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Comment Re:Canadian Border Guards... (Score 1) 275

Canadian here. It’s the same thing. Border agents are revenue collection agents, so they look for taxable items.

The only time I was sent for secondary screening, I had declared two bottles of wine. I had the good fortune to queue behind some black guy with sugar cane in his suitcase, so when it was my turn, the girl said "well, it’s okay, but next time, you’ll know that you’re just allowed one bottle"

Comment Re:Canadian Border Guards... (Score 1) 275

6 months after 9/11, I go to the US with a friend, riding shotgun. At the border, the immigration agent did not even look at my face, even though my father looks just like Saddam Hussein. Total stop time? 30 seconds, and that includes looking in the trunk where there was a single 12-pack of beer for the friend we were going to visit.

The most trouble I ever had was when I was on the train, without a return ticket, going for a long week-end to meet a friend and drive up with him. When he saw I had more than enough cash, he told me to have a nice trip.

I once crossed along by car with 2 French citizens, and we had to go inside. Once they saw my medicare card (we didn’t need a passport back then - this was in June 2001), they totally lost interest with me, only being mildly amused when the French guys bursted out laughing at the "Are you a member of a terrorist organization" on the immigration form they had to fill

But the best was when I was regularly travelling with European diplomats with diplomatic passports, those crossings simply took no time at all.

Comment Re:Canadian Border Guards... (Score 1) 275

It’s like the story of the guy who goes accross the border on his Harley every other day. He’s been doing this for five years solid, and the border agent feels something, but can’t pin it down, and, of course, any search is always negative.

So, after 5 years, the border agent pleads "allright, I know you’re up to something. Please, I can’t handle it anymore. What are you smuggling?"

— Motorcyles.

Comment Re: What happens when wetware bcomes a thing? (Score 1) 275

Everytime I've flown to the States they've been interested in whether I have enough cash money for my stay.

On my very first solo trip to the US, the very inquisitive and suspicious immmigration officer became extremely friendly and wished me a nice trip once he saw that I had plenty of money for my trip

Comment Re:First cool site was 'the liquid oxygen barbecue (Score 1) 136

Besides the LOX demo and his invention of Refrigerant R-406A "AutoFrost", George was an Alpha Hardware Hacker at Purdue who presented at Usenix conferences. He got a grant to work on multiprocessing, and so he took two VAX 780's, and connected them by the backplane, creating a multiprocessor VAX. Digital Equipment liked it so much that they made a product of it, called the VAX/782. The CPU clock was 5 MHz and there were a lot of DIP-package digital logic ICs in there, with lots of space between them on the PCBs.

Comment Classic Steve Jobs and the Nascent Web (Score 5, Interesting) 136

Steve Jobs and some folks from Pixar were going out to lunch one day. While walking out of the building, Steve said "we have to find the killer app for the Internet". Steve and I both had NeXT workstations on our desks, and they had the first Mosaic web browser for NeXTStep on them. I'm not sure I even tried that browser, but we both completely missed that this was the killer app for the Internet.

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