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  1. Comment on Canadian colleges: Lethbridge vs. Manitoba for Computer Science? in ~life

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    It will depend on your school's semester structure but at UVic IIRC they broke it down so you were 'supposed' to do a co-op term at specified points; something like 1A 1B Co-op 1 2A Co-op 2B 3A...

    It will depend on your school's semester structure but at UVic IIRC they broke it down so you were 'supposed' to do a co-op term at specified points; something like 1A 1B Co-op 1 2A Co-op 2B 3A Co-op 3 etc. but it is a school with year round semesters so sometimes you would be at school in the summer and sometimes co-op during the school year. So if your school has a recommended outline for the co-op terms try and follow that or you can get off track in terms of what classes are offered when.

    As for finding one after your first semester, it will depend on your experience and knowledge level prior to university. I think many students struggle with co-ops earlier because they hardly have any relevant skills after semester 1 and 2 but if you can get one definitely go for it.

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  2. Comment on Why this computer scientist says all cryptocurrency should “die in a fire” in ~tech

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    I think the problem with cryptocurrency's approach to decentralization is that it totally misses the problem domain. The problems with a centralized government currency do not rest with its...

    I think the problem with cryptocurrency's approach to decentralization is that it totally misses the problem domain.

    The problems with a centralized government currency do not rest with its centralization. Instead they rest with the lack of transparency, lack of democratic levers of control, and lack of education in citizens to understand those levers. Cryptocurrency wants to throw the current system away and replace it with math, but that brings with it an entirely new problem domain that led to centralization and regulation in the first place.

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  3. Comment on Canadian colleges: Lethbridge vs. Manitoba for Computer Science? in ~life

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    You definitely want to make the effort to do co-op. It's by far the best thing you can do to increase your chances of landing a job after graduation. Also, do as much co-op as you can, if that's...

    I am mostly worried about co-op and internships, and trying to get a job after graduation so I can get PR through work sponsor.

    You definitely want to make the effort to do co-op. It's by far the best thing you can do to increase your chances of landing a job after graduation. Also, do as much co-op as you can, if that's an option. Even if it 'delays' your graduation, companies are very willing to take on co-op students because they're cheap and risk free vs a new hire, so rack up that experience while you can. I'm a biased UVic alum, but imo they have one of the best engineering co-op programs in the country because everyone graduates with 5 mandatory 4-month terms of co-op experience, so when you're applying for your first job you do so with over a year of work experience.

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  4. Comment on Canadian colleges: Lethbridge vs. Manitoba for Computer Science? in ~life

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    I saw your post on Reddit the other day. I think the advice you got there was pretty good, but it’s not clear what your goals are. Are you planning on working while attending university, or just...

    I saw your post on Reddit the other day. I think the advice you got there was pretty good, but it’s not clear what your goals are. Are you planning on working while attending university, or just the co-op terms? If you’re just talking about co-op terms, there is no requirement that you do them in the same city. It’s kind of a hassle, but you can always sublet your place and sleep on a mattress for four months to do a co-op elsewhere. Which, if you’re just talking about maximizing your degree potential, Manitoba will be better than Lethbridge even if the jobs in Calgary are probably more numerous than Winnipeg.

    When it comes to CS in Canada it’s Waterloo > most 'big' universities (UofT; UBC; McGill; UofA; SFU; Queen’s; UVic; UofC; OttawaU; Dalhousie; etc ) >>> smaller universities. I’m not super familiar with U of Lethbridge so I could be wrong in this case but many of the smaller university programs, unless you’re in a bridge program that transfers out to a bigger school after year 1 or 2, are kind of crap in terms of quality of instruction and degree marketability. I’m from BC so my experience is in based on the schools here but for instance between my friends that went to UBC/UVic/SFU vs the ones who went to TRU/UBCO/VIU I was kind of astounded at the differences in what they were taught. So U of Manitoba is probably going to be a better experience for you, if that's your goal.

