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Rabid Ontario

Ontario had an 80% increase in the number of rabies cases in 2016. linklink  The ongoing outbreak has a very wide range with racoons testing postive in Hamilton as well as London and to cattle in Listowel testing positive. link In April, MNRF will begin bait dropping in hotspot areas. link

ISPs are watching

The US Senate just voted to give ISPs (Internet Service Providers) the rights to inspect the data travelling to and from their customers.  link

Previously ISPs had a relationship to your data akin to a postal worker and your mail.  They just carry it.  They aren't expected to know what's inside.  Now that's changing and ISPs need to pry into your online habits to know how to target your advertisements and sell your profile to marketers.  Hope you aren't doing anything you'd be embarrassed by!

New Drone Regulations

New drone regulations are now being enforced. Tired of that annoying peeping-tom neighbour? Call the cops. Drone operators disobeying the new regulations can now face fines of up to $3000 link

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If you don't like trying to remember darkshade.homeip.net, maybe darkshade.hiddencorner.org would be easier?  They both go here now, so use whichever you like.

Neanderthals used weeds

New research into Neanderthals shows they used plant and fungus based medicine which included active ingredients like aspirin and penecillin.link

No Electoral Reform

Unsurprisingly, the Liberals don't want to adopt a new election system now that they are in power.  The excuse is that Canadians "can't reach consensus" on a new system.  link

Do you like breakfast food?

McDonalds and A&W have announced they will start serving breakfast all day starting near the end of February.  link

Apparently Burger King and Tim Hortons both did this previously and have stopped.  I think I know why they weren't making enough sales on it... they didn't advertise it enough!  I certainly didn't know they went all day for breakfast.

I hope A&W includes their classic breakfast on the all-day menu.  Mmmm bacon, eggs, and toast.

Ooops

Just a heads up everyone, you won't be able to log in for a while.  While dealing with a particularly nasty spam flood and their accounts, I accidentally deleted our accounts.  I'll try and restore from a backup, or else update the site to a new forum.

Update: Selected accounts have been restored

America Self Destructs

So sick of the establishment and wall street, last night Americans pushed the self-destruct button to elect a political Molotov cocktail.  Once it became clear Trump was going to win, the Canadian Immigration web site crashed from heavy traffic and the DOW took a nosedive.

The DNC really shot themselves in the foot by minimizing the voter passion behind Bernie.  What are your thoughts on this election?

Apple Loses It

Apple thought it would be a good idea to lose the headphone jack in their new iPhone.  They thought it was time to lose the X in OS X.  They seem to have lost the drive to innovate in favour of change for the sake of change.

They lost costumers.

They lost revenue for the first time since 2001. link  A 9% loss, in fact.

Do you think Apple has lost their way?  As a mac user (and Windows and Linux) they seem to be retooling their OS to adopt Windows 10 features.  The latest iOS has a distinctly Android feel.  Apple has gone from setting the direction to letting others set it for them.  This seems like a bad idea for the company branded on innovation.

Yes, Apple has borrowed great ideas from competitors in the past, but it was always rolled into the overall vision.  Now there seems to be no internal vision, and all the ideas are adopted from competing systems.

Electoral Reform Survey!

This is apparently the last day to offer opinions on the direction Canada's Electoral Reform should take:
link

It looks to me like the the options under consideration are 1) sticking with First Past The Post, 2) Alternative Vote, and 3) Mixed Member Proportional.  I would like to have seen seen Single Transferable Vote as a consideration as well.

Yahoo Hacked

Yahoo has confirmed that the names, email addresses, date-of-birth, telephone numbers, hashed passwords, and unencrypted security questions and answers of 500 Million accounts were hacked in 2014.  link

It is recommended you change your security credentials on any service that shares the same information.  Yahoo itself is committed to pushing their new "Account Key" app or give them your cell phone number (for hackers to steal that too) for 2-factor authentication.

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