* Posts by Alistair

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This local council paid HOW MUCH for an SD card?!

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Re: Missing the important question

..... And what PII was on the unencrypted SD card left in the local starbucks?

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Visiting America? US border agents want your Twitter, Facebook URLs

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Re: Is there a kickstarter fund i can contribute to....

@C.O.

*thank you* for putting a smile on my face in the office this morning.

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DARPA's 'flying wing' drone inches closer to lift-off

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if they're only dropping $18M on the research model;

FInal model prices should be in the $2-$5M range, and you can run far more than one in a flight. Makes a bit of a difference in the results when you send a swarm of bees/locusts instead of single eagle. There is *some* logic here. Rather rare if you ask me.

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Countdown to Jupiter: Juno just seven days from orbit

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All this jupiter info we'll be getting

May well destroy a book series I recall reading a *long* time ago - its somewhat vague, but involved someone becoming a benevolent dictator ruling from a moon around jupiter. It was a fun series. Can't for the life of me recall the title.

In any case, Cheers, but no beer till the orbits done. Want steady hands on those keyboards. Good luck guys and gals.

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NVMe SSDs tormented for months in some kind of sick review game

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NVMe devices

I'm old enough that calling them (or for that matter SSDs, SD cards etc) "drives" just doesn't quite feel correct.

@ ATCSNWT:

This was an example of Pottorture.

Trevor:

Given a distributed computing environment, and these being available in the 2G range, I'm actually considering one per node as scratchpad tmp space - we've an ETL that runs and generates up to 200,000 temporary files in a 100Gb lv that *might* just be precipitating internal timeouts. If we can serialize that we'd be able to keep it under 2G of data at a time. These just might be fast enough for that. Thoughts?

Beer for playing with toys.

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Down and out in the Middle Kingdom: Beijing is sinking

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Re: "delicious example of the challenge of science writing in non-metric America"

Interesting Putters. Leftpondian, only a few years older here. Being Canuck, I've learned Feet, Pounds, Gallons (*both of them*) Quarts, liters metres and kilos. And oddly, Stone, bushels, tons (*both of them*), acres, hectares and about 11 other ways of measuring land area. -- I think our British heritage and unfortunate proximity to them down south gave me the best and worst of both sides of the equation(s).

I wonder is there a Chinese version of The Tragically Hip?

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'Leave EU means...' WHAT?! Britons ask Google after results declared

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Re: So how long before ...

"So why should fuel at the pump rise?"

Because they are responsible to the stockholders, and there's an opportunity to make a profit.

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PM resigns as Britain votes to leave EU

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Far side of the Pond, watching.

Not having been day to day in the media over there, perhaps what I've seen offhand was not completely representative of what was in full flight.

Leave media presentation mirrored Trump's campaign, picking the lowest of denominators, inflating fear and hate, niggling "that nasty bugger over there is taking your cookie away" messages. Mostly insinuations that the money going to EU was effectively being stolen and handed to lazy, no good, invading, other (coloured/religion/political orientation/sexuality/hair style) people. Essentially the campaign appeared designed to appeal to the basest component of the lizard brains.

Remain media presentations sounded mostly like Clinton's campaign. Obfuscation, indirection, look at the cute bunnies from Europe, We'll get lots of cookies! etc etc.

At least in the US there is a third option.

What bothers me *most* (not just US election, BREXIT stuff etc) is just how much of what is being spewed by *all* the media sources out there is specifically designed from the top down to split the populace into groups. This is the *REAL* racism that is out there. More aligned with the idea that the target audience of the media needs to be alienated against the target audience of another media.

It appears to me that those running these media have every intention of enjoying sitting back and chomping on their popcorn while those of us in the trenches of life run around stabbing one another in the back/face/leg/arm/chest as frequently as we can.

Then again, perhaps I'm just awake, and not living the dream.

Beer, at least an attempt was made at a democratic process -- celebrate *THAT* at least.

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Germany: If Brits vote to Remain, we'll admit Hurst's 1966 goal was a goal

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Re: Dear Germany...

Sadly it applied equally in the Dominican Republic the last we were there.

Perhaps somewhat more disturbing was the noise one herd made when they discovered that the pool boys had picked them all up around 8:30 and put them back. That lot would give German tourists a bad name in any location. I assumed that they were a specific subsect of German.

GK, Have a cold one for affirming that its not a standard practice.

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Zuck covers up mic and cam pickup because sharing isn't always good

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Re: Trompe l'oeil

Hmmm.

A prescient french expression.

Trump lol.

*cough*

<je suis canadien, merci>

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Re: Taping over the mic has no effect at all, it's just another membrane.

@Voyna, I'm assuming that all the quacking will cover the real discussion.

