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Politics / Re: Wake the F**K up!!!
Last post by landyvlad - Apr 23, 2019, 06:37 pm
Wait, what?  A politician who can't be trusted?!  quelle horreur !
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Science & Tech / Tracking Phones, Google
Last post by Ken. - Apr 19, 2019, 03:48 pm
... This as posted elsewhere by Skhilled:

Quote from: Skhilled on Apr 18, 2019, 09:22 amThere's a lot more to Google's tracking than you realize!!! They are using a hidden service on your phones to track you and give the information to the police!

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/04/13/us/google-location-tracking-police.html

How to help stop it:

https://www.wired.com/story/google-location-tracking-turn-off

Tell Google: Stop storing our location data and giving it to law enforcement:

https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/tell-google-stop-storing-our-location-data-and-giving-it-to-law-enforcement

... and, this by me:
Back a few years ago one of my favorite political commentators was Keith Olbermann. He would routinely have on guests who would preach about the privacy loss as more and more spying was being conducted by companies and the government.

So, all those far out there conspiracy theory's from 12-15 years ago seem to be coming true!   :( 
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Politics / Re: Wake the F**K up!!!
Last post by Bigguy - Apr 16, 2019, 01:58 pm
Good video, lol.
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Politics / Re: Pertinent quotes and sayin...
Last post by Bigguy - Apr 16, 2019, 01:53 pm
Lmao:


Quote'Listen, Peaches, trickery is what humans are all about,' said the voice of Maurice.  'They're so keen on tricking one another all the time that they elect governments to do it for them.'
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Weather / Re: Spring is here
Last post by Bigguy - Apr 16, 2019, 01:40 pm
Yup, that's how I do it. I have done a lot of carpentry and I have never heard anyone say: "Go cut me a board 110 mm long" lol. I still say miles when giving directions to people not km's. I don't like metric. I have had to work with mm though when I worked at a place called durisol. I was making "Jerseys" they called'm. 10 foot by 10 foot slabs of concrete for highway dividers. All had to be measured in mm, and precise. :(
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Weather / Re: Spring is here
Last post by chen_zhen - Apr 15, 2019, 10:19 pm

In Canada we use metric for almost everything, or at least on any documents (ie. ID, Doctor documents, speed limits, etc.)
Although the general public still uses imperial for a person's height & weight when spoken.

Also when doing any carpentry I noticed most people still use imperial, although our measuring tapes have both. I only use the mm's when I need something very precise or if I can't position the measuring tape on the imperial side.

If you go to the hardware store, all the screws, wood, etc. is still advertised as imperial.

I suppose Canada uses dual practice concerning imperial & metric.




 
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Politics / Re: Pertinent quotes and sayin...
Last post by landyvlad - Apr 11, 2019, 09:14 pm
"Vimes had once discussed the Ephebian idea of 'democracy' with Carrot, and had been rather interested in the idea that everyone had a vote until he found out that while he, Vimes, would have a vote, there was no way in the rules that anyone could prevent Nobby Nobbs from having one as well. Vimes could see the flaw there straight away."
― Terry Pratchett, The Fifth Elephant


Other Pratchett quotes

'... you can't start with a democracy. You have to work up through stuff like tyranny and monarchy first. That way people are so relieved when they get to democracy that they hang on to it.'

'I thought you told me a dimocracy was where people did what they wanted to do,' she said.
'It's a democracy,' I said. 'And it's fine for people to do what they want to do, provided they do what's right.'

There's no slavery as such, except to tradition, but tradition wields a heavy lash. I mean, maybe democracy isn't perfect, but at least we don't let ourselves be outvoted by the dead.

... when it comes to voting or fishing, sea bass usually wins. 

'I love democracy.  I could listen to it all day.'

'Listen, Peaches, trickery is what humans are all about,' said the voice of Maurice.  'They're so keen on tricking one another all the time that they elect governments to do it for them.'

'In return, however,' said the Patrician, 'I must ask you not to upset Commander Vimes.' He gave a little cough.  'More than necessary.'
'I'm sure we can pull together, sir.'
'Oh, I do hope not, I really do hope not. Pulling together is the aim of despotism and tyranny. Free men pull in all kinds of directions.' 
He smiled. 'It's the only way to make progress.'

'The right to free speech is an old Ankh-Morpork tradition.'
'Good heavens, is it?'
'Yes, my lord.'
'How did that one survive?'

He knew about concerned citizens.  Wherever they were, they all spoke the same private language, where 'traditional values' meant 'hang someone'. 

'I'm sure no one could call me a despot, your reverence,' said Lord Vetinari severely.
Hughnon Ridcully made a misjudged attempted to lighten the mood.  'Not twice at any rate, ahahah.' 

'You are in favour of the common people?' said Dragon mildly.
'The common people?' said Vimes. 'They're nothing special. They're no different from the rich and powerful except they've got no money or power.  But the law should be there to balance things up a bit.' 

He'd tried to introduce Ephebian democracy to Lancre, giving the vote to everyone, or at least everyone "who be of good report and who be male and hath forty years and owneth a hosue worth more than three and a half goats a year," because there's no sense in being stupid about things and giving the vote to people who were poor or criminal or insane or female, who'd only use it irresponsibly. 

'I like the idea of democracy.  You have to have someone everyone distrusts,' said Brutha. 'That way, everyone's happy.' 

'You can't go around building a better world for people.  Only people can build a better world.  Otherwise it's just a cage.'



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Politics / Wake the F**K up!!!
Last post by Ken. - Apr 11, 2019, 05:10 pm
I like this guys attitude!  :cool1


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Weather / Re: Spring is here
Last post by landyvlad - Apr 10, 2019, 11:48 pm
Quote from: Ronald on Apr 06, 2019, 11:54 amThis metric system stinks.

Metric is much better than imperial. Any idiot can divide and multiply by 10.
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Weather / Re: Spring is here
Last post by Lesmond - Apr 10, 2019, 05:59 am
We still buy milk from the store that's labeled in pints, in pubs and bars we buy beer in pints, gas (petrol) is per liter.

all weight is now in metric here in the UK
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