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Comment: Re:Cake and eat it too (Score 1) 365

by ahodgson (#47996081) Attached to: Microsoft On US Immigration: It's Our Way Or the Canadian Highway

Yep. Even if you have all the right paperwork and do nothing wrong, the officials working the border will sometimes just decide to make your life hell. They can arbitrarily refuse you entry, interrogate you for hours, and basically do whatever they want. And it's totally random.

Comment: Re:fuck american hegemony (Score 2) 109

by ahodgson (#47990339) Attached to: Not Just Netflix: Google Challenges Canada's Power To Regulate Online Video

Google and Netflix are still probably the losers in that exchange. The result will be somebody else coming in and serving that niche in Canada, a force which may eventually be able to expand outward into Google and Netflix territory -- a force they would want to nip in the bud with their superior market presence. It's not like the secret of streaming video technology is unknown to Canadian engineers, and its not like Netflix or YouTube are so critical to Canadian day to day life that to cut off Netflix access would cause an overnight revolution.

Possibly, say Rogers and Bell. Who are, coincidentally, trying to setup a streaming service. And who more or less control the CRTC. Hrmm....

Comment: Re:Sigh... (Score 5, Interesting) 789

Imagine this scenario ...

China, and a bunch of their allies in South America who have formed a political/economic union, get together and oust the democratically elected president and parliament of Mexico and get appointed a group who immediately pull Mexico out of NAFTA and force them to consider joining a Chinese-controlled defence bloc.

Further imagine that the northernmost Mexican states are primarily populated by ethnic white Americans, and that the new Mexican state is openly hostile to Americans and is threatening to exterminate them.

Oh, and imagine that your only warm-water naval port was located in a part of Mexico that used to be part of the US, and also that a large part of your foreign trade depends on pipelines that go through Mexico to reach your customers.

Then imagine that those northern states rebel and demand to join the United States.

What would you do?

Comment: Re:Do they? (Score 1) 329

by ahodgson (#47751689) Attached to: ACM Blames the PC For Driving Women Away From Computer Science

Mat leave is prioritized in western countries because our economy prioritizes constant growth over all other considerations, and because we aren't having enough children to satisfy that growth over the coming decades. So mat leave laws exist to try to encourage people to have more children.

And yes, I know constant growth in a finite world is stupid. But so is a debt-based money system.

Possessions increase to fill the space available for their storage. -- Ryan