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Comment Re:Might as well break the ice (Score 1) 342

For me, a lot of it comes down to time. If I decide I want to watch a movie, I don't really want to plan it out as an activity. I want to sit on my couch in something comfortable with a snack and take it in. What I don't want to do is: figure out when / where there is a showing that fits into my schedule; clothe myself appropriately for going out in public; transport myself to that location / find somewhere to park; stand in a line to be herded into a theatre; watch a half-hour worth of commercials (or try to show up after all the ads but risk not getting a good seat). As a side note, theatres should consider doing away with the front three or four rows: it's impossible to see the whole screen, it's uncomfortable to crane your neck in a manner that lets you even try to take in the whole thing, and forget about reading subtitles from that range. They'll happily take the same money from you as they would for any other ticked to sell you this horribly sub-standard "experience".

Comment Re:Just one quick trick ... (Score 5, Insightful) 123

Your UID makes it look like you should remember the old days, but whatever. When I was growing up (80's - 90's) we didn't have cable television; we had an antenna on the roof that picked up the local ABC/NBC/CBS/FOX affiliates, plus the local CBC/CITY/other Canadian stations (grew up in a border town). We got the news from the local nightly news on whichever station, and didn't pay a thing for it, unless you count watching commercials as "paying". These days, we seem to be "paying" more for our news, in terms of ads and having our habits tracked and sold online, but *still* somehow we're getting less *actual* journalism.

Comment Re:Umm no. (Score 0) 257

Google can only do so much. "Android" is an open-source project and OEMs build their own binaries to ship. Think of it like linux: if you're running linux, you're (likely) running one of a handful of distros; maybe it's debian. So there's a vuln found in the linux kernel and the kernel maintainers patch it. But you'll need to wait for the debian maintainers to push out their own version of the patched kernel, and if they don't do that in a timely manner then that certainly doesn't reflect back on the kernel maintainers. Same situation here - Samsung, LG, et al will build their own Android "distros" to install on their devices, so when there's an patch/update/upgrade each vendor has to build a new version with those fixes and push it out to their customers. Google has no control over that. And unless Google tries to release Android under a license with terms forcing OEMs to keep their systems updated for X years after release, I'm not sure there's anything Google could actually do about this problem.

Comment Re:Frivolous lawsuit (Score 1) 496

Being a passenger in any vehicle is risky? This could be used on a plane or a boat or from the passenger seat while someone else is driving. You can't sue Budweiser for every DUI accident, which makes sense because no matter how drunk I am on shitty American piss-water, it can't be Anheuser-Busch's fault that I broke the law and just happened to do so while using their product. Same rules need to apply here; Snapchat already tells you in the TOS that every user agrees to that you should use the app safely and responsibly, which likely includes DON'T DO DANGEROUS ILLEGAL THINGS LIKE TRY TO TAKE SELFIES WHILE DRIVING TWICE THE POSTED LIMIT. She was already breaking distracted driving and speeding laws, you can't honestly hold Snapchat any more responsible than Apple for making a phone that you can use to distract you while driving.

Comment Re:Frivolous lawsuit (Score 1) 496

Can you point us to any proof that a trophy for speed exists? I can't find any information indicating that this trophy actually exists other than info on this lawsuit saying the teen was trying to get it. Unless anyone can prove that this trophy is real, or that snapchat is somehow encouraging people to drive over the speed limit then this looks pretty frivolous.

Comment Re:Blackmail to allow perverted activities? (Score 1) 1095

Yeah, totally. That pervert should just go use the men's washroom and stare at your son like a proper pedophile. Because if he goes into a washroom with your daughter, he might see...a closed door on the stall she's in. OH! He could try to look over or under the stall door! Surely no perverted females would ever follow your wife or daughters into a bathroom and think of the same thing! You've really thought this through!

Comment Re: Suggestions anyone? (Score 1) 457

I'm betting that they'll announce that they've "found" information on the phone that could have helped stop the Brussels attacks or something similar so that they can claim Apple's uncooperativeness cost lives and make some more emotional pleas the next time some corporation has the audacity to say no to the feds.

Comment Re:Why stay? (Score 1) 729

It happens in depressed areas too for similar reasons. I had to move away from friends and family in southern Ontario (Canada) when the economy was circling the drain. It wasn't that the area got too expensive, it was that even with as inexpensive as it was, you still needed some form of employment and the only things around were minimum-wage service-industry jobs, which just isn't my cup of tea. While I would have liked to stay, sometimes you've got to go where the money is, whether that means higher paying jobs or lower cost of living.

Comment Re:Penny (Score 1) 702

Canada classifies guns into one of three categories: unrestricted, restricted, or banned. Unrestricted covers rifles and shotguns, as long as the barrel and overall gun length meet a minimum requirement, no large capacity magazines, and a few other restrictions. Handguns are restricted, as are a few long guns. Full-auto is banned. Anyone who wants to hunt is most likely to be using unrestricted firearms. These can be purchased by anyone with a Possession and Acquisition License, which you can obtain by taking a firearms safety course. Canada has no registry for unrestricted firearms, so the federal government has no way to track who owns them. There are separate courses for those who wish to acquire handguns, and there are much stricter laws governing carrying/storing/transporting restricted firearms.

These laws make sense here as Canada has a lot of wilderness and a pretty strong tradition of hunting. And they seem to be striking a decent balance, as we are on the lower end of gun violence stats.

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