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Comment: It's Complicated... (Score 1) 475

by DarthVain (#48206007) Attached to: Shooting At Canadian Parliament

Only thing I could think of was Canada's relationship status on Facebook...

Anyway I have no problem with the Queen as a symbol etc... However there are a ton of wasteful APPOINTMENTS (not democratic even), that cost the taxpayers millions of dollars each year.

I do not see the need for A) A lieutenant governor of Canada, or B) another one for each Province.

Not only is it political pork, but they each have an office, staff, and budgets to spend... because why?

Comment: Total BS. (Score 1) 723

by DarthVain (#48204079) Attached to: NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders

Perhaps Women in Management positions.

Most "coders" are entry level positions. I have been working in my field for 15 years now, and I grew up in the 1990's really. If you grew up in the 1980's you might still be or do coding, but most would be at a high level position now. Ad's from the 1980's would have little effect.

Now you might make the argument that, most of those Managers would do the hiring and have a preconceived idea about hiring Women VS Men. However you could pretty much use the same argument for any field of work, none of which has anything to do with stupid 1980's ads.

Comment: At least (Score 1) 173

by DarthVain (#48203867) Attached to: 32 Cities Want To Challenge Big Telecom, Build Their Own Gigabit Networks

At least if your City does that however, presumably that would go towards the tax base, and would help them manage their taxes better or be able to lower them, rather than just going to some faceless corporate coffers.

Which is to say, it isn't ideal, but presumably at least the local users might reap some benefit out of it at least.

Comment: Re:Unintended Consquences (Score 1) 54

Two bits of detail here:
1) It was his own money he spent, not corporate donations. Which is still a no no. I think the deal was he spent about 20k of his own money over the limited cap, and tried to hide the fact.
2) "getting" charged? So far as I am aware, there has been no consequences as yet (other than Harper throwing him under the bus as quick as could be). Anyway I will believe it when I see any results from it. My money is it gets dragged out long enough until no one knows or cares about it anymore, then it will just quietly disappear.

Comment: Bias (Score 1) 610

by DarthVain (#48186067) Attached to: Wind Power Is Cheaper Than Coal, Leaked Report Shows

Uh, if you look at who actually wrote the report, you might want to think about what sort of bias it might contain...

Here is the consultant group that wrote the report:


Hey I am not saying the report it wrong, hell I didn't read it... however really? This just seems like something politically motivated, like say justification for the billions spend on Wind Power, saying "see it's the cheapest, honest!"...

Comment: Re:Cost of government-provided services (Score 1) 346


I can't speak for the US, but that is the same model in Canada. It doesn't really work without competent regulation. In Canada this is done though the CRTC, who are all pretty much former executives of either Bell or Rogers (The two telecommunication companies with monopolies, one on Cable and the other on Phone infrastructure).

Part of this comes down to what is a "reasonable fee" and how that is determined. The other part is the actual control they exert over the infrastructure. For example a few years ago when throttling was front and center, an independent ISP complained to the CRTC that it wasn't fair competition because even though the leased the lines from the above companies, the speeds to which they could offer their clients were being throttled. At the hearing I believe it was Bell's argument that it was fair because they throttled everyone equally...

So while there are independent ISP in Canada, they are beholden to their landlords so to speak, and the rules are set forth by former landlords.

The whole Netflix VS CRTC is another example. It is basically an extension of Bell and Rogers Telecommunications (who are set to release their own competing video streaming service... nice timing that).

Comment: Re:I can believe it... (Score 2) 69

by DarthVain (#48076017) Attached to: Hackers Compromised Yahoo Servers Using Shellshock Bug

No didn't bother, very well could be that. I use that as my throw away account. However that said, spoofing would be random. One would have to access my Yahoo address list to get my Gmail account. So unless spoofers used my Yahoo account and sent it around the world, it would be pretty coincidental that using my Yahoo address would hit my Gmail address several times in the last couple of weeks, and as I said, within hours of me changing passwords. Otherwise how would they know to use one against the other. Unless they were specifically targeting me, and I don't think I am that special! :)

I think it is more likely that Yahoo is compromised (or was) and in that time they were scripting spam using personal address books (sending from my account to everyone in my address book) over and over again. If they have access to the passwords, then logging in and repeating would be trivial, even when changes are made... until of course Yahoo patches their damn servers so that they cannot anymore.

Comment: I can believe it... (Score 2) 69

by DarthVain (#48075439) Attached to: Hackers Compromised Yahoo Servers Using Shellshock Bug

I have gotten spam mail from myself several times the last few weeks (From Yahoo to Gmail), and have gone into the stupid yahoo site to change passwords several times. They were obviously compromised as hours after changing passwords, I would get more spam. Little point to changing passwords if they have total access to them. Might be time to finally drop them.

They were all a fictional job offer, that I guess I was going to give to myself for big bucks... Sounds like something I would do! :)