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Comment Re:And the other end of the deal? (Score 1) 238

<quote><p>I have never understood this argument, and I hear it a lot (never from women, btw).</p><p>Let's take a job that has some inherent danger, like lion-taming. It's also highly exclusive, there are only 2000 lion-tamers in the world, and they all happen to be men. There's no gender bias among ring-masters, women simply "don't like to tame lions", even though the average salary is around $100,000. So, what is the gender pay-gap among lion-tamers? Is it 100%, since "all" the women lion-tamers are earning an average of $0 while the men are earning $100,000? Of course not.</p><p>So I don't understand how women not working in a particular industry has any affect on the pay gap at all. We all know how risky and physically demanding jobs at Microsoft, Facebook, Apple, Amazon, GoDaddy, etc., are. Not a week goes by where another life isn't tragically cut short by a sudden bitcoin mine collapse. (A male life, of course, no woman is stupid enough to enter those deathtraps.)</p><p>Seriously though, the actual comparison that should be made is simple: two people with the same qualifications, workload, and responsibility should be paid the same. You seem to assert that this comparison can't be made between a man and a woman because there are no women who meet these standards. That, my friend, is why the pay-gap exists. Not because the assertion is true, but because people like you <i>believe</i> that it's true, and you use that belief to justify why you can pay women less than men.</p></quote>

Then why are the pay-gap statistics calculated in such a way that includes the Lion-Taming industry?

There is no doubt that two reasonably equal employees performing the same reasonably equal job with the same reasonably equal circumstances (education pertinent to the position, years of service, willingness to be flexible as the workload demands, such as working overtime, etc) should be paid the same. But the oft-repeated statistics don't count pay equity that way.

Comment Re: And the other end of the deal? (Score 2) 238

<quote>Australia's top rated olympic soccer team regularly gets beaten by local under 15 boys teams in Australia.</quote>

Similarly, Canada's Women's Olympic / National Hockey Team practice against of Canadian Amateur Boys from the 14~16 year old leagues. They are basically equivalent in win/loss records.

The Canadian Women's team and the US Women's National Hockey Team are the only truly competitive squads, every other Nation's teams are significantly outclassed by those two (eg it's common for one of the two teams to be the only team to score a goal against the other in an entire tournament. They always play each other in the Gold Medal game).

Comment Re: And the other end of the deal? (Score 1) 238

The pay is directly correlated to the TV contract.
If you can get more viewers to watch Women's Sport, you will have teams (or individuals, eg Boxing) sharing in the higher revenue, and the pay gap will close.

This is trivially easy to prove, if you go back prior to the 1970's when TV contracts for men's sports began a huge climb. In the 1960's men's professional sports in different leagues were paid based on attendance and in some cases local TV contracts (big market teams such as those found in New York or London) and by and large, pay was equal.

For example, an American Football player who played in the CFL was paid, on average, slightly higher than those in the NFL. After the "Super Bowl" era began, the pay of NFL players escalated dramatically. Broadly speaking, if you delve into an NFL team's finances, the entire player payroll is covered by the TV contract revenue to the team.

You can make an argument regarding player skill in the modern NFL, but again, prior to 1970 or so, there was no difference between the two leagues in player skill.

Where professional Womens Sport exists, the sports with the highest viewership and therefore the highest TV contracts are also the ones with the highest player salaries or renumeration (eg Women's Professional Tennis vs Women's Professional Basketball).

Certainly it's not that way in every occupation, but in Sport it clearly is. That is not to say there is no pay gap, it's to say there is a reason that is not due to gender discrimination by employers.