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Put storage inside the individual hosts of a virtual cluster? You're CRAZY... Like a fox

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@ Trevor:

Any word on integration with other tools with this set of toys?

Cloudforms etc?

Pretty little Fenec. It needs more treats.

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Utah sheriffs blow $10,000 on smut-sniffing Labrador

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Re: Porn? Oh, horror!

Potemkine:

No, they are not taking over. They've been running the show for the last 30 years.

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Cash-strapped English and Welsh cops prepare to centralise all 43 forces' websites

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@Alister

felt like upvoting myself.

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Not smiling for the camera? Adobe's Creative Cloud suite can fix that

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Re: It's interesting how things change back to where they were before

"Now we're heading back to the idea of editing reality"

Umm. Heading back?

You really haven't been paying much attention to mainstream media/social media have you?. Its just become a cultural phenomenon now.

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HP global battery recall

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HP out for lunch.

"We'll be back soon" message at the site so I can't check my laptop.

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OpenIO pulls up ARM controller SOCs: Kinetic's Marvellous... can anybody do it?

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SOC running a disk.

Lord.

ethernet please, although I don't care if its on copper or optical.

connect em all to the network directly, slap clustering software on the SOC. Use IPMI/RESTful.

do it smart and use IPV6 local domain for the disk to disk comms and clustering control, put the objectstore REST api on ipv4 for the clients.

Wheeeee. 4 or 5 C&C/Index servers. Who needs big storage systems.

*grin*

<I'm tired, punchy and feeling adventurous. Take away my sudo su - now!!!>

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Rejoice, fatties: Giving chocolate electric shocks makes it healthier

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@VRH

I agree. Most 'candy bars' don't have enough chocolate in them to warrant the effort. Mind you we have a local chocolatier that notes their equipment can't work on >75% due to viscosity issues. I'll pass the source data to them. Might warrant both a weekend working on the kit and a tasting session.

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You lucky creatures! Mammals only JUUUST survived asteroid that killed dinosaurs

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Nope, nope, nope.

< points at the other article >

There's a poster about that would tell y'all it was a lie cooked up by the scientific community to bend your brain, and that they had no clue what they were talking about. Those things are complete lies, never happened, can't happen. And he can prove it by throwing out most of the science.

< cough >

< Currently reading "Evolution: The whole story" to the ten year old for bedtime. At HIS request >

http://www.fireflybooks.com/index.php/catalogue/product/11185-evolution-the-whole-story?search=2015%20Fall

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Watch as SpaceX's latest Falcon rocket burns then crashes

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Re: Root cause

Esme:

Upvoted. You've managed to sum up my perspective. With startlingly similar perspective.

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Non-US encryption is 'theoretical,' claims CIA chief in backdoor debate

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Re: The CIA has changed (will change)?

Upvote for the reference to TL.

Personally think that we need to force Weird Al to redo all his stuff. Its almost all still relevant. And that fits with Hollywood's current mandate.

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Edgier Edge pledge: TLS fledge no speed wedge, Redmond man said

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Really really long setup time

250ms.

Given that most folks can't determine how long a second is without a mechanical device, I doubt that it is a single 250ms wait that is the issue. But rather the 75 250ms waits for the 13 ad feed sites that need to reference 5 devops reference sites to pull down snippets of code. And then the minute and a half it takes to sort all that crap out and run it in something approaching order, then go fetch the actual crap content from all the ad streams. And we haven't actually gotten to the stuff we wanted to see in the FIRST damn place.

NoScript to the rescue.

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TAFE's troubled TITSUP tech terminated AT BLOODY LAST

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Outsourcing 'magic fingers'

IT is cheaper when its outsourced, see, look we'll do it for less.

<contracts signed>

Oh, no, that isn't in your contract, here sign this for this action.

<bills arrive>

Yes, we're billing for that separately, it wasn't in the initial contract, so its an additional cost.

Well, yes in fact it is more than the contract payment.

<news media>

A disney tune comes to mind ... "A story as old as time".

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Laser probers sniff more gravitational waves from mega black hole smash

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LIGO lasers spot wibble wobble across the universe.

(background music from 80s)

Nice that we're adding to the knowledge pool. Hopefully they refine the maths some more.

I suppose the "next generation" of this creature will require nodes at L3 and L5 to gain more accurate/greater angular information. -- At least I'd suppose that they'd get a more intriguing set of data to work with.

RebelScience. - Oddly I think we need to leave that lot off in a corner spouting gibberish. They tend to help prove the point that real science is hard and takes work, and, oh; logic. That skill that people seem to keep forgetting drove our knowledge from "Lightning means the Gods are Angry" to "One small step for man...."

And I'll agree, Lester would have loved this one. /salut

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BOFH: Follow the paper trail

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I see the PFY

Spending several days in an ITIL course in the very near future. Along with the consultant.

