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Comment USA happiness index will rise (Score 1, Interesting) 381

The USA will rise again. Unfortunately, that's because the damage Trump et. al will do will damage lots of other countries so they sink. Basically, everyone will get more unhappy which will make the USA look less bad.

Slashing the State Department budget coupled with a crazy hike in military spending... you'd have to be stupid not to see that Bannon et. al. mean to lead the United States into war.

Comment Co-op FTW (was Not much for those stuck right now) (Score 1) 632

All those co-ops and apprenticeships require connections.

Not true, at least in Canada. I did a co-op Engineering program and our university had a dedicated co-op department whose sole task was to line up work for students. It was very successful; pretty much everyone was employed during every co-op term in my class. And these were real, paying jobs, not unpaid internships.

Doing co-op meant my program took 5 years instead of 4, but it was well worth it. I graduated with 24 months' of actual work experience and no debt. Granted, this was quite a while ago when employment conditions were better, but even now co-op students do relatively well.

Comment Re:Your hyperbole is showing. (Score 1) 834

Moderate politicians often break their campaign promises. They understand that hard compromises have to be made, and they also understand there's no way they can sell that viewpoint to the electorate, so they make promises knowing they can't keep them.

Extremist idealogues don't give a shit. They'll do what they say, consequences be damned. And while it might be satisfying to have a politician who keeps promises, it'll be a Pyrrhic victory as the country goes to hell.

Comment Re:It means don't replace Americans with cheaper H (Score 1) 834

You can relocate R&D to Canada and 99% of your customers won't know you don't have a domestic American presence... a North American 1-800 number, customer-facing people who sound American... but no silly restrictions based on your workers' country of origin.

'tis a good time to be in the Canadian hi-tech sector. We all just need to learn to say "zee" instead of "zed" over the phone, eh?

Comment And the value proposition is what, exactly? (Score 5, Insightful) 403

So let me get this straight. I should switch from a free development environment, that I can install on as many machines as I want, that doesn't feed me ads, that doesn't phone home with my information, that doesn't auto-update unless I configure it to and that ships with source code, to a system that costs money, costs more money to install on multiple machines, feeds me ads, phone home with my information, auto-updates by default and is closed-source?

What's the value proposition here, again?

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