The Purge will continue

It'll be amusing when soft-Left liberals have their web presence deleted. Their reaction will be: but ... but ... I'm a good person!


Bell vs. Rogers: Dawn of Gigabit

Unfortunately, this scorching speed is not available in my neighborhood:

Two of Canada’s biggest internet providers have slashed prices by about 45 per cent in parts of the country for their most advanced offerings, but industry observers say such skirmishes are usually very local and short-lived.

Bell Canada is offering a gigabit-per-second home internet package with unlimited data for $79.95 in parts of Toronto, down from $149.95, until the end of July.

The prices at Bell are really odd. For example:

  • Fibe 25: 25 Mbps, 350 GB monthly limit.
  • Gigabit Fibe: 1,000 Mbps, Unlimited usage.

Those two Internet plans have the exact same price -- $79.95!


The speed of tech

My first computer had a 2.1GB hard drive. It was puny and slow. That was twenty years ago. Soon, Samsung will unleash an 8TB SSD:

Samsung Electronics, the world leader in advanced memory technology, today announced that it has launched the industry’s highest capacity NVMe solid state drive (SSD) based on the incredibly small Next-generation Small Form Factor (NGSFF)* – an eight-terabyte (TB) NF1** SSD. The new 8TB NVMe NF1 SSD has been optimized for data-intensive analytics and virtualization applications in next-generation data centers and enterprise server systems.

The epic specs:

The NF1 SSD features a brand new, high-performance controller that supports the NVMe 1.3 protocol and PCIe 4.0 interface, delivering sequential read speeds of 3,100 megabytes per second (MB/s) and write speeds of 2,000MB/s.

YouTubers with deep pockets would benefit from using this beast when editing 4K videos.


The ROBELUS Oligopoly

It's data mania in Manitoba:

Looks like Manitoba is quickly becoming a hotbed for wireless competition. The reason for the ramp-up in activity could be the recent Bell/Mts merger, or the pending launch of Xplornet’s wireless service.

Late last week, Rogers unveiled a $70/20GB and $80/30GB Manitoba-only Share Everything plan promo plans for new and existing customers.

I checked out the plans offered by Rogers.

Manitoba: Unlimited Canada wide calling + 30GB of data. Price: $90 per month.

Ontario: Unlimited Canada wide calling + 12GB of data. Price: $145 per month.

Customers in Ontario are getting 40% of the data while paying 61% more!


Disavow! Disavow! Disavow!

What a pussy.

Yup.


Not cool Tesla

Tesla Inc chief Elon Musk’s refusal to answer “boring” Wall Street questions about the electric car maker’s financial condition sent shares down as much as 7 percent on Thursday and spurred concerns about its ability to raise money in the future.

Tesla just burned over $1 billion in three months. How long can a company survive with that kind of negative cash flow? Who is going to give capital to Tesla after this response?

In a conference call on Wednesday, Musk refused to answer questions from analysts on Tesla’s capital requirements, saying “boring questions are not cool.”

Tesla got tremendous attention because of the crazy acceleration of its cars and the high-tech wizardry inherent in its various products. But now, the bigger problem for Elon Musk is competition ... rich German competition:

VW, BMW and Mercedes-maker Daimler have increased their investment in electromobility, aiming to produce e-cars at a fast clip reliably and find the customers willing to buy them. The German automotive industry invested €4.7 billion between 2016 and 2017 in adapting its factories, more than all the other big competitors together, according to an analysis by consultancy EY.


Canadian stock market fail

The TMX Group provides info on why most of the Canadian stock market simply stopped working on Friday afternoon:

The outage, which began at 1:37:25 pm EDT Friday on MX and 1:39:13 pm EDT on TSX, TSXV, and TSX Alpha, was caused by a hardware failure in a central storage appliance of the trading system. This hardware failure impacted both the primary and the redundant components preventing storage failover procedures from engaging.

Wait. One hardware malfunction takes out both the primary and redundant parts of the system? Looks like the TMX Group should pay for a better setup.


Ignoring economics

Elon Musk knows that if oil becomes prohibitively expensive, then people will switch to electric cars. He wants to accelerate the process. Of course, that means crippling and mounting losses.

The point about the grand forecasts of Musk is undeniable.

For example: In early 2016, Tesla's production forecast for 2020 was 500,000 cars. That was quite an optimistic outlook since the amount of capital, infrastructure, and batteries needed would be staggering. But then, in May 2016, Elon Musk stated that Tesla will produce 500,000 cars in ... 2018!

Let's see the Tesla production numbers from the past few years.

  • 2015: 51,095
  • 2016: 83,922
  • 2017: 101,027

Just a tiny 395% increase in production for the year should do it!

The original Tesla forecast for 2018 was 200,000 cars which Elon Musk bumped up to 500,000 cars! Now, even that initial projection looks wild. I guess those insanely optimistic numbers got him a lot of money but now that he has built up a record of delays and failures, the investors are going to fold their arms.


Canadian stock market croaks

I was checking a Canadian stock quote an hour ago and noticed that it was stuck at 1:39 p.m. The US tickers were working as usual. A halt, perhaps? Nope. The whole Canadian stock market had frozen.

The TMX Group says technical problems have affected the Toronto Stock Exchange, Montreal Exchange and other markets it operates.

The Toronto-based company issued a series of notices by Twitter to alert all users of its trading services.

