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Comment Re:The obsession with degrees hold good people bac (Score 2) 200

Good story, but I think that stories like yours are the exception rather than the norm. This kind of seems like survivor bias to me. Of all the people who entered similar government run programs there's probably a large number who just couldn't make the cut and we'll just never hear about them.

Comment Re:Unimpressive performance. (Score 1) 145

In just about any machine, you'd probably be better off with an SSD. Even in a cheap laptop, you're better off just getting an SSD and if you really need the extra space, just hook up an external drive over USB. SSDs are so much faster than any other option that trying to still use HDDs as they are cheap per gigabyte just doesn't make sense in the vast majority of cases.

Comment Not Really Universal (Score 3, Insightful) 521

The province will explore the effectiveness of providing a basic income â" no matter what â" to people who are currently living on low incomes, "whether they are working or not," Wynne said. ...
A single person could receive up to about $17,000 a year, minus half of any income he or she earns.

None of these studies really seem to study true universal basic income, in which everybody, rich or poor, regardless of how much money they make, receives the same basic amount.

All the current trials going on seem to be focused on giving money to people who have no jobs or make very little. We already have program in place that do this kind of thing already, so they probably won't find a whole lot of difference with the systems that we already have. They are basically making small changes to the welfare system in order to not cut off benefits as soon as you find a job. But other than that, there isn't much difference.

Comment Re:Not an overbooking incident (Score 1) 575

I just googled it "which airlines fly denver to chicago", and it shows 5 different airlines that will do that route directly. Spirit, United, Frontier, American, and Southwest. 2 of those names I don't recognize, but 3 of those names are major airlines. I think the choices aren't really as bad as you're making them out to be.

Comment Re:Yet another reason... (Score 3, Interesting) 37

I'll almost always go with Amazon if the item is available from them. However, being from Canada, I find that quite often going through third party Amazon sellers and eBay is really the only way of finding quite a few products online. Americans don't realize how much better their e-commerce selection is than what we get in Canada.

Comment Re:Expense ratio and hollow compliants? (Score 1) 316

Yeah, I really want to know if this is just a vocal minority thing, or is this a real problem. If you spend $300,000+ on a tractor, is the farmer or some other non-certified technician really qualified to perform software updates on the tractor? modern tractors probably have more in common with industrial robots than they do with the tractors of 50 years ago. You probably won't find a modern factory owner complaining that they can't go around and put whatever software they want on the robotics systems that build their widgets. A farm is basically a food factory, and things will only get more automated in the future.

Comment Re: Sounds like you're the problem (Score 1) 262

This is just plain good business sense. Getting hit by a truck is somewhat of a rare experience, but there could be any number of reasons why an employee might need to take extended time off or leave the company at a moments notice. Anything from actually being hit by a truck, having to take time off to look after a family member, serious illnesses like cancer, winning 50 million on the lottery, a new lucrative job offer.

Comment Re:I think someone without a degree wrote that sum (Score 1) 329

Exactly. We get plenty of applicants for our jobs, but a large number of them are not qualified to do the job. The people who are qualified are already working somewhere else. If and when they are hired, at any price, the company they left will now have to find another person. There is a limited number of skilled individuals to go around.

Comment Re:Does it perform better in gaming? (Score 1) 105

I guess it depends on what kind of junk you have running in the background. Some people have quite a bit of junk running in the background. It it means that the machine doesn't start lagging right at a crucial moment in the game, then it's probably worth enabling it. I've always thought it was weird that they didn't have a more dedicated gaming mode. Completely shut down all unnecessary background services. This would have been much more useful back in the day of single core processors and spinning hard drives, because a single rogue background process could easily bring your machine to a crawl.

Comment Re:Don't forget about open source projects. (Score 1) 286

I guess it depends what qualifies as data harvesting. Having crash reports automatically sent off to the developer could help to fix bugs that users just didn't bother to report. The bug can then be fixed, and fixing bugs in software definitely does provide something of value to the users. However, sending out a crash report with pertinent information about what may have caused the crash could very much be described as data harvesting.

Comment Re:Yeah, this is a bad idea (Score 1) 200

The buses have a little "yield" sign on the back that flashes to tell you the driver isn't looking when they pull out

In Ontario (and many other places) it's actually required to yield to a bus driver who is re-entering the lane. Otherwise, buses would pull over and never be able to get back into the lane because people would just keep on passing them. The flashing yield sign is probably to just remind the drivers that an actual law exists and to obey it.

Comment Re:Is it necessary? (Score 1) 200

Elliot Lake has only 10,000 people and has a bus service with 4 routes that costs $2.50 a ride or $62 a month. The routes run Monday-Saturday, once an hour from 7 AM to 6 PM, and 9PM on Thursday and Friday. The bus routes cover the majority of the town, especially those with apartment buildings which would be more likely to require buses, as well as the commercial areas.

Comment Re:Log me out if I step away, really? (Score 1) 239

From the article

Windows Hello can use any paired iPhone, Android or Windows Phone to detect when you step away from your PC or tablet, automatically locking it behind you for an extra measure of security and privacy. This remote lock feature works with smartphones, fitness bands or any device thatâ(TM)s paired to your PC or table

So it does in fact just lock the computer and not log you out. Whoever wrote the summary obviously screwed up.

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