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Comment Re:Brainwashing (Score 1) 323 323

Depends at what level it's used. If it's "soft" persuasion like this you can counter it up to a point by being aware of the mechanisms being used. Things like making a physical contact with your clients, etc all help.. that is unless the other party is aware of it. Now it just pisses me off when say the car salesmen touches my shoulder or try various bullshit tactics.

Comment Apache Spark > Hadoop (Score 5, Informative) 55 55

I used to be a big fan of Hadoop until I gave Apache Spark a try. My god, the speed, ease of use and install simplicity was just ridiculous. I mean, words failed me the first time I used it, I got it installed and working under 2 hours and it was so blazing fast, it was just a joke.

For people who took a look a few years back, it has matured a lot from an interesting prototype to something I now use in production on my clients data. Documentation is still a bit sketchy for niche functions but it's improved a lot also.

https://spark.apache.org/

Comment Re: Predictions (Score 1) 280 280

Well, as you might've guessed I'm from Quebec, so I'll fully admit that I knew Hydro One was state owned but I wasn't aware it was problematic.

I've just looked it up and ouch Ontario power is twice as expensive as Quebec. The only place where it's more expensive is Nova Scotia and PEI ( which is normal I guess ): http://www.ontario-hydro.com/i...

Still, the point stands that state owned and run power *can* be done right.

Comment Re: Predictions (Score 1) 280 280

That's amusing, I assume you don't know much about your marxist neighbor in the north, that is Canada. For example Hydro Quebec, which has been nationalized since 1944 has been a great success: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H.... We have some of the cheapest residential power in North America AND we're making a tidy profit selling our fairly important over capacity to our neighbors in the states: http://www.hydroquebec.com/pub...

On behalf of Canada, I apologize for destroying all your capitalists wet dreams with our mixed economy. Sorry, sorry!

Comment Re: Predictions (Score 5, Informative) 280 280

That's amusing, I assume you don't know much about your marxist neighbor in the north, that is Canada. For example Hydro Quebec, which has been nationalized since 1944 has been a great success: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H.... We have some of the cheapest residential power in North America AND we're making a tidy profit selling our fairly important over capacity to our neighbors in the states: http://www.hydroquebec.com/pub...

On behalf of Canada, I apologize for destroying all your capitalists wet dreams with our mixed economy. Sorry, sorry!

Comment Re:Monorail (Score 2) 93 93

Depends on your situation, last time I was in Vegas, we were 6 people. The shuttle was 13$ per person but the limo was a flat fee which we split 6 way.

The limo driver was really desperate to have us as a fare so I don't know if that's standard, he lowered the price once before we even started listening to his pitch.

Comment Re:triggering below percentage is dumb (Score 1) 96 96

I solved that problem for good, I swapped my factory battery for a 10000mAh ( more than 3x the original capacity ). Sure, my phone is thicker now but usually I couldn't go through a day with my Samsung galaxy without recharging, now it's 3-4 days without a charge.

I got it from zero lemon, their prices are good and both batteries I've bought from them are 2 years old and still going strong. The only thing is you really, really have to follow the special charging instruction, which I did not after a few months and it really impacted the batteries max charge. It regained it's higher max charge after a week of doing it the right way. http://zerolemon.com/product/z...

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