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Comment Re: Never will work... (Score 1) 277

For a metric perspective..

I'm also an "average" cyclest. i ride home 3 times a week and average 150km/week (50km per trip).

My speeed is around 22-26 km/h as i have to deal with hills, traffic, stop lights, buses, my own physical limitations, etc.

The longer the distance, the more difficult it is to maintain higher average speeds. While I can do 45-50 km/h for very short burts (much higher on the downside of hills) this cant be held for long.

100 Miles in a few hours.. perhaps on a car, power assisted bike, etc..

Comment Re: Never will work... (Score 1) 277

I ride a lot.. i average 150km/week in the summer.. but lets see if your logic applies in the winter here.

the closest grocery store is ~6KM from where i live and in the winter the average snowfall for the season is 122 CM and we have temperatures as low as -25C (even lower with the wind chill).

Some of us live in very large countries where things are not as close together and the temps dont always favour riding.

Comment Re:Happy with my Echo dot (Score 2) 198

I also have a DOT and am impressed with what it can do at that price point. I will probably get a few "echo" units as well.

One would think Apple will have a hard time moving a $350 item when i can get two echo's at that price. History indicates this isnt the case and apple fans will run and line up for days to get one before their friends have it.

Just waiting for amazon.ca to start sellling htem..
As it stands now, it doesnt actually ship from Canada, so when i ask for the weather i need to specify the country "alexia, what is the weather in toronto canada".

Comment Re:Screen time is not the problem by its self (Score 4, Insightful) 152

As a parent of three kids, I tend to agree with most of what you wrote.. but Smartphones are slighly different then say nintendo DS's of the past.

How many times has some mindless zombie kid almost walked into you as they are walking and using their phone at the same time, clueless of their surroundings? i dont recall kids walking and playing their DS's.

Comment Re:Sue them Immediately (Score 1) 206

Oh.. for the lack of mod points.

Good for you!! people need to stand up, our rights are slowly being eroded and we are rapidly turning into a "rental" society.
They send out these blanket "settle or else" statements and a lot of people just settle vs the hastle/financial burden..

Sort of reminds me of the "419" scams.. email as many as you can and hope for positive results.

Comment Re:Throwing in my vote for a Thinkpad (Score 1) 288

Another vote for thinkpad.

I have a couple old T420's which came with windows 7. Replaced them with Mint/Ubuntu and i cant think of a single negative experience. it is almost like they designed for linux or something. sleep/wake on screen open always works and has never once "hung" as it does on my desktop from time to time.

As someone says below.. they were known as "stinkpads".. but that was long ago and the quality has improved greatly since their "ibm stinkpad" days.

Comment Re:Simple reason.... (Score 2) 310

Was hoping someone would post about the "safety lock enabled" and sure enough.

One of our cars has a built in GPS, the other two dont.

Two cars - Stop at a light or pull over and adjust the after market stick on the window GPS units.
One car - Safety lock enabled... you pretty much have to pull off the road, stop the thing and put it in park before it lets you do ANYTHING with it.
Oddly enough, it will let you adjust the radio.

Half of the systems settings are also "safety locked" and it is a constant source of frusration as everything seems to be at least 3 menus deep. And for this i think it was a $3,000 option... total waste.

Comment Re:iPhone 7 = the new pet rock (Score 1, Troll) 324

I'm with you on this one and have been using bluetooth headphones every day for several years now. I find it interesting to see how many people walk around holding their phone in their hand, wires danging.

Why not just bluetooth to the phone, put the phone away in your backpack and not have to worry about wires being caught on things?
Of course they are not "white ear-buds" so everyone knows i have an iphone (i dont actually have an iphone either).

To those who say bluetooth audio sucks:

You do realise i am using headphones on a busy train using compressed MP3s on a phone... Not in a studio using high quality equipment right?
Yes, i have to charge them, the ones i have last 5 hours (consistently) and i charge them every few days (i charge the phone more often then this and the headset charges in like 30 mins max).

not having to have my phone in my hand and still being able to can change songs, adjust the volume, etc is a huge added bonus (pause, previous, next, mute, and answer are all buttons on the bluetooth headset which are easy to access).

Then again, if you are a hipster you need to be seen walking around with the newest iphone in your hand, how else do others know you have it?

Comment Re:This almost makes me want to move to Canada... (Score 1) 141

I found the US system to be more friendly to be honest. At least there i could see a "specialist" without having to go find a "family dr" and get them to refer me costing me time and several visits.

Here (Ontario, Canada) it really does seem to be around maximizing the number of trips you make. That may be OK, but they waste a huge amount of your time as they book an appointment at 10:00 but wont see you until it is closer to 11:00. If you wanted to see me at 11:00, why not just book the appointment then? Because they double/triple book to make sure they are paid (you swipe your card upon arrival, not upon service being delivered and if you leave because the wait was too long they are still paid). On the few times i went to a US dr, i dont recall the waiting being nearly as bad.

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