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Comment Yes, they should be. (Score 1) 568

I am an Electrical Engineer (P.Eng., FEC) One of my friends has a B.Eng. in Software Engineering. Yes, you can get an engineering degree in software.

I've done a lot of programming and seen a lot of code and frankly, most of the people that say they can code are fucking awful at it. I've written a lot of embedded code, and the stuff I've worked on is still running more than ten years after the last set of human eyes looked at the repository. Realistically, every business that does programming should be required to have someone on staff to sign off on it.

Sure, we can make some exceptions for console gaming where it's not important. If you've got the potential to brick people's phones or banking machines, then someone should be taking professional responsibility for the work.

Comment Re:I found another unicorn! (Score 1) 317

There are some people that are vegan but also conflate that with non-GMO, or chakras, or some other fucked up shit. I'm vegan, so my only concern is "is this made from animals?"

If not, it goes in my belly.

The answer to your next question is "because I like burgers, but meat is made from factory-farmed tortured animals. The standards for slaughterhouses and human consumption are so low that you're actually eating literal shit, and probably pus from a cow's tumour. Yes, really. Plus, factory farming is the biggest environmental fuckup we've got going. (51% of the water in CA is given to animal agriculture.) You can eat a burger, yes, with cheese and bacon, and have it be vegan. Also beer, which is often, but not always, vegan."

The answer to your next statement is, "no, you don't. 99% of meat consumed is factory farmed. I'll tell you a story about my friend who told me that he only eats meat raised by his uncle, who is a hunter, and all their meat is organic, certified, farm-fresh. While he was telling me this story, he was pulling out a pack of store-bought, frozen chicken tosquitos and putting them in the toaster-oven.

"When you go out to dinner, when you stop at the drive-through, you get what they have. When you get milk at the coffee shop, it's factory milk."

I think that covers most of the follow-ups, but for the bingo card:
I live on an island already, and water is of greater survival concern than food.
No, I get all my vitamins and minerals from plants. Yes, I take vitamins, as do most people. Yes, they're vegan.
Protein is made by your DNA, not by consuming animals, and yes I lift.
That study has been debunked by new information. Try reading a news aggregate site or something.
No, I make exceptions for medicine, including vaccines*. It's about doing the least harm, not theoretical purity.

*not the flu vaccine, I'm "sensitive" to one of the antibiotics, and "sensitive" in the medical sense means I pass out for two days, waking only to vomit. The last time I took it I lost 8 pounds overnight.

Comment Re:More bad (Score 1) 43

You think the dairy industry is the big problem here? Or having to gut the CBC? Terrible problems to be sure, but they're the tip of the iceberg.

Have fun when the American health insurance companies notice that having the Canadian government pay for health insurance violates TPP.

Oh, the federal government subsidizes post-secondary education? Can't have that.

Comment Re:Why do you need this stuff on the internet at l (Score 1) 85

If I decide to go out drinking and I'm out late, I can use my phone to tell my furnace to heat up my house before I get home. Normally it goes to 16C after 10pm, which is when I'm normally in bed. This way, when I get home buzzed / wasted, my house is nice and comfy.

Also the Honeywell controllers require fingerpoking to change outside of a subset of their normal range. I can't use remote to change outside of 4.5C to 32C... uh, okay, that's a little more range than I would have expected. Voice limits me to a little less than that, but you'd already be inside and could do a lot more damage by throwing my dining room chairs through 4 windows and the TV.

Comment Liquefaction (Score 3, Interesting) 265

There's also a problem with liquefaction. Most of Victoria and Vancouver (in BC) are built on soft earth which will become mud and will stop supporting the stuff we've built. All those foundations, bridges, streets, they'll all become impassable. There's a liquefaction map I saw at an engineering presentation and the whole thing was red and black. Victoria is literally built on landfill garbage right next to the ocean. One of its landmark buildings, the Empress Hotel, was slowly sinking until it had a major refurb to drive piles down as far as they could reach.

Vancouver is the biggest port for exporting all of Canada's wheat, lumber, ore, etc. If it shuts down, people could be starving for work and food all over the world. It's not all bad though, because EA North would cease to exist. However, greater Vancouver is where most of BC's engineers live and work. We're your experts in fixing up after an earthquake, and most of us would probably be gone.

It's going to be bad when it hits. The upside is that most people here have earthquake kits, emergency supplies, ninja reflexes (we do earthquake drills) and have some idea that it will in fact happen.

Comment Buses suck, that's their problem. (Score 1) 654

I hate driving, and I'll avoid it if I can. I prefer to bike, walk, or if it works, run.

I used to run to work once a week, and it would take me about 40 minutes. (Yes, I'd shower at work.) I'd bus home and it would take me 45-55 minutes to get home by bus. Yes, it took longer to bus home than it did to run in. T2 moment: "I can get out and run faster than this!".

Add to that the erratic bus schedule, the chance of missing the bus, or getting passed by the driver, or whatever. Taking the bus is awful.

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