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Comment: Re:So which agencies' backdoors are in there? (Score 1) 135

I think it's largely random. We've traveled regularly to the US (from Canada) with our grandson since he was two, and had to show the custodial letter about half the time. Occasionally a 3rd degree, usually just a quick Q&A. Same thing with the dog - we always have his papers (immunization records) ready with our passports, and we've never been asked for them.

Come to think of it, the dog is probably worth more to the right buyer. :)

Comment: Re:Why (Score 1) 193

by GNU(slash)Nickname (#43767747) Attached to: UK Consumers Reporting Contactless Payment Errors

Hate those stupid gas pumps. Useless if your card is from outside the US.

Then go inside and pay like you would everywhere else you make purchases. It's not hard, and you rarely have to queue. I guess, being a 'murican, you're either too fat or too lazy to waddle over to the door.

Wouldn't it make more sense that the OP is a cross border commuting/shopping Canadian who buys cheaper gas in the US with his Canadian issued credit card?

'Course, he could still be fat and lazy I suppose. :)

Comment: Re:*facepalm* (Score 4, Informative) 84

by GNU(slash)Nickname (#41008535) Attached to: Voting Begins For Canadian Digital Currency App

Considering that Canadians call their currency "loonies", with straight faces, there is no need for apologies . . .

<pedant>

We don't call our currency any such thing. Nothing ever costs a "couple of loonies", it costs a "couple of bucks."

We do, however, call our $1 coin a loonie, based on the picture of the loon it carries. This is much like Americans who often refer to specific denominations by the name of the president pictured on it.

</pedant>

Comment: Re:What about Comcast? (Score 2) 117

by GNU(slash)Nickname (#40230345) Attached to: Netflix Launches Its Own Content Delivery Network

Internet access is fast becoming as important as water, gas, electricity, roads etc and having the correct infrastructure is not something to be solely left to private enterprise. If we need a bit of socialism to solve it then lets have some socialism.

With the exception of electricity, those are all examples of infrastructure that follows the same model as broadband. Water and gas are only available in more densely populated areas, and roads have "less bandwidth" as they become more rural. In fact, although electricity is almost ubiquitous, there are still places that remain unserviced due to high deployment costs with no payback possibility.

Not sure how socialism ties in - at least where I am, water is a public service and gas is private.

Comment: Re:Salaries (Score 1) 886

by GNU(slash)Nickname (#40164827) Attached to: IT Positions Some of the Toughest Jobs To Fill In US

Too many job ads are looking for insane amount of skills in one person...They ask for a "Unix Admin" person who knows how to code in C++, C#, manage an Asterisk server, install mange & tune 1000 RHEL servers, use NAGIOS, maintain a SAP system, automate sysadmin tasks using bash/ksh/perl/PHP/C/C++, setup and manage IIS & Apache, admin websphere & coldfusion, install manage and tune Windows 2003/2008/2008R2, manage VMware/vSphere/ESX/ESXi servers, perform second level support for Windows users, manage printers, travel onsite for servicing, be on call 24/7 (for no extra pay), and be able to interact like a jolly good fellow with customers, co-works and management, oh, and write documentation and explain things as well as Carl Sagan could.

I've seen this happen as a side effect of a formal job evaluation process. Employees write up their job duties/skills in minute detail ("I helped the SAP admin by rebooting a server once" becomes "maintain the SAP system") and these duties are then scored by a committee. More "duties" = more points = more money, so of course, the employee is entirely motivated to pad everything. My personal favourite is the educational requirements. I have a masters in an unrelated field, so therefore a masters is a "requirement" of my job that just happens to be worth 2 pay grades.

The evaluation committee normally does a pretty decent job of leveling out the pay grades, but unfortunately it's the originally document often turns into the job posting when that person needs to be replaced.

Comment: Re:Wonderful Support... (Score 2) 627

by GNU(slash)Nickname (#40120569) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Not Linux For Security?

4) When a large business buys computers, they don't come with windows licenses. They buy blank machines and get a site license.

Not true. The Windows "site license" is an upgrade to the OEM copy of Windows installed on the PC. It cannot be used on bare metal. What businesses do is buy the cheapest possible Windows license with the PC and then image over it with the desired version. (Or get the OEM to ship the image preinstalled for a few extra bucks.)

Comment: Re:Just like in Norway too (Score 1) 473

by GNU(slash)Nickname (#39593873) Attached to: Canada To Stop Making Pennies

we were discussing the rounding of the 50 øre coin. which is why i said - at that level instead of at this level to be clear that i was referring to what was just said and not the article

Actually, it wasn't clear at all. You used

$1.51

as your example. If you were discussing kroner, you shouldn't have used a dollar sign.

Besides, $1.51 will buy you a coffee in Canada, but in Norway it'll be 20 NOK.

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