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Comment Canada in Winter (Score 1) 525

You know, when I went to Canada (Toronto actually) I was prepared to endure extreme cold.

What I wasn't prepared was for a winter experience MUCH milder than the one in my home country (Uruguay).

The thing is, it doesn't matter if the temperature outside is cold, you guys have everything insulated and central heating and even the cold isn't humid and you don't have blasts of cold wind (google "Pampero" ).

Not to mention I was able to wear a t-shirt outside for Christmas day (2006). Toronto at least isn't as cold as you make it out to be.

Comment Re:'serious country' (Score 4, Interesting) 206

You know, some countries in South America have such serious problems inspiring confidence, that Argentina ran ad campaigns on neighbouring countries and potential investors touting themselves as "a Serious Country" ("Argentina, un país en serio").

At the same time they were stealing from the pension funds, setting a blockade to the neighbouring country Uruguay (where I come from), and lots of other stuff (just search for the words of the ad, and you'll find lots of criticism). Not to mention they had just defaulted from their debt and all that.

And actually, Costa Rica is one of the most serious countries in Latin America, and way more credible than their "joke" neighbours.

Comment Re:Question.... (Score 1) 171

IDK about the US, but over here withdrawing from the teller costs money, and you're subject to the absurd working hours of the bank.

OTOH, if you withdraw from the ATM you're liable to the sort of things you mention (I'm still out U$ 300 from the Bank Boston - now Banco Itaú in Uruguay, and will never do business with them again whenever possible, from an ATM failure that resulted on withdrawal from my account without me receiving the money, and even appealing to the bank didn't work)

Comment Re:Elections are coming up... (Score 1) 158

There's just something inherently distasteful about a middle aged man, not involved with law enforcement, getting worked into a lather over naked children. It's creepy.

You reminded me of this article: http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/ideas/articles/2009/07/05/the_nature_of_temptation/ which indeed validates your theory

Comment Re:Ridiculous (Score 1) 465

Nearly everyone in the modern world lives more than 15,000 times their height away from their birthplace.

You mean "nearly everyone in the developed world", right? I suspect that more than 50% of the world's population lives within the same 20 miles from where they were born. 90% hasn't ever been on an airplane.

Anecdotically, I voted the first option because I happen to work in the same street the hospital I was born is :P , and I have never worked outside my city.

Comment Re:More than a million? (Score 1) 395

I've only been in the coding business for 42 years, and counting just the major projects I worked on, I reckon I've written around 320,000 to 360,000 lines of code.

I guess I'll total a million in just another 90 years of coding.

As another poster said, it depends on the type of coding. With the Visual Studio IDE, every accessor becomes several lines of code, and that makes for a LOT of "code" generated automatically by the IDE, with just a "fill-in-the-blanks" for the programmer, and I counted them anyways.

A million lines means 100 lines of code every working day of every year for 50 years.

For example, just this morning I topped 200 lines, and it's not over yet (even posting on Slashdot !).

I voted the "over 100.000" option, and I've been programming for a living for less than 10 years. And no, it's not necessarily "shitty" code (though I've made my share of that, probably :) )

Comment Re:When it comes to programming (Score 1) 418

Thanks! I knew that this kind of salary was in the tax-free bracket but I didn't know from where on it became taxed. I won't mind though... I'm taxed at 25% here because I'm supposedly "middle-class" :P for way less money

Still haven't made up 100% my mind (and the papers :P ) though, so I still have about 1-2 years' wait.

Comment Re:When it comes to programming (Score 1) 418

You get what you pay for.

That's not to say there aren't educated programmers that come from developing countries. Every once in a while a hard working family will be able to afford an education, and once they have that education, they usually fly stateside to make more money. They know that with their education they can be making way more money than 4400 USD a year. So they go and tack an extra digit to that paycheck, keep half and the other half is more than enough to either fly the family to the States or support them in India.

Here in Uruguay, South America (a popular but small outsourcing country) we have an even higher % of IT graduates per population than the US, (higher education is "free", as in, you don't have to indebt to hell - it's still not easy for a family to support an university student, but it's way easier than starting years into debt), so your "every once in a while" claim does not apply in this case. I don't know about India but I suspect the # of programmers is more than enough to hire some competent ones at far less than the US equivalent.

As someone with a degree, and making U$S 15000 (after taxes) a year, I know that I could be making WAY more money in a developed country (I know I would be taken at U$ 4000 / month by my mother's employers in Canada for instance), but you saying that everybody with a degree "usually" flies Stateside is a broad exaggeration... there aren't enough visas/green cards for even one tenth of graduates in my country. I've discarded the US as a place to emigrate to (though I'd like to).

Basically what it boils down to, they're going to get some guy who can talk the talk but not walk the walk. He'll agree to $4400 a year for as long as he can hold the job since he was only make $1000 a year back at his old job. Because anyone who knows what they're doing knows they are worth more.

You wouldn't find anyone trained here willing to work for U$S 4400 a year... but you could for something like U$S 8000 a year, which is still way less than you'd pay for in the US. We have more than 5000 programmers doing exactly that (Tata, the Indian outsourcing company, has a big outsourcing center here in Uruguay).

Heck, I personally would do it for U$ 20000 a year (a dollar goes a long way longer here than in the US, as long as you're not into cars or electronics) - so you could get what I consider equivalent work for much less money - in fact that is why trade works :) There are other problems inherent to outsourcing, but don't think that the main one would be programming skills (hiring, management, communications,etc...).

Comment Re:Tell it to the plastic clown (Score 1) 837

yeah, maybe someone should ask why management isn't wearing department specific garments that say "management" on them.

What do you think a tie actually is?

That's something I find very different from where I live (Uruguay). Over here, all professionals are expected to wear a suit, and that includes college graduates from IT (not help desk, but that does include some programmers).

So, I wear a suit everyday and don't find it odd, I actually like it (some development-only shops have a more relaxed attitude, but they also don't usually employ that many graduate professionals).

Comment Re:FP (Score 1) 465

When I finally got out of that crap and started playing, the first game I entered started with me walking all of four feet before being shot and killed.

No joke, four feet.

Heh... my first time at a paintball range (which is the closest I've been to actually being shot at :P) I also lasted all of four feet.

Made me realize even more I'd NEVER ever want to live a solider's life (unless it's the videogamey one ).

Comment Re:all those cards (Score 1) 297

There's no replacement for a good Christmas card. Or 90 of them. Ouch.

Unless you live in a country with a horribly inefficient state Post Office, in which case said cards are likely to arrive next June.

That's one of the reasons why I don't send them anymore. Though I do agree that they are way more personal.

And over here, there is no use of personal checks (cheques?)... the only ones that use them are corporations, individuals pay their bills through a huge network of payment agencies ( http://www.abitab.com.uy/ ). So I chose the zero physical mail sent option.

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