* Posts by DanceMan

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Wileyfox smartphones: SD card, no bloatware, Cyanogen, big battery – yes to all!

DanceMan

Re: Wileyfox phone looks nice but...

Wile E um...

Just be careful it is not made by Acme.

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Canadians taking to spying on their spies

DanceMan

The NDP in Alberta's provincial election benefited from a split in the right wing vote between the Conservatives and the Wild Rose parties. Unfortunately the opposite applies federally, with the centre and centre left vote split between the NDP and the Liberals. Unless something dramatic occurs during the campaign, like maybe enough younger people actually voting, expect another Harper win.

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Could our fear of fracking be appeased with CO2 sequestration?

DanceMan

Shales, coal beds and tight sands (all fracked) are all deep

"Out of 44,000 wells fracked between 2010 and 2013 in the United States, researchers found that 6,900 (16 per cent) were fractured less than a mile from the surface and another 2,600 wells (six per cent) were fractured above 3,000 feet, or 900 metres."

http://thetyee.ca/News/2015/07/27/High-Risk-Shallow-Fracking/?utm_source=mondayheadlines&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=270715

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Yet another Android app security bug: This time 'everything is affected'

DanceMan

Perhaps in light of the many recent disclosures we could say an android of flaws?

Smug BB 10 user, somewhat dismayed at the rumours of BB introducing an android model.

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Two weeks of Windows 10: Just how is Microsoft doing?

DanceMan

Windows 10, it`s less crap than the last one!

Not exactly a ringing endorsement. And after the revelation of the WBPT vulnerability, I`m really itching to have a look at the latest Linux Mint release, which has been favourably reviewed.

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Monster Scalextric Formula 1 circuit to go under the hammer

DanceMan

If you`ve never spun out, you`re not trying hard enough.

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Update Firefox NOW to foil FILE-STEALING vulnerability exploit, warns Mozilla

DanceMan

Pale Moon

Pale Moon users like me need to beware, because updating to fix issues like this will lag behind FF. Alas.

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Hurrah! Uber does work (in the broadest sense of the word) after all

DanceMan

Re: Again?

"We are all being returned to a pre-industrial status,"

Recently heard a boffin on CBC Radio saying that mankind were happier as hunter-gatherers than as farmers, that agriculture led to serfs and an elite. The patterns keep repeating.

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NIST in suspected 'meth lab' blast: US Congress is demanding answers

DanceMan

Security

"A member of the NIST security force assigned to the campus suffered non-life threatening injuries"

Security drones are frequently involved in thefts. No surprise here.

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The Register's resident space boffin: All you need to know about the Pluto mission

DanceMan

Excellent overview of the mission. Thanks to El Reg and Dr. Jones.

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Nissan Juke Nismo RS: Family hot-hatch SUV that looks a bit like Darth Vader's hat

DanceMan

Re: Pretty - Not Very!

I agree, just about the ugliest thing I've seen on the roads. But it's nice to see that the designer of the Datsun F10 has found employment again.

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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)

DanceMan

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'

DanceMan

"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

DanceMan

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.

DanceMan
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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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