* Posts by DanceMan

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Subaru Outback Lineartronic: The thinking person’s 4x4

DanceMan

Looked at the top picture of the front end and immediately thought, "Who put a Subaru badge on a Ford?"

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Super Cali goes ballistic – Uber says it's bogus (even though its contract is something quite atrocious)

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So-called "Ride Sharing"

I regularly hear Uber referred to in news reports as a "ride sharing" operation. It's a taxi service.

Methinks it's a taxi service that seeks to avoid the many restrictions imposed on existing taxi services. I see arguments on both sides of that issue, but to pretend it's anything other than a taxi service is ridiculous.

Here in Vancouver the restrictions on taxi licenses have meant that one is worth a lot of money, in the hundreds of thousands of dollars IIRC. Also happens in Canada with food producer quotas, and while the original intent to ensure a reasonable return is laudable, the result smells and it prohibits real competition.

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Fanbois designing Windows 10 – where's it going to end?

DanceMan

Re: Why call the July release 'Windows 10'?

Because they need a new name to get rid of the stink of "Windows 8."

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Wheely, wheely mad: Petrolheads fume over buggy Formula One app

DanceMan

Lost Interest

Much prefer endurance racing, both Le Mans/WEC and US Tudor. It's far more real racing and less of a tech$$ game. F1 abandoned its classic venues in a race to chase $, thanks to Bernie.

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Acer: 'We will be the last man standing in the PC industry'

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"overheating easily"

My TM6592 (ex-Olympics) survived 5 years, mostly on 24/7, in a very dusty environment. I prefer business class, and this one did fine.

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The Internet of things is great until it blows up your house

DanceMan

Brilliant satire, took me in, just 17 days late.

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Google’s plan for WORLD DOMINATION takes shape. And it begins with a patent

DanceMan

Google has patented Skynet?

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PHYSICS APPLECART UPSET as dark energy disappears, Universe slams on brakes

DanceMan

Re: RIGHT!

Who's the victor, Vector?

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Bell Canada pulls U-turn on super-invasive web-stalking operation

DanceMan

Bell, again

Bell is the company whose CEO ordered CTV (Canada's largest private broadcaster, which Bell owns) to keep the head of the CRTC off the news following a ruling Bell didn't like.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/bell-head-meddled-in-ctv-news-coverage/article23607402/

Meanwhile Harper's gov't is starving the CBC to ensure we no longer have a non-corporate news source.

Anyone beginning to see a pattern here?

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Firefox hits prime time as version 37 manifests

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Switched to Pale Moon

On my primary home computer. Still have others on FF ESR. This article prompted me to check and update PM. I'd tried it a year ago and something in my extensions went awry, but I'm liking it now and it's happy with my package of extensions.

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Microsoft update mayhem delays German basketball game, costs team dear

DanceMan

Leaving aside the backup and checking beforehand issues in this instance, the Windows Update behavior on shutdown and startup is an occasional major annoyance on a laptop. I take an old T41 to work on some jobs (only sometimes used for work) and I've been bitten several times when I shut it off to leave and get the "configuring updates" msg. Sometimes my fault but the last time I had gone through multiple reboots and checking for updates a few days earlier. There are times I need that laptop to work immediately and to shut down immediately.

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Apple's Tim Cook and Salesforce's Marc Benioff DECLARE WAR on anti-gay Indiana

DanceMan

"in 10, 20 or 30 years, does government just become an administration office, responcible for managing and implementing the will of the top 20 Corps?"

Doesn't exactly this happen now?

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Woman caught on CCTV performing drunken BJ blew right to privacy

DanceMan

Love............in a lift

Love............in a lift,

Sweet tender love.......between the

Fourth and the fifth.

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Litecoin-mining code found in BitTorrent app, freeloaders hit the roof

DanceMan

Already using old versions of uTorrent. Thanks for the advice on alternatives.

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A truly SHOCKING tale of electrified PCs

DanceMan

Re: Bad earth.

Grounding to a water pipe -- used to be a common practice. My first house, built in 1939, bought by me in 1977, had been replumbed in the basement from the original steel pipe to copper, though only where it was easy to reach (in the walls the original pipe was left.) The electrical system had been grounded to a cold water pipe, and the original clamp, sized for the larger diameter steel pipe, was left hanging loosely on the smaller diameter copper.

