Prime Minister Harper is determined to expand FT agreements worldwide. Last week the final touches on the FTA with the EU was finalized. They have eliminated the Canadian Wheat Board late in 2011
Since he's already (twice) introduced the very legislation this story calls for over a number of years (due to political realities, like elections and minority governments they haven't yet been able to pass the legislation, but with a fresh mandate and a solid majority this time it won't be an issue) I very strongly suspect this is a planted comment asked for by Canadian diplomats and the US has complied. It's clearly designed to blunt some of the opposition to many aspects of the bill domestically (and which have been subjects on
I can imagine diplomats on both sides smiling at the success of the plant making Slashdot.
It's not like it's unheard of. To get a pilot's licence, you have to experience and recover from a stall
A bunch of mechanical stuff is on the written test
Having said all that, getting a pilot's license is not "hard". Any reasonably competent person can do it; including a few that shouldn't come within a hundred yards of a pilot's seat. I've flown with five pilots who are now dead, they were competent professionals but that's no guarantee all your problems will go away. They were all better pilots than some others I've flown with who are still alive and still incompetent.
So, it's not like more stringent license procedures would actually give us nothing but good drivers, but it would at least help a few people take it more seriously, and it might give us a slightly higher percentage of better drivers.
As long as people realize that a small improvement is all you're going to get out of it. It's not going to solve any "big picture" issues, which is what I think a lot of people who support it think is going to happen.
I always like to keep in mind a headline from The Onion (a parody news magazine
"97% of Americans polled reveal they are in support of other people taking public transit."
It's pretty hard
If you look at cockpit videos of professional drivers, they have their right hand (North America) either on the wheel or on the shifter, and they don't rest their hand on the shifter; it goes to the wheel the moment it's not needed to operate the transmission.
I won't suggest the average manual driver has the same discipline or habits
I don't see anything wrong with a vehicle that requires two feet and two hands to operate; most people have all four and know how to use them.
Although I could be accused of commenting on the obvious, apparently it requires pointing out specifically
Can't comment on this particular accident.
However, we do have data in Canadian provinces regarding hand-held devices (cellphones, texting behaviour, etc) and driving.
In Saskatchewan (pop 1 million) fatal accidents known to have contributing factors of the driver either taking on a cellphone or texting while driving were 60 in 2010 (the last year data was available), with 8500 non-fatal accidents.
This compares to 69 fatalities attributed to impaired driving, with 760 injuries and only 1400 collisions.
Since impaired driving as a cause can be made with much more certainty (blood alcohol readings are taken from drivers either by breath analysis or blood tests at the hospital or by the coroner when road accidents are involved) it remains a possibility that talking/texting while driving has surpassed impaired driving (about 20%) as the major cause of road fatalities in that jurisdiction.
WTF; rest of my post disappeared.
On That Note
An airline was shut down by executive order over a labour (as they spell it in Australia) dispute.
This is not a Slashdot Story. Stop approving these or "utter failure" looms ominously.
That was the Slashdot 'Quote of the day' displayed when I read this topic (and set out to grumble, which is what this comment is).
I actually don't really agree with the sentiment expressed
On that note
Somebody's going to post this link. It may as well be me. Even CEO Can't Figure Out How RadioShack Still In Business.
WOW! I don't think I've EVER seen that much truth in a CEO's statements. And he's right on, too. I have wondered what keeps RS going for years.
the ones that have been rebranded 'The Source by Circuit City' in Canada still sell a modest range of components and miscellaneous useful adapters and cables and so on at decent prices. Nothing like as decent a range as Maplins in the UK, but better than the big box electronics stores.
Actually, they're neither Radio Shack or Circuit City operations in Canada.
They're owned by Bell Canada; Circuit City USA went bankrupt and in 2009 Bell bought the Canadian assets of The Source from Circuit City, which were still profitable and a viable operation, and operated by a Circuit City subsidiary, a company called InterTAN.
