Punko

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Flew three times over the Atlantic before 1st birthday. What did you do before 9 a.m. today ?

punko wrote:
Wow.  Used to VR lagging, so having the VR track a ball quickly enough and generate a catch solution and present that to the user, so they can put their hand where the ball will be is pretty amazing.

Now, if the user could do that while moving in VR without lag/dizziness would be impressinve
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dromed $1200 per year for 30 years at 10% per annum is $197k.  Excluding, of course, the tax on your interest income if not in a sheltered investment.  For 40 years it is $531k. 

Mind you, getting an investment that will return 10% each and every year is exceptional.  Most investment advisors recommend assuming a rate of return between 2% and 4% above the expected rate of inflation (around 2%).  

Don't get me wrong - if you can get 10% you are absolutely off to the races, especially if you can get that growth tax sheltered.
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toetagmodel2 Having the plug-in for my browser, that replaces the Trump Twitter post's font with childish handwriting makes reading Trump twitter posts funnier.  If they were to include whiny kid voice reading the posts, it'd be even sweeter.
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Getting out of a parking lot and through a gap in the hedge. 

Sounds like a weekend at the mall . . .
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thezigrat Well, I've been sorting my bottlecap collection by colour tone instead of brand.  Is that important ?
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thezigrat I can't remember.  'course that's why I'm retiring.
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thezigrat uhh - so what are you saying that I can expect, when I retire in June and have top secret clearance ?
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The group of singer singing Weird Al's lyrics instead was hilarious.  And yes, all those drummers in sync sounded fantastic.
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thezigrat Our game didn't have a cat, but it did have an iron.  The top hat was always the most coveted in our house.  Along with the orange colour group
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kalron27 I can see Township Councillors being elected, but a Manager ?  That's weird.
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markust123 "under oath" would mean nothing to Trump.
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kalron27 When I was younger, a kid on my street was 10' back from the end of the driveway and was knocked 20' ass over tea kettle to the back of the family car, when a speeding snow plow ripped through.  He was 9.  His dad filmed the whole thing, and took the VHS tape (shut up, I'm old) down to the local tv station and made the 11:00 p.m. news.  City didn't even try to defend the driver.
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johnbuchanan I'm sorry.  I am fairly certain that the issue of equal pay for equal work has not been solved globally. The statement " The wage gap is closing in advanced countries, but still exists particularly where tradition and religion do not acknowledge  parity between the genders " is globally valid.

Perhaps I don't see what you are finding erroeous.  Certainly "just flat out wrong" seems quite strong for an issue that still exists.

Unless of course, you can prove that gender discrimination doesn't occur, even illegally anywhere ?
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Coming from the land of hockey, if a single fight broke out in a high school game, the player would be ejected, potentially with multi-game suspensions.  The coach would be interviewed.  And that when I was in high school (late 70's) Fighting isn't part of the game until Junior 'A' - just below pro level.

At the pro level, fighting is drying up.
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johnbuchanan " Equal pay is also the law here in Canada, " it was in my post.
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I can't see any way that this is a good idea.  Folks need to be aware, that the entire basis of the insurance industry is distributed costs.
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johnbuchanan In Canada (at least Ontario, where I live) the compensation provisions in the Employment Standards act excludes professional workers (engineers, architects, lawyers).  And I might add, this was at the request of the professions that are self-regulating (engineers, et al).  We were told by our professional associations that professionals in all similarly regulated countries were treated the same.
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Its in BC.  A man-made channel.  It'd be more amazing, if the channel was serpentine.
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Sorry, but the whiners that are complaining about Black privilege are simply whining.

Simply put, folks that come from a privileged background despair when programs are put in place to help those who didn't come from their background.  If the system goes around and tries to make the playing field level, then advancement and achievement would go to those that actually perform.

I have no doubt that part of my personal success was due to benefits I received that I was utterly unaware of at the time.  Things like being raised in a stable household in a good community in a city in one of the best countries on the planet during the best time to be alive in human history. I can't change things in my past nor can I alter things beyond my control.  

However, I can recognize brilliance in those that I work with and mentor those that come after me.  I can help my kids be as racially blind as possible, to ensure gender issues are minimized and to teach them to see the person within the body.

There is only one way to make the world better: raise those below you up.
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johnbuchanan Doesn't apply to professional labour.  I.e. engineers, lawyers, architects etc. Thankfully, the gap is closing here as well.

Equal pay is also the law here in Canada, but only based on recent legislation.  There is still a backlog of historical pay issues that are currently before the courts.
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Dunno.  Maybe they thought that their principles were more important than money?


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<sigh> Yes there remains a wage gap.  Equal pay for equal work was an enormous problem when women moved into the job market - this is proven beyond a doubt.  However, it has not been erased, not yet.   The wage gap is closing in advanced countries, but still exists particularly where tradition and religion do not acknowledge  parity between the genders, especially in white collar work.

The glass ceiling is also a problem; however, this is generally a time-based issue as the old boys that run the old-boy network are slowly dying off.  There are many reports and studies that show the numbers of women in directorship roles is increasing, but very slowly.  

In my 26 years of professional experience, the number of women has risen through the ranks, but have not achieved the top-level of success.  This is to be expected, as 25 years ago there weren't as many in the mid-levels - its a matter of numbers.  Now that the number of professionals that I run into are nearly  50/50 in every role, I'd expect the number of women at the top to continue to grow.  It will never reach 50/50, but it will become close enough to no longer matter.
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5cats I think you'll find a greater relation between income and violence than between racial groups.

You want to fix the world ?  Improve income equality.

Rich folks don't use guns, they use briefcases, lawyers, and lobbyists.  Who has created more misery on this planet?
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5cats Wha ????  I'm saying that people of any stripe can be assholes.  Nothing in my post suggested and particular group might be responsible for it.  I resent the fact that you think I am stupid enough to do that.

I'm not looking for headlines trying to make weak links between particular race or religious groups and random violence.

I simply pointed out that a large cities have a large volume of violence.  Not due to a particular type of person, just the fact that the population is made up of humans.

There are assholes in every race, gender, religion, language group, political party, income bracket, geographical location, country, bridge club, Bingo crowd, football team, classroom, train car, and age group.

Folks spending their energies trying to blame a particular subset of humanity for all of life's ills are simply a waste of air.


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That is so cool.  It is amazing that in many parts of the world, you are building on top of other buildings/structures that were erected several thousand years before.

Makes you realize how "new" say something 300 years old is, in comparison to structures that were built 2 and 3 thousand years before Julius Caesar lived.

Especially in comparison to the fact that dinosaurs ruled the world for about 100 million years.