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Comment Re:We need warmer blankets in winter (Score 1) 252

More like "This thing is NAILED to the ground, so instead of moving it a bit, it's easier to take a little bit off the bottom and stick it on the top."

Getting all businesses to voluntarily change their working hours isn't going to happen - network effects and such. The easy way to change everyone's schedule simultaneously is to change the clocks.

Comment Re:Canada (Score 1) 278

"Waste" in the sense that an overwhelming majority in Quebec means that even if they get 1/3 of the total votes, they won't get 1/3 of the seats, because they are under-represented elsewhere.

Remember, in an election, you don't want to win 80-20, because that usually means you lost somewhere else 20-80. You want your supporters evenly distributed, so you win as many ridings as possible with 50%+1. Of course votes aren't transferable, and we don't have gerrymandering like in many US states, but that's the logic.

Comment Re:The good news that no one reports (Score 1) 95

Smallpox was eliminated because the only host was people - there was no external reservoir to re-infect the population. Alas, not true for almost all other diseases - for example, rabies in bats and foxes. Often the disease has only minor or even no effects in these other hosts, making it even harder to eradicate.

Comment Re:WTF (Score 2) 110

No, "auditioned". You can "try" a pair of earbuds by sticking them in your ear. You "Audition" earbuds by ensuring they fit properly, then using them to listen to several pieces of music you are familiar with, and generating a (personal, subjective) rating for them.

It's the difference between sitting in a car and going for a test-drive.

Comment Re:Does Canada have Constitution? (Score 1) 231

The Head of State of Canada is the Queen of Canada. It just so happens that this office resides in the same person as a bunch of other heads of state, but that does *not* make the British crown our ruler.

It's a subtle, but *very important* distinction, because the powers of the British crown are *not* the same as the powers of the Canadian crown.

In fact it is entirely possible for one crown to abdicate one position, but not the others. They are, after all, separate positions.

Comment Re: Suzanne Humphries MD (Score 1) 740

Nothing fishy at all. Vaccines are not silver bullets, and no vaccine is 100% effective. However, with high coverage, the vaccine is *effective enough* to prevent or greatly reduce an outbreak.
With a substantial proportion of non-vaccinated people (effectiveness: 0%), then yes, even some vaccinated will be infected. No reputable source ever said otherwise, though.

To do two things at once is to do neither. -- Publilius Syrus