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Bright lights, affordable motor: Ford puts LED headlights onto Mondeo

DanceMan

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

DanceMan

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

DanceMan

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!

DanceMan

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

DanceMan

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

DanceMan

Lost Words

RIP "fewer"

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

DanceMan

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

DanceMan

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

DanceMan

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

DanceMan

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

DanceMan

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

DanceMan

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

DanceMan

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

DanceMan

Re: What's the point exactly?

firstboot wizard

+1

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Show more CANADIAN-MADE PORN, insists Canadian government

DanceMan

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

DanceMan

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

DanceMan

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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Alien

"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

DanceMan
Mushroom

"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

DanceMan

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!'

DanceMan
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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

DanceMan

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

DanceMan

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

DanceMan

@JaitcH

Thanks for the accurate local info.

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Supermassive BLACK HOLE to stuff MYSTERY gas BLOB into open maw

DanceMan

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

DanceMan

Failed

to make a clean escape.

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China's answer to AIRPOCALYPSE: Fire up the supercomputer

DanceMan
Mushroom

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

DanceMan

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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Russia charges 'criminal organization' behind Blackhole malware kit

DanceMan

'Criminal Organization'?

Thought that was Russia, in recent times. Now it they'd just restricted their targets to outside Russia, they might have been left alone.

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Must try HARDER, infosec lads: We're RUBBISH at killing ZOMBIES

DanceMan

Killing Zombies

There's a card in the window of my favourite card shop. It says "Zombies Eat Brains."

And below it says, "You're Safe."

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REVEALED: How YOU PAY extra for iPHONES - even if you DON'T HAVE ONE

DanceMan

Re: Message to mobile operators

The downvoters need to realize that when a retailer buys from a distributor there is a price based on quantity. Buy 1 to 10 the price is x. Buy 100 the price is x minus something. Buy 1000 it's less yet. When you get into really large quantities, you're into negotiations and bargaining.

I don't support Apple and the hardball tactics employed here, but you have to see the industry practices that underlie them. I want a BB Q10, and its sad to see how a small operator in the market gets muscled out.

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'Best known female architect' angrily defends gigantic vagina

DanceMan

Re: No idea

Swedish airbags? Thought they were Bulgarian.

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Firefox reveals new look: rounded rectangles

DanceMan

Re: Way too fugly....

"So long as it remains completely customizable, it'll be ok"

This is precisely why I use FF. The rounded corners will interfere with my bad habit of many tabs open. I too have customized FF to cram what I want into the toolbars and minimize the space they use. Leave those parts alone and fix the memory leaks again. The extensions and control (Tab Mix Plus) are essential to this FF user.

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Men have LARGE APPENDAGES, are OXYGEN THIEVES: Science

DanceMan

Re: Disparity

Then perhaps you're not old enough to have noticed your feet getting bigger.

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POWER SOURCE that might END humanity's PROBLEMS: A step forward

DanceMan

Re: where there's a will

"The whole world is in a (sic) energy crisis"

More like a population crisis. The amount of energy easily available is relative to the population needing it. Consider the Filipino mother sheltering her 8 (!) kids in the concrete roofed school from the hurricane. How long is that rate of growth sustainable?

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BlackBerry flings John Chen $89 MILLION to save troubled firm

DanceMan

$14m for failure?

And this in a world where bankruptcy can leave workers with unpaid wages and lost pensions?

Why do we keep voting for parties that support this injustice?

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Wayback Machine hardware up in FLAMES (but interwebs' DeLorean WAS backed up)

DanceMan

Simple Solution

Sherman, set the Wayback to before the fire.

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Behold, the MONSTER-CLAWED critter and its terrifying SPIDER BRAIN

DanceMan

Re: "Giant" is not a valid metric unit

The Canadian football field is bigger and wider. Sniff.

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Aereo finds new way to ENRAGE TV barons: An app for Android things

DanceMan

Re: What it will take to kill this and what should be able to do

If you'd like some expert help with antennas, let me recommend this Canadian site with a forum on OTA including quite a bit on antennas:

http://www.digitalhome.ca/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=81

I haven't built one yet, but I intend to since I live on a hill with a good line of sight to transmitters.

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WHY didn't Microsoft buy RIM? Us business blokes would have queued for THAT phone

DanceMan

Re: Sorry?

"It can't be serious, certainly when I think of redheads* the last thing that comes to my mind is disdain."

Never been with any, then?

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NSA's Project Marina stores EVERYONE'S metadata for A YEAR

DanceMan

"You can dick with my privacy as much as you want as long as I can keep my guns and have no affordable healthcare."

The US lacks a real opposition party, so I'm not surprised that this news attracts little to no media attention. They have democracy theatre, not a real democracy.

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Douglas Adams was RIGHT! TINY ALIENS are invading Earth, say boffins

DanceMan

Waiter!

There's a fly in my diatom soup.

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Billionaire engineer Ray Dolby, 80, dies at home in San Francisco

DanceMan

I had outboard Dolby B units I used on reel to reel, and used Dolby B and C on cassette. The comments on dull highs probably apply to pre-recorded cassettes. They certainly didn't to my recordings. If the recording gear or the original recording is crap, results will be crap, Dolby or no.

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Lenovo to ship all new PCs with Start Menu replacement

DanceMan

Do the Hokey-Pokki

Or not.

From the description and considering the app store component, NOT. There are other alternatives.

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