Comment Re:We burn a ton of DVD's every week (Score 1) 355

<quote><blockquote><div><p>For whatever reason, faxes are considered legal paperwork while email is not... even if the fax was sent over IP anyway.</p></div></blockquote><p>It has nothing to do with whether something is considered "legal paperwork" or not. An email can form a written contract (or be a written communication) as assuredly as a couriered piece of paper or a facsimile.</p><p>Fax machines provide delivery confirmation (your fax machine reports whether the entire facsimile was received by the machine at the telephone number that it dialed). You know where it went, and you know that the entire thing got there.</p><p>Email, at least historically, hit the Pachinko machine of SMTP relay servers. You knew where it was supposed to go, but you had no idea whether it got there (Do you send read receipts every time someone requests one? REALLY?). These days, it's less Pachinko machine and more Pin the Tail on the Donkey. You know where it's supposed to go, but you have no idea whether it got eaten by the external spam service, the firewall, the internal spam filter, the email client spam filter, or Uncle Horace's all purpose AI email sorter.</p><p>The courts have (almost all) converted to electronic filing and docket systems, so no, there's no electronic exception what's considered legal paperwork. If you want to serve someone with a pleading or motion in a case, you can even do it by email, if they've agreed to accept service by email (and thus agreed to be responsible for any screw up in the external spam service, the firewall, the internal spam filter, the email client spam filter, or Uncle Horace's all purpose AI email sorter).</p><p>It's all about achieving a level of assurance that "they got it."</p></quote>

In Canada, all evidence must be submitted in both print form (paper) and in electronic format. Original Facsimile ("fax") documents must be printed and submitted in an electronic format. eMails and their attachments must be printed and submitted in an electronic format.

*** All electronic format submissions must be on CD/DVD-ROM. ***

The exceptions are motions before the Court, which must be filed in print format by hand delivery, mail, or courier. In the case of motions, an electronic format copy (on CD/DVD-ROM only) is optional. "Motions before the Court" consist of original motions, supporting documents, and responses.

Documents submitted on CD/DVD-ROM must be in pdf format or "when permitted by the rules" in an attachment to an eMail.

Text must be scanned @ 300 dpi and must not be in grayscale, must be OCR'ed and must be searchable, and may not exceed 75 Megabytes. eMail attachments must not exceed 10 MB.

Hyperlinks to websites are allowed, but the entire hyperlink must also be included in printed and electronic documentation. Hyperlinks within the document are allowed. Hyperlinks between documents are prohibited.

Confidential, sealed or evidence subject to a publication ban must be filed in a separate CD/DVD-ROM.

Evidence required to be submitted to a party to a Court matter must follow the same rules as above.

Comment Re:What about other apps? (Score 1) 174

<quote><p>Does anyone keep metrics of which app drivers were using when they caused an accident?</p></quote>

In my jurisdiction, they do keep metrics on whether the operator was actively using the wireless connection involving user action on a phone at the time of an accident. (Phone calls, texting, playing games connected to the internet or an online server, etc).

In some cases it cannot be confirmed, so those are not counted as involving distracted driving via a wireless device, but in those where it can be, accidents causing injury and accidents causing death are higher than those caused by impaired driving (alcohol, drugs) and have been for approximately five years.

Comment The never-ending saga of No Editor present (Score 1) 344

This is just another example of the seemingly complete absence of any Editor at any publication in the modern world. It is the Editor's job to read and select submissions, and have said submissions vetted for a laundry list of errors. The more obvious ones, such as spelling and basic grammar, seem to be absent from a huge number of publishers (online and in print).

If you are a Scientific or Medical Journal, whose business it is to publish Papers and collect advertising dollars or subscription fees (or both), then it's part of the Editor's job to vet errors that are common in Scientific or Medical Papers. Such as this one identified by the article.

If there is but one Editor, then that person is required to complete all the tasks expected of an Editor. If there is money for more staff, then it's the job of the Editor to assign duties to junior employees to do such grunt work, and then it's the Editor's job to monitor these employees and their work. Again, the ultimate responsibility is the Editor.

If you publish online or in print, you need someone, maybe it's you, maybe it's an employee for hire, but someone none the less, to perform this task. It is not optional. Yet for some reason various "publishers" show their lack of skill at their chosen profession.

There has always been bad magazines, journals, and newspapers. Generally they went broke because people would punish this behaviour by not buying whatever it was they were selling (advertising, library subscriptions, individual subscriptions, etc) and they would mercifully dissapear.

Today we can add blogs and online news or science sites to the list. The average internet user has shown themselves to be less discerning than the print reading public of the past, when the dull and stupid simply didn't read anything.

Today everyone from moron to genius reads online, and there is money to be made from serving ads to the idiots of the world, as they can be reached at an economically viable number.

