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It would be interesting to see how many students from Waterloo and UofT alone, leave Canada to go work in the tech industry in the US.

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I bring it up because it appears to be quite a lot from my experience as a student at Waterloo. The prevailing thought is that you haven't "made it" unless you go down south when you look for tech jobs.

Most of the people in my year have gone down when they can for co-op.

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This is a great article! I myself am Canadian and agree with many of articles points.

Living in Toronto it's noticeable to recognize it's the financial industry runs this city, then comes marketing and advertising. Tech here in Toronto primarily just service these industries.

Now when it comes to getting people to invest in tech startups, is not a lack of money - it's the investors who have money and lack of knowledge in the tech industry. (Most of them having financial backgrounds)

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In my opinion, if you are publicly posting inappropriate content and showing it at work to your co-workers and or students, then yes, there should be some consequence. However, if someone is snooping and around for personal info about a teacher or an employee, i believe there is a better approach to handling the situation. Perhaps maybe making the teacher or employee revoke public access to his or her webpage/personal info.

I can only imagine how many teachers and employees would be out of a job if all their personal and private life details dug up and investigated.

Everything is subjective in context.

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if you are publicly promoting inappropriate content at work, there's no need for your password. the subject of inappropriate stuff on facebook needs context, employers asking for your password does not - there is no possible situation in which that could be justified.

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I find that in canada (toronto, ontario) programmers are not paid near the amounts of programmers in the US.

5 years ago i started at 40K (working in Hamilton). Now living in toronto, and i find that newly graduate programmers start around 50K-60K, and senior programmers make anywhere between 80K-100K.

I feel that living toronto/ontario, programmers are utilized as tradesmen, where they service the industry (corporations, banks, publications, marketing firms etc...)

I just wish there was more of a tech/startup industry in toronto, like there is in California, Boston, New York, etc..

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Absolutely correct. I ended up leaving Toronto after I realized this. I'm not sure if it was a good decision or bad. I ended up getting fantastic work experience and a higher number salary. However, my quality of life wasn't the same (because I left behind family and friends, and miss Canada in general). Also, I realized that the salary number doesn't mean much when you live in ridiculously expensive places.

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You're not considering regional standards and cost of living, though. Even if you consider that, I think what you described is hardly specific to the Toronto Area. Any company without their own "dev shop" or tech culture, regardless of area will consider programmers as tradesmen.

Toronto may be on the low end, but I'm pretty sure the "true" tech companies in the area are much closer to the higher end than you think.

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Your health care is a lot cheaper. You have to consider these kinds of issues. The market rates must be as they are for a reason.

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I think there are 2 markets here that need to be separated when comparing RIM with Apple and Android.

Corporate and Consumer.

RIM dominates the enterprise/corporate market and as of recent has been trying to break into the consumer market.

Black berries where made for the corporate/work industry. Apple always has made consumer based products. So we are comparing apple to oranges.

It's like taking a car company that's focuses on building trucks and then comparing it to a car company that builds luxury cars.

They are completely different. That being said, when entering into a new market, for instance with RIM entering into the consumer market, it's going to take some time for RIM to gain market share.

Now, has RIM made some bad development platform decisions in their process? yes they have. But if you're going to compare RIM to consumer based companies, I think it's a little premature - give them another year or two.

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"give them another year or two"

It's not up to me. The market will decide how much longer RIM has.

I suspect you're overly optimistic about their hold on the enterprise market, as well. While the smart phone market has grown dramatically, and thus RIM can continue to grow sales while losing market share at a tremendous clip, the fact is that if they're making phones no one wants, even enterprises will change eventually. CEOs and CTOs want nice phones, too, and they'll make the necessarily decisions to switch infrastructure to nice phones. This has already happened at every major company I know of that used to be Blackberry-only. They're now offering iPhone and Android to their people, alongside Blackberry, and everyone is obviously (and sensibly) choosing iPhone or Android.

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I wouldn't say Usain Bolt is talented because he's the faster runner. Majority reason why he is so fast is because of the amount distance he can cover with his leg stretch over his opponents due to his height; not his talented ability to quickly move one foot in front of another (just like ever professional runner has)

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Physical makeup and mental makeup both count as talent.

Physical is easier to measure, but mental is just as real.

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great stuff theLi0nheart! I love your no quit attitude.

get knocked down 6 times...get back up 7.

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Related: the "fall down 7 times, get up 8" meme does assume you're starting from a knocked-down situation.

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I'm curious to know if it's reddit's GUi design/usability or it's content/community that keeps it a growing success.

For me, it's their design approach that i enjoy using, especially after reviewing their second project, hipmunk.

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Interesting. I came to Reddit for the intelligent conversation compared to Digg. The commenting system was pretty great, as well as the subreddit system though, so I'd call it as a good mix of people and UI.

Eventually, I realized it was wasting my time like digg, just in a less obvious way. Also, the community had grown enough that those long joke threads and aggressive attempts at meme creation were hurting my enjoyment. These are not solvable problems on reddit in my opinion. I finally turned in the towel after an extremely long thread on how useless churches are in America: criticize all you want, (and I will certainly continue to do so), but churches feed and take care of homeless people and poor people in every county (and probably, town) of America.

My final solution was to add the following to my /etc/hosts file:

174.132.225.106 reddit.com www.reddit.com

This has saved me a lot of time. In exchange, I've missed (I imagine) many outrage-generating stories on US civil rights, a lot of great pictures of cats, and in exchange get to skip reading the perspectives of many, many 4chan alums.

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The trick to post-2008 Reddit is to be very, very judicious about which sub-reddits you subscribe to. There are still quite a few gems. I've flirted with abandoning ship since the early 2009 hockey stick growth, but found peace by continuously weeding out sub-reddits that had gone bad. It's kind of like pruning a bonzai tree.

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This is my go-to answer to anyone who complains about pun threads and whatnot. If you're running into that stuff, you're on the wrong subreddits. My discussions there are perfectly enjoyable since removing r/atheism, r/pics, r/reddit.com, etc.

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I believed in that method, but in the end I'm still happier with my redirect. Signal to Noise ratio is WAY better. : )

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There's another issue at play too, I feel. That is, Reddit doesn't change. Or, rather, it doesn't appear to. They add things (like subreddits or "gold") but the core mechanism rarely changes. The cost of changing people's muscle and visual memories is strongly underestimated.

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Both, imho. Our design is based around giving tools for our users to create with (subreddits, self posts, commenting system etc) and letting them work their magic.

edit: unfortunately, we haven't got the benefit of a visible community on hipmunk - but that's a challenge for me to overcome as I try and build the same kind of fervent community on a site where no one can start a pun thread.

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I wonder if google found him by posting this A/B Resume test.

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You mean Facebook?

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You're right. But only to a certain extent. If you are building medium to heavy based JS web apps (without using frameworks like JQuery) JS can throw some unexpected/questioning curve balls along the way, due to the design flaws of how it was built.

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