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clip Top Menu Bar on DWAN - quirks mode

August 15, 2014, 11:06:17 by donaldk,

Is there any possibility to modify the DOCTYPE header to "strict" vice "transitional" so DWAN stations stay out of quirks mode?

On Shiplan's IE7/XP and DSB's IE9/W7 the top menu bar shows properly without having to open their F12 developer tools and bringing it off quirks mode manually every time the page is loaded?

Side note, On my own personal computers that run FireFox don't have issues with the menu bar and F12 isn't necessary.  I never used the F12 console especially at work before until MARLANT had issues with its new DWAN page not working on ShipLAN stations and direction came to use F12 as needed.

It currently reads:
Code: [Select]
<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "">
Propose change to:
Code: [Select]
<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Strict//EN" "">
See attached PNGs.  Following links have some info about quirks:
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xx Spy plane program ditched as DND eyes surplus U.S. planes

August 07, 2014, 20:54:48 by expwor

The Harper government has ditched a proposed competition to buy as many as four sophisticated spy planes — but with the U.S. looking to sell off surplus aircraft in the wake of the war in Afghanistan, the project may not be entirely dead.

Last year, the Department of Public Works asked the defence industry for ideas on the possible purchase of manned airborne intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance planes.

But a formal bidding process won't go forward because of concerns over "security and technical feasibility," according to a notice posted this week on the government's procurement website.

Instead, the government plans to hold a future competition for some surveillance "elements" and "obtain the others directly from the U.S. government," the notice said.

The Americans are in the process of selling some of their MC-12W Liberty aircraft, which were used by the U.S. air force and army in Afghanistan to monitor the border with Pakistan and track Taliban fighters in remote, mountainous regions.

The turbo-prop planes were equipped with the same sensor suite as MQ-1 Predator drones and were similar in configuration to the Beech King Air 300, which is owned by the Department of Public Safety, but operated by the Canadian Security Intelligence Service.

It is just the latest twist as the federal government struggles to re-equip the military with a much leaner defence budget.

2008 plan called for spy planes

The government's 2008 defence strategy, which is in the process of being updated, called for the purchase of spy planes capable of monitoring vast swaths of territory with not only sensors and cameras but infrared technology as well.

They would be used not only to keep tabs on remote regions of the country, like the Arctic, but also foreign battlefields.

That role is partly filled today by the air force's CP-140 Aurora, which the government planned to replace.

But earlier this year they decided against retirement, opting instead to keep the 1980s vintage Auroras flying until 2030 with a multi-million dollar life-extension program.

The decision was made even though published reports in some technical journals speculated the air force could save up to $2 billion over the next 20 years by going ahead with the replacement — a calculation the military disputes.

The Conservatives had initially set aside $3 billion to replace the planes — the leading candidate was the Boeing P-8 Poseidon — but deep defence cuts forced a re-evaluation.

Senior executives with the U.S. defence giant pitched defence officials on the merits of the turbo-prop plane in October 2011, according to internal defence records.

At the time, the government was still undecided about whether to buy new aircraft or extend the life of the CP-140s for an estimated $630 million.

Boeing officials assured National Defence they could deliver a brand new fleet for $3.1-billion, just slightly more than the budget envelope — planes that would be cheaper to operate and less expensive to maintain, according to briefing material prepared for the military's second-in-command.

Air force planners were skeptical, especially of claims that the per-hour flying cost would be $8,000 per hour, a little more than half of the current rate for the older planes.

"While the impressive capability of the P-8 cannot be denied, there is also little doubt that the upfront cost estimates by (the evaluation) team are more than currently allocated for (the) project," said a May 2012 briefing obtained by The Canadian Press under the Access to Information Act.

"The fact we cannot afford to buy the aircraft renders moot any comparison in operating costs."

Maj. James Simiana, an air force spokesman, said this week defence planners are standing by their position that there "no overall cost savings by replacing the Aurora fleet with the P-8."

