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Comment Re:Who is responsible? Irrelevant... (Score 1) 148

Well he effectively is when people don't know about it and it isn't readily reported. You actually have to dig to find it. That isn't to say that you have to dig much. You're right in that the veil is... thin. However, generally people don't even attempt to dig these days. And if/when it is discovered, people generally go into a daze with rolling their eyes and just saying something along the lines of, "Politicians, eh." That without remembering it at all.

It's kind of ironic that the Liberals got ousted by a handful of nonsense, yet the Cons get more and more powerful even though the corruption points they have far exceeds the Liberals in less than half the time.

Comment Re:Who is responsible? Irrelevant... (Score 5, Interesting) 148

Nope, they pull *far* more than any one else; others don't even come close. Just check out the number of votes of no confidence that they pulled when Martin had a minority; they didn't even try to make it work. At that point the Cons pushed for a coalition government, then when the Cons get a minority and the other parties go for a coalition Harper cries about it not be democratic, etc taking advantage of the electorates ignorance of how our system of government works. Not to mention during that minority they attached a no confidence rider to bills so they'd pass. He promised he wouldn't do it during the following election, but then that next time he gets in, what's one of the first things he does? That's right, the same bloody no confidence rider BS.

I could say the same thing about their Economic "action plan." According to the PBO it was their policies that got Canada into the situation it's in (made it worse that is) and their plan to get out of it was to do more of the same type of policies!?!?!?

And now with their majority, what do they do? They don't listen to every study done with regards to mandatory minimum sentences (they don't work), nor anything even approaching Science (hey, why use logic when yah got ideology). Thus, C-10 passes. Similarly, for C-11 with regards to digital locks and no doubt once the fire dies down with C-30 (the spying bill). As in, after C-30 passes, they'll, by regulation (add/delete by reg is already in the bill), add in information that'll be available without a warrant.

I could go on. (It's funny what a memory can do when used, eh.)

Harper is a two faced asshole that does nothing but dirty political gamesmanship. He's a disgrace. Same goes for Vic Toews and Dean Del Mastro and...

Now, I'm not saying that the other parties are squeaky clean. But, in comparison, Harper et al look as though they have been rolling in the mud while the other parties might have scuffs on their shoes (Liberals likely worse than the NDP).

Seriously, this election fraud shouldn't be a surprise to anyone. But, what would be nice is if the Cons would see at least some repercussions for their actions.

Comment Medicine does not equal Science (Score 1) 474

This happens with disturbing regularity. What is going on in Medicine cannot be equated to Science as a whole. Hell, Medicine isn't even a Science. If it were, there'd be a overlying theory to explain how the body works, etc. But, Medicine can't even predict with /any/ accuracy what to expect with regards to side-effects when testing drugs (expectations from experience don't count, it has to be from the model). It's still, poke it and see what happens.

A real Science has a theory to explain the data, puts out new predictions, and those predictions get tested to prove/disprove the prediction. Also, those tests need to be verified by several people/groups (e.g. peer review). Rise, repeat. It'd be nice if people would just accept this as it is by definition.

Now, Medicine is what it is. It obviously has utility as can be seen from various metrics including our increased life expectancy, quality of life, etc. It is a good thing. However, just because it's a good thing, and those that work in the field try to apply the Scientific Method, that does *not* make it a Science.

Comment Sink or Swim Wins (Score 1) 841

Sorry, but the sink or swim way of doing things means that only the people that actually have the intelligence and work ethic make it through to the degree. Changing that means that unqualified people will be getting degrees and industry, and to a much greater extent, Academia will suffer. A society that doesn't want to crumble doesn't want that.

In other words, it isn't a waste of resources. It's the only way to sort the wheat from the chaff.

Comment Re:SHA-1 is fine, but go for SHA-512 (Score 3, Insightful) 223

Replace "hours" with "centuries". Or maybe more. Nobody has ever created a SHA-1 collision.

There is however a theoretical attack (2^{52}) discovered in 2009 (better than prior breaks). It has been recommended to go for SHA-256 or SHA-512 until the next hashing algorithm standard comes out. In fact, this recommendation is years old.

The SHA family is coming to an end; it's just a matter of time. And I would suspect that we'll see that day sooner rather than later (read: decades).

Comment It's not the Curriculum!!! (Score 5, Insightful) 606

The problem isn't the program, the problem is the students. Essentially, they come to University ill prepared and pay the price (i.e. high-schools are no longer doing their job).

However, when it comes to CS, there is a specific issue that must be brought up. Namely, that students think that Computer Science equals computer programming. Anyone that has studied both can say that they aren't even remotely the same. So, it's no wonder the students fail. They think they'll be learning to be programmers, and then get nailed with an Applied Math.

The solution here isn't to change the curriculum. But, rather to inform students what they will learn at a University (Academia) v.s. Applied Colleges (they're called Colleges in Canada, not sure what they are called in the US) v.s. trade schools, etc. Then send them in their desired direction.

In other words, University professors, stop becoming part of the education problem, think and become part of the solution.

Comment Different Frames (Score 1) 4

Anyone else notice that different frames were used for to compare? Sure, it may have been in the same or next second. But, that can dramatically change the blur in the frame. Quite frankly, given the apples to oranges comparison, I'd say that the only conclusion that can be made is that they produce similar quality output, but it is still unclear which is superior. Especially, when frame choice can drastically change the outcome.

Submission + - How to deal with a boss who is a bully? 2

spiffmastercow writes: Last week I got a new project manager who has been more than a little abrasive. My first conversation with him involved a condescending quiz on how an n-tier architecture worked, and my second conversation with him involved him ordering me to rewrite a code generator because I had not written it in his language of choice. He makes it a point to publicly deride members of my team in meetings, and complaining about code that he's "too busy" to actually look at. How have you dealt with this situation?

Comment Already ran into this BS (Score 2, Interesting) 223

When I bought Bad Company 2 it came with a VIP code. A one time only VIP code. What ran through my mind is what if I have to format my PS3, or a firmware update requires "servicing" (see former), etc. What happens then? What about going over to a friends house to play? Etc.

This is nothing but a money grab without any consideration for the needs and *rights* of the legal purchaser.

Comment Re:North American internet users have been spoiled (Score 1) 381

It's not a simple case of the telcos raking in more cash, it's a complex arrangement of supply and demand. Businesses will charge what they can get away with and people will only pay as much as they're prepared to pay.

HAHAHAHAHA!!!! Ever hear of a monopoly? Or what about if all the companies decide to do basically the same thing? You're assuming that people have a choice which is the most fucking retarded thing I've heard in a while. Especially, since one can't really be a part of modern society without an internet connection anymore.

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