* Posts by Haefen

258 posts • joined 31 Dec 2014

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Driverless cars will lead to data-sharing – of the electrical kind

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First create the infrastructure for taxes

Even better would be to require EV's themselves to record charging and discharging data and report when plugged into approved charging stations, either at home or away from home so they can qualify for tax credits.

Charging stations will have to be approved by the government, non-approved stations and methods will have to be outlawed for safety reasons.

Once that system in place, stop offering credits, start with low level taxation and then crank it up until the taxpayers are squealing. Back it down a little to show everyone the government is all about tax cuts and then increase at every opportunity.

Then again maybe this is just the first stage of that process.

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Worst-case Brexit could kill 92,000 science, tech jobs across UK – report

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Never give up?

Wow they never give up do they? Democracy, even just a little bit of democracy, is seen as an evil that must be fought even after a battle is lost.

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Memo man Damore is back – with lawyers: Now Google sued for 'punishing' white men

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More racism is not the solution to racism

Canada has tried to address various forms of racism with yet more racism even though it has only ever created more racism. Today we have a multi-billion dollar Apartheid program that continues to grow and discriminate and segregate based on "choice" of parents.

The solution is less racism, it isn't complicated, except to the majority who are racist or wish to benefit from racist policies.

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Braking news: Nissan Canada hacked, up to 1.1m Canucks exposed

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Business as usual

There are no major costs to selling, or losing, personal data so why should companies care?

Only when companies face major legal and financial repercussions for collecting, keeping and selling (or "losing") personal data our data will be reasonably safe. Until then why would any company spend any money on personal data security? Other than the money suggested by the PR dept so they can tell the public that data security is their top job every dime spend on security is a waste.

IMO careless collection, handling and storage of contract data, data collected as part of the contract, is a major contract violation, involves negligence, and requires more compensation than yet more data collection for useless promises of security. Here I would suggest a full refund, plus costs and compensation and no ownership claims to the products sold.

In this case that would be far more than the annual revenue of Nissan Canada and might force a bankruptcy but with changes to our bankruptcy laws it could serve as notice that Canadian citizens have rights and failing to protect those will cost investors and managers alike.

Of course why would the Canadian government do anything like that? The Court and Senate are filled by Appointment approved by our Elite and the only branch with elected positions, the House, uses party discipline to prevent those elected from representing their constituents. The Canadian government is well insulated from the concerns of Citizens, so Nissan and other companies have nothing to worry about other than dealing with PR issues.

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HMS Queen Elizabeth has sprung a leak and everyone's all a-tizzy

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Most interesting story

This is one of the most interesting stories on this site.

Interesting that it is a story, that it made it to the site, that people read it. Of the many items on the deficiency list that one of the least important, easiest and cheapest to address, becomes a "news" story is very interesting. If this item made the short list or summary of deficiencies the news story would have been the remarkable, unheard of success of the project so far. So much so that this would truly be a new age of British ship building. f this was was actually one of the most concerning deficiencies, which seems impossible to me i would have no doubt that Britannia is about to once again rules the waves..

But also interesting is that such a story generates comments, even comments about how interesting a story it is. Well done indeed.

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FCC douses America's net neutrality in gas, tosses over a lit match

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Re: The clearest example, helping illegals

The idea that open boarders (illegal immigrants) is good for citizens has been shown to be false many times in history. IMO if you need a study to be told that borders, rules, and regulations, are a good thing you haven't been paying attention.

Legal, controlled, managed, and paid for immigration can have many benefits but those do not apply to illegal uncontrolled and unmanaged immigration which is the result of illegal immigration and now increasingly refugees.

A controlled system of immigration ensures citizens, those whose interest the Nation should be acting in, do not have to compete with the world for jobs in their own country. Controlled immigration ensures citizens are not paying taxes to support the needs of billions while millions of their fellow citizens go wanting. Citizens paying ever higher taxes while their standard of living falls should not be required to give ever more. Managed systems ensure that valued social programs do not fall apart due to overuse or under-funding.

A post on immigration seems off topic in a discussion about net neutrality but the relationship becomes clearer when the source of these issues are considered. They are the result of the same politics, playing played by every side wanting power, every side that sees citizens as little more than products to be sold or voting blocks to be deceived and manipulated.

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Re: Free Markets?

Business and industry has learned long ago there is far more profit in buying the system, corrupting the system, than competing or allowing free markets. I wonder about the sincerity of anyone making any references to "free markets" or democracy.

When was the last time any major Western democracy put the needs and rights of citizens and their dreams of increased standards of living before that of profits for the few? For those that think free markets and democracy has been the case consider the increase in productivity vs the increase of standards of living over the last several decades. Democracy is not consulting or listening and then doing as paid. Even the pretense of consulting has been lost in most Western Federal Democracies.

IMO anyone suggesting there are free markets or democracies are trying to be sarcastic or are advancing damaging and deceptive political ideologies. Does anyone other than the most superficial of us think we have any reasonable form of democracy or capitalism? Even after 2008? Not likely. Democracy and free markets sounds great, maybe we should try them, they seemed to have worked for some past generations.

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Level 5 driverless cars by 2021 can be done, say Brit industry folk

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Still waiting for the promised flying cars

He's a politician, a leader, they are our greatest thinkers, people we can trust to act in our interests, in the interests of our nations before all others so I am sure we will have driverless cars.