During the Libya bombing campaign, the CP-140s were updated with an advanced surveillance suite and flew along the country's northern coast to help NATO warplanes target forces loyal to dictator Moammar Gaddafi.

They also flew surveillance and mapping missions over Afghanistan.
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xx Mother hopes cross-Canada trip will help daughter, 23, hit with brain cancer

July 29, 2014, 09:33:06 by blackberet17
Both mother and daughter are current/ex-serving members, the mom RegF and the daughter PRes.

Just sharing.

Mother hopes cross-Canada trip will help daughter, 23, hit with brain cancer

Craig Pearson
Jul 28, 2014 - 4:09 PM EDT
Last Updated: Jul 28, 2014 - 9:05 PM EDT

A Windsor woman who had dreamed of racing around the world now simply wants to make it across the country to bring her 23-year-old daughter home to battle brain cancer.

Robyn Young, 23, underwent surgery June 13 in Victoria to remove a toonie-sized tumor from her brain. She will soon start radiation treatment.

Her mother Pearl Osmond has already depleted her bank account travelling back and forth to B.C., but feels her daughter will fare better with more family support in Windsor and Chatham, where she was born.

“It’s the worst thing a person can go through,” said Osmond, growing emotional as she talked about hearing that her daughter was diagnosed with a Grade 3 or 4 brain tumor. “You can’t imagine having to deal with this.

“The hardest part is I can’t be there. I’m not there to face the doctors, to be her advocate.”

Osmond, an Afghanistan war veteran and former longtime Canadian Forces operations officer, said the bad news was all the more shocking given the high fitness level of her daughter — a naval reservist since 2007 .

Now their journey is more serious. Osmond said Young does not have a benefits or drug package as a reservist and has to pay for some medication out of pocket.

“She has been paying for it with support from her family and friends but it’s going to become very expensive soon,” Osmond said. “It’s really hard. But once I get her back to Ontario it will be easier because she has a lot of family here.

“I feel like I’m stuck and I can’t help her.”

Young said the brain tumor literally knocked her out when it struck.

She had been feeling nausea here and there for a few weeks but did not think much of it since she is prone to stomach issues. The day she realized something was wrong, she had gone for an annual hour-long fitness test as a reservist: dragging, carrying, jogging.

All seemed good so she went home. Then in the afternoon came the onslaught.

“I was throwing up and passing out on the bathroom floor,” she said. “But I managed to call an ambulance.”

She was rushed to hospital and though doctors originally suspected dehydration, they soon saw an unmistakable CT scan. Two days later she underwent brain surgery, where 98 per cent of the tumor was removed.

“I was pretty scared,” she recalled about the news. “It came on pretty quickly.”

Young is still awaiting word from a specialist’s report on her exact condition. She lives with her boyfriend in Victoria, where she had planned to start studying nursing in September.

But academic plans are on hold. She now hopes to move to Ontario with her boyfriend to be near family, including her father Robert Young who lives in Chatham.

“I’m just taking it one day at a time,” said Young, who is remaining positive and feels better than she did a few weeks ago.

A fundraising site has been created at For more information contact Pearl Osmond at 519-563-8752.
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July 27, 2014, 08:55:37 by samory87
You guys might be interested in watching this video made in honor to pay respect to our fallen canadian soldiers. It has been made by an infantry soldier based @3R22R in Valcartier.

If you enjoy it, please share it on your Facebook pages.

Respect to all of you.
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xx Thomas E. Ricks Why Am I Moving Left?

July 25, 2014, 21:52:36 by Baden Guy

Why Am I Moving Left?

I used to be right down the middle. But America’s changed, and so have I.


July 23, 2014

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xx When in Doubt: Mustaches

July 23, 2014, 23:31:07 by dapaterson
An American Marine Reserve Lieutenant Colonel reflects on his time as a governor in Iraq:
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