B.C. court rules homeless have right to camp
The measures are similar to those in Maple Ridge, where city officials successfully lobbied BC Housing for rent subsidiaries and a temporary shelter, while working with outreach agencies to find housing for dozens of people in a tented camp on Cliff Avenue. The last tent was voluntary taken down this week, Mayor Nicole Read said.

“A lot of people were angry. How could they put tents up on a residential street,” Read said. “A lot of people in the community didn’t understand why the RCMP didn’t just throw them off the street.”

Read said the district went through a “tumultuous time” in dealing with the tent city. Officials had previously shunted the homeless camps around, but the members rebelled by calling the media and setting up a blockade.

About 50 of the 84 people cited in Maple Ridge’s homeless count last year have since been housed or given rent supplements, Read said.

Surrey, which brought in bylaw officials last February to dismantle a tent city in Whalley, said it works with social outreach workers to monitor homeless people, of which there were 403 in last year’s count. The city will have its first winter shelter since 2013 this year, with hopes of building a permanent shelter at a new site near Surrey Memorial Hospital.

“Our position is we want to find them housing wherever we can. If not, we move them along,” said Jas Rehal, the city’s manager of bylaw enforcement.

However, Langley City Coun. Gayle Martin argues the solution to the homelessness problem requires more than just shelters or housing, but should tie in social services.
homelessness  poverty 
10 days ago
Editorial: Cities must provide shelter, or give up public spaces to homeless
This is hardly a great solution for those without shelter. They would be required to set up their tents each evening and remove them every morning.
homelessness  poverty 
10 days ago
Here's when to shell out money for BC Ferries reservations | CBC News
Busiest days of week: Thursdays and Fridays
Busiest sailings: From Swartz Bay, the 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. sailings. From Tsawwassen, the 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. sailings. Morning sailings were more likely to get all vehicles on board.
Busiest months: August was the busiest month in both directions. September was the second-busiest month from Swartz Bay, while from Tsawwassen it was July.
Busiest specific days: From Swartz Bay: Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays in July and August, and the Thanksgiving and Canada Day long weekends. From Tsawwassen: Thursdays and Fridays in July, and the Thursdays and Fridays leading up to the Canada Day and Labour Day long weekends.
10 days ago
936: Password Strength - explain xkcd
Bruce Schneier thinks that dictionary attacks make this method "obsolete", despite the comic assuming perfect knowledge of the user's dictionary from the get-go. He advocates his own low-entropy "first letters of common plain English phrases" method instead: Schneier original article and rebuttals: 1 2 3 4 5 6
passwords  security 
10 days ago
A handful of Dorothy Day’s most profound thoughts on the Mass
“Besides, man’s first duty is to praise God, to adore him, to thank him."
19 days ago
Find longest java class name
find . | grep -v Test | perl -nl -e 'if ($_ =~ /\/((\w+)\.java)/) { print length($2) . " $1"; }' | sort -nr | head -20
java  programming 
20 days ago
The Secret to Love Is Just Kindness - The Atlantic
“There’s a habit of mind that the masters have,” Gottman explained in an interview, “which is this: they are scanning social environment for things they can appreciate and say thank you for. They are building this culture of respect and appreciation very purposefully. Disasters are scanning the social environment for partners’ mistakes.”

“It’s not just scanning environment,” chimed in Julie Gottman. “It’s scanning the partner for what the partner is doing right or scanning him for what he’s doing wrong and criticizing versus respecting him and expressing appreciation.”
22 days ago
diff within a line - Unix & Linux Stack Exchange
For color, install colordiff, then do: wdiff -n a b | colordiff
word  diff 
4 weeks ago
Jake Archibald on Twitter: "HTTPS = "Is the response untampered & from the expected sender?" CORS = "Can I access the content of this resource?" CSP = "Only allow requests that look like this…" SRI = "Only allow content that looks like this…" CORB = "
HTTPS = "Is the response untampered & from the expected sender?"
CORS = "Can I access the content of this resource?"
CSP = "Only allow requests that look like this…"
SRI = "Only allow content that looks like this…"
CORB = "Don't allow my data into another origin's process"
programming  acronyms 
4 weeks ago
Compare Side-By-Side - Packages - Package Control
Jump to next: Alt+Shift+Down, Jump to previous: Alt+Shift+Up
sublime  diff 
4 weeks ago
amazon web services - AWS Difference between a snapshot and AMI - Stack Overflow
An EBS boot AMI is an EBS snapshot of the EBS root volume plus some metadata like the architecture, kernel, AMI name, description, block device mappings, and more.
6 weeks ago
Frequently Asked Questions FAQ Coastal Heat Pumps Victoria BC
Q: How much does a heat pump cost?
The typical cost of an installed ductless system with one heating/cooling zone ranges from $4000 to $6000.

However, for smaller homes, we have all-inclusive packages that start as low as $3900. Adding more capacity to the system will increase costs, as will the complexity of your home’s layout.

