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  2. The Art of the Game

    Why does this art form remind me so much of the style used by indigenous people in Canada? Of course that's a rhetorical question. I watched that 3 hour video of David Bull you had linked. It gave a good idea of what it takes to create one of these. These would be popular at crafts shows around here and you can use you're imagination and create anything you want.
  3. Don't even joke about free trade agreement guy. The Liberals of Canada may actually want Trump to surrender the NAFTA agreement and replace the U.S. with China. As Trudeau discovers the ways of the world it is going to be Canadians who suffer from his acquiescence with China. To date, the negotiations with China have been a complete disaster. Justin's family is close friends with the Castro family and has publicly displayed admiration for China and Iran specifically for their dictatorship. He also shares similar beliefs with Barack Obama in regards to their anticolonial marxist dreams for their respective countries. Canada's new ambassador to Beijing John Mccallum kicked off negotiations with China in April 2016 using Justin's strategy for negotiations by saying yes to whatever China wants in advance. He said, "Within 24 hours of arriving in China I was invited to present my credentials to President Xi Jinping and I conveyed a message to him from our prime minister which can be summarized in 3 words more more more" A month later McCallum reveals that human rights abuses in China are not even up for negotiation anymore but justifies it by braging over the amount of money Chinese tourists spent in 2015. In September 2016 shortly after Trudeau's arrival in China, he learned of his new nickname given to him. The name "Trudeau" sounds like the mandarin word for "potato". At some point they changed this to "Little Potato". I don't have much faith in our trade negotiator when the other party uses an undignified nickname for him and he seems fine with it. After this Justin went to Hong Kong and raised concern about China's human rights record, but in the same sentence went on to criticize Canada for it's indigenous peoples abuse. This resulted in China running a media article about the Prime Minister criticizing Canada for our past abuse on indigenous people and further weekening our leverage. In early 2017 Trudeau went against the recommendations of the Department of National Defense, Canadian Security Intelligence Service as well as the US Department of Homeland Security and gave away our top secret military laser technology, putting us and our allies at a military disadvantage. In November of 2017 the Prime Minister infuriates world leaders and embarrasses host nation of Vietnam when he failed to show up for a crucial meeting to salvage the Trans Pacific Partnership. Later this month when he visited China again under the pretense that they would talk about free trade, Trudeau got snubbed and the trip ended in a waste when he left without our Canadian detainees and no trade deal. Trump claims there is a trade deficit of $71 Billion with Mexico and a "pretty good trade deficit with Canada. They were saying WE have a surplus with Canada, I said no and I like the Prime Minister very much, Prime Minister Trudeau, nice guy, good guy, I like him. Trudeau was wrong though because he was not including lumber and energy. With those categories, he claims the US has a $17 billion deficit with Canada. To me I would predict that Canada will sooner allow Chinese telecommunications companies to start in Canada, possibly British Columbia, before a U.S. company gets a foothold.
  4. It's not so much the idea of capitalism as much as Canadians are desperate for some type of competition between the cable companies because they have a monopoly over all communications and the CRTC has always been cozy with the governments. This is generally a bipartisan issue but some are so frustrated that they toss around the idea of allowing US companies a chance to compete for Canadian subscribers. This would quickly take subscribers from our current providers because of the higher value service but on the other hand this can also become a slippery slope for a sovereign country to partake in. Cutting the cord and canceling service seems to be the only thing that has an effect but many Canadian are too docile to bother complaining. As for an FM antennae, I have run coaxial cable on to the roof so it is in clear view of the transmitter or sometimes just in front of a window and got good reception. I figured you're cables ran to a vhf antennae on the roof to receive analog over the air channels. These VHF antennae are built with the same attenuation that FM radio uses so they may coexist.
  5. The Movie Network and HBO Canada are packaged as a bundle and they show on our bill as $18.00 / month. So for cable cutters or anyone who is only interested in watching Game of Thrones as they first air for example, need to purchase a cable plan as well as the Movie Network / HBO package which cost about $48.00 / month cad.
