174 posts • joined 25 Feb 2010
Re: Bogus charges
I'm in Laval Quebec , a Bell customer and you guessed it .. i do have a rotary phone dial in a super solid eternal Contempra by Northern Telecom , yes the one with the real bells :) . Much to my surprise it's still fully supported and works like a champ. God bless the rotary dial and it's full support ! Thanks Bell .. apart from that .. they suck , way too high in prices and service is gone down the drain with their call centers now somewhere else on the planet,
Give it all to us ..
There's other services on the airwaves that have just as much right to the spectrum as boyos who use cellphones. Unfortunately the consumer , like usual , gets the shaft. Every type of broadcast is threatened by them .FM radio , hey that takes bandwidth , axe it .. tv ? who cares , axe that too , billions of tv sets ? hey .. consumers just have to throw them away and the manufs will be happy .. who pays ? us .. What they do ? profit from it .. So .. when they talk taking away the bandwidth of more services and tv i got the tendency to tell them : you had your share , sit on it , there's a public out there with tens of bilions in receiving equipment that have rights too.
Re: Moka Pot
I had tons of coffee making equipment, the old Bialetti wins hands down with a good cuban coffee.
was like 25 CDN and the seal ( change twice a year .. or so ) like 1.50 . Worth every penny. Not to mention that the pot will outlive you :)
For a good cert
I'm no part of IBM .
For years ( a decade ) at the DeveloperWorks site there's Linux courses and tests and roads to certificates . These are not only basic skills but also advanced skills and trust me some of them are super usefull for anyone interested in the OS . IBM is serious business . Dont know about Red Hat etc .. but i can only recommend you guys put a nose in that site if you haven't already done so.
More questions than answers.
Again , MS makes me itch all over. I simply believe they should be reigned in solid . When the company decides to unilaterally end support i'm tempted to make the car analogy. If a car maker comes and tells me .. you spend 20K on this little car but in 10 years your car is scrap because we will cut the supply of parts and you will have to buy a new one i'm not sure people will be buying those cars. Specially if the model has been out for 9 years. That one pays full price for a product due to be shelved don't make ANY sense. For operating systems , even more so. We work on the machines and they are bread and butter for companies. The investment in time , resources is way too high to gamble on an operating system that the supplier can , at will , decide to stop support ( no more parts ) .
Is it time to move on ? Yes .. but can we ? No . There's too much stuff companies use that have no equivalent yet that can run on a different OS for say Linux .
Whatever way you look at it , MS has got the general computer users by the ba*** and until legislation is in place to protect the computing industry and users from their tactics we're screwed .
I would not have a problem with them ending support if at the end they would open source the software so we can fix it , but i do oppose , in the strongest terms being screwed by MS having to buy over and over again for software that's going to be crap a few years down the road while the machine we bought and on which the software was installed at the factory still runs and does the job it was intended to do .
Too early for a scotch dang it .. MS is driving me nuts .
Re: What SHOULD Microsoft call its browser?
For one , I got to agree with Rupert. Google opens every email and checks them , They collect all your searches ever , they know more about anyone and everyone than we care to know.
The NSA don't resell their users .Google and Facebook do and are the two worse enemies of privacy liberty and freedom ever.
On the matter of the public's right to know.
When an officer uses deadly force ,shoots someone or else , since he's a pubiic servant he's got no rights to privacy. This principle is well known here in Canada. For certain , the officer would be put on administrative leave and not reintegrated to the force until the end of the investigation and trial if there is one. That very matter should be legislated if it is not. A public servant ( whoever he is ) has no right to withhold his name saying " it's private " , they have to declare their name and number. In this case their laws might be different , but it looks more like a big " cover his ass cause we know he's a murderer and had no valid reason to shoot " than about respecting the law. Police , Sheriffs in the USA enjoy murdering people without valid reasons , specialy in New York . The USA is the wild wild west and the law does not apply to " lawmen " . They are free to murder anyone they want and walk a free man.
Ouch ? yes .. i hope it hits every American in the nuts and bolts and make em react and write their legislatures that they got enough of that crap .
