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If anyone wants to know the plot of Avengers: Age of Ultron, it's on Wikipedia. Just sose you know.
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[from Slashdot] Last month, Microsoft began talking about PlayReady 3.0, which adds hardware DRM to secure 4K movies. Intel, AMD, Nvidia, and Qualcomm are all building it in, according to Microsoft. "Older generations of PCs used software-based DRM technology. The new hardware-based technology will know who you are, what rights your PC has, and won’t ever allow your PC to unlock the content so it can be ripped. ... Unfortunately, it looks like the advent of PlayReady 3.0 could leave older PCs in the lurch. Previous PlayReady technology secured content up to 1080p resolution using software DRM—and that could be the maximum resolution for older PCs without PlayReady 3.0." Years back, a number of people got upset when Hollywood talked about locking down "our content." It looks like we may be facing it again for 4K video.

... I think this will push more people to Netflix and pirated movies. I'm not against copyright protection. I'm actually for it. But guess what? Those movies, should they actually be bought, belong completely to the buyers for their viewing pleasure. They should be able to play it anywhere they want and anyhow, including using it on Linux, which may not have these DRM technologies.

They should make their movies readily available, priced well so they're both attractive and fair to all concerned, and easily playable on any platform.

I don't think they're going to be able to defeat piracy this way... or any way, really, save by being better than pirated copies or pirated systems of availability. Downloading and burning copies isn't that great, especially if movies and other entertainment are just as easily downloaded or streamed legitimately and the pricing is good. Like duh.

They need to compete with pirates and perhaps make piracy less convenient... without making legitimate copies less convenient.
writertype writes: Last month, Microsoft began talking about PlayReady 3.0, which adds hardware DRM to secure 4K movies. Intel, AMD, Nvidia, and Qualcomm are all building it in, according to Microsoft. "Older generations of PCs used software-based DRM technology. The new hardware-based technology w...
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Moments before I get on my shoes to go outside, having checked the forecast which calls for 10 mm of rain in the next 36 hours... it's hailing. HAILING.
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[from the article] Merrill Lynch has carved out a slice of the Canadian banking landscape – twice – in the past 30 years. But, both times, the powerhouse U.S. financial services firm retreated, selling its operations to one of Canada’s six dominant banks.

The Merrill experience paints a vibrant illustration of the market force wielded in Canada by the Big Six.

More recently, four of them including Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, which bought Merrill Lynch Canada’s operations (with $50 billion in assets under management) when the U.S. behemoth pulled up stakes in 2001, demonstrated their might to band together with other national financial giants to defeat an attempt by the London Stock Exchange to buy the parent company of the Toronto Stock Exchange. A consortium backed by the banks ultimately bought the Canadian exchange group for itself.

That dominion – a blend of enviable market share and a status approaching that of national institutions – is something Cupertino, Calif.-based Apple Inc. would be wise to keep in mind as negotiations ramp up with Canada’s banks over the Canadian implementation of its smartphone payment technology, Apple Pay.

The big banks and the tech giant are on a “collision course” as they work towards giving customers a coveted cashless and cardless “mobile wallet,” Royal Bank of Canada chief executive Dave McKay told investors at a conference last month in New York. But while the banks operate in a market a tenth the size of Apple’s home turf, they have used their domestic scale and market-share clout to punch above their weight in the past, prevailing against large, brand-name foes.

“Canada is a bit [of a] different dynamic than in the U.S., given the oligopoly in Canada,” says John Aiken, a financial services analyst at Barclays Capital.
While the banks operate in a market a tenth the size of Apple’s home turf, they have used their domestic scale and market-share clout to punch above their weight in the past, prevailing against...
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I went out and bought a good umbrella from The Umbrella Shop on Granville Island yesterday. Got a good deal, too. $19.99 for a $34.99 umbrella because they made too many of one print. Today it's raining, and I have every intention of going to the Apple Store to check out the new MacBook I only realized was there in the last 2 minutes of mall hours. I was in the mall for about 45 minutes I think after finally doing some chin-ups and other exercises in Burnaby Central Park. I didn't think it was there, but on my way out I said to an employee, "I assume that big sign and empty bench is because you're expecting the new MacBook in soon." Then he directed me toward a computer that looked like the MacBook Airs but was not like the MacBook Airs. It was thinner and the keyboard....

GASP

"It comes in silver, gold, and space grey-"

"Oh, I know!"

Anyway, I had to leave because they were closing. I asked to stay an extra two minutes and was told I could but another employee who had a much more familiar face and who would find mine familiar, told me almost right away that they were closing now, and rather than have the employees argue, I agreed to come back today.

My umbrella... will come... in handy....
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Happy Earth Day :-)
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Happy Earth Day! :-)
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Finally: An online radio station that plays only retro video game music!

Listen: http://rw.rainwave.cc/
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Your services are more useless than Karen Smith's breasts for predicting the weather.
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Between 2007 and 2013, Google's workforce grew from 9,500 to more than 28,000 employees, "yet as of 2013, its employees' median age was 29 years old," the lawsuit claims.

That's in contrast to the median age of nearly 43 for all U.S. workers who are computer programmers, according to the lawsuit. Heath's lawsuit seeks class-action status.

There was a technical telephone interview that, as described in this lawsuit, appears to have been handled oddly. The interviewer was 10 minutes late to the call, "barely fluent in English," and "used a speaker phone that did not function well." Heath politely asked him, repeatedly, to use the phone's headset but the request was declined.

Consequently, Heath and the interviewer had difficulty understanding each other. One part of the interview involved writing a short program to find the answer to a problem posed by the interviewer. Heath accomplished the task and offered to share it via Google Docs or email, but, instead, the interviewer required Heath "to read the program coding over the phone." It did not go well. The interviewer "seemed not to understand" what was being read, the lawsuit states.
A software engineer who was 60 when he applied for a job at Google wasn't hired despite having "highly-pertinent qualifications and experience," and being described by a Google recruiter as a "great candidate," according to an age-discrimination lawsuit.
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It's actually a bit surprising they didn't think of this before... or I haven't seen it.

[from the article] Called the Lounge Console, it’s a seat that stretches from the back featuring a leg rest and fold-out 17-inch screen in place of the passenger seat on the XC90. Under the leg rest is a compartment for shoes, because in order to fully relax, you should take off your shoes. There is also a lock box for watches, cufflinks or jewellery.

"Removing the passenger seat enabled us to create an open space that dramatically changes the dynamics of the interior and led to firework of ideas and new possibilities.”

... Well. Volvo was previously something of the past to me, but this seemingly great idea has gotten my attention again. If I was looking for a car, I might consider Volvo, though perhaps not this one. Not sure how much one of these costs... or anything else.
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"You have to regard yourself as a cloud... in the flesh. Because you see clouds never make mistakes. Did you ever see a cloud that was misshapen? Did you ever see a badly designed wave? No they always do the right thing."
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Education
  • University of Victoria
    Writing, French, Russian, Astrophysics, Photojournalism
  • Thompson Rivers University
    French, English, Calculus, Physics, Theatre
  • NorKam Secondary
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life is amazing; you're just letting stuff that doesn't matter get in the way.
Introduction
Instead of describing my many idiosyncrasies, I'll copy and paste something I wrote and hope you pass it along:

Life is about life.

Life is happiness. Happiness is peace.

Life moves. Everything moves. Everything exchanges.

Nothing stops. Nothing dies.

Life is all we know. It's the model for perfection, success.

We are born believing in life. We count on it.

We love freely and want to be loved freely. We count on it.

The world is a system. It obligates us. It needs our obedience.

Money, too. Laws, too. We can't count on them.

We still need to believe in life. We still need to love and be loved freely. Count on it.

War is destructive.

Life dreams life. Life shapes life. Life furthers life. Life enjoys life. Life loves life.

Happiness is strength, beauty, intelligence.

Those who don't want to be happy shouldn't be.

They deserve all the support they need ~ none.

Life is the only thing worth fighting for.

Life is worth life.

