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    Hey Canucks - all of the emails in your in and out boxes were recently $old for commercial data mining purpo$e$! https://www.theglobeandmail.com/business/article-rogers-terms-of-service-asks-e-mail-users-to-share-friends-personal/ 'Rogers e-mail service terms allow access to users’ contacts, raising privacy concerns' A new set of terms and...
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    Re: notocord vs. brain Thanks for the clarification - all I could remember of my bio course is that the presence/development of a notocord allows for the development of motor neurons ... I guess I jumped the gun in thinking...
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    Or, a modified theory of gravity as per Erik Verlinde? https://phys.org/news/2016-11-theory-gravity-dark.html...
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    Re: ' ...tunicate, all intestines, no brain.' Fascinating critter - and not just its reproductive strategy (below). Not familiar with it so looked it up. BTW, the Wikipedia entry mentions a notocord which usually means at least a start of...
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    Re: '... 'something like' is the operational phrase.' I've been expecting SF authors to jump on Dark Energy (DE) as this decade's newest hand-wave to address FTL comms ever since DE was hypothesized as the culprit driving the ever increasing...
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    Re: Genetic algos Are you familiar with the Barcode of Life project? Apparently species can be identified using very small bits of DNA. Also - this approach has occasionally produced classification results different from the old school taxonomy system. http://dnabarcodes2015.org/...
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    Re: Finland's universal income experiment Results are expected to be published within a year, meanwhile ... '"When the basic-income experiment ends this year, we should launch a universal credit trial," Orpo told the Finnish newspaper Hufvudstadsbladet, referring to a system...
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    Re: German vs. English word formation Big difference is that the English approach results in a shorter hybrid word, e.g., 'breakfast' and 'lunch' becomes 'brunch'. Looked up what brunch was in German - it's the same word and spelling (plus...
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    Re: ' Locations at rest relative to one another (i.e. in the same frame) can communicate instantly, ...' Dumb question time ... Okay, both spaceships are traveling at very high velocity (v) and relatively close to each other (e.g., 200,000...
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    Re: Tapeworm words [bandwurmworter] - Germany An addition to your word formation list, this German 'word' was removed from the official 'language/dictionary' after the EU passed a regulation re: meat labeling. Rindfleischetikettierungsueberwachungsaufgabenuebertragungsgesetz http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-22762040 Excerpt: 'Rindfleischetikettierungsueberwachungsaufgabenuebertragungsgesetz - meaning "law delegating beef...
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    Non-techie W10/Firefox ... signed in okay & now let's see if it publishes. OOC - Pretty sure I'm not alone in having to keep an eye on multiple windows/sites concurrently throughout the day: so, how do the snoopers track folks...
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    Re: Expats So far the UK still recognizes dual citizenship, and you can probably travel to as many places with your Canadian as your UK passport. However ... if you're a Canadian, you can get away with speaking with a...
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    Re: 'corrupt lobbying' ? First, apologies ... I must have misremembered how you ended up voting. (Mostly recall your annoyance with the EU. :) ) Now - about the lobbying thing ... it seems that quite a few folks think...
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    Heads up! - New EU Internet privacy rules are effective May 25 2018! The roll out, adoption and legal/test cases of these new rules are likely to change how we interact with data - inert or active. I really like...
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    Re: ' ...is almost always going to be sadism.' Nope!...
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    This looks interesting: France wants to take a leadership position in using AI. FYI - Cedric Villani, the author of this paper/proposal, has a slew of academic awards including the Fields medal. So, not a light-weight. He's a popular guest...
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    Re: Indigenous languages in Canada According to this, the Indigenous Languages [plural] Act is slated to be brought to Parliament in 2018. http://www.cbc.ca/news/indigenous/canada-indigenous-languages-legislation-1.4285633 The current PM has also officially apologized for the fed gov't's past actions, i.e., taking native kids...
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    Re: 'Sadistic enjoyment is a necessary component of empathy.' Huh - think that's reversed: a sadist is able to derives 'sadistic enjoyment' because he/she understands the pain they're delivering. Agree about consequences - for teens, sometimes the social/peer group consequences...
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    Re; 'Canada officially declaring that indigenous languages don't matter is nasty.' What year/century is your info from? https://pm.gc.ca/eng/news/2016/12/06/prime-minister-justin-trudeaus-speech-assembly-first-nations-special-chiefs-assembly Excerpt: 'Jody Wilson-Raybould is Canada’s first Indigenous Minister of Justice and Attorney General. Not only is she the right person – Indigenous...
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    Think he is ... Then again any Montreal Quebecois would probably have a tough time understanding folks from the Beauce. And if you're an anglophone from any other part of Canada/the US, your standard high school 'francais internationale' as learned...
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    Re: "Your ... approach is simple, so I'll reject it on the grounds that it's overly simplistic, etc. ...' Actually, it's 'none of the above'. Your initial argument seems to weight driver salary solely as a cost without considering that...
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    Not completely related but interesting (from SciAm). 'The European Space Agency’s (ESA) Space Debris Office in Darmstadt, Germany, which issued the Tiangong-1 prediction, said the March 30 to April 2 window is “highly variable,” and it will not be possible...
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    Re: Overhead monorail Serious question: this past winter has seen several massive storms along the US eastern coast. (In fact, some seemed to make it all the way up and across to the UK.) If CC/GW means that our weather...
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    Interesting finding about the location and amount of distraction and ability/time to react to a distraction. Considering that in NA highways and streets are cluttered with signage specifically designed to attract attention makes me wonder whether car insurance companies have...
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    Re: ' ... because escalators hadn't been invented yet.' Substitute 'escalators' with any other product/gizmo and that there is the real issue for integrating new tech into a civilization that's been operating successfully for centuries if not millennia. Further, because...
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    Re: elevator operators Not entirely - search pulled up some human 'elevator operators wanted' positions in heavy/freight industry....
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    Re: 'If you view the modern legal system as a technology, ...' Excellent point! And becoming literally true. According to stats, we're all heading towards becoming an economically speaking global service economy. At the same time, because we're enamored of...
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    Re: 'Get rid of driver's salaries and ... increases numbers of riders, which means more busses more often, which means more convenience, which increases numbers of riders.' This is the typical (Econ101) cobweb approach which assumes only one or two...
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    Re: ' ... but conservative in an old-fashioned "have a strong sense of community" .' Understood - and no offense to the Swiss intended. Was thinking of leveraging: The Swiss are most like what we (USians) aspire to, so if...
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    Anyone know what the Scandinavians and Swiss are doing about legislation pro or con re: self-driving cars? The Scandinavians can stand in for any leftist idealist society whose economy has been demonstrated to work and Switzerland as a stand-in for...
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