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Comment: Re:haven't been following... (Score 4, Informative) 179

by theshowmecanuck (#48475941) Attached to: Behind Apple's Sapphire Screen Debacle
It's a freaking type of gemstone. It's blue... so when you see the blue gemstones on jewel encrusted whatevers, they'd be the sapphire ones. Have you been living under a rock? Yes, it can be made artificially and is very hard. It is why the best watch crystals are made of sapphire.

Comment: Re:ATC (Score 0, Offtopic) 329

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) 397

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) 144

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. 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.

The key elements in human thinking are not numbers but labels of fuzzy sets. -- L. Zadeh