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Comment: Re:Best buy (Score 1) 151

by cbiltcliffe (#49363275) Attached to: Best Buy Kills Off Future Shop

Really? Nothing that's distinctly Canadian? Did you see the closing ceremonies for the Vancouver Olympics? My wife and I watched both the Canadian and American coverage. The announcer on the Canadian coverage was happily chatting away about the festivities, whereas the American announcer was pretty much speechless, because what he was seeing was so not American.

We're a hell of a lot friendlier and more polite than Americans, in general. Not that there aren't exceptions; there certainly are. But on the whole, it's true. I've traveled a fair amount through Canada, various parts of the US, and some in Europe. I've never felt uncomfortable or out of place, except in the US. Now, that was mostly in the north east, as when I went through Tennessee, people were almost as friendly as Canadians. Americans just seem to be more blunt and "in your face" than pretty much anybody else I've encountered in my travels.

Besides: we have Red Green.

Comment: Re: The Canadian middle class is dying out. (Score 1) 151

by cbiltcliffe (#49363221) Attached to: Best Buy Kills Off Future Shop

Almost a million dollars (CDN) for any decent-sized house that isn't a dump.

You must have only looked in Toronto, Vancouver, and Montreal. Anything upwards of about $600,000 in the London area gets you an absolute mansion.

As an example: 4 bedrooms, 4 1/2 bathrooms, a huge lot, inground pool, 2 car garage, tons of landscaping, fountains, etc, for $715,000.
http://www.realtor.ca/propertyDetails.aspx?PropertyId=15394802

If that place qualifies as either a dump, or too small, then you have no right to bitch about the price of property, because you must pretty much be a 1%er.

Take a look at the $700,000 - $800,000 range:
http://www.realtor.ca/Map.aspx#CultureId=1&ApplicationId=1&RecordsPerPage=9&MaximumResults=9&PropertyTypeId=300&TransactionTypeId=2&SortOrder=A&SortBy=1&LongitudeMin=-81.48207731193361&LongitudeMax=-81.01035184806642&LatitudeMin=42.886606758167304&LatitudeMax=43.087019589728655&PriceMin=700000&PriceMax=800000&BedRange=0-0&BathRange=0-0&ParkingSpaceRange=0-0&viewState=m&Longitude=-81.24621458&Latitude=42.98689485&ZoomLevel=11&CurrentPage=1

There are plenty of huge houses, 3 car garages, etc, in there.

If you want to look at the more realistic for most people range of $300,000 to $400,000:
http://www.realtor.ca/Map.aspx#CultureId=1&ApplicationId=1&RecordsPerPage=9&MaximumResults=9&PropertyTypeId=300&TransactionTypeId=2&SortOrder=A&SortBy=1&LongitudeMin=-81.48207731193361&LongitudeMax=-81.01035184806642&LatitudeMin=42.886606758167304&LatitudeMax=43.087019589728655&PriceMin=300000&PriceMax=425000&BedRange=0-0&BathRange=0-0&ParkingSpaceRange=0-0&viewState=m&Longitude=-81.24621458&Latitude=42.98689485&ZoomLevel=11&CurrentPage=1

You'll still find plenty of very nice houses in there, too.

Comment: Re:Innovation vs. Commodity (Score 1) 392

by cbiltcliffe (#49225497) Attached to: Does USB Type C Herald the End of Apple's Proprietary Connectors?

Your statement relies on the unspoken assumption that Apple actually innovates. They don't seem to be doing much of that lately; more often their modus operandi is to treat customers and business partners with contempt, litigate against any company seen as competition, and overcharge for, well, virtually everything.

Comment: Re:Could be. (Score 3, Funny) 392

by cbiltcliffe (#49225237) Attached to: Does USB Type C Herald the End of Apple's Proprietary Connectors?

Other than the fact that it's proprietary, I do like the Lightning connectors. Especially compared to those damn 4 dimensional USB connectors: try to plug it in, fail, reverse, fail *again*, reverse once more, *then* it will go in.

Well, if they're 4 dimensional, that makes sense. 3 space dimensions, and 1 time dimension. You didn't plug it in at the right time, initially, and had to wait 6.43 seconds to get it into the right spot in time to make it work. :-/

Comment: Re:System worked, then? (Score 1) 163

by cbiltcliffe (#49224255) Attached to: On the Dangers and Potential Abuses of DNA Familial Searching

"Will the test results incriminate the accused? Will the police have to keep up with their tireless searching for evildoers? Tune in next week, same Bat-time, same Bat-channel, when we won't answer these questions! Then in two weeks, we probably won't answer them again! But if you tune in a month from now, we'll find the answers to these pressing questions!!"

Comment: Re:What really happened: (Score 2) 178

by cbiltcliffe (#49214481) Attached to: MH370 Beacon Battery May Have Been Expired

I had a similar idea at the time. Rather than a chopshop, though, I figured somebody, somewhere, had need for a passenger jet for something nefarious. Or for that matter, something legitimate, but that the authorities would find nefarious. Basically, a need for a large jet, that for some reason could not be obtained through normal channels.

The longer it is that no unexplained jet shows up doing something no major airline expects, though, increases the probability that I've been watching too many spy movies.....

Comment: Re:But, our climate models are perfectly accurate (Score 1) 235

by cbiltcliffe (#49207979) Attached to: El Nino Has Finally Arrived, Far Weaker Than Predicted

Wow. The straw men in this article are thick and fast.
Nowhere did I state that 2 cold winters were more important than a 15 year average. I just pointed out that the "single winter" that the GP discounted was not only a single winter, but was significantly more "unimportant outlier data" than what they were admitting to.

Comment: Re:Awesome Models (Score 1) 235

by cbiltcliffe (#49207939) Attached to: El Nino Has Finally Arrived, Far Weaker Than Predicted

The scientific community as a whole once believed the world was flat.
The scientific community as a whole once believed chocolate and red wine were bad for you. Or was that good for you? No, it was bad. No...good.
The scientific community as a whole has changed its mind on many things in the past, as new research has been done, or flaws in old research and methodologies have been found.

A huge part of the basis of science is attempting to disprove theories with new research. When you fail to question conventional wisdom, it's not science. It's religion.

"I may kid around about drugs, but really, I take them seriously." - Doctor Graper

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