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Comment Re:Conservatives need to realize cheating occurs (Score 1) 125

Now take the number that ARE available in the US, and quarter it, that's approximately how many are available in Canada. There are no EVs available in Canada that aren't also available in the US, but there are many available in US CARB states that are not available in Canada.

The OP held Canada up as being so much better than the US, but in fact we are way behind the US in EVs. I'm not saying that the US is ideal, but to hold Canada up as an example of being better is ridiculous.

Comment Re:Conservatives need to realize cheating occurs (Score 1) 125

As someone who drives a Model S in Canada every day, and who's last road trip was over a thousand km long at temperatures as low as -36c I can say without hesitation that you don't have the faintest clue what you are talking about.
Electric vehicles are far superior in the winter to internal combustion engines. They always start without hesitation, you get heat in the cabin nearly instantly without having to wait for the engine to warm up first, and the electric drivetrain allows for far superior traction control to deal with the icy conditions. Winter is when electrics really shine.

Comment Re:Conservatives need to realize cheating occurs (Score 2) 125

Be my guest.

Show me a law making EVs available in every province like you stated.

Show me where I can buy an eGolf in Canada

Show me this proof that you think that Canada is somehow further ahead than the USA in electrification of transport when in fact we're about a decade behind.

I've researched this pretty heavily, Canada is SCREWED when it comes to EVs, don't hold us up as a shining beacon of hope to the USA when Americans can buy far more EVs, for lower prices, than Canadians can, and get a federal tax subsidy to boot (also not available in Canada)!

Comment Re:Very Good (Score 4, Insightful) 200

Phone conversations USED to be private and the authorities couldn't listen in, of course that was when people still thought the constitution meant something, so it's no surprise nobody still believes in such quaint ideas.

Enjoy your encryption while it lasts, I figure we only have a few years left before anyone using encryption that isn't intentionally backdoored will be labelled a criminal and arrested.

Comment Re:Partisan Nonsense (Score 5, Insightful) 200

The Republicans won't make noise about this because they want it just as much as the Democrats.

You seem to think there's an actual difference between the 2 parties on issues like this, there isn't. Both parties want a full on police state, politics is all about control, nobody in politics wants less control, they all want more.

Comment Re:Thanks, Obama! (Score 5, Insightful) 200

Why must something be done?

We have limited financial resources, if spending those same resources on a different problem will save more lives, doesn't it make sense to put the money where it will do the most good? Fighting terrorism costs a fortune, and has a track record of being extremely ineffectual. There are many more places where many more lives could be saved for a fraction of the cost, and all without giving up all our civil liberties in the process.

Comment Re:Conservatives need to realize cheating occurs (Score 4, Informative) 125

Where do you get your information?

I live in Canada, there are very few models of EV available for purchase here compared to any CARB state in the US.

There is also no requirement that EVs be sold at all anywhere in the country, unlike the US where CARB states require the sale of EVs.

So let's revise what you said:
models available: nope
Required to be sold in every province in Canada? nope.

I can purchase locally the following EVs: Tesla Model S, Tesla Model X, Nissan Leaf and BMW i3. That's the entire list. If I go to another city I can add Smart ED, Kia Soul EV, and Mitsubishi MiEV. (theoretically the chevy spark and ford focus electric are also available, but I've been unable to find anywhere selling them)

I can not buy the following EVs anywhere in Canada despite their availability in the US:
Fiat 500EV
eGolf
Mercedes B Class Electric
Scion iQ EV
Honda Fit EV

Comment Re:Conservatives need to realize cheating occurs (Score 2) 125

Fiat and VW have no love for you and your failed ideology.

Buy a plug-in electric car, SUV, or truck (they sell them for $9000 in China today and in First World nations like Canada) and stick it to the man.

You do realize that the US has a huge number more electric vehicles available than Canada right? Most EVs are only available in CARB states, which Canada isn't.

Comment Re: It IS hipsterism (if that's a word) (Score 1) 562

In my experience they were much less likely to damage the mechanism than the tapes themselves that had a tendency to spew long lengths of tape throughout the mechanism at random intervals.
as for "working properly", I always managed to hear what I played through them quite clearly, and usually with better sound quality than an actual tape. I never saw any downside.

Comment Re:Wait..... (Score 2) 159

Canadian brick and mortar stores have a LOT of lobbying clout, and they HATE online merchants. Take a look at the argument over raising the amount you are allowed to import duty free. Lowest value in the developed world, by a HUGE margin, and no change in sight, all thanks to brick and mortar lobbying.

Of course it's a Canadian tradition, why compete when you can lobby? That's why we pay much more for almost everything than most other countries (possible exception being Australia, they seem to get gouged almost as badly as we do)

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