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Comment Re:Sociopaths gonna sociopath. What's new? (Score 1) 161

Well also the more you have the more you can lose.

This really isn't new. Back in the great depression much of this discussion of this as well.

"I Got Plenty O' Nuttin'" - composed in 1934 by George Gershwin
"Folks with plenty of plenty.They've got a lock on the door. Afraid somebody's going to rob 'em.While there out (a) making more - what for"

Comment Re:except it wasn't people renting out their rooms (Score 3, Insightful) 99

However the law shouldn't had been such a blanket ban, but more targeted towards people who abuse the service. Stipulations such as a minimum living time, in the building by the owners say 200 days a year. Rules to insure that safety and equality measures are taken place as AirBnB does have a problem with people excluding minorities. In essence to make sure people who are using the service are not playing by a different set of rules.

Comment Re:Speaking as a Canadian and privacy advocate... (Score 1) 101

Generally warrants are obtained against suspects not potential witnesses. It's the scope of the warrant that's disturbing. They even say that one of these people could be the killer, so they're basically treating everyone as a potential suspect merely for having their phone turned on in the vicinity of the crime.

In Canadian law this is completely legal FYI. Hell if you're walking down the street and there was a murder 2 blocks over, and the only information is "the suspect is a black male and accomplice was white male" and you fall into either of those categories, the police can detain you to ensure you're not one of the people who fit the profile of the individuals they're looking for. There's a lot to cover in this but that's the bare minimum that should make sense.

There have been multiple cases of warrants being used against witnesses in case law in Canada as well, especially against uncooperative witnesses in crimes, several cases that I can remember witnesses were also found to be accomplices. What a lot of people don't understand and this is usually due to watching a lot of American TV(which is just plain bad on law, and really terrible on US laws too) is that the rights afforded to you under the Charter are weighted against S.1 which allows the suspending of rights if enacted via the courts or laws. Your average Canadian has less rights then their American neighbors do and it all comes back to S.1.

Keep in mind that in Canada up until a few years ago, Exigent Circumstances were legal on the books and so on. The whole idea behind it was to allow warrentless entry/searches/tapping of communications/etc before a warrant was authorized, or allow entry into a building, and so on. And allowed police to do actions without a warrant, then go back and get a warrant to cover their actions. The various laws that used it, had been on the books since before there was a Canada, and the courts ruled that exigent circumstances were overly broad in a modern society and struck the entire thing out of law.

Comment Re:You have the right to remain silent (Score 1) 101

Article is garbage and completely misses S.1 of the Charter, something you're also missing. S.1 states "guarantees the rights and freedoms set out in it subject only to such reasonable limits prescribed by law as can be demonstrably justified in a free and democratic society." To boil it down, government or courts can make laws that override these rights, or put in place case law judgements if there is a "greater good" for the rest of society. It's one of the big things that makes a lot of charter lawyers here in Canada believe that the Charter probably won't make it to 2030.

So with that, you can not refuse to talk at a RIDE checkpoint because S.1 supersedes other rights guaranteed under the charter and the SCC has already ruled that the "RIDE Program" that although being an unlawful search, there is a reasonable exception under S.1 "for the safety of all Canadians, to reduce the number of drivers under the influence" as long as it's premise holds true. That means you have no reasonable right to refuse to answer, even though it's technically an illegal search. On top of that since it is a search, and you are driving a motor vehicle you must also show license and vehicle registration if demanded. What you can do however is answer to the bare minimum that's requested of you, nothing more. There's a whole pile more to this but I'm too damned tired to write it out.

Also, the wikipedia article on R. v. Hebert misses several key things, I recommend reading the actual case law on

Comment The few Web 1.0 Sites. (Score 2) 23

While myself like a lot of people had moved away from Yahoo, it wasn't from disgust like I had with other site, but more to the fact that other sites just did the job better for me.
The Yahoo Name isn't unredeemable however it will take a while to get the users back. And they have to be more than on-par with their competitors they will need to be superior.

Comment Re:Renewables will never work (Score 1) 294

Right. And where are you going to put them? Let's take a look back again to Ontario where land is at a premium not because of a lack of space, but because it's some of the best farmland in the world. How much of an area are you going to need for all those batteries to cover say 4.8 million households? Well let's cut it down to 4m, and just run from Windsor to Ottawa, not counting the businesses. Keep in mind that off peak is somewhere around 16k MW and on peak hits between 22k MW and 29k MW. 50MWh wouldn't even scratch the surface of a standard swing in non-peak to peak usage and would lead to a massive brownout or parts of the grid being dropped off. So now we're getting into multiple sites, multiple storage, multiple redundency. BESS for example provides 15min(23MWh) of power to a city of ~30k, and requires storage in what's basically a giant warehouse. So now we're looking at underground storage as a possibility right? Well luckily a lot of southern ontario is sitting on limestone.

Comment Re:Renewables will never work (Score 3, Informative) 294

so build some solar and wind much more south? Alabama AND Arizona for example. electricity is the cheapest form of energy to transport

Mighta missed it, but between Ontario and say Arizona there's at least 1800 miles. And between Ontario and Alabama it's around 1k miles. While the NA grid is somewhat interconnected, there are still separate network grids in case of catastrophic failure. On top of that, there isn't a big nationwide high voltage DC grid for the delivery of power from plants. And HVDC is the only way you're going to be transporting power that far while reducing the loss. AC it actually becomes very cost prohibitive very quickly over very long distances and more electricity is lost due to resistance and heat.

