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Comment Re:"Labor Shortage" (Score 1) 477

Except talent is bullshit. Don't push the mythical creator nonsense where people are born with certain abilities or they aren't. What people call talent is actually a person's persistence in pursuing a skill and being passionate enough about it to become an expert. The easiest way to show this kind of progression is through visual artists: https://medium.com/@noahbradle... Artists don't wake up one day being talented, they spend decades improving their craft. The same applies to any skill, including abstract thinking. Anyone can have a talent for abstract thought, they just need the interest and dedication to improve that skill.

Comment Re:I did a complete 180 on AV software (Score 4, Informative) 231

AV software forging SSL certificates is downright baffling. A client of mine kept having his website marked as insecure despite having an SSL certificate and all tests showing it was working properly. Turns out it was a false positive from his AV software and there's literally nothing you can do about it besides telling someone to uninstall their AV.

Comment Re:so we single folks (Score 4, Informative) 179

This is such a bizarre and staunchly American attitude. In Canada you automatically get 17 weeks paid leave when having a child. You can also take an unpaid parental leave for up to 35 weeks and your employer cannot penalize you in any way for taking these leaves. The Canadian government is currently look at increasing the paid leave and applying it more equally to men and women in the future as the current system is felt to be inadequate.

Typically when someone goes on parental leave in my workplace a new employee is brought on temporarily under contract to "pick up the slack". If you choose not to have children or are not in a position to have children well then that's just too bad for you. Raising children is a huge commitment, both in time and money and there absolutely should be support from government and business to make major life events like this easier. It also encourages new mothers to do what's best for their health and the baby's by staying home and taking care of the newborn.

As someone from the outside looking in, the American system seems downright barbaric and more companies need to be doing what American Express is.

Comment Re:Flappy birds clone (Score 5, Informative) 88

Nintendo's survival does not hinge on a $10 mobile game. Not even close. Your post and this article are poorly informed and borderline inflammatory.

Nintendo's future largely depends on the success of the Switch but even if that goes belly up, Nintendo still has plenty of cash in the bank so stop with the doom and gloom nonsense.

Comment Re:Lovely...with no pressing issues... (Score 1) 135

No there shouldn't be a referendum. Our electoral system needs to be updated and the average Canadian either doesn't care enough to do the research or is too easily swayed by political propaganda to make effective decisions. We need some form of proportional representation with run off ballots so we don't get another shit head like Harper elected because the Liberal / NDP / Green voters (who are the majority of Canadians) aren't stuck with a party and a prime minister that only acquired ~40% of the vote. I also don't see how the Liberal policy decisions are more out of touch than the Conservatives who basically bet everything on big oil, silenced scientists, implemented policies that made the rich richer and tried to bend, break and bully their way through everything that stood in there way, including the Canadian Judicial system. I'm only saying this about the Federal Liberals though. In contrast, I think the Ontario Liberals should serve jail time for the gross incompetence they've displayed.

Comment Re:Better be ready to be beat up when layed off wo (Score 1) 541

I think the point some people are trying to make is the average slashdot user has multiple interests and could easily fill their time with passion projects. The average person however might list their interests as watching TV, sleeping in, re-enacting episodes of jackass and McDonalds. Universal basic income would likely be of little help to people like that.

Comment Re:Novelty will wear off (Score 4, Insightful) 174

The Wii craze that basically lasted 5 years and resulted in record number of sales and some absolute classic games? Yeah, I remember it. And I still play my Wii. I haven't played it but Pokemon GO is going to be many people's first dose of augmented reality and that's going to give it a lot of staying power.

Comment Re:Ahem (Score 1) 67

This is exactly why I stopped reading Facebook. I got tired of seeing shitty clickbait articles and "trending" stories about Kim Kardashian or Taylor Swift. These things are not interesting or relevant to me and being constantly bombarded by them just pissed me off. It's unfortunate Instagram is following this trend as what's there works perfectly fine for me as is. I want my feed organized in a manor I deem useful, not one that arranges things by popularity which in my opinion is the most useless metric possible.

Comment Re:Garmin saw it coming (Score 1) 146

Garmin has been doing fitness tracking for a very long time now so it's not surprising they have all their bases covered. Their watches are among the best and put FitBit's offerings to shame. Not that I think this lawsuit has any merit though; unless FitBit actually advertises their watches as flawless health trackers.

Regardless of the device, measurements are not always going to be exact because of a variety of factors and HR monitors are notoriously finicky.

Comment Re:Jason Bourne - "Official Trailer!!!11!" (Score 1) 97

That's because Youtube is now flooded with fan made trailers for things that are either in production or fans wish were in production. There's also people that use popular media as a front to push their own random videos/channels/products/agendas. Youtube is a giant dumpster now and you need some way of separating yourself from the "new json bournn trailler!!111" clones trying to leech attention for their own gains.

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