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Comment: Re:Time to leave (Score 1) 227

Living In Ottawa (right on the border of Quebec) has given me a lot of insight into this. A lot of people try to move across the river because houses are cheaper and the have cheap child care. The reality is that most end up moving back a short time later. The high taxes pretty much eliminate any savings you get. The cheap child care options have very limited number of spots. Even if you're on the waiting list from the time you get pregnant, there's a good chance you'll still be on the waiting list after you're ready to go back to work when the kid is 1 year old.

Comment: Re:what will be more interesting (Score 1) 623

by drinkypoo (#49354595) Attached to: Jeremy Clarkson Dismissed From Top Gear

Tell me about it. The other day I tried really really hard and I just couldn't manage to not buy a TV.

The default is to charge you the fee whether you have a tuner in your household or not. This may be less ridiculous now that they provide a lot of other services, but it was also true back when they didn't.

Comment: Re:Cookie authenticated or open WiFi is insecure? (Score 1) 39

by drinkypoo (#49354031) Attached to: Big Vulnerability In Hotel Wi-Fi Router Puts Guests At Risk

What you use is noscript, and then you allow only the scripts necessary to get the portal working, and you don't run any flash or java from the portal, etc etc. And you keep your browser updated. It's not rocket surgery. It's not foolproof, but it's best to act as little like a fool as possible.

Comment: Re:Easy Solution (Score 4, Insightful) 214

by drinkypoo (#49353913) Attached to: Broadband ISP Betrayal Forces Homeowner To Sell New House

He specifically said no fines, that they have to provide the service as the fine.

And if they don't?

Fine them enough to bring in that line from the telco, installation and service. If that means they're paying for a fiber pull so you can get a fractional T3, so be it. It makes it a simple cost decision. I'm tired of blatantly fraudulent coverage maps, too.

Comment: Re:Easy Solution (Score 1) 214

by drinkypoo (#49353883) Attached to: Broadband ISP Betrayal Forces Homeowner To Sell New House

I guess it depends on what the fine is for not complying. For your above scenario to make sense, the fine itself would have to be more than the cost of installing the line.

Sounds good. Let's set the fine to be twice the cost of installing the line.

Also, there's no law saying how much they are allowed to charge you, and they often don't charge the same fees for everybody.

So the law says they can't charge you more because you're on a line which was installed under this program.

Comment: Re:Easy Solution (Score 0) 214

by CastrTroy (#49353837) Attached to: Broadband ISP Betrayal Forces Homeowner To Sell New House
So thousands of people could lose their jobs and livelihood over not hooking up a broadband line to some guy's house? While I'm sure they would comply before things got this far, I don't think it's in anybody's best interest for it to be possible for things to be escalated to this level. It's easy enough to say just shut the company down, but if we did this to every company who misbehaved in some way, it would be quite difficult on the people who worked for those companies who were low level enough that they couldn't fix the problems if they wanted to.

Comment: Re:Easy Solution (Score 2, Insightful) 214

by CastrTroy (#49353369) Attached to: Broadband ISP Betrayal Forces Homeowner To Sell New House
I guess it depends on what the fine is for not complying. For your above scenario to make sense, the fine itself would have to be more than the cost of installing the line. Otherwise, they would just pay the fine and forget about it. Also, there would need to be timelines for how long they can take to get the service working. If you have to live in the house a year without good internet before they get the service up and running then the law isn't very helpful. Also, what happens if you move in in December and they can't install the lines until March when the ground has thawed? Also, there's no law saying how much they are allowed to charge you, and they often don't charge the same fees for everybody. Once they've installed your lines, you're basically a slave to paying that provider's rates. If they want to jack up the rate 6 months down the road to recoup costs, there isn't much you can do about it, other than try to get some other provider to put in lines as well.

Comment: Re:It the UK, you insensitive clod! (Score 1) 373

by drinkypoo (#49353161) Attached to: Millennial Tech Workers Losing Ground In US

As a Scotsman, it is my duty to say "England" is not interchangeable with "UK". Even in the published piece from Educational Testing Services the term *actually* used is "England / Northern Ireland". While Nothern Ireland is a part of the UK, calling it out alongside England only adds to the slight. The possibly non-existent / mythical Scotland and Wales are many times larger than Northern Ireland but clearly down't merit a mention.

You chose to be part of the UK, you can live with being referred to as a citizen thereof. If you don't like it, you can try another referendum.

Comment: Re:Aww poor baby (Score 1) 623

by drinkypoo (#49353143) Attached to: Jeremy Clarkson Dismissed From Top Gear

Good point about screwing with the delivery, though I would assume that the BBC is big enough and has a solid enough reputation that this would be a 'blip' rather than a noticable loss of confidence.

You're forgetting that Top Gear is the most popular television program... in the world. It's rather on the same scale as mismanagement of the Superb Owl.

Comment: Re:Well past its Best Before date (Score 1) 623

by drinkypoo (#49353107) Attached to: Jeremy Clarkson Dismissed From Top Gear

Like just about everybody, my picks for a new co-host include Sabine Schmitz

Her English is very good, but not good enough.

But they have to look very carefully at the show and decide if its worth continuing first. I'm not convinced it is.

You cannot sub out the cast and have the show work. So they shouldn't, but not because it's not worth it, but because they can't do it.

Comment: Re:Boorish (Score 1) 623

by drinkypoo (#49353097) Attached to: Jeremy Clarkson Dismissed From Top Gear

Oh please, American cars technologically are no different than any other cars these days.

On average, that's false.

The main problem with American cars these days is styling.

No, the main problem with American cars these days is build quality, just like always. UAW simply doesn't do as good a job as the non-union workers at the Japanese plants. Whether that's because higher per-hour labor costs make it impossible to pay them enough to torque fasteners correctly, which is a thing they seem to have trouble with, or just because they're shiftless layabouts without work ethic, the truth is that American cars tend to be assembled like shit.

If I want a car assembled correctly, I buy one which was put together in Germany or Japan, or second choice, by a Japanese company operating its own plant in the USA.

Only the top-end American cars are built from the same basic design strategies as euro cars... well, maybe and the Fiesta and Focus.

Comment: Re:what will be more interesting (Score 1) 623

by drinkypoo (#49353083) Attached to: Jeremy Clarkson Dismissed From Top Gear

Realistically though, How could the BBC have resolved this any other way?

The way most stars are handled when they act out, you put them into counseling, make them make a public apology, that sort of thing. And that's why the BBC is stupid for being all PC over things Clarkson has said in the past. They gave him final warnings over things which didn't deserve any warning, now this happened and they had no choice but to go straight to firing him.

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