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Is it really sexual harassment? can you even harass code? I think that most people enjoy doing "bounds" testing of code. Did the program Cortana to say something witty when x happens? Dumb article and clickbait-y title. BOO CNN

Growing up in Houston, Ive seen the boom bust cycle that seems to have been a part of the oil business since Rockefeller was running Standard Oil. Just because oil is cheap right now doesn't mean that people are going to stop working on clean energy and a replacement for petroleum based transportation. It may slow things negligibly but people who are smart enough to be looking into that aren't really swayed by the price of a barrel of oil.

The Saudis are trying to sweat out the more expensive production methods,(tar sands, bitumen, shale) as part of a long term play to get the price of a barrel of oil to where they want it ~80-100/bbl. I don't think they anticipated that US and other producers would just make up for the lost revenue by producing more(again, something that goes back to the beginnings of the oil business). The government is at risk of making themselves insolvent in the next 5 years or so if they continue this policy[1] and Im not really sure why they(or any producer) are making such short sighted decisions. Its not going to get better until the reduce the supply side glut[2]. Most producers are reactionary to this type of volatility and cancel well completions which take many months to bring online. Once we have reduced the over supply look for another swing as consumption overtakes available of supply until new wells can be brought back up to speed. From the information I have being in the business, that will take about 2-3 years or more, which may cause some pretty catastrophic financial crashes as Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, and other producers run out of money, which is already happening.[3]

keeping oil in the 50-100 dollar range is probably best for the world economy, but keeping everyone honest enough to produce the amount needed to get oil prices there is the problem. IMO, the blip in SUV sales isn't going to significantly impact the environment. Even SUVs are getting 20mpg hwy in real world driving now. This is easily 25-50% better than the last time oil was cheap 10-15 years ago. Government standards are still mandating better CAFE scores, and everyone will be producing electric cars in the next 5-10 years. Some of the supply glut could be blamed on the fact that most cars are more efficient now and are using less oil.

[1]https://www.rt.com/business/319465-saudi-bankrupt-projection... [2]https://www.eia.gov/dnav/pet/hist/LeafHandler.ashx?n=PET&s=W... [3]http://www.businessinsider.com/nigeria-is-running-out-of-gas...


I see some good points and bad points in this article. I applaud the president for looking into an issue that is traditionally ignored by leaders in the US- the effects of our prison system on the population. I wish he hadnt stopped at solitary confinement. Our entire prison system and matrix of crime->sentencing needs to have a complete overhaul to remove the drug bias on sentences. Repeat violent offenders need to be kept off the streets. Drug users need help, not incarceration.

I also wish he hadn't taken credit for reducing crime. I think that this has almost nothing to do with the president. Its very easy to cherry pick the statistics you like and claim responsibility. Would he also like to take responsibility for the continuing/increase in violence against citizens by the police? The violations of civil liberties? Anyway, I hope that this starts building momentum that we need to change our prison system. I think some of the policing issues will start to work themselves out as different socio economic groups see that cops aren't there to harass and arrest, and that drug users may be able to get help.


> I applaud the president for looking into an issue that is traditionally ignored by leaders in the US- the effects of our prison system on the population. I wish he hadnt stopped at solitary confinement.

I agree. Criminal justice reform is a primary plank of Clinton's platform, and Sanders strongly supports the discussion as well. I don't think we've seen this kind of focus in recent memory. I think this is going to be a growing issue in coming years, as access to information about our justice system becomes more democratized due to things like cell phones and Internet literacy giving more avenues for spreading experiences and information to people who previously didn't have them.


> Would he also like to take responsibility for the continuing/increase in violence against citizens by the police?

Where can we find reliable stats that track police violence over time? Just curious.


An SClass drivetrain costs a small fortune to maintain. In general, people who purchase a used S class are wanting the status at steep depreciation prices, and as a rule arent willing to pay the price of routine maintenance.

I see both sides of the argument. Buying a good used car for cash is probably a better investment financially. I personally don't trust the secondary car market to be honest with me that a car has been taken care of properly. Maintenance records can be and are faked. I generally don't mind paying more to have a newer and usually more reliable car with a warranty. I do usually drive them until they're paid off plus some time span, but in general its not very long, 1-2 years max.

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Im not sure why Apple would just arbitrarily re-write proven code because there is a new language. This makes no sense. Should a technical/business case arise to rewrite something, then sure do it in Swift. Is there some subtext here that he is trying to prove that apple doesnt believe in their own language?

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The thing is, it may not be a design fault, but an improperly built part from a supplier that botched it with cost cutting measures. The production samples Renault received were probably glorious and will work for centuries, only to have the production run substitute a cheaper material that is "functionally equivalent".

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Even so, it should still be their responsibility. They're the ones selling the finished product to the consumer.

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I dont disagree. To me its a game of blame passing, but I think that is the reality of the car biz. Brands usually design the look and most of the time the engine. Suppliers do the rest.

