Creeping sharia

Bizarre behavior from Twitter:

The new Twitter police:


Attention whore

Shawn Ahmed says he knew he wanted to participate, as soon as he learned the CRTC asked to hear, in person, from consumers frustrated by their telecom service provider.

"For the average consumer, this affects every one of us," says Ahmed, a Rogers customer who outlined in his submission to the CRTC concerns that he was misled about price.

Then, later, comes this surreal detail:

Ahmed, 37, says that as a gay Muslim and social media activist, he has received death threats and has had to resort to worshipping online to protect his safety. He says the internet is not a luxury like cable TV, it's crucial.

"For people on the margins, like the elderly, disabled or immigrants, we use it as a lifeline," says Ahmed.

"Protect his safety"? He just plastered his name and face in a news story which can be accessed by any Muslim who wants to make a homosexual fly.


Fake news + diversity + tech

I've been buying components and building my computers for the last fifteen years. Today, it's very easy for a novice to start the same process because there are amazing YouTubers who share their awesome computer builds. In just a few hours, one can go out, buy the exact same components, and follow along with a video to assemble a new, powerful PC.

For example, take a look at this beautiful build by JayzTwoCents.

Now, let's see what happens when an idiotic, SJW organization hires an ignorant colored clown to build a PC, records the whole thing, and then shares it with the world:

OMG, how progressive and so-not-racist of The Verge to have a Black guy building a PC. So what if he doesn't have a fucking clue about what he's doing. Merit is, like, so racisss!

Here's my breakdown of the ignorance and stupidity in that video:

00:35 Tweezers? (Laughs.)

00:37 A Swiss army knife! There's a global shortage of Phillips screwdrivers.

00:40 Anti-static bracelet? It's magical! He bought it at Saruman's gift shop.

02:47 The brace!? That's not what it's called.

03:05 He installed the motherboard in the case at the very beginning! This is going to make it more difficult to put the CPU, RAM, and the NVMe SSD in the motherboard later. Order matters! By the way, doesn't your CPU cooler require a back plate? How will you attach that when you've already screwed in the motherboard in the chassis? The magic of editing will take care of that.

03:26 2666 MHz is not "fast" for RAM.

04:34 Did you just install both your RAM sticks right next to each other? That's not how dual channel works. I wouldn't be surprised if the computer doesn't even boot with that setup.

04:39 The graphics card goes in the fastest lane. Period.

05:08 Your power supply is overkill. 600-650 watts would have been enough.

05:19 Insulating pads!? Short circuit what!? (Laughs.) Also, let's place the power supply in the case so that the fan is not facing the outside. Give this man a Nobel!

06:18 "Every power supply is going to come with big bag of velcro cables." False.

07:15 Exposed CPU holder, er, slot. The entertainment is off the charts!

07:22 CPU applicator ... WTF? Just match the triangles and just drop the CPU in the socket.

08:12 This bozo provides false information regarding thermal paste. The thermal paste on the AIO CPU cooler is enough. However, if you're not happy with that, then REMOVE that paste before you apply your own on the CPU. He doesn't remove the thermal paste from the cooler and he goes ape shit with the thermal paste on the CPU. This will create air bubbles between the CPU and the CPU cooler. This will make the CPU run hotter. This is the bloody opposite of what one wants!

09:05 Does the term cable management mean anything to you?

Here's an image of the final build:

Shit show

The CPU cooler is missing a screw on the lower left! It's like showcasing a table that only has three legs. Also, for some strange reason, The Verge has disabled comments and we can't see the numbers of likes and dislikes on this epic disaster gaming PC build. Sad!


Money maker

33 days to go for recreational marijuana legalization in Canada. The news stories and hype will likely result in a manic bubble in the bud sector which will be followed by an epic crash. The big guns will make money as the stock prices spike and then make even more money shorting the sector. It wouldn't be surprising to see year-end news stories about poor fools who went all-in near the all-time highs and are down 50% or worse.


Private property in the cloud

The simple reality:


The Cloud can piss off

Vox Day:

When the whole Cloud thing started being marketed, I wondered who on Earth would fall for it. I mean, it's bad enough to run your programs on someone else's machine, but to actually store your files somewhere else?

My workplace has a few computers. After using them a few times, I gave up and bought my own laptop for work. I would keep my files up to date on my home computer by using a simple flash drive once a week.

The Cloud? Nope. For the same reason as mentioned by Vox Day.


Never on time: The Tesla Story

Tesla is so predictably late that this is now expected of them:

Over the last month, Electrek has received several reports from Model 3 buyers seeing delivery delays. Matt Gribben reserved a Model 3 and placed a $1,000 deposit over 2 years ago when Tesla unveiled the vehicle.

In May, he placed the actual order for the Model 3 and updated it in June when Tesla launched the Performance version.

On August 20, Gribben was told that his vehicle had been produced. Tesla gave him a VIN and a delivery date, but two days later, the automaker contacted him to tell him that there was an issue with the vehicle’s battery pack and he would be “assigned” a new car.

A few days later, they reached out again to give him a new vehicle to be delivered on August 31, but a Tesla representative called a day before the delivery date to tell him that there was actually no new Model 3 assigned and it’s now not clear when he is going to get his car.

I would bet that the two-year wait didn't bother the customer much. However, the multiple layers of incompetence in that two-week period has seriously pissed him off.


The tears of bag holders

Most People Are Idiots:

Kim Hyon-jeong, a 45-year-old teacher and mother of one who lives on the outskirts of Seoul, said she put about 100 million won, or US$90,000, into cryptocurrencies last fall. She drew on savings, an insurance policy and a US$25,000 loan. Her investments are now down about 90 per cent.

Over the years, I've talked to many Canadians who wanted to "invest" in crypto or an explosive penny stock. The common element is always their microscopic time horizon. They want to get rich tomorrow! One guy uttered this memorable statement: I will only invest in a stock if I think it'll go up by 50% in the next year.

Most people don't have the personality to delay gratification and save money. What's sad is that the many who do, end up going YOLO for lottery tickets or going FOMO on the latest get rich stock or scheme.

Building wealth is an excruciatingly slow process for the average person. Trying to do it in a few days, weeks or months usually ends in tears.


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.