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Comment Re: Great, just what we need... (Score 2) 147

Albertan here. No, global warming is bad for us. In the south, where a lot of land is cultivated for hay and animal feed, it's been a dustbowl, there were news stories about ranchers selling off their cows for pennies on the dollar, otherwise they would starve to death. In the west, the warmer temperatures mean that the pine beetle has breached the mountains and is now in Alberta forests, this bug kills pine trees dead, in Yoho there are vast forests that have been killed by the beetle. The bug is kept in check naturally by cold temperatures.

In the north, where there are forests larger than some American states, forest fires unlike anything we have ever recorded has ripped through the area and one city, 60.000 people were forced to evacuate as a forest fire leveled 20% of the city, Canada's most expensive natural disaster.

In the central region, where I live, farmers are just now finishing pulling in their crops because of unseasonable rain and general crap weather.

In my city, there is huge concern over increased rainfall because our infrastructure was never designed for it. The city recently released previously restricted flood plain plans and I found out that my house is on the very tip of a giant lake that would appear in the 1 in 100 year storm scenario, and all of my neighbors across the street would be underwater. We are expecting the 1 in 100 year storm any old day now, next July is a likely date.

Given a choice, any Albertan would go back to the way things were.

Submission + - Hacked radio station plays erotic "furries" podcast for 90 minutes

colenski writes: Last Tuesday, a Top 40 radio station in Breckenridge, Colorado was hacked and played an erotic podcast that centred on sex with furry characters. The GM of the radio station detailed the attack in an email: "During that time they talked about sex with two guys and a girl in explicit details and rambled on with vulgar language not really having much of a point to the podcast. I'm assuming there was no real reason for this hack." The attack seems to have originated from Internet connected digital players that either had weak or default passwords enabled on them. The players are made by streaming hardware company Barix

Comment Re:Are you freaking serious? (Score 4, Informative) 83

I don't get this submission. I wrote the same thing in 1982 on a TI-99/4A with 16kb RAM and a 3MHz 16 bit chip. It loaded from a cassette deck using an analog stream from the tape. It displayed on my TV. It was written in BASIC. It sucked.

But it *worked* fine, I mean it drew the map in well under 10 seconds, printed it, then used the edge dots of one side as the seed for the next section of the dungeon. Isn't that what this is, and why do we even need an ARM for this, you should be able to get decent performance from a 4004!

This was my first real piece of software, and it worked on the first try (by that I mean I wrote it and bugfixed it, and...it worked). I was 13. You millennials or whatever you call yourselves should be running rings around me - who needs multiple cores or C# for this?? Do it in Minecraft, then I'll be impressed.

Comment Re:Russia (Score 1) 417

That is incorrect. "The only other user [of the nuclear missile Genie] was Canada, whose CF-101 Voodoos carried Genies until 1984 via a dual-key arrangement where the missiles were kept under United States custody, and released to Canada under circumstances requiring their use. The RAF briefly considered the missile for use on the English Electric Lightning." source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AIR-2_Genie

The GENIE and Bomarcs deployed in Canada were missiles designed to engage clouds of incoming Russian bombers, and by 1984, that tactic was pointless as the Russians most certainly had MIRV ICBM's, making a bomber attack obsolete.
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Submission + - United States begins stealth bombing runs over South Korea. (nytimes.com)

skade88 writes: The New York Times is reporting that the United States of America has started flying B-2 Stealth Bomber runs over South Korea as a show of force to North Korea during raised tensions in the region. The bombers flew 6,500 miles to bomb a South Korean island with mock explosives. Earlier this month the US Military ran mock B-52 bombing runs over the same South Korean island. The US Military says it shows that it can execute precision bombing runs at will with little notice needed. The US also reaffirmed their commitment to protecting it's allies in the region.

The North Koreans have been making threats to turn South Korea into a sea of fire. North Korea has also made threats claiming they will nuke the United States' main land.

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