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A mysterious and maddening hum is tormenting residents of this Canadian city

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Zug Island, from across the Detroit River. (credit: Gary Elrod)

Years before diplomats in Cuba were assailed by grating noises and left with baffling brain injuries, the residents of a Canadian city began hearing maddening hums and rumbles. The deep noises mysteriously wash in and out of their neighborhoods and homes, hitting the ears of some but not all residents. And according to recent local news coverage, the eerie disturbances are now getting bad again.

Since 2011, some residents of Windsor, Ontario—directly across the border/river from Detroit, Michigan—reported intermittent bursts of noise established as the “Windsor Hum.” It’s described as a low-frequency throbbing sound, like a fleet of idling diesel engines, a distant rumble of thunder, or a roaring furnace. Some “hummers” report feeling vibrations, too, and having items in their homes rattle. They’ve linked the hum to depression, nausea, sleep problems, heart palpitations, ear aches, headaches—not to mention widespread annoyance.

Windsor residents are not imagining it; there is a real hum. A months-long investigation by National Resources Canada in the summer of 2011 identified a prominent, air-borne frequency of approximately 35Hz. There have been plenty of recordings and reports since then. And its existence was confirmed in a 2014 investigation carried out by the University of Western Ontario (UWO) and the University of Windsor, which was supported by the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT).

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WRDSB picks anti-drug education over in-school naloxone

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The Waterloo Region District School Board has decided not to follow the example of other boards that are stocking up on naloxone kits to deal with a growing opioid crisis, opting instead to focus on anti-drug education.
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9 days ago
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Nothing sets an addict straight line a stern talking too.... 😒
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Reddit audiophiles test HomePod, say it sounds better than $1,000 speaker

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Enlarge / Apple's new HomePod speaker retails for $350. (credit: Apple)

Apple released its much-hyped HomePod speaker to the masses last week, and the general consensus among early reviews is that it sounds superb for a relatively small device. But most of those reviews seem to have avoided making precise measurements of the HomePod’s audio output, instead relying on personal experience to give generalized impressions.

That’s not a total disaster: a general rule for speaker testing is that while it’s good to stamp out any outside factor that may cause a skewed result, making definitive, “objective” claims is difficult. A speaker’s sound largely depends on the room in which it’s placed. Its proximity to walls, the surface on which it’s rested, whether or not you have a carpet—all of this can alter what sounds make it to your ears and thus how you perceive its performance. And no two people’s rooms are entirely alike.

But having some proper measurements is important. Reddit user WinterCharm, whose real name is Fouzan Alam, has made just that in a truly massive review for the site’s “r/audiophile” sub. And if his results are to be believed, those early reviews may be underselling the HomePod’s sonic abilities. After a series of tests with a calibrated microphone in an untreated room, Alam found the HomePod to sound better than the KEF X300A, a generally well-regarded bookshelf speaker that retails for $999.

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genseng
11 days ago
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I disagree with many/most of his data interpretations. A more useful comparison would be to other smart speakers.
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Rogers increasing all internet packages above 20Mbps by $8

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Rogers’ home internet packages are set to increase in cost, according to an internal document obtained by MobileSyrup.

“On the customer’s first bill on or after March 12, 2018, all in-market legacy internet packages with download speeds of more than 20Mbps are increasing by $8 per month, while those with speeds of 20 Mbps or less are increasing by $4 per month,” reads the internal document.

Connect for Success customers and those who pay for their internet through their condo maintenance fees will be unaffected, though condo tenants who have chosen a higher tier of internet than is included in their fees will also be affected.

Those who have a guaranteed monthly promotional rate are also protected from the price increase, but only until their promotional period ends. Customers with offers or bundles that guarantee a certain reduction of the monthly rate will still receive their discount, but it will be reduced from the increased rate.

In the document Rogers justifies the monthly fee increase by stating that it directly relates to the company’s “ongoing investment” in its expanding network infrastructure. The company also says that Rogers internet usage has grown by “40 percent each year.”

Customers will receive a message notifying them of the change on their bill starting February 5th, 2018. Those who are signing up for new packages after or on February 5th will also be alerted that the change will be reflected on their first invoice after March 12, 2018.

We’ve reached out to Rogers for comment regarding this rate plan hike and will update this story when we hear back.

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genseng
18 days ago
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LOL Rogers. So that X% increase in price is going to be reflected in a X% rate and X% capacity increase, right? After all, that's what the network infrastructure investments are for, right?
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McDonald's: Get Any Size McCafé Premium Roast Coffee for $1.00 Until March 4!

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McDonald's: Get Any Size McCafé Premium Roast Coffee for $1.00 Until March 4!    

Treat yourself to coffee, coffee and more coffee at McDonald's for a month, because you can get any size McCafé Premium Roast Coffee for just $1.00 from February 5 to March 4!

This offer is available nationwide and all cup sizes will be $1.00 throughout the promotion, including the humongous XL size! Plus, this popular promotion is a very easy way to collect McCafé stickers, which gives you a free medium coffee for every seven stickers collected!

This promotion is effective until Sunday, March 4 at all participating McDonald's restaurants in Canada -- click here to find the location nearest you.

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Nutella 'riots' spread across French supermarkets

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Police respond to violent scenes in French supermarkets as shoppers rush to grab cut-price Nutella.
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29 days ago
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My advice, don't let it into your house or you hearts ;)
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