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Submission + - SPAM: Québec politician vows to nationalize internet

Pig Hogger writes: Québec (Canada) official opposition Parti-Québécois leadership candidate Martine Ouellet says that she would nationalize ISPs if they fail to be able to deliver consistent high-speed (in the gigabit range) for an affordable price.
It is, however, doubtful that they would be able to achieve this, because in Canada, telecommunications are solely regulated by the federal government.
But, nevertheless, it’s a good acknowledgement that Internet is being recognized as a necessity.

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Comment Re:Canadian Border Guards... (Score 1) 276

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) 276

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) 276

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) 276

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

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