    In terms of places, Lethbridge isn't Calgary so keep that in mind. The Albertans here can probably weigh in better than I but everything south of Calgary is going to be somewhat of a bible belt. Not sure if that's still true in a town with a university or no, but something to consider. If you are a big skier/hiker you'd probably much rather be in Lethbridge than Winnipeg. Winnipeg is going to offer you a standard biggish city experience with seriously cold winters thrown in the mix, but Lethbridge isn't going to be much better in that regard.

    You mention you're past the cutoff of applying to bigger universities. I would seriously look into a transfer program from a smaller university. They typically accept anyone and are much more lax in timing for entry into their programs. Once into the smaller program, you are usually required to maintain X GPA and complete all courses in 8 months and you are guaranteed a spot in a bigger university. E.g. here's an 8 month engineering program at VIU that will put you into 2nd year engineering at either SFU/UBC/UVic. I know at UVic there is a SW engineering program that's basically CS with some bolted on extras. There may be programs for straight CS as well at other universities, just have to have a look around.

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  5. Comment on What are you reading these days? in ~books

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    I’m still rereading WoT since the last time I checked into this thread in December. I’m halfway through book 4 now! Definitely not on track to finish in a year’s time haha.

    I’m still rereading WoT since the last time I checked into this thread in December. I’m halfway through book 4 now! Definitely not on track to finish in a year’s time haha.

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  6. Comment on Megathread for news/updates/discussion of Russian invasion of Ukraine - May 9-10 in ~news

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    I think it's important for Westerners to remember that many of the cultural 'features' that enable authoritarianism are cultivated by an education system that re-imagines history and even reality...

    Also, it hardly seems fair to criticize people operating under repressive regimes like in Russia (or China). Things seem rather different when the government and the people are on the same side.

    I think it's important for Westerners to remember that many of the cultural 'features' that enable authoritarianism are cultivated by an education system that re-imagines history and even reality to further entrench a regime's power.

    I'm not saying Western education is perfectly aligned with reality but a spectrum exists and if you are lucky enough to have been bestowed with an education that rewarded you with critical thinking skills just remember that isn't the case everywhere in the world (by design).

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  7. Comment on Eve Online fans literally cheer Microsoft Excel features at annual Fanfest in ~games

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    I also played EVE for about the same length of time, 2008-2012 or so. Definitely agree with you there. Not only economically, but politically as well. EVE has so many layers to it's wonderful...

    I also played EVE for about the same length of time, 2008-2012 or so.

    EVE is probably the closest an MMO has truly come to the "living breathing world" ideal of genre.

    Definitely agree with you there. Not only economically, but politically as well. EVE has so many layers to it's wonderful little onion but unfortunately it requires a lot of time investment to really appreciate.

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  8. Comment on Leaked draft opinion show the Supreme Court has voted to overturn abortion rights in ~news

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    So this is the first I'm reading the actual opinion because upon hearing about it in the news my immediate reaction was to "ugh" and avoid the rest of the day's news cycle. This would be hilarious...

    So this is the first I'm reading the actual opinion because upon hearing about it in the news my immediate reaction was to "ugh" and avoid the rest of the day's news cycle.

    These attempts to justify abortion through appeals to a broader right to autonomy and to define one's “concept of existence” prove too much. Casey, 505 U. S., at 851. Those criteria, at a high level of generality, could license fundamental rights to illicit drug use, prostitution, and the like.

    This would be hilarious if it weren't so sad. JFC. If we say people have autonomy over their own bodies, they might do anything with them, even things we don't like!

    That said, I don't think this opinion supports your read they are gunning for the highlighted support cases. I'm not ruling it out or anything, but they are listing the cases used to justify the autonomy that provided the legal framework for Roe v Wade and saying they are not applicable because there is no "critical moral question" regarding "potential life" involved in those. Now, I think that's a load of shit and their arguments will predictably have all sorts of knock-on effects regarding bodily autonomy and wonderful things like forced organ transplants but I think that's clear to anyone who has taken a philosophy class.