Yay for friday BOFH.

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Password reset: 45 million creds leak from popular .com forums

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hmmmm

Advertising company perhaps:

Owns many fora.

has large data breach

Data breach reveals numerous (password collision/hash collision etc) indications of massive bot invasion.

a) company seems not concerned about data breach

b) company seems not concerned about bot invasion.

No. Not me cynical. never.

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Lester Haines: RIP

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Sad, very sad to see such wit depart.

I'll definitely raise a dram to salute him, and can only offer <long distance,digital> hugs and best wishes to his family.

Now, Trevor, lets get the LOHAN stuff up here and we can fire it off in northern Saskatchewan in salute.

<somewhat scary since we share a phenotype and an age>

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Prenda Law's copyright-trolling shakedown scam slammed AGAIN

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<quote>Followed by a ritual beating,</quote>

I rather suspect being forced to watch the entirety of what they were posting as bait, on an endless loop, for the same period of time they've been dragging this mess out in courts would suffice. Preferably with a Kubric style eyelid management attachment.

<what? me? vindictive? sadisitic? naaaaaaaaaaaah>

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NASA's astroboffins spot the largest ever Tatooine planet

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Considering people. And elections,

I just want to go there to find out first hand.

But then I'm quite crusty today.

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Microsoft and LinkedIn: What the CEOs are planning

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Windows 10 Update

Software, Linked In, Microsoft Edition.

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Microsoft buys LinkedIn for the price of 36 Instagrams

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A brand new hackronym

Micro Linked In Sofware Enterprise (edition)

(I'll duck out the door now)

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Developer waits two years for management to define project

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Re: Signal to noise

Diesel Test.

Microwave

popcorn maker

industrial coffee maker.

Dismay, heartbreak, breaker flip. Dead data center.

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Brexit threatens Cornish pasty's racial purity

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Over here.

We have the 'Jamaican Patty'

Oh lord the sputtering and spitting and bitching.

Meat, in pastry, sometimes with flavour, sometimes without. Occasionally it has a bit of bite to it.

Personally its Friday, and I'm thinking Manchurian Beef and Atomic noodles from a Hakka place that covers foods from about 70% of the planet. All of them spicy and thrilling to the palate.

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Cold space gas? Sure, supermassive black holes can eat that. Nom, nom, nom

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The question is of course:

If the black hole is sucking in all this cold gas, how long before the terrorist can hit the button and make it go boom in the middle of the crowded street?

<This question brought to you by the NSA/CIA/CGHQ and the guardian>

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Oooooklahoma! Where the cops can stop and empty your bank cards – on just a hunch

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Re: Graft

"The bench shysters including the Nine Eight Seniles apparently do not understand what a warrant is.

FTFY, Courtesy of the Republican Congress Critters.

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Mushroom farm PC left in the dark and fed … you know the rest

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Re: Not paid in, but...

We ended up with a rather nice living room painting after recovering about 120 or so lithographic image stencils from a laptop that had met the underside of a car tire one evening. The lady in question isn't in any museums, but does a rather nice business in watercolours. She also makes *really good* espresso. According to SWMBO I didn't stop talking for two days.

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Shhhh! Facebook is listening

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Does anyone else here use

Tinfoil for facebook?

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Seattle Suehawks: Smart meter hush-up launched because, er ... terrorism

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We can't tell you about that

You might break it if you knew.

<It in this case being our kneecaps>

I have dealt with a manager who freaked out when a process I set up and ran sent MD5 sums of transferred files in a separate email to both ends. "It tells them what we use".

Urr, no, no it doesn't.

In all cases like this, it would be management/C suite non techie types pulling the kneejerk "Oh crap I don't know what that means, so we must be giving away the farm". I *hope* that the techies that built it did so with a modicum of security in mind, however, given what all of the big corporates are up to these days, lowest cost, shortest turnaround, etc etc .... It likely will give away the farm.

<grumpy bastard this morning, despite decent coffee>

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Hand the security cookbook to your robot butler: Time to automate

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Errrr.

we've been doing this for years. cfengine has policy settings and tests. gets applied at the end of kickstart. Gets validated twice a day. Reports. output. lists.

What? you haven't? Silly devops.

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ENISA / Europol almost argue against crypto backdoors

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One statistic that we *never* hear about

We were unable to prosecute ######## criminal events due to encrypted communications.

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Hack probing poodle sacrifice cuffed for public crap

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Now is it any wonder .....

That Trump is a presidential nominee?

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Airbus to build plane that's even uglier than the A380

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Urph. in YYZ

One of our approach lanes clears a Wendy's parking lot at just under 80'.

Sunny days that Wendy's does spectacular business.

I regularly run past that spot coming home from office. I've stopped quite a few times to sit and oogle the craft as the come in.

