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Feds look to limit farmers' ancient practice of saving seed
  • So, which of the two and a half parties can I vote for to stop this? Oh, none of them?!?

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  • Pierre Poilievre calls supervised consumption sites 'drug dens'
  • You're free to do anything that can be taxed.

  • Telus tells Ontario call centre workers to relocate or risk losing their job | Globalnews.ca
  • I would take that this very second to quit my job.

  • PMR: MP Pensions
  • Yeah, the median income should be going down.

  • Disney, Netflix Ask Canadian Court to Kill Proposed 5% Revenue Tax
  • A pirated movie can be played on any device, it can be backed up to protect against loss, it lets you choose the quality and file size, it generally comes with more options for audio and subtitle language, and you only pay for it once in the form of technical services (bandwidth through your ISP, access to a VPN, access to other private services).

    Conversely Netflix offers you access to a movie on a limited number of devices, they can remove your access to that movie at any time, regardless of the settings you have chosen they can reduce the quality of a movie at any time, there is usually only one option for audio/subtitles, and you pay every month regardless of your usage of the service.

    If given the two option NO international corporation would ever choose Netflix, why should consumers?

  • Ford criticized for dropping online alcohol map amid LCBO strike
  • Alcohol is an unhealthy vice, I would rather my $80 in craft beer goes healthcare than Loblaws.

  • Ford criticized for dropping online alcohol map amid LCBO strike
  • It's getting harder and harder to tell if articles are written by The Beaverton or not.

  • Tread carefully when coming out of the Silver Buckle
  • I get that, but you cant load the bed when you back in (which tells you how much 'trucking' these guys actually do).

  • Disney, Netflix Ask Canadian Court to Kill Proposed 5% Revenue Tax
  • But that kind of thinking doesn't make the line go up!

  • Disney, Netflix Ask Canadian Court to Kill Proposed 5% Revenue Tax
  • Using the first numbers I found Canada is ~7% of Netflix' total subscriber count, and less than 1/3 the number of subscribers as the US. They could shut off service to Canada for a month until people start burning down service Canada locations and the tax gets dropped.

  • Perma banned for 'inciting violence' with no previous strikes on 12 year old account
  • Just because cops are lazy doesn't makes you less of danger on the road.

  • Shouldn't BC residents get priority on the ferry?
  • The routes that locals use for commuting?

  • For the first time in more than 150 years, Alberta’s electricity is coal free
  • Southern Alberta is probably the best place in Canada for massive scale solar installations. Get on it.

    Alberta declared solar panels "ugly" so they wont be installing them anymore.

  • Climate change simulator tool draws gasps, even tears from P.E.I. residents
  • push for work from home

    Work from home will never be accepted by bureaucrats. It immediately showed that employees can be happier while maintaining productivity, 'hours of operation' are irrelevant, and those HUGE buildings with astronomical rent are totally useless. All things that get under the skin of bottom feeding management and bureaucrats because it takes away their control over other people.

  • Europol says mobile roaming tech is hampering crimefighters
  • Makes me wonder if there are any cyphers that are easy enough that human meat could implement it but hard enough that it would take some serious GPU time to crack?

  • Human error caused 2022 Rogers outage, system 'deficiencies' made it worse: report
  • In Ontario the only other options are Cogeco (just as bad) and Teksavvy. Literally every other independent ISP has been bought or put out of business by Bell or Rogers.

  • 9 year hardware upgrade, running arch 😱
  • Around 2007 I had a Windows laptop die on me and drove me to device agnosticism. Maybe I learned the wrong lesson but now I keep my OS and data separate enough that a b0rked OS is an hour's inconvenience instead of a day's recovery.

    Still, it's pretty awesome that you can just shuck a drive into a totally new machine and only have to adjust network settings.

  • Europol says mobile roaming tech is hampering crimefighters
  • Computers are hard, can everyone go back to unobfuscated telephone calls and handwritten letters?

    • Cops everywhere
  • Tool preventing AI mimicry cracked; artists wonder what’s next
  • doesn’t get sick

    Oh machines get sick and then the real costs appear. (Am an electrician, I play doctor on automated machines, sometimes a human is cheaper when the whole plant stops for a $200 part that is not in stock)

  • Automatic Balancing Balls

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    Balance Balls

    I learned this week that many high speed CD-ROM drives used balancing balls on the spindle to stop discs from vibrating at 10Krpm.

    Between the platter that supports the CD and the motor there is a puck with a toroidal void containing a few ball bearings. When an out of balance CD is spun up the spindle and disc together rotate around their common center of mass, some point between the spindle and the edge of the disk. This means that the void containing the balls no longer rotates around it's center, it spins like a hula-hoop around the spindle/DC center of mass. With the "lighter" side of the system being farther from the center of rotation the balls roll 'down hill' towards the side of the void that is experiencing more centrifugal force. Eventually enough balls will collect on the light side to perfectly cancel out the heavy side. If there are too many balls they will distribute themselves inside the void until they cancel out each other's weight!

    The link leads to a scaled up demo of this using an empty water bottle and steel BBs.

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    Rain

    // Randomly spawn drops

    // Take a random fraction of each cell move it down, or down and to the left or right

    // The remainder of the fraction stays where it is

    // Subtract a constant small value from all cells to prevent rain from accumulating

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    Rain

    // Randomly spawn drops

    // Take a random fraction of each cell move it down, or down and to the left or right

    // The remainder of the fraction stays where it is

    // Subtract a constant small value from all cells to prevent rain from accumulating

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    1990 - 2005 Gaming Build

    I found a box of CD-Roms and floppy disks in my mum's basement and damnit, I want to play them! I could use emulators, DosBox or VMs but it's never quite the same as having the real thing, so between an eBay mobo and a box of old parts I managed to build my new gaming rig to cover 1990-2005.

    Its running a P3 at 1GHz, 512MB of ram, and an ATI Xpert98 with 8MB of memory. As I didn't want to run an old IDE drive with a million hours on it, I tried an SATA-IDE adapter, it caused some issues during the install but that just felt like the standard Windows experience.

    Though unpopular, I went with ME for 2 reasons, the first was Dos support, the second is that I went from W95 to ME as a kid, 98 wouldn't have felt the same. The install bricked twice with video drivers but I finally got it up and running with the default drivers and an 18" Samsung flat CRT (runs up to 1600x1200 at a nauseating 60hz).

    So what were your favorite games from the 90's and early 2000s?

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    Court dismisses legal challenge to Ontario Place redevelopment

    > In the ruling, the judges argued the application could not be successful because of a new law, Rebuilding Ontario Place Act, 2023, that the government passed days after the court application was filed last November.

    wow

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    "Why don't you go outside and play?"

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    Waves - Cellular Automata

    Made with Processing.org

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    Repaired and repainted a curbside CRT to match my NES.

    Repaired some broken solder joints, sanded out the biggest scuffs and polished most of the scratches out of the screen. Oh yeah, and the paint job.

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    Repaired and repainted CRT

    I tried to go for an 80's NES theme. Not perfect but not bad.

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    DIY Paul Ion (Particle) Trap

    The two hemispheres are electrically connected to each other and to an AC power supply, the ring is connected to the same AC supply but 180 degrees out of phase. Particles are charged and then injected into the trap, they are then alternately attracted to the ring and hemispheres causing them to oscillate and become trapped! As the voltage is increased lighter particles pick up more speed until they are finally thrown free from the trap. In ideal conditions ions are all charged the same amount allowing the trap to sort the ions from lightest to heaviest, allowing you to determine the atoms that make up a particular substance.

    In this model I can not control the charge on the particles but it is possible to roughly sort them from smallest to largest.

    Notes: This trap is scaled WAY up, the ring had a diameter of about 24mm. I'm trapping non-dairy creamer not individual ions. The frequency this trap runs at is WAY lower frequency than that of a real ion trap. This trap runs at a much higher voltage than a real trap. Otherwise them mechanism of operation is identical to the real thing.

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    Fake Vs Counterfeit Eclipse Glasses. Did You Get Any?

    So I bought 2 sets because it looked like one set was briefly lost in the mail and this past week I got an email from Amazon that said one set I bought were “fakes.”

    • Both sets have printing that matches legitimate manufactures.
    • The “legitimate” set have all black filters (not the metalized filters I am used to like Thousand Oaks Optical) the “fakes” have the metalized filters.
    • Both sets of glasses have the same transmittance as the Thousand Oaks filter material I use on my telescope and cameras.
    • The build quality of the “legitimate” glasses is quite a bit worse than the “fakes” with the two layers of paper being misaligned

    So, what I suspect is that I actually received a crappy set of “real” glasses and a well made set of counterfeits, this seems in line with the press release made by the American Astronomical Scociety.[0]

    > Some of these newly identified counterfeits are indistinguishable from genuine Qiwei products and appear to be safe. Others look like Qiwei’s eclipse glasses, but when you put them on, you realize they are no darker than ordinary sunglasses. So, these products are not just counterfeit, but also fake –– they’re sold as eclipse glasses, but they are not safe for solar viewing.

    So, did anyone get unlucky enough to get some ‘real-fake’ glasses? An did anyone get a set of legitimate glasses with the non-metalized filter?

    [0] https://aas.org/press/american-astronomical-society-warns-counterfeit-fake-eclipse-glasses

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    Fake Vs Counterfeit Eclipse Glasses. Did You Get Any?

    So I bought 2 sets because it looked like one set was briefly lost in the mail and this past week I got an email from Amazon that said one set I bought were "fakes."

    • Both sets have printing that matches legitimate manufactures.
    • The "legitimate" set have all black filters (not the metalized filters I am used to like Thousand Oaks Optical) the "fakes" have the metalized filters.
    • Both sets of glasses have the same transmittance as the Thousand Oaks filter material I use on my telescope and cameras.
    • The build quality of the "legitimate" glasses is quite a bit worse than the "fakes" with the two layers of paper being misaligned

    So, what I suspect is that I actually received a crappy set of "real" glasses and a well made set of counterfeits, this seems in line with the press release made by the American Astronomical Scociety.[0]

    > Some of these newly identified counterfeits are indistinguishable from genuine Qiwei products and appear to be safe. Others look like Qiwei’s eclipse glasses, but when you put them on, you realize they are no darker than ordinary sunglasses. So, these products are not just counterfeit, but also fake –– they’re sold as eclipse glasses, but they are not safe for solar viewing.

    So, did anyone get unlucky enough to get some 'real-fake' glasses? An did anyone get a set of legitimate glasses with the non-metalized filter?

    [0] https://aas.org/press/american-astronomical-society-warns-counterfeit-fake-eclipse-glasses

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    Blue Asbestos - Australia

    Forbidden Fibers

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    This Place No Longer Exists

    In the ten years since I took this photo the trail has been abandoned and the tree has rotted away.

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    Dry Run for April 8th

    This will be the only chance I will have to see a total eclipse so I slapped together all the gear I own and made a dry run today. There were some wispy clouds that made things a little soft but it's better than the 400mm I used in 2017.

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    Helpful victims less likely to be injured -Toronto Police

    www.blogto.com Toronto Police are basically telling people to let thieves steal their cars

    Toronto Police have once again left residents in the city wondering whose side they're on after issuing some confusing advice to vehicle owners at ...

    Toronto Police are basically telling people to let thieves steal their cars

    > To prevent the possibility of being attacked in your home, leave your fobs at your front door, because they're breaking into your home to steal your car. They don't want anything else.

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    Ex Boeing employee unable to appear at whistleblowing suit because he mysteriously died.

    www.bbc.com Boeing whistleblower found dead in US

    Prior to his death, whistleblower John Barnett was testifying against Boeing over concerns about standards.

    Boeing whistleblower found dead in US

    Totally unrelated to the Boeing that lost a wheel last week or the Boeing that had "a strong movement" today, injuring 50.

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    Winter-een-mas 2005

    So many CRTs.

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    Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre is rejecting the idea that his party played a role in granting $40 million in regulatory relief to Bell Media.

    www.ctvnews.ca Conservative motion, backed by NDP, produced $40M in regulatory relief for Bell

    Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre is rejecting the idea that his party played a role in granting $40 million in regulatory relief to Bell Media.

    Conservative motion, backed by NDP, produced $40M in regulatory relief for Bell

    $40M that came of a Conservative motion which was backed by the NDP.

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    London, Ont., police training with Chechen paramilitary group damages Canada's image, researcher warns

    > London, Ont., police officers participating in a competition in Dubai alongside a Chechen group accused of committing atrocities in the conflict with Ukraine

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