* Posts by CanadianMacFan

114 posts • joined 21 Oct 2010

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Huawei Honor 8 Pro: Makes iPhone 7 Plus look a bit crap

CanadianMacFan

Yet another large "phone"

Is there any company that makes smaller phones? I know that Apple has the SE but I'm not going to pay their asking price for a phone that has a bunch of features missing. It was bad enough when they had the two sizes and the plus version had a couple of extras. Now they bring out the SE halfway through the normal cycle (which they didn't this year) and it's missing the big features altogether. For the most part it just has things like the processor upgrade.

Bring out the phone in the three sizes and have all three equal except for the screen size. And f*ck off about making them thinner all of the time. Nobody is screaming about wanting them thinner. How about making them a bit thicker for once and put some more battery back in? Apple has acknowledged the problem since it's selling external battery packs. If people are willing to put that ugly thing on their phone then they would be more than willing to have a phone that's a bit thicker.

Yes, I do like my Apple stuff. I used to be a fan but Apple's products have been going downhill since Jobs passed away. And I have (I didn't want to put the pun in with the contraction) never been afraid of calling them out, as you can see. Their stuff has usually worked but it's getting less user friendly. If something better came along I would switch.

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Man sues date for cinema texting fiasco, demands $17.31

CanadianMacFan

Re: This guy is about to become a legend

What children? They'll start, she'll whip out the phone to text a friend, and he'll leave the room frustrated.

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O (n^2) Canada! Code bugs knacker buses, TV, broadband, phone lines

CanadianMacFan

Re: 100% own goal.

I will admit that the middle of the night would probably be the best time but the middle of the day isn't that bad for TV as most of the viewers are at work or school. You aren't going to do it during the evening as that's when prime viewing time is. The morning probably has people catching up on news.

Actually, why aren't there extra systems in place to handle failures or extra load? They've shown with this upgrade that their system has a single point of failure.

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'I feel violated': Engineer who pointed out traffic signals flaw fined for 'unlicensed engineering'

CanadianMacFan

Re: Landgrab again

But in Canada engineer isn't a protected designation. That's why we have domestic engineers, sanitation engineers, etc. The equivalent to the engineer in Oregon is Professional Engineer and every province has an organization that enforces the rules, as like for medical doctors. Having a degree from university isn't enough to call yourself a professional engineer. You need to sit a test that challenges your technical, legal, and ethical knowledge.

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CanadianMacFan

Re: Self description

He could have even said that he was trained as an engineer or had a degree in engineering and would have been fine as those don't make the claim he is acting as an engineer. Though he didn't really need to say anything about his profession and let the math speak for itself.

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HPE's Australian tax failures may have been user error

CanadianMacFan

Certainly was user error

And that was to go with HPE in the first place. I haven't used any of their 3PAR hardware but if it's anything like their first generation of blade computers which I have first hand working knowledge of then I wouldn't want to touch their hardware.

The only good thing I ever had to say about those blades was that if you ever needed to warm up and you were in the data centre then you could stand behind those. We had to put in special cooling to handle the heat coming off of them. And the shutting down of the whole rack to change a power supply was just nuts.

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FBI let alleged pedo walk free rather than explain how they snared him

CanadianMacFan

Fighting Child Porn Like Fighting Drugs

Police everywhere seem to be fighting child porn and the distribution of images in the same manner as they do the distribution of drugs. In the case of the images they appear to concentrate their efforts on those who download the pictures for viewing. It's the same as going after the casual drug users. What they really need to be doing is going after the people who are creating the images. They are the ones truly hurting the children.

The FBI had control of a server and they go after the people who downloaded images. There was the opportunity to find out who uploaded them. Get those people and work up the chain until you find out who shot the photos. Then you lock them away for life. Make them fear for their freedom if they create child sex abuse images. They certainly don't feel that way now.

