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Swedish Dad Takes Gamer Kids To Warzone

ahodgson Re:Problem is (417 comments)

Yeah, when even winning results in 4% or more of your total population dying, the appetite for war can diminish.

Not that normal people ever want war. Certainly not war in their own country or anywhere close to them personally.

5 days ago
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Humans Need Not Apply: a Video About the Robot Revolution and Jobs

ahodgson Re:In a nutshelll (304 comments)

Well, maybe it would give them a reason not to go $100k into student debt learning a skill that will be useless.

5 days ago
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Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step

ahodgson Re:K-12 Education (514 comments)

I suspect that if done right, it may have a marginal affect. But since there's no chance of increased spending actually being spent in that mannger, I'll have to not hold my breath.

about two weeks ago
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Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step

ahodgson Re:K-12 Education (514 comments)

OK, so even though education spending is at an all-time per-student high, you can't find a single jurisdiction that has solved any of the problems you advocate spending more money on education for?

Can you point to a jurisdiction that has spent money in the ways you're now advocating and has solved the economic problems you listed previously?

about three weeks ago
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Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step

ahodgson Re:K-12 Education (514 comments)

Can you point to a jurisdiction that has solved any of those problems through increased education spending?

about three weeks ago
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

ahodgson Re:Customer service? (928 comments)

Yeah if it looks like I won't have room over my seat I'll dump my bag 5+ rows forward; I can grab that on the way out, but not if it's behind.

about a month ago
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The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

ahodgson Re:Pft (962 comments)

Actually, with the prison population being as high as it is in the US, it's possibly the only country in the world where more men than women get raped nowadays.

about a month ago
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Ars Editor Learns Feds Have His Old IP Addresses, Full Credit Card Numbers

ahodgson Re:This is news? (217 comments)

I think it's safer to say that most human beings will eventually abuse any power given to them. Since governments are run by human beings, it's also safe to say that all governments abuse their power. That's why the US Constitution tried so hard to limit government scope and power. Unfortunately, since governments abuse their power, and sheeple want "someone" to take care of them and protect them, those protections have been whittled away, anyway, but it was a good effort.

about a month ago
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World Health Organization Calls For Decriminalization of Drug Use

ahodgson Re: Drug use versus crime (474 comments)

Banning prostitution and gambling is just as stupid as banning drugs.

about a month ago
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Rand Paul and Silicon Valley's Shifting Political Climate

ahodgson Re:Gots to find more ways to avoid taxes (533 comments)

Yeah I don't believe that's the case. The provinces have agreements, but I don't think there's any country-level reciprocity.

about a month ago
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Rand Paul and Silicon Valley's Shifting Political Climate

ahodgson Re:Gots to find more ways to avoid taxes (533 comments)

A tourist visiting Canada and staying in a hotel is generally not eligible for their nationalized health system. They expect payment/etc just like most other countries would. I don't know the details, but I wouldn't be surprised if they offer free healthcare to citizens of comparable countries that reciprocate for emergency conditions/etc, which would be fairly logical.

I doubt it. I think you're expected to carry travel insurance. I know as a Canadian I don't get covered out of the country by provincial health care.

And people here routinely get screwed by discount travel insurers that refuse to pay up when they get sick in the US. My extended medical insurance, provided by my employer, includes decent travel medical, though.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

ahodgson Re:Simple (509 comments)

I said consumer debt.

Borrowing money to make more money can make sense, but that is not consumer debt. Consumer debt is borrowing money to buy stuff now that you can't actually afford.

about a month ago
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Rand Paul and Silicon Valley's Shifting Political Climate

ahodgson Re:Gots to find more ways to avoid taxes (533 comments)

In a country like Canada you can't just move there for six months to have your cancer fixed.

Sure you can. You just have to call yourself a refugee.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

ahodgson Re:Simple (509 comments)

All consumer debt is a scam.

The only debt you should ever take on should be for a first home, and you should pay it off as fast as possible.

You will always be further ahead financially if you never pay interest charges.

There is also a small argument for a car loan if you need one to get a job and can't come up with the cash.

about a month ago
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William Binney: NSA Records and Stores 80% of All US Audio Calls

ahodgson Re:Why Aren't Phone Calls Encrypted? (278 comments)

And then the FBI will walk in with an NSL and demand the keys. Just like they do now.

about a month ago
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Workaholism In America Is Hurting the Economy

ahodgson Re:Oh yeah it's "workaholism" (710 comments)

What numbers? The ~13 million extra unemployed adults since 2001? The lowest workforce participation rate since the 60s? Average wages that have actually gone down over the last 20 years. Those numbers?

about 2 months ago
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Workaholism In America Is Hurting the Economy

ahodgson Re:Corporate Brianwashed Fools (710 comments)

~20% of the population is getting ahead in this economy. I'll work however much unpaid overtime I need to in order to stay in that 20%. If I get really lucky I might even be able to save enough to retire some day.

Robbing unemployed people of jobs ... lol. Someone may have told you life was fair. They lied.

about 2 months ago
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2 US Senators Propose 12-Cent Gas Tax Increase

ahodgson Re:Good! (619 comments)

Not quite. We get screwed for over $.25/litre here in greater Vancouver from provincial tax, transit levy, and a carbon tax, compared to what appears to be $.22/litre in Montreal.

about 2 months ago
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Former FCC Head: "We Should Be Ashamed of Ourselves" For State of Broadband

ahodgson Re:It's a problem... (118 comments)

Unfortunately, in today's America pretty much everyone is looking to screw everyone else, and do as little actual work as possible while doing it. Blue collar workers included. We just notice the guys at the top more.

about 2 months ago
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Kingston and PNY Caught Bait-and-Switching Cheaper Components After Good Reviews

ahodgson Re:And another on the ban pile (289 comments)

Toyoto only sold that many Corollas because it's a quality car that runs forever. Also, you're off by a factor of 10. 4B is nothing to sneeze at, but it's not 40B.

about 2 months ago

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