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  1. #40541
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    Nov 2007
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    on today's long walk, met a friend, we're on a dirt road which essentially goes nowhere (which we like), when suddenly seven van loads of soldiers shoot by us....laughter ensues, had to figure they were lost (there IS a military firing range and Mountain Warfare School in the area, but in the complete opposite direction)...sure enough, five minutes later, back they come. These guys are taught to read maps, right? I smell a GPS snafu, very common around here.

  2. #40542
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    Quote Originally Posted by budwom View Post
    on today's long walk, met a friend, we're on a dirt road which essentially goes nowhere (which we like), when suddenly seven van loads of soldiers shoot by us...laughter ensues, had to figure they were lost (there IS a military firing range and Mountain Warfare School in the area, but in the complete opposite direction)...sure enough, five minutes later, back they come. These guys are taught to read maps, right? I smell a GPS snafu, very common around here.
    Or maybe the dog situation escalated?

    Or Canada finally made its move?!?!

  3. #40543
    Quote Originally Posted by bundabergdevil View Post
    Or maybe the dog situation escalated?

    Or Canada finally made its move?!?!
    Is it weird that I really hope it's the last one?

  4. #40544
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    Feb 2007
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    Boston area, OK, Newton, right by Heartbreak Hill
    Quote Originally Posted by ClemmonsDevil View Post
    Is it weird that I really hope it's the last one?
    It's not weird. Deep down you know Canada doesn't want us and you'd like to think they feel differently.

  5. #40545
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bostondevil View Post
    It's not weird. Deep down you know Canada doesn't want us and you'd like to think they feel differently.
    Well, in fact the soldiers were headed North, at least until the d'oh moment, then they headed South...Canadians are very polite and great neighbors, so when they do make a move on us, I'm sure they'll ask "is it OK to invade today, eh?"

  6. #40546
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    Feb 2007
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    Washington, DC area
    Quote Originally Posted by Phredd3 View Post
    I use ALAC. Compressed, but fully lossless.

    Edit: I maybe should add that I got too much storage on my phone because when my old one died, they didn't have the model I really wanted in stock. I paid a bit extra to walk out of the store that day, but with double the storage I intended to have. So, everything fits. I had been using high bit-rate AAC, but I could tell the difference. I can't with ALAC.
    Thanks. I was looking into FLAC. Hadn't realized Apple got into the lossless game.

    -jk

  7. #40547
    Quote Originally Posted by Bostondevil View Post
    It's not weird. Deep down you know Canada doesn't want us and you'd like to think they feel differently.
    I assume they feel like they live in an amazing apartment perched above a meth lab.

  8. #40548
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    Quote Originally Posted by ClemmonsDevil View Post
    I assume they feel like they live in an amazing apartment perched above a meth lab.
    Yes, they are like the redbilled expickers, who sit on the back of rhinos, eat parasites, and hope the rhino doesn't screw stuff up too badly.

  9. #40549
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bostondevil View Post
    It's not weird. Deep down you know Canada doesn't want us and you'd like to think they feel differently.
    Yeah. I think theyíre jusssstttttt fine.

  10. #40550
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    Nov 2007
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    Vermont
    In fact they really don't want us, at least as residents...a good friend is a big time microprocessor designer, has a huge skill, plenty of money, but he's in his fifties and the Canucks said no thanks to his residence inquiry, they see us as
    healthcare fugitives. Maybe being in one's forties would change that...

  11. #40551
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    Quote Originally Posted by budwom View Post
    In fact they really don't want us, at least as residents...a good friend is a big time microprocessor designer, has a huge skill, plenty of money, but he's in his fifties and the Canucks said no thanks to his residence inquiry, they see us as
    healthcare fugitives. Maybe being in one's forties would change that...
    I prefer to think of us as exporters of the American lifestyle.

    Itís all about branding.

  12. #40552
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    Quote Originally Posted by bundabergdevil View Post
    I prefer to think of us as exporters of the American lifestyle.

    Itís all about branding.
    They do love much about our lifestyle...still waiting for the border to reopen, it's not going to be any time soon...

  13. #40553
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    Quote Originally Posted by budwom View Post
    They do love much about our lifestyle...still waiting for the border to reopen, it's not going to be any time soon...
    I knew i bought that moose suit for a reason! Only question is, you want to be the head or a** end?!

  14. #40554
    Quote Originally Posted by budwom View Post
    on today's long walk, met a friend, we're on a dirt road which essentially goes nowhere (which we like), when suddenly seven van loads of soldiers shoot by us...laughter ensues, had to figure they were lost (there IS a military firing range and Mountain Warfare School in the area, but in the complete opposite direction)...sure enough, five minutes later, back they come. These guys are taught to read maps, right? I smell a GPS snafu, very common around here.
    They were but effective map reading needs to be practiced every once in a while. Also, some times it is hard to translate map to reality when mounted. It took me a while to get used to it, particularly going from the old topographical maps.

