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Comment Retire? Ha! (Score 1) 544

I have some small savings and RRSP, and the Canadian government MIGHT give me a tiny stipend to live on if they force me out of work at 65+.

That said I don't think I could ever stop being creative and making things. I will always be looking for ways to make a living at it but it might be nice to not have that stress and simply make things I like.

I might also be the exception to the rule. At 25 I never expected to be allowed to retire. Our social assistance had just been freshly gutted by Mike Harris and previous gaffes. We had been told in no uncertain terms that we would not be getting the same retirement deal as our parents.

I think most of my generation prefers not to think about it. It's terrifying to think of not being allowed to work as a professional and make the same money, or not being able to, and having no safety net whatsoever.

My sincere hope is that our government will have at least a little compassion for us.

Comment Re:ZX81 (Score 1) 857

+1 for the ZX81. It was my dad's and I can't recall if he built it from a kit or if it was a whole machine he purchased. We used tapes with it. Eventually it stopped working. The headphone-jack style power was a bad idea. That thing arced if it was plugged in and it came out.

Dad eventually gave me the ZX81 and I played with it a while but being 4 or 5 at the time, my understanding of BASIC was pretty limited.

I got a lot more mileage out of the CoCo 2 my dad gave me once he got his first PC.

Dad was pretty cool. He ran computer lessons for all of the kids in the neighbourhood and printed out lessons for them.

Comment Toronto (Score 1) 632

I'm worried I'll be stuck in stinky Toronto forever if I want to keep working and making decent money. (It's fun, but I want to move somewhere smaller for my health.) But I don't know if the wage I'd make in a smaller city would be the same if I change jobs.

I'm supporting both myself and my partner on about 95k right now doing web dev work. To find that wage I had to do remote work for a company in the US. That said, since I'm a sole-proprietor I've gotten used to saving 50% of my wages, 26% of which will go into taxes minus deductions. So I could probably live on less. But then how will I retire? I'm screaming toward forty. I need to make the most of the next ~25 years.

I see on Glassdoor that the average wages for front-end developers are a bit lower in Canada. Whenever I leave a job I have companies lining up to interview me but I suspect that's because the hiring industry is so inflated right now. It could be because I'm a developer with a long history on Linked-in but I always have that twinge of impostor syndrome.

When I was in university my friend and I did freelance work for local businesses, so by the time I was in my final year I already had a bit of a career going. Before university I was reading the RFCs for Internet protocols, reading hacker docs and the jargon files. I really WANTED to be in programming. Long story short, I haven't even finished university. I hate how maths are presented and I could never finish the courses. So I took a gig at a marketing company and I've been doing full-stack or front end web development ever since.

All of that said, my university career was in the early 2000s. The Internet was HYOOOOOOJ. There was far more unchecked excitement in general and among investors. My career was all but guaranteed. I was born at the right time. I think we are starting to see the plateau of computer careers. There will be spikes just like any industry but I think the demand will be a lot more stable but possibly less from now on.

The outsourcing issue certainly is one. Half of my co-workers are from around the world. The reason is that the wage is cheaper than it is in the US. I don't know what to say there. The USD is stronger than ours and they can buy more work from us for each dollar. There are a lot of strange things going on in the economy and for the social welfare of Americans that goes far beyond the scope of this post. My sincere hope is that the US decides to care for its own and invest in its future by nurturing its relationships with foreign countries. This current trajectory probably will end in disaster for a lot of people, and probably not the cronies of the people making it happen.

(Sorry this reads like an anonymous CV but I think the context matters.)

Comment So what? (Score 1) 454

Why does that even matter?

On the other side you have an awful businessman, an awful man, and a really shitty plan that will bankrupt your country and only serve to make the rich not pay a bit of taxes (if they bother to pay taxes at all).

This is presented as if it's some big surprise. Did you know: everything Hilary did that she's being reamed for is something her colleagues had told her to do, and that they had done themselves in the past?

NO? Well now you do.

Comment "less expensive wireless technology" (Score 1) 160

Well duh! Paint the town with WiFi and it'll still be fast and allow them to undercut ISPs.

People who want to pay for the last mile or communities where the cost isn't vast will be able to convince them to run fibre maybe.

Would be a much more doable strategy.

I know the point of this whole exercise was 1+Gb FTTH, but perhaps finding a 300mbps happy medium would serve communities well for now.

Comment Re:This app exists (Score 1) 311

Like... I'm sorry but your whiteness is showing. I'm white too and even I can see, because I bother to watch the ugly truth. Even I can see that someone reaching for their registration when asked to reach for their registration is following orders. Could have done nothing. Shot in front of their fucking kids.

How... fucking... dare... you.

Comment Sensors at top of car (Score 1) 440

This is a clear engineering failure and it's resulted in two high-profile accidents. One where a parking car damaged the windscreen and this one.

The flaw is already known. The Tesla's sensors don't see anything high up enough to prevent these beheading accidents.

Fools will be fools, so as engineers it behoves us to expect that. Give someone something called cruise control, and an old man will walk to the back of his Winnebago to make coffee on a long straight stretch and end up in an accident when the road turns (This happened).

Give people auto-steering called auto-pilot and they'll surely be negligent. I'd say Tesla bears part of the blame here but of course I'm going to be voted down by those who think highly of themselves and their levels of silliness at all times, until it's them making a fatal mistake.

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