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  9. Comment on Twitter accepts buyout, giving Elon Musk total control of the company in ~tech

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    That tweet was wild. Also retweeted by Paul Graham lol. I think they know they're full of shit but all this culture war shit is pretty convenient cover for avoiding tax increases to reasonable levels.

    That tweet was wild. Also retweeted by Paul Graham lol.

    I think they know they're full of shit but all this culture war shit is pretty convenient cover for avoiding tax increases to reasonable levels.

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  10. Comment on Twitter accepts buyout, giving Elon Musk total control of the company in ~tech

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    I'm fairly certain if you use Twitter Lists as a default window into Twitter, everything is chronological, at least for now. Kind of a nice workaround to get a better experience.

    I'm fairly certain if you use Twitter Lists as a default window into Twitter, everything is chronological, at least for now. Kind of a nice workaround to get a better experience.

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  11. Comment on Megathread for news/updates/discussion of Russian invasion of Ukraine - April 13-14 in ~news

  12. Comment on What did you do this weekend? in ~talk

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    I'm not super well-versed in American real estate, but don't you guys have 30 year fixed-rate mortgages available? If you can afford a down payment it doesn't seem like a horrible idea if you plan...

    I'm not super well-versed in American real estate, but don't you guys have 30 year fixed-rate mortgages available? If you can afford a down payment it doesn't seem like a horrible idea if you plan on staying in an area. When interest rates start to climb they will push house prices down but also your borrowing power.

  13. Comment on New David Lynch film to be announced at Cannes? in ~movies

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    Broke: David Lynch, director. Woke: David Lynch, weatherman.

    Broke: David Lynch, director.
    Woke: David Lynch, weatherman.

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  14. Comment on My experience switching to Linux and the need for guidance in ~tech

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    This is a pretty simple (and free) interactive course that I have pointed to co-op students and similar at in the past, it will teach you some of the very basics about bash and interacting with...

    This is a pretty simple (and free) interactive course that I have pointed to co-op students and similar at in the past, it will teach you some of the very basics about bash and interacting with linux from a terminal.

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  15. Comment on My experience switching to Linux and the need for guidance in ~tech

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    zsh is pretty neat, but you'll never have to worry about your scripts' bash compatibility if you use a bash shebang#!/usr/bin/env bash at the top of the file. That will instruct your computer to...

    zsh is pretty neat, but you'll never have to worry about your scripts' bash compatibility if you use a bash shebang#!/usr/bin/env bash at the top of the file. That will instruct your computer to use the bash interpreter (or python/perl etc.) instead of your current shell default.

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  16. Comment on Megathread for news/updates/discussion of Russian invasion of Ukraine - April 8-10 in ~news

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    That’s actually how I initially interpreted it. Just the fact that something could ostensibly be “on behalf of children” while blowing up children is sickening to me, even if in all probability...

    That’s actually how I initially interpreted it. Just the fact that something could ostensibly be “on behalf of children” while blowing up children is sickening to me, even if in all probability the person who painted those words had no role in the targeting.

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  18. Comment on Megathread for news/updates/discussion of Russian invasion of Ukraine - April 8-10 in ~news

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    And the United States has confirmed the strike was carried out by Russia (after they denied it, ofc). Just absolutely sickening, especially in the context of the images. (5 children have been...

    And the United States has confirmed the strike was carried out by Russia (after they denied it, ofc).

    A large piece of a missile landed 100 yards from the entrance of the train station. On the side of the missile remnant, the words “For the children” in Russian were visible as police investigators documented the scene.

    Just absolutely sickening, especially in the context of the images. (5 children have been confirmed to have been killed in the strike so far, baby strollers can be seen amongst the bodies in the images.)

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  19. Comment on PC cases without transparent side panels in ~tech

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    Just curious what’s failing on your PC? Those are relatively new pre-builds from System76, no? Is it something replaceable?

    Just curious what’s failing on your PC? Those are relatively new pