* Posts by DanceMan

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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

DanceMan
Thumb Up

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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DanceMan

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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DanceMan

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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Here's a great idea: Let's make a gun that looks like a mobile phone

DanceMan

Re: "Absolutely no one can make sense of the United States' infatuation with firearms."

We have bears, bobcats, coyotes, raccoons, and feral dogs and cats here in my city too.

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Electrified bird bum bomb shuts down US nuclear power plant

DanceMan

Re: Oneupmanship

Have an upvote for the Sam the Eagle mention. My fave pompous blowhard.

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Building a fanless PC is now realistic. But it still ain't cheap

DanceMan

SPCR

Two pages of comments and I'm the first to mention them? Shame.

Consensus of most there is the same as several here have mentioned. Fanless is possible, but careful choice of components and one or two large, slow and quiet fans is more practical and can also achieve silence.

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Philae comet lander officially dead

DanceMan

Re: "smashing success"

I see what you did there.

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Silent Nork satellite tumbling in orbit

DanceMan
Thumb Up

Re: @ John Hughes

Thanks for the link to the book review. Sounds fascinating.

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Reminder: iPhones commit suicide if you repair them on the cheap

DanceMan
FAIL

Apple's behaviour seems similar to that of HP and IBM who some years ago (and still?) installed code in the bios of their laptops that stopped them booting if they detected a non-HP or -IBM supplied wireless card installed. It was merely a way of charging 4x or 5x the price of a standard Intel or other wireless card with an added line of corporate id code in the firmware.

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Sorry, Toshiba, speak up ... What was that? A $6bn loss amid an accounting scandal?

DanceMan

My experience with Toshiba laptops has been that they're well made but poorly supported for DIY end users. Looking for drivers? Look elsewhere if they're for an OS the laptop was not sold with. I used to hang out at Hardware Central Forums. Their posts with the all-time highest number of views, in the hundreds of thousands, were for XP drivers for Vista laptops for Toshibas. Need a diagnositic for a Toshiba hdd? Use Seagate's Seatools -- Toshiba does not supply one. Need any kind of diagnostic or software help for a Toshiba? Take it to an official depot; no online help will be provided. Beyond that I know of two lower-end Toshiba laptops with a bios ram limit half the max of the chipset.

I'd hate to see a major manufacturer disappear and lessen choice and competition, but I wouldn't cry many tears if it were Toshiba.

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Windows 10 will now automatically download and install on PCs

DanceMan

Re: I've got a 6 year-old computer, core i7

I've got an ancient Thinkpad T40 with 1G ram that I take to work for surfing and email. I just wiped Win7 and installed Linux Mint Mate, and it's working fine for those uses, surprisingly just as well as its twin with Win7 and 1.5G ram.

It's reached the point where dealing with the updates, going through a long list of ones to avoid because of spyware or Win10 is more trouble than finding and learning new programs in a new OS.

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'Dodgy Type-C USB cable fried my laptop!'

DanceMan

Standards

Given that CSA and maybe UL have mandated that every different AC voltage and amperage plug must be different and have set the standards, why can't they set some standards at least for polarity and voltage and AC or DC on the clusterfuck that exists among mini-plugs?

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How to build a starship - and why we should start thinking about it now

DanceMan

Re: 2 Things

I think volcanic events, giant ones like Yellowstone, will do us in many times before we need worry about Sol.

And I wholeheartedly agree that population pressure is an immediate and serious threat, and one that will overwhelm any thoughts of deep space exploration if we don't deal with it.

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Kentucky to build 3,400-mile state-owned broadband network – and a fight is brewing

DanceMan

Same situation here in Canada as in the US -- very little real competiton.

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The next Cuban gristle crisis: US Navy warship powered by beef fat

DanceMan
Joke

Re: Whale Oil

Whale Oil Beef Hooked!

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Five technologies you shouldn't bother looking out for in 2016

DanceMan

Re: What I'd quite like is an automatic curtain opening and closing system.

Me too, wanted this for decades.

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Is that light at the end of AMD's dark tunnel, or God sparking up a cig?

DanceMan

Ex-AMD fanboy here. Didn't dislike Intel's cpus, just the business practices and potential monopoly. Well, except for P4. My sympathies lie with AMD, but using mostly laptops I would not buy a new or used AMD laptop now for heat, power usage and performance reasons. I keep hoping they can catch up, and they keep falling behind. As the others have said, we need them. Here's hoping.

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