Ontario's best solution for electricity has always been nuclear, followed by hydro-electric to round it out. Followed by coal and natural gas for peak demands. The current government(Liberal) decided that "coal is nasty, evil and dirty" and shut them down, instead of say retrofitting them. And there were even a few leaked documents that they wanted to do the same with natural gas power plants and wanted to ban natural gas for home use, forcing everyone onto electric. The price started climbing quickly once these cheap sources were removed from the grid.

If you want to see this insanity in action, go look at the current NDP government in Alberta. Where they're pushing the same policy. The problem in Alberta is, whole lotta area and people are very spread out. Coal is plentiful, and in turn small out of the nowhere places where it's cost prohibitive to build NG, impossible to build nuclear, and where solar or wind is also prohibitive. They're now scrambling to build thousands of KM of power lines. Small towns and cities like Grande Prairie and Grande Cache rely on small scale coal plants to keep people from freezing to death in the winter when there are grid failures for example. The winter I spent in Grande Cache, the nighttime lows hit -48C with a windchill of -55C. The daytime highs were between -25C and -38C not counting windchills. We had 3 days with no power due to high winds, the mall, fire dept, and all government buildings had power though. So people who didn't have wood as a backup, could safely stay somewhere.

Comment Re:It's the only reason (Score 1) 142

They were Apple Rumors that OS X always had an Intel CPU port ready for deployment. Also rumors of iTunes for windows.
And when hearing the rumors people dismissed it as why would Apple want to do that it would kill their market.
Having iMessage for android could be a smart move.
1. It encourages a larger wifi network so there is more texting and less expensive coverage.
2. It gets Android users hooked on Apple products
3. Gets ready for a backup plan in case a catastrophic problem with iOS

Apple is a huge company it has the money to spend on projects that may not get released just to hedge its bets. The market changes rapidly vendors who offer critical components can get finicky. Apple is big enough and smart enough not to take abuse from vendors. They keep backup plans in their pocket in case of a problem.

Comment Re:Renewables will never work (Score 1) 294

If windmills are there to cover peak, it would never happen in Ontario. The hottest days of the year here are also the times when there is the most peak demand, and the wind is almost never blowing. Usually around then it's somewhere between 29-35C with a humidex of 35-40C. On top of that, if you're talking about in-general daytime peak, Ontario generates more electricity then it uses(and is also home to the 2nd largest nuclear power station in the world). The excess is sold to the US at between 0.02-0.05kWh, something which the people of Ontario never see anymore.

Comment Re: Renewables will never work (Score 2) 294

That was federal, not provincial and had to do with replacing a 1st gen medical reactor, which is still in use. Just a FYI. I think you're talking about the hundred million on a "natural gas" generating station, that was cancelled because the NIMBY's in Mississauga threw a hissyfit. That's the same NG plant, that the current government is under 2 investigations for relating to the destruction of documents.

Comment Re:Renewables will never work (Score 4, Insightful) 294

What you mean like here in Ontario? Where the windmills don't turn because the government pays them not to produce electricity? Where it accounts for under 2% of the total generation but responsible for 80% of the price increase in the last decade? From at peak of 0.07kWh to 0.18kWh. Where you can have 45+ days in a row without direct sunlight for solar. Yeah, they're doing a world of good for us. 70k people have had their electricity cut in the last 2 years, 700k customers are 4 months or more in arrears right now. The largest hydro company(Ontario Hydro) has 1.3m customers for example. FYI: Electricity is called hydro here, because our primary generation source used to be hydro-electric.

Comment Re:Pretty sure I read this story last decade. (Score 1) 353

“2006: Expect Another Big Hurricane Year Says NOAA”—headline,, May 22, 2006

“NOAA Predicts Above Normal 2007 Atlantic Hurricane Season”—headline, National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration press release, May 23, 2007

“NOAA Increases Expectancy for Above-Normal 2008 Atlantic Hurricane Season”—headline,, Aug. 7, 2008

“Forecasters: 2009 to Bring ‘Above Average’ Hurricane Season”—headline,, Dec. 10, 2008

“NOAA: 2010 Hurricane Season May Set Records”—headline, Herald-Tribune (Sarasota, Fla.), May 28, 2010

“NOAA Predicts Increased Storm Activity in 2011 Hurricane Season”—headline, BDO Consulting press release, Aug. 18, 2011

“2012 Hurricane Forecast Update: More Storms Expected”—headline,, Aug. 9, 2012

“NOAA Predicts Active 2013 Atlantic Hurricane Season”—headline, NOAA press release, May 23, 2013

“A Space-Based View of 2015’s ‘Hyperactive’ Hurricane Season”—headline,, June 19, 2015

“The 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season Might Be the Strongest in Years”—headline,, Aug. 11, 2016

“NOAA: U.S. Completes Record 11 Straight Years Without Major Hurricane Strike”—headline,, Oct. 24, 2016

And you AGW proponents wonder why people don't take your "the sky is falling!" rhetoric seriously.

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