InterTAN was formed from the former Canadian operations of Tandy/Radio Shack
There was a licensing agreement to use the Radio Shack name, however, as part of the deal. When Circuit City bought InterTAN in 2004, that licensing agreement was declared invalid (after a lawsuit, by Radio Shack USA, of course) in 2005. Thus the rename to "The Source by Circuit City".
Technically now they're called "The Source (Bell Electronics, Inc)". Some stores, however, to this day retain the old branding with the "The Source by Circuit City" name on the outside signage. You could probably chalk that up to Bell being cheap more than anything else.
InterTAN, which is still based in Barrie, Ontario, was created out of a big part of the "old" Radio Shack operation in Barrie, which was responsible for sourcing components offshore and commissioning the Radio Shack branded parts, like Archer, Realistic, etc, and warehousing and distributing stock for North America. It was sold by Radio Shack's parent company, I believe which is Tandy, and renamed InterTAN at that time.
So, there hasn't been a true Radio Shack in Canada for many years, and although the two companies have been independent for a very long time, there was some relationship that saw the same products in both stores, but also they differed with each offering unique products not available to the other. Although there is some relevance because there are similarities between the two national companies product mix and target customers, for the most part this
Since they're now owned by one of Canada's largest cellular phone networks, it's hardly surprising that the phones are prominently marketed in the stores in Canada.
Except that Gardisil is KILLING girls that take it. In fact Australia BANNED the drug after it killed more than 30 girls in a short period of time. Kind of like Bayer getting caught shipping AIDS infected Factor VIII to Africa. These drug companies are part of a EUGENICS operation. They working with some top elites want to KILL YOU and your families! They want to get the world population down to 500 million or less. Heck go read the Georgia Guide Stones to see that.
Australia did not ban Gardisil, it is still available for voluntary vaccination, and the Australian health authorities have no known deaths linked to Gardisil in Australia.
The rest of your post
Reports of deal associated with Gardicil have two things in common; one, no link to the vaccine could be found in forensic investigation, and two, the causal relationship is simply one of sequence; this girl dies of unknown causes, no link to Gardicil can be found, but she had been vaccinated at some point earlier in her life. The link to hot dogs causing the death is equally strong, equally unproven, equally unhelpful, and equally attractive to paranoid killer hot-dog conspiracists.
One out of every 13 Earthlings and three out of four Americans is on Facebook, and one out of 26 signs into Facebook on a daily basis."
Wow, there's a lot of losers!
Well, 25 of 26 don't sign into Facebook daily. 4% losers
Well, "whisky" is not what you would get from a quick distillation. 180 proof alcohol (95% alcohol, 5% water) most certainly does work fine as a fuel in an internal combustion engine. In fact, aside from the taxes and the fact that it does not have poisonous alcohol added to prevent drinking (denatured alcohol) the liquor store variety is exactly the same thing as acceptable fuel grade alcohol.
Alcohol absorbs water
Water will separate from alcohol-based fuel in storage
Gas line antifreeze (methyl alcohol) also contains water in the factory-sealed container, as does all alcohol-based fuel
If you're already at your lowest acceptable price, then there is little you can do to attack piracy from a pricing standpoint. I would think that puts you at the point where you could reasonably consider non-price based anti-piracy efforts to address the issue.
I don't think Geist is advocating abandoning or denigrating anti-piracy efforts; I think instead he is suggesting there are situations out there where vendors are not selling at their lowest acceptable price in order to maintain market pricing across diverse geographic and economic areas.
Whether that actually even applies to an iPhone app is debatable
What ended up happening is that $100 price fell to the new-release consumer price for both buyers. Now we have a market where streaming movies have put the rental business in disarray, and the studios now try to earn revenue from licensing or limited distribution, or both. Again, they have adjusted their per-unit pricing to reflect market reality. Even though they have done so reluctantly, to say the least, it's an admission of the market reality. The question then becomes are they justified in maintaining the higher per-DVD price in markets where streaming is not an option
I don't know if that's an example of Geist's argument being implemented but it certainly might be.
There is a transition point when your product becomes a worldwide commodity attractive to what would be middle-class buyers