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Comment Re:Ahh, science (Score 1) 571

Did they place it next to the 401, or did they place the 401 next to the weather station?

They placed it next to the 401. There's a whole network of them specifically for getting road weather information. You can see some results at

A number of provinces in Canada have something similar. The GP is just unaware that there's actually uses for weather stations beyond climate modelling...

Comment Re:Ahh, science (Score 1) 571

My personal favorites? The one that was placed next to the 401(one of the busiest highway systems in the world), nothing like a pile of vehicle exhaust and hot asphalt to give accurate temperatures.

You mean the weather stations which are part of the Ontario road weather network, installed specifically to get weather information along Ontario roads?

<sarcasm>Yep, that was poor planning... </sarcasm>

The other, was out in Alberta which was in a valley, next to a river fed from mountain water run-off(roughly 4m away), which spent 2/3's of the day in the shade of a pine tree forest.

A provincial forestry weather station. Odds are it's in that specific spot because of either accessibility, power, or it's a known problem spot.

There's a lot of unofficial weather stations out there (easily 3-5x more than official stations), but they're usually installed for specific purposes (forestry, mining, health and safety, transport, etc). They don't have the same constraints as more official stations simply because the data they generate doesn't matter in the big picture.

The installations of official weather stations, in particular the ones which feed into climate models or get used for aviation, is a hell of a lot more rigorous.

Comment Re:How durable? (Score 1) 160

Here in upstate NY, winters often mean that I need to get out our roof rake to pull snow off our roof.

I have a feeling that the solar roof would perform more like a metal panel roof than a shingle roof. Anything else would be stupid, really, since snow accumulation would interfere with power generation.

Generally speaking, accumulation doesn't happen much on a smooth roof. The biggest problem is large quantities of snow sliding off, to the point where metal roofs typically include snow stoppers above areas like doors and decks.

Comment Re:Fantastic... (Score 2) 110

It can be pretty embarrassing politically for a government to have a plot to kill a foreign head of state hatched on their soil, so if they thought he was a possible threat it was in their interest to monitor him.

A coup is only a good thing if the guys you like win and you're in a position to take advantage of the situation.

Otherwise, involuntary changes of government are a huge source of instability.

Comment Re:What a terrible legal system (Score 1) 287

If some ass hits and kicks his girlfriend 117 times I'm calling in the forensics team because there's going to be the girlfriends blood in the apartment and on his clothes.

Police aren't likely to bring in a forensics team on a domestic assault case unless the guy has gone out of his way to piss of authorities and they want to nail him on something, anything.

The video evidence was simply low-hanging fruit; it was in their face and easy to get, so they grabbed it.

Comment Re:Yes, because it would be (Score 1) 213

Most of these "smart" thermometers have some sort of presence sensing. If you target devices where someone hasn't been home for 2-3 days (say, Monday-Wednesday) you might catch people on vacation. In colder climates, killing the furnace during a cold snap while the owners are away for a couple weeks might be an effective threat.

Comment Re:The stakes are high (Score 1) 280

Not to be insulting, but do you really?


Or were you raised with the generation of kids who got participation medals?

I don't think do, but to be honest I've never really been able to pin down where that generation was. I've never had kids and don't really spend time around them, so I'm pretty out of touch with that sort of bullshit.

Comment Re:The stakes are high (Score 2) 280

Point taken. But really, in this regard how does competing at the Olympics differ from a stint on any of several reality TV shows?

In the big picture, not much. For 99.99% of the population, the Olympics are little more than an odd blend of entertainment and patriotism.

For an individual with an extreme passion for that specific sport? It may be the only thing that matters.

Personally, I tend to ignore coverage of any sports that I don't personally play which makes Olympic event coverage of little interest, but I do kinda understand what drives people to compete. I have to admit that I don't really understand why any population with a lick of sense would want to play host to such a beast, though.

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