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Thats a design fault.

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The content I suppose is interesting if a bit pretentious, but the voice over is like nails on a chalkboard.

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I was recently in Calgary. I found the people there friendly, polite and nice just like all the Canadian stereotypes suggest. I would love to live up in Canada, but HOLY HELL is it COLD! I couldnt deal with that. I was just in Calgary, I cant imagine Edmonton, Red Deer or the like. Is it just as cold on the east coast? I would imagine it has to be.

Signed, Someone from Houston, Tx

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Southern Ontario where the bulk of the Canadian population lives has basically the same climate as Chicago or Detroit. It is cold in the winter and blistering hot in the summer with a 170-ish day growing season. If you don't consider those places to be brutally cold you wouldn't consider it that way here. In fact the areas on the north shore of Lake Ontario have a milder climate (due to lake effect) than those of upstate NY to the south of us.

I grew up in Alberta. It is cold and dry and has a short summer. I prefer the weather here even if the summers can be a bit too humid and hot for me.

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Upstate NY here, and we get the worst weather in the US from Canadian winds and lake effect snow. For half the year it's always windy, always cold, always snowy, and always so, so gray.

But aside from that it's a great place to live. Land is cheap, you can get good local food anywhere, and we're safe from nearly every natural disaster you can think of. Just bring a jacket.

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Seems like many Americans near the border have this perception as Canada being the 'source' of their cold weather.

In reality the bulk of the nastiest storms here in Ontario come over the lakes from northern Michigan, which is, yes, north of us. Look on a map, most of the heavily populated areas of Canada are as far south as northern California. The parts that are north of the 49th are much less populated.

Yes, periodically there is a nasty cold front coming down from Hudson's bay, but the prevailing winds and weather patterns are west to east. So most of our weather blows over from the midwest U.S.

The really nasty awful cold weather last year for example, hit the U.S. midwest harder and nastier first.

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I see elsewhere in this thread you mention you live near Hamilton. Well, I work in Hamilton and commute from Niagara, and that puts you and I south of the following: Washington, Montana, North Dakota, Minnesota, and Maine, 2/3rds of Oregon, Idaho, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Vermont, and New Hampshire, 1/2 of Wyoming, Michigan, and New York.

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Here in Ohio we so look forward to what we call Alberta Clippers. Quick little snow storms followed by colder air.

So, yup, we tend to refer to snow and cold as coming from Canada.

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If the weather's too cold, just put on better clothing and suddenly it's comfortable again.

Unlike Houston, where it's crazy hot and humid all the time, and there's nothing you can do about it except for hide inside in the air conditioning.

No, the problem with Canada recently has been that it's been too warm. It's hard to really appreciate winter if it's too warm to go skiing or skating. We got close to an inch of rain on Sunday here in Ottawa that really messed up our snow. :(

I'll take the weather in pretty much anywhere in Canada over the weather in Houston any day.

I will complain about the lack of sunshine in the wintertime here, though. That's just depressing.

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Really, any day?

It's 65 and sunny in Houston today, it's 16 and snowing in Ottawa.

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It's 12F (-11C) and snowing here in North Finland but the children are still in the playground at school.

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Yes, my daughter and I are going skating tomorrow.

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As far as Canada goes, the winters in Calgary are pretty nice. I've lived in the Yukon, Nova Scotia and I grew up in the lower mainland of BC, but I'm in Calgary now and have been for a couple of years. Definitely prefer it here.

There's little snow, and we get tons of sunshine. When it does get cold, it's dry, so it doesn't feel as bad as a warmer temp on the coasts. You get reprieves in the form of chinooks too, where the temperature will jump up 20 degrees for a week or two. It's above freezing here today, but it was at -20C on Friday.

There is a tech scene here as well, and it's starting to get a bit more traction now that oil and gas aren't eating up all the brain power. Getty Images has offices here, and there are start-ups in and out of the energy industry. It'll be interesting to see what the city looks like in 10 years. Lots of folks are calling for it to be the next Detroit, but it doesn't really seem to be going that way.

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The West Coast (Vancouver, Victoria, etc.) rarely falls below zero degrees Celsius. Southern Ontario gets cold but it doesn't generally get Alberta-level cold. To be honest, I would rather live in Toronto than Houston.

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The west coast isn't cold - Victora has a growing tech scene, and Vancouver always has jobs (not a lot of money, but lots of jobs).

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It's actually been a pretty mild winter here so far. I can't remember any really cold days.

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I have a sugar ant problem in my house and this had me thinking of how they find the food so quickly. I knew it came down to pheromones but this explanation really clarified it for me.

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I wondered what the driver was for this as well. I can see 2 main reasons- 1) narrow pedestrian streets and unpaved paths were probably easier to navigate with two wheels and 2) BECAUSE GYROSCOPES!

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