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Comment: Re:FP? (Score 1) 942

by Seq (#48037121) Attached to: David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

There was some resistance to metrication in Canada.

The metrication of gasoline and diesel fuel sales in 1981 prompted 37 Progressive Conservative Members of Parliament to open a "freedom to measure" gas station in Carleton Place, Ontario, selling gas in both imperial gallons and litres. The small city of Peterborough, Ontario, was a noted hotbed of opposition to metrication, having been one of the government's three test centres for the metrication process. Bill Domm, a Member of Parliament representing the riding of Peterborough, was one of the country's most outspoken opponents of metrication. During this period, a few government employees lost their jobs for their opposition to metrication.[2] One official with Revenue Canada who publicly opposed mandatory metric conversion was dismissed for "conduct unacceptable for a public servant."

CBC has a video about it:

Comment: Re:Why shouldn't something for the XBox... (Score 4, Informative) 188

by Seq (#47592115) Attached to: The XBMC Project Will Now Be Called Kodi

According to the xbmc4xbox wiki, it's a fork of xbmc as mainline support for the xbox was removed.

XBMC4Xbox is a third-party developer spin-off project of XBMC for Xbox, with still active development and support of the Xbox. This project was created as a fork of XBMC for Xbox as a separate project to continue having a version of XBMC for the Xbox hardware platform, and was initially started by a few members from the original XBMC project in order to fully breakout the removed Xbox branch support from the official XBMC project and let it continue as a totally separate project, which was announced on the 27 of May 2010.

Comment: Re:Submitter doesn't know his own rights (Score 2) 289

by Seq (#44317085) Attached to: Gore Site Operator Arrested For Posting Video of Murder

However, section 1 does set limits on the rights granted in other sections.

Rights and freedoms in Canada

1. The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees the rights and freedoms set out in it subject only to such reasonable limits prescribed by law as can be demonstrably justified in a free and democratic society.

This is why hate speech and obscenity laws are enforceable.

Comment: Re:Selling points (Score 1) 271

by Seq (#43227435) Attached to: Are Lenovo's ThinkPads Getting Worse?

Today's T series have pathetic screen resolution, and plastic roll cages :-(

I've got a T510, which had a Mg roll cage and a 1920x1080 screen (which was fine three years ago, and unfortunately still about the best you can hope for).

Compare how they announced the changes to the T410 and T510 series:

These are still black, rectangular ThinkPads that stand for traditional ThinkPad values like rock solid durability, long-term stability, and great keyboards. I consider this a good thing.

Hell, they changed they key layout in 2009, affecting three keys and wrote a blog post to defend it, actually citing some usage data. Nowadays they redesign the keyboard and indicate it was based on user feedback from people who were not thinkpad users.

I'm not sure why they've decided to turn the Thinkpads into expensive Ideapads, but.. Wait, that's probably why.

I suppose I'll just have to stretch my T510 as far as it will go.

Comment: Re:Babylon 5 (Score 1) 409

by Seq (#41538525) Attached to: Aircraft Carriers In Space

You might also want to check out the "Lost Fleet" series by Jack Campbell. I enjoyed it more than Harrington, but I'll admit that I'm only on the third book of the Harrington series.

The space combat seemed more "realistic" (hah, I know). Ships having shields aside, weapons were entirely computer controlled, as the window for contact was fractions of a second as ships passed, then possibly hours as they repositioned for another run. Fleets carried mobile refineries for ore processing for both repairs and to replenish weapon stocks, etc.

Comment: Re:2 days later (Score 1) 168

I sent out my wedding invitations on Monday night via Canada post (which means they were actually collected Tuesday). Most seem to have arrived Friday (I was visiting family and asked). Granted, these were all within Ontario. I'd expect another day or two for my family in BC to receive theirs.

Not bad for $0.61.

Comment: Re:I Must Be Missing Something Here (Score 1) 332

by Seq (#38917099) Attached to: Thanks to DRM, Some Ubisoft Games Won't Work Next Week

I fail to see what mistake he made. Perhaps they just have DNS point at new servers? Perhaps they route their existing public IP space to the new datacenter (assuming those IPs were ubisoft and not isp-provided)? Perhaps they have a cache or load balancer layer that they simply redirect at the new servers, but which is not moved at the same time?

I think "DNS or whatever" is fine.

Comment: Re:Foolproof my arse! (Score 1) 208

by Seq (#36767914) Attached to: Build Your Own Time Capsule Work-Alike For $200

My wife's mac has used time machine since it came out. I actually bought an airport extreme w/ time capsule support (which sucks -- there is no web ui, so I had to borrow her mac to configure it). Every six months or so time capsule would stop working for some reason. Only solution I could find was to turn it off, blow away all backups on the airport extreme's attached disk, and reconnect.

I got fed up with the airport one day and installed netatalk on my server home. It's been working for well over a year now with no problems. So obviously since my experience is directly applicable to everybody, we can infer that this generic router plus external USB disk will actually be more reliable than apple's solution.

There's no future in time travel.