I note no Republican voices on this committee asking tough questions or standing up for American citizens' rights to privacy. Or calling out Clapper for bald-faced lying to Congress.
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"Perhaps this will turn out to be a very useful lesson for the US electorate."
Or not. They elected GW Bush twice.
Re: U.S. debt exploded under Obama
Have you forgotten the state of the economy when Obama took office? Facing a real possibility of another great depression?
"but the government decided to scrap it and give all the data to the USA free of charge. This approach was followed quite consistently until the UK had no military aircraft industry left"
In Canada the Avro Arrow, same approach, same result. In the early to mid-fifties, Canada had its own straight wing fighter jets, equivalent to the US T-33's. When the Arrow was cancelled, US aerospace firms conducted hiring in motels near the factory.
Re: Military Procurement
Military procurement has been a mess in Canada for decades spanning two very different governments. Doesn't seem to be simple to get it right, or efficient.
Re: A word on what science is
"The average person has so little tolerance for running into unknowables that they invent fictions the moment one appears."
This belongs in the Trump comment thread.
Re: low gravity environment leads to reduced sagging
Might also work for aging members (pun intended) of the male species.
Re: I think the general idea is that people pay tax, and companies aren't people.
Companies are people (Citizens United) when it suits them, and not when it doesn't.
There shouldn't have been a KaBoom!
Landing on that planet has not proven easy.
Suicide rates by country
Recently heard or read about suicide rates by country. Guess which developed country is far above the rest? Now I know why. Even including third world countries, Korea is #2 overall. Stats here if you're interested from the WHO:
Dept. of Silly Hats
Nevermind, well done Liz.
Re: guess where the clown sparky put the detection head
Placed right outside the main bathroom, where warm steam sets it off. Disconnected and replaced with a battery alarm down the hallway outside the three bedroom doors.
Re: Formula 1 drivers routinely walk (or at least limp) away from 50+g crashes
All professional race series mandate the use of a HANS device (Head and Neck Restraint System.) This device sits on the shoulders and is held down by the shoulder belts and prevents the neck injuries that rapid deceleration or the violent tumbling described in the article can produce. I doubt the occupants of this capsule would be wearing one.
Re: Golden age my foot
After I cut the cord I discovered a sub-channel of the PBS station I can receive OTA here in Vancouver, MHz Networks, which carries European dramas in the evenings. "A French Village" (Un Village Francais) is a series that follows life in an occupied French village in WWII. It is simply superb and I highly recommend it. In French with English subtitles.
Re: All politicians are basically the same
"All politicians are basically the same and in the game for themselves no matter which party they belong to."
Sick of hearing this untruth. There is no shortage of the type of politicians you're describing, but to tar them all this way is simply not true. Someone who pays closer attention to politics will figure this out, instead of spouting populist nonsense.
Re: Or marry with ..... semi regular sex
Not married yet, eh?
The 40 years vs. 3 months comparison is bogus, confusing a possible but highly unlikely maximum sentence with an actual sentence. Anyone who pays attention knows that the American system, and I won't call it justice, works by threatening wildly severe sentences and getting a plea bargain.
In this case I would applaud this asshole getting multiple years behind bars. He's a drag on a properly functioning society.
Turning Left at Yellows
The accepted practice here in Vancouver for turning left is to get into the intersection as far as possible, then wait for the oncoming traffic to finish coming through, usually partway or completely through the yellow period, then complete your left turn. How does a self-driving car deal with this situation?
Our traffic is now sufficiently heavy throughout the day and evening, that if you don't follow this system, no one would be able to turn left at intersections that lack a discrete left turn signal.
Forget the five story BSOD. Imagine it in 3D!
I need a remote.....................
that can help me find the other remotes.
Re: Typical specimen is older than America
As a Canadian I'd love to make some disparaging remarks about Bush Jr and Blair, but how would I explain 10 years of Harper? Only saving grace is that Chretien, before Harper, had enough sense to keep us out of Iraq.
Re: There's a reason why the Japanese surrendered so fast.
It was the Emperor deciding to quit that tipped the balance. Even after that some of the militarists wanted a coup to keep going.
I watch NHK World a bit. They're still going on about Hiroshima currently. Not a word about Nanking.
Cost vs. Value
The Hub works really well for me on a Q10. So does BBM, with a group of my son in Vegas, daughter and ex here in Vancouver, with no random msgs, ever. Coupled with the news that BB phones will get immediate Android updates, it's clear where my future phone path lies.
Re: So why are you here?
Even though I've switched to linux, Windows is still on many of my computers, and being by far the dominant OS in use I cannot avoid it, nor can I ignore it. That's why *I'm* here.
I could have used some kind of assistive technology while I was trying to navigate around Win 8.1 to do the "upgrade."
I think they call it a start menu.
Re: using Windows 10 to force a PC refresh cycle
I had a CFL football game (Canada) on in the background two days ago and I heard an ad at least 4 times for upgrading to a new computer. It was from Intel. The commercial was focussed on the old hardware being slow. So Intel's feeling the heat, and this problem of flagging sales goes all the way back to Win 8. Those here know that any C2D with enough ram and even better, an SSD, is easily quick enough for most user's needs, gaming aside (I don't.)
