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Comment Re:Here we go again (Score 1) 1162

Finland has guns, but little gun crime. I suspect Finland has neither a melting pot of people that the US has and that it has a much better public health system for the poor and disadvantaged than the US does.

Well, not sure how the "melting pot" plays into this, many - most! - shooters are born & bred in USA. And it doesn't seem many are particularly poor and disadvantaged, at least in the sense that the homeless and / or truly destitute are the ones carrying out mass murders.

The United States doesn't lock up its crazy people and doesn't provide a reasonable option for their mental health treatment.

All western countries have been de-institutionalizing their mental health patients to varying degrees of disastrous consequences.

They don't have monthly mass shootings either.

Comment Re:Gun-free zone? (Score 1) 1162

I guess it means they were trying not to get shot, trying to establish a safe place, and rejecting the primacy of the gun.

Yeah, and look how well that's been working out for them.

Yeah, since shootings have never happened on military bases or anywhere else where someone may have a gun, it's obviously because of "gun-free zone".

Canada has mass shootings every damned day due to this gun-free zone shit. If only we were all fetishizing gun ownership and had a few weapons each, then mass shootings of innocent civilians rarely ever happen.

Comment Re:Gun-free zone? (Score 1) 1162


Yes. The campuses — including this one, the public schools are all legally gun-free. A pop-tart eaten to the shape of a pistol is enough for a kid to be kicked out.

That cinema, where "a joker" killed 12 people — that movie theater was not closest to his house, but it was the only one within a 20-minute drive, that declared itself "gun-free".

In denial much?

Maybe it was the only theatre showing that Batman movie that night?

And do you really think a darkened room full of amateur gun owners opening return fire is going to in any way lessen the death toll?

Against a gunman with body armour?

Retard much?

Comment Re:Except GM and BMW executives dont know..... (Score 2) 535

Plus knowing apple, they wont try and make a giant sedan to appease everyone. they will make a city car that is small and fits in some kind of legal limbo hole like the 3 wheeled cars and golf carts that are legal to drive on the road.

Knowing Apple, they'll build a 4-wheeler, get a design patent on "a revolving device placed at or near the 4 corners of the vehicle" and one on "a round device in the passenger compartment, placed off centre to be used for modifying the vector of motion" then sue Hyundai or Toyota for billions of dollars for infracting their precious IP.

And people will buy the shit out of them.

Yes, and rave about how revolutionary the design is and how Hyundai / Toyota are just a bunch of cheap imitators.

Comment Quebec: Quiet Revolution. Canada: Silent Coup (Score 1) 85

Canada has had its reputation torn asunder and its democratic principles trampled under this Harper Regime.

How long does it take to un-break an egg? The damage runs deep and I'm not sure how we can undo the damage internally and on the international stage.

Vote ABC (Anything But Conservative). And hope that this time the election fraud is minimal.

Maybe the UN should have agents monitor the elections in Canada like they do in other stumbling democracies.

Comment Re:In Canada... (Score 1) 263

We do have some issues with our healthcare system though, such as extremely long waiting lines (6 hours is normal), and some people having to wait months for diagnostic scans.

But that's not as frequent as some make it out to be.

My Mom called the doctor's office last week at ~3pm and got in at ~4:30.

She often has such "luck".

Also an entire battery of tests from blood work to bone marrow tests, all free, all timely performed and analysed.

I spent at most 2 months to get in to an allergenist -- a good one who's also a prof at UBC.

Couple weeks to see a dermatologist.

It may be anecdotal, but she has a lot of experience such as this.

My mom was told she can't have new knees until she is 55 because they only last ten years or something like that.

How badly does she need them? Seems the doctors didn't find it too pressing an issue, although it's mere speculation on my part.

Not sure how long my mother waited for hip replacements, and I think she was over 55, but it was relatively promptly done, and free to boot.

Comment Re:Firewall (Score 1) 527

Yup. Or as hosts entries in your router, assuming it serves DNS up.

I'm curious and don't have anything to test with, but does Win 10 use DNS to find its call-home locations, or are the IP addresses hard-coded?

Since, if the latter, of course changing hosts file won't help regardless of where one does it.

Comment Re:30 years (Score 0) 399

Would have been true, if not for the environmentalist anti-nuke nuts.

Spoken like a true nutter yourself, but at least you're consistent.

For a more reasonable and fact-based view, see Maury Markowitz's reasoning: Why fusion will never happen

You can argue all the technical superiorities of fission over wind all you want - in fact, they're pretty much all true. It is a fact that wind cannot be dispatched while nuclear has a CF around 90% and provides all sorts of baseload. Here's the problem with all of those arguments: the bank doesn't give a crap.

In summary, it's economics and bankers, not some leftist boogie man that you love to point to.

Shows, again, that you know shit about any of these things.

Comment Re:A step forward, but... (Score 2) 399

Achieving practical nuclear fusion for power generation would be a very nice step forward. But "holy grail" is rather overselling it, I suspect.

