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Comment Re:Call the whaaaambualance (Score 1) 269

I used to think Japan was small, but my wife is Korean (and I'm Canadian).

Korea overall is smaller than Japan, and if you only count the civilised portion of Korea (aka South Korea) then you're roughly half that.

Canada population 36 million
Korea Population: 50.6 million

Then compare that against one of the average PROVINCES in Canada

South Korea area: 100,210 km2
British Columbia area: 944,000 km2

So a Canadian province has a land-area 9x+ that of Korea, which has a population 1.5x+ that of all Canada.

Despite all that, the cities I've been to in South Korea don't seem all that crowded, and when you get out of the bigger cities there's still quite a lot of room.

I think the most crowded place I've been was Osaka, and really it was fine until later in the day when people are getting off of work.

Comment Re:Call the whaaaambualance (Score 1) 269

They do, but that means they're also playing with only the local people on that servers.

We have similar issues on MOBA type games where people from various places with crap pings login the western N America hosts and then either end up dropping or just screwing up the game in general with lag. It's one of the reasons for the massive DOTA hate on Peru.

But this is realistically a problem without a good solution? Sure they could add servers in Hawaii but then you're going to have a smaller pool of people to actually play with if using that local server.

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) 85

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) 1222

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) 423

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.

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