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Comment Re:So you exclude half the taxes and what you get? (Score 2) 903

It ain't what you got, it's what you do with it that counts.
I was surprised to find that Canada pays less than the US overall.
And for that Canada has a rudimentary universal health care system, and the US has what?
Crumbling infrastructure and an overpriced military that funnels money into the military's suppliers and from there to the executives of those suppliers.

It's no wonder the US citizenry are so angry.


Comment Re:A decade ago... (Score 1) 316

... the writers should be demanding producers and buyers start greenlighting original works. .

I suspect that a large part of the problem is that worthy original works are very, very few.

In order to keep the theatres filled, something has to be written -- hence the remakes, reboots, prequels, sequels etc.

Comment Blame it on golf (Score 1) 352

Golf is the only activity that absolutely must have natural light.

The movers and shakers of this (first) world like to play golf, and hate getting up early in the morning

DST might make a difference in the southern US, but it really makes no difference much north of 46 degrees latitude, since in mid summer the sun is up at bedtime, and it's up again before we rise.

Comment Professional or Competent (Score 2) 347

Professionalism is some mixture of attitude and effort.
If a programmer has a willing attitude, and puts in a good effort, the competence will come with time.

No matter how competent, a programmer whose attitude is lacking, or whose effort is lacking will hinder whatever project they're a part of.

As for building competence, I really liked "Code Complete"

Comment Who's watching then? (Score 1) 180

Doesn't every polling place have observers? In Canada (and other British Commonwealth countries), every political party is entitled to have an volunteer observer called "scrutineer" present at the registration table, and that person also assists in the ballot count.

Does this happen in the US?
If not, it seems reasonable to have somebody watching what goes on.

Without neutral observers asserting that the process is fair, it seems pretty certain that it isn't.

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