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Comment: Secure? For small definitions of secure. (Score 1) 95

by DarthVain (#49269169) Attached to: BlackBerry's Latest Experiment: a $2,300 'Secure' Tablet

Security isn't really a technological question anymore. It is a legal and political one. Unless your enterprise and blackberry is immune to political interference as well it isn't really all that secure. Perhaps, "more secure" from some bum to picks up your tablet from the train seat or something.

Blackberry being located in Canada is a pretty good plus, as privacy laws are pretty good. However even Canada has gotten dinged about participation with the whole US electronic surveillance thing. Blackberry had a story a few years ago where India require them to "unsecure" their service and hand them the keys.

If they make it truly secure, they might be really limiting the market they will be allowed to sell it or operate in...

Comment: Thunderdome! (Score 1) 1080

by DarthVain (#49269015) Attached to: How To Execute People In the 21st Century

Two men enter, one man leaves! Added entertainment bonus.

Seriously, look to what other countries have done. I bullet, and a bill to the family. Of course that puts you in the China and Iraq (Hussian) category.

Realistically morality aside, the only real reason a society might have capitol punishment, is a cost saving measure and to prevent victims from paying for incarceration. However in reality, in modern society with any sort of legal process, the cost to do so is many fold for that of just locking someone up forever.

So just stop the practice really.

There are still issues however. Recently in Canada a guy was released from mandated mental care which caused a stir. Some people argue that being found not criminally responsible due to mental condition deserves a second chance. Perhaps in some cases. Part of me however would argue that if you kill someone and decapitate them, in full view of everyone, that no you shouldn't have a second chance. You don't come back from that. You exit society forever.

Comment: Kola Superdeep Borehole (Score 2) 117

by DarthVain (#49249351) Attached to: Huge Ocean Confirmed Underneath Solar System's Largest Moon

Considering the deepest we've been able to bore a hole on earth with all the resources available (like air, gravity, equipment, people, etc...) was just over 12.2km deep they have a way to go...

I was trying to come up with an analogy of something impossibly far away, more so than boring a 330km hole, on a frozen moon, on another planet, and failed.

Comment: Traditional Medicine (Score 1) 447

by DarthVain (#49249251) Attached to: Homeopathy Turns Out To Be Useless For Treating Medical Conditions

How is homeopathy any different from traditional medicine in that regard? Yet people still use it, and on their kids. I immediately thought if this recent news story up here in Canada... sad.

Comment: Re:USB-C (Score 1) 139

by DarthVain (#49244557) Attached to: Google's Pricey Pixel Gets USB-C and a Lower Price

I have a mSSD slot on mine which is nice, as is ITX builds it saves even more space...

However most ITX cases I have seen thus far don't support removable back plates... which means if I ever have to remove or replace the thing, I will have to basically disassemble everything to get at it which kind of sucks (as on most MB the slot is on the back of the board)... :(

Comment: USB-C (Score 1) 139

by DarthVain (#49243449) Attached to: Google's Pricey Pixel Gets USB-C and a Lower Price

I don't know if USB-C is backward compatible, but I presume it is. I can't see the specifications, so I don't know if there are additional USB slots if it isn't (but presumably there would be unless they are stupid).

So buy the 64GB version and use that as your system drive. Buy an external USB HD in whatever capacity you want and just plug it in the USB slot.
Problem solved.

Anyone of any competence is going to build a system like that anyway, an SSD system drive with another traditional HD as your media drive. Having your media drive attached VIA USB (particularly presumably faster USB-C, though I am uncertain of compatible HD availability), will have no appreciable performance issues when using it to play media and the like, which is all you will be using it for if you need 1TB+ capacity. You will have an additional thing you will need to throw into your laptop bag, and plug in, should you decide to use it.

Comment: Live by the sword, die by the sword... (Score 1) 386

It appears copyright is a double edged sword for artists, whom I doubt anyone has any sympathy for at this point. The association that they pay into (RIAA) has been instrumental (pardon the pun HA!) in lobbying for stronger and longer copyright laws. So they basically are paying a group to make it harder to produce original works by which to make a living without getting sued.

To quote Justin Timberlake "Cry me a river!"
(please don't sue me Justin!)

Comment: Snore... (Score 1) 356

by DarthVain (#49243233) Attached to: New Solar Capacity Beats Coal and Wind, Again

I can't be bothered to read a word. A study comes out, which after about 5 seconds of research tells me that the GTM is "Green Tech Media" who partnered with the Solar industry association, to produce a study about how positive solar power is... news at 11.

It might be true, but you couldn't get your news from a more biased source if you tried.

I'm sure if the Coal industry association hired mining tech media group to do a study about the benefits of coal usage, it would be just as positive.


Comment: Re:if that were true (Score 1) 348

by DarthVain (#49227119) Attached to: Obama Administration Claims There Are 545,000 IT Job Openings

That's because they look at each contract "for months at a time" as individual jobs. So what you might call 1 "job", can be classified at say as 10 "jobs" over a period of 5 years with 6 month contracts...

I wish I was kidding.

There was an asshat politician that tried to say he was going to create a million jobs on Ontario the last election. To say that he played a bit loose and fast with the numbers in his plan was an understatement. However it wouldn't have been the first time a politician has done this nor the last. At least in that particular case he lost the election.

Comment: Re: A laptop with almost no ports?! (Score 1) 529

by DarthVain (#49226909) Attached to: Apple's "Spring Forward" Event Debuts Apple Watch and More

You could probably get even more battery time out of it if you clocked it down to 800Mhz...

I guess it depends on how it works. Does it have enough power? How well and how long will a 1.2Ghz M CPU be good for? Same question goes for the integrated graphic setup with a supposed 4k (if only 11" in size?) resolution... Anyway I have my doubts.

If all you are using it for it itunes, web, and YouTube, I am sure it is just fine... though you can do all those things on something that costs 1000$ less than that. Apple seems to be trying to be playing the status card with this release... (10k gold watch, really?)

Were I a student I would be thinking 1000$ pays for a lot of beer. 600 Beers to be exact. That's 75 beers per month (given a 8 month school year). If looking at TCO on a 4 year honors degree, that's 150 Beer a year or about 20 Beer a month for the length of your scholastic endeavors. Just sayin'...

Comment: Re:the real problem (Score 1) 229

by DarthVain (#49226743) Attached to: Listen To a Microsoft Support Scam As It Happened

Here is another, for the rest of the scams.

There has been a number of news articles about various scams in Canada run over the phone mostly by Indian companies. This one is about windows computers, but it is everything under the sun really. They mostly prey on the elderly.

If the Indian government doesn't want to enforce international law, then Canada should simply cut off India from all phone communications. We'll see how quickly India reacts then when living in a black box, particularly hurtful to all that off shoring of jobs. If a Canadian company does legitimate business with an Indian company, then they can petition the Canadian government to allow a specific phone connection.

Anyway Canada would never do it, or even anything remotely useful for fear of being seen to interfering in business and jobs (though in reality it would be probably saving Canadian jobs), and the Corporate kings would pull their strings and watch Harper dance, dance, dance.

To communicate is the beginning of understanding. -- AT&T