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  • A little girl saw an emotional-support dog on a plane. It went for her face.

    02/23/2018 11:38:39 AM PST · 70 of 95
    -YYZ- to Tenacious 1

    “I can’t help but think having to handle an animal while traveling, especially on a plane, would do nothing but add stress.”

    That’s probably because you’re a normal, responsible person who doesn’t expect the world to take care of you. You’d probably be worried about getting your animal out to some grass or something so they could do your business. A lot of these people with “support” animals just seem to let them do their business wherever they want and let others clean up after them. Life’s easy and stress-free when you don’t worry about anything and let other people do all the work.

  • A little girl saw an emotional-support dog on a plane. It went for her face.

    02/23/2018 11:35:42 AM PST · 69 of 95
    -YYZ- to Tenacious 1

    “What the hell does an “Emotional Support” dog do?”

    As far as I can tell, “emotional support” animals are what are usually called “pets”.

    Real support/service dogs (is there such a thing as a service cat or something other than a dog?) have usually had training and been evaluated for disposition and properly house broken.

  • 70,000 to be evacuated over WWII bomb in Frankfurt

    08/30/2017 2:28:30 PM PDT · 38 of 50
    -YYZ- to -YYZ-

    Produced in 1979, apparently.
    Hard to believe, that’s almost 40 years ago.

  • 70,000 to be evacuated over WWII bomb in Frankfurt

    08/30/2017 2:25:58 PM PDT · 37 of 50
    -YYZ- to Palio di Siena

    “There was a British produced show on public tv some years back called: “Danger UXB”. “

    Some as in 30, maybe closer to 40? I remember watching it on Masterpiece Theatre with my parents, so that would put it in the early 80s, probably.

    I do remember really enjoying it, much as I did “Foyle’s War” in more recent years.

  • Super Bowl Continues Steady Decline Among Adults Under 50

    02/08/2017 7:36:25 AM PST · 22 of 44
    -YYZ- to ThePatriotsFlag

    I felt similarly about last year’s World Series and the league championship games: They took a game that is already way to slow, with games stretching to 3 hours pretty much regularly, and stuffed it so full of commercial time-outs and other BS that the games were given a 4 1/2 hour time slot. I like baseball, but there is no good reason that I can see for there to be such long waits between pitches.

  • Study: ID Fraud Up Since Security Chips Put Into Play

    02/06/2017 3:19:45 PM PST · 38 of 70
    -YYZ- to smokingfrog

    “Crooks use card skimmers to read the magnetic strip, then duplicate your credit card or sell the info.”

    They can’t duplicate the information which is on the chip that way, which is why “Chip and PIN” was introduced.

    However, even in Canada it is generally possible to use a card only with swiping the mag stripe, even with a card that has the chip. Presumably this is so that one can still use the card that way in the event that the chip can’t be read.

  • Study: ID Fraud Up Since Security Chips Put Into Play

    02/06/2017 2:34:12 PM PST · 17 of 70
    -YYZ- to Repeal The 17th

    The magnetic stripe is easily read and reproduced.

    The chip is not so easily reproduced - it contains code which is not accessible by any reader. So the chips make producing “cloned” credit cards much more difficult than the old ways of copying the stripe and producing bogus cards.

  • Study: ID Fraud Up Since Security Chips Put Into Play

    02/06/2017 2:27:48 PM PST · 13 of 70
    -YYZ- to Wonder Warthog

    That would be “Tap” (i.e. NFC) technology. The chip itself is only readable through the physical contacts on the chip.

    As far as the Tap/NFC stuff goes, my credit card company will disable that functionality for my credit card if requested (in fact, I may have had to specifically request it to be enabled in the first place). I imagine yours would do the same, if you’re worried about it. Although on a credit card any fraud is mostly the card issuer’s problem, not yours.

  • Study: ID Fraud Up Since Security Chips Put Into Play

    02/06/2017 2:20:17 PM PST · 7 of 70
    -YYZ- to Red Badger

    You guys are behind the times on this stuff.

    We’ve had chip and PIN cards in Canada for some years now (always chip AND PIN).

    Adds no significant time to a credit card transaction as compared to swiping and then signing a receipt, that I’ve noticed.

    For transactions under $100, we now have cards that are “Tap” (NFC) enabled. I believe the “Tap” codes embedded in the cards are pretty secure, and tied in to the chip. These cards can of course be easily used if stolen, but as mentioned, only for less than $100 at a time.

  • Police: Woman Upset Trump President Tried To Hit Officer [w/car]

    02/03/2017 12:15:26 PM PST · 45 of 51
    -YYZ- to Tammy8

    Yeah, I don’t know who the heck wrote that headline, but it makes no sense at all.

  • Justin Trudeau booed at disastrous town hall as polls show lowest approval ever

    01/27/2017 1:13:29 PM PST · 87 of 126
    -YYZ- to MplsSteve

    “But I’ve heard stories (anecdotal, that’s true) that the locals are borderline rude to anyone who can’t speak French on their level.”

    It’s really not true, in my experience. But Quebec is a majority french-speaking province, and that’s the way they like it.

    Now, Quebec can be rather provincial, and you may run across people who honestly don’t really speak any English, especially in rural areas. Quebecois tend to like it if you don’t just assume that they will speak to you in English, and like many places, if you make the effort to learn a few basic words/phrases in French it will go a long way - words like please, thank you, yes, no, how much? - and use them them. They won’t laugh at you for mangling their language if your “Merci.” doesn’t come out in a perfect Quebecois accent.

