13 posts • joined Sunday 12th December 2010 03:41 GMT
Doesn't Do It Justice
I happened to be driving on a dark country road one night a few years back facing in exactly the right direction when one of these fell about 200 km away along the Alberta, Saskatchewan boarder. It was pitch black. Try to imagine it turning from night, to full day light in about 3 seconds. It was literally like the scene were they turn on the sun in "The Trueman Show". My first though was is that what an ICBM going off looks like? My second though was to pull over, call someone, and make sure I wasn't going crazy. Pretty damned amazing sight.
Not Going To Happen
Our Canadian government just got grilled about selling an oil company to China. The Minister in charge flat out told China not to expect to be able to buy out any more major Canadian companies anytime soon. And the reciprosity terms mean even if they could, they'd have to sell us a comparable company in China; which will happen when pigs fly.
My phone, my credit card, and 5 cents worth of duct tape, and I have wireless payment for gas, grocies, and dozens of other things on my phone. Why is this hard to put in a phone? It's about half a cent worth of copper, and plastic.
I Still Like The Work Functions
As a proud Canuck, I really hope they pull through. I've tried Android, and iPhone 4; I still like BB for business use. Encrypted automatic back up, BB protect, etc. Please fell free to educate me if I can restore my device from the cloud encrypted with another platform in a few minutes.
We Canadians have lakes bigger than the entire UK. I can get a signal from coast to coast. Hell, I drove 150 km from the nearest town, with literally nothing but trees in sight, and my cell phone still worked. How hard could it be to get a signal to all of the UK?
I Work For Myself...
mx18 Alienware's aren't cheap as The Reg recently pointed out, and getting a far inferior system just for work feels like going from a BMW to a Fiesta. (Not to mention would cost precious time, a few seconds at a go adds up over a year.) At some point I will get around to compartmentalizing work/personal, at the moment work PC, and gaming PC are one and the same. I'm just careful to clear all histories before going to a client site, which isn't that often. (Don't want to accidentally click the wrong recently used file, and have it open in the middle of a horror movie or something.)
Now that I think of it having WoW, Bioshock, and Total War icons on my desktop has never been mentioned by a client.
I love my mine.
I wanted a movable desktop replacement. I have that. I'm a strong young guy, so the 30lbs. weight doesn't bother me. It isn't something you carry around the house like an iPad; but I can take it to a client site, or on a trip if needed, and still play games in extreme mode. Also, it makes a great space heater during cold Canadian winters. (Though 240 w is a lot less than the 400w + peripherals desktop it replaced.)
Well last I checked Alberta had more than 100 bil invested in the oil patch. That link goes straight thru the patch to China. Not sure if tankers or rail would be cheaper but we'd sure love to have more than one failing ex-super power as a customer. Hell run a pipeline directly alongside the rail line.
International Law 101
In order to extridite him in any kind of legal way, A) the US needs a treaty with the UK or Sweden, and this is key the be B) they can prove that the crime he is accused of is also a crime in the UK/Sweden. So is it a crime to release diplomatic cables from the US in the UK/Sweden espeacially when they where sent to you, and you didn't hack anything? And C) lastly there must be reciprocity. The US would have to hand over US citizens to Sweden under the same cirmustances. So under international law the US is hosed. However I don't think anyone really experts the US to follow international law.