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Comment: Re:ut bright lights keep me awake. (Score 5, Informative) 257

by StrangeBrew (#49127107) Attached to: The Case Against E-readers -- Why Digital Natives Prefer Reading On Paper
Thinking of an tablet as an eReader is your problem. In my opinion a true eReader uses electronic ink technology, not a back-lit LCD screen. You do not get the 'keeps me awake' problem when using an eReader. With an eReader you must either read by an external light source, the same way you would with a paper book, or utilize one of the eReaders underlit with a 'glo' light that also doesn't impede sleep.

Comment: Re:I recently bought a new lcd tv (Score 1) 309

I have 5 Samsungs ranging from 2 months old to 9+ years old. In one TV I have a single dead pixel. That is the only problem I've ever had that wasn't human error. Slag them all you want for the 'listening' feature, but I think your criticism of their product quality doesn't match my experience in the slightest.

Comment: Re:That was quick ... (Score 1) 103

by StrangeBrew (#48813623) Attached to: Canadian Government Steps In To Stop Misleading Infringement Notices
So you're just another anonymous coward who would rather label someone and suggest that if they don't share your opinion they should leave the country. Ok, I'll play along and do the same. I'll infer from your statement that you are a far left wing extremist who hasn't used logic in making a decision at any point in your life. Your have a political party of choice and would never consider anyone else. In your opinion, your party has never had a bad leader, bad decision, bad policy and any scandals they were involved in were constructed by the opposition. When a party other than the one you support is in power there is nothing they can do right. Their leaders are corrupt and heartless, their decisions are bad, and if they ever do anything that even resembles something good it's obvious their hand was forced by either legal or opposition pressure. If there's a scandal, everyone should resign. I'd also suggest that you'll pat yourself on the back for making a charitable donation, choosing the charity based on what sounds the best. You'd feel guilty about checking out the charity first, to find out how much overhead costs will eat into your donation. You'd be downright horrified at the concept of considering the short and long term impact of the portion of contribution that makes it to those in need. Wouldn't you be happier in Denmark? For the record, I could do this for the right-wingers as well, but I'm pretty sure you have that covered.

Comment: Re:That was quick ... (Score 1) 103

The PM's near impunity is a mixed bag. In some cases it allows a leader to do what he or she thinks is best for the country, regardless how public opinion views the decision. The public must wait for the next election to 'voice' their displeasure. A good example was the unpopular Brian Mulroney who pushed through both the NA Free Trade Agreement and the 7% general sales tax. It should be noted that Chretien campaigned on removing the tax, was voted in, and immediately stated that it was never a campaign promise. Of course the Liberal shills remember fondly the subsequent years as the time when their party balanced the books, ignoring the fact that it was on the backs of the tax payers due to a broken 7% promise.

Comment: Re:That was quick ... (Score 1) 103

I don't like the party in power, but like the alternatives even less. Each of the current sides do the bidding of either corporate or union masters and use various tactics to demonize their opponents. It ends up always being a case of 'pick the side that's going to profit me the most'. Win for democracy?

Comment: Re:Why (Score 2) 529

by StrangeBrew (#48204753) Attached to: Shooting At Canadian Parliament
My guess is you haven't spent any time digging into this story or you'd retract your question. As the story currently stands, the shooter started at the memorial and then ran into parliament to target the sorts of individuals you referenced. You'd also know that there was another attack at a local mall at approximately the same time. You'd also know that a 'radicalized' individual mowed down two uniformed members of our military in Quebec just the other day. These could all be viewed as individual incidence, but reasonable people would come to the conclusion that someone is urging these individuals to carry out attacks, regardless whether or not they were highly coordinated.

Comment: Re:Why (Score 3, Insightful) 529

by StrangeBrew (#48204499) Attached to: Shooting At Canadian Parliament
Let me say this again, since it deserves repeating. Time and time again, posters on Slashdot talk about the 'fictitious' threat of terrorism that government uses as the excuse for encroachments on perceived liberties. You, the posters are the reason why an actual coordinated attack within a 'safe' democratic country is news on Slashdot.

Comment: Re:That's not the reason you're being ignored. (Score 2) 406

by StrangeBrew (#48142007) Attached to: Flight Attendants Want Stricter Gadget Rules Reinstated
No kidding. Electronic devices, no electronic devices, it doesn't matter. I might check out the stewardess, but I'm not listening to her or paying attention to what she is telling me because I've heard it countless times before. Though I have always wondered whether or not it's a lie that if the oxygen bag doesn't inflate that it's still working. It sounds like a load of BS meant to prevent you from freaking out, and fighting with the person next to you who has obviously got a working mask.

Comment: Re:Oh yippie (Score 1) 123

by StrangeBrew (#48102175) Attached to: US Remains Top Country For Global Workers
As an outsider, I'd look at things like racial tension, national debt, water quality issues, projected and substantiated climate changes, employment rate, education system, human rights issues, level of government interference and tolerance for invasion of privacy... I'm guessing the majority of those polled considered little of this.

Comment: Re:So.. (Score 1) 208

by StrangeBrew (#48083265) Attached to: Studies Conclude Hands-Free-calling and Apple Siri Distract Drivers
A large number of people are incapable of properly operating both a cell phone and moving vehicle at the same time. Those that text/read email/websites on their phone while operating a moving vehicle are performing two mutually exclusive tasks at the same time. To be fair, there are too many drivers on the road who can't even drive properly when that is the only task they are performing, but that's a separate issue.

What the world *really* needs is a good Automatic Bicycle Sharpener.

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