* Posts by DanceMan

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US Director of National Intelligence legs it

DanceMan

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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Trump's plan: Tariffs on electronics, ban on skilled tech migrants, turn off the internet

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Re: Neccessary

"Perhaps this will turn out to be a very useful lesson for the US electorate."

Or not. They elected GW Bush twice.

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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?

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Britain must send its F-35s to Italy for heavy overhauls, decrees US

DanceMan

"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.

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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.

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Leaked paper suggests EM Drive tested by NASA actually works

DanceMan

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.

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I've arrived on Mars. Argggh, my back!

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Re: low gravity environment leads to reduced sagging

Might also work for aging members (pun intended) of the male species.

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No matter who becomes US president, America's tech giants are going to be quids in

DanceMan

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.

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Just what Europe needs – another bungled exit: Mars lander goes AWOL

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Mushroom

There shouldn't have been a KaBoom!

Landing on that planet has not proven easy.

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The exploding Note 7 is no surprise – leaked Samsung doc highlights toxic internal culture

DanceMan

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:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_suicide_rate

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Queen Lizzie awarded good behaviour medal

DanceMan

Dept. of Silly Hats

Nevermind, well done Liz.

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My Nest smoke alarm was great … right up to the point it went nuts

DanceMan

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.

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Amazon supremo Bezos' Blue Origin blows its top over Texas desert

DanceMan

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.

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FCC death vote looms for the Golden Age of American TV

DanceMan

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.

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Edward Snowden's 40 days in a Russian airport – by the woman who helped him escape

DanceMan

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.

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Sex is bad for older men, and even worse when it's good

DanceMan

Re: Or marry with ..... semi regular sex

Not married yet, eh?

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Bloke accused of Linux kernel.org hack nabbed during traffic stop

DanceMan

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.

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Stop lights, sunsets, junctions are tough work for Google's robo-cars

DanceMan

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.

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Microsoft's HoloLens secret sauce: A 28nm customized 24-core DSP engine built by TSMC

DanceMan

Forget the five story BSOD. Imagine it in 3D!

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The curious case of a wearables cynic and his enduring fat bastardry

DanceMan

I need a remote.....................

that can help me find the other remotes.

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More gums than Jaws: Greenland super-sharks live past 400 years old

DanceMan

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.

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Revealed: How a weather forecast in 1967 stopped nuclear war

DanceMan

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.

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Breaking 350 million: What's next for Windows 10?

DanceMan

Cost vs. Value

Windows 10

Cost: $199

Value: $0.00

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Calling all Droids: BlackBerry’s giving away the Hub

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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.

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Windows 10: Happy with Anniversary Update?

DanceMan

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.

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Windows 10 still free, even the Anniversary Update, if you're crass

DanceMan

assistive technology

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.

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Windows 10 pain: Reg man has 75 per cent upgrade failure rate

DanceMan

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.)

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Windows 10 Pro Anniversary Update tweaked to stop you disabling app promos

DanceMan

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.

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Free Windows 10 upgrade: Time is running out – should you do it?

DanceMan

Re: PS4 remote play

"Is there any way to stpo it spying?"

Search "DWS"

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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.

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Tor veteran Lucky Green exits, torpedos critical 'Tonga' node and relays

DanceMan

Re: baited breath

You are Jean Chretien and I claim my $5.

It's "bated breath."

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Trump? Terror? Turkey? Whoa, there's a Tentacool in that Bush...

DanceMan

GTA

GTA = Greater Toronto Area

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Facebook ‘glitch’ that deleted the Philando Castile shooting vid: It was the police – sources

DanceMan

Evidence Tampering

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.

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US Senator Wyden: Why I had to halt FBI's latest internet spying push

DanceMan

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?

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Win 10 "upgade" complete reinstall

DanceMan

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.

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The problem with Canada? The price of broadband is too damn high

DanceMan

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.

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DARPA's 'flying wing' drone inches closer to lift-off

DanceMan

1950's redux

I also thought of the 50's, but it was the Northrup flying wing.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northrop_YB-49

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northrop_YB-35

And I was a bit wrong on the dates, it was more late '40's.

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Countdown to Jupiter: Juno just seven days from orbit

DanceMan
Alert

Four tons!

Egad.

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'Leave EU means...' WHAT?! Britons ask Google after results declared

DanceMan

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.

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Telia engineer error to blame for massive net outage

DanceMan

Following the end of the Muppet Show, the Swedish Chef embarked on a new career..............

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Get ready for Google's proprietary Android. It's coming – analyst

DanceMan

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.

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Oooooklahoma! Where the cops can stop and empty your bank cards – on just a hunch

DanceMan

Guilty until proved innocent

Civil forfeiture has been happening here in Canada, but hasn't progressed to highway robbery yet.

Yet.

If it starts, expect it in Saskatchewan first.

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Microsoft shifts Windows 7 and 8.1 fixes to 'rollup' bundles

DanceMan

187 updates

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.

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Archaeologists find oldest ever ground-edge stone axe

DanceMan

I was going to axe a question, but I thought better of it.

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Dragon capsule bids adios to ISS

DanceMan

Re: re: Mice

"The Mice have been running a series of complex experiments on the humans."

What are we going to do tomorrow, Brain?

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Windows 10 build 14342: No more friendly Wi-Fi sharing

DanceMan

Re: I like to run one browser 'open' and another with noScript

So I'm not alone.

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This headline will, in part, cost pepper-spraying University of California, Davis $175k

DanceMan

And in Canada in 1997............................Sgt. Pepper

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fmJiTX8adIs

http://www.cbc.ca/archives/entry/1997-protest-and-pepper-spray-at-apec-conference

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."

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PayPal freezes 400-job expansion in North Carolina over bonkers religious freedom law

DanceMan

Re: I claim my £5

@nematoad

Thanks for the explanation for us left-coasters.

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India orders 770 million LED light bulbs, prices drop 83 per cent

DanceMan

Re: Dull

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.

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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.

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