You got to be kidding
Neither of those men Lobban or Rogers would ever tell a lie. Never ever the hell ever.
Suggesting it might make you a new candidate for a free trip to Guantanamo though ..
Others are not so bad about it ..
Videotron for example. They asked me to hold a second , transfered me to the " retention agent " , told them , please unsubscribe me , agent : is there anything i can do that will change your mind ? " I said " no ..service from Bell is ordered. " that was the end of it .
Not all companies are as bad as Comcast.
Re: All in favour say Eye
Intuitively the family knows before the tests.Those of us who live or have lived with a relative that has Alzhemers know this . There's little things , little clues. Things forgotten , or a memory that changed.
By the time the Doc posed a diagnosis , we all know what's going to happen. The drugs that were tried gave results for a bit less than a year , there were no noticeable side effects , but in the end , it does not change a thing , progressively the illness keeps getting worse and worse , family takes a serious hit and eventually have to come to terms with the death of their relatives. We all must go. I hope for a cure for all those who suffer the same hell . I hope this test works out fine and helps keep this infernal illness in check. The cure might never come , but there's a little light for the families and friends of those who suffer this atrocious disease. Maybe one day. But for a many , for millions , this is going to come too late. Please backup Alzheimer's research.
Epic Failure = Increased share price.
If you can find the logic in this , i can't . Firing 18000 people is no accomplishment , it's an epic failure.
I totally wish the workers and families good luck. But rewarding execs for firing masses of people is totally indecent. He should fire himself first. MS can now go to hell and i'm not sure anyone will care.
Friends don't need to spy on each other , they take the phone and talk.
The USA are no friends they are the new common enemy to the free world and a free society.
They got the FAIL of the century calling themselves " friends to the free world ".
Re: Not so fast...
Like , they care ? All they want it money thrown their way.
Really another format is all we truly don't need in high end A/V.
Similar sets of equations.
In science there's little room to wiggle. Gravity applies whether you're in another galaxy or the planet next door. So does the speed of light. We are all faced in the universe with a set of rules and though we are fond of romance and adventure fact is that aliens and us are faced with the same problems. Unfortunate.
Faster than light travel is impossible and to come here for aliens is as long as we going there. Aliens ?
Guess we'd all like to greet them but in reality , for now at least , we're very much alone. Maybe for the best. As was said before , to go through the trouble of going on travel for thousands of years to meet us , their intentions might not be as good as ours. Roasted human with ketchup anyone ?
Now they dont need to.
They have the tools to make physical surveillance quite unnecessary, they cover all our means of communications , except perhaps carrier pigeons .. and even then , i'm not so sure they're not undercover agents ^^ . Still , freedom liberty and free speech are at stake and frankly can we not react to living under constant surveillance. The earth feels like an open air prison. Yet noone revolts strongly thinking a bit of security is worth abandoning what's left of our privacy and freedom . Pathetic. I need a strong one. Mine's the one with " I love the freedom, fsck the NSA " on the back.
They still have users ?
Dang .. what are they waiting for to shut their accounts down and forget them ?
Get a life , Get off Facebook.
Attorneys or cyanide anyone ?
Man , what a document !.. anyone reading through that is either desperate for punishment or an attorney.
What a pain ! I'm more confused now that after spending a half hour tumbling in a dryer .
Congratulations to anyone finishing that document , i'd rather enjoy a capsule of cyanide. :)
Re: (Up to) 10 years...
Georges Brassens ( for those of you who enjoy bilingualism ) said it best in an old song.
Quand on est con , on est con. Time won't fix a thing ,he's born that way and will stay that way.
Good for us .. we have an infinite suppy of idiotic behavior to keep us amused :)
All good intentions
Come on .. the CIA was just trying to be courteous towards one of a US Citizen in need of assistance .. they were to take him on a personalised tour so he could relax at one of the world most famous hotels and enjoy superb dining in Cuba . Really people .. you should stop seeing conspiracies and evil where there's none .. The cheerfull lads at the CIA have , haven't and never do any wrong or anything illegal. Nothing but good intentions.
( Note : this comment was written with a cheerfull CIA operative pointing a silenced .45 at my temple .. nothing to see here , it's for my security .. or so i'm told ...
