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Comment Re:Ontario, largest subnational debtor on the plan (Score 1) 486

Even minimum wage jobs will tend to be more worthwhile. the numbers!

If its full time.
And you don't have to pay for transportation to get there.
And you don't have to pay for daycare services.

Meanwhile lots of employers go out of their way not to let you be full time so that you aren't eligible for stat holiday pay, etc. Walmart, etc... while lots of other jobs like mcjobs and retail etc really often just need people for 4-6 hour shifts...

A mall that's open from 10am to 9pm for example, might, on the off season or slow day, only have 2 'shifts'... one from 10 to 4 and one from 4-9. with that half hour overlap for a bank deposit etc. Even working 6 days a week your still only at 36 hours, and odds are you are lucky to 4-5 shifts, and you are getting 24-30 hours. 24 hrs minimum wage plus transit fare... and welfare starts looking

In ontario a single person on welfare gets 656/mo. Contrast that with working an average of 30hrs a week, at 11/hr -> 1320. less $220 for transit. call it 1100. So worth working... kind of... you are ahead $100 per week... big deal. 30 hours a week work for $100 more than welfare. When it's put it like that its not that much incentive.

Same person has a child? Your employer doesn't give a shit. You get the same shifts and wages as if you were single. So they now get $941/mo from welfare vs $1100 working after transit; so that's even LESS worth it. That's a whopping $38 bucks a week in extra income... but they haven't paid for daycare yet. Good luck finding daycare for under $38 bucks a week.You'd be hard pressed to find daycare that cheap per DAY. Nope, if you have a child, you are actually better off, much better off on welfare unless you can not only land a proper full time job... but one considerably above minimum wage. Good luck landing a full time job with decent pay applying from welfare.

Submission + - Communist organizations behind anti-Trump violence (

mi writes: Antifa, which stands for “anti-fascist action,” is a network of loosely affiliated far-left anarchist and communist groups that orchestrate violent protests and attacks on populists, conservatives, and anyone else its members deem to be “fascists” or “Nazis.”

Antifa was formed originally in Germany in the 1980s, its members taking the name of the communist paramilitary groups that engaged the Nazis in street-fighting in the 1930s.

Harrowing video footage taken independent reporters showed Antifa street fighters throwing bricks and even explosives into the crowd, as well as assaulting Trump supporters. Other footage released by someone present at the event showed one Antifa thug hit a Trump supporter over the head with a bicycle chain and lock.

According to the article, the organization is seeking to obtain fire-arms and training — use of mere knives is no longer considered sufficient.

Comment Re:Oh Look... (Score 1) 142

Indeed, race is not a problem.

people shouldn't make generalizations about a whole country based on the actions of a few people

Unfortunately, when the amount of people committing an infraction is above 1%, this kind of judgment becomes hard to avoid. It's why women think men catcall and sexually harass them. (Some do! A small sample giving all of us men a bad name.) It's why a lot of Hong Kongers dislike Chinese people (racially identical): some few Chinese people (perhaps also 1%) do a lot of nasty, uncivilized stuff. The perception won't go away until the percent adds a few zeros. When 0.001% of Chinese people steal toilet paper from bathrooms or smoke in restaurants or let their babies defecate on the street instead of buying diapers, that reputation will go away.

Comment Re:Oh Look... (Score 1) 142

But, you know, it's totally racist to say that there is a culture of dishonesty in China, and if you don't trust products of China to be what they say they are, you're a big bad racist.

China isn't all bad, but there is a huge culture of doing whatever you can get away with in China. That includes cutting in line, throwing parties in the Ikea showroom, noise pollution, abusing every type of product promotion, over-hunting for food (including non-game animals and even pets), pissing in the street, salespeople cheating their clients, stores lying about the products they sell, etc.

Personally, having known a ton of Chinese people, I think the problem isn't lack of integrity but rather, the habitual division of society into one's "clan" versus everyone else. And it's hard to hold anyone accountable, because their bosses and friends most likely ALSO divide the world into "us" and "them". Sometimes the police even do this--don't expect justice because the other guy's brother's wife's son is friends with the cop. As for what it's like within the "clan" group, the friends I've had in HK and China haven't seemed any different than American friends--they're not liars or cheats. Now, the dynamic of "face" and honesty/lies is a whole 'nother issue, which I won't touch here. Suffice to say that the issue of reviewer fraud is not related to face (embarrassment).

This is my armchair analysis, subject to biases and lack of large numbers.

Comment Ah, nostalgia... (Score 1) 624

When I was in grade school, my father used to work on a mainframe computer. I was curious and used to bug him with questions, and eventually he brought me a couple of manuals. My first computer program was written on an 80-column paper form and started with "IDENTIFICATION DIVISION."

Shortly later, I joined a "computer club" and got to play around with an 8080 board with a hex keypad for input and a line of LEDs for output. That was my first exposure to assembly language and machine code.

Later, in high-school (early '80s), I got exposed to personal computers and programmable calculators. So, roughly in chronological order: 8085, TI-59 (belonging to a fellow student), BASIC, 6502 (neighbour had a VIC-20), 6509 (got my first computer: a TRS-80 CoCo)

Comment Re:Logic and Reason, or lack thereof (Score 0) 198

England was paying for information, paying informants, paying propagandists, jailing and killing people who spoke out publicly against the Crown's control

Citations would've been most helpful here, but let's stipulate, it is all true.

So, in the 18th century Britain was already doing all of that. And in the 20th it did too — and we still regard Alan Turing's efforts as nothing but heroic and decisive in turning the war in the Allies' favor and saving thousands of lives.

Why, then, are so many folks — yourself included — denouncing Turing's descendants at CIA, NSA and their British equivalents in the 21st century? Yes, they could spy on their own citizens illegally and it, likely, does happen — including political opposition. But they do, unfortunately, have a vast number of legitimate targets and their secretive efforts continue to save lives... To sabotage all of their efforts because they could sometimes be abusive is like banning cars because some times people die in them.

It is most refreshing to have a mainstream media outlet call the "leaker" a "traitor", but, when he is found, we are likely to discover, that he was lead to these actions by the Western public's suicidal attitudes towards earlier traitors — Snowden and Manning.

Comment Re:Fortran (Score 1) 624

Yep, me too... I was in fifth grade, our new Astronomy teacher — I'm about twice older now, than she was then (darn!) — offered the class to write a program for her for extra credit (I am pretty sure now, she needed it for her own class in college).

I took my dad's Fortran book and coded the thing up — something really simple, a loop doing something with an array... I never got to test it on anything, but I did get the extra credit...

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