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Comment Re:Reasonable Access (Score 1) 267 267

The last 2 places I worked facebook and YouTube have been required for my job. One was working on firmware for a networking appliance, the other was an Internet security application. When a user calls in with a problem I need to be able to reproduce without jumping through some idiotic IT hoops, otherwise I'm wasting my time and the user's. Oh, and 1 of those companies was a company with over 100k employees, I very much doubt IT knew about every product the company created. Are you certain no one in your company, like maybe your social media manager, has a good reason to have open Internet access?

Comment Re:Don't Mess With Taxes (Score 1) 379 379

You see this a lot in Canada, where you generally have at least a couple choices of publicly-funded schools in any area. Catholic schools are considered slightly better than secular, and French are better than English (outside of Quebec and New Brunswick, anyway). The reason is just that the default choice is secular English. The more work the parents have to do to get their kid into a school, the more support there will be at home for the kid to succeed.

Comment Re:Registered to vote != Voted (Score 1) 609 609

There are always rare cases where someone is declared legally dead before word reaches their body, sometimes by many years. There will also always be people who voted by mail then die before the election. It's possible the law they were debating was for these sorts of things.

Comment Re:Only Two Futures? (Score 1) 609 609

Maybe an American can answer this for me: Why must a third party focus on the Presidency?
It seems like the easiest election to win would be in the house, and the balance between the current 2 parties is so tight that a handful of seats would provide a balance of power position to a third party, allowing them to push through some legislation, which may at least make the news before dying in the Senate. Why does this not happen?

Comment Re:You have a patent (Score 1) 125 125

You're kidding, right? About half the people I work with have at least 1 patent. Every large company brags about how many patents they have and every patent has a couple people listed as inventors. While patent numbers and titles should be on your resume, they don't differentiate you from anyone who worked at a company large enough to employ a team of lawyers whose job is to search for patentable work.

Comment Re: if that were true (Score 1) 348 348

I've worked in companies from 80 people worldwide to over 100000 people worldwide, and I have never actually seen this. The process in every company I know is about the same. Your resume hits an HR person or recruiter, who does a very preliminary scan, and if your resume has one of the dozen-or-so skills we want your resume comes directly to the developer or manager who will be interviewing, in a pile with all the resumes who passed this filter. I once made the mistake of asking my HR person for the reject pile, as I couldn't believe how low the quality was in a stack of about 30 resumes. I spent half a day going through resumes that had so many typos they weren't understandable, had no indication the applicant had ever worked with a computer, or were so full of things that are illegal to consider for employment that they just scream 'interview me and get sued if you don't hire!' After that I have no desire to ever go through a reject pile ever again. If you can't get a resume past that filter you don't want to work for me, you will never be able to meet my communication expectations.

Comment Re:26% seems a bit high (Score 1) 54 54

This isn't about the 'enlarge your penis' level of spam, this is about the website you gave your email to 5 years ago that still emails you daily with the broken unsubscribe link. This is about forcing companies to not be annoying and incompetent. After all, if they want to operate in Canada they should learn how to be polite.

Comment Re:I should think so! (Score 2) 107 107

I was actually thinking I could probably use this to overcome the region restrictions on my blu-ray player. This seems like the type of hack that is used by the owner of the device to do things Sony didn't want the player to do, not so much the make-this-device-a-bot type.

Comment Re:Good grief... (Score 1) 681 681

Clearly one undergrad course can bring you up to date on what Intel, AMD, and ARM have had teams of researchers working on for decades. I did a basic architecture course in second year, it is an introduction only, it does not qualify you to say that you understand modern computer architecture.

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