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Comment Re:Sad news (Score 1) 61

He was perfect for the role and he played it well.

Agreed. He and Peter Jurasik were particularly brilliant in their roles.

Although I've heard his marriage with Andrea Thompson (Talia Winters) ending and the circumstances around it may have led to some of the some of the cast and plot issues issues with her sudden departure. Not suggesting Doyle was even at fault there... just an interesting behind the scenes footnote that reverberated through the show.

can't speak much for his political leanings

Yeah, he was practically channeling Rush Limbaugh on his show at times. And that I will fully put at Doyle's feet. I would probably despise the guy, but for his portrayal of Garibaldi.

As a human being, I agree, that he seemed to be a genuine and authentic person. RIP Jerry Doyle.

Comment Re:Paper ballots in Canada (Score 1) 175

Oh, they did, but the judge tossed the case - not because of the actions, but because "proof of intent" could not be established. The US has devolved to where it doesn't matter if you did something wrong - it only matters if you intended to do wrong. Thoughtcrime is more important than actual crime...

Comment No shit (Score 1) 489

Also with regards to pin/signature I've yet to see a card and retail terminal that doesn't support both. It is just up to the bank to decide which it likes best and it asks for that. So if you come from Canadaland and use your card, it'll ask you for a PIN, and the American behind you will get a signature. However that American signature card works just fine on the PIN only automated terminals in the UK so long as you've set up a PIN on it. Heck you can see both as an American in Target if you like. Target has upgraded to chip readers now. If you have one of their store credit cards, they'll issue you a chip ONLY card, no mag stripe. It will use a PIN, not a signature. However take out your Visa and stick it in the same machine, and it'll use signature. It is up to what the bank requests as default.

You can argue about if it is a good idea to use signature, but it is absolutely no problem from an implementation standpoint. The terminals do both. When I was in the UK this month, everything happily took my US card and just spit out a signature form, excepting automated kiosks (for the subway and shit) which happily used the PIN I'd set. This was all handled on the design of the system years ago.

With regards to speed I will say that it is a tiny bit slower, even with good equipment, and this is something that the hardware makers are aware of and are working on but it is seriously trivial. On a quality, hardwired, terminal you get a swipe through in maybe 1-3 seconds, a chip seems to take maybe 5-10. Oh no, a few extra seconds, what ever will I do! It isn't like you are waiting for a minute or something. The things that take a long time with chip are usually ones that take a long time (just less of a long time) with swipe, namely wireless ones that have to establish a connection like vending machines.

Comment Re:Remember when journalists dug for the truth? (Score 1) 175

Where is the Watergate reporting crew when we need them?

Well, the one suffering from the leaks ( Hillary! ) was a junior lawyer in the Watergate scandal, so she knows all too well what it can do - and it's certain she's asking her friends in the media to NOT do what Woodward and Bernstein did.

Comment Re:Paper ballots in Canada (Score 1) 175

That usually works. But then you get instances like the Rossi/Gregoire Governor's race in WA in 2004 where ballots "discovered" a month after the election got tossed into the mix and just happened to overturn the first - and second - counts of the votes. So where there's a will, there's a way!

Comment Re:What's the big problem? (Score 3, Informative) 489

From a fellow Canuckistanian:

Remember that we, in Canada, have a fairly unified banking system. Really, we've got the big 5, and we've got the Interac system, and any bank that wants to sign on, signs on.

In the US, however, you've got thousands and thousands of banks. They don't have a unified banking system; they have the big Credit Card companies.

But, yes, we've been on swipe and pin for decades, and chip and pin for years, and applepay Just Worked when the banks turned it on, because virtually any place that's set up for electronic transactions already has a tap capable terminal, and the infrastructure's all already there.

Comment Re: Actual discovery: Mass of one such galaxy (Score -1) 87

At what distance from the observer? I.E. You don't understand 'arc' seconds.

A milli-arc-second is an angular measurement. So the distance that covers depends entirely on the distance FROM the observer.

1 milli-arc-second at 1 AU is pretty small.

1 milli-arc-second at the distance of Andromeda is a massive distance.

Comment Re:Take that dark matter! (Score -1, Insightful) 87

The problem with your post is exactly why dark matter exists and you're 100% wrong.

You don't know SHIT of what you said in your post, those are some theories about some things we've never actually observed directly and some numbers some people made up because they fit the problem they were trying to solve.

