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Main US Weather Satellite Fails As Hurricane Season Looms

c_sd_m Re:Jokes (235 comments)

The predictions of the type of weather and the tracks has gotten much better but the predictions of the magnitude haven't. Seems that we've put more effort into figuring out where weather systems are going to go.

about a year ago
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So What If Yahoo's New Dads Get Less Leave Than Moms?

c_sd_m Re:Sweden, 1 year (832 comments)

Canadian mat leave is about 60% of your normal pay but only up to the EI insurable limit, so it can't be more than 60% of about 45k. You only get it if you and your employer have been paying employment insurance (EI) premiums, so there's no benefit if you don't have an income. Employer top-ups, if you have one, generally don't cover more than a few months.

I have been seeing a lot more fathers taking a month or two lately, including one older EE who took the last 2 months while his wife went back to work. The most common scenario seems to be for the father to take the first month or two off along with the mother.

about a year and a half ago
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Electrical Engineer Unemployment Soars; Software Developers' Rate Drops to 2.2%

c_sd_m Re:One cause (419 comments)

Back when they actually had shop class, it was pretty clear where trig could be useful. My high school actually introduced trig earlier to the remedial math stream than the advanced math stream since it was understood that trades people would have more use for it.

about a year and a half ago
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Electrical Engineer Unemployment Soars; Software Developers' Rate Drops to 2.2%

c_sd_m Re:One cause (419 comments)

At least an education system designed to mould good factory workers certainly can't.

about a year and a half ago
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No Such Thing As a Tax-Free Lunch At Google?

c_sd_m Re:Here in Canada ... (631 comments)

In Canada, the rule is that if the employees don't pay a reasonable charge for a meal then it's a taxable benefit: Subsidized meals
You don't pay EI premiums (employment insurance) on it but you deduct pay income tax and CPP premiums (Canada Pension Plan). If they only sporadically work overtime then providing meals for those times isn't taxable.

about a year and a half ago
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Massive Data Leak Reveals How the Ultra Rich Hide Their Wealth

c_sd_m Re:Remember (893 comments)

As I make more, I find that less and less of it counts as income when I do my taxes.

about a year and a half ago
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Why Working Remotely Needs To Make a Comeback

c_sd_m Re:Hello, its the 21st century (455 comments)

Go to careers.stackoverflow.com and tick the "only telecommute jobs" box. I was doing an 80% remote team lead/developer job for the last few year that paid a fair bit more than $16/hour. I switched to consulting and I have clients I've never met in person who are happy to pay over $100/hour for someone who'll keep them in the loop and get things done.

about a year and a half ago
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RIM Unveils BlackBerry 10, Its Big Turnaround Hope

c_sd_m Re:Very nice.. (267 comments)

Right, so either way it's a lot more work than most people realize to "just port" an app between platforms. Except maybe Android -> BB10 or it's primarily a web app or using a common game engine.

about a year and a half ago
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RIM Unveils BlackBerry 10, Its Big Turnaround Hope

c_sd_m Re:Very nice.. (267 comments)

Making an app available on Android generally doesn't double the revenue they were making on iOS. There have been a number of iPhone apps that have ported to Android and found that their support costs go up but they don't make nearly as much revenue. There are certainly exceptions but they tend to be big apps that can get a lots of views of ads, like Angry Birds.

Porting from iOS to Android is far from trivial. Plus Android users will post bad reviews for apps that look too much like iOS. So you have to redo half of the graphics and some of the UX unless it's a game. At that point, it takes nearly as much work to do the Android "port" as the original version.

I don't have the time to keep up with 2 platforms in depth and, personally, I just don't like Java or the tools. It'd take something far more compelling that lots of eyeballs (without lots of dollars) to make the effort for Android.

about a year and a half ago
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RIM Unveils BlackBerry 10, Its Big Turnaround Hope

c_sd_m Re:should have kept the keys (267 comments)

I agree, a slide-out keyboard would've been really nice. Even tweaking the size / form factor of the keyboard models would've been nice. It's hard to believe the keyboard one is a new device, especially next to the Z10. I don't want BB to start having dozens of models again though.

about a year and a half ago
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RIM Unveils BlackBerry 10, Its Big Turnaround Hope

c_sd_m Re:should have kept the keys (267 comments)

They showed a keyboard version. They just haven't announced launch dates for it yet.

about a year and a half ago
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RIM's BB10 Campaign Requires Some Serious Work

c_sd_m Re:Analysts saying the obvious? (171 comments)

I assume when you say "Blackberry needs to..." you mean RIM, and this is just a slip-up, not an indication that you're ignorant of what you're talking about.

And 7 hours later, they renamed the company to BlackBerry anyway.

about a year and a half ago
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RIM's BB10 Campaign Requires Some Serious Work

c_sd_m Re:It has a chance (171 comments)

Rumour has it the C alpha dev device will be the x10 form factor. They just starting talking about there being a C device a few weeks ago, so dev probably won't see it for at least a month. I'd be surprised it it were for sale to the public before June.

about a year and a half ago
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RIM's BB10 Campaign Requires Some Serious Work

c_sd_m Re:Analysts saying the obvious? (171 comments)

The 10k guarantee is not for any app that makes 1k. The app needs to go through "Built for BlackBerry" approval that's separate and comes after the app world approval. The bar for "Built for BlackBerry" has been set so high that the BB dev forums are full of posts questioning if anything is getting it at all. Seeing the very few apps that have passed that approval, it seems ludicrous to think they wouldn't make 10k. So the guarantee is really only a hedge for top-shelf apps against the platform bombing.

about a year and a half ago
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Petition For Metric In US Halfway To Requiring Response From the White House

c_sd_m Re:Good luck with that. (1387 comments)

It's not even that clean-cut. You end up with mixed unit generations. I can't think of stuff from the size of an eraser to an armspan in anything but inches though smaller stuff makes sense in mm (or decimal portions of a mm for precision work). But I have no feeling for the length of a mile or reasonable speeds in mph. People weigh lbs but food weighs grams, except potatoes. I wouldn't mind except we don't seem to be encouraging the younger generations to make a more complete adoption of metric. We just went partway then stopped.

about 2 years ago
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Petition For Metric In US Halfway To Requiring Response From the White House

c_sd_m Re:Pints (1387 comments)

In Canada bottles are ~330ml but a beer at a pub is still a whole pint (~500ml). It is a different culture if you think of a modern bottle of beer as a pint. I can't imagine that.

about 2 years ago
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Petition For Metric In US Halfway To Requiring Response From the White House

c_sd_m Re:Pints (1387 comments)

You just stop ordering "a pint of brand X" and order "a brand-X". If Canadians can do it, you'll be okay.

about 2 years ago
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Petition For Metric In US Halfway To Requiring Response From the White House

c_sd_m Re:Never underestimate familiarity (1387 comments)

It creates jobs and gives every red-blooded male an excuse to double his tool collection (at least the stuff like socket sets where you can get great bargains), what are we waiting for?

about 2 years ago
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Petition For Metric In US Halfway To Requiring Response From the White House

c_sd_m Re:Pints (1387 comments)

Actually, in metric it'd make sense to order a half litre which gets you almost an extra 2 tablespoons of beer.

about 2 years ago
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Hotmail & Yahoo Mail Using Secret Domain Blacklist

c_sd_m Re:Web page (345 comments)

Because (1) the webpage would get blocked for the people who need to use proxies and (2) you don't want to give everyone the same proxies.

about 2 years ago

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