  • How Trump just stole 3 million Democratic votes

    01/26/2017 12:03:59 PM PST · 59 of 59
    -YYZ- to Tolerance Sucks Rocks

    I doubt if the steel for the pipeline sections in the US would have come from Canada if not for this, anyway - more likely China. Maybe the Canadian section can actually be built using Canadian steel. And yes, we do still have some steel manufacturing here, all (AFAIK) located in my current home town of Hamilton, ON. A Canadian Pipe Company factory is located in the same area.

  • Self-Driving Cars Will Decide Who Lives & Who Dies

    01/18/2017 10:32:48 AM PST · 39 of 104
    -YYZ- to fishtank

    This is a silly hypothetical. Chances of it happening are almost nil.

    Personally, I’m not holding my breath waiting for autonomous cars to take over the roads. The best technology currently out there requires a huge array of sensors to be able to navigate safely, and still have problems if visibility is limited (especially if the sensors are obscured by snow and ice).

    When you hear people saying that self-driving cars would be more feasible if the lines on the road were painted better, you know the technology is not ready for prime time. If it isn’t at least capable of handling the same variety of conditions and situations as an average human driver (and the average driver is not very good, and they still have no problem figuring out where the road goes if the lines are a bit sketchy), then it’s not ready for the road.

    But yeah, when it does come, we probably won’t own the cars anymore. They’ll be too complicated and expensive, with serious maintenance requirements, and liability concerns, that only corporations or maybe public utilities will be able to operate them.

    That is, unless someone manages to produce real AI sometime in the next couple of years - AI that can really understand what it is seeing, rather than just running mindless algorithms.

  • Philly Mayor Blames ‘Price Gouging’ for Outrage Generated by City’s New Soda Tax

    01/13/2017 1:37:40 PM PST · 38 of 61
    -YYZ- to alternatives?

    “Don’t forget the sales tax applies to the increase.”

    And according the article this tax on sugary drinks applies at the wholesale level. So one would reasonably expect to see this cost increase not only passed on, but also marked up to maintain profit margins.

  • Morocco reportedly bans burqa over security fears

    01/12/2017 10:53:34 AM PST · 22 of 53
    -YYZ- to Travis McGee

    “Asking a Muslim wife or daughter if she wants to wear a hijab or burka is the same as asking a slave if he likes his chains, while the master holds the whip.”

    That about covers my thoughts on this subject.

  • Cleveland man charged in deadly accidental shooting at dinner party 'extremely sorry,' attorney says

    12/13/2016 2:08:40 PM PST · 62 of 90
    -YYZ- to Rappini

    “I’ll bet that everyone on FR knows that if the mag is out on a semi auto it still could be loaded, idiots.”

    I’ve never handled a handgun in my life (Canadian) and I know that. I also know enough not to handle a loaded gun (and you always assume they’re ALL loaded, all the time) like that.

  • Unarmed Grandfather 73, shot 9 times by cops.

    12/13/2016 9:02:21 AM PST · 71 of 122
    -YYZ- to Lil Flower

    “And? Because some dumb ass thinks they see someone with a gun the cops are supposed to just show up and start firing like it’s the old west?”

    Exactly my thought. OK, I understand that as a cop when you have an (anonymous, likely) report of someone with a weapon, you want to be careful. Although I would think you would approach every situation, regardless of whether or not a weapon has been reported or seen, with care. And by the same token, just because someone has reported seeing a gun, you don’t want to make assumptions about what is going on.

  • Oakland Fire Survivors Reunite with Commune Leader

    12/08/2016 2:25:14 PM PST · 40 of 42
    -YYZ- to cicero2k

    And so, if the city willfully turns a blind eye to a place like this, knowing that people are living in it, and it is being used for events like this, despite the obvious fire hazards, I’d say they’re a legitimate target for a lawsuit. This is why we have fire marshals, code enforcements, etc. Also the putative slumlord is probably settlement-proof, although he may have more money than you’d think.

  • There's a hunger problem on America's college campuses

    12/07/2016 1:14:31 PM PST · 66 of 103
    -YYZ- to Daffynition

    I lived at home with my parents when I went to university. What % of people going to college/university don’t have one within commuting distance of their home? Living in residences/dorms/off-campus housing when you can’t even afford the tuition yourself, or have to borrow a bunch of money for it, seems like a luxury. Unless you get accepted to an ivy league school, or are going somewhere like MIT for engineering, it makes little difference where you get your undergrad degree, anyway.

    Later, when I finished school, hadn’t yet started making good money (unemployed for a while), but living on my own, I learned how to stretch my food budge. A pound of regular ground beef, a big box of pasta, and a big can of sauce will make several meals.

  • United Airlines will charge extra fee for use of overhead bins

    12/06/2016 1:59:36 PM PST · 59 of 102
    -YYZ- to T-Bird45

    Been coming for a while. Almost everyone getting on a flight today brings a max-sized (if not over) carry-on bag with them. There’s not enough space in the overhead bins for everyone to do that. Planes have a cargo hold for a reason. I’m sick of waiting forever to get seated on a plane while somebody searches for an overhead bin that isn’t already full. Meanwhile there isn’t even enough room left in the overhead bin above MY seat to put a jacket.