Re: Stone Age?
in the 90's Hydro Quebec which has particularly long lines lost the network for a period exactly because of the particularly long lengths of cable going from James Bay to Montreal. That has been fixed they are now able to handle the situation without the extensive downtime and cost . I thought it worthy to let know that this is a phenomena that we dealt with a long time ago and that power companies should have all corrected by now.
Re: When is it going to happen?
Yep .. you need a positronic brain to make it work. It will take several more generations to come up with suitable processing hardware and sensorsd that you will be able to fit in a humanoid shaped robot For now .. all we can do is watch mechanical dummies go about without a purpose.
This is why we should fight against it.
Want an example of why we should be worried about snooping on the internet ?
Take a load of this morning headline :
Thai junta tracks internet posting to capture protest leader
gulfnews.com - 1 hour ago
Bangkok: Thai security forces have tracked down and detained a prominent activist who helped organise protests against last month's military coup from comments he posted on the internet, officials said on Friday.
That's why. Dissidents , freedom of expression and political freedoms are in the balance.
I don't make up that stuff. That's part of the power they have in their hands. Imagine what damage these capabilities can do to our own way of life . One day ,they will. Just a matter of when and who.
Who's the tard that downvoted this post ? Confess to your sins ! :)
The intel agencies have all the details of your connection .. which they wouldn't had you used one of the aforementioned old trusty and reliable techniques. lol
Have a great weekend.
Bad bad idea .. might as well say all health records of every individual is now public.
Privacy in healthcare starts with a paper file kept at the doctor's office .
Biting the hand ..
that feeds IT is spot on for that article .. We HAVE to bite back. This has gone on long enough , we pay for that shit , whether in Canada UK USA we're all targets , files made on us not only by governments but commercial entities that feed em everything they got . Look at one point we have to take a side and start fighting back. We're living in open air prisons. The walls are electronic. Cameras , mics , policemen wearing cameras shooting everything , all the communications and connections tapped and harvested.
The surveillance is total , now , today , this minute , the prison is real. Leaks gave everyone a feeling of uneasyness , we all live under the " oh .. if you express your views of dissent the government will know who you are and put it in your file " .. look , it's worse than we think . So .. what's the reality ?
We do not need speculation , we need hard facts. The publication today of those informations is helpfull to the People who's Governments constantly dismiss laws and constitution and give go aheads to acts that are AGAINST it's own People. The People are part of the real targets . The Governments are out of order and their agencies are the outlaws , not us. Who needs walls when you control electronically every aspect of their lives and can " go get " anyone because they got their cells on with location available at the press of a button ? If i had said this 10 years ago , i'd have been a loonie ..nowadays , can we dismiss the discourse and not find it to be an accurate representation of what the Goverment is doing ?
The electronic noose around our necks is real. The walls around us are real and they're almost complete. We surpass Orwell's worst nightmare by a landslide . Is it not time to bite back ?
We have a choice , we start to voice WAY stronger voices , we start getting in the streets and force changes , or we let the final bricks be laid and kiss the illusion of freedom we got left goodbye ?
My mind is well balanced and what i see ahead scares the shit out of me . I see the next brick .
Frankly , i think it's already too late.
Imagine if all they accumulated on everyone is being put to use to lay criminal charges ..
" hey Paul .. i got a new batch of pot " < set of handcuffs >
" hey ma .. my driver's license is expired .. < geolocation > < ticket >
" i give you the job , ill pay cash so we don't pay taxes " < similar set of handcuffs >
See what i am driving at ? What they pretend is to try to fight spying etc can be put to use to convict people that normally would not have been. The game for our freedom is on. It's up to you to fight for your rights. Just hope it aint too late. Trusting the Governments ? You got to be kidding .
Re: I still say this is ripe for abuse.
" Any electronic device can be unbricked and reprogrammed by somebody with the right skill set."
Personally .. id like to see all forms of memory be rigged with on chip self destruct , bricks the phone and kills all data in one shot. The latter part seemingly being of high interest.
How long ?