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Apple sued by parents of girl killed by driver 'distracted by FaceTime'

CanadianMacFan

Never an individuals fault

We're in an age where it's not politically correct to say that an individual is at fault for something. Sure the driver caused the accident but he's not at fault because Apple didn't implement a feature on it's phone. Because the driver couldn't possibly have the self control to not use the phone. It always has to be the fault of a corporation or the government.

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CanadianMacFan

Re: Sad

Even if it is being used by the driver it could be used correctly in a hands-free manner. In this case FaceTime shouldn't be used but other functions are allowed.

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No Soylent for Santa after key ingredient supply is choked off

CanadianMacFan

I'll go with the supplier

When it comes to Soylent I'll tend to believe the other person first. At the beginning I was interested in it but then I started to look into the company and the founder. The creator is just not all there. Instead of doing laundry he's quoted as getting new garments shipped over from China and donating the used ones to charity because it takes less water to create the new ones than to launder the old ones. Many problems with that line of thinking. So if he's anywhere near the investigation into what was making people sick then I wouldn't trust the results.

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Remember that amazing video of the whale leaping out the gym floor and splashing down? Yeah, it was BS

CanadianMacFan

Re: The guide to spotting non-existent tech

So what you are really saying that Magic Leap did wrong is not get a government contract that was part of the F-35?

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Netflix and fill – our coffers: Canada mulls taxing vid streaming giant 5% of subs cash

CanadianMacFan

Re: Fucking Politicians

I can't speak for the person to who you are replying to but I don't think they were advocating the removal of all taxes. This proposed tax is ridiculous though. It's a tax to prop up the Canadian movie and TV industry in order to provide Canadian content to the world.

It's time for the entertainment industry to stand up for itself. Especially since so much of what is produced in Canada is shows for America. Hollywood likes to come up to Vancouver and Toronto because of the cheaper dollar and make their shows here. There are some Canadian shows made here that do make internationally, such as Murdoch Mysteries. Profits from these should be reinvested in the industry. Private investors should be found to back the shows. Instead of making the industry more dependent on government handouts they should be trying to get away from them. The industry needs to make better products and sell them across the world and then take that money to reinvest in new projects.

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Wow. What a shock. The FBI will get its bonus hacking powers after all

CanadianMacFan

VPNs?

Many places that I've worked at required me to use a VPN if I wanted to log in from home. How many people are going to have their computers hacked by the FBI just because they are required to use it for work?

Probably will go after anyone using HTTPS next. Sure, it looked like they were connecting to a bank but you can't be too careful with those terrorists. /s

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CanadianMacFan

Re: What's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander

I think that they've already stated that hacking into US government computers would be considered an act of war.

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Has Canadian justice gone too far? Cops punish drunk drivers with NICKELBACK

CanadianMacFan

Re: What if...

Or The Vinyl Cafe with Stuart Mclean. I imagine that if you are drunk then the way he talks will screw with your mind.

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Jersey sore: Anchor rips into island's undersea cables, sinks net access

CanadianMacFan
FAIL

Redundancy

The whole point of having multiple cables for redundancy is kind of lost if you lay then on the seabed where an anchor can cut all three in one go.

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What should the Red Arrows' new aircraft be?

CanadianMacFan

Canada's Snowbirds

Canada has an air demonstration squadron of Canadair CT-114 Tutor which were procured in 1962. (http://www.rcaf-arc.forces.gc.ca/en/aircraft-current/ct-114.page) We really need some new planes to replace them. I hope that they pick something like the SuperHornet for the replacement given the history of using the CF-18 in the Air Force. But given our history of procurement the SuperHornet will be long retired by the time we get around to buying anything to replace the Tutors even if we decided to replace them today.

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F-35 'sovereign data gateway' will stop US reading pilots' personal data? Yeah right

CanadianMacFan

No so secret special ops

Hope the President remembers to ask for the F-22s to carry out any special ops that they want to deny which involve going into countries that the US isn't involved in combat with. Or at least if they send the F-35s remember that the flight plan is also sent to Texas.

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Whoosh! China shows off J-20 'stealth' fighters and jet drones

CanadianMacFan

Spares

Wonder if they have any extras to sell to Canada. Can't be worse than the F-35 that we were supposed to buy. See if we could get a version without weapons and radar so that we could put in our own.

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New MacBook Pro beckons fanbois to become strip pokers

CanadianMacFan

And nothing about desktops

Meanwhile a bunch of people wanted to hear about new Mac Pros and iMacs. I was wanting to hear some news about iMacs. They haven't been updated in a year. I was thinking of updating my 2009 iMac. Mind you considering how they have been doing their updates lately I might just want to buy the current model to have the ports.

Or try to make a hackintosh. Anyone know of good manufacturer of an all-in-one machine with a 27" screen similar to the iMac? Bonus points if it doesn't come with Windows.

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Possible reprieve for the venerable A-10 Warthog

CanadianMacFan

Re: Good on them, I say...

It's not just the Brits that the Americans don't like. It wasn't with an A-10 but in Afghanistan there were some Canadians out doing nighttime training. An American out in his fighter jet coming back from patrol and despite being told of the training he thought that the flashes of the gunfire meant that he was being attacked and so he dropped a bomb on them.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tarnak_Farm_incident

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Smoking hole found on Mars where Schiaparelli lander, er, 'landed'

CanadianMacFan
FAIL

Re: Metric and imperial

So it's obviously the team who was responsible for the crushable bit that is at fault for not planning to take into account this easily foreseeable mistake and not take the proper actions to deal with it.

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Is Apple's software getting worse or what?

CanadianMacFan

Re: Preview

Try dragging the video or photo from Photos onto the Desktop or into a folder in Finder.

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You're fired (into space)! Trump tops Martian ejaculation poll

CanadianMacFan

Please no

I'd hate to think that in a 1,000 students of history would be hearing about the great pioneer Trump and how he risked his life along with Clinton (or whoever else) to become the first people on Mars. Everything else will have probably gotten lost as storage mediums change, file formats change, files get deleted accidentally, storage units (hard drives, discs, crystals, etc) get misplaces, etc. They won't remember that Trump is lower that stuff a dung beetle cringes at when it walks on it.

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US govt straight up accuses Russia of hacking prez election

CanadianMacFan

Re: USA: We be incomptent, yo!

The Americans seem to be able to screw up something as simple as paper ballots. Three words:

Florida 2000 chads

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High rear end winds cause F-35A ground engine fire

CanadianMacFan

Re: workaround?

Nay, if you are starting it on land then you must start it in an approved shelter from Lockheed Martin.

How does facing into the wind make more money for the company? At sea the planes are on a carrier so there isn't much that you can do there.

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CanadianMacFan

Re: workaround?

You're never going to see the F-35A on a carrier since it's the only version made not to work on one. The F-35C has the arrestor hook, setup required for catapult launches, and any required strengthening. The F-35B is the STOVL version.

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CanadianMacFan

Who Knew...

that Samsung had taken over making the F-35?

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CanadianMacFan

Re: A wreck without leaving the ground

I hate to break this to you but the F-35 is the cheap-n-cheerful aircraft to sell to other countries and to use when the F-22 is in short supply. Of course they were worried about the cost of the F-22 and chose to change more of the mix to the F-35. Oops!

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The wait is over: MoD releases latest issue of Ship Paint Monthly

CanadianMacFan

Re: Dezincification

Around five years ago (maybe a bit more) the city of Ottawa in Canada installed sacrificial anodes and connected them to the fire hydrants in order to try and extend the lifetime of the hydrants and the pipes. I haven't heard anything if the project is working or not.

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If we can't fix this printer tonight, the bank's core app will stop working

CanadianMacFan

Re: Ah pagers....

Back in the late 90s there was a new contractor where I was working and he refused to carry the pager we took turns wearing because of the electromagnetic radiation associated with it. As if the pager sent anything out or the tower sent a beam directly to the pager.