But some politicians do seem to have a problem with schedules. Still waiting for the massive increase in standard of living promised by globalised open trade, lower taxes, equal carbon taxes/reductions for all countries, and of course flying cars.

I'm sure we will get flying something, after all they wouldn't lie to us.

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Self-driving bus in crash just 2 hours after entering public service

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Program says "Stop" situation says "move".

That incident is exactly why autonomous driving is difficult. It isn't good enough to act like the majority of human drivers who slow down or just give up driving and stop when they are in conditions beyond their ability. Driving correctly is responding to a dynamic situation, not as 2D frozen in time photograph, but as the 4 dimensional situation it is.

New drivers, poor experienced drivers, drive as though slowing or stopping will slow and stop everything around them, software has do better than that.

At least when a poor human driver slows and expects the world to slow for them that poor human driver will sometimes pay the ultimate price. With autonomous vehicles those that force people to sit in a vehicle while being slowly crushed to death by a lorry because there was a threat and the vehicle stopped will be safe and sound and blaming the lorry driver, the passengers, the manufacturer, anyone but themselves.

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Tesla share crash amid Republican bid to kill off electric car tax break

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Re: Tax Law - I doubt MANY looked at it

Many tax schemes are like that in Canada, only helps those with high tax bills to pay, or offset, and rarely applies to the majority even though the government says otherwise. Tax cuts have been promised by every government for generations and percentage of total tax due on income and assets for the middle and lower continue to increase each generation.

Then again in Canada our Prime Minister thinks the average income is well over the 6 figure mark, when it is closer to $40K and almost half of that due in taxes and fees. Our government believes the average Canadian can afford an elect car and a house with a garage in or near a major city so it isn't as though they are lying on purpose and that group has seen percentage taxes decline for generations.

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Fine, OK, no backdoors, says Deputy AG. Just keep PLAINTEXT copies of everyone's messages

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Re: Who's to say whether the plaintext matches the cryptoed text?

Since fluency in French is a requirement for most such Federal Jobs being educated and trained in the expertise required makes Stephen's interpretation more likely to be correct.

For non-Canadians, and those many Canadians willfully ignorant of Canada, less than 20% of Canadians are French speaking. Outside of one province French is spoken less than many other languages. Languages in more use by Canadians in other provinces include Chinese languages, German, Tagalog and Punjabi. In BC over 8% speak Chinese fluently or at home, less than 2% speak French.

Yet it is those few French that hold special status when it comes to federal jobs.

The Federal Government estimates that more than 40% of positions in the federal public service require French Language skills and increasingly, fluency in French. Bilingualism has become an obvious plan to further concentrate power in the hands of those in the East, particularly those in Quebec and most importantly those French in Ottawa the Federal capital.

Canada has three branches of government, the Court, the Senate, and the House. Of those only the House is elected, the rest are filled by appointment, most often by a Prime Minister from a single province, you guessed it, French Quebec. The single province of Quebec is disproportionately represented in Federal systems. With 22% of the population has 33% of the seats on the Court and is pushing for all other members of the Court to be fluent in French or educated in French. It is an obvious attempt to further concentrate power into the hands of the French Elite in Canada.

Canada has many languages but one minority language is being used to disenfranchise the majority of bilingual Canadians who are not French.

Which is why Stephens observation is far more likely to be correct than any claims suggesting Federal jobs and contracts are awarded based first on ability and second the applicant being French. Even the Federal government makes it clear that being French is the first requirement, both in the application process and in their many statements on bilingualism in Canada.

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Hackers nip into celeb plastic surgery clinic, tuck away 'terabytes'

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Profits made, at worst change company name

Until an individuals data is recognized as a basic right enforced with the ferocity of our many moral laws why would a company bother with securing any data? Better to just claim measures are being taken to protect individuals data and then walk all the way to the bank with your own compensation and use other peoples money to start up yet another company.

Far better than getting caught breaking other laws or with contraband that would result in all assets and profits being seized as proceeds from crime.

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Phone crypto shut FBI out of 7,000 devices, complains chief g-man

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It's hard out there for a cop

Investigations are much easier if it is assumed all are guilty and those accused have to investigate themselves including self incrimination.

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Capacitor maker zapped with price-fixing charge

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Re: Cap/Con

My capacity for puns is a drifting parameter but it appears your post condensed the many trees in these comments down to the single failure point of many puns.

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RE: only America

Only America is large enough to take on such companies but even, based on past actions, the US does not act to protect American Citizens, even when they claim they are.

If we are lucky someone will write about this in a few years and we will find out how Nippon Chemi-Con became targeted. Miss one payment, fail to fall in line, bite off more than allowed, try to compete or do as requested has cost other companies dearly. And there is always the need to remind everyone what can happen if the game is not played by the rules.

Meanwhile smaller countries and their citizens are fodder, geese to be plucked at will. Could citizens of those countries change that? Sure but first they would need to have governments that represent them and their interests before all others. Without that in place our systems will ensure nothing changes. The best that can be hoped for yet more promises, bright flashing lights, new deck chair arrangements and better lies.

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Like Uber, for socialism: Chinese leader calls for more use of AI, big data and sharing economy

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"Fake" News control is already here

It is easy for some people in the West to see through the words being used to describe a system in which individuals will face great difficulty in China, at least those individuals that fail to follow the party line.