If you go bother to re-read the summary (and continue doing so until you get it) ... you'll see the scientist in question making the same ignorant mistakes you are.

You don't 'KNOW' anything, stop saying you do and you'll be a lot further along the science path than you are now.

All theories about astrophysics are WRONG, the only question is to what degree, so before you rattle off some bullshit about 90% of the mass being missing, go back to the beginning of these sentence and stop trying to tell me what you 'know' and start talking about science where you have evidence to prove something. Lack of evidence doesn't prove anything other than you have an incomplete picture.

Comment Re:Windows 10, Windows 10, Windows 10! (Score 1) 480

That doesn't seem like a particularly believable reason. ARM SoCs that might end up in tablets and phones all have at least moderately competent GPUs and the requirements of Aero Glass are pretty trivial even by modern mobile GPU standards (compositing, a token amount of pixel shader). More importantly, offloading rendering to the GPU is more power efficient (which is why Apple pushed as much as possible there starting when laptop sales began to outnumber desktops and continued when iDevices started to become popular).
Power

A Look Inside Tesla's $5 Billion Gigafactory (cnet.com) 53

An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNET: A joint effort between Tesla and Panasonic, the Gigafactory is a $5 billion project that will create the world's premier battery manufacturing facility. The Gigafactory will not only be physically larger than any other cell-packing plant on the planet, it'll produce more batteries than the entire industry did back in 2013. That's a lot of batteries, enough to meet Tesla's 500,000-per-year manufacturing goals -- and potentially even more. When completed, the factory will cover five million square feet of the desert floor just outside of Reno, Nevada. Right now, the uncompleted but already-operational factory sits on 800,000 square feet. Over the next four years the building will grow and grow again, swelling to its full size while production dials up simultaneously. The roof will be covered in solar panels, with the goal of producing enough electricity to power the entire thing. Tesla is already assembling Powerwall units here, but the first Model 3 battery packs are expected to roll off the line by the middle of next year. From there, Tesla will have to scale quickly to meet the company's Model 3 production goals for 2018. And, once the company does, the cost savings will begin. The "Tesla Gigafactory Tour" video can also be viewed on YouTube via Roadshow.

Comment Re:Current U.S. corporate tax equally fraudulent (Score 1) 181

Bzzzzt. Thank you for playing, try again. If the Clinton Administration ran a surplus, then why did our national debt increase every year? It's increased every year since 1957. Don't fall for the "on budget deficit" trick; that takes a LOT of the spending off the books and makes the numbers pretty - but we still spent more than we brought in (and thus our debt increased - because we had to borrow to cover the balance).
Microsoft

Court Ruling Shows The Internet Does Have Borders After All (csoonline.com) 46

itwbennett writes: Microsoft's recent victory in court, when it was ruled that the physical location of the company's servers in Ireland were out of reach of the U.S. government, was described on Slashdot as being "perceived as a major victory for privacy." But J. Trevor Hughes, president and CEO of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) has a different view of the implications of the ruling that speaks to John Perry Barlow's vision of an independent cyberspace: "By recognizing the jurisdictional boundaries of Ireland, it is possible that the Second Circuit Court created an incentive for other jurisdictions to require data to be held within their national boundaries. We have seen similar laws emerge in Russia -- they fall under a policy trend towards 'data localization' that has many cloud service and global organizations deeply concerned. Which leads to a tough question: what happens if every country tries to assert jurisdictional control over the web? Might we end up with a fractured web, a 'splinternet,' of lessening utility?"

Comment Re:The Latest Innovations (Score 1) 528

As a private buyer, you can install and use Enterprise any time you want - you just need to buy 500 licences. No problem, right?

5 licenses total. (Of anything; even a mix) And then once the VLA is established you can add one-offs.

Its been a long standing loophole, that you could be 1x-4x of some product you actually need and then pad out the 5 minimum with whatever is cheapest. (often under $10.00).

Once the VLA is established and current, you can then add oneoffs to it as needed.

The VLA minimums are usually not the biggest obstacle to getting in. The obstacle for small businesses has typically been the price -- they aren't big enough to get concessions and free stuff etc... and the Software Assurance costs more than just buying it retail, and then buying the upgrades at retail. But it was a lot easier to manage licensing. But the licensing management advantages really only start to hit when your up to at least a medium business or larger.

If the windows enterprise licensing got rolled into an office 365 type offering though, that might be simple enough and attractive enough for small businesses.

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