  6. HBO is not available in Canada, even through Amazon Prime Canada. Bell owns the rights to this and they will not license it to any competitors. The builder of you're house installed coaxial to every room so the owner could run a set to any room as well as using it for an FM antennae. It's a contemporary way of providing data transmission and because there's 15 of them, they also had the foresight to future proof their needs.
  7. The USA has an aging infrastructure, specifically the last mile where it transfers from the cities fiber optic to the copper line which traverses from telephone poles to underground tubes. It's the same thing in Canada. The cities and provinces have helped subsidized the cost of these fiber tier 1 lines running across the southern parts of Canada but many buildings are still using copper coaxial. Our population density is considerably lower so we can still achieve adequate speeds. I made a mistake. We do have an equivalent to HBO Go in USA, called HBO Now and all the shows are available. What hasn't changed is that you need to purchase a basic cable package before you can log into the streaming app which comes out to at least $48.00/ month before tax. HBO has never been all that interested in expanding to Canada because the number of potential subscribers is not a very enticing prospect also, the CRTC won't allow a US cable company to provide services here but it doesn't even matter since Bell Canada is more than willing to overpay for access to HBO's properties and ultimately Bell Canada uses this exclusivity to leverage subscribers. This is where our cable providers are hedging their money. They find new content, buy the rights in Canada and then force you to buy from the cable company.
  8. OpenMedia helped sway the crtc in 2016 mandating the Canadian television providers to offer a skinny package for cable television service. The idea is to get some channels for no more than $25.00 / month with the option to add individual channels. The immediate problems are; 1. Current subscribers who already have a medium to fat packages would see an increase in cost if they were to add the channels they already have today. 2. These skinny packages have almost nothing of value. For instance out of 21 channels, 7 of them are french and out of those, 3 are government propaganda radio. 3. We have 3 news sources in Canada; CTV, CBC and Global. CBC is a state funded left leaning news media. CTV isn't terrible but they were built years ago on government hand outs and I believe Global has always been entirely private. Worst part about these options are that they are the national versions and no option to watch any of the local community versions. The U.S. has HBO Go which gives full access to HBO's past and present content for $15.00/ month but if Canadians want HBO they have to purchase a basic cable plan and then add HBO Canada. There is no access to old content although Game of Thrones will show on time which I believe is the only thing people wanted the last 7 years. Our cable boxes allow us to sign in to Netflix as well as record television shows. Lets do some math. Lite MaxTv $25.00 Hardware rental $5.00 HBO Canada $18.00 $48.00 without tax Netflix is $9.00 basic, $11.00 for two screens, $14.00 for 4K Let's just choose basic. Add internet. Options; 20 Down 5 Up = $58.00/ month 40 down 10 up = $68.00/ month 80 down 15 up = $85.00/ month Let's choose the first. $48.00 + $9.00 + $58.00 = $115.00 + 14% tax = $ 131.10/ month
  9. This seems like a loaded question which will only incriminate myself further but I will attempt to convey my perspective. First, there is no value if you love sports in Canada. The real pirates are the media companies and the crtc. If you follow only you're most local hockey teams then you will need to purchase the Sportsnet package, the rest of the teams are blacked out. To get access to the rest, then you need to purchase Rogers NHL Live who would otherwise blackout you're local teams. If I bundle my internet with these sports channels I save a few bucks but it's already $130 month before tax with only 1 reciever. I enjoy baseball when I have the time. Sportsnet takes care of the Blue Jays games but if you want to follow other teams, you need to subscribe to MLB TV for about $140 annually which is cheaper than having it bundled to my cable plan. The Movie Network and HBO Canada are $18 month which many people want. The rest of the channels I never watch. There is also no option for what we call "conservative" news in Canada, in fact the only channel I can think of is Fox News in New York but the CRTC has banned it long ago and it has almost no interest in Canada. For the record though, I do subscribe to MLB but for hockey I just take the easy and cheaper path of watching illegal streams.
