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Comment: Re:why does the CRTC need this list? (Score 2) 324

by doconnor (#47948683) Attached to: Canadian Regulator Threatens To Impose New Netflix Regulation

I suspect they just want to know how many customers they have, not specifically who they are.

One of the CRTC jobs is to ensure Canadian TV content gets created and we are not stuck with 100% American programming and Canadian culture disappears entirely. If everyone starts watching all their TV on Netflex and similar services, Canadian TV could all but disappear. Most counties other then US have systems to ensure domestic content is produced, but Canada is so close to the US, the pressure far greater.

Movies aren't subject to regulation and Canadian made movies are barely seen in cinemas (and the few that are tend to be based on Canadian TVs shows).

Comment: Apps (Score 5, Insightful) 471

by doconnor (#47872763) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

I had a Sony Smartwatch for a while before it broke. Here are the apps I would like to see/write, besides the obvious notification apps:

Nextbus predictions
Remote control for mythtv
Monthly calender
Google maps with walking route
Weather
Display brief text, like shopping lists

Looks like a lot of these where covered in the Apple Watch presentation.

There lots of things people use their smartphones for that only require a quick glance. They are the kinds of things a smartwatch is suited for.

Comment: Re:Nuclear, GMO (Score 2) 22

by doconnor (#46981117) Attached to: Interviews: Stewart Brand Answers Your Questions

The only practical alternative to nuclear in many places is fossil fuel power generation which even when working perfectly is not safe for the environment.

Its a lot easier to predict when you know what gene you are transferring then old fashion selective breeding which we have practiced for 10s of thousands to years and managed to change this into this.

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