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Your Next Online Order Could Be Delivered To Your Car's Trunk

MachDelta Re:And when it doesn't fit (162 comments)

There really isn't. It's because special/delivery instructions aren't read by anyone sorting the packages, they're read by the drivers. And by that point, your box is already on a truck and in your neighbourhood. So they will almost always attempt delivery once because it helps keep the driver's delivery rate up.

Source: I worked for UPS (which stands for "Ur Package... Somewhere?") ~10yrs ago.

about 2 months ago

EU Commission: Corruption Across EU Costs €120 Billion

MachDelta Re:Relation to Debt Crisis? (196 comments)

...which is why those hardcore libertarians running Sweden are counted "among the countries with the least problems," right?

about 2 months ago

Environmental Report Raises Pressure On Obama To Approve Keystone Pipeline

MachDelta Re:False premisis (301 comments)

Canada would have as much if not more problems getting oil export terminals set up in Vancouver BC or their east coast ports.

Oh don't worry, that fight has already been ongoing for almost a decade. We should find out this year weather or not it's being greenlit.

about 2 months ago

Animal Drug Investigation Reveals Pet Medication Often Doesn't Work

MachDelta Re:Just bought a puppy (279 comments)

Another reason I'm wary of vets is how so many of them respond when they hear about raw feeding dogs.

Most vets make quite a lot of money pushing sponsored foods (Science Diet, etc), so they balk when you feed them anything else. Food is a good sized reoccurring expense for a pet, so why wouldn't a vet want to take a cut? The reality is, those specialty vet foods are generally worse than almost anything you can find at a dedicated pet food store (yet still above what you'll find at most supermarkets - that shit should just be labeled "Animal Cruelty in a Bag"), and almost certainly worse than raw diets.

about 3 months ago

Canadian Health Scientists Resort To Sneaker Net After Funding Slashed

MachDelta Re: You get the best government you deserve (168 comments)

Most of which came from Alberta (North Texas).

2011 election, Tory seats won:
Ontario: 73
All four western provinces: 72
The land of Oil and Evil and Oil (aka Alberta): 27

Like Texas, everything is bigger in Alberta. Including, apparently, our votes.

about 3 months ago

Building An Uncensorable Course Guide At Yale

MachDelta Correction (47 comments)

It's not a replacement website, it's actually just a Chrome extension that appears to helpfully mangle the official website.

about 3 months ago

Creationism In Texas Public Schools

MachDelta Re:Biology workbook (770 comments)

Now the real question is, which is more like Canada, Minnesota or Maine?

Google can tell us!

"Poutine in Maine" -> 86 results
"Poutine in Minnesota" -> 78 results

Sorry Minnesota... Looks like Maine gets to be our 11th province!

about 3 months ago

Sony Announces Game Streaming Service

MachDelta Re:Access games you purchased for free? (144 comments)

You're missing context. When the PS4 was first announced, one of the questions people had was "backwards compatibility?" to which Sony replied "Not natively, but just wait for our streaming service!" Thus, it was widely speculated that, to both fulfill a fan feature wish AND bootstrap a new service, Sony would support adding previously-purchased games to your streaming account.

about 3 months ago

A Year With Google Glass

MachDelta Re: "Class Divide"? (292 comments)

Interesting that you used the term "intersection" - look up next time you're at a traffic intersection, and count the number of cameras pointed down at traffic. In a lot of first world nations, chances are pretty good you'll see red light cameras or cctv or both. We all know that it's essentially impossible to go about public places without being caught on some kind of camera these days, so it's interesting to see that placing the camera in an ugly enclosure on someone's face crosses some kind of perceived line. If anything, it tells us not that we dislike being recorded, but that we can't stand to be reminded of it.
If this technology has any kind of future, subtlety will be key.

about 4 months ago

New Documentary Chronicles Road Tripping Scientists Promoting Reason

MachDelta Re:If they are SO REALLY CONCERN about religion .. (674 comments)

I think Dawkins would say the role of religion is not to exist. That he would say that theism works against our interests more than it helps, so he would say no Christians understand the proper role of religion.

