1. It's true that there are no wind turbines (of which I'm aware) in the Muskoka region, where I'm from. This almost certainly has a lot less to do with the fact that it's an affluent area than the fact that there's no location in the district that comes to mind which would be suitable for a wind farm of any size; it's just not a very (consistently) windy place. By comparison, the Bruce wind farms or the Wolfe Island wind farm are adjacent to large bodies of water and are thus able to take advantage of the more consistent wind. People who build wind farms actually study this kind of thing, and they don't build turbines where there isn't enough wind for them.
2. You know what Muskoka does have, though? Hydro-electric dams. And they've been there a long time, longer than any Ontario wind turbine of which I am aware, by a margin of several decades. They're situated on rivers, obviously, and I suppose you could argue that they're a blight on the landscape. One of them sits at the foot of downtown Bracebridge. I'm sure that, all other things being equal, it would be nice to not have it there. But it's there because, over a century ago, we figured out that we need electrical power in order to live our lives the way we want to live them (and that's much, much more true today than it was then). I presume they understood that a hydro dam was the less-distasteful option relative to, say, a coal plant, so they built the damn thing. So your assertion that the affluent areas of the province are somehow excluded from consideration during the site-selection process is, I think, incorrect.
3. The CANDU reactor is absolutely a solid, safe design, particularly given its age. But you'd seriously prefer to have one of them in your backyard, instead of a wind turbine?
The thing that really jumped out at me, though: you have a Rotax-powered airplane that you fly (or flew) **in Alaska**? Aren't those things notoriously unreliable, even once you get them going? And isn't an unreliable plane in an incredibly unforgiving environment a bit of a scary prospect?
And they're right, just as alcohol prohibition was responsible for the wars in Chicago and other cities. The only reason there wasn't violence in Canada was because alcohol was legal in Canada.
As much as I'd like to be able to say "Of course there was no prohibition in Canada! We know what's what," it would be inaccurate to say that alcohol was legal in Canada--or, at least, that it always was. A quick glance at the Wikipedia article suggests it took 50+ years to actually get prohibition enacted, though some areas adopted it much earlier, while our French province overwhelmingly rejected the idea (~80%; what can I say, Quebec knows how to have fun).
Now, that being said: a few little pockets of the country notwithstanding, it lasted only a few years before everyone sort of collectively acknowledged that it was a joke and the laws were repealed.
On that last note, cue the discussion on the legalization of pot...
I've seen links on various types of equipment handle 10mbit synchronous, with really good latency and packet delivery--good enough for a 384 kbit/sec video call, for example. I think I read somewhere that some of the gear is good for up to 30km (um...18 miles?), though I'm not sure what the quality/distance graph looks like.
Based on what the various ISPs are (not) charging for installation, the gear is not that expensive (not relative to what you're dealing with, anyway), and I think the biggest expense I've heard of thus far is a buddy who had to have an antenna tower installed (think OTA TV antenna height) in order to get the signal up over the hill which sits between his house and the ISP's tower (I think they charged him $1k or so). It sounds as though the valley will create a similar problem; any chance of putting in a relay tower at the edge of the valley, in order to get signal down into it?
I don't believe anything that runs under Windows will make a perfect duplicate of your boot disk-- if you want to have a spare drive in your desk that can be swapped in for your failed C:\ drive without a hiccup,
Nope, Acronis (and I assume others as well--I specify Acronis because it was mentioned, and I use it) disk images can be used to do a bare-metal restore in the event of software or disk failure. You'd need either (a) previously-created rescue media, or (b) another machine with Acronis and (i) a spare SATA/IDE port or (ii) a USB disk enclosure. Works like a charm. In fact, IIRC, the replacement disk doesn't even need to be of the same size, except under certain circumstances.
Basically, the conservatives held an election because they wanted a majority
Ah, so they're like...every government in our history? Every government heads into an election hoping for a majority (though some are more delusional regarding their odds than others). The grandparent complains that:
the "last election" came to be from the government at the time being dissolved by the Governor General
but in fact this is what happens prior to every single election, and what will continue to happen for the foreseeable future. The grandparent is also points out that the election was held 'early', however given that the current Prime Minister introduced the law which demands fixed election dates, and included in it a provision in which the PM can call an election at will, the law differs rather significantly from the American system. There's also a provision whereby a minority government (as is the case with the three most recent governments) can be toppled by the opposition parties.
In other words, the law is silly.
(a) The Wrath of Khan
(b) Event Horizon
(c) Starship Troopers
(d) 2001: A Space Odyssey
(e) Apollo 13
(g) CowboyNeal Does Dallas
Feel free to toss other suggestions in there...I just picked those out of thin air.. Cheers, -Paul"
But perhaps more importantly: what were they going to watch?
Actually, I just got an idea for a poll.