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The Price Of Doing Business 797

Posted by michael
from the they're-not-even-a-real-country-anyway dept.
8127972 writes: "It seems that a ton of high tech companies are leaving cities (like San Fran) with high costs of doing business for cheaper cities (Washington DC is mentioned due to new government spending) or even cities in Canada. Sounds like American high tech workers are going to have to learn to say the word "eh?" a lot."
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The Price Of Doing Business

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  • by nege (263655) on Friday March 01, 2002 @03:40PM (#3092995) Journal
    I hear there is some cheap real estate in Kabul...
  • by Mr Fodder (93517) on Friday March 01, 2002 @03:41PM (#3093011)
    We Canadian's could end all our sentences with "Dontcha know!".

    =)
  • by charnov (183495) on Friday March 01, 2002 @03:52PM (#3093136) Homepage Journal
    As a tech worker who has (recently) endured lack of jobs in this sector, I plead to come here. The cost of living is very low, we have Purdue, IU, and Rose-Hulman, the NCSA is right down the road, the Internet2 has a main artery here, and God knows we need more tech-savvy people here. We'll even change to daylight savings time for ya...honest.
  • by feelafel (228034) on Friday March 01, 2002 @04:00PM (#3093216) Homepage
    Advantages:
    • lower fixed costs
    • have to pay less for skilled workers
    • health care is a cost savings for corporations
    • you can boast that you're a citizen of the nation with the greatest male and female hockey players
    • other nations don't have a seething hatred for you (justified or not)
    • better beer
    • funny comedians
    • really good music
    • an abundance of gorgeous people are our best kept secret
    • it's harder to get shot "by accident" here.


    Disadvantages
    • get paid less as a skilled worker;
    • almost 1/2 your paycheck goes to income tax, employment insurance, and the Canada Pension Plan (which will by dry in 10-20 years)
    • only one airline, and man does it suck
    • yeah, ok - it's a little colder
    • the healthcare system is spiralling downwards due to funding shortages passed onto the provinces from a sneaky federal government that wants to report a "surplus"
    • lack of world class cities and attractions


    One thing that I find ironic is that it was only a few years ago that Nortel was threatening to leave Canada because of its taxation rates which hurt corporations trying to compete against those in the USA.
  • by RembrandtX (240864) on Friday March 01, 2002 @04:06PM (#3093292) Homepage Journal
    Baltimore Big Business Quotes:

    "When we gonna get us some of that them there health care Hon ?"

    "If we could switch to Solar Panels, we would use a lots less Earl (oil)."

    "Whys that there stadium say PSI-NET? Whoz that Hon ?"

    "Yea, this heres the new business capitals, we're right between Warshington and Napolis."

    [non baltimore residents need not laugh]
  • by virg_mattes (230616) on Friday March 01, 2002 @04:07PM (#3093310)
    > The east says "eh", the west sounds just like Seattle.

    Okay, then, let's get this straight:


    East: "Sure, whatever, eh?"

    West: "Sure, whatever, Seattle?"


    I think I like it the Eastern way better, eh?

    Virg
  • by haus (129916) on Friday March 01, 2002 @04:13PM (#3093355) Homepage Journal
    And on the bright side you can talk to most of them as they wait in line at the unemployment office.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday March 01, 2002 @04:14PM (#3093372)
    You know Canada is screwed when people are moving to California to find lower taxes!
  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday March 01, 2002 @04:17PM (#3093401)

    an abundance of gorgeous people are our best kept secret

    Ah, I see you don't live in New Brunswick.

    I swear, all I'm looking for is a woman with less facial hair than me and no kids. Are my standards just too high?

  • by mr_death (106532) on Friday March 01, 2002 @04:24PM (#3093472)
    Shameless Plug: rural communities with bandwidth can be found. Two I work in can be found at: http://www.bowmannd.com

    Checking the weather in balmy Bowman, ND, I find a temperature of 8 degrees F, with a wind chill of -4 degrees F.

    You can call me a wimp if you want, but I don't really like freezing my ass off, even if office space goes for $1/sq ft and I get a free DS3 to my house.

  • by ackthpt (218170) on Friday March 01, 2002 @04:39PM (#3093617) Homepage Journal
    We Canadian's could end all our sentences with "Dontcha know!".

    Yeah, like, totally.

    The thing that gets me is, most often 'eh' isn't a question, it's a statement, like, consider the following examples:

    We're out of beer, eh?

    Yeah, let's get some Elsinores, eh!

    Oh, and it could be even far worse, everyone could be saying 'Warshington' or 'cawfee'.

    Now I gotta get back to my coding...

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    iffen aiks(ah) ain't = not_a_goll_darn_thang thain
    preent furmat(aiks(ah), all_purty_lahk)
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    anuther ah
  • Re:aboot (Score:1, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday March 01, 2002 @04:44PM (#3093657)
    I'd like to see you say "what's that aboot?" to any Canadian. They'll promptly answer.. no, you fucking retard.. it's a goddamn shoe.
  • by DarND (410664) on Friday March 01, 2002 @04:49PM (#3093698)
    Don't let go of that attitude and make sure to tell all your friends about how bad it was in ND.
    Make sure you mention the horrible things like wide open plains, warm summers, clean air, stable jobs, low crime rate, friendly people and low cost of living. Qwest provides service including DSL for the Fargo area. If you don't like DSL, go with a cable modem because yes we have those too. Fargo also has wireless access from Monet. Dickinson and the surrounding towns have Consolidated Communications which provides DSL and cable modems as well. I'm not exactly sure where you were, but the things you're describing are a complete opposite of what I've experienced.

    Now after saying that... Stay out cause we don't want no strangers round these parts! Ma fetch me mah shotgun!
  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday March 01, 2002 @05:28PM (#3094097)
    Naaah, Californians will just insist on commuting from their SF homes to Canada. They love those long morning drives.
  • by Tackhead (54550) on Friday March 01, 2002 @05:31PM (#3094128)
    > You know Canada is screwed when people are moving to California to find lower taxes!

    Yeah, but you know California's even more screwed when they all move back home for the same reason!

  • by jayed_99 (267003) on Friday March 01, 2002 @05:39PM (#3094205)
    Pollution!? Shee-yit! You must be one o'those damn Yankee furriners I hear tell about!

    That there pollution is just ev-oh-loo-shun in action! It only kills off the weak alveoli (I watch the Discovery channel -- I know lots o'them big words)! Down here in God's Country we don't hold to pampering the cells in our bodies! Only the strong survive! The weak die in the summer! Remember the Alamo! Go and buy some more guns! Yee-hah!

    (To hopefully deterr some flames: I am a native Dallasite who owns lots of guns. This post is sarcastic).
  • by belphegore (66832) on Friday March 01, 2002 @06:19PM (#3094520) Homepage
    Whoever created that calculator clearly never tried to buy a house in Menlo Park.
  • Re:Good. (Score:1, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday March 01, 2002 @07:20PM (#3095003)
    Have you left yet? I would love it if more ungrateful people like you packed their bags and left. You're free to take the next flight out of here so chao!

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