Maybe we will someday return to a publishing world where the poor examples of the art flounder and die. Regardless, if you don't have an Editor or someone performing an Editor's function, you are putting yourself firmly in the lot of the un-dererving of respect. Journals who would like to instead be respected should be vetting submissions for these well-known (amongst actual Science and Journal Editors of competence) errors and correcting them before accepting the paper for publication.

It really is that simple.

Comment She's the Man for the Job (Score 1) 526

I don't know about anyone else, but I have managed to run across a few criminals in my 50+ years on the planet. One of the more common characteristics of accomplished criminals is they are often charismatic. They are also often possessive of a high IQ. And they are pragmatic.

Now, I also have run across criminals with the personality of a doorknob, the intelligence of a Spaniel, and the practical skills of someone who has never held a job. I had to recover a new Milwaukee cordless drill-driver from the trash on the street once because an adult male who had the opportunity to work for 30+ years but actually never did any, thought it was broken because the battery wasn't installed and therefore the grip was partly hollow. This is not a man who has ever held a job, folks.

But neither candidate (or if you must, none of the four candidates) are that stupid. Far from it.

If I am going to elect someone to represent my interests against those of some other nation, I want someone with some guile, some smarts, and some backbone. I don't want some brutally honest "nice guy" in that job. A criminal who is on your side is a formidable weapon. I say let's elect one.

Comment Nothing to see here ... (Score 1) 209

This group (Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police) is just a very weak lobby organization. What they ask for will certainly be noted by the Government of the day, but that's it. A respected Journalist in an Op-Ed piece in one of the major newspapers would get the exact same consideration.

Since this particular wish-list involves some fairly serious legal issues, not the least of which is the likelihood of any enabling legislation almost certainly ending up in the Supreme Court of Canada for what will at best result in restrictions to it's use, and at worst a total, permanent and binding ban forever, don't expect anything soon, or at all.

Now, if the Government of the day is already considering some legislation that affects police powers, then they would consult the CACP. Not the other way around, though, which is what this is.

Comment Re:$5K is just fine (Score 4, Interesting) 276

They might have confiscated the cash, but then would have had to prove in court that the money was proceeds of crime. Failing that, they would have to give the money back.

You don't have to declare any amount of cash below $C10,000, so I'm not sure what grounds they would have to confiscate the money, but they might have wanted to harass this person, and in that case deprive him of the money for a few months until the courts ordered it returned.

As for the cocaine residue, it's not illegal in Canada to have used drugs while visiting another country. The ion scanners they use can detect and identify extremely minuscule traces of many substances (not just drugs) but that does not mean the quantity would be enough to lay a charge. An ion scan, by itself, is not admissible evidence; you need a more definite test from a crime lab, which requires a larger quantity.

Really, the fine is essentially the only form of official sanction they had at their disposal. The only interesting part is they used it.

The OP wonders if he offered the password as well as received the fine. I seriously doubt it ... there are no misdemeanor charges they could have offered to plea down to, and they didn't drop the charge, so I'm pretty sure he kept the password to himself.

If he hadn't, there would not be a story in the first place, I suspect the charge would have been stayed (dropped, but can be re-introduced within one year) or dropped entirely (cannot be charged again with the same offence for the same incident).

Comment Re: Umm no.... (Score 1) 345

The speed of light is a million kilometres per second. Just sayin'.

In order to reach this planet within the lifetime of someone born this day on Earth, we probably would have to reach it within maybe 120 years. In order to actually know we had reached this planet, we need to subtract some years to account for the time it takes to transmit a message back to Earth. At lightspeed that leaves us 115.75 years.

Potential Issue: Sending the message via a very fast medium may not be a huge problem, but receiving it could be. Just identifying the message amongst the noise of space may be very difficult. We may be forced to use a much slower transmission technology, which will reduce the years available for our mission.

But, ignoring that, we need to have our spacecraft travel at least 1/27.5 (115.75 years / 4.25 years) x the speed of light, or about 36,364 km/second or a little over two million kmH (1.3 million MPH).

