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Sens Talk / Gonchar traded
« on: June 11, 2013, 07:23:52 AM »
Gonchar was traded to the Stars for a 6th round draft pick.  This gives the Sens 7 picks in the draft.  Good for future development.
 
http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=425114

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Anything But Hockey / Were you a member then?
« on: May 23, 2013, 03:11:27 PM »
Found a snapshot of our site from April 25, 2003
 
http://web.archive.org/web/20030707012827/http://www.sensnetwork.com/forum/
 
BTW the site is now 10 years old.
 
 

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Anything But Hockey / First ever website restored
« on: April 30, 2013, 07:23:31 PM »
So the very first website launched 21 years ago has been restored with all its original info.  Basicly its an information site on what the World Wide Web is and what the then offerings were.  We've come a long way in 21 years.
url is  http://info.cern.ch/hypertext/WWW/TheProject.html

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Sens Talk / CBC: Paul MacLean says Ottawa Senators are ready to go
« on: January 10, 2013, 03:11:58 PM »
http://www.cbc.ca/sports/hockey/nhl/story/2013/01/07/sp-nhl-paul-maclean-ottawa-senators-ready-to-go.html
According to this article Alfredsson feels that the shortened season will be in his favor.  He has maintained his conditioning through the lockout and feels strong going into training camp.  He also stated he is not making any decisions on his future until the es=nd of this season.
Looks like Anderson will be the #1 keeper with Bishop as the backup and Lehner as the callup.
 
 

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General Hockey Discussions / Brian Burke fired from Leafs
« on: January 09, 2013, 01:29:09 PM »
http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/2013/01/09/maple_leafs_fire_brian_burke/
The assumption is that he was fired as he was trying to get trade their 1st round draft pick for Luongo. 
Could it be the 128-135-42 record with the Leafs and the longest non-playoff drought ever?
 
 
 

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Anything But Hockey / Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone
« on: December 25, 2012, 10:13:55 AM »
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to my fellow Sensnetwork members and Sens fans everywhere.


Rene

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General Hockey Discussions / World Juniors
« on: December 12, 2012, 01:32:14 PM »
So the first tournament game for Canada is on Dec 26 against Germany at 4am EST.  Anyone getting up that early to watch the game?  It also sounds like our Canadian team is quite strong this year and has a great shot at the gold.  Looking forward to the tournament.
 
 

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Polls, Polls, Polls, What Sayeth You / Who will win the 100th Grey Cup
« on: November 22, 2012, 08:07:06 AM »
I beleive that the Argos will win in front of the home crowd.  Ricy Ray was nothing short of genius in Montreal and their defense was rock solid.  They will have to work on their 3rd down conversions however.
 
 

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Sens Talk / Cowen requires surgery
« on: November 12, 2012, 10:24:44 PM »

Ottawa and Binghamton Senators defenceman Jared Cowen requires surgery on a lower-body injury and will miss an undisclosed amount of time.


The procedure is expected to take place within the coming week.


The 21-year-old Cowen missed the past eight games with the AHL's Binghamton Senators after sustaining the injury in October. The Saskatoon native registered three assists in the club's opening three games before being sidelined with the injury.


From TSN  http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=409362

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Anything But Hockey / McGuinty resigns as Ontario premier
« on: October 16, 2012, 07:50:11 AM »
The man also known as Mr. Teflon has resigned.  Better to leave on your own terms than thrown out by the voters I guess.  His big mistake however was to prorogue the legislature until the Liberals have a new leader.  Although it does sweep the various scandals and bills under the rug it also means nothing gets done and it could be months before a new leader is selected. 