~ by Timothy J. Holloway

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Unfortunately, the staff including the manager are somewhat unprofessional. Their pricing can be misleading and when asked about the vagueness, they cop an attitude about it. The last time this happened, the manager insisted that the $1 price on No Name spaghetti and limit of one at that price meant I couldn't buy a similar-sized macaroni or spaghettini package, also at a limit of one. A circular exchange in which the manager repeated himself instead of dealing with my point resulted in me returning all my purchases at customer service ~ again. If they'd just been tactful and given me the posted price, which would have made a lot of sense, given such a trifling difference of $0.77 and that they had no rational defence for not giving me the posted price, and the possibility that I'd tell others or post this here and on Yelp, there'd be nothing worth reporting. The prices are generally good here, but the management sucks. I bought my cookie ingredients at the Metropolis at Metrotown location and when they made a mistake, they checked the price and I got my bulk chocolate chips for free, which is just how it should be. The same manager who was a jerk came back while I was returning everything and said he'd give the pasta to me at that price "to be nice". I told him no, because this wasn't about being nice. They made a mistake and after such an unpleasant exchange, it wasn't "nice" to have the pasta at the posted price anymore. Really, it was degrading to make such a big deal over something like that and have the manager state the same thing again and again like I'm some moron when he's the pig-headed loser ;-) The previous time, a nicer manager talked to me... but frankly I forgot what the matter was about. Oh. Right. They had posted the price for the pizza I bought but in small writing said I had to buy 4. Since there were actually four different pizzas I was considering buying that were on sale, I went back and forth between them and the glass doors must have fogged up. I was just angry that they weren't clearer and that they wanted me to buy four pizzas to get a sale price on a pizza. Most places with sale prices still use the nice big tags... and behind glass doors that are fogged up, I don't expect to have to squint for such details. Screw 'em both. Don't go here if you have rational expectations for accuracy, integrity, anticipating the customer's need, or just pleasantness. The managers are a bit dumb at best and when confronted about their mistakes, they act closer to schoolyard children in their attitudes and behaviour than something you'd expect in a manager. Try Buy-Low Foods, Save On, or just anywhere else. And be careful of this one. With bad managers, even the cashiers have a very slightly worse attitude. Working with such losers in charge affects everyone.
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Public - 3 months ago
reviewed 3 months ago
Don't go here. I enjoyed the smoked meat at the time, but I came here on my birthday and was offered a slice of cheesecake ~ twice. I wasn't really into it as I'd just come from Transylvanian Traditions Bakery on Davie and had a delicious chocolate rum cake, dripping with flavour. It was awesome. The server suggested the cheesecake was "amazing" and asked "Best cheesecake ever?" when he came to check on me. Even at the time, on my birthday, I couldn't agree. It was good, but about on par with something you'd pick up from a supermarket. If I'd known he was going to charge me for the cheesecake, even after only passively agreeing to it ("If you wish" and "Oh. Sure." after I'd asked for the check) I wouldn't have bothered. But I thought it was free on my birthday. I think this was worse than some innocent misunderstanding. I think the server was counting on my not complaining because it was my birthday. Even though he pointed out that refills of the Cherry Coke weren't free (which is stupid in itself, seeing as I got a glassful of ice) he gave me the refill for free "because it's your birthday" and changed me for the mediocre cheesecake. I'm not even sure what I think about the smoked meat. Perhaps the rather slow service and the rude surprise left a bad taste in my mouth, but everything but the smoked meat and the jasmine tea were less than I'd expect from a restaurant boasting it was founded in Montreal in 1927. I got an e-mail back after complaining (I was annoyed to be offered, with a frozen smile, to talk to the manager at the time) and was offered an insincere apology that said it was genuine. And a gift certificate. But the folks at Dunn's aren't trustworthy. It's not just drinks they're encouraging you to have. They'll stoop low enough to offer a slice of cheesecake to you on your birthday like some sort of generous promotion then charge you $7.99 for it when you could have bought the entire cake from the supermarket for that price. Don't go here. It's a bad place. Don't trust them. Oh. And the delicious free pickle I tried months earlier when I stopped in and promised to come back: the pickle I got for the the meal I paid for was BLAND, like they were too cheap to give it flavour this time. This is probably my very worst dining-out experience and DEFINITELY the worst birthday meal I've ever had. Bad folks. Not-so-good food. Shady integrity. Dunn's Famous: Not Even Once.
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This is the best night club I've ever been to and tonight was one of the best nights of my life. The crowd was amazing. Most people really seemed to want to have a good time, dressed well, and seemed intelligent. I thought this must be where all the students and young urban professionals go. The staff were professional and tactful, not the least bit power-centred or pushy. They were there merely to keep the night running smoothly. I did not drink, so I can't comment on the prices or quality of their offerings, sorry. However, the music was excellent. The dj seemed to know what he was doing and kept the beats coming. The last time I shook that hard on stage was about a year ago, another exceptional night. Here, though, I felt I was surrounded by more alert people and the light show they gave made everything seem a bit magical or hypnotic. I wish I had come here sooner. I mean months ago or last week. I've really been missing out. I also mean earlier tonight. As with most clubs I've been to, later in the night people lose a lot of their charm, and although nobody became obnoxious and pushy like they have elsewhere, I would have liked to have been one of the first people on the dance floor and enjoyed the crowd before it got packed. Thanks Fortune Sound Club for a spectacular night!
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Atmosphere: ExcellentDecor: ExcellentService: Excellent
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I can't remember what it was called, but it was fresh and delicious! The person who took my order was very humble and put forth an effort to understand and communicate with me, as English was not his first language. I paid $6.99 for what I think was a large helping of vegetables, noodles, and beef and OH MAN! That was some of the best food I have ever had! In fact, I'm kind of disappointed I didn't go there yesterday instead of going elsewhere to get a donair. I've only been there once, on Sunday Nov. 4, if I'm not mistaken, but I REALLY want to go there again! Usually when I go somewhere that the proprietors don't speak very good English, I receive poor service, too. I think it's more a matter of them being so used to not being able to communicate well in a language they're not very used to so they aren't careful to make the effort to understand or be understood. I am happy to say that although this man had difficulty with English, he did everything right by me. I'd recommend this place to my best friend. Go check it out! It's a humble restaurant downtown where you can eat in or take it to go, as I did.
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Food: ExcellentDecor: GoodService: Excellent
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
I go here from time to time for inexpensive Chinese food during the last half hour before they close. Most of the time I like or love the food. I think it's personal preference. The problem is that sometimes the people helping me are a bit short with me or absent-minded or just don't care. The last time I went, I tried to give the woman taking my money something closer to exact change, but she turned her back on me before I was done. I think it's a combination of cultural mannerisms and a poor attitude about customer service. I like smart people who do their jobs at least passably and look for good opportunities to make a good impression. I was fine before I felt like my patience and consideration were lost on an ungrateful person who would be different in a better world or unemployed. Oh yes. And this particular person felt at liberty to talk so loudly at me that I felt the need to cover my ears. She was telling me the prices. I don't recommend going here unless you're looking for something edible, warm, and inexpensive. I still do and will continue until I finally feel enough's enough and yell at the one person who's been working there the whole time, possibly the owner, who has also been short with me once or twice.
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Food: Very GoodDecor: GoodService: Poor - Fair
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago