - cheap! And it will fail soon after buying it.

I have used my knowledge of the cheapness/failure ratio to convince my bosses (2 brothers) to forget about the cheapest price.

You sell better shit to your clients, and they will give you repeat business.

Of course, even though this is fairly obvious, it continues to escape the noitice of the idiots who actually run things.

Idiocracy!! FTW!!

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World's only flyable WWII Lancaster bombers meet in Lincs

Johnny Canuck

"Vera" was a day late taking off, because of a problem with the magnetos on one of the engines. They had her ready to go around 10:00AM the next morning. Also, they filmed the takeoff from behind Vera in a Mitchell B-25 medium bomber for a documentary.

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We sent a probe SIX BILLION km to measure temperature of a COMET doing 135,000 km/h

Johnny Canuck

major lag

"... it would take about 22 minutes for a signal from the rock to reach home."

So I guess Call of Duty is out of the question then.

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Tails-hacking Exodus: Here's video proof of our code-injection attack

Johnny Canuck

Hmm

TAILS just released an updated version yesterday with the advice "All users must upgrade as soon as possible - this release fixes numerous security issues."

So maybe not an issue anymore.

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Shields up! Nvidia crams Tegra K1 into gaming slab to rival your PS3

Johnny Canuck

Just what I need on the 3 hour train ride to see my grandkids. Not to mention impressing the grankids (6 and 8).

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That stirring LOHAN motto: Anyone know a native Latin speaker?

Johnny Canuck

Google translate

gives me tangens caelum, for touch the sky. Which I paraphrased from the poem High Flight by John Gillespie Magee, Jr.

"Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth

And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;

Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth

of sun-split clouds, — and done a hundred things

You have not dreamed of — wheeled and soared and swung

High in the sunlit silence. Hov’ring there,

I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung

My eager craft through footless halls of air....

Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue

I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace.

Where never lark, or even eagle flew —

And, while with silent, lifting mind I've trod

The high untrespassed sanctity of space,

- Put out my hand, and touched the face of God."

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Today's Facebook fury: Coppertone-like baby pic ban baffles US mom

Johnny Canuck

So if one were to publish something that would be deemed an offense in a country which has sharia laws, say an image of Mohammad, then according to this reasoning, the sharia country would be justified in carrying out whatever punishment it deemed appropriate, provided the image could be viewed in said country. If that penalty was death then we should be OK with it if they send an operative to carry out the sentence (because we won't extradite a death penalty case). An extreme example, I know but slippery slope and all that.

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Russian MP fears US Secret Service cuffed his son for Snowden swap

Johnny Canuck

I'm wondering how agents of the US government can enter a foreign country and remove someone against their will (not that I have any sympathy for the defendant in this case). The Maldives government would have had to consent to this action, would they not? I wonder what incentives the US offered to secure their cooperation.

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You 'posted' a 'letter' with Outlook... No, NO, that's the MONITOR

Johnny Canuck

Teamviewer isn't the answer to everything (though it helps). Yesterday I was installing a printer for a young lady over Teamviewer while talking to her over the phone. Ater installing the driver I noticed that the printer monitor showed the printer as offline. I asked her if the printer was turned on and the cable plugged in. She said yes, so I asked her to move the cable to another USB port and she promptly unplugged the network cable ending the Teamviewer session. After talking her through plugging the network cable back in (she had immediately forgotten where the network cable was plugged in), I asked her how many cables where coming out of the printer. She said there was just the power cable. So I had her hunt down a USB printer cable and plug it in. This story had been shortened considerably as I've left out all the "explaining" parts.

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9 Dark Social Truths That Will Totally Blow Your Bowels!

Johnny Canuck

I.m just waiting for doge and grumpy cat to be in the same room. Or ceiling cat.

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KA-BOOOM! Boffins blow up mountain to make way for telescope

Johnny Canuck

So some lucky contractor just scored a 10 year supply of Euro-gov money.

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Splash! Three times as much water as ALL of Earth's oceans found TRAPPED underground

Johnny Canuck

Its useless unless it is cheaper to extract than desalinizing seawater.

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Soccer Football in SPAAACE! ISS 'naut nails zero-G bicycle kick

Johnny Canuck

That looks like entirely too much fun.

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FAA: All systems GO for Virgin Galactic space plane to launch from US

Johnny Canuck

New Mexico Spaceport Authority

Wow, I'm finally living in the future.

