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  1. Apologizes if this has been posted before For Calgary Prebuy password Vancouver On Thurs 17 10am-10pm (I assume local time)
  2. There is also the issue that increasingly more and more ISP are using Deep Packet Inspection to shape their traffic. AHHH TECHNO JIBBER-JABBER! WTF does that mean? It means that ISP's are using technology to look at the packets (chunks of the information you've requested from the internet that are being sent to you) to determine what exactly those packets are part of. Heres the shit-kicker when they detect P2P transfers you get throttled and achieve lower download speeds. I used to be able to max my torrents at around 500kbs now I'm lucky if I get 300
  3. Sorry if you've already found a solution. But from what I can tell you're trying to get a method for determining what a user has viewed correct? The problem with a comma separated list, is it will become increasingly labour intensive to go through the list as the list continues to grow. The reality of the fact is, as a web-ap developer if you can do any sort of optimization inside of MySQL you should (sure there are some exceptions but we'll ignore them). LOL not to comment on your coding skills, but the DATABASES have a lot more optimization of code than you'll ever be able to put into a reasonable web-ap. Plus they've spent the time getting those optimizations inside the DB why not use them? Ideally you'd have 3 tables. Table: User user_id|...|...|... Table: Category category_id|...|...|... Table user_viewed user_id|category_id (setting the pkey to be both user_id and category_id) Then to determine if someone has viewed the category you simply query the DB to see if the user/category id combination is there.
  4. Okay WTF was with those clues Sci-Fi Channel posted?? When I saw that 1 pic on Dee's locker and given the play time she was getting I thought it made sense, that she was the 5th. Then.... well you know if you saw the episode. So now knowing the fifth, looking back at the clues. The clues still make no sense.
  5. First off unplug the wireless router and leave it unplugged for 10-15 seconds. Plug it back in. Does the wireless work now again? Are there any other wireless networks in range that you can try to connect to? What happens when you plug your computer into the router using ethernet instead of wireless? Can you surf the net? What about plugging directly into the modem?
  6. THanks Dan! I totally forgot about the webisodes! #2 is up
  7. Seriously, you keep making this point but that doesn't make it true. Thats the beauty of Canadian politics, we have more than 2 parties, and CANNOT make the distinction that you're trying to make. We cannot lump everyone into Conservative or non Conservative. Its not Tories VS everyone else. Its not East Canada VS West Canada, nor is it Canada VS Quebec. Speaking as one of that, what'd you call us?? Rubes. As a "Rube" I have to say that your elitest attitude (eg calling westerners Rubes) is the exact sort of attitude that has caused consternation out here. A couple elections ago the liberal candidate in my riding's campaign slogan was "Vote the west in". That carrying with it the context that the only way that we could have any sort of representation in Federal Gov was to conform to the views of the majority. Frankily that sort of attitude pissed me off beyond belief (I was actually going to vote for him before I saw his slogan). But I digress. Myself and all the other Rubes that I know aren't pissed off at the concept of a coalition government. What pisses us off is that they have to pander to the Bloc in order to get it. Mark my words if the coalition takes power in Jan with the support of the Bloc it will come back to bite them in the ass. Further its not just us "Rubes" that are annoyed at whats been going on. Evidenced by the fact that Tory support through-out Canada. Not just in Rubesville has gone up since the flap started. As to the points on Campaign financing. Its a great illustration of the differences in the attitudes of the parties. The Tories have gone out and set up a network of campaign donors, very similar to what helped Obama. Grassroots supports, where the party supports open their wallets to help the political party they support get in. Where as the other parties are just happy to let the tax payers shoulder the burden. And heck maybe just MAYBE if the parties didn't get the hand outs, maybe they'd stick to more effective campaigning methods, and lay off the attack ads which frankly piss me off on both sides. I find it difficult that in a time where all Canadians are being forced to tighten their belts, due to the faltering economy that we should keep giving dumptruck loads of money to help elected officials get re-elected. Nevermind the fact that cutting the campaign financing as they were trying to do would hurt the Tories the most as they got the most vote. "But its not fair they have thier network of donors set up and we dont" Well boo-freaking-hoo should've spent more time getting your own donors lined up. Graham: If the coalition did take over there would be people who would be frustrated, there would be some that would be PO'd. But don't expect us to start to threaten to Separate like Quebec does. The Alberta Separatist party is sorta like the short bus of AB politics. Excepts it is politically correct to make fun of them :angry: De-regulation in the banking industry in the states allowed them to start to take on more risky lending strategies. One of which was the sub-prime mortages. When housing prices in the states started to fall, coupled with rising interest rates the banks found themselves with billions in failed investments. This had 2 affects. First off millions of people started to loose their homes, and it a lot of cases that would've been their life savings, or would've spent their life savings trying to make it thru w/o foreclosure. Secondly this caused there to be a lack of liquidity in the lending industry. When I took econ in Uni, the prof always talked about to run a business you needed 3 things. Land, Labour and Capital. Businesses could no longer secure affordable capital to grow and expand their businesses. Now I'll conceed that 10 years from now when we look back, most likely we won't say that this was the root cause of the economic instability we are facing now. But it's sure made a bad situation worse. *EDIT* Pure socialism really doesn't work, nor does pure capitalism. Hence why we have been operating under a mixed economy. I'm sure there's economists out there who have done studies showing that as governments prod our economies towards more of socialist or pure capitalist economy that there are and have been increasing pressure on the economy to return to a more central mixed format. I'm not sure if that makes sense and no I dont have any substantial evidence to back up what I just said just my suppositions ;)
  8. Lol most Albertans laugh at the Alberta separatist party. Its nothing taken truly seriously. The people who do are still just bitter over the NEP.