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EU ends anonymity and rules open Wi-Fi hotspots need passwords

CanadianMacFan

Re: Let's step back for a second

Please let's kill this idea right here. Facebook has spread far enough and I don't want to have to get an account on there just so that I can start using Wi-Fi at coffee shops. Having them track me wherever I go on the Web isn't worth getting a bit of free access with my coffee.

Besides, there's nothing that enforces a Facebook account to be your real identity. They only check it out if they receive complaints.

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The next Bond – Basildon or Bass-Ass? YOU decide

CanadianMacFan

Aidan Turner

I was thinking Russell Tovey but his flatmate in Being Human seems to have the poise to play Bond better.

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Newest Royal Navy warship weighs as much as 120 London buses

CanadianMacFan

Re: 120 London buses

But is that the old London buses or the new ones? What's the difference between the two?

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CanadianMacFan

2 Years is Impressive

Considering that in Canada it's been years that we've ordered ships and they haven't even started cutting the steel yet.

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Russia is planning to use airships as part of a $240bn transport project

CanadianMacFan

Re: 1957: Russia is planning to launch an artificial satellite

Because the stuff you get to blow up balloons is pretty impure Helium and it's expensive to purify it. So while there's enough supply of the easier to purify Helium around then we'll have party balloons.

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update is borking boxen everywhere

CanadianMacFan

Re: Schrödinger's Laptop

No, everything came up fine but it just took a long time to do it because there were a lot of dependencies (web server needs the application server which needs the database etc). However shutting them down was very fast. The dependencies were still there but while the rest of the group where up in the data centre logging onto each machine one at a time to turn it off, earlier in the day I had scheduled 70+ servers to turn off in groups with the "at" command. I just went up to manually turn off switches and power supplies and unplug the power strips that were in the racks holding my servers since they were messing around with the power distribution units. They had nothing else for me to do so I was out of there in a half hour while everyone else was just getting started.

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CanadianMacFan

Re: Schrödinger's Laptop

It reminds me of servers before they became commodity boxes (the old Suns, DECs, etc) where they would keep on running almost no matter what and when you rebooted them you would find out if there was a hardware problem or not.

Back around 2006 I had a couple of DEC Alphas still running in the data centre. (Yes, they were from Digital!) The last of the applications had just ported over to Linux but they were running just for a backup in case something went wrong with the conversion. But our annual data centre shut down weekend for maintenance (don't ask) was coming up and I really wanted to get the permission to turn them off before that weekend. They had been up for another year and I didn't really want to worry if they were going to come back up.

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Don't want to vote for Clinton or Trump? How about this woman who says Wi-Fi melts kids' brains?

CanadianMacFan

No wonder the US medical system is in trouble

Just look at some of the examples - Jill Stein and Ben Carson.

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F-35 targeting system laser will be 'almost impossible' to use in UK

CanadianMacFan

Re: You couldn't make it up

If you want a crazy procurement system then take a look at Canada. Billions of dollars and a few years in and we have yet to start to cut steel on our new ships. We've badly needed to replace our fighter jets for a long time and we just put our 2nd or 3rd RFP for replacements. Etc, etc, etc.

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My Microsoft Office 365 woes: Constant crashes, malware macros – and settings from Hell

CanadianMacFan

Re: Thunderbird with Lightening

Have you thought about putting your Windows installation in a virtual machine on your personal machine and installing Mint on it? There's VirtualBox that you can use for free to do this. (I think it will run on there, I'm only running it on my Mac to run an older version of Mac OS so that I can run an old version of Quicken that won't run on new versions of Mac OS. The refuse to buy the newer versions of Quicken because they really cut back on the functionality.)

I had a contract quite a while ago where I needed to use Windows to VPN into a telco and I ran the Windows instance on a virtual machine on my Linux laptop. The added bonus by doing it this way was that the VPN didn't take over my access to the Internet as I was communicating with a telephone switch via the VPN and didn't have Internet access through there. On the Linux side I still had Internet connectivity and in the Windows VM I could still do my tests on the switch.

