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Comment Re:Canada? Superpower status? (Score 1) 327

I think the superpower reference is based the volume of recoverable oil in Canada. In particular the bitumen in the oil sands, but also conventional oil and natural gas elsewhere on the prairies and off Newfoundland.

Throw in the existing hydroelectric, and potential for a lot more.

We won't talk about all the coal. Coal is bad... m'kay? :)

Comment community charity? (Score 1) 508

In my city, we have a community group that takes hand-me-down computers from corporate and government sources, refurbishes them, then makes them available to schools, other community groups and needing individuals. For example, their computers are in the local senior drop in centres, boys and girls club, and I know a few families who've taken computers home.
Perhaps your city has a similar organization.

Comment Go north (Score 1) 25

I've always thought fuel cells would be a good option for extreme northern and southern communities.

Solar is nice and all, but less useful the further you are from the equator. Whitehorse Yukon (60.7^ north latitude), for example, has a shortest day of less than 6 hours. Also, winter sun is low in the sky passes through a lot of atmosphere to reach your solar panel, so I imagine efficiencies would be sub-optimal.

But if you could use solar all summer to produce hydrogen that your fuel cell could run off all winter, I think you might be on to something. Remember 6 hours of daylight in December means 18 hours of daylight in June (when you're using little if any lights and heat)

I just don't know if the inherent energy costs of splitting water vs energy gained in a fuel cell would let this be a viable idea. And I wouldn't want to think about paying for such a system.

Comment My solution (Score 1) 144

Basically, if the ISP's are managing service based on content, they are no longer a neutral service provider ("common carrier" like the post office).
Therefore they can be held responsible for the content they're providing. (Hey, they're TAKING the responsibility, we're not dumping it on them)
Therefore the ISP should be charged with trafficking in child pornography the next time one of their users is charged.

I have no doubt that the lawyers will find a way to get the charges dropped, but it should make for some mighty interesting headlines until they do.

Comment Good idea (Score 5, Informative) 192

Even up here in the land of the actually free, police are starting to wear cameras (

In my opinion, a camera on a cop is nothing more than an accurate, verifiable eye witness. It won't see or hear anything the officer won't already see and hear. Much better than an officer's memory and notebook.

Using google glasses... good. It won't provide any more information than the officer already has access to, or that can't be mined off a conventional camera's video. It may just provide the info quicker, when the officer needs it.

Maybe it's because I'm a white guy with a job. Maybe it's because I'm Canadian. But as a rule, I trust cops. Sure you get the odd bad cop, or a good cop making a mistake or having a bad day, but that happens with all people. Giving the cops a tool that provides information that might help reduce mistakes, and provides evidence both for and against them, to me is a good thing.

Comment Re:Upate to the most current (Score 2) 241

I'm not sure that you actually looked at the item I linked to.
Asus T100 "book" is a new product, only been on the market a couple weeks (local retailers here in Alberta got their first shipment last week). Its not the old android transformer that you may be thinking of.
-10" 1388x768. maybe a smidge bigger than the EEE
-full windows 8.1 32bit (not RT), comes with Office 2013 home and student. So it'll run just about anything
-quad core modern atom processor, 2 gig ram, Intel HD graphics. Office, netflix runs just fine. BF4 won't run, but a few games might be playable (look for demo's on youtube, decide for yourself what's playable).
-comes with the keyboard, MicroSD, mini-HDMI, USB3. Ya its a tiny keyboard, but tactile buttons make it quite usable for my small hands to touch type.
-supposed to have an 11 hour battery. Haven't clocked mine yet, but haven't had to recharge during the day yet either.

32gig model cost me $400 (Canadian), so its a bit more than the EEE was back in the day, but still half the money of a Surface Pro (which doesn't come with the keyboard). Home and student goes for $150 around here, so makes it a much easier pill to swallow.

I'm still getting all my tools loaded, but this is my new always handy laptop replacement. Very much what the EEE tried to be.

Comment how to calclulate infractions (Score 1) 208

While the max $5k / infraction seems obvious, I'm not sure how to calculate infractions.

For example, let's say I get busted for 2 Disney movies and cracked EA game. Would I be facing max fines of:
- $5k - one trip to court = 1 infraction
-$10k - 1 infraction from Disney, one from EA
-$15k - one for each Disney movie, one from EA
- something else (eg because of the EA crack)

Anyone with insight or experience in the Canadian intepretation?

Comment Re:Over all, this was good. (Score 2) 103

IANAL, but as I read it you can copy a dvd to a backup dvd as the digital lock remains intact on the backup, therefore not circumvented or broken.

However, you cannot rip the dvd to another format because that removes the digital lock.

You can rip music, because there is no digital lock to break, and therefore the format shifting is legit.

I think it's a fuzzy area that a court may have to sort out, if a copyright holder decides to push it (for the grand prize of $5000, not likely, I think)

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