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Comment: Re:Didn't we have this discussion... (Score 1) 289

by Mashiki (#48858379) Attached to: Police Nation-Wide Use Wall-Penetrating Radars To Peer Into Homes

They tried this in Canada with thermocams. The supreme court hit them so hard on that being a warrantless search that crown attorneys and police services across Canada are still smarting over it. There is precedent, and legal justifications are often carried from other countries on things like this.

Comment: (Score 1) 331

by Mashiki (#48845319) Attached to: Lies, Damn Lies, and Tech Diversity Statistics

Really, I'm leaning the same way but if they question is how stupid do you have to be do to it. As well hotwheels has something up as well, telling mootles to talk to him about something a mod or couple of mods sent him. A lot of stuff flying around the biggest theory is that the ddos against infinite chan was done by a group of mods with his consent. Whether or not that holds true, we'll find out in the next day and a half.

Comment: (Score 1) 331

by Mashiki (#48844347) Attached to: Lies, Damn Lies, and Tech Diversity Statistics

So I guess that means there's no child porn on infinite chan right. In other words, he made it all up in order to slander gamergate and infinite chan. Well that sure make it easy doesn't it? It's always nice when people come right out into the clear like that, and simply prove what everyone already knows. That when someone doesn't have something substantive, their only recourse is slander and libel.

Comment: Re: (Score 4, Insightful) 331

by Mashiki (#48844311) Attached to: Lies, Damn Lies, and Tech Diversity Statistics


No it's a euphemism for a group of people who whine, bitch and moan because they think they're special snowflakes and would rather the world work on their idea of justice, or promotion. Instead of merit, and law. Note that the UVA scandal is an example of SJW's in action, so was the whining and moaning over Mozilla's president being fired for making donations on his own time to a group.

You can try and label it as the "scary conservative bogyman" but you're only proving one thing. That you actually have no substantial argument that people are right in calling them the bottom feeders of society.

Comment: Re:no thanks (Score 1) 172

by Mashiki (#48834373) Attached to: The 'Radio Network of Things' Can Cut Electric Bills (Video)

If by "work just fine" you mean wasting energy and costing you more, then you are right.

You mean "smart meter" programs and all that jazz don't cost you money? Damn why has mine gone up 8% in the last 3 years since they brought this boondoggle into being here in Ontario. Well if it's on track(according to the forecasters), then by 2018 the electricity price here will have gone up by 20% oh joy!

Comment: Re:ATI/AMD has had shitty drivers for 20 years (Score 1) 159

by Mashiki (#48832305) Attached to: AMD Catalyst Is the Broken Wheel For Linux Gaming

Don't worry, Nvidia has had shitty drivers for the last 6 or so. So they're catching up. Otherwise there wouldn't have been that series of nvidia drives that cause incorrect fan throttling that burned up cards. Or the problem with TDR's that plagued the 299 through 330's, that's only two years worth. And of course the problem with those drives was so bad that they were paying for PC's to be shipped to California for testing. Of course that particular problem revolved around voltage issues, and the cards being forced into a lower-voltage setting that would cause the card to become unstable. That was their solution to overheating. And then of course we've got the on-going problem with firefox and hardware acceleration on the cards, either causing corruption of the browser, or right up crashes. Then there was the drivers that caused hardlocks on 400,500,600,700 series cards.

I say all of that as someone who's owned 22 nvidia cards over the last 15 years. It was the TDR problem that broke it for me, and I switched to AMD after having swore them off in the 90's. I haven't looked back, and am happier with my 7970.

Comment: Re:When the freedom of speech is taken away ... (Score 2, Informative) 319

We already have this in Canada on the books, and is codified in our charter of rights and freedoms. Basically it boils down to: "You can do whatever you want, as long as law or society deem it to be harmful." Generally it's worked out well, and when it's over-reached, people have rallied around getting the law changed and it's happened.

Comment: Re:Related - the clack of wheels on the tracks (Score 5, Informative) 790

by Mashiki (#48784289) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Sounds We Don't Hear Any More?

Guess you don't live in a cold part of the world in the winter, or where it can hit 35C+ in the summer. Around here in Canada, we use 30-50m segments that aren't welded because the tracks shrink and expand so much. Once the temps drop to -20C here, you can lose over an 3cm, and once it gets over 35C with the train's on them they can expand over 10cm causing them to warp off the bed.

So if I walk outside, the next time a train goes by I can hear it hit every clack clearly. Since it's around -20C right now, I can hear it inside my house about 300m away if I pay attention.

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