I do not understand how we're not millions in the streets protesting . How long will the People of Earth endure what's going on against them , this war against The People rights and freedoms . Yet people endure .. but for how long ?
Re: Terible idea
I totally hate the look and feel of Chrome .. that's why i use Firefox .. Maybe we see a second Gnome event of sorts. Don't listen to the users , make something totally different and that does not fill the needs tastes of your users and tank. Clearly noone listens to the users, again , and is getting set for a major drop in popularity imho. Some people just don't know when to stop and totally spoil the sauce.
The USA . A government of the people , by corporations for the corporations .
( Note : The USA is not a democracy by any stretch of imagination. That's what a political system turns into when it accepts company contributions for politics. They buy politicians with millions in campaign contributions . F*** the People , who cares about the people when money is involved ? Certainly not the politicians .. they're the ones who have been bought .. ( right answer is noone that could change things they are too busy counting their company contributed dosh ) ).
Re: Bill from Lavaboom here
Hey Bill .
Many folks will make the jump. I for one subscribed. The world is more than ready for a service out of the US territory . Ill be waiting the other side of Easter . Many folks like I am are ready to pay for a good service. Congratulations and best of luck.
Re: WAAAAAIT a minute....stop.
Yeah .. and you can do that for free using linux instead of w7 .
VirtualBox is available for every distro. There's no reason to use Win7 if you want to run XP .
So loading the Gnome Foundation with company men didn't do any good eh ?
Until came the era of corporates leading the project everything was fine , it was user made for users.
Corps went for any idiotic thing their board told them to , they obeyed their masters and totally flunked.
Gnome is finished ? Too f******* bad , they just had to keep it real , hear the users and act to fulfill their needs , not those of greedy corps that don't give a shit if they torpedo the whole desktop.
Annoying ? You bet , but this will hit below the belt.
With all those 0 day floating around is it not obvious that the it security community is just sitting on their hands ? Security researchers seem to be totally inadequate in their jobs to protect us. Which brings me to the annoyance ... Are security researchers in the bag of the agencies ? Certainly looks that way and i am truly suspicious of ANY encryption being in the same backdoored 0 day on purpose category to let totalitarian regimes ( ex USA ) and police states ( again USA ) regimes to crack down on people and attack civil liberties the world around. I do not trust security researchers . Not one dang bit. IMHO they are in the pockets of the security agencies to deliver them the goods to attack us civilians .
Pondering an upgrade..
One of the boxes here that i use as gateway/firewall and simple surfing has a venerable
Voodoo 3 .. One day ill change ( maybe ) but like for anything else the use drives the purchase. Nice card for those that can afford it but afaic , 4k can go to hell. Ill wait till all my gear is borked and 8k or 16k is in . The video quality difference between 1080 and 4k does not warrant shelving gear.
Re: ROE (Rules of Engagement)
The days of the computer phone modem seem to be near, again. A single computer to computer comm via telephone line,encrypted to the max seem a more private means of communication.
In the early 2000's ( 3 4 ) we had walkie talkie / phones it would use the same network but in direct client to client . Worked great and everyone was happy. That was nextel in the south east US . Construction , electronics , you name it , we all loved that ptt . For trades it was an excellent tool.
Beginning of the end
Bad bad bad .. we liked FF for we could totally get rid of advertisement. Firefox now sells us.
What next .. they will make sure we can't do a thing about what personal info is sent to their advertising customers ? Make sure the browser does not protect us but sell us wholesale passwords and credit card numbers and history and the rest to their advert customers ?
Major mistake : credibility down to 0
By doing it with satellites that have cameras they could id the car we're in and follow us everywhere around the earth. A missed opportunity to spy on us more efficiently . Unless they already do it and i haven't heard of it yet ..
It's not about you
It's about broadcasting equipment . The strategy is sell something that is not working at the broadcaster level to force them to invest hundreds of billions into tech that can handle 4k .
Broadcasters just completed the run to HD in most cases ,many still haven't , think they're interested in spending cash for the sake of turning the wheels of the consumer tv market ? hell no .