Even when practical, we're still talking very big, very expensive plants that depend on a long supply chain for all its parts, the high-purity fuel and so on. When you consider the building, running and maintenance costs, and the cost of dealing with the spent fuel (much better than for fission plants of course) the energy won't be all that cheap.

And they'll be competing with rapidly dropping costs for solar and other renewables.

Quite - almost any tech advances that will help fusion will also help other energy sources.

And the cost(s) would be unbelievably huge. Multiple times a fission reactor's cost.

I found this story quite interesting - and disappointing. Essentially argues that we'll never have fusion and gives his (Maury Markowitz's) reasons for it: Why fusion will never happen.

For me, this seems to capture the gist of his argument nicely:

You can argue all the technical superiorities of fission over wind all you want – in fact, they’re pretty much all true. It is a fact that wind cannot be dispatched while nuclear has a CF around 90% and provides all sorts of baseload. Here’s the problem with all of those arguments: the bank doesn’t give a crap.

So the places that are building nukes are invariably where the local government is willing to put up the money, generally interest free. We have new reactors in China and Korea, and everyone else is doing basically nothing. Actually in the US all the money is backed by the government, and the companies have ignored it anyway. It’s just too expensive and economically risky.

Comment Re:Exceeds state authority (Score 2) 192

Very true. No idea why you're modded down to 0... you're correct.

Not sure if you read replies, but just FYI - Anonymous Cowards' posts start at a score of 0, and logged in users with reasonable karma start at 1.

Subscribers / users on your "friends list" may have a bonus point attributed to their posts, hence start at 2, although I'm not entirely sure how this part works.

Users also have an option in their settings to assign an extra point to posts that have been moderated by category, i.e. Informative or Funny if said user is interested in pushing such posts to higher prominence in their own reading. i.e. These points aren't actually attributed to the comment poster, but to the page presented to the reading user.

Comment Re:This kind of stuff is Exhibit #1 (Score 1) 282

News in Canada is just as tailored, don't kid yourself. The Sun/National Post = pro-Conservative party.

From my understanding, this is true.

The Star/Globe and Mail = pro-Liberal party.

Um, the Globe and Mail endorsed Harper in the last election.

Seems they're okay with his "national media may ask 5 questions per day, total" policy.

So it seems they see their job as not "comforting the afflicted and afflicting the comfortable" but as purveyors for government press releases. Or something.

I find the best news for any country tends to be from sources that aren't in that country. For solid Canadian and American news, I use the BBC.


Comment Re:Most streetlights are wasteful (Score 1) 307

I see street lights as a waste of money.

Not just a waste of money. Most of them are a waste of fuel, ... emissions ... We could eliminate vast numbers of street lights in all likelihood with no adverse effect at all while saving a lot of money and reducing pollution.

I don't disagree with your points, however I've heard that power plants have to run at a rate that generates excess power over night (can't be shut off and restarted at dawn), therefore street lights use power that has to be off-loaded regardless.

The use of power during the overnight hours is discounted to municipalities, in some instances, as I understand it.

Hence I am not certain that they create much excess air pollution, nor cost as much to operate as one might to expect.

I could be wrong and don't have time at the moment to do much searching on the topic.

Comment Re:Exactly as many black holes as we thought! (Score 1) 92

The summary title directly contradicts the summary text. They predicted ones that they hadn't seen yet. Then they found a way to see them, and it matched up with predictions. How is that "more than we thought" at all?

C'mon, editors...

Indeed, from TFA:

The scientists pointed NuSTAR at nine candidate hidden supermassive black holes that were thought to be extremely active at the centre of galaxies, but where the full extent of this activity was potentially obscured from view.

If we simply assume that there's a super-massive black hole at the centre of each galaxy, then they have increased the expected quantity by zero if I understand correctly.

Obviously that requires an assumption, but otherwise aren't we assuming that there are not super-massive black holes at the centre of galaxies until we find each and every one?

I prefer the former assumption myself, in this particular case.

Comment Re:I gave up on some Google Apps (Score 1) 62

I have limited access to Hangouts, but is there a way to insert a carriage return into a message?

There's a little button for smileys. If you hit shift, the smiley button becomes a carriage return.

Also, how to remove the stupid fucking smilie face icon from the keyboard?

The keyboard isn't really part of Hangouts itself, and you can use an alternate keyboard. There are at least dozens of options available, and probably more. Swiftkey is fairly popular, I believe, but it has the same smiley icon (although it *does* show a carriage return as the long-press action for that button). I don't have any other keyboards installed at the moment to compare.

Thank you!

Tested it tonight. Switched from Pinyin to Google keyboard, and shift key turns smilie face into carriage return.

That solves that problem, since it's not my phone and I rarely use it.

On the other hand, on my device, doesn't seem to work. But I just don't use Hangouts, problem solved.

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