At the same time people in the West cannot see through the words being used by their own leaders, business and industry to describe a similar system already in place and being expanded. The West already has many controls in place, to isolate conversations, control the masses, censor and manipulate if required.

Even this discussion is censored, moderated, controlled to ensure the messages meets acceptable standards. Posts at this site are censored because of content (rather than profanity or other reasons) and you are reading this only because this post hasn't violated whatever those content restrictions are.

In this announcement China is following a path well trampled by Western Nations, and while they may hope to push forward they are not changing the direction we are all headed. That will not change until people are able to see through the words being used by their own Nations, and while a few might our systems are self protecting and can handle ever greater awareness by individuals.

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Remember how you said it was cool if your mobe network sold your name, number and location?

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Failure of democracy.

The data we as individual citizens create, the data that we generate, the data that is an individual is owned by that individual. That is a basic right that cannot be signed away in fine print.

Yet the systems responsible for protecting our basic rights have instead been selling them out to the highest bidder. We can now see that in the many trade deals and failed promises from the 1980's to present. A time period in which the rich have gotten fantastically rich and Western citizens have struggled to make any gains not taken by taxes and higher costs.

This report and many other incidents are showing everyone that our present forms of governments do not, can not or will not represent the interest of citizens. As a result we cannot fix these issues by bringing in regulation. Regulations are "negotiated" with business and industry without anyone representing the rights of citizens at the table. Regulations made by the very agencies that sold us in the first place cannot be counted on to do anything but "manage the optics" or pacify the masses enough to ensure the fleecing continues.

Citizens are going to have to take action themselves if they want their rights protected. The question is how, where, when, and how to counter the measures in place to prevent such things.

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Leaky-by-design location services show outsourced security won't ever work

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Data we generate is ours

Data the individual generates, data that is the individual, is the property of the individual, that is a basic right that cannot be signed away in agreements.

To have those that rule over us recognize and enforce such rights is the trick. Pretty difficult in an age when "our" governments are busy selling us, our future, our Nations and our economies to local and international Elites.

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Drunk canoeing no longer driving offence in Canada

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Re: Really? It's not a joke, though Barb seems to be

Barb, please do some reading. Search ruger 10/22 magazine and follow the legal discussion. If you do not believe the police make laws in Canada walk into a police station with one of the prohibited magazines and leave with it. Be sure to post the video showing the police agreeing with you.

The Queen or any Queen has ZERO role in Canadian politics. Again read the Balfour declaration of 1926 and the process of Constitutional changes. Notice the complete lack of any Royalty having any role beyond the ceremonial, beyond the role Santa has in actually putting presents under your xmass tree.

Canada is not a republic, but without an actual Monarch it cannot be an actual Constitutional monarchy. More accurately it is a Constitutional Oligarchy that uses Royal Privilege with it's thousands of appointments, including that of the Senate and the Court combined with party discipline in the only branch with any elected members to ensure the ongoing operation of Canada to it's benefit.

Canadian voters can change nothing without the approval of the appointed Senate and Court and there is no Queen for them to appeal to, no Queen to step in and see that the wishes of the people be reflected in law.

Again if you doubt any of that walk into a police station, read a little about your own political history, and chart the response in Canada, and it's political systems, should any Monarch actually attempt to have any input at all into our political process.

Anyone reading this should do their own searches as it is clear that Canadians have no clue as to how their political system actually works, or at best disagree on it. Is the Senate Appointed? Is the Court Appointed? Does the system answer to the Queen, does party discipline prevent the House from representing citizens? Do your own searches.

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Re: @Haefen -- Really? It's not a joke.

In Canada people, like Jon, believe Santa brings presents because NORAD tracked his sleigh and it was shown on the CBC. Which is fine, except they also vote, as told to by the CBC.

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Re: Really? It's not a joke.

Anyone concerned can search for the Balfour Declaration of 1926 but then it is likely they would already know the GG is appointed by and answers to the Prime Minister, the PMO which happens to control the House as I mentioned. There is no mechanism for the Queen to act, the GG does not report to her, even you seem aware of that when you refer to the patriation of the Constitution. Canada is a fully separate country, no Monarch, no Royalty, no asking Britain for permission to change our own laws.

Which is an example of the lack of discussion. Point out facts in Canada and people like Jon jump up and down, dance and lights, anything to avoid Canadians talking about the facts of Canada and how it could be better. Distraction is more important than a discussion on citizens having an ability to have a say in, or even decide, the laws under which they live.

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Re: Really? It's not a joke.

Suggesting Elizabeth II, is "Queen of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand," shows a typical and complete ignorance of Canada, how it is ruled and governed.

That level of ignorance was causing enough trouble and expense that Britain made it as clear as was possible almost 100yrs ago that their King, or any future King or Queen, had no official role in the governance of Canada.

It could not have been said any clearer, yet people remain ignorant, willfully ignorant, as willfully ignorant as those that believe Santa Claus actually brings them presents and as a result there are no costs to those presents.

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Re: Really? It's not a joke.

In Canada the police can make laws and they do make laws, some times with zero public consultation and little to no advertising of the changes.

