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Comment Re:Why do you need this stuff on the internet at l (Score 1) 85 85

If I decide to go out drinking and I'm out late, I can use my phone to tell my furnace to heat up my house before I get home. Normally it goes to 16C after 10pm, which is when I'm normally in bed. This way, when I get home buzzed / wasted, my house is nice and comfy.

Also the Honeywell controllers require fingerpoking to change outside of a subset of their normal range. I can't use remote to change outside of 4.5C to 32C... uh, okay, that's a little more range than I would have expected. Voice limits me to a little less than that, but you'd already be inside and could do a lot more damage by throwing my dining room chairs through 4 windows and the TV.

Comment Liquefaction (Score 3, Interesting) 265 265

There's also a problem with liquefaction. Most of Victoria and Vancouver (in BC) are built on soft earth which will become mud and will stop supporting the stuff we've built. All those foundations, bridges, streets, they'll all become impassable. There's a liquefaction map I saw at an engineering presentation and the whole thing was red and black. Victoria is literally built on landfill garbage right next to the ocean. One of its landmark buildings, the Empress Hotel, was slowly sinking until it had a major refurb to drive piles down as far as they could reach.

Vancouver is the biggest port for exporting all of Canada's wheat, lumber, ore, etc. If it shuts down, people could be starving for work and food all over the world. It's not all bad though, because EA North would cease to exist. However, greater Vancouver is where most of BC's engineers live and work. We're your experts in fixing up after an earthquake, and most of us would probably be gone.

It's going to be bad when it hits. The upside is that most people here have earthquake kits, emergency supplies, ninja reflexes (we do earthquake drills) and have some idea that it will in fact happen.

Comment Buses suck, that's their problem. (Score 1) 654 654

I hate driving, and I'll avoid it if I can. I prefer to bike, walk, or if it works, run.

I used to run to work once a week, and it would take me about 40 minutes. (Yes, I'd shower at work.) I'd bus home and it would take me 45-55 minutes to get home by bus. Yes, it took longer to bus home than it did to run in. T2 moment: "I can get out and run faster than this!".

Add to that the erratic bus schedule, the chance of missing the bus, or getting passed by the driver, or whatever. Taking the bus is awful.

Comment Re:You tell me. (Score 1) 296 296

Location is one factor. Since I'm divorced and share custody of two kids, I can't move.

I go to a lot of meetings, meetups, networking events, do a lot of volunteering, ran the local engineering chapter for a couple of years, and I've got enough friends that I'm reasonably sure that it's not my personality. I mean, I can't judge it for myself and it's really the common thread of failure in my life, but from what I can see it's nothing overtly shitty about the way I deal with other people.

I mean, I teach yoga and spin classes. I know how to be nice.

I've just had bad luck with my career. It's really been a trainwreck since the get-go.

Submission + - Original Star Wars Script found in Canadian University Library

Beardo the Bearded writes: It's Episode I, Han shot first, and Luke's last name was Starkiller. An article over at the CBC reveals that a copy of the original Star Wars script from 1976 has just been discovered by a librarian who has spent the last four months digitizing their archives.

From TFA: "Deep in the archives of the University of New Brunswick's library in Saint John, a famous movie script sat forgotten and collecting dust. It tells the tales of a galaxy far, far away — and no one knows how it got there.

Since February, Kristian Brown, a librarian, has been sifting through the library's extensive science fiction collection."

The University is planning to put it on display.

"There is nothing new under the sun, but there are lots of old things we don't know yet." -Ambrose Bierce

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