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General Hockey Discussions / Possible labor dispute this fall
« on: August 05, 2012, 09:35:19 AM »
According to this article the contract talks are not doing so well.  I would think that both sides would want a speedy resolution as another work stoppage would do real damage to the sport.
 
http://www.cbc.ca/sports/hockey/nhl/story/2012/08/04/sp-nhl-labour-talks-gary-bettman.html

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Other Sports Talk / summer olympics
« on: July 30, 2012, 08:06:51 PM »
Is it me or are my expectatons of our athletes way to high.  Only one medal in 3 days.  Seriously tho I do blame the government for their lacklustre attitude towards the overall approach to our national pride which includes the funding towards our athletes.  Where in some countries where their athletes are well taken cared of so that they can train to the best of their ability, for many athletes here thier training is secondary to meeting their daily needs. Its pitiful.   

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Anything But Hockey / Auto prices between Canada and US
« on: June 13, 2012, 07:37:47 AM »
This is nothing that people dont already know about.  THe best example is the Acura MDX which is made in Ontario.  In ontario the cost is roughly $54,000 but in New York the car is $10,000 cheaper.  If you are interested in crossing the border to buy a cheaper vehicle?  Good luck as the automakers have told the dealers that if any are found doing so will lose their franchise. 
 
http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/story/2012/06/12/ottawa-car-price-disparity-border-shopping.html

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Anything But Hockey / Hockey haiku
« on: June 12, 2012, 11:49:39 AM »
It's summer,  lets have some fun.  I'm sure that most people know what haiku poetry is.  Although in Japanese there is a very strict set of guidelines on how haiku is formed, in other languages it's not as restrictive.
 
So here is mine to start:
 
Alfie has the puck,
he shoots
Please come back
 
 
 

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Anything But Hockey / price of gas
« on: March 30, 2012, 08:30:05 AM »
Might as well bring back this topic as prices at the pumps are creeping up quicker than ever.  If it continues to climb, and they predict $1.50 by summer, I can see a lot of people staying home rather than travelling.  This will not be good for the tourism trade or the economy in general.

Good article here  http://www.canada.com/business/Lower+prices+translating+into+cheaper+gasoline/6380481/story.html

good site here  http://tomorrowsgaspricetoday.com/index.html

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Announcements / The site has to move
« on: February 17, 2012, 07:26:33 PM »
Unfortunately the host we use has decided to go down the road of overselling their services and due to a few slow sql queries they have given me notice to vacate within a week.  I will be taking the site down on Monday to move it to a new host.  It may then take an extra day or two for the dns changes to take place. This really sucks as I was paid up until July.  I will ask for a refund but I doubt I will be getting one.

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Anything But Hockey / SOPA - new Anti Piracy law
« on: January 18, 2012, 09:58:41 AM »
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2012/01/17/f-sopa-canada.html
 
Even though this new SOPA law is in the States it will affect sites here in Canada.  This anti-privacy law is an outrage
 
 


 
 What is SOPA? This act allows content owners - movie companies, music labels, etc. - to obtain court orders requiring search providers such as Google to filter their search results to exclude websites that host allegedly infringing material, and requiring the net registrars to block DNS servers from providing the correct IP address for such sites. The act also makes site owners civilly liable for the availability of copyright material on their sites. In addition, it makes the posting of a link to a third party website that has copyright material on it the same as hosting the material on your own site.
 
 
 

So what does this have to do with us Canadians?  A whole lot.  As an example, do you use Google? YouTube? Facebook?  If you do, you better think twice because these service providers (and many others) will become responsible for their users actions.  If you want to show a video to your friends of you playing a Beatles song, then you would be subject to these new regulations and because the service provider has to comply with these new requirements, they would be forced to restrict you/your account including surrendering the video, verifying your identity, etc. 
 
SOPA will also have an impact on how IP addresses are used within this law.  It defines “domestic Internet Protocol addresses” — the numeric strings that constitute the actual address of a website or Internet connection — as “an Internet Protocol address for which the corresponding Internet Protocol allocation entity is located within a judicial district of the United States.”  Yet IP addresses are allocated by regional organizations, not national ones. The allocation entity located in the U.S. is called ARIN, the American Registry for Internet Numbers. Its territory includes the U.S., Canada and 20 Caribbean nations. This bill treats all IP addresses in this region as domestic for U.S. law purposes.  To put this in context, every Canadian Internet provider relies on ARIN for its block of IP addresses. In fact, ARIN even allocates the block of IP addresses used by federal and provincial governments. The U.S. bill would treat them all as domestic for U.S. law purposes.