It got better. The 60 amp mains panel, with no master shutoff, was right beside a metal shower enclosure that had been added in the basement, so if you worked in that panel (live of course) you were right beside a good ground. All the 3-pin outlets added in that basement were ungrounded. You could measure an induced voltage of about 30V between ground and neutral in the furthest outlet. One outlet had the hot and neutral reversed.

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HAWKING ALERT: Leave planet Earth, find a new home. Stupid humans

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Re: Intelligence <> sense @Arnaut the less

Wish I could upvote you many more times than merely once.

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Hoping for spy reforms? Jeb Bush, dangerously close to being the next US prez, backs the NSA

DanceMan

If the Cheney gov't had left Iraq alone, his own Baathists would in time have deposed Sadaam. ISIS leads directly back to the chaos left by morons ignorant of the outside world meddling in the Mideast, using the enormous power of the US military. And here comes another one.

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Watch a hot, speeding space alien explode all over Earth's Beaver

DanceMan

Harumpf!

If earth has a beaver, it's here in Canada.

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HTTP/2 spec gets green light: Faster web or needless complexity?

DanceMan

So this protocol aggregates all the connection requests together into one. Sounds like an end run around adblockers. Promoted by a company that lives on ad revenues.

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Boffins now one step closer to male birth control pill

DanceMan

Animal testing

If it works on rats, and squirrels (in urban areas), I'll take a case or it.

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Bankrupt RadioShack to close up to 2,900 stores, share others with Sprint

DanceMan

Once upon a time

Getting a copy of the Radio Shack catalogue every year was essential. Now very little is fixable and technological change is so rapid that most devices are quickly obsolete. Different times.

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Plane crash blamed on in-flight SELFIES

DanceMan

Smart Phone

Dumb User

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SPITTLE SPATTER as America weighs into FCC net neut shoutgasm

DanceMan

"could jeopardize our world leading mobile broadband market"

I recall reading that general US (and Canadian) internet speeds are anything but "world leading," unless they're referring to cost vs. speed. Perhaps he means world leading profitability.

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Carmakers DEFLATED by AIRBAG FLAW as US watchdog recalls TWO MEELLION vehicles

DanceMan

Never liked the idea of airbags personally, being a dedicated user of seatbelts. Haven't owned a car new enough to have them -- current car is 25 years old.

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Opera Jon weaves a brand new browser

DanceMan

Re: Tab handling makes it almost unusable

I use Tab Mix Plus in FF to control the tab behaviour you talk about. Would not use a browser without it now.

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Panicked teen hanged himself after receiving ransomware scam email

DanceMan

White collar crime

Part of this issue is the plod reluctance to pursue white collar crime. Big news item here in Vancouver yesterday was victims of a rental scam (showing suites they do not own and scamming deposits from prospective tenants) trapping a miscreant and holding him for police. Plod would not come in advance until "a crime had been committed" and even now, the crim, who carried several different ID's, has been released and may not face charges. No question most white collar crimes are difficult and time consuming to investigate sufficiently to prosecute. It's so much simpler to nab a thief, or set up a radar trap (apparently in that case the "crime not yet committed" does not apply) but we are leaving a whole class of societal victims unprotected.

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FIVE Things (NOT 10: these are REAL) from the WINDOWS 10 event

DanceMan

Re: driving in the car and replying to an urgent text

I hope you're not driving anywhere near me.

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LEAKED: Samsung's iPHONE 6 KILLER... the Samsung Galaxy S6

DanceMan

Re: able to survive dropping 6 feet on to concrete

My BB Q10 just survived 10 to 12 feet onto concrete, unharmed. Wearing slim rubbery protector, but still......

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Saudi Arabia to flog man 1,000 times for insulting religion on Facebook

DanceMan

Re: Je suis Charlie...

FFS, the spelling is "lose." Loose means something entirely different.

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Last year was utter rubbish. Thanks for being part of it!

DanceMan

Silly Hats

I've long had a theory that the larger the brim on military hats, the more tinpot the country.

