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    I've always said that a programming job is 95%...

    I've always said that a programming job is 95% laid-back and 5% pretty awful. And it looks like after four years I've finally been thrust into healthcare hard-mode. But after also being thrust into a...
  2. That's a huge question, you could write volumes...

    I think the fallacy here is that you can directly compare and contrast different periods of history as 'better' than others. It's quite obvious that people would rather live in the modern world due...
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    Thankfully my parents finally got a flight, so...

    Thankfully my parents finally got a flight, so now hoping they manage to make the trek. My work also managed to enact their work from home policy so that was great news too, a bit complicated because...
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    Now discovering that because I work for a...

    Now discovering that because I work for a hospital that needs on-site support I may need to come in to work, even though I can work from home. In a normal situation I wouldn't mind, but given my...
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    ^^^^ That. Especially with American news...

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    That. Especially with American news media. I get anxiety watching the likes of CNN etc even on a normal day. Better to shut off channels like that and tune into sources that are more moderate.
  6. I think the fallacy here is that you can directly...

    Completely on point. It's funny how many people are convinced that science is going to be our savior, when in practice it's done far more long-term damage than good.
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    That's a...
  7. Completely agree with this. At this stage we're...

    Completely agree with this. At this stage we're better off if we understand and respect science, but we also need to realize that it's an amoral tool without a specific aim.
  8. Completely on point. It's funny how many people...

    Completely on point. It's funny how many people are convinced that science is going to be our savior, when in practice it's done far more long-term damage than good.

    On the other hand, one could...
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    I guess there's always careful use of language to...

    I guess there's always careful use of language to mitigate fear and encourage that people make smart decisions. You guys don't have to fix the whole country overnight, but if you help a couple people...
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    Well I'm sure it's going to be prioritized as we...

    Well I'm sure it's going to be prioritized as we react to the pandemic. Trying to stop the virus doesn't mean anything if people aren't eating. But yea I'd concede there may be some issues.
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    In a certain light a bit of hoarding can make...

    In a certain light a bit of hoarding can make sense if you aren't aware of the great unknown, but fortunately the pandemic shouldn't affect our food supply which is an essential service and has no...
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    I take issue with the idea that the capitalist...

    I take issue with the idea that the capitalist system is a real thing.

    If there is a concrete, structural thing called capitalism that was built with intentionality, then it would have very...
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    I also work for the IT department of about 20...

    I also work for the IT department of about 20 hospitals across Southwestern Ontario. Most of the time it's people like me who are stressed out, but in times like this it's our leadership who have to...
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    My parents are still stuck in Portugal charting a...

    My parents are still stuck in Portugal charting a safe way home, currently camped out in a small village with no cases. My concern is primarily with my wife who is 32 weeks pregnant, making sure...
  15. That's the gist of the approach in Ontario right...

    That's the gist of the approach in Ontario right now. Our medical leaders are assuming it can't be contained so they're mitigating impact by slowing the spread. Schools closed, day-cares closed,...
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    I couldn't say, but things aren't too bad there...

    Is that wise ? Depending where they are in Portugal I would have thought it be less risk to stay put rather than travel.[/QUOTE]

    I couldn't say, but things aren't too bad there right now, and may...
  17. There's also a difference between not requiring a...

    I will say, the landscape for being hired as a developer with no CS background is going to shrink. One, more and more kids are majoring in CS. And if the choice comes down to it, likely they will go...
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    My parents are also in Portugal right now,...

    My parents are also in Portugal right now, cutting their trip short by about four weeks and coming home in the next few days. If there is any genuine concern on my end it's about one of them getting...
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    People are starting to stock-pile in my city and...

    People are starting to stock-pile in my city and the virus hasn't even hit us yet. Maybe I'll go to the Asian grocery so I won't get body-checked by people trying to buy extra eggs?
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    There's been some cases in my city but no real...

    There's been some cases in my city but no real spread as of yet.

    I also work in IT for my city's hospital, which acts as a hub for most of the hospitals in Southwestern Ontario. As of now funds...
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    My guess is that most people become smokers long...

    I doubt that is very effective at all. I mean, I just don't think there is a good sweet spot where you are measurably preventing people from becoming addicted in the first place without severely...
  22. My point goes a little deeper into more of an...

    The original idea of minimum wage is that it's the minimum you need to live on assuming you're working 40 hr/wk. It's what the left keeps pretending is "living wage".

    The real problem is not...
  23. Maybe, but that's a bit of an aside from my point...

    Absolutely. The more someone is knowledgeable about, the more they can do. I did meet one guy who was a double major, geology and computer science. He developed a program to find the most likely...
  24. Well you're not completely off the mark. There is...

    Probably. But that is sorta the point. Maybe I have a screwy idea of education. I think that a degree that requires four years of someone's life and fifty thousand or more dollars should prepare...
  25. Sure, but would you get the same results, more...

    Not really, but certainly not true for all graduates. I actually occasionally test this at the chagrin of a dear friend. After a short conversation with a cashier and finding that they are a graduate...
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