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BT internet outage was our fault, says Equinix

CanadianMacFan

Don't know how to configure a Data Centre

Back when I was a system administrator for a government department looking after the computers for the web sites losing a UPS in the data centre would have been no big deal. Each chassis holding our blade servers held four power supplies. Two power supplies were connected to one power distribution unit (PDU) and the other two power supplies were connected to a different PDU. The PDUs were cabinet models and each PDU was connected to a separate UPS. The whole data centre had a diesel generator for a backup too. So losing a UPS, or a PDU, would have had no impact on my servers since they still would have gotten the electricity through the other path. I also had redundant network and SAN switches. I made sure that every server had at least two instances running so that one could be brought down for service without impacting the users. The only issue that I ever had with those IBM blades was the SCSI hard drives that started to fail after about three years (not bad in a server environment) which were replaced with the SAN. All running Linux of course.

As an aside we got stuck with a rack of the first generation of the HP blades and they were horrible. They ran so hot special cooling had to be installed in the data centre for them and we kept on have RAM failures. I was thankful that I had as little to do with them as possible.

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Cycling paramedics in epic rush to save patient who ate stale sandwich

CanadianMacFan

Re: Excellent job folks

Unless you are taping ducts. That's the only exception. Then you use foil tape.

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CanadianMacFan

Re: Excellent job folks

They get two bikes and while each one is riding near a side of the lane they have the stretcher tied across the panniers.

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Wannabe Prime Minister Andrea Leadsom thinks all websites should be rated – just like movies

CanadianMacFan

Re: appears to think about the country and its people....

For some reason I think that having lied about being an investment banker is not as bad as actually as having been an investment banker.

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Lightning strikes: Britain's first F-35B supersonic fighter lands

CanadianMacFan

Re: Curious minds want to know

Yes, heavier pilots.

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E-books the same as printed ones, says top Euro court egghead

CanadianMacFan

Re: Restrictions on becoming a "library"?

I don't know about the EU but in Canada (and I think the US) books purchased by libraries are much more expensive than what a person buys. This is to make up for "lost" sales. What really sucks is that e-books are limited to being borrowed something like 26 times. The "logic" behind this according to the publishers is that physical books get damaged over time and need to be replaced but e-books don't so they place this limit on the e-books. The libraries here are trying to put a stop to the practice but haven't yet been successful.

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Tor torpedoed! Tesco Bank app won't run with privacy tool installed

CanadianMacFan

Re: "preventing free speech and internet security"

As for the Internet, it was a good idea, but it being used by some of the worst people on the planet to conduct their despicable business. By being part of that, you are allowing them to continue reaping illegal money or worse.

/s

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Cats understand the laws of physics, researchers claim

CanadianMacFan

Re: Pheline Physics

Well they must understand higher order dimensions because I can't think of any other way they can fit in some of the places they get into.

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'I bet Russian hackers weren't expecting their target to suck so epically hard as this'

CanadianMacFan

Re: endianness

How about worrying about that and tossing converting everything from 6-bit to 8-bit into the process? I was part of a group that was moving an application over from a batch process to a on demand so that it would run on the web. It was a program with a very old history and had been ported a number of times. It started out on a 6-bit mainframe. However because it was for doing name searches when you start a business they were very cautious in making changes. So when they ported it to a new architecture they just made sure that it ran but never changed the program or data structure. There were a lot of small programs reading and writing temporary files, in 6-bit format, running on whatever the latest servers they were using.

It wasn't so bad because it was a nightly batch process. However once you start running this on demand all of this converting between little and big endian and 6-bit and 8-bit for every process really started to slow things down. We were able to show them what sort of improvement they could expect by removing the conversion and just storing their temporary data in 8-bit but they didn't go with it because it was close to the release and it would have involved much more testing than the changes we had already made. Of course the alternative would have been to rebuild the application so that it combined all of the many applications into one and that would have saved the writing of the temporary data and all of the process creation too.

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