For an all-inclusive installed air source heat pump, our prices range from $6000 to $12,000, depending on the size of your house, backup heat source, quality of duct work, ventilation options, and a range of other factors.

If you’re worried about the initial cost, remember that an air source heat pump will usually pay for itself (through lower energy bills) within 3-5 years.
april 2018
Software Testing: 101 Top Tips, Tricks and Strategies
“How can a professional manual tester who runs routine tests regularly become more creative? There are some useful pieces of advice that might be of help to any tester:

Find out what the software under test is not expected to be doing. Try those things out.
The ‘what if’ should become the leading question of the software research. So you are finding yourself in the middle of Apple Watch testing. How will it act if an iPhone it is paired to runs out of battery, etc.?
If you can do anything in the system (meaning it allows you to), do so without question and despite everything telling you shan’t do just that.
If possible, get the system (or device) under test out of your working premises and try it in a real environment.” – Guideline for Successful Software Testing in 2017, A1QA; Twitter: @A1QA_testing
testing  programming 
march 2018
Does This House Have Good Water Pressure? - via @Redfin
Aim for water pressure that is 60-70 PSI.
Highmark set pressure to 50 PSI
march 2018
Air conditioner in vinyl replacement windows
If your air conditioner is installed in a vinyl replacement window, think about using a wood reinforcement strip below the appliance to distribute its weight. An air conditioner is heavy enough to distort some vinyl replacement windows. Also, consider screwing L-brackets into the window channel rather than letting the unit rest against the window sash
march 2018
Most Common Problems in Installing a Window Air Conditioner | Home Guides | SF Gate
When installing a window air conditioner, many people simply open the window, slide the air conditioner into it, and close the window as far as it will go. This installation method forces the window itself and the window sash to bear the weight of the air conditioning unit and could potentially damage the window. This is especially true with vinyl replacement windows, which can be easily broken or warped by a heavy air conditioner.
march 2018
Need some advice install a AC window unit into a vinyl window. : HomeImprovement
You could take some wood (either 3/4", 1x or 2x stock...whatever is necessary for your height), cut it to fit in the window, and fit in between the ridges on the bottom of the frame, for example, between the inside edge of the window and the first ridge, it appears as if standard 2x stock would fit between the front edge and the first lip. Just cut down a 2x4 (or 2x2) to be about 1" tall and rest your AC on top of that.
march 2018
Can I install an air conditioner in my Harvey vinyl windows?
You cannot rest the air conditioner directly on the vinyl sill. We suggest you put a 2 x 4 into the sill track that measures 1″ or 2″ higher than the sill so the air conditioner can rest on it
march 2018
Nobody Knows What They're Doing
People are very good at recognizing disarray and incompetence on their side of the aisle, but they tend to think the other side is intimidatingly capable and unified and unburdened by scruples or normal human vulnerabilities.
march 2018
Pixar's 22 Rules of Storytelling | Aerogramme Writers' Studio
Once upon a time there was ___. Every day, ___. One day ___. Because of that, ___. Because of that, ___. Until finally ___.
march 2018
The Indispensable Document for the Modern Manager | First Round Review
I like using 1:1s to check-in on how you’re doing, what you need from me, personnel issues, broad strategy questions that we can seed/discuss, miscellaneous activities like speaking events or other professional development, discussing concerns from what you shared in your written progress reports or holes in the reporting, me providing any missing context from the board or elsewhere, and bi-directional feedback. Reviews of results against plan should be in writing and other forums (e.g. Product Review, Pipeline Review, Customer Health Review, etc) as I’m likely one of many stakeholders that’s invested in the performance of your function. I believe peer accountability around performance is more powerful than accountability to me so it’s more important that you create transparency to those affected by your results, in addition to me.

“The questions to ask are simple: How’s it going? What’s hot? What feedback do you have for me? How can I support you? Are you happy here? These are open-ended inquires — invitations to say more,”
march 2018
‘Smart’ water bottles are a thing now—should you buy one? - Reviewed.com
Overall, the Ozmo smart cup delivered on its promise to help me drink more water throughout the day.
smart  water  bottle 
february 2018
What To Do If Your Car Catches Fire - Autoblog
"If you've got an older vehicle, we tell people that after probably eight or nine years, it makes sense to drop comprehensive coverage because you'll probably be paying out more than what the vehicle is worth."
car  insurance  comprehensive 
february 2018
Normal temp with exergen forehead scanner? - BabyCenter
Above 37.2 is low grade fever

"Yes. The average range is 96.5- 98.9 c.
Some people will say anything up to 100.4 is acceptable but anything over 99c is considered a low grade fever and just needs watching."
fever  thermometer 
february 2018
Fever and temperature taking - Caring for Kids
Normal tympanic temperature range: 35.8°C to 38°C
february 2018
My Favourite Secret Weapon – strace – zwischenzugs
strace (or its Solaris equivalents, truss dtruss) is a tool that tells you which operating system (OS) calls your program is making.
strace  programming 
february 2018
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