Some of these police created laws carry a minimum jail time of 3yrs to a max of 10yrs. People who get charged are always represented in the media as criminals who get what they deserve so is is very rare that any charges result in the public learning about any uncomfortable details. If the discussion happens to occur the media will question why anyone wouldn't agree, they never question the method of law creation.

Never is the nature of how laws are created in Canada seriously questioned or made into the ongoing discussion it should be. Even when it is the police or enforcement that creates the law, by writ or enforcement and/or the crown attorney, Canadian media remains quiet, claiming that their only role is to sell clicks and papers, and meet the requirements of the CRTC that rules them.

That Canada, a sovereign nation with no Royal Family or legal colonial connection to any Nation ruled by Royality, still has "Crown Attorneys" should have at least Canadians asking questions about their political and legal systems.

If they did they would notice that most important positions in their systems are appointed. Of the 3 main political branches in Canada 2 are filled by Royal Appointment. The only branch that has elected members is the House which is subject to party rule which prevents those elected from representing the concerns of their constituents, at least if they want to remain. No laws can be passed without approval of those Royally Appointed. Most top positions in government are filled by Royal Appointment, including the CRTC that rules Canadian media.

And the police can make laws, something those ruling via Royal Privilege, have found to be very convenient, which is why Canada's police agency reports to the PMO with no interference from citizens or their representatives, or accountability.

Britain pulled out of Canadian politics and law making in the 1920's but Canada continues to be ruled by a Royal Elite, that has no claim to Royalty other than that granted by power and position. Canadians should notice this when they lose their driving license for non-driving reasons, or for activities that do not require a driving license. A political system in which the citizens decided which laws they lived under would at least allow such questions and have many open discussions.

But that isn't Canada. In Canada citizens can, and people have, lost their drivers license and ability to function in a car based society, including losing jobs, due to police created laws and enforcement.

Something those ruling Canada would rather we not talk about.

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White House plan to nuke social security numbers is backed by Equifax's ex-top boss

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Re: Canada, SIN uses

SIN was meant for only government, CPP, then Social programs and Income Tax use. Canadians were assured repeatedly that it would never become a universal identification number for business and government it is. Today it is part of many private and corporate databases. In Canada getting a new SIN, usually due to abuse, is all too often undone by a private company linking and referencing databases.

Often a person is only identified enough to find them on one of many databases and then that information is used to populate the new database, information that contains SIN and other data often in violation of provincial privacy laws. Seen that first hand. IMO If any Canadian thinks otherwise they need to ask more questions, pay more attention and stop thinking the government and industry has their best at heart.

In Canada any company dealing with any of your money in anyway, including just receiving it as payment, can claim a need for your SIN and avoid legal action. Some claim they need it because while they do not directly deal with an individual and their money the companies they work with do.

In Canada many private companies still have and use SIN as an identifier but things are better than a decade ago when there were more active SIN than Canadians. The government at the time was trying to reduce the most obvious abuses but the political climate has changed IMO we can expect increased abuse of the SIN and related government systems.

And of course we can expect more lies about the information being collected and stored on Canadians both by governments and businesses.

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'Dear diversity hire...' Amazon's weapons-grade fail in recruitment email to woman techie

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Open discussion on topic, no.

Comments at this site are censored and this is, IME, the most sensitive of topics so if you are reading this it is because there are those wanting an appearance of open discussion, which is all that can exist here.

Many other commenters here have touched on this but hiring someone for reasons other than their ability to do their work undermines those hired only because they can do the work. This becomes apparent in emails like the one in the article but also every interaction with management and HR. Hire someone for their Gender or DNA and they are always in partial compliance. A minor advantage but it becomes a major advantage when leveraged well.

Of course pointing that out results in career limiting attacks, soon people are not questioning the right and wrong of their company or it's actions, they just follow orders. What could go wrong with that?

I'd like to remain employed so I say, Nuthing! Nuthing is wrong with that!

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Equifax's IT leaders 'retire' as company says it knew about the bug that brought it down

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Re: You haven't got the right letters after your name

"degree was in music... work as a software engineer. "

In that case go get an Engineering degree, after all that will be a walk in the park for you and you are already getting paid as an Engineer so it would be professional development. Then join the Professional Association that regulates the practice or Engineering and you will be an Engineer.

There is a reason that profession is regulated in many areas. The consequences of not requiring minimum education were, and still are, repeated catastrophes. Equifax is just a recent one example.

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AMD Ryzen beats Intel Core i7 as a heater (that's also a server)

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Computers are heaters, that's a good thing.

Used computers as heaters many times, even server rooms are sources of heat. I know of several places where the location of the condenser was inside so it would help with heating. In the summer they open the room with the condenser to the outside but most of the year all the heat is kept in the building.

The foolishness of politics and the inability of people to think for themselves is shown by such discussions. There is little to no waste when the building needs to be heated. In more than one case that I know of lighting was upgraded to be more "efficient", including replacing 500 and 1000W incandescent lights and in another area replacing MV lighting only to have to then add in electric heaters due to those areas being cold. The install costs alone was orders of magnitudes higher than operation costs, and electrical consumption did not go down.

But hey LED's are green!

The efficiency equation when heating an area is not the same as if you are cooling the area. Often the Engineers try to tell companies that but it's too complicated to understand and is in conflict with the daily propaganda from green suppliers.