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SCIENCE explains why you LOVE the smell of BACON

Johnny Canuck

I like both kinds of bacon. What you folks across the pond call bacon, the Americans refer to as "Canadian bacon". No doubt we inherited our taste for that type of bacon from you British. Its perfect in a bun with a bit of butter (I like to add HP sauce). Strippy bacon is also good when you're in the mood for a BLT or Clubhouse sandwich.

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Our Reg reader 'mutt's nuts' dictionary is le chien's biens

Johnny Canuck

Klingon!

Ha'DIbaH QujmeH moQ

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'Bladdered' Utah couple cuffed in church lawn sex outrage

Johnny Canuck

Here, rinse your mind out.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eiHXASgRTcA

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The quid-a-day nosh challenge: Anyone fancy this fungus I found?

Johnny Canuck

fiddleheads?

Do you have a source of fiddleheads nearby. Its about the season for them here in southern Ontario.

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Top tip, power users – upgrading Ubuntu may knacker your Linux PC

Johnny Canuck

Boot a live cd, chroot into your installation, update-grub.

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RISE of the LIVING CHAIR: Boffins recruit E coli to build futuristic materials

Johnny Canuck

Since its E. coli, wouldn't a stool be more appropriate?

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This city's smog is so TERRIBLE, people are told to stay indoors. Beijing? No – PARIS

Johnny Canuck

Here in Canada

We have our own problem with the French polluting our airwaves with more talk of separation. Which gives me a foot in the door for a French joke.

Two cats, an English cat and a French cat decide to have a swimming race across the Ottawa river. The English cat is named One Two Three and the French cat is named Un Deux Trois. Who won the race?

The English cat. Un Deux Trois cat sank,.

Most French people don't get it.

Coat, hat, gone.

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Elon Musk slams New Jersey governor over Tesla direct sales ban

Johnny Canuck

Dealerships

I thought the reason for dealerships rather than direct sales was to stop the manufacturers from dumping product below cost to drive out competition. Also, brand name dealerships will sell used models from different manufacturers that they took as trade-ins. In effect, its a protection for consumers in the long run. I may be wrong on my perceived reason for dealerships,but if I'm right then Tesla's push for their own "boutique" dealerships may actually harm consumers. Whats wrong with letting Tesla open up their own dealerships that also peddle other used models?

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Pine trees' scent 'could prevent climate change really being a problem'

Johnny Canuck

Pity the poor tree that spends years growing into a mighty pine, only to give its life to be arsewipe.

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Reg HPC man relives 0-day rootkit GROUNDHOG DAY

Johnny Canuck

Perhaps

Something like this.

http://tinyurl.com/kswvpjh

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Mountain bike mishap man suffers SEVEN WEEK stiffie

Johnny Canuck

A fistulous communication

I thought that was what happened outside of bars at closing time.

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Linksys's über-hackable WRT wireless router REBORN with 802.11ac

Johnny Canuck

Few will buy it at this price. The original was around $60-$80 when it came out.

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Gay hero super-boffin Turing 'may have been murdered by MI5'

Johnny Canuck

I thought he died when the spaceship he and Elvis were on crashed into Loch Ness, killing the monster.

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Fragged, fragged and thrice fragged! 20 years of id Software’s Doom

Johnny Canuck

cyberdemon

The cyberdemon boss at the end of the first set of levels scared the crap out of me. The sound of his metallic footsteps growing louder as he approached and his beastly roar would send me into panic mode and I'd just start running until I couldn't hear him anymore. Good times.

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El Reg's contraptions confessional no.2: Tablet PC, CRT screen and more

Johnny Canuck

You're lucky

When I were a lad I had to make my own converters. My coco 3 rgb worked with nothing (except their own crappy monitor). I got hold of an Amiga monitor, built my own cable from mud and stout maple trees (and a 74ls02 to swap hsync). Aye, and I considered myself lucky.

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Martians yet to retaliate after Curiosity's 100,000th laser strike

Johnny Canuck

At this very moment the Martians are preparing the Illudium Q-36 Explosive Space Modulator to blow up the planet Earth (for obstructing their view of Venus).

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El Reg Contraption Confessional No.1: The Dragon 32 micro

Johnny Canuck

Still have a Color Computer III with 2 disk drives I pull out occasionally. There is still active development on the NitrOS-9 operating system for it.

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Exciting new BRAZILIAN PUSSY FINGERED by overjoyed boffins

Johnny Canuck

Funny

I googled Brazilian pussy and didn't see any cat pictures. I'll keep looking though.

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Hyenas FACEBOOK each other with their ARSES: FACT

Johnny Canuck

I liked the "bum juice facebook" headline you had earlier.

