* Posts by DanceMan

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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

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Re: Just imagine

"crockumentary"

+1 for that.

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OpenSUSE tidies up disto model ahead of 13.4

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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 Shame because the machine I wanted to put it on had an outdated Suse install and I'd liked it.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

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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

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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

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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!!

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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

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"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

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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

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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

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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

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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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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Cops baffled by riddle of CHICKEN who crossed ROAD

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Re: anyone who puts other motorists at risk by slowing

Recent case in the news in Quebec of a woman who stopped on the highway for some ducks which resulted in the death of two following motorcyclists: she was convicted and sentenced and was just given leave to appeal.

Precisely illustrates your point.

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US TV stations bowl sueball directly at FCC's spectrum mega-sale

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Channel Switching

A US border station carrying MeTV and Movies! just switched frequencies on UHF last night at 2am local time. Only found the new location when I re-autoprogrammed. I assume it's somehow related to this issue.

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Munich considers dumping Linux for ... GULP ... Windows!

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Seemingly simple question

As a non-IT guy I have to ask: would it not be in the interest of Suse and Redhat to develop a viable outlook/exchange alternative?

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Detroit losing MILLIONS because it buys CHEAP BATTERIES – report

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Sounds like they cheaped out on the meters as well. Purchasing depts that put low bid above all else will produce these disasters.

I haven't bought batteries for decades. Wireless microphones and body packs must also be like those meters. The batteries are replaced before the voltage drops much, meaning the castoffs are useable in other equipment for a long time. Mics use 9V and AA, body packs use AA and AAA. Just recently discovered that the new washroom auto paper dispensers use D cells and the maintenance people just replace them all. Used a battery meter on the recyling bin discards to get some of those for one odd tool that requires them.

And yes those used 9V go into my smoke detectors and will easily last a year.

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Totes AMAZEBALLS! Side boob, binge-watch and clickbait added to Oxford Dictionary

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Lost Words

RIP "fewer"

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Uber alles.. NOT: Berlin bans taxi ride app over 'safety' fears

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Yes, overregulation in the form of restrictions on licenses, not on operation. Here in Vancouver a cab license is worth huge money; drivers make peanuts.

Canada has market restrictions on agriculture, marketing boards for eggs or milk, that create value for market quotas and prevent small operators from selling legally. The intention is good but the unintended consequences are not.

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World's only flyable WWII Lancaster bombers meet in Lincs

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When I was a lad, I used to see and hear piston engine aircraft flying over Vancouver in the 50's.The sound gets in your blood. My dad was a tool and die maker during WWII building aircraft here in Vancouver. My cousin in northern Alberta was part of the team that rescued a Canso (Catalina) amphibian from the Arctic that is currently being rebuilt to flying condition. I got to crawl through it this spring.

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ALIEN BODY FOUND ON MARS: Curiosity rover snaps extraterrestrial

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There was a Kaboom!

This is what's left of the last Mars invaders. Be warned.

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Creepy battery-operated TEDDY BEAR SEX TOY. Sadly, this is for real

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Re: "Soft" toys

"to poke fun"

Have an upvote.

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Top Canadian court: Cops need warrant to get names from ISPs

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There have been calls long before this judgement for the Conservatives to split the bill before Parliament and remove the privacy evisceration from the cyberbullying provisions. However these have come not only from the opposition but from experts. Harper's Conservatives are contemptuous of experts, since they already know everything via belief.

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TrueCrypt hooked to life support in Switzerland: 'It must not die' say pair

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Readers nowadays

@Hit Snooze

The journo made no claims; he reported "they claimed."

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Flying saucer with 'stadium-sized' orb to INVADE Earth's skies

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Re: Fantastic Design

I thought it looked a bit like a high-tech ark.

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Gay marriage foes outraged at Mozilla CEO flap, call for boycott

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Re: Speaking of the law...

He was not terminated. He quit. Do you understand the difference?

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Sticky Tahr-fy pudding: Ubuntu 14.04 slickest Linux desktop ever

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Re: What's the point exactly?

firstboot wizard

+1

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Show more CANADIAN-MADE PORN, insists Canadian government

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Re: Yukon Ho!

Well Yukon if you want to, but I'll stick with being a freetard.

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Re: Canadian Orgies

No, they don't happen because we can't decide if they're a federal or provincial responsibility.

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Without a smartphone your reptile brain gets a workout

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The smartphone's advantage

Just got a smartphone and for someone of a certain age I can predict one of its best uses will be to supplement my aging ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, what's the word............................. memory: names of people in particular, for someone who works in various venues.

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IT'S ALIVE! China's Jade Rabbit rover RETURNS from the DEAD

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Re: Lose face never lose rabbit OK

No China expert here, but I recall reading that the Chinese leadership has been admitting mistakes recently, unlike their previous behaviour. Still no freedom of expression for the masses though.