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Electric heat inefficent

Electric heat inefficient? Over 70% of the power generated is from Nuclear power. No carbon, very efficient, very safe, electricity already in all homes. What other source of power for heat could possibly be better for the environment or more efficient?

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Stand up who HASN'T been hit in the Equifax mega-hack – whoa, whoa, sit down everyone

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Not our data, change the laws

Laws need to be changed to make it clear that an individual owns themselves, owns the data they create, and owns the date that is them. Then enforcement has to be on the level currently available to companies and industries trying to stop "piracy" of date they claim as their own. Data they claim as their own because that industry created it.

Change the laws and put the operators and major owners of companies whose business model has them collecting and selling our data without concern for people or laws. We do the same when it comes to other crimes, recreational drugs for one example, there is no reason we should be applying the same standards to much more basic criminal activities.

As it is no one from Equifax is going to jail, bonuses will still be paid, companies involved will not be called a criminal organizations, business will continue and profits will grow as has so often been the case in the past.

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75 years ago, one Allied radar techie changed the course of WW2

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Re: I really love the fact

Totally agree with objective but that is far from fact.

That we today know his "race" shows a racist attitude. Referring to peoples race in such a manner shows we still think there is more than one race. Race and racism is as important and integral part of our society and governments as it ever was.

We are still racist and we certainly are not all equal. We, humans particularly those in Africa, Asia, and Europe are very far away from such a utopia. Though a lofty goal, the idea that we are all equal and in particular when it comes to race, has been rejected by the vast majority of people and leaders.

If anything people and cultures/races are increasingly being pitted against each other with governments regularly making value judgements on which culture is best, or is even worthy of consideration, some cultures are told they do not exist or should willingly step aside if they do.

But I think the most obvious refutation of "the fact" such fascist/racist attitude is doomed can be seen in the country those Canadians soldiers. The most obvious proof of the success of the fascist/racist attitude is Canada's ongoing and growing Apartheid system.

Today, in the 21st century, being born Canadian isn't the measure of equality in the eyes of Canadian law, government, or society. It is race. Canada still abides by treaties from a time when slavery and racism was not only legal but often legally mandated. Those treaties were created in a time and by people who not only agreed that different races meant a different equality but that all future people would agree that a persons race should decide their place in society.

Today those treaties are at the foundation of an Apartheid system that not only has Reserves where people of only one race are allowed to live but also decides a Canadians roles and responsibilities to the government and society.

In Canada race decides a Canadians healthcare funding, educational opportunities, and job opportunities. Race also determines what laws apply, what taxes must be paid, what government programs are available, even the level of political representation. In Canada race is the determining factor and it is mandated by law at many levels in many situations. Access to many government programs are determined by race/culture and not just when it comes to Aboriginal people. The poison that is racism can be found in many many government programs, particularly those targeting cultures and peoples and that, as always, creates victims and victors.

The idea that a Canadians race should decide such things was fought against by many Canadians in the past, including many of those fighting in WWII, and suggesting those attitudes are doomed to failure while their flourish in our own countries does IMO a disservice to those who fought and gave so much.

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Intel stuffs extra cores into latest mobile Series U Core i5 and i7 chips

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Re: Intel stagnated

Excellent comment which should have all of us asking: Why isn't that topic headlined or built into tech reporting on CPU's?

As pointed out those who OC have noticed how easy it can be to create rock stable performance increases with almost no expertise or effort. Sorry to those who take OC seriously but think back to OC in the 1980 and 1990s and the effort it took to get a stable increase in clock speed.

In the past the industry was driven to compete and quick to adopt new methods, including new cooling methods. It was the end users who started putting heat sinks on CPU's and then GPU's, voltage regulators and chipsets and then started adding fans to heatsinks. When CPU manufactures started to include heatsinks they quickly become better than those most people could easily make in their home. And of course people claimed heat sinks were big and bulky, had no place on a printed circuit board and when fans were added they were considered loud and a maintenance issue but performance required heatsinks, then improved heatsinks.

For many years now CPU manufacturers should have been shipping CPU's with liquid cooling units. That they haven't suggests to me that they are no longer competing to be the best, the best they can be. It seems clear that Intel and others are milking the cow for every drop before boosting the feed.

The failure of capitalism occurs when companies see more profit in controlling and manipulating markets than competing with ever better products. Might be time to spread around the capitalism and open market so often suggested to those wanting to protect the jobs and interest of citizens and start investigating large companies for anti-competition activities.

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'Coke dealer' called us after his stash was stolen – cops

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This is how Criminal Gangs thrive

By removing legal protection of individuals or the ability of individuals to access the legal system they force people to operate outside the law. Which in most places means gangs and organized crime, which governments use and like for many reasons.

In this case the illegal activity is drugs. Not having the protection of our legal systems and society at large creates many negatives, all of which the government can then blame on drugs. Those negative consequences are then used to justify many government activities and the enforcement of morals as the government sees them.

Being labeled a drug dealer also removes many protections needed to operate a business. Even the legal parts of their business will be called a criminal enterprise by police and courts, after all funding in whole or in part comes from illegal activities so that makes it a criminal enterprise.

BUT Access to our legal systems is allowed for many criminal activities and enterprises. Our courts and police are very active in assisting some criminals, acting as gang enforcement, complete with home invasions and property confiscation. The financial collapse of 2008 gave the world in many countries many obvious examples but spend some time watching the courts and most people will notice that some convicted of crimes are not even called criminals. Some are considered valued upstanding members of society by "our" courts.