  15. #40555
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    Feb 2007
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    Boston area, OK, Newton, right by Heartbreak Hill
    Quote Originally Posted by budwom View Post
    In fact they really don't want us, at least as residents...a good friend is a big time microprocessor designer, has a huge skill, plenty of money, but he's in his fifties and the Canucks said no thanks to his residence inquiry, they see us as
    healthcare fugitives. Maybe being in one's forties would change that...
    It's been a long time, but I was aware (did not participate in it myself) of a study on healthcare satisfaction across several countries. Results: Canadians love their healthcare system until you ask them if they would be as satisfied if they could never go to the US when wait times became to difficult to manage. Without the safety net of traveling to the US when absolutely necessary, Canadians' satisfaction with their healthcare system drops significantly.

    No country has healthcare completely figured out. If there were an easy solution, somebody would have found it.

    Case in point of an area where the Canadian healthcare system fails - covid vaccines. The US has gotten 265 million shots in arms, 118 million (35.8%) people fully vaccinated (nearly 4 times the adult population of Canada) while Canada has managed ~17 million shots in arms and 1.3 (3.5%) fully vaccinated. Darn straight that border should remained close - to protect US! And Canada wouldn't even be doing that well if the US hadn't started sharing doses with them in late March. (There are several factors that get into PPB territory to explain why Canada failed so miserably, but a large contributing factor has to do with how their healthcare system is structured.)

  16. #40556
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    Feb 2007
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    Boston area, OK, Newton, right by Heartbreak Hill
    Speaking of fully vaxxed, I got my second shot yesterday. So far, I'm tired but otherwise doing OK.

  17. #40557
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    Nov 2007
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bostondevil View Post
    It's been a long time, but I was aware (did not participate in it myself) of a study on healthcare satisfaction across several countries. Results: Canadians love their healthcare system until you ask them if they would be as satisfied if they could never go to the US when wait times became to difficult to manage. Without the safety net of traveling to the US when absolutely necessary, Canadians' satisfaction with their healthcare system drops significantly.

    No country has healthcare completely figured out. If there were an easy solution, somebody would have found it.

    Case in point of an area where the Canadian healthcare system fails - covid vaccines. The US has gotten 265 million shots in arms, 118 million (35.8%) people fully vaccinated (nearly 4 times the adult population of Canada) while Canada has managed ~17 million shots in arms and 1.3 (3.5%) fully vaccinated. Darn straight that border should remained close - to protect US! And Canada wouldn't even be doing that well if the US hadn't started sharing doses with them in late March. (There are several factors that get into PPB territory to explain why Canada failed so miserably, but a large contributing factor has to do with how their healthcare system is structured.)
    I am very very conversant with the top U.S. hospitals within easy range of Montreal, e.g. UVM and Dartmouth, and I can report that they get precious little visitation from Canada....but our local airport gets tons of Canadian business, probably 40%.
    So Canadians love to come here, just not for medical care...

    And I know lots and lots of Canadians, we talk about this a lot, they laugh about the U.S. (mostly political) propaganda that their healthcare system is not as good as ours...so maybe the study you are referencing is badly dated, because I see no evidence that Canadians are, in any meaningful way, dependent upon a U.S. safety net.

  18. #40558
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    Feb 2018
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    Durham, NC
    Quote Originally Posted by -jk View Post
    Thanks. I was looking into FLAC. Hadn't realized Apple got into the lossless game.
    Apple has released ALAC to open source, now, so a lot of players have both ALAC and FLAC capability. Apple Music (formerly iTunes) still doesn't support FLAC, though. As far as sound quality, they are identical. ALAC can embed metadata in the file (like album art), which FLAC can't do, if that kind of thing matters to you. As far as file sizes, there's conflicting reports about which gives smaller files. I suspect it depends on what metadata you have and what kind of music it is, primarily. Both seem to come in around half the size of raw WAV. Both support Hi-Res encoding, if you believe in that. Personally, I can't tell the difference between Redbook and Hi-Res, even on VERY good equipment (in a side-by-side, blind, A-B-X test).

    In short, there's not much to choose between them, except that ALAC is more thoroughly supported by Apple/Mac, and FLAC is more thoroughly supported on PC-based systems.

  19. #40559
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    Feb 2007
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    Boston area, OK, Newton, right by Heartbreak Hill
    Quote Originally Posted by budwom View Post
    I am very very conversant with the top U.S. hospitals within easy range of Montreal, e.g. UVM and Dartmouth, and I can report that they get precious little visitation from Canada...but our local airport gets tons of Canadian business, probably 40%.
    So Canadians love to come here, just not for medical care...

    And I know lots and lots of Canadians, we talk about this a lot, they laugh about the U.S. (mostly political) propaganda that their healthcare system is not as good as ours...so maybe the study you are referencing is badly dated, because I see no evidence that Canadians are, in any meaningful way, dependent upon a U.S. safety net.
    I agree, it could be badly dated. The primary use of the US healthcare system at the time was for elective surgeries (including CABG). As to the Canadian healthcare system being better or worse than ours, it depends on what question you are asking. If you have a kid with an inoperable brain tumor? There are no proton beam radiation treatment centers in Canada. None. As for Canadians not going to Vermont for medical care, I believe you. I have, however, met more than one Canadian family seeking treatment for their kid with cancer at MGH. (Kids come from Vermont to MGH as well.)

  20. #40560
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    Feb 2007
    Location
    Boston area, OK, Newton, right by Heartbreak Hill
    And based on the vaccine rollout, healthcare system aside, our public health network is better than Canada's. They aren't the same thing.

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