Or goose-stepping soldiers on parade.

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Sardine fishing in Kerala: Who benefits from mobile phones?

DanceMan

Re: It depends on competition

"to ensure that the carriers and phone vendors actually compete with one another"

Canada is your example. We have three major cell vendors and allegedly the highest prices in the developed world. Even our corporatist goverment's genuine efforts to provoke competition by reserving part of new spectrum for a fourth party have come to naught.

Vancouver has the highest gas prices in Canada, mostly due to taxation. But there is no price competition. Every station, of every brand, has the same price day after day.

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Healthcare: Look anywhere you like for answers, just not the US

DanceMan

Re: Let me explain

Where did that vaccine for ebola come from? Canada, with "gov't" healthcare. Mind you it was bought by a US company, flipped for a massive profit, and is now being developed by a large US pharma.

But you're absolutely correct that there is a huge component of the US economy sustained on shuffling paper for healthcare and resistant to a change that would spend that money on doctors and nurses instead to provide medical care for everyone.

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1,000mph ROCKET CAR project dogged by beancounters

DanceMan

Re: The love of money is the root of all evil

It's not quite that simple. British engineers like Alec Issigonis were brilliant. He invented the Mini and Austin 1100, the prototype of all modern tranverse engine fwd cars. But the detail work was miserable. On the Austin 1100, the inside door pulls were a U-shaped plastic hinged handle held at each end by a single screw, which when it loosened and the metal holder pivoted, would allow the handle to fall out. Back in the day when I hitched a ride in one, the handle was often missing.

Our family had one a couple of years old, decently maintained. The wipers would foul each other, throttle cable stuck wide open twice, rear brake stuck on almost burning up that wheel, rear subframe rubber mounts failed. Finally the transmission went. After fixing it, my dad got another cramped, 1930's design VW Beetle.

Shit workers, crap detail engineering, miserable work environment? It all flows down from bad management. But don't knock Brit design. Where are most of the F1 teams located? And which country's teams have won most F1 races and championships over the last 20 or 30 years?

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MOULDY DICK: France aims to snatch EXPLODING WHALE crown from U.S.

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Re: Giving you the Dickens

Thanks for that. You made my morning.

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HUGE SHARK as big as a WWII SUBMARINE died out, allowing whales to exist

DanceMan

Re: Just imagine

"crockumentary"

+1 for that.

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OpenSUSE tidies up disto model ahead of 13.4

DanceMan

Installing Suse

Software doofus here. Tried to install Suse a couple of months ago, but they package the distro differently so I could not use the usual .iso tools to make a bootable usb. When I tried Suse's tool I got permission problems on two different Windows machines with two different Win OS. Gave up and made a Mint usb. Shame because the machine I wanted to put it on had an outdated Suse install and I'd liked it.

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Samsung turns off lights on LEDs worldwide – except in South Korea

DanceMan

Re: LED Bulb price

"LED bulbs seem most immediately useful as a replacement for halogen spots."

I was hoping to use MR16 (12V) bulbs in track lights when the prices dropped. Seemed a good marriage: the track light units already had 12V mounts, and since most LED are lower output they seemed suited to lighting with more smaller output bulbs vs. fewer higher output. But my electrician son-in-law told me to stick to halogens. He said the LED's have a high starting current like an electric motor, and they burn out the transformers. Of course this would not apply to the integrated 120 or 240V screw-in LED's.

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Trips to Mars may be OFF: The SUN has changed in a way we've NEVER SEEN

DanceMan

Re: Nuclear pulse FTW!!

"thinking how cool it would be"

Who needs cooling then?

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Down-under record: Australian gets $140k for pussy

DanceMan

Re: Unfair

Moved a family cat from its only home of about 15 years, not many homes and a lot of open territory, into the middle of a busy mixed home and low-rise apartment area without a hiccup. Cat was an indoor-outdoor type.

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OMG!! With nothing but MACHINE TOOLS, STEEL and PARTS you can make a GUN!!

DanceMan

Surprised to see nothing in the original article nor in the comments about Canada, which falls somewhere between the US and GB in gun laws and gun deaths. Almost all gun deaths here in Vancouver and BC have been drug gang related shootings with a few police shootings of citizens.

