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Comment: Re:Good thing Canada's pretty much a "Gun Free" zo (Score 1) 423

by Em Adespoton (#48208619) Attached to: Shooting At Canadian Parliament

???

I think you'd do better to say that Canadian cities have very few guns, as you're allowed to carry all over the place in the country, which is a significant portion of Canada. Even as far as the city goes, people carry guns all over the place. You can even get a concealed carry permit, and some do.

The difference between the US and Canada is that a) fully automatic weapons and other weapons that serve no useful purpose are banned for common carry (but can still be carried with a special permit) and b) you need to be able to show a level of competency, a level of responsibility, or a reasonable cause to carry any specific firearm. That, and there's no "right" to bear arms. You have the same issue with carrying around pretty much any weapon, be it a sword, a compound hunting bow, or a blow gun. In general, people don't have a problem with that.

Comment: Re:Gangs ARE the #1 murder motive according to CPD (Score 1) 423

by Em Adespoton (#48208547) Attached to: Shooting At Canadian Parliament

Also, remember that the only real differences between a gang and a political party are that gangs don't have the backing of the government and their members are "elected" by different groups.

You know what gang members spend over 30% of their time doing? Sleeping. Another large chunk of their day is taken up with eating.

If you label all government organizations as gangs, just for a thought experiment, how does that affect the statistics on gang-related violence and crimes?

Comment: Re:Why (Score 1) 423

by Em Adespoton (#48208505) Attached to: Shooting At Canadian Parliament

Indeed... it would make much more sense to make changes in your routine in anticipation of getting cancer, being hit by a car, or slipping in your bathtub. These are all serious issues that COULD have their risks significantly curtailed through known behavioural, technical and environmental methods, but for the most part aren't. Terrorists, on the other hand, by definition are in it to spread mass-FUD. If you don't fear them, then they have pretty much no means of accomplishing their goal, even if they kill a few thousand people. The only real way to defeat terrorism is to make sure terror doesn't gain a foothold.

Now it may be that some "terrorists" actually have other goals, such as invading and conquering a country.

Good luck with that in Canada, unless you've got a really really big army. It's like Hitler invading Russia: not going to end well for the invaders. Population density's just not high enough in Canada to depend on the herd mentality to do your dirty work.

Comment: Re:Parliment Hill != The White House (Score 1) 423

by Em Adespoton (#48208357) Attached to: Shooting At Canadian Parliament

I think you've cited all that needs to be cited. "Doesn't have a lot of leeway" isn't the same as "has no leeway".

The GG and Queen are the country's safety valve. If we elect idiots who are so incompetent as to cause a danger to the world at large, they can shut things down.

Think of the Queen as being Canada's equivalent to the safety valve on a hot water heater. Unlikely you'll ever need either, but you can't miss seeing them, and you're always glad they're around when the pressure rises.

Comment: Re:It's Complicated... (Score 1) 423

by Em Adespoton (#48208313) Attached to: Shooting At Canadian Parliament

Canada has a Governor General, the provinces have Lieutenant Governors.

And besides being a sanity check on the elected officials (they're the emergency breaks), they are also quite heavily involved in public relations, as the Queen herself is. Annoyingly, there is always a need for grease in the political engine, and I'd prefer it be done by a designated position than by elected officials who then get "contributions" which are no more than bribes.

When the only real power is the ability to press the big red button, bribes/kickbacks/etc. don't tend to work very well, so this is an excellent separation of gladhanding and politics. Personally, I wish Canadian politicians would leave more of the PR work to the GG and LGs. It's what they're paid to do, and it's pretty much a full-time job.

Comment: Re:Parliment Hill != The White House (Score 1) 423

by Em Adespoton (#48208269) Attached to: Shooting At Canadian Parliament

So, fuck the queen of England ... she's not the queen of Canada.

Hmm... so badly uninformed.

Regina, Queen Elizabeth II of Canada is, and has never been, the Queen of England. I believe the last queen to hold that title was Queen Anne.

Instead, Queen Elizabeth II is (separately) the Queen of the United Kingdom, Australia, Jamaica and Canada. Possibly a few others as well. She's also head of state but not queen in a few jurisdictions.

And the Canadian constitution is hung off of one head of state: the Monarch of Canada, who just now happens to be a queen living in the UK. Her representative the Governor General has the ability to close up parliament if they start getting out of hand, and force a re-election. This privilege has only been used once, and it requires the Queen's approval.

Comment: iCloud Drive? (Score 1) 61

The company transferred a 1.36 GB MP4 video clip between two Apple MacBook Pros using two Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapters

So they're using Apple hardware, but never tested the "new and improved" iCloud Drive?

I guess that was probably not released when they started their test.... I bet it would be equally slow though (especially since I think that part of iCloud actually runs on Azure).

Comment: Re:Dangerous precedent (Score 1) 462

by Em Adespoton (#48190575) Attached to: Manga Images Depicting Children Lead to Conviction in UK

The difference is that the people depicted as murdered in the movies were consenting adults. As minors can't consent to anything, depicting them must be illegal. Ergo, all those Alicia Silverstone movies are illegal in AU, and any explicit cartoon material that doesn't explicitly state that the characters are over 18 could also be illegal.

+ - NSA CTO Patrick Dowd Moonlighting for Private Security Firm->

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un1nsp1red (2503532) writes "Current NSA CTO Patrick Dowd has taken a part-time position with former-NSA director Keith Alexander's security firm IronNet Cybersecurity — while retaining his position as chief technology officer for the NSA. The Guardian states that "Patrick Dowd continues to work as a senior NSA official while also working part time for Alexander’s IronNet Cybersecurity, a firm reported to charge up to $1m a month for advising banks on protecting their data from hackers. It is exceedingly rare for a US official to be allowed to work for a private, for-profit company in a field intimately related to his or her public function." Some may give Alexander a pass on the possible conflict of interests as he's now retired, but what about a current NSA official moonlighting for a private security firm?"
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Comment: Re:Sorry. Non-issue. (Score 5, Insightful) 39

by Em Adespoton (#48173437) Attached to: How Whisper Tracks Users Who Don't Share Their Location

The issue isn't that they know where you are, the issue is that they're collecting and storing location-bsed data on users who thought they had explicitly opted out of having location data collected.

I presume they also are still collecting the IP addresses, which can be run against any geolocation software they want after the fact.

so: collecting location data? Not an issue.

Using Maxmind's geoIP service? Not an issue.

Asking customers if they want to opt out of having their location data stored, and then storing it anyway? THAT is an issue.

Comment: Re:Why? (Score 1) 225

by Em Adespoton (#48171167) Attached to: Lead Mir Developer: 'Mir More Relevant Than Wayland In Two Years'

What Mir has over Wayland is a name that is easily confused with a space station. Otherwise, it's more of a KDE vs GNOME-style issue.

Each time I see one of these articles on slashdot or elsewhere, I go through a moment of confusion as I try to figure out how someone got an interview with the guy who developed software for MIR.

That'd be a cool Slashdot interview, by the way :)

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