275 posts • joined 17 Aug 2009
Re: Giving you the Dickens
Thanks for that. You made my morning.
Re: Just imagine
+1 for that.
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 Shame because the machine I wanted to put it on had an outdated Suse install and I'd liked it.
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.
Re: Nuclear pulse FTW!!
"thinking how cool it would be"
Who needs cooling then?
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.
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.
"Rodney Scheetz from the Brigham Young Museum of Paleontology"
Had to double check this wasn't a satire.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Apple gets the press today, but this is the news that could have more impact on our lives.
Re: goodly amount of methane
Never mind the tail. If its about to fart, RUN!
Re: Security updated
Yes, absolutely that festering memory leak needs to be fixed.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
There was a Kaboom!
This is what's left of the last Mars invaders. Be warned.
Re: "Soft" toys
"to poke fun"
Have an upvote.
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.
The journo made no claims; he reported "they claimed."
Re: Fantastic Design
I thought it looked a bit like a high-tech ark.
Re: Speaking of the law...
He was not terminated. He quit. Do you understand the difference?
Re: What's the point exactly?
Re: Yukon Ho!
Well Yukon if you want to, but I'll stick with being a freetard.
Re: Canadian Orgies
No, they don't happen because we can't decide if they're a federal or provincial responsibility.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
"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?
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.
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..............
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thanks for the accurate local info.
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.
to make a clean escape.
It's 2013 and they need a supercomputer to tell them where the crap in the air is coming from?
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.
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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