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Comment Re:A Tad Expensive. (Score 1) 430

Yeah, that may be a bit of an exaggeration, but for $160,000.00 I could get way more than a tad over an acre and build nice a house.

$160k sounds like a pretty low price for builting a house. In 2013 the average construction costs for a new home in the USA seemed to be just shy of $250k

It looks like materials cost about half of this ($146k) according to so even if you did everything yourself, building a typical house for $160k seems like a bargain.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 2) 430

The point is that being a State House Representative is not a full time job. Whether it should be or not is a different question, but in the U.S. the position of State Legislator is mostly considered part-time.

I wonder if you can effectively be a representative without unduely impacting your full time job? At the very least, I would think it would be appropriate to be paid the local minimum wage for the hours you are expected to be "working".

I have always thought that tying legislators' wages to some multiple of the mimimum wage would be a good way to keep the two numbers reasonable - in NH they could make that number one.

Comment Re:Meaningless because the facts are wrong (Score 1) 634

This whole discussion seems to be based on a false report. See the update at The original story from the Des Moines Register appears to be a collection of anecdotal reports with perhaps a measure of confirmation bias thrown in: once reporters were looking for cases of Hillary coin toss wins they found them. Even by late last night there was at least one official saying Bernie won the toss in her precinct, making the story at best 6 of 7, not 6 of 6. Today a party spokesman said Bernie actually won more tosses than Hillary. Since these were precinct delegates at stake, who in turn elect delegates to some kind of intermediate district caucuses, who in their turn elect the state-wide delegates who elect the Iowa delegates to the national convention, these coin flips are each of minuscule importance, which is probably why everyone is cool with using them.

An actual link to useful information? This is not the slashdot I have come to know....

Comment Re:Did they spin when they landed? (Score 1) 634

It is. The DNC has their way of conducting their nominating process, which is different from what the RNC does. For example, the RNC has no "super delegates" to try to steer the nomination towards the establishment's chosen favorite, like the DNC does.

They may not be called "super delegates" but the RNC has unpledged delegates at their convention too. It looks like their numbers of such are smaller than the DNC.
"In the Republican Party, as in the Democratic Party, members of the party’s national committee automatically become delegates without being pledged to any candidate. In 2008, there are 123 members of the Republican National Committee among the total of 2,380 delegates to the 2008 Republican National Convention.[28] There are three RNC delegates (the national committeeman, national committeewoman, and state party chair) for each state."

Comment Re: Manufacturing costs also fall (Score 2) 269

All resource extraction was less than 10% of the Canadian economy in 2014, smaller than manufacturing and real estate.

I don't really have a great picture of what parts of the economy drive properity, but while I can see that healthy manufacturing can lead to everyone having more stuff, I do wonder how "real estate" enters into it. Real estate can change hands, and go up (or down) in value, but nobody is making any more of it, so having a healthy real estate "sector" would seem to be more of an indicator of prosperity rather than a creator of it.

In any case, if you have any links you can share explaining that resoure extraction isn't such a big deal to Canada I would be interested in learning.

It does seem like oil is Canada's biggest export (about 27% of the total). Vehicles are #2 at just under 13%. Combined with Precious metals (#4), Plastics (#6), Wood (#7), and Aluminum (#9) that makes up about 39% for "resources", while the Vehicles, Machines, Electronics and Aircrafts add up to about 25%, so it looks like "resources" are significantly larger than "manufacturing" on an export basis at least.

One can see that dropping the price of the biggest export by 70% is a pretty significant event. All other things staying the same one could imagine oil going from number 1 to number 3, droping the overall export total by 80 or 90 billion dollars, or around 20% of the total.

These look like 2014 figures:
1 Oil: US$128.6 billion (27.2% of total exports)
2 Vehicles: $59.7 billion (12.6%)
3 Machines, engines, pumps: $32.6 billion (6.9%)
4 Gems, precious metals, coins: $20.3 billion (4.3%)
5 Electronic equipment: $13.6 billion (2.9%)
6 Plastics: $13.2 billion (2.8%)
7 Wood: $12.7 billion (2.7%)
8 Aircraft, spacecraft: $12.4 billion (2.6%)
9 Aluminum: $8.9 billion (1.9%)
10 Cereals: $8.7 billion (1.8%)

Comment Re: Manufacturing costs also fall (Score 4, Informative) 269

What did the government do? Devalue the Canadian dollar against the US dollar. Bastards, all.