For the purposes of SOPA, it would essentially “pretend” that all foreign sites and providers are domestic potentially including Canadian web sites.   While we don’t think our Canadian customers will be directly impacted by this, it does create a scenario where future iterations of this law could impact us directly through the creation of cross-border agreements or access to entities that control distribution and access to the internet.
 
I hope that the global community opposes this bill.  Wikipedia, google and other sites are protesting in their own way today calling this day Dark Wednesday.
 
 
 

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Anything But Hockey / Alice Cooper concert tonight
« on: December 06, 2011, 03:08:52 PM »
Taking my oldest son to the Alice Cooper show tonight in Kitchener.  Should be fun.  This will be my 5th or 6th time seeing his show. 

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Other Sports Talk / world cup rugby
« on: September 15, 2011, 11:15:42 AM »
Anybody watching  World Cup Rugby?  Canada won its first gane against Tonga and plays France on Sunday.  Looking forward to seeing the powerhouses like the All Blacks and Samoa and Australia in action.  What surprises me is Scotland with 2 wins.  Mind you they played against a couple of soft teams.  The match against England will be a tough one.
 
 

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Anything But Hockey / Official Ontario Election Thread
« on: September 08, 2011, 07:31:43 AM »
For those of you in Ontario and can vote I urge you to do so.   Please get informed and vote Oct. 6 
 
The Liberals have come out with their platform called the "Forward, Together" campaign.  There are something like 45 promises in there including:
 
  - New tuition grant of for low- and middle-income students who attend undergraduate university studies ($1,600) and college ($730) annually.
 - tuition cuts up to 30% for post-secondary education
 - Adding 60,000 new spaces in post-secondary facilities. 
 - Implement complete full-day kindergarten programs by 2014.   
 - Giving seniors a home renovation tax credit to ensure they stay at home. 
 - A goal to reduce electricity bills by 10 percent through the Ontario Clean Energy Benefit.   
 - All-day GO Trains.   
 - http://www.ontarioliberal.ca/OurPlan/Platform.aspx   
 
 
The PC government:  Are you ready to bring change?
 - Change to put more money in the pockets of hardworking Ontario families;
 - Change that guarantees the services you need: health and education; and
 - Change to clean up government and eliminate the waste, fraud, and secret deals that have become the trademark of the McGuinty Liberals.
 - Removing the HST and the Debt Retirement Charge from home hydro bills and the HST from home heating bills to give the typical household $275 in annual relief;
 - Ending mandatory smart meter time-of-use pricing;
 - Reducing income taxes by 5% on the first $75,000 of taxable income, saving a middle-class taxpayer $258 annually;
 - Allowing couples to share their income for tax purposes, saving a typical middle-class family $476 a year;
 - Stimulating private sector growth and job creation by making business tax rates competitive and reducing government regulation by at least 30%.
- http://www.ontariopc.com/issues/

NDP:  “New Democrats will bring change that puts everyday people first”
 
 - Making life more affordable by taking the HST off home-heating and hydro, by reducing it on gasoline, and getting electricity prices under control;
 - Creating and protecting jobs by cutting taxes for small business and companies that are investing in our communities, instead of corporate tax giveaways to companies that ship jobs overseas;
 - Putting patients first by eliminating the wait list for long term care and home care and cutting ER waits in half, and stopping the five-figure pay hikes for health CEOs
 
- http://ontariondp.com/en/policy
 
Green Party:   "It's Time" 
 
- http://www.gpo.ca/sites/gpo.ca/files/gpo_platform_2011.pdf

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