A380 coming in over that spot is .... just ..... staggering, and apparently for more than a few folks outright terrifying.

I was there when the russian giant came in -- that sucker *screams* even on landing.

Would love to see one of these land here, but sadly that is not likely to ever happen.

Its friday. Of a long weekend. Its a gorgeous day out there. And I will be partaking of deckbeer later today. Have one.

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Guilty! Trump delivers orange justice to Amazon

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Re: Channel The Apprentice?

While I agree with most of what you say Trevor, as usual, I contest that Bernie has lost. Clintons have many friends in the wrong places spinning image. I'm going to wait and see what happens in the actual convention. Obama's nomination set the stage for Bernie to come from behind and stomp all over Hillary.

I rather suspect that the Democrats will look over their shoulders at the Bush legacy in the Republican party and think at least once about how badly that went.

As for DT, well, what he did was pander to the lowest common denominator. Now that he has cleared the field, I'm rather suspecting that we'll see a *lot* of back-pedalling and "oh man, can't you take a joke" type reactions to things being levered against him. As far as he's concerned, this has worked for hundreds of politicians before him, why shouldn't it work for him? One thing can be said is that his positions have not pandered to the Christian right quite as maniacally as the *rest* of the republican nominees did, and this may well be one of the pivotal components of his candidacy in the party. This remains to be seen, but DT *will* have to answer those questions in the long run.

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CIA says it 'accidentally' nuked torture report hard drive

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Bernard:

Have an upvote just for the reference to my favourite TV detective. (and Grandfatherly book reader)

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Re: Uncle Sam goes Full Monty Root with Failed State Lap Dog Puppet Regime Routine ‽ .*

AMfM:

" I suppose that is a question which will be answered correctly with valid leadership, and that is something which media will surely tell us if it exist mainstream."

"Rome had always had its fair share of bad emperors. Caligula, Nero, Commodus are such examples. But there always followed good emperors to correct their errors. At Rome's end however, there were really no good rulers"

I suppose that in some *slim* case we may find that the US pulls its collective head out of it's collective ass, but.

"Those who ignore history are bound to repeat it"

@Gray:

No, you aren't too sober, AMfM simply speaks a unique language. I've noticed it seems to take some time to acquire the ability to translate it in flight. A minimum of a bronze badge is required to comprehend AMfM.

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What's holding up Canada's internet?

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I really should stay out of this

Since I work for one of them. Have for 18 years. <not on the customer provisioning/infrastructure side>.

I'm inclined to agree with much of what Trevor says here - the regulatory capture of the CRTC was complete quite some time ago. I DO question however the FTTH statements anyone makes here - there are damn few FTTH locations in Canada with any volume. Do the back haul math and you'll see that the ISP's are basically refusing to play in the sandbox as they'll only provision FTTH where they OWN the back haul. The network providers are getting almost 0 from the ISPs.

I'd be happy with a crapton of socialism applied to the internet pipes of Canada, since effectively, in a country that has some of the brightest engineers on that front, we're *more* than capable of having both wired internet and cellular internet that just plain delivers, technically the equal of anything in Europe, which seems to be setting the standards for internet connections.

But ever since the tea party poisoned the conservative party up here that word, socialism, causes random apoplectic seizures in about 12% of the population. The same 12% of the population that happily drives on the roads, uses the water in their taps and goes for walks in our parks.

The big three don't want to sell you internet, phone and cable, they want to sell you a pipe, and then microcharge you for every small service you put through that pipe, one thing at a time. It looks real good on paper, but its all about adding to the profits. If the back haul provisioning Network Carriers did that to the big three -- you'd not hear the end of it until your bill from the ISP ended up being worse than your mortgage.

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FBI director claims that videoing police is causing crime uptick

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Re: Nothing to hide : Nothing to fear

Trevor:

Have to admit that on average our police forces (up here) are generally much better behaved than they are down south.

But I'll agree that the ones down south have been more or less loosing the war, and their minds. Which makes those armouries kinda scary scary boom boom bang.

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Tabby's Star's twinkle probably the boring business of calibration

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Re: It is aliens

That's no Dyson Sphere they're building. They've taken solar energy to the next level, and every once in a while they have a short somewhere.....

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Spaniard live streams 195km/h burn-up

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Re: I found...

Darryl:

That isn't restricted to those west of the lakes. Full time issue here in ON. Two lanes here means 4 lanes to them (Its an offroad vehicle innit?, shoulder means nothin). Put em on the 400 series and they're still dunces. They seem to think they can stop on a dime, jump over small cars, barriers and bullnoses.

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Icy Hydra outshines its dirty neighbour Charon

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I call connection shaming!!

Shame on you ElReg!

Calling that wonderful information pipeline to New Horizons S**nny!!!

<because some folks just dont get them>

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