The crime makes the difference. If the same rules applied equally a single case of fraud or financial wrong doing would label all those involved as criminals resulting in confiscation of their property and endless negative consequences. Even when an individual or gang is profiting from defrauding people out of their homes with fraudulent subprime mortgages or fixing banking interest rates they still have access to the court to enforce their various legal dealings, including those involving mortgages and interest rates. The full power and violence of the government is available to assist them in enforcing court rulings.

Only when it becomes politically untenable do they lose access to that power and violence but even then they still have far more legal protections than the low level drug dealer. Even if the results of their crimes are far greater, create more misery and death, our business criminal will not face similar consequences.

And when we read a story about a drug dealer calling the police and laugh we are showing ourselves that we have accepted the system so completely, that we are doing it's bidding for it, even against our own interests. Which is exactly what I did.

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What's driving people out of tech biz? Unfair treatment, harassment, funnily enough – study

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Re: It's Managements fault, life isn't fair

Life isn't fair is exactly what management at workplaces that only hire one gender or race claim, lazy management that cares little for workers or a respectful workplace. It is also the claim of those that do not want to change, to do better.

And since that describes most IT workplaces, I rarely recommend them either, even less so now that some local IT business have been bought by a company from India actively working to export the work and bring in new workers. They too point out that life isn't fair.

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It's Managements fault

The only person who decides what the workplace environment is, is the supervisor. A worker does not have the power to control the workplace unless a supervisor or manager has allowed it.

Hiring based on gender and race is going to create unfairness. Yet more racism and sexism is never the answer to racism and sexism. The answer is a respectful workplace and while that must come from upper management it is the immediate supervisor who will have the greatest impact on producing a respectful workplace for the individual worker.

A boss cannot make people respect each other but they sure as hell can make workers act like they respect each other, particularity in a Union environment where respect is clearly part of the contract all are working under. But even if each worker has their own contract a company, the boss, can demand workers to act and be respectful at all times, and take action if that does not happen.

Managing is a skill, it is far harder to do right than troubleshooting, coding or any technical task that has direct cause and effect but at the same time those skills can be learned.

IME fairness is tricky in large part because the exact same treatment for one worker is not always fair or considered fair treatment to or by another worker. Equal is not always fair, it often is a lazy bosses excuse for failing to provide a respectful workplace.

For an actual example, consider a worker who claims they need to leave work early to pick up children from school. Normally that isn't accommodated on a regular basis but the worker claims special status due to gender and upper management agrees for political reasons. The other workers are quick to notice that the worker is working fewer hours but getting the same pay. That's not respectful and appears unfair.

Upper Management "solves" the problem by saying anyone who has kids can leave early if management agrees. Of course all other workers are too valuable to let go early. Eventually a grievance results in the worker leaving early losing pay for the hours missed, now they too think the situation is unfair. BTW the same workplace also had different expectations based on race, creating yet more unfairness.

In the above case there was a respectful solution and that was to allow flexible work hours and not put workers into the position of having to "sell" or rationalize their reasons. Supervisors should avoid making certain judgement calls. Those can result in one worker having their vacation cancelled so another can take their kids to Disneyland. Not wanting to make public that the first worker was going to visit a dying relative made that feel very unfair to them, even more so when the relative did die. (an actual case, that very productive worker ended up leaving for another company)

The problem isn't just an IT problem, many many industries and workplaces have similar problems but all of them can be addressed by better management. The problems of disrespectful or unfair workplaces can be solved, work can be a very pleasant place to be, and more productive.

Part of the trouble is most of those people who want to be in management, want to be bosses, to be seen as better, over others. It is a job where most of those wanting the position should not have it and all those who do get it should spend years in training for it. That also helps with the unfairness that is felt when promotions are available.

The requirements for promotion should be made clear and promotion should come from within first. Who the next boss is going to be should be obvious and the reasons why and how they got into that position should be obvious. The many courses should be available to those who want them, and anyone showing conflict resolution and respect to all should be encouraged.

It isn't rocket science, in many ways it's harder.

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Insuring against a future financial crisis

Haefen

Re: If only...

This site is heavily moderated, tell a tale not in line with the world view of this site, or the laws as they see them and we may not see it all, and you will find all your posts awaiting approval before being posted. .

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Haefen

One rule for the rich, another for the rest of us.

Financial Services can be a useful evil but being evil they tend to only want to be useful to themselves. This has been taught repeatedly throughout history but that lesson needs to be taught again and again because we the people, those in charge and anyone dealing with Financial Services tend to ease off the leash when things are going well allowing them to grow.

That is very bad because Financial services do not produce anything, they live off the labour of others. When they are just living off the labour of others they are a small percentage of GDP, a couple percentage but living and helping isn't their nature.

Financial Services do not want to live, they want to be free to feed, to gouge themselves by consuming huge swaths of the economy, 2% of GDP isn't enough for them, they want 3% then 4% and even when the weight of their consumption taxes all of us at 5% they are not satiated.

Instead they use the money they are taking to corrupt the system to allow them to consume ever more.

