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Comment Re:Why not just do it right? (Score 1) 118

For me 'Firefly' hits on the answer. There is a complete lack of competition in the scifi genre. You have the comic book series and you have whatever mediocre "scifi" that SyFy/Space put out. Growing up there was a massive amount of scifi to choose from, from Star Trek to Lex and everything in between. There was an analysis done on imdb data, I can't find the link, however, it showed something like 7 times the historic average during the 90s. These shows have massive followings to this day and they create revenue streams outside of the show itself with toys/games/models/costumes/etc.

For me personally, I watch any scifi that comes out no matter how bad it is simply because I'm trying not to re-watch my library for the 8th or 9th time.

Comment Re:How is this legal? (Score 1) 310

Yes, Canadian law is on the basis of "having regard to all the circumstances". That's been used by judges to keep evidence that should technically have been excluded but in doing so would "bring the administration of justice into disrepute". ie: where in the US you can "poison tree" evidence on clerical errors, improper procedures, etc. Canadian courts have the leeway to say "this was a minor infringement of the individual's rights without intent and we're not going to get rid of the only evidence that proves this guy raped kids." or the opposite and say "this guy was tortured for the information that led to the evidence and you wouldn't have found it otherwise, you can no longer use that evidence".

Comment Re:How is this legal? (Score 5, Informative) 310

It's not, but up to the hack they strictly obeyed to the 11th commandments ("Thou shall not get caught").

But, how do you want to prove it; you can't use the hacked data ("Fruit of the poisonous tree")...

"Poison tree" argument also doesn't apply to Canadian law. Courts regularly use "poisoned" evidence here. That said, there's no case because they include this clause in their terms:

Other Aspects of the Ashley Madison Service – For Your Entertainment

Our Site and our Service gives users the opportunity to explore their fantasies and to interact with others in the Site. However, there is no guarantee you will find a date or partner on our Site or using our Service. Our Site and our Service also is geared to provide you with amusement and entertainment. You agree that some of the features of our Site and our Service are intended to provide entertainment.

In Canadian law as long as you disclose that it's for entertainment purposes only you can get away with a lot more. It's how psychic/erotic phone lines and such get around laws that would otherwise make it illegal.

Comment Re:Simple solution (Score 1) 176

Even with a big fine the cost of running a program like that would exceed a "poo pickup tax" easily. You've got the cost of the DNA test, someone to pick up the poo anyway for testing, mailing costs, fine collection, administration, etc. Doing it that way, everyone - including those without dogs, end up paying the very hefty price tag. Doing it as a yearly dog tag tax means you're targeting dog owners, you're eliminating all the costs of the DNA program except the employee picking up the poo, and the minority may not be incentivized but the responsible owners will want to keep the cost of the program as low as possible so they will act as 'poo police' in the sense that the social pressure they place on others to pickup after themselves becomes the deterrent/incentive for the minority.

Comment Re:Simple solution (Score 1) 176

Then you're telling people it's OK to let their dogs shit everywhere. [snip] Costs will go up every year, and the people who actually clean up after their dogs will be the ones who suffer the most.

You're not telling them it's OK, you're telling them that the more they let their dogs shit everywhere the more they're going to have to pay in tax every year. Want to pay a lower dog tag bill? Pick up after them otherwise, be prepared to pay for your pets shit.

Comment Re: These companies keep giving us reasons (Score 1) 394

Like it or not, you pretty much have to use some version of windows. Whether it's at work or because of some windows-only software, there's really no way to avoid windows.

please tell us all what indispensible apps run on windows that have no equivalents on any other operating system


That's not a software title as far as I'm aware. Give a specific example of software that requires windows. The closest I know of is quickbooks but even that has a mac version so you still have some choice. Anything important or popular or expensive is going to be ported to at least mac. You don't have to run windows. I don't run windows or mac and haven't for over a decade.

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