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Comment I'm fine with this... (Score 2, Insightful) 287

I don't see a problem with a lack of wifi in schools (with an exception for College/University, and only in designated areas), but not because of any supposed medical reasons.

What reason would any grade-school kid need wifi access for, anyways? What device would a grade school kid have that would even have use for wifi? A laptop? Why would a grade school kid have one? Even if they did, what use would the make of it in school (on a regular enough basis to warrant a wifi network)? A wifi enabled cell phone? You don't need wifi to make a call or send a text, and the phone should be off during class anyways.

Comment Re:Hmmm (Score 1) 227

They won the election because, despite how crappy of a policy they may have had, and with people complaining about Harper all the time, he/they were still better than ANY OTHER CANDIDATE/PARTY running in either election. Martin lost because he was terrible, Dion couldn't even convince his own party that he was good enough and got booted out (not before trying to force the GG to topple the rightfully elected Conservative government with a coalition farce). I don't know too much about Ignatieff, but what I have seen of his speeches, I wouldn't vote for him.

Also, in the last election, the Conservative party increased the number of seats they controlled in the House, taking them primarily away from the Liberals. If you have a problem with the leading party having less than 25% of overall votes, then howabout we do away with this bajillion-and-a-half party system and work it more like the Americans and their "Two Party" system.

None of the other parties have any possible hope of getting even a minority government in the near future.

So, say whatever you want about the Conservatives, enough voting Canadians think they're the best option to keep them in Minority power.

Comment Re:Technical solutions to a social problem (Score 1) 695

When you can get a decent laptop for the same price as your average box of crayons, then you can make that comparison. Crayons are cheap, plentiful and easy to replace, laptops and their data are not.

Sharing is not such a simple concept that can be applied to everything. What happens if the person you lent your laptop to checked their email and downloaded a virus or other invasive/destructive file? What happens if they dump their drink on it? What if, after they're done, they get up from their chair and pull the power cord and it dumps the laptop on the ground?

Are they going to pay to have it repaired/replaced? Will they compensate you for any unrecoverable data?

The OP may accept the risk that they may do any of those things, but at least they're in control enough to minimize those risks, and if something does happen, it's their own fault.

Comment Re:Fair beats Free (Score 2, Insightful) 242

Unfortunately, businesses need to change or they will become obsolete. Sears and The Bay used to have a ton of their business come via their catalogues and mail-in shopping, since it wasn't financially viable to have large retail outlets with everything in stock all over North America.

Once populations increased and what once were rural areas became urbanized cities, the companies could afford to open more stores in more places, making it often unnecessary to order out of the catalogue. Now you've got online shopping, making the print-catalogue wasteful, costly and relatively environmentally unfriendly.

The same thing will happen to all print media, eventually. Once the quality and availability of online media hits critical mass (devices like Amazon's Kindle or "smart" phones and their service subscriptions become faster, more reliable and cheaper), print media will be dead except for a few niche markets (like vinyl LPs in music at the moment).

Comment Re:Surprise? (Score 4, Insightful) 429

It's rather unusual these days for an album (or anything for that matter) to be released in Canada, but not the US.

Most indie Canadian bands probably don't have a distribution deal that includes the USA.

Anyways, the problem described is one commonly encountered by non-US residents trying to partake in certain services, including networks who put episodes of various TV shows online, Pandora, etc.

Comment Re:no (Score 1) 531

"It says that I want the game, but I'm not willing to put up with the drm you put on it."

It doesn't say that to THEM. That may be your reason for doing that, but, unless you specifically go and tell them that you're pirating it for that reason (and if you do that will pretty much just tell them where to sic their lawyers/the police), they WILL chalk it up to you being a cheapskate and not the DRM.

Boycott, tell them why, and try to convince as many people as you can to do the same.

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