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Door to Door Sales Ban now in Effect

Provincial door to door sales ban came into effect on March 1st 2018. Unfortunately, the ban does not include telecoms.

The door-to-door sales of the following products are now banned:

Air cleaners
Air conditioners
Air purifiers
Duct cleaning services
Water filters
Water heaters
Water purifiers
Water softeners
Water treatment devices
Bundles of these goods and services.

Fines are significant for corporations breaching the ban.


Prostate Cancer Death Rates Overtake Breast Cancer Rates

BBC article revealed that prostate cancer deaths are on the rise and now exceeds breast cancer deaths. Globally, prostate cancer is now the second leading cause of death (by cancer) after lung. But it is # 1 in Canada. Symptoms are not usually noticeable in the early stages and can be similar to UTI infection. It is recommended that men in their 40s get a baseline PSA blood test. Elevated PSA levels can indicate the presence of cancer but also a host of other issues. It just lets the doctor know more testing is required.

Meltdown and Spectre

Meltdown and Spectre are two major computer vulnerabilities in the news these days.  A fairly descriptive article explains that an attacker could gain access to your system through your web browser.

To protect yourself, make sure you are using the latest version of Chrome or Firefox as your browser, and keep your operating system updated with the latest patches.

Meltdown is an even more serious problem, in that it requires a new CPU, and reportedly affects only Intel chips.  So maybe, if you're looking to buy a new intel device, you might want to consider AMD or waiting.  Unfortunately, the "fixed" chips will run 5%-50% slower (although 30% gets most widely reported).

Apparently the CEO of Intel knew of the vulnerability before he started selling off his stock in the company, and this was a factor causing Google Project Zero to reveal the issue.

Leroy Jenkins was Faked

Is anything in this world real anymore?  The Leroy "At least I've got chicken" Jenkins viral video from long ago was apparently meant as satire.  https://kotaku.com/the-makers-of-leeroy-jenkins-didnt-think-anyone-would-b-1821570730

Ironically, the original video was released the same year as Poe's Law - without a clear indicator of the author's intent, it is impossible to create a parody of extreme views so obviously exaggerated that it cannot be mistaken by some readers or viewers as a sincere expression of the parodied views. 

Mozilla thinks all Firefox users watch Mr. Robot

Recently something unexpected was added to your Firefox browser.  Mozilla installed an extension for viewers of Mr. Robot.  Supposedly some sort of game for fans of the show, but I know I didn't ask for it.  To remove it:
[quote]you can remove it by going to your Firefox menu, clicking Add Ons, going to the extensions tab, and removing Looking Glass.[/quote]


HP Laptops found to have keyloggers

I've never liked HP.  This is just one more reason.  Since 2012 HP has shipped more than 460 models of laptops with keyloggers built in.  http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-42309371

The full list is here: https://support.hp.com/us-en/document/c05827409

So long Net Neutrality

Bah  >:( https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20171122/09473038669/fcc-releases-net-neutrality-killing-order-hopes-youre-too-busy-cooking-turkey-to-read-it.shtml


Loblaws orders Tesla Trucks

In an effort to reduce their carbon footprint, Loblaws is pre-ordering Tesla Trucks for their fleet.  https://techcrunch.com/2017/11/18/canadian-grocery-chain-orders-25-tesla-electric-semi-trucks/

Every Single Yahoo Account

Remember Yahoo had a breach back in 2013?  You may have thought your account was safe...  well, it wasn't.  It's been discovered that every single Yahoo account at the time was hacked.  http://money.cnn.com/2017/10/03/technology/business/yahoo-breach-3-billion-accounts/index.html?lipi=urn%3Ali%3Apage%3Ad_flagship3_search_srp_content%3B0O%2BnM%2BWBQrKMzuHfq2jgDw%3D%3D

Tom Petty

I know a number of us on here liked Tom Petty.  He passed away today after heart failure.  http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/tom-petty-rock-iconoclast-who-led-the-heartbreakers-dead-at-66-w506651

Twitter Doubles Your Length

The maximum length of your Tweets is being doubled from 140 characters to 280 characters.  I guess that will cut down on the number of multi-part tweets, but how long before they just remove the maximum (or make it sufficiently large as to be unlimited)?  https://blog.twitter.com/official/en_us/topics/product/2017/Giving-you-more-characters-to-express-yourself.html

The Less You Sleep, The Shorter Your Life

Sleep deprivation is on the rise, and it's shortening our lives.  https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/sep/24/why-lack-of-sleep-health-worst-enemy-matthew-walker-why-we-sleep  Make sure you catch all your Zzzz's

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