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Comment What do you mean "cross the border"? (Score 1) 66

There's border crossing for medical treatment, but it's not the Canadians doing it....

However, these lengthy wait times don't actually translate to a mass migration of patients popping across the border for surgery or specialist appointments. Though some of Canada's wealthiest patients may choose to do this rather than wait, they represent fewer than half a percent.... Meanwhile, the Centers for Disease Control estimates 750,000 Americans travel outside the country for medical treatments each year.

Neither I or anyone I know has ever gone to the US for a medical procedure. We get US TV up here and to be frank watching commercials where American hospitals advertise for customers fills us with horror. To us it's a service. That'd be like you watching commercials for different police forces to call when your house is being invaded.

> I notice that you aren't even posting any links. Nice to have blind faith but I prefer facts.

What "link" do you want? My medical records? Or polls? Here's one:

In that one, 6% of US respondants were very happy with their care, and 44% very dissatisfied, compared to 16% of Canadians very happy and 17% very dissatisfied. On the surface I'd say that pretty much torpedoed what few points you had.

But hey, you want more? Fill your boots:

And I know anecdotes aren't data, etc etc. but here's a Reddit forum asking Canadians what they think of their healthcare vs the US system with some answers from people who have experienced both:

And here's a story I read a few years ago about another American convert to Canada which really kind of shocked me as to how shitty the US system is if you're not loaded:

"When I asked for prayers for my little brother who had been burned in an accident, they were all puzzled why the story did not include immediately rushing him to the hospital. When they asked me to clarify and I explained that many people in the States are not insured and they try to put off medical care unless absolutely needed, they literally could not comprehend such a thing."

Seriously? This is the sort of system you think is way better than going to a hospital for $0 and getting looked at?

Another anecdotal thing I've noticed is in Canada when someone says they were in a car accident, the first thing many say is "Oh! Are you all right?!" In the States among friends and coworkers a story like that gets a response of "Ohmygod! Did you sue?" Which initially struck me as money hungry until I realized that in many cases if you *don't* sue you can be financially ruined by a simple ambulance ride and a broken bone.

Another one off story:

Saw that the other day. Long story short, guy in Alaska is internet-famous on for hosting some obscure radio show on the weekend. Bad road conditions caused him to wreck and he had to be air evaced to a large hospital. Bill is $200K. He has insurance but it only covers 80%. Him and his wife are kind of screwed financially now. In Canada, you know what they would have paid for ? Parking at the hospital. Maybe $20 a day. Oh, and snacks from the vending machine.

Comment Re:No surprise... (Score 1) 185

> and a lot of people (you don't see many people offering to lower their salary) do as well.

That's apples to oranges. People don't take a salary based on what their life costs to live, they are paid based on what value they bring to the company. And in general peoples' value to the company they work at *rises* over time instead of decreasing as they gain experience both in the industry and in the inner workings of the company.

Comment Weak/nonexistent punishments for faulty notices (Score 5, Insightful) 81

If notices had to be signed as accurate by an officer of the company that sent them under threat of perjury, and if it was possible for someone who was affected by a bogus notice to then start the wheels on a process that would see said officer of the company end up doing a few days in jail for that perjury I would think we'd see bogus notices drop to near zero.

But of course that would only happen in a world where the lawmakers actually cared about doing what was right, not what their donors wanted.

Comment Re:I know I'm being selfish, but... (Score 1) 334

Don't worry so much. This stuff is going to gradually come along, not show up one day out of the blue which will allow many people to transition to different roles.

On the practical side, firstly this is Microsoft so I'll be amazed if they have anything remotely usable in 10 years. Secondly, even after several years of iterations of this type of software being released it's still not going to be magic. We're not talking 24th century Star Trek computer AI here where you walk into the holodeck and tell the computer to make you a Victorian London simulation and it fills in everything from that one sentence.