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Which Who to view? Pick one from two: Doctor Who twin trailers hit the interwebs

Johnny Canuck

I like the rebooted Dr. Who. The special effects are not overdone in my opinion. In any case, this episode seems to have something to do with the time war and I admit to some curiosity about this portion of the Doctor's life.

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SCIENCE and RELIGION AGREE! LIFE and Man ARE from CLAY

Johnny Canuck

I'd think life would be more likely to evolve around underwater thermal vents, given that there are organisms there that exist on chemicals in the water, don't need light etc. Wouldn't that environment more closely approximate the early earth?

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Can't stand the heat? Harden up if you want COLD, DELICIOUS BEER

Johnny Canuck

Haven't read the paper but a plausible explanation occurs to me. When you place two containers of differing temperature liquids in the freezer, the cooler one will gain heat energy from the energy the hotter one is losing, and may actually rise in temperature ( or at least cool at a slower rate). This condition will persist until the two containers reach an equilibrium. At that point the one that started out hot will cool faster because it has lost more mass due to a higher evaporation rate.

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Have you reinstalled Windows yet? No, I just want to PRINT THIS DAMN PAGE

Johnny Canuck

Want to have some fun with the office printer and screw with your coworkers at the same time? This only works with HP compatible printers with a display on the printers front panel. Google around for a file called HPNT.EXE and use it thusly.

hpnt 192.168.1.96 "Insert Correct Change"

Be sure to use your printers IP address.

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Hard-as-woodpecker-lips MOUSE GOBBLES live scorpion, LAUGHS off stings to face

Johnny Canuck

...and not a single f@#k was given.

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Surface 2 MYSTERY: Haswell's here, so WHY the duff battery life?

Johnny Canuck

Maybe network activity blabbing about the owner.

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MEGA ASTEROID could 'BLOW UP EARTH' - Russian space boss

Johnny Canuck

Great!

I'll be 80 years old by then so it'll either be a heck of a way to go out or funny as hell watching all the nutbars panic.

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Man+iPhone versus artificial intelligence: Anki robot racer slot cars

Johnny Canuck

I remember, when I was a younger man, dating the mother of a 10 year old boy. I remember him screaming in frustration and throwing the Nintendo controller into the TV screen over some game he was having trouble with. I can picture iphones flying over this.

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Who here needs to explain things to ELEPHANTS?

Johnny Canuck

Perhaps a good way to distract a charging rogue elephant. Point emphatically in any direction that doesn't lead to you while shouting "Hey elephant! Look! Look over there!". Then madly dash in the other direction.

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Feds smash internet drug bazaar Silk Road, say they'll KEELHAUL 'Dread Pirate Roberts'

Johnny Canuck

How can they seize bitcoins? I thought they were held in a secure "wallet".

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TUPPERWARE FOUND ON MOON of Saturn

Johnny Canuck

The astronauts can spin it into a polypropylene filament which they can then use in their new 3D printers to make ... er, tupperware.

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We've cracked riddle of ANTIGRAVITY mountains on Saturn's Titan - boffins

Johnny Canuck

Obviously

The mountains are made of unobtainium.

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Oz sawbones extract fork from old boy's todger: Gents, start your wincing

Johnny Canuck

kinda gives new meaning

to the phrase "stick a fork in him...he's done".

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No distro diva drama here: Penguinista favourite Debian turns 20

Johnny Canuck

Debian

Spent a lot of time distro hopping, sampling the various flavors of Linux, a few years ago. One day I found Mint 7 and was shocked at how well done it was. Mint 7 was actually a viable desktop replacement for Windows. In those days Mint was only based on Ubuntu, though a much improved version of Ubuntu. After Mint 8, I thought I'd try Debian as both Ubuntu, and consequently Mint, were based off that. Its the only distro I use now and has put the fun back into computing for me. I like being able to totally customize my desktop and use strictly XFCE.

Happy birthday Debian!

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Obama cancels meeting Putin in Russia, says Snowden 'a factor'

Johnny Canuck

Geez Trevor

Been hitting the Molson's a little early today?

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Penguins, I give you: The SOLAR-POWERED Ubuntu laptop

Johnny Canuck

It makes sense

It says right there on the site - free power, free software. I think they are promoting it as free power + free software = freedom (also, presumably, freedom from malware). Even their video, which I liked, seems to be aimed at people who spend a lot of time outdoors (more freedom than office drones).

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Climate change EVEN WORSE than you thought: It causes WAR and MURDER

Johnny Canuck

Simple

When the weather's hot and sticky, that's no time for dunking dickie.

When the frost is on the punkin', that's the time for dickie dunkin'.

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