Think twice . Consumers don't have the say in what TV stations transmit or not. 4K Is far from being a done deal in fact the broadcast industry will skip it and go directly to higher definitions. That's the " insider " word.
Customer beware . Call your carriers and broadcasters first before you make a tech choice that is really not your's to make.
" Ex-CIA techie Snowden " Ain't that supposed to be NSA ?
Never write or read articles before the first cup of coffee.
IT Personality of the Year
I'd like to nominate Edward Snowden for IT Personality of the Year. For his service to the common man , to freedom ,liberty and dissemination of knowledge he certainly wins hands down without even trying.
To be fair cable cutters are cheap.
What about a pair of cutters ?
Is it THAT hard to cut the internet from their facility's " critical " machinery ?
I can fix the problem in less than a minute. What's this line going outside the building ? > SNIP <
Finish. case closed. Is the obvious perhaps too obvious ?
Try to convince stations that have millions in equipment ,towers transmitters and are amking a living to just let go. Won't happen. FM 88/108 MC penetrates rather well in buildings , got tremendous coverage of at least a hundred miles all around the transmitter and sounds great. Noone can even begin to tell me DAB is better than a tx at a nice low fm frequency to get in contact with car traffic , trucks on the roads etc. Rest assured broadcasters would throw a fit to hear that they are out of business to please another group . Politicians beware , stay out of broadcast radio. You will find the radio set owners , car owners , stereo set owners , personal fm radio owners and quite a few more chaps biting hard. .. in fact expect a mugging and your quick demise. We'll get Simon in as counsel on how best to dispose of the man
Why do manufacturers do not open source their apps when they abandon them ?
It would be logical to do so.
I knew you guys still were sour about the Falklands war but this is ridiculous :) Hitting people over the head with satellites .. shame on you
Hi .. im in Laval where this happened. Indeed they been arrested and i hope those teens learn a lesson in jail , but this morning Toronto police and a bunch other constabulary forces nabbed over 350 people , docs , priests , pastors , teachers etc that were involved in a juvenile porn ring. This is a major problem , not only in Canada but all around the world. The IT angle ? Electronic surveillance : they did get these people using taps , and they did a job noone can argue about , used all means to catch these ( add unprintable comments here ) .. excuse me for callig them people. Ever since the NSA scandal broke into the open , we have asked for more privacy , more ways to steer clear of instances that do operate surveillance , but some of it , we must admit is good surveillance with positive impacts on our lives. The old " think of the children " applies here . I admit i am totally split on the issue because there's a lot of good , children were rescued in this nab , they been freed from horrible pedophiles. On the other hand .. there's people abusing their military power and financial advantages and make surveillance total and that is totally unacceptable . Maybe through laws voted by courageous politicians ( ..yeah..< gulp > ) we will find the right equilibrium between communications privacy and really needed public safety access to information. This is certainly ( those two cases ) an excellent example of why my wish for keeping communications private must be balanced with the greater interest of the community. I never thought i'd say this .. but i believe keeping the encryption to a level that can be broken by police forces have some advantages . In this case it saved lives , it put criminals in jail . What a week .. We won't get in Rob Ford .. i'd loose it . Have a great weekend .
I miss the site terribly . I used to go there daily for news , comments and in depth analysis of the behind the scenes games that are played out in the courts . Sorely missed is the word. I surely hope someone will step up with the knowledge of PJ , somehow that someone will surface and keep this type of information/reporting alive. We need someone to expose the shenanigans and put it out in the public view and within the range of the public's legal understanding. Yeah .. sorely missed , an IT resource gone in the wake of the NSA's outrageous actions and spying. I think it was a thin excuse , but i respect her decision.
IT angle ..
I was truly lookign for the IT angle in the article when i realised that the creature described sounded a lot like Steve Ballmer . Sharp teeth , poison dart, bad tempered .. flesh eater .. only difference i can spot is about throwing chairs and tables ..
I , for one , want to personally welcome our new platypus overlords .. time for a pint .. :)
I did give QNX a call and they do not know where to find a copy. The support personnel i talked to had no idea what i was talking about. Had indeed the OS browser , file management plus installer on that floppy.
If you got a copy around anywhere let me know .
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