And we let them. If our standard of living is increasing, if things are good, we tend to live and let live. That has always been a mistake when it comes to Financial Services. When they get big enough they will hire the best to figure out how to get even more out of an economy, even when it is declining, even when we can no longer afford them.

The inherent evil of Financial Services is exposed when things begin to slow down, when people's living standards stagnate or fall. Their demand for yet more of our GDP is not connected to how well the economy or people are doing, they still demand increasing payment. It matters not to them how heavy they weigh on individuals just trying to get by, the money must continue to roll in for them. Even the threat of a total economic collapse will not temper their demands.

In the past a total collapse could sometimes be avoided if the leaders being held ransom took action, or the people put heads on pikes soon enough but those corrective measures have been stifled today. Now to avoid the inevitable we need to take new action, different action.

As technology changes, so does society, so needs to our political systems, and our Financial Services need to be changed, updated. We need to put heads on pikes and a new system in place. What that system is only ever clear in hindsight but it starts by shutting down the old system. Will Financial Services help to make that an easy transition? I look back and say no, they will ride the system they have created to the most destructive of ends, we need to force change unto them.

Of course to do that we will first have to create a new political system that puts the interest of citizens and the Nation first, and that is turning out to be as difficult as is ever has been.

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Trump signs exec order signaling foreign H-1B visa techie crackdown

Haefen

Citizens First

Private business models that require no taxes, no environmental or human right laws and huge government subsidies to be profitable should not exist. The purpose of business and industry is to benefit the Nation, the Citizens, not an international elite who cares nothing for Nations or their people.

If a company cannot train and hire locals they need to revisit their business model to include better education and better pay. Bringing in workers to reduce the education opportunities of the locals, to lower pay, lower working standards and conditions all to increase profits to be sent out of country should be illegal and treated as treasonous when suggested.

OTOH bringing in highly educated people who create jobs and train citizens to replace them is important and was the stated objective of Foreign Worker Programs. Of course if such programs had been used for that we wouldn't be having this discussion.

Even the idea that foreign workers do work locals do not want to do is obvious propaganda. A business needs to fit into the local conditions, if it needs to import slaves it has no place in the country and can only hurt citizens who then must accept lower pay.

Business that needs endless government subsidies, either directly or with laws protecting their cartel have also undermined the market and worked against the interest of citizens.

Canada's many protected cartels, including basics like milk and automobiles that concentrate Canada's production in two provinces do much damage to Canada. These cartels are an example of business buying government protection at the expense of democracy, the Nation's interests and that of Citizens. Canada has no domestic automobile industry to protect. Canadians get jobs from being allowed to assemble vehicles for multi-national companies and in exchange protect those companies from competition, prevent Canadians from importing vehicles and add thousands to the cost of every vehicle. It would be far cheaper to pay those workers to go to school or volunteer but that wouldn't so easily transfer Canada's wealth to other tax havens, so isn't considered.

Trump exists because people can feel their governments are not acting in their interests, your government is not acting in your interest. People are beginning to lash out in anyway possible, look in the most unlikely of places for hope, even a billionaire who honestly believes the rich work harder and are more worthy. IME only the most desperate believe Trump will make America great, just as only the most deluded thought Obama would reverse the trends already set in place.

What will American voters do when they learn that no Democrat or Republican President can save them from their fate?

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How's that for a remote login? NASA puts New Horizons probe to sleep 3.5 billion miles away

Haefen

Which reminds me

This kind of news reminds me that while I do not have a flying car or a 20hr work week I am alive in the 21st century.

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MyHealthRecord slammed in privacy uproar

Haefen

The idea of one health file is an idea from the 20th century

Yet another issue is the fact that the data will not remain private. Collecting all health data into one file is a honey pot to so many businesses and industries that many paths to tapping it will be created.

An obvious example is a doctor being asked by a company if an employee or potential employee is fit for work. It is already common place for a family doctor to hand over far more information than is needed and once it is released it is forever lost.

In at least one case a doctor handed over information that showed a potential employee had, in the distant past received (successful) treatment for alcohol abuse. In that case the person was not hired though when asked it was due to race, which is in Canada a legal reason to hire one person over another. It didn't stop there. That HR department shared information with other HR departments resulting in no more interviews with those companies. Of course you may say that person was a foolish kid and shouldn't be able to have the career of his choice and education but I'm sure you can think of examples where it would be wrong, even illegal, for companies to have information about you.

In Canada we likely already have Insurance companies collecting DNA information (some are never approved for insurance yet never told why, always told the file is taking years to process). If the insurance requires a household visit and blood sample to be taken by their representative you can be suspicious. If you offer to have a doctor send the information they claim they need and they still insist on them having the actual blood sample you can be pretty sure they are breaking the law, intend to, or have put themselves into the position of doing so at their will without any accountability to your or enforcement (almost none in Canada).

The idea of one health file is an idea from the 20th century, a time before societies and people had any idea there could be serious and long lasting privacy problems.

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An echo chamber full of fake news? Blame Google and Facebook, says Murdoch chief

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Re: Luddite Whining

The old media was the original fake news. We wouldn't be in this mess if they had done their job as the 4th Estate. Instead they fed us lies after lies supporting an Elite that undermined democracy and capitalism.

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The beast is back: Reborn ekranoplan heads for the Arctic

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There is already a consensus that the arctic will have trees

There is already a consensus that the arctic will have trees very soon, the ice cap already melted in 2013 or is less than than ever before so this project will never get off the ground, at least not high enough off the ground.