  10. I use internet protocol television. I make a donation of $75 US to my international associates and in return they provide me access to their servers. The service is good for 1 year and I get access to 95% of the U.S. channels as well as other countries. This service works on android boxes although it does take more effort to get working and needs to be maintained more often. In fact almost all the complaints of no service are from android boxes. I recommend purchasing a mag 254 set top box from infomir. The support for it is universal and I almost never need to reboot it. Everything else I download through torrent the following day with my PC. For sports I use Sports Devil on Kodi and for NHL I use NHL Reddit streams on the PC or on one of my spare laptops. The mag box would be ideal for a bedroom, spare room or living room. It comes with it's own television guide similar to a satellite dish and you don't need to update any of this stuff and it's not any more difficult to bugger than a cable box. Netflix would compliment the box well.
  11. What about So-Poor-Oh? It may be popular with the unemployed and trailer trash.
  12. A while back I had asked if there was any literature regarding the launch of the Nintendo Entertainment System. I was told the NES never became popular to the American public until 1987. Considering the official American release was in the fall of 1985 I figured there had to be something out there. By late 1984, the Famicom had already sold millions of units in Japan, shadowing the market 9 to 1. Knowing the collapse of the videogame industry left by Atari and Coleco, the retailers and the press stateside told the public that videogames were only a fad and home computers were going to be the future. At the Winter Consumer Electronics Show held in January 1985 in Las Vegas, Nintendo’s booth demonstrated Rob the robot along with other peripherals such as keyboard and data cassette along with the base unit calling it a Advanced Video System to avoid being dismissed as a video game only toy because of the industry crash in America during the last 2 years. This is the brochure they gave to attendees at the Nintendo booth. Brain Breaker of Nintendo Age has provided the only known photos from this booth. Between February and June of 1985, there are currently 6 different sources of media coverage. The Summer CES of 1985 was held June 3rd in Chicago. Nintendo had dropped many of the expensive peripherals and began to focus more on what was eventually released to the American public. The official American release was in late October 1985 but only for select markets. New York first, then Chicago, L.A. and San Francisco in early 1986. These photos were taken late 1986 but they were built for FAO Schwarz Oct 1985 release. They are the only known photos of this display. Steve Lin was one of the first customers during this period and he has recently discovered some public relation materials and order forms he had and scanned it for preservation. He also scanned the results of a survey Nintendo released in January - February 1986. In the May 1986 Issue of Computer and Videogames they review the Deluxe NES set as well as the current popular games. Edward Semrad wrote a column for The Milwaukee Journal on Saturdays. On August 9th he wrote his opinions on the NES and again the following weekend which were quite unfavorable. Nintendo would make another appearance at summer CES in 1986 but nothing is available besides this Ad they created for it. Edward who would later go on to become a senior editor for Electronic Gaming Monthly must have either succumb to the charms from the growing 3rd party games arriving from the orient or he was influenced by the mass hysteria growing on the street by children of all ages despite the attempts from the media to block the success because by December of 1986, he was beginning to favor the lunch box shaped magic box. In 1987 the Nintendo Fun Club News was published and this year Nintendo really learned how to market their golden goose. There was a scarcity for the system as well as the games. It was word of mouth at this point and that mouth was hungry for more of Nintendo. C&VG issues from 1987 are missing although I suspect they will contain more literature on the NES. The Milwaukee Journal once again casts light on the NES in January 17 1987 with columist Edward Semrad. Nintendo returned to the winter CES in 1987 and not much is know except this official trade ad. Edward soon wrote about it on June 6th 1986. 1988 became easier to find NES coverage with Electronic Game Players and Nintendo Power. By 1989, the mainstream realized that videogames were here to stay in America. From what I remember kids used to go outside and play. They loved the clean air and excercise. The day kids discovered the Nintendo Entertainment System and especially before 1990, instead of going outside, looked forward to going indoors and playing their Nintendo. Kids would be driven to disobey their parents and stay up till 1 AM on weeknights, 4 AM on weekends. I watched an episode of 20/20 from 1988 that interviewed children who owned the NES and felt as though I was looking in the mirror. ***Credits*** Milwaukee Journal, Author Edward Semrad Steve Lin, San Francisco California^tfw& Frank Cifaldi, Game History Org Brain Breaker, Nintendo Age, Jan 1985 CES Exhibit Contributors to Game History Org’s “The NES Launch Collection” , Google Drive