The biggest gun issue in Canada was the long gun registry, brought in by the federal Liberal gov't and removed years later by the Conservative gov't. The law was popular with urban types unfamiliar with guns or gun laws and deeply unpopular with rural types to whom guns are tools. Urban types confused the registry with gun control, which it was not. We already had and still have gun control, requiring a Firearms Acquisition Certificate before a gun can be purchased.

During CBC radio's national phone-in show following the second Montreal uni shooting spree, a listener told of recently obtaining his FAC. Out of interest he asked the three references he'd supplied if they'd been contacted by authorities. None had been. That's where the money wasted on the registry should have been spent. The registry was a purely political move. The NDP even forced its rural members opposed to the registry to vote against scrapping it in order to keep urban votes.

I'm happy with Canada's laws that prohibit handguns (save maybe for severly limited gun range use) but permit long gun ownership. Urban pellet rifle owner that ate a lot of moosemeat growing up.

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Big dinosaur wowed females with its ENORMOUS HOOTER

DanceMan

"Rodney Scheetz from the Brigham Young Museum of Paleontology"

Had to double check this wasn't a satire.

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As bankruptcy looms for RadioShack, we ask its chief financial officer... oh. He's quit

DanceMan

Society, technology and people have changed

We now live in a throw away world with digital minituraized tecchnology. There's little left that we can build or fix compared to decades ago. I tried to give my son a soldering gun. Every guy needs to know how to solder, right? It came back.

In this new world we live in there's little need for the type of parts and tools shop that Radio Shack used to be. Recently I was looking for the psu capacitors for an LG lcd monitor. I tried about 4 or 5 electronics shop in an area but none had the correct parts. I ended up at a shop in an older part of the city, run by an old fellow, that a couple of the shops had mentioned. When even the real electronics shops don't have all we need, what hope is there for a RS?

About a week ago I was online checking out local shops for the snagless boots for RJ45 ethernet cables before dropping by. I ended up placing an order with Amazon for a bag of them. Kind of sums it up, doesn't it?

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5 Nigerian gangs dominate Craigslist buyer scams

DanceMan

Re: Nigeria .....................bad reputation

Watch some documentaries about Nigeria. The country has corruption and problems that dwarf any 419 scams. And they seemingly don't care much about the big problems, so I doubt the scams would even register.

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Not appy with your Chromebook? Well now it can run Android apps

DanceMan

Re: Can you say, "Read between the lines...", boys and girls?

Horses for courses. They're not a full computer in the sense you're implying, but for many people they're all they'll need, and easier to use and maintain. I got one to use only for internet; I have many other computers for the other needs.

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Thought that last dinosaur was BIG? This one's bloody ENORMOUS

DanceMan

Re: Be glad you didn't live millions of years ago

citation needed? CBC Radio 1's Quirks & Quarks science show this Saturday, undoubtedly available online at their website.

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DanceMan

Be glad you didn't live millions of years ago

Boffins have just confirmed that Tyrannosaurs hunted in groups.

If this were the 50's we wouldn't need the boffins. We could just ask Alley Oop.

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Toshiba plans chippery with mere 0.5V power slurp by 2017

DanceMan

Apple gets the press today, but this is the news that could have more impact on our lives.

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DREADNOUGHTUS: The 65-TON DINO that could crumple up a T-Rex like a paper cup

DanceMan

Re: goodly amount of methane

Never mind the tail. If its about to fart, RUN!

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Firefox 32 moves to kill MITM attacks

DanceMan

Re: Security updated

Yes, absolutely that festering memory leak needs to be fixed.

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Bright lights, affordable motor: Ford puts LED headlights onto Mondeo

DanceMan

Daytime running lights in Canada

We've had them here in Canada for years, but they are only the headlights at 50% intensity. It has led to many drivers running around at night with no tail lights until their brake lights come on. I hope your EU regs will have enough sense to require the tail lights also. And I agree that it's a case of diminishing returns once all vehicles have them. My 25 year old car does not have them, but I put lights on when visibility diminishes. Then I put the battery charger on when I forget and leave them on. Warning buzzer doesn't work.

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