Now, this all requires we leave TODAY. So, we would need to subtract the number of years it will take us to create a space ship capable of carrying humans that can travel at that speed, if we are going to see this happen in a current lifetime.

Calculating the speed of space vessels itself is tricky (the point of reference changes, plus gravity of celestial bodies increases or decreases the speed) but Juno reached it's destination with an average speed of 265,000 km/h (165,000 MPH) relative to Earth.

So, we only need to increase our ability to move through space by a factor of about 8x, with a craft many times larger and heavier than Juno, which is about 10 feet by 10 feet and weighed, fully fuelled at launch, just over 1.6 tonnes, or about the same as the average compact car.

The Apollo Lunar Module, carrying three astronauts, weighted about 10x that amount (15,065 kg).

Rather than claiming to being able to predict "future technology", maybe a sober assessment of only a few of the difficulties that would have to be overcome would be better. And I will go on record as saying I don't think we can pull it off.

Comment Re:RCMP are also local police (Score 1) 43

<quote><p>RCMP act as local police in most of Canada; basically any city that doesn't run their own police force and isn't in Ontario or Quebec (which have their own provincial police). So the RCMP could have been using stingray devices all the way to the local level for quite some time now.</p><p>The article is wrong in its implication that this is the first time local police have had access to stingrays.</p><p>(Also, Canada does not have an FBI equivalent. The Government of Canada doesn't have enforcement agencies, the crown does. We like our policy makers separate from enforcement that you very much)</p></quote>

"The Crown" has many meanings, depending on context. In a court of law, the Crown is the Provincial or Federal Attorney General. I fail to see how that is not an agent of Government.

In terms of the nation of Canada itself, the Crown is the state in all it's aspects. Again, I fail to see how that is not an agent of Government.

Comment RCMP not the same as US FBI (Score 1) 43

" ... Until now, the only law enforcement in the country known to use the devices was the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the country's analogue to the US Federal Bureau of Investigation. ..."

The RCMP are far more than a simple "analogue" to the US FBI. They are, first of all, a Military Police. The can and have organized into military units and participated in combat both within and outside Canada. They are a national cross-provincial police force, like the FBI, but they are also a Provincial Police like State Troopers, and a local police like any municipal police force (a city or rural municipality can either create their own police force, or contract with the RCMP to provide local policing). Up until the 1980's, they were also the International and Domestic Spy Agency; the creation of CSIS removed some, but not all, of those powers. If you must, the RCMP are an analogue of the FBI, CIA, all 50 State Police combined, Local Police, Crime Labs, and a few other US Law Enforcement agencies, rolled into one. There is no "jurisdictional ego" such as what is often cited when, say, the FBI is called into a local investigation. They are one and the same.

Comment Completely Ridiculous User Requirement (Score 3, Insightful) 277

Tesla Says:
" ...
"As clearly communicated to the driver in the vehicle, Autosteer is an assist feature that requires the driver to keep his hands on the steering wheel at all times, to always maintain control and responsibility for the vehicle, and to be prepared to take over at any time." ..."

Now, I hesitate to say this out loud, as this is a Nerd website, but this instruction is beyond silly. There is zero chance any human with a working brain is going to adhere to this instruction, and although I understand how it comes to be, it's a testament to a lack of even basic comprehension of a User Interface that is so unfortunately common amongst the nerdy citizens of the world.

Let's imagine this instruction in use. I'm driving my so-equipped vehicle:
Situation: Nothing unusual happening. Both hands on the wheel, Mind and Body attentive to the road. Alert and ready at any moment to take over from the auto driver. Car driving itself.
Repeat every second of a 20 minute commute for a thousand days. Or three days.

Now, what human, in possession of the faculties required to actually have a paying job and a drivers' license, is not going to become bored with this scenario, and at some point do something ... anything ... that involves glancing somewhere not on the road in front of them, and involves moving one or both hands from the wheel?

And, after testing the waters, so to speak, and not dying in a fiery crash, won't do it again, only for a bit longer and perhaps with hands much further from said wheel and eyes much removed from the road ahead?

There cannot be a "half-way" system, such as that installed in the Tesla S, that drives, but does not drive, the car. It simply won't work in the manner the instructions say it should work.

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