  9. It was said when the picture from the 7th clue came out, was that it would tell you everything that you needed to know to figure out who the cylons were. Stupid me, I just noticed something. The picture has a very similar form to DaVinci's last supper painting EXCEPT there are 2 less people. Prepahs there is a clue in, not who's in the picture but who's missing from the picture. The one figure (based of peoples positions) that is missing is Judas, and I don't know who the other guy would be. hmmmm
  10. That is why as Canadians we tend to vote more along party lines, and for the leader of that party than our individual ridings MP's. You'd hope that they could all work together, after this is Canada where we pride ourselves on our co-operational skills.
  11. Under the Canadian constitution we do in fact vote for MP's not PM's. But that is not how the majority of Canadians vote. The fact of the matter is that we are not given a choice for who our individual party candidates are in our riding we are given only the one choice, and cause MP's for the most part are forced by the whip to follow party lines, especially in confidence matters we are essentally voting for the party over the MP. Take it one step further ask random people on the street most people wont know who their MP was, or who they voted for MP, but they'll be able to tell you what party they voted for. We have to face it as Canadians is the political system in the states is far more effective having 3 levels of elected gov (Congress, Senate, and Pres). We really only have one (We elect MP's which determines the PM which picks the senate)
  12. THIS JUST IN!!!!!! NHL Coalition Having decided that the Detroit Redwings technically won the 2008 Stanley Cup, the Pittsburgh Penguins, Philadelphia Flyers and Dallas Stars have formed a coalition demanding a three way ownership of the league title. Rational for their decision revolves around their total combined scoring in the 2008 Semi-Finals, their total share of season ticket holders versus the Detroit Redwings and their horror at discovering the Detroit Redwings are using a more cost effective and efficient but non-union made Silver polish to keep the Stanley Cup gleaming. The three teams are being assisted in their bid to overturn the traditional results by members of the Quebec Hockey League who have no real interest in the success of the NHL in general but sense an opportunity to demand Zambonis and other critical equipment be manufactured in Quebec. Player representatives, Team Owners and Nike are expected to submit their proposals to Don Cherry in the next few days. Fans and ticket holders are neither being asked or allowed a voice in the final decision.
  13. Thats a fallacy. There are distinct difference's between all the party's. Blocs really only platform issue, is "Get as much for Quebec and threaten to break up the country" Liberals and the Green, agreed on environmental issues (eg carbon tax) but not on the extent of tax. Greens would shut down oil sands, liberal wouldn't. Fiscally the Greens tend to be more similar to the Tories than the Liberals and NDP. Under the NDP, despite having just been laid off from my job, I'm still a "rich Canadian" Liberals tend to be more reasonable when it comes to taxation. Heck the only thing the parties really agree on is "Lets all screw Harper" Again just like Ravenous Yam pointed out, if you take being Anti one party, as you voted for another party there are far more Anti-Liberals than Anti-Tories, far far more Anti-NDP than Anti-Tories FAR FAR FAR more Anti-bloc than Anti-Tories This issue really goes back to what was said during the election. Both the Liberals and NDP both stated that in the event of a Tory minority government they WOULD NOT form a coalition with the Bloc, and they're going against that now. If Mr. Layton and Mr. Dion had stood up and said "YES we will seek the support of the Bloc to form a coalition gov" The election results would have been quite different I expect. Many people are viewing the fact that they are teaming up with the Bloc as a slap in the face to federalism, and the BS that Dion is spouting about how it'll be better to work with Quebec rather than marginalize them is ludicrous. As a country we have bent over backwards to make Quebec part of this nation, and they just keep wanting more and more, and why not? Fuck if we're going to keep giving it to them they're going to keep taking it. Eventually, like with any spoiled child, a line has to be drawn. I'll drink to that!
  14. Dont know if this is a bug but its unclear functionality There's 2 quote buttons? The right one seems to take you to a reply form with just the one post quoted. The other seems to add/remove posts from being quoted when you click "Add Reply" (I think) *EDIT* Can someone else confirm this bug? Not sure how to reproduce. But playing around with the +/- Quote button I some how got it to include posts from more than 1 thread. HMMMM can't reproduce it again...
  15. I dont think that it's a fair comparison. Sweden has a proportional representation system, and such systems lend themselves a lot more to minority governments. TBH I'm not sure where I stand on this, I DONT like the Liberals an NDP, I dont think that Dion would make a good PM in anyways shapre or form. But the reality of the fact is that coalition governments tend to better repersent the will of the people. They are forced to work together as opposed to doing whatever the fuck they want. What I am very worried about this coalition is that they are giving way WAY too much power to a separatist party. Whats going to happen when the coalition tries to put through it's first confidence vote, and the Bloc says "... ya we're going to vote against you unless you give us more". We'd be giving the Bloc a giant stick to beat Harper with, but they could easily turn around and beat the country with it afterwards... Regardless of what happens, its going to be interesting to see what happens in the coming months. OH and all this BS would be a lot less worrysome if we just had a freaking elected Senate.
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