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Comment: Re:ATC (Score 0, Offtopic) 179

by theshowmecanuck (#48441461) Attached to: Eizo Debuts Monitor With 1:1 Aspect Ratio
OK, I don't know much about those monitors, but you did say Sony. So my immediate assumption would be that they patented them (that's OK), but in addition made all connectors to it patented and everything had to go through Sony display drivers/cards. And they likely only accepted video data formatted in a patented Sony format that they would never open up, etc. etc. etc. bunch of Sony bullshit ad nauseam, all of which made anyone else who thought about using them say fuck that; why pay a shitload of money for something I can't use with any of my other stuff? And like a bunch of other rather good ideas Sony has had in the past, it died and withered on the vine of incompatibility.

Comment: Re:LOL! Firefox has 10% of the market! (Score 1) 382

The other thing I hate about the mobile version of Firefox is that it puts the page title in the location bar, so I can't really tell what site I'm on. Title's can lie, I want to see the actual address. On mobile, I use Dolphin Browser. It works pretty good for the most part, some minor issues, but I can still watch flash videos with it on the newer android devices. It also isn't Chrome, I agree about the privacy issue... they all might have issues, but phoning everything home to Google is too creepy for me.

Comment: Re:Was impressed until.. (Score 1) 142

by theshowmecanuck (#48408553) Attached to: What the US Can Learn From Canada's Internet Policy
Bell Canada actively spies on what their users do on all their connections, internet and phone. They track you. They openly stated it a few years ago, 'for advertising purposes.' The major players have regional monopolies but have been transitioning to an oligarchy, with bit players allowed to piggyback if they behave. There is only one small very local company that has its own fibre backbone that is any good, and that is Novus in Vancouver. And they are only in high rise condos, which is too bad. Ten years ago they 10MB down AND up. And you only needed to plug into the wall, no modem required. And they didn't give a rats ass if you ran a server at home (and static IPs were pretty cheap). Now they are up to 50 and 100 MB. http://www.novusnow.ca/interne... I really wished I live in Vancouver still. Trying to move back right now.

Comment: Re:Who cares (Score 1) 77

And then they make Windows 10 phone home with even more personal info than ever before whenever your PC is switched on. If I were a conspiracy theorist, I'd say Microsoft made an OS so bad that everyone had to flock to the next one, even if it did sell all your personal data to the highest bidder and the NSA. At this point, I'll use Windows 7 till it hits end of life and just use Linux after that. I'll probably have an extra PC for games or recording but never use it.

+ - Alleged Satellite Photograph Says Ukraine Shootdown of MH17

Submitted by theshowmecanuck
theshowmecanuck (703852) writes "A group calling itself the Russian Union of Engineers has published a photograph, picked up by many news organizations (just picked one, Google it yourself to find more), claiming to show that MH17 was shot down by a Ukrainian fighter plane. The interesting thing is the very quick ad hoc crowd sourced debunking of the photograph using tools from Google maps, online photos/data, to their own domain knowledge backed up with the previous information. It would be interesting to understand who the "Russian Union of Engineers" are and why they in particular were chosen to release this information."

Comment: Re:And yet... (Score 3, Informative) 47

The main Ebola drugs/vaccines that are in play were developed in Canada at the publicly funded National Microbiology Lab in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Some money came from private companies, but much was public funds; and who paid for the lab in the first place? (That's a rhetorical question if you didn't get it.) Level 4-containment microbiology labs aren't cheap, it's why there are only a handful in the world and why they are publicly funded, not privately... there is normally no profit in them. I am one who has no problem pointing out the folly and poor performance (it has hurt me personally) of Canada's "public only" healthcare system. I like the public/private funding paradigm that Europe seems to have and which Obamacare seems to be moving towards, and would like to see that adopted here (that is another topic altogether). But I am very against the "private only" healthcare system that many fake Christians in the U.S. want. I have seen it hurt too many people. And this is also a case where we can see that private isn't always better either.

Next question?

Comment: Global Warming (Score 1) 47

...Unfortunately, the past 15 years have seen everything dry up...

It's Florida, and they're on the coast. Global warming should fix this by the time a few decades are up. If I were them I'd sell everything now and get what I could, then move north to the hills in Georgia. It'll be beach front by the next century. At least their decedents can enjoy it if they can keep the property in the family.

Comment: Re:Bring back the shuttles. (Score 2) 47

I think part of the problem was that instead of treating it more like an experimental craft, learning from it and implementing changes based on those teachings, they treated it like a final every day working product. Like it was the end goal. There is no way you build the first 'reusable' space craft ever and it actually meets that goal. That is not wishful thinking, it's stupid. But in all the years I haven't seen or heard of much if anything that they say they could do better to improve on it. Maybe because they would have felt obliged to actually do something with it.

+ - A Band-Aid that could suck bugs out of your wound->

Submitted by sciencehabit
sciencehabit (1205606) writes "Scientists have made progress towards a band-aid like device that can literally suck bacteria out of wounds. When they placed nanofibers in a petri dish of Staphylococcus aureus, a bacterium involved in chronic infection, the bugs quickly attached themselves to 500-nanometer-wide fibers, but hardly onto fibers with larger diameters. When the researchers coated the nanofibers with different compounds and tested them on the bacteria Escherichia coli, also responsible for chronic wounds, the bugs formed bridges on fibers coated with allylamine, a colorless organic compound, but stayed away from fibers coated with acrylic acid. The researchers, who plan to test the meshes on composites that resemble human skin, hope that they will eventually lead to smart wound dressings that could prevent infections. Doctors could stick the nano–Band-Aid on a wound and simply peel it off to get rid of the germs."
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+ - China triples the targeting range of its submarines with a new cruise missile->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Depending on how you feel about China’s growing power in the world, you may or may not be impressed to hear that China’s aerospace industry has unveiled a new missile design that triples the range of its submarines.

The Chinese Navy’s existing submarines rely on a cruise missile with a 42km range, however, the brand new CM-708UNA more than triples that to 128km. It achieves the extra distance using a solid rocket booster and turbo engine. On board is a high-precision radar seeker and the ability to link up with a satellite for guidance fine tuning during flight. As for what it can target, both inland structures and sea vessels are fair game."

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Comment: Re:Oh Please Edge Detection and Motion Detection (Score 1) 91

by theshowmecanuck (#48342767) Attached to: fMRI Data Reveals How Many Parallel Processes Run In the Brain
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I understood that some aspects of visual processing happen either in eye itself or the optic nerve. And part of this fellow's experiment involved visual recognition. Would the visual pre-processing before the signals reach the brain throw off some of the 'results' as well? It it also my understanding that the spinal column also does some pre-processing, so to speak. I'm wondering if at the least, his simple experiment didn't really 'stress-test' the system, so he might be missing a lot.

Comment: Re:Sadly, not surprising. (Score 1) 182

by theshowmecanuck (#48299037) Attached to: Australian Courts Will Be Able To See Your Browsing History
I used to think Australia was pretty cool. But with their seemingly ever increasing big brother government and internet restictions, I don't think it is all that great any more. I think it is acting like what American big brother advocates would like to get away with. Worse even than Britain's snoop on everyone approach.

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