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Comment: Re:Boiled at 90C? (Score 2) 155

Why pure water? Probably because it's the most common solvent in the world, and integral to life as we know it. And we can consistently make it.

Why not water at the average saltiness of the ocean? To complicated
1) It's a lot easier to produce "pure" water than it is to adjust the salt content of water to match the average
2) There is more variation than you would think in the saltiness of the ocean - which would require a lot of sampling, and as we did more sampling, the scale would change, or it would become the average of samples at these 46 points done on this day in 1724.
3) There is a lot more than just NaCl in the ocean, and you'd have to match that exactly
4) You'd still have to produce pure water first to reliably create your standard for "sea water" in a lab.

Why sea-level (1.0 ATM / 14.7PSI / etc.)? Probably because it's easy to define and check (it just requires a consistent work).

Compare that to Fahrenheit, which was originally defined by two end points, the freezing point of a fully saturated solution of water and salt (probably at 1 ATM) as 0'F; and human body temperature as 100'F (of course a human's nominal temps differ to the point that we now expect 98.6'F as your body temperature).

Coincidentally, Fahrenheit is now defined by the freezing and boiling points of pure water (at 1 ATM) and pegged at 32'F and 212'G for purely "arbitrary" reasons.

Comment: Re:In Canada, if you're on EI... (Score 1) 1201

by waterford0069 (#40399587) Attached to: Why Bad Jobs (or No Jobs) Happen To Good Workers
Obviously you've never had to deal with Service Canada (I think of it as Service like you do with farm animals).

The goals of most Service Canada people seems to be 1) don't give you money you aren't absolutely positively entitled too... 2) don't give more information than they must. Both of these seems to be out of fear of getting fired or having to go to court because they gave you too money and/or too much/wrong information.

Comment: Re:Alternate interpretation (Score 1) 208

by waterford0069 (#40335111) Attached to: Online Pharmacy Pioneer Arrested In Florida
I'm within 2 degrees of separation of Strempler individual (I know a few people who went to high school/university with him).

The feeling as I understand it is that Strempler is/was actually hounestly trying to provide reliable drugs, an the company did do regular testing. However, the problem that come in that the global supply chain is full of counterfeits (thank globalisation and the far east). Stock from one supplier can be reliable one week, and not the next.

Perhaps having to do this extra testing has an upward pressure on drug costs in the US, and perhaps not doing enough testing is Strempler's mistake.

Is it excusable? No. I think it's a case of Misfeasance or Nonfeasance; not Malfeasance.

As an aside, he probably meant to go to Miami Manitoba, not Miami Florida - it's an easy mistake ;-)

Comment: Safety deposit box??? (Score 1) 402

by waterford0069 (#37909488) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Securely Share Passwords?
Lets go with simple, because tech can fail.

Put a list in a sealed envelope in your bank safety deposit box and tell them it's there (and if you can't wait for them to get the death certificate, put someone you trust as a key holder). You could save trips by pre-determining them a year in advance, so you only have to go once every 11 or 12 months.

You could make it a little easier to accomplish regularly, by using a fire safe, somewhere in you house.

You could give a piece of the passwords to each of your siblings, so that two or more have to get together.

Comment: Re:Get an academic on this pronto (Score 1) 282

by waterford0069 (#37629488) Attached to: Satellite Glitch Leaves Northern Canada In the (Internet) Dark
I've stood on the corner of Portage and Main when it's 40 below ('F or 'C - it don't matter) with a 50km/h North wind coming down Main, and a 40km/h West wind coming down Portage enough times to say I KNOW Canada. Parts of it are 1st world, and parts of it are 3rd world - don't kid yourself.

If this is a service economy, why is the service so bad?