I'm not sure he would go that far. Remember that Dawkins is an evolutionary biologist, and to him, there is always an explanation for why some feature or trait persists in a species. I think Dawkins would more likely qualify your statement with "now that we have science, we no longer need religion." I've read some of his books and there's a sense that you can justify the existence of religion as a socio-evolutionary trait of humans. Our early society demanded something, an idea both simple and powerful, to germinate around. Something that promoted beneficial traits, like a strong sense of community, and not to ask too many questions, all while "explaining" the natural world. This was religion's role. Something which would promote the survival of one tribe over another, so that the most devout tribe was likely one of the strongest. But, now that we have science, logic, and rational thought, we no longer need religion as the very core of our societies. The social nature of humans is both well established and self-sustaining (barring global catastrophe, of course), and I believe his opinion would be that we're long overdue to jettison the booster-rocket of religion, and rely solely on science and logic to be our main engines from here on out. Pardon the rocket metaphor.

That's my take on him, anyways.

about 4 months ago

A Playstation 4 Teardown

MachDelta Re:PR crapapalooza (254 comments)

I've got it!

We spin the disc clockwise...
And then spin the console counter-clockwise!

Just think of the throughput! That laser will be moving across the disc so fast, Sony will have to build hardware that works with 0's and 1/2's instead of 0's and 1's!

about 5 months ago

A Playstation 4 Teardown

MachDelta Re:Is anyone giving money to Sony? (254 comments)

Actually, older PS3's didn't require anything but the new drive. AFAIK It was only starting with the slim models that you had to buy the bracket too.

about 5 months ago

Toyota's Killer Firmware

MachDelta Re:Technology is hard and dangerous (610 comments)

In a "serious accident", I'd wager my old Chrysler New Yorker against your crumple-zones any day of the week.

You'd lose that bet.
And likely only once.


Not only would I experience far lower acceleration forces than you

No, you'd be experiencing far greater acceleration forces, as if no portion of the car gives way and soaks up kinetic energy, a greater portion of it will be transferred to anything not bolted securely to the frame (eg: you).

I won't end up crumpled in my car's own crumple zone.

The cabin is under no circumstances a crumple zone. Engine and trunk compartments make great crumple zones. The cabin should be a vehicle's Waterloo.

about 6 months ago

Bell Canada To Collect User Data For Advertising

MachDelta Re:Opt Out! (127 comments)

Early termination fees are a bitch.

about 6 months ago

When Does the Universe Compute?

MachDelta Re:Angles and Pinheads (182 comments)

Let me guess - those dancing angles are doing the tan-go?

about 6 months ago

Slashdot Asks: How Does the US Gov't Budget Crunch Affect You?

MachDelta Re:Liberal strategy (1144 comments)

It's basically the same story in Canada (and, I suspect, many commonwealth nations) - if the government tables a budget and it's defeated, the country has an immediate election. And since random elections are generally not appreciated by the public, any party seen as "responsible" for the election basically lives or dies on their reason for bringing down the government. Was the ruling party off their rocker? They're probably going to get turfed. Was a minor party just jerking the entire country around for political points? They can expect a massacre at the ballot box. Thus, we too rarely get into situations where the government is in such a tizzy that they can't even pay the bills. So watching the US government throw a hissy-fit that puts the entire country (and much of the global economy) at risk is something very, very strange to watch. I hope they resolve it soon, because playing chicken with a US default isn't something that anyone wants to see.

PS: We're really super jealous of your elected senate up here. Ours is basically a big pit that we throw money into, and all of the PM's buddies get to dive into it like Scrooge McDuck.

about 6 months ago

Tesla Model S Catches Fire: Is This Tesla's 'Toyota' Moment?

MachDelta Re:vs gasoline cars (388 comments)

Judging by the username, I'm going to go with shrooms.

about 6 months ago

Asian Giant Hornets Kill 42 People In China, Injure Over 1,500

MachDelta Re:What about Super Hornets (274 comments)

While we're being nit-picky, an EA-18G is nicknamed 'Growler' and not Hornet, even though they're essentially the same plane with different payloads.

about 6 months ago

Xbox One's HDMI Pass-Through Can Connect PS4, PCs and More

MachDelta Re:Exciting news (171 comments)

...but only ever on the third try.

about 7 months ago


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