I just went through the nightmare (navigating around 8.1 and dealing with Win Update) of moving a year-old unused new laptop to 10 with the intent of then installing an ssd and Mint 18 with 10 in a VM. Just decided to image the 10 install for future possibilities and put 7 in the VM instead. Been using Mint 17.3 on a couple of other laptops and very happy with it for browsing, couple of issues with the linux versions of programs I use. After at least a decade of thinking about linux, I've finally made the switch and I'm not going back. The hassles of using Win now exceed the hassles of using linux.
Re: PS4 remote play
"Is there any way to stpo it spying?"
Re: Ahem. Actual real user here....
If you gave GF Linux Mint Cinnamon, she could get around the OS as easily as she did with XP, and it wouldn't crash more or less daily. Updating would be easier and quicker, since she could do it when it suits her, without restarts.
Re: baited breath
You are Jean Chretien and I claim my $5.
It's "bated breath."
GTA = Greater Toronto Area
What are the chances we'll see charges laid against an officer for evidence tampering in regard to the attempt to delete the FB video?
About the same as seeing any real consequences for the officer that committed this murder? By real I mean something more than a desk job or a mere firing.
Find it interesting that the Orlando killings were used to justify this. The FBI already had the perp in their sights. They didn't need more snooping powers. Not selling him a handgun and a semi-auto rifle might have helped.
Do the other senators actually have a functioning brain?
Win 10 "upgade" complete reinstall
I have a new but unused Win 8.1 laptop that I want to "upgrade" to Win 10 before I do a dual boot to Mint, but I'd rather do a complete reinstall of Win 10 than an update. I'm sure I've read of a method of bypassing the update here in the comments, but a quick online search of the net didn't turn one up.
Can anyone here help? The deadline is looming.
Re: a few hugely vertically and horizontally integrated companies
This is a very important point. In Canada, Bell, Rogers, Telus and Shaw own the vast majority of our home phone and cell phone services, internet, cable tv, tv and radio networks except CBC (which their client politicos the Tories were actively killing), almost all of the specialty cable channels, and some of the newspaper chains. When I had to go digital for tv I cut the cable and went OTA (and internet) partly (the other was the constantly increasing costs) because these oligopolies would then know through the digital encryption box what I was watching, when I was watching, and how long. It's too much control of our information sources in too few hands.
A few years ago I worked a lavish employee party Rogers threw for I think their 50th anniversary, so I've seen how much excess $ they have to throw around. Shaw, a cable and internet giant in the West, was able to buy up Canwest Global, a bankrupt tv and newspaper conglomerate, showing where the big profits were being made.
I also thought of the 50's, but it was the Northrup flying wing.
And I was a bit wrong on the dates, it was more late '40's.
Re: run crying to the teacher
"The voters voted and the winning side won."
Although it's changing with some countries or provinces, as in Canada, setting fixed election dates, the custom in parliamentary democracies has been for elections to follow a loss in confidence in the government. In minority government situations elections generally follow at less than the usual full term.
In this situation with such a close vote, another vote would not seem out of place. Especially considering the consequences.
Following the end of the Muppet Show, the Swedish Chef embarked on a new career..............
My Blackberry Q10 is looking better
It's not dead yet, says it's really feeling a lot better.
Not great for videos and browsing,but a great communications device. Thankfully it's also very rugged, because the alternatives are not very encouraging.
Guilty until proved innocent
Civil forfeiture has been happening here in Canada, but hasn't progressed to highway robbery yet.
If it starts, expect it in Saskatchewan first.
After failing miserably to clone the hdd on an ancient Thinkpad T41 because of the non-PAE cpu, I resorted last week to doing a fresh install of Win 7 (on a larger hdd so I can dual-boot with Mint Mate). From Win 7 SP1 it took 187 updates (important updates only) and very many hours, maybe 8 or more overall (old slow cpu, no ssd). Then I ran DWS to take care of the spyware.
I too would be afraid of the rollup including the unwanted updates, and DWS was made to deal with the individual known updates, though the hosts file and firewall changes should still work.
I was going to axe a question, but I thought better of it.
Re: re: Mice
"The Mice have been running a series of complex experiments on the humans."
What are we going to do tomorrow, Brain?
Re: I like to run one browser 'open' and another with noScript
So I'm not alone.
And in Canada in 1997............................Sgt. Pepper
In summary, a protest over Suharto attending an APEC conference, resulting in a similar pepper-spraying incident.
For entertainment, search "Narduwar". Local musician and interviewer, he has spiced up a few press conferences over the years. In this case some time after the event he prompted this response from our then-PM Jear Chretien, "Pepper, I put it on my plate."
Re: I claim my £5
Thanks for the explanation for us left-coasters.
Bright LED exist, as they are making their way into stage lighting, but there indeed seems a gap between those and the low output lamps available for home use.
Re: Hope they keep a close eye on the quality and design...
I have used track lights meant for 50w MR16 halogens that I hoped would be perfect for MR16-style led's. But my electrician son-in-law advised me against the led's, saying the starting current would lead to early burnout of the 120v AC to 12v DC units. There are track light systems such as those that suspend on two current-carrying bare wires, that use a large master 12v psu. Perhaps one of those would fare better.