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Comment Re:fraud ISP = obama internet (Score 1) 65

Canadian broadband really depends on where you live, but in my experience while it's quite expensive everywhere, it's fairly fast and reliable in Western Canada and much less so in Eastern Canada.

At least that's my personal experience with BC vs Ontario
* Bell=Suck
* Rogers=Suck
* Shaw=Good, though not cheap
* Telus Fibre=Good (though Telus tech support is kinda suck as they love to blame you for issues on their end)

Comment About time (Score 2) 84

I've been wondering for quite a while when we could have something like this. The question is how the processing works for the card, for example
a) Does it process against a chip in the card which allows the card to pass information to the pin-pad or not (good to prevent use of stolen cards)
b) Does it process against the pin-pad allowing a transaction to be verified (good to transactions from cloned cards)

The first choice is good to reduce the more immediate impact of card theft, and better from a privacy perspective. The second is more effective against somebody cloning your card - which around here is more common - but it means that your CC company presumably needs your biometric info. It also allows the use of fingerprints as a password replacement (pin-pad)

Comment Re:Contact (Score 1) 1219

Interesting thought. I've read the book series (well, all the books I could find locally, they're a bit hard to track down) and watched the various Stargate series, but never really connected the two. There are similarities in the backplot, but I'm fairly sure that alien parasites is a not uncommon concept and wormholes for travel is similarly common in sci-fi.

Good books, though.

Comment From a fingerprint, no (Score 1) 166

Honestly, while it isn't possible for a smartphone to do a quick-and-dirty disease assessment from a fingerprint, I wouldn't be surprised if mobile devices in the future come with attachments or accessories that could do blood analysis or more given the right software.

I'd imagine that a device that takes a sample and sends it to a medical professional for diagnosis isn't that far in the future at all, if it doesn't already exist.

Comment Re:People are more worried about jobs (Score 1) 416

And rightfully they should be. Not being able to download an illegitimate copy of content shouldn't be a major issue for most folks.

What *is* an issue is that services we're paying for are being scraped for our personal information - which is often not securely stored - for their own profit, massively under-deliver from what is promised, are anti-competitive to the point where the established players sue to maintain their monopoly, and that we have demonised legitimate methods of transferring information because some people mis-use them.

Net neutrality often only *makes sense* to the techies, but I guarantee you that crappy performance, high bills, and unavailable content etc all affect the average person, the problem is that they don't correlate the evil behaviour of ISP's and gov't in this arena to the rising affordability of daily life. Until DRM meant you can't fix your John Deere, most people didn't care, and while concern over some of this is growing it's still often restricted to small segments where the effects are obvious.

Comment Re:Common Sense calling - Women have babies (Score 1) 238

I wasn't indicating that there weren't social issues, but from a legal perspective. From that side, you are legally entitled to parental leave the same as a female. Yeah, your employer might not like it, but if they try to deny it or punish you for it then that's when the legal troubles start.

Now whether or not you can afford to pursue the legal avenue is pretty much the same as any other workplace harassment, etc etc issues.

Comment Re:Simple math... (Score 1) 339

Depending the game, nobody *has* to win, but it's a trade-off between potential returns and the money/time "invested".

For myself, the cost of a lottery ticket is less than a cup of fancy coffee these days. It's a minimum cost for a minimal chance at a significant return.
Am I likely to win? Nope. I don't really expect to either, but for $3-5 I can at least daydream about what I might do *if* I won, and it would be more life-changing than most other things I could do.

I'm not sure that politics always fit the same logic, but I suppose the mentality of "I'm certainly not happy with things now so any small chance of change works for me" is tangentially related.

Comment Re:Just offer more money (Score 2) 300

Yeah. It's been a while since I've used it, but they taught us all COBOL in one of the basic University courses because certain large'ish local businesses still used it.

It's actually a rather fun language, and nifty for writing out nicely aligned and formatted reports. The compiler is also usually good at catching obvious errors, but $deity help you if you misplace a period in the wrong place and have to debug the code afterwards.

For $250/h+ though, I'd be more than happy to contract out my services in fixing up some old COBOL code.

Comment Your tax dollars (Score 1) 755

You act like Trump pulled out the presidential credit card, said "order me some bombs" and then launched them.

Now maybe there will be a cost to replace these munitions, but my understanding is that there are "plenty where that came from" so realistically there's no immediate financial cost for materials. Additionally - and this is a bit more of a cynical view - a lot of these things actually become expensive to keep around and maintain over the long term. An unused bomb/missile is one that has to be checked for integrity regularly to ensure that it is still viable and also not likely to go over due to defect, and they need to be stored etc.

Now if Trump orders a bunch of new fighter jets, aircraft carriers, or munitions you'll have a legitimate gripe in this area.

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