Take any software you can think of, even a simple phone app and describe to yourself what it does and the workflows and data flows involved. That's the bare minimum of what you'd need to define for this software, then it would take a stab at it, probably get an alarmingly large chunk of it wrong and then you'd need to go through an iterative process with it to fix everything it got wrong. Sounds rather like what programmers do now, but with a different set of tools, no?

Comment Re:Makes no sense (Score 1) 95

It really depends on how much money we're talking here. One person in the article earned at 16x multiplier on unspecified bonuses, and large salaries to boot. I personally do love my job in IT, but if I was moved to a position where I was doing the same type of work but earning 2x what I do today and earning crazy bonuses to boot, it would only take me about 5-6 years to acquire enough money to have everything paid off and enough alternate passive revenue coming in to never need to work another minute in my life. And again even though I love my job, when that moment happened I'd be out the door. And off to work on something else, or volunteer, or take a 6 month trip around the world on the cheap, or (fill in the blank).

There's a massive difference between liking what liking what you do for a living (with good people at the place of work), and doing what you want when you don't have to make a living.

Comment Re:OMG (Score 3, Informative) 477

Easy. You get to be one of the guys they hire to fix that crap code and process. EVERY project I have ever worked on with overseas code resources has had massive problems with the quality of code that is returned.

The same cycle always holds true: First the overseas resources are given full tasks to complete. Then the returned code is total shit and doesn't do what was asked. So the tasks are broken down into smaller chunks, and those still don't work. Then the resources are asked to provide procedures and subroutines written to a rigid spec, and 70% of those finally work. Then the company realizes that they're paying experienced software engineers over here to spend hours a day breaking things into small enough chunks that the overseas people will *probably* not screw up and the amount of time wasted is enormous, plus those software engineers could just do it themselves in a fraction of the time.

So the company stops offshoring after wasting a couple of years of time and god knows how much money.

Comment Re:NOT Fake News (Score 4, Insightful) 372

Oh go pound sand, Anonymous COWARD. We went through the anti-facts, don't bother with data stylings of The Harper Conservatives in Canada and we're still undoing the damage more than a year after he was shown the door. This sounds like it's going to be considerably worse than what Steve-O could get away with up here.

On the plus side, Canada will probably be able to reverse that STEM brain drain to the US at last. So we got that going for us.

Comment The PC's been dying for 25 years (Score 1) 501

Or at least I've been seeing these headlines for that long. Guess what? Still here, and not going anywhere. Tablets, phones, etc, are CONSUMPTION devices for information and media. People still need PCs to make things. Or even type long emails. Seriously, try typing a couple of paragraphs on a tablet, it's torture. If I have to send an email for work and it'll be longer than a quick note or reply I wait until I get to my desk to do it instead of trying my patience on my tablet.

Comment Re:AMD has (Score 4, Interesting) 91

> in practice takes roughly 10 years for the savings to materialize... and by then, you've already swapped your CPU 3 times

Actually these days, not so much. I've got an i5 2500K that I bought in early 2011 in my home workstation, and I have no plans to replace it any time soon. My general rule is that I won't replace a processor unless it's both old and I will get around twice the performance of the old one. Looking at what I'd replace it with if I was to build the same machine today - an i5 6600K - there's just no point. I'd get about a 50% boost over what I have, and what I have is already more processor than I need for just about anything I do with the exception of gaming. And for that the money is better spent on a new video card, and that's what I do replace every 2-3 years.

In the past with Moore's Law that was around every 2 years, but Intel's been stagnant on progress for so long, they're now running ads like this:

Oooo... up to 28% better performance than a 3 year old part! And all you need to do is replace your chip, motherboard and probably RAM. Pass. Instead of spending $600 on all that I'll just drop $200 on last year's hot high end video card.

Comment Re:One more thing to charge (Score 1) 252

It is possible to get the best of both worlds. I picked up some inexpensive but solid August headphones on Amazon last year for $50. They are wireless but also have a jack to plug in a 3.5mm plug to make them wired, which I use when I fly. The battery lasts at least a week of my normal use on the train as well so it's not like I need to charge it often.

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