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Comment: Re: But does it matter any more? (Score 0) 114

by dryeo (#48911445) Attached to: Windows 10 IE With Spartan Engine Performance Vs. Chrome and Firefox

I think that you're getting confused by thinking because you're used to doing things the Windows way, it is the best because things follow the Windows way. Personally I hardly ever use Windows and find it very non-intuitive and have a hard time just launching an application. Click the wrong spot and it wants to rename the file instead of launching the program. With training that isn't a problem but it takes training and most people have been using Windows long enough that working around its weird quirks happens without thinking whereas any other desktop does not seem intuitive.
It's like considering having the throttle in a car on the right to be the best because every car you've ever driven has the throttle on the right and it doesn't take any thinking to jump into a car and operate the throttle.

Comment: Re:Money *needs* to be removed from Politics ... (Score 1) 133

Multiple parties allow the tyranny of the minority. Last election with more cheating then ever they managed to get 38% of the people who managed to vote with many ridings very close.
At one point we had 6 parties in Parliament, now 4 including the Greens one seat and the couple that the Bloc has with the right having merged their two parties. While for a few governments we had minorities, meaning one party didn't have an effective dictatorship (party discipline is very powerful in Westminster type parliamentary systems) and things were good, the Conservatives did get a majority last election so they can pass 800 page omnibus budget bills that no-one has time to read and invoke closure whenever the opposition has questions. It's also a good way to overwhelm the Supreme Court so not too many laws can get declared unconstitutional like there upcoming law allowing preventative arrests, catch criminals before they do anything and make us safe.

Comment: Re:Money *needs* to be removed from Politics ... (Score 4, Informative) 133

We tried that in Canada along with limits on campaign contributions and spending during elections. Worked OK until the Conservatives got in and they canceled the public campaign financing to save tax payers money, neutered Elections Canada so not only they can't hardly investigate anything but can't even talk about it and now the government spends more money on telling us how great the Conservatives are then used to get spent on election financing and the party itself has continuous ads telling us how horrible the other choices are.

Comment: Re:Did anyone expect otherwise? (Score 1) 245

Is that better for the slaves or the slave holders? Better for the owners of N. America who were getting genocided or better for the people who were practicing genocide so they could steal land.
Conservatives, remembering the days when there were groups you could legally kill, groups you could legally enslave and no such thing as age of consent if you fancied a young one (could always buy one if nothing else). Must be such a shame those rights are now repressed.

Comment: Re:CA requires commercial licenses for pickup truc (Score 1) 202

by dryeo (#48900993) Attached to: Calif. DMV Back-Pedals On Commercial-Plate Mandate For Ride-Share Drivers

That is bizarre. Here in BC if a vehicle has a GVW over 5000kg it is classified as commercial but can still be insured for pleasure use only and probably insured for commuting to work. Any actual commercial use requires a number from the federal government and I'm not sure of the procedure for that. Lots of people would crank up the GVW on their small trucks to avoid the smog tests.
Under 5000kgs you can get artisan insurance for hauling your trade tools around if you're are a contractor or such and avoid the commercial bullshit.

Comment: Re:I feel sorry for you (Score 1) 194

by dryeo (#48890377) Attached to: Verizon About To End Construction of Its Fiber Network

Are you sure it was high compression voice codecs? In my experience you can't get any connection over high compression. What does limit your speed to 28.8 is multiplexing more channels over the limited number of wires. I know as I'm in Canada, perhaps 60 km out of Vancouver and if I'm lucky i can connect at 28.8 with no other choices and it costs $40 + $40 for a phone line.

Comment: Re:Yep it is a scam (Score 3, Informative) 663

by dryeo (#48871713) Attached to: US Senate Set To Vote On Whether Climate Change Is a Hoax

Where does this bullshit originate? I guess the same place as the "global warming is a fraud" bullshit.
While DDT was banned for agricultural use, it was never banned for malaria control. One of the problems with DDT and most pesticides including antibiotics is that overuse gives the pests a chance to develop pesticide resistance, this is what finally killed DDT usage, it was so overused that mosquitoes became resistant. Currently it is being used by at least 12 countries (India and some S African countries as of 2008) for malaria control and the WHO is encouraging the use of it, though not overuse.
Where ever you are getting your propaganda from you should stop using as they are spreading outright lies and if they can lie about something as easy to check as the 2001 Stockholm Convention on Pesticides how are they lying about harder to check things such as climate change?

Comment: Re:Explain this to a non-Americal please.. (Score 1) 182

by dryeo (#48847459) Attached to: Republican Bill Aims To Thwart the FCC's Leaning Towards Title II

Your questions suggest you're more familiar with a parliamentary system of government where (per Wikipedia) "the executive branch derives its democratic legitimacy from, and is held accountable to, the legislature (parliament); the executive and legislative branches are thus interconnected." In such systems, a majority party (or a coalition) forms a government and from this selects/appoints a top executive (Prime Minister) almost certainly from that party.

Another example of the wiki being wrong, at least as far as Westminster based Parliamentary systems. The executive is the Crown or her representative, eg the Governor General or in the case of Canadian Provinces, the Lieutenant Governor. Parliament (or Provincial Legislature) passes a bill, much like Congress though generally the Upper House has been neutered or eliminated, and when the Bill gets Royal Assent, it becomes law. In theory Royal Assent can be refused resulting in a veto, but in practice it almost never happens (over 300 years in England). The executive also does a few other things such as appointing the government based on which ever party or coalition can pass a budget, no budget, no government, usually resulting in an election, occasionally a different coalition.
In practice, with a majority, due to party solitary, the PM can act like a dictator until the next election as his party will pass most any law the PM proposes/supports and the executive will follow the recommendations of Parliament.
Further, in Canada at least, the courts and especially the Supreme Court acts much like the American courts and Supreme Court and can declare laws (or parts of) null and void due to the Constitutionality. In the recent past and I believe even today in New Zealand, Parliament was Supreme and could pass almost any law

Comment: Re:Punish those that do not readily condemn?!?! (Score 1) 219

by dryeo (#48840647) Attached to: European Countries Seek Sweeping New Powers To Curb Terrorism

We'll never really know if he was planning on going to Syria or if he really wanted to get clean and being a crackhead he may well not known as well. As for what the police believe, well they're going to parrot the prevailing current meme that all Muslims are terrorists and all terrorists are Muslim.

I am not now, nor have I ever been, a member of the demigodic party. -- Dennis Ritchie