While there may have been some policy factors that have directly influenced the Canadian dollar value, they have been very small in comparison to the impact that resource prices (I'm looking at you, Barrel of Oil) have had. The failure to diversify the economy away from such a heavy resource weighting has been a shortcoming of every government since confederation both provincially and federally.

Comment "The Number Devil" book (Score 1) 238

"The Number Devil" is a very good kids' book that our family has enjoyed and has been gifted to lots of friends' and relatives' kids.

Even for ideas that were already know to myself, the presentation of them is fun. The framing story of a child who does not enjoy math class but is excited when meeting the titular devil character is not particularly suprising, but the whole thing is quite enjoyable.

Comment Re:Not that I like Trump, but... (Score 1) 875

But the workaround for that is easy: stop being an American business. It might be as simple as Apple turning one of its offshore subsidiaries into its headquarters, and turning its Cupertino headquarters into a subsidiary.

I think Burger King is now a "Canadian" company due to this type of move: when it merged with Tim Horton's the resulting entity was based in Canada.

Comment Re:Too bad science class drop outs banned incandes (Score 1) 338

No, California classifies any light with an Edison socket as low-efficiency, not matter what bulb you put in. They're banned in kitchens completely, and only allowable if you put in a dimmer switch that will damage some high-efficiency lights that would otherwise work in an Edison socket.

You keep saying this, but I cannot find anything to support that idea. This mentions only efficiency requirements, not socket type:

As does this:

If in fact you can provide me with a reference to this supposed ban on kitchen edison sockets I would be interested to see it.

Oh I spoke too soon - I found some. This is a reference that seems to support your statement:

"According to the Title 24 energy standards a high efficacy luminaire contains only high efficacy lamps or high efficacy LED lighting, and must not contain a socket which allows any low efficacy lighting system to be used. For example, any luminaire containing a medium screw base socket is classified as low efficacy, regardless of the type of lamp installed into that socket. Typically, high efficacy luminaires contain pin-based sockets, like compact fluorescent or linear fluorescent lamp sockets, though other socket types such as screw sockets specifically rated only for high intensity discharge lamps (like metal halide lamps) light emitting diode (LED) luminaires (dedicated LED lighting fixtures that cannot use incandescent or any other type of lighting technology) may also qualify as high efficacy."

It does seem like a bit of almost pointless legislation since low efficiency bulbs can be found for various pin-based socket systems.


Comment Re:Not a "warm glow" (Score 1) 338

So a low intensity light at a high color temperature "looks wrong". For example a 6000K LED light dimmed to minimum, where an incandescent light might be down close to 1700K.

I doubt very much this is built into the biology rather than just being the result of experience. As a point of reference, moonlight is about 4100K, and we have been using that for a lot longer than candles, so do candles "look wrong"? The full moon gives off about 0.1 lux, while one foot-candle is about 10 lux, so the full moon is much dimmer than a single candle, but its colour temperature is much higher.

Give us some experience with dim lights with high colour temperatures and we will feel that that sort of thing is "right".

Comment Re:Not a "warm glow" (Score 1) 338

I think the reason so many people want the yellow lights is it is what they are used to.

Personally, I think it's millions of years of evolution, combined with the fact that it's only been the last 130 years or so that we stopped getting all our light from fire. You may want to have your color vision checked, next time you are at the optometrist.

The "daylight" bulbs (at around 6,500 K colour temparture) is close to the light produced by the sun than the "soft white" of most incandescents. Sunlight has been our major source of illumination and while there is evidence for controled use of fire for about half a million years, I doubt very much there has been much evolutionary pressure towards preferring that illumnation over sunlight.

I tend to prefer warmer colours myself, but recognize that this is probably more a case of what I am used to rather than any physical bias.

Soft White (2700K – 3000K), Bright White/Cool White (3500K – 4100K), and Daylight (5000K – 6500K)

Comment Re:Well, since we're now reviewing the movie... (Score 1) 562

And Ray just is abandoned on Jakku as a child; we don't know who abandoned her, and we don't know why.

In fairness, we didn't know anything worthwhile about Luke's history at the end of IV either except that his father's name was Anakin and that he and Kenobi knew each other.

I would say that we do know enough to provide room for broad brushstrokes - he is living with his relatives who don't want to tell him much about his parents, he feels trapped and wants to get away from the constrained future he sees on Tatoine, he has friends that he hangs out with.

With Rey, we don't know why she's there or why she wants to stay/return. We don't even know if SHE knows - if she does then telling the audience why would be good, and if she doesn't then telling the audience THAT would be good. The mystery of what aspects Rey knows about herself seems a pointless and frustrating one. And there are others.

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