  13. Net Neutrality and Zero Rating

    Yes Pai wants to repeal the 2015 reclassification applied to broadband providers because it is based off of legislation from the 1930's which were never intended for modern day broadband and internet providers. Added to this, the pile of new regulations added in the 80's, 90's and 2000's only complicate the process of regulating the industry effectively. The real issue here is not about whether the FCC wins or loses rather, the FCC could use the same power to regulate internet service beyond broadband. The new goal of the FCC is to take a different approach to regulating providers and internet in America by focusing on actual abuses of market power while continuing to support the basic principles of net neutrality. One particular issue in court right now is the AT&T / Time Warner merger. AT&T being the owner of DirecTV while also being one of the largest fiber optic providers and Time Warner owning some of the largest content studios including Turner Broadcasting. So far the justice department has said that AT&T/ Time Warner will need to sell DirecTV or Turner Broadcasting before this deal can go through, something both companies don't want. I think these companies need to be broken up in this case because if this new conglomerate owns both the fiber optic cable as well as controlling the media content being created, this will negatively affect the industry and the users.
  14. Net Neutrality and Zero Rating

    The repeal of Title II regulations in 2015 was not a handout to ISP's. It was set into motion in the 30's to regulate Bell telephones from controlling the entire market. It was also a law designed for public utilities such as electricity, railroads and water and never designed for something dynamic as broadband internet. In fact the Obama era FCC decided to classify broadband as common carriers in 2015 so as to simplify the means of enacting net neutrality which resulted in regulation becoming worse rather than better. It also had the unintended consequence of shielding broadband providers from the FTC's authority over online privacy. Futhermore, implying that chairman Pai has colluded and conspired for what I would assume in you're mind would be power and financial rewards is a baseless claim. Pai has consistently supported the basic principles of net neutrality: ISPs should not be allowed to block specific legal websites or devices, intentionally slow some traffic to benefit others, misrepresent their network management practices or otherwise behave in conduct long-considered anti-competitive in American law. Right now 6 companies own about 90% of the media business in US: News Corp, Disney, Viacom, CBS, Time Warner and Comcast. Only 7 companies own the internet backbone in the US. They are UUNET, Level 3, Verizon, AT&T, Qwest, Sprint and IBM. Many people purchase their internet access from smaller ISP's who purchase their bandwidth from the larger companies. I have long supported's goal of keeping the larger companies from dictating to these smaller ISP's how much speed, how many gigabytes of data they allow and most importantly how much they have to charge. These have been long hard battles through the years and alot of them have been won although it is not over.
  15. Net Neutrality and Zero Rating

    I have been an active supporter of who advocate against governments and telecommunications making misinformed decisions regarding fair use of internet infrastructure on behalf of citizens. I’ve learned through this organization that the only way to have you’re voice heard in Canada and USA regarding the FCC and CRTC is to have money as well as signatures when you go up against opposing lobbyists. I feel like most people for lack of a better description are ignorant towards topics including internet service providers, telecommunications, cable/satellite providers, copper wire, fiber optic, 4G and everything else that is a derivative to this technology. It’s easy to look at you’re cable bill and cellphone bill and internet bill and say this is highway robbery, these guys are crooks, we pay a premium invoice and in return get inferior service. I don’t have all the answers. How the hell would I know what the results are going to be in however many years? If I had to guess, I would say political parties will continue to spread misconceptions about each other based on what side of the spectrum you are on and everyone in between will continue to get wiped out. In all honesty, I don’t believe calling congress will have any useful affect. We are going to have to step forward whether we like it or not and in the future we will arrive at another crossroad, being wiser then we were before.