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Comment Re:Imagine if it was worth something... (Score 1) 106

Amazon should create their own block chain currency tied to some metric like the net value of their warehouse inventory. It'd be some modern consumerist gold standard. Giving someone "Amazon Bucks" or whatever stupid term they'd market it as would have value anywhere in the world. It would directly translate to purchasing power within Amazon's inventory and translates to something tangible. This holds even more true if they continue into fresh food.

Comment Re:Let the autopilot handle TO & Landings (Score 1) 275

CAT IIIc autoland really just has nose wheel steering control in addition to LOC and G/S (aka ILS) to maintain the centre line of the runway it won't drive you to the gate. If visibility really is 0/0 you'll get a car to follow to the gate. Those situations are rare though and the airport taxi lighting system should be sufficient.

Comment Re:Fucking copyright vultures (Score 1) 349

I'm still waiting for a Sherlock Holmes feature film set a few hundred years into a cyberpunk dystopian future. I think the closest we've seen of Sherlock Holmes in the future is in Star Trek TNG S02E03 "Elementary, Dear Data" and S06E12 "Ship in a Bottle". This horse can take many, many more beatings.

Comment Re:Trump == Carter (Score 1, Insightful) 365

How do you even screen for Muslims? If their name is something like Abu Bassir Al-Mohamadi does that automatically make them Muslim? What about Muslims that have lived in Canada or Europe for 20+ years and maybe practice once or twice a month, would they be barred from entry to the US? Can they recant their faith and be atheist? Would they have to write a letter to some institute of Islam, commit apostasy and face possible death penalties in their respective country?

  Iranians are at least citizens of Iran. I don't know if Carter's ban extended to Iranian nationals that moved to other countries and no longer held Iranian citizenship, but it's at least screen-able and clear cut.

Comment Re:under budget, about same $ as environmental (Score 1) 305

>almost purely for the benefit of a foreign corporation and foreign customers (TransCanada and Canada respectively)

To my understanding the price it is being sold at is considerably below market price. That would be beneficial to the buyer as well if they want cheaper feed stock oil. Canada gets some profit from selling partially processed bitumen. America gets some profit from selling the output distillates.

Comment Re:Basic income (Score 3, Insightful) 674

Saskatoon just a few years ago spent about $120k/year/homeless person in medical and policing costs.

A single bedroom unit in an apartment complex goes for about $600-$1200 depending what building you rent in. A half decent unit would be about $800 - only $9600/year. That is peanuts compared to the medical/policing costs and would provide opportunity to have a place to shower and sleep, take whatever medication they need and find work. I do think this could exacerbate the cost of living and some amount of inflation if large droves of people fall onto government assistance with no capability to work.

The alternative is pretty much the equivalent of killing the poor in some odd sociopolitical passive aggressive manner.

It's ironic that the blue collar guys I've worked with in the past who keep berating people on welfare or social assistance will likely need medical care past retirement that could easily surpass 10 years of working full time. The economic burden isn't your local homeless drunk - the baby boomers in long term care are.

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