This is embarrassing:

It wasn't a crazy, high-volume day. So, what happened? Did some diversity hit the fan?


Skin in the Game

A trader shows us how he makes money using technical analysis.

With WEED at US$20, I thought he would buy and sell a few thousand shares. Instead, it was 10,000! That buy was quite stunning for a day trade. Add to that the sizable CRON flips and this guy is moving some serious capital.


A to Z

Goliath has a voracious appetite:

Banks have been warily watching Amazon.com Inc. for signs it would threaten their world. The tech giant's latest move looks more like an opportunity.

Amazon should enter the Canadian banking market and offer zero-fee chequing accounts. The Big 5 Banks in Canada could use a little competition.

More:

Amazon is in talks with JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Capital One Financial Corp. about the product, the Wall Street Journal reported Monday. The target is younger consumers and people without checking accounts, the newspaper said, citing people familiar with the matter. The strategy could help Amazon lower fees it pays to financial firms and give it a bigger window into customers' income and spending habits.

That's quite the achievement for a firm that started off as an online bookstore.


Appeasing the Muslims

How progressive of Google:

Google has pulled one of the world's largest gay dating apps from the Indonesian version of its online store in response to government demands, Jakarta said on Wednesday (Jan 31), amid a crackdown on the LGBT community.

Officials had called for the tech giant to remove 73 LGBT-related applications, including dating services, from its Play Store and urged people to shun apps that broke with cultural norms in the world's biggest Muslim-majority nation.


Genius mom

HardOCP:

Apparently Twitter employees look at all your Twitter direct messages and at least one of these guys is saving all those pictures of your girlfriends to show to your wives later when they file to divorce you. My mom always told me when I was a little boy, "Kyle, never take pics of your junk and DM it on Twitter. Those guys are will extort you one day." Of course, this happening back in 1972 really makes me think of just how much a visionary my mom was.


The God Emperor shall not be mocked!

Rizvi gets thrashed for this absurd tweet.


Social Justice Cancer

Let's count the vaginas, Negroes, other colored people, ... yeah, that's what gaming is about.

Also, I feel so unrepresented when I watch American football, European soccer or Aussie cricket. Where the Paki ex-Muslims at?


The Canadian Weed Chronicles

I was thinking of selling and then buying the dip this morning but decided to HODL! Soon, of course, TD croaked again:

Traders using at least two major online discount brokerage platforms are complaining of sporadic outages and expressing frustration that the latest glitch has tied their hands amidst a broad plunge in marijuana stocks.

Clients of TD Bank's WebBroker and Royal Bank's RBC Direct Investing platforms have again taken to social media to gripe about problems, after facing similar issues in recent days.

A TD spokesman says "unprecedented" trading volume continues to drive some intermittent delays for its online and mobile WebBroker clients, and the bank rolled out a broad update on Tuesday night to increase the platform's capacity.

Apparently that increase wasn't enough. Canada is six months away from the legalization of recreational marijuana. If the online platforms of the two largest banks are already melting down, then what will happen as the hype and volume increases when we approach July?

The big, upcoming news stories are the MOUs from the three big provinces. Ontario, Quebec, and British Columbia will sign supply deals with the major firms (Canopy, Aurora, and Aphria). Those events will cause a huge spike in volume.

Are you ready RBC? Are you ready TD?


Time is money

CBC has picked up the story:

The Royal Bank of Canada says it is working to resolve an ongoing issue that has seen its customers unable to access online banking and self-directed investing brokerage accounts on Wednesday.

"Some clients are experiencing delays when attempting to log on to our Online Banking and RBC Direct Investing platforms due to heavy trading volumes," RBC spokesperson A.J. Goodman told CBC News in response to an emailed inquiry.

RBC makes nearly $1 billion in profit every month.


Facebook zucks

A cartoon about hating and murdering White people or Jews (because they're so damn PRIVILEGED) is totally cool in the current year.


The truth is problematic

Also:


Twitter suicide

Just like numerous civilizations, many businesses are also very good at destroying themselves:

Twitter’s announcement yesterday that it would begin removing verification badges from some accounts had an immediate impact, as the company stripped the blue checkmark from a handful of accounts associated with the far right. But the announcement, which arrived via five tweets and an update to a Twitter support page, left much unanswered. The most common question was why Twitter would remove a user’s badge instead of simply suspending or banning the account. And the answer, the company says, has to do with offline behavior.

Ed Driscoll:

Note however that curiously, while white supremacist Richard Spencer was de-certified, Kevin Spacey, Harvey Weinstein, Bill Clinton, Al Franken, Dan Rather, and Louis Farrakhan all still have their blue checkmarks.

Of course, offline behavior of the right people will be scrutinized.


The monster arrives in 2020

When it comes to making a beast of an automobile nothing touches the acceleration of an all-out electric car.

That would make it the fastest street-legal car on Earth.

I've read that the range should be around 900 km!?! The starting price will be US$200,000. Why!? With those astonishing specs, Musk ought to have the base price at $500,000. He'll still sell out all of them. That Tesla roadster will be king when it's beating every Ferrari, Porsche, and Lamborghini. It should be priced higher.


Increasingly tiring

The utter stupidity of SJWs:

OMG, Farrah Khan! Did you just assume the gender of the 32 photographers!?!

This is NOT OKAY, you cis scum!

Yes, Nikon did search for "women" photographers. They found millions of them. Then, they sent out rejection letters to every single one because that's how the patriarchy rolls!