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"out of the woods"

There are woods on the moon?

"The State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defence said at the time that the rover was having trouble because of the "complicated lunar surface environment"."

Well, there's your problem.

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Comcast to acquire Warner Cable – reports

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Meanwhile in Canada

Similar situation in Canada. You can choose ADSL or cable, but there are substantially only one of each in a geographical area. The three biggies (with a fourth lacking a cell division) own our cable, phone lines, internet, cell phones, and most of the tv, radio, cable channels and newspapers. And their corporate owned gov't is slowly strangling the CBC, the only alternative radio and tv. It isn't healthy for a supposed democracy.

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Random car shutdowns force Toyota to recall Prius hybrids - AGAIN

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"a software fault that can make the car slow down"

Years of urban driving in Vancouver have taught me that "Toyota" is Japanese for "slow." So how is this a problem?

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Snowden: Canadian spooks used free airport WiFi to track travellers

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Trevor, I applaud the effort, but what makes you think Harper and CSEC will obey the spirit of a Supreme Court ruling. They have already shown they won't on other issues. As has the BC gov't yet again over another issue (teachers' ability to bargain class size.) They blithely ignore the rulings or legislate around them.

I'm afraid the Kanuckistan label is becoming truer than I would like.

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BlackBerry makes its devilish Android trickery official in OS update

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Smartphone newbie, as of yesterday. I was influenced both by the good reviews of the OS here and from my son, a veteran of two Android phones, at least one of which he rooted. Anxiously awaiting Wind (a minor player here in Canada) to provide their update to 10.2.1. The Q10 will only cost me $200Cdn on a 2 year. Not dead yet, really, it's feeling so much better..............

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Mystery 'doughnut' materializes in front of Mars rover: 'OH MY GOD! It wasn't there before!'

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Re: Playing the Ball and not the Man Delivers a Great Game and in AI, Perfectly Matched Play.

Ming the Merciless sees what you did there, amanfromMars 1, and will brook no further taking of his Name in vain. You have been warned.

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Boeing bent over for new probe as 787 batteries vent fluid, start to MELT

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Re: Nationalize it!

US private healthcare: 17.6% of GNP and they don't cover everyone.

Canada: 11.4% and we cover everyone. Germany 11.6% UK and Japan: under 10% 2010 figures

If you want to promote your puerile " private is always better" tripe, find a situation in which it actually applies.

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Five UK banks sign up to hook up customers' ACCOUNTS to their MOBILE DEVICES

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Re: Age realated Dislike Disorder here too.

Age related Dislike Disorder

Thanks Scott. I'm going to use that, since it applies to me frequently now.

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TPP treaty nearly ready to roll over us, says Oz minister

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Sugar

Did not bother to look up the details, but the US has forever had a restrictive policy on sugar to keep the domestic monopoly rich.

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Workers, guards clash in hours-long Samsung factory RIOT in Vietnam

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@JaitcH

Thanks for the accurate local info.

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Supermassive BLACK HOLE to stuff MYSTERY gas BLOB into open maw

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Re: "Bated breath", dammit

One of the best comic lines on Canada's former PM Jean Chretien, reputed to speak neither official language well, "I yam waiting with bait on my breath..............."

Credit to the Double Exposure satire duo.

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Naked Aussie gets wedged in washing machine

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Failed

to make a clean escape.

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China's answer to AIRPOCALYPSE: Fire up the supercomputer

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It's 2013 and they need a supercomputer to tell them where the crap in the air is coming from?

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'Don't hate on me for my job!' Googlers caught up in SF rent protest ruckus

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Many of the issues ckm5 has identified in SF apply to Vancouver, Canada as well -- limited land area, retirees from the harsher climates east, Asian immigration and investment. I think the root cause is the current unacknowledged policy of unlimited human growth. Vancouver was a nice small city 50 years ago. Now it has accrued many cultural benefits from the immigration and expansion, but it is suffering from the congestion and excessive land costs (which affect both residents and businesses) that growth has brought and it's rapidly getting worse. Do we really want every place on earth turned into Hong Kong or New York? That is what unlimited growth will eventually bring us.

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IBM turns plastic bottles into life-saving 'ninja' MRSA, fungus fighters

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Great News!

I had MRSA a few years ago. From a quarter-sized hole near my knee treated at a hospital my leg from knee to ankle turned dark red and swelled up like a balloon. It took over a week of daily visits to emergency for an IV antibiotic to kill it. Antibiotics are losing the battle against MRSA and other stronger, deadlier resistant infections. I'm surprised that this news was not headline material on the radio and tv broadcasts.

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