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Aviation regulator flies in face of UK.gov ban, says electronics should be stowed in cabin. Duh

Haefen

Cabin security isn't about safety

Does anyone still think passenger searches are about safety? It is well known that having people dance to get on a plane isn't about safety, it's about getting them to dance.

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Oculus Drift: VR gaming boss out at Facebook

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Re: Pretty cool

Join the only group that understands how controlled the comments are on this site.

Using political and other various personal reasons to limit a persons career shows that companies need far more regulation than they have now.

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As a shock to absolutely no one, Uber is mostly pasty, male at the top

Haefen

Sounds racist!

The answer to racism is not yet more racism, yet that appears to be the only solution.

Why not outlaw racism, at the government and legal level? By looking, recording and acting on an individuals race a government is encouraging racism.

In Canada our foundational documents give special status to certain Canadians based on race, religion, ethnicity, even language. How can a society not be racist when it is required by law? When some races, rather than individuals, are seen as more deserving of assistance, as deserving of special political and legal status, there will always be racism, a constant claim by some groups that they should have special status.

End racism by outlawing it in our political and legal systems, then society will follow. When citizens are seen as individuals rather members of a racial group there can be no equality.

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How Ford has slammed the door on Silicon Valley's autonomous vehicles drive

Haefen

Autonomous cars are happening.

Self driving cars are happening in part because humans are very poor at object recognition and rarely use the equivalent of a couple processors when driving. Most people drive with their brains completely disengaged or running multiple alternate programs. Autonomous software has a very low bar when it comes to killing fewer people on the roads.

No one wants privacy. The minority within your bubble do value privacy, those who have had it, experienced what it was like to live in a surveillance state and then a free state, those who have read and understand history, and those that can see the direction we are headed see privacy as fundamental, something well worth yelling about even dying for. All those people combined make up a tiny minority who if they tried to do something about it, are easily kept quiet. Even the conversations at this site are controlled, effective action from that minority is not happening and unlikely.

People do not care about basic rights. This was made very clear when the President of the USA announced that he, and a committee of his choosing, had the right, and had used that right, to drone kill American citizens he, and his committee, deemed worthy of such action. It is not possible to have a free society when the government can, without due process, drone kill citizens it deems a threat. People in the USA, around the world, said little, it wasn't even an issue in the last American election.

But my down vote was because you suggested people like to drive.

This is clearly false. Look outside your group and you'll find the vast majority of other drivers do not like driving. It shows in how they drive, and in their ignorance of driving and vehicles. Most believe speed kills, that it takes them hundreds of feet to stop from 60mph, and that most crashes are caused by drunk drivers not wearing seatbelts (or whatever the latest "safety campaign" is telling them).

Spend some time at a checkstop or blockade. From parents wanting to get to a soccer match, to truckers that just want everyone out of their way, to commuters driving with their brain off, you will have a hard time finding any drivers, anyone wanting to drive, anyone actually liking the current driving experience.

As a society, self driving cars are long overdue.

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Standards Australia might send Tesla's PowerWalls outside

Haefen

Re: yep, FLA not always cheaper

In this area FLA are about the same price for someone off the street (cheaper for companies) but they would be more expensive in areas where disposal is free or end user is not concerned about the environmental costs.

If the environmental costs are not included FLA can be a lot more expensive in part because they have to be produced locally or incur expensive shipping due to weight per kWh.

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Beijing deploys facial scanners to counter public toilet abuse

Haefen

Better than having none I guess

Having seen people follow city workers to remove all paper (towels and toilet) and plastic (trash and doggy bags), fill all emptied trash bins from public parks, toilets and other areas, I can understand the frustration the city has.

Of course being Canadian I never spoke out but I did witness a more recent Canadian walking their dog confront someone who was in the progress of removing all the Doggy Waste bags that had just been refilled. I only caught the first part of the conversation where the person responded they didn't speak English but the animated conversation that followed in Chinese wasn't too hard to figure out.

Didn't work, a week later I saw the same person filling the park trash bins and removing the plastic shopping bags someone had kindly stuffed into the emptied Doggy Waste bag holder, though that time the offender did look around more before returning to their BMW.

I'm thinking China is showing us our future, maybe if we cooperate we can get a higher allowance to accommodate our, how to say, our larger requirements.

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Apache Struts 2 bug bites Canada, Cisco, VMware and others

Haefen

CRA has a long history of sharing information

Even before going digital the CRA has been sharing it's information. No less than a change in how Canada is governed is going to be able to stop that. Of course those responsible for the CRA and it's extreme powers wouldn't want just anyone to be able to access the information, it is worth more if only those from the Five Eyes have access.

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US Marine Corps chiefs declare WAR on stolen sex snap sharing scum

Haefen

Poor management and oversight

The military is very different than other workplaces but is still a workplace, one in which the only people who can decide the workplace culture is the management. Giving up that responsibility, as has been done to allow such activity to continue, is where the US Senate Armed Services Committee should be targeting it's inquiry. They could start by asking how such disrespect has flourished under the command General Robert Neller.

The workplace nor the military may not be able to make co-workers respect each other but they sure as hell can make them act respectful.

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Can you ethically suggest a woman pursue a career in tech?

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