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Comment Re: Odd (Score 1) 222

Sweet. I mouthed off to a TSA agent (I'm also Canadian) when I saw they had a fingerprint scanner. I had a connecting flight that I had a 30min window to catch (thank you Expedia, it all worked out) going from NYC to TO. I literally said "I'm not staying in your hell whole you can't have my damn fingerprints". They let me through. Not sure if they were supposed to but ... Sorry I'm not giving a foreign government my biometrics when I'm walking from one gate to another. Bad enough I had to get my bags and reload them onto the next plane/go through bag screening again. Argh. They do realize 10X more people die every year from any of drunk driving, gun violence, smoking than have died from terrorism in any year right?

Comment Re:my credit union calls me in seconds. Cashiers s (Score 2) 321

Also the bank is on the hook for the fraud so they rightly so will be as tight as they can get away with without losing customers. This is why I always have at least $200 in my pocket at all times. Might not be enough for tires but can generally get me food, a place to stay and a ride home should anything go wrong.

Comment Re:This is why you call your bank before tourism (Score 1) 321

Except some banks, at least mine does, explicitly tells you there is no need to call them when you are travelling. Could be different at your bank but I suspect that the minimum wage slave taking the call generally says "uh, huh, I've added a note to your file" and waits for you to get off the line so they can keep their average call length down. A "note in the file" likely doesn't feed into their automated system that is used for fraud prevention, especially since their is a good chance that the system that the customer service rep uses is made by someone else than the fraud detection system.

Always have sum local currency on hand, IMO the only way to go. I'd say a couple days expenses worth, hotel, cabs food included. Ie about 300 euros or so if going to europe and lesser or more depending on cost of living where you're headed. As it says on the back of your card: This card is the property of bank X and must be returned upon request or the equivalent wording: your bank isn't under any obligation to honour your card when you are away at "camp" in Sudan nor do they have to respond to your urgent requests form your Iranian cell in a timely manner. They might lose your business but that doesn't help you when the hotel calls security when you try to leave after they tell you your card is no good.

Comment Re: allowed a vacation? (Score 1) 300

There is a flip side to it though. Your vacation is a chance to see how valuable you are/how well you've done mentoring/training others to be self sufficient. Nothing gives you leverage in a performance review like a clear example you can point to where you swooped in after a week Jamaica and saved the day.

Comment Re:Not everyone becomes scientists... but (Score 1) 300

Well it depends on how you interpret the Dirac-Einstein equation among others. Either way though, in normal use it comes up a lot with people arguing their political/moral positions post hoc ergo propter hoc: "if you work hard you will be a success, therefore if you are poor you are lazy". Probably not a good example of that but there does tend to be a "I did it so if you didn't you suck" kind of mentality in a lot of people's thinking.

Comment Re:I disagree, all vectors of learning are good (Score 1) 300

I agree both have things to give you. Programming: about 50% of it is soft though: negotiating features and priorities with other devs/departments/clients, what design patterns or other types of architectural structure to use. When and if you can bring in new tools etc. There might be one correct way to right the if/else but if the if/else exists in the first place is often where we earn the big bucks.

Comment Re:I disagree, all vectors of learning are good (Score 1) 300

I agree. CS as a required course not so much. Use of a computer somewhere in their other classes though: a useful skill that is pretty much required to function at this point. For 95%+ of people a computer is a tool they don't need to program it at all. Maybe 4% would benefit from some "programming" (bash/dos scripting, VBA some basic SQL). We don't require everyone to become a mechanic, nor do we require mechanics to know how to build a wrench from a block of steel just how to use it.

Comment Re:I disagree, all vectors of learning are good (Score 1) 300

Well by that argument making debate club a class might be better. You'd have to learn to think clearly AND how to interact with others that are disagreeing with you. Too much of our education system are focused on either expert-> novice (teacher knows student learns) or with, for example writing essays, student forms an argument and doesn't really get opposed just given a score. In that scenario you learn to guess the rules by which you are scored rather than how to better support your argument (or God forbid learn that you might be wrong and have to change your opinion without throwing a tantrum/punch).

Comment allowed a vacation? (Score 1) 300

I know I can have a new job in less than a month. There is no "allowed" when it comes to my vacation time. At best I'll say "I'd like a week off sometime in the next month, when would you prefer?" That said I'm from a country with such things as labor laws: they MUST give me paid time off, it isn't optional.

Comment Re:like boys and sports (Score 1) 449

+1 for individual sports. Never seems to be an option that is considered though. Sending your kid off to soccer camp is much easier. Plus individual sports tend towards expensive/elitist (track being the exception): horse riding, golf, rowing etc. Maybe you can but I've never knew of such a thing as a summer track camp. People tend to send kids away for general camps, or hockey, soccer, football, probably in that order of popularity with hockey potentially higher than general (I'm in Canada eh?).

Mah, I liked to read. By the time I was in 6-7th grade I was reading stuff my parents didn't understand, by 9th often stuff I couldn't find a teacher that understood it. My science class was basically my teacher pointing me to the library and telling me to go nuts (I have a theoretical physics bent), or even funnier giving me the kit to play with at home "here go make yourself some hydrogen".

I was also active though, I liked baseball but didn't like that it took up every free moment of the summer. I'd like to be able to play soccer one day then basketball the next. Then bike in the woods and throw dirt clumps at friends etc. Didn't like the structure of being on a league and forced to play 3-4 days a week (or what would have been the alternative a camp where you play different sports but someone tells you what and when).

Comment Re:not surprised (Score 1) 449

Just noticed your post after mine. Yeah I agree. I've seen parents sign up their kids for baseball or whatever and the kid is stuck doing something they hate 3 days a week. Parents need to learn: just because I like something doesn't mean my kid "should" like it too whether it is food, sports, jobs, or God.

The trouble with a lot of self-made men is that they worship their creator.