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Comment Re:Vote NDP! (Score 1) 177

Sadly I have to agree. The idea of pure democracy is intriguing...until you look at the guy in the next car over picking his nose while eating a cheeseburger, smoking, and driving. I find myself leaning more and more towards the meritocracy form of government. But again, who decides who has the merit to rule?

*sigh, it seems there is no winning. Time to go colonize mars and rule my own little crater with an iron fist!

Comment Re:Vote NDP! (Score 1) 177

Ok, I know I may be missing something bigger picture here, and I certainly don't have a political science degree, but with today's levels of technology how is it not feasible to simply poll all of Canada electronically in a secure way?

If you set a system like that up (I am sure the costs would be fairly substantial for security, ensuring one vote each only, etc.) could you not then have a true democracy? You could just have billboards up across each city showing what issues were being voted on that day, and if it was something you cared one way or the other you just logged in and cast your vote. Leave the voting open for a few days on each issue, and get a real consensus about people who care about the issue.

I do realize the one draw back of this is that the general public is making decisions about their own futures... :D

Comment Re:Stupid is as stupid does. (Score 1) 314

You do realize that if someone jumps right in front of your vehicle while attempting to play "frogger", you have no time to hit the breaks (after reaction time) regardless of your speed. That rule is reserved for things like an Elk which you can see ahead of time and which can reasonably be thought of as crossing the road at a bad time. People generally have better judgement, and as such you don't slow down to a crawl every time you pass one on the sidewalk.


Submission + - Pirate Party of Canada to field federal candidate (

PegNorthPirate writes: Abbreviated release: Jeff Coleman is expected to officially enter the race for parliament in Winnipeg North...This makes Coleman the first non-European Pirate to run for office, and also marks the Pirate Party of Canada meeting its final requirement to become a fully registered federal party. "The Pirate Party is going to bring a whole new voice to Canadian politics, and I'm deeply honoured to be part of that," said Coleman....Coleman, who runs a small design and 3D printing business in the riding, has pledged to combine the Pirate Party's core platform of modern information reform with a crowdsourced "listening campaign" that will identify the needs and wants of the community.

Submission + - NASA's Stunning Close-up Photos of Comet Hartley 2 (

Velcroman1 writes: A NASA spacecraft has beamed back the first close-up photos from its rendezvous with a comet — and the images show an ice ball that looks like a giant chicken drumstick, or perhaps a peanut or bowling pin. Deep Impact zoomed to within 435 miles (700 kilometers) of Comet Hartley 2 at 10:01 EDT (1401 GMT) this morning (Nov. 4), and the probe beamed down the first close-up shots an hour later. Cheers erupted in the Mission Control room of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory as five high-resolution images flashed up on a big screen. In the photos, the comet, which is about 1 mile (1.6 km) wide, looks like a big chicken drumstick, or a peanut.

Submission + - Over 7,000 New BitTorrent Lawsuits

An anonymous reader writes: Slyck is reporting that there's over 7,000 new BitTorrent lawsuits against those sharing the adult port title "Batman XXX". But the real story may be the fact that the law firm filing the complaint has copied, almost word for word, the complaint filed by the US Copyright Group. Ars Technica referred to this practice as 'no honor among antipiracy lawyers'.

Submission + - Why Computer Science Grads are unemployable (

An anonymous reader writes: A banking headhunter lets rip at the pathetic quality of new computer science graduates who only know Java and seem scared of the technology they are supposed to have mastered. To make it even nastier Dominic Connor is a CS grad himself, having debugged O/S code for IBM and Microsoft, a task that newbies seem to reagrd with the suspersititous fear you'd expect from medieval peasants.

Submission + - Data center house of horrors (

mstansberry writes: A colony of freaks in a data center wasteland, the server vendor from hell, the mainframe that wouldn't die... read these submissions and prepare for the hideous, the absurd and the all-too-real terrors in this data center house of horrors.

Submission + - Alienware: The Wallet Strikes Back (

robj_ie writes: Back in August I set out to build a decent PC gaming rig without breaking the bank. I wanted to show how much money can be saved when purchasing all the parts separately and assembling it yourself. For the price comparison I chose Alienware as they are pretty well-known for making high-end gaming PCs and Notebooks but with a hefty price-tag.

Since the PC is now built, I figured I’d follow the last post up with some performance benchmarks and updates on the changes made (notably the price). It has pretty much remained the same apart from the graphics card and a few minor changes. But the few minor changes have saved even more money. All the parts arrived about 2 weeks ago and I have found the time to put it together and run some benchmarks. So if you’re interested in building your own rig, read on if you want to see the kind of performance that can be attained on this budget.


Submission + - Pay or else, News Site Threatens ( 5

WED Fan writes: "An Up State NY news blog says users who read beyond a single page of an article must pay up or they will be tracked down:

A subscription is required at North Country Gazette. We allow only one free read per visitor. We are currently gathering IPs and computer info on persistent intruders who refuse to buy subscription and are engaging in a theft of services. We have engaged an attorney who will be doing a bulk subpoena demand on each ISP involved, particularly Verizon Droids, Frontier and Road Runner, and will then pursue individual legal actions.

They don't have a pay wall. If you go beyond page 1, you owe them.

So, is this like going into a grocery store and eating the food and the manager hauling you up to the check out to pay for what you ate? Or, is it like picking up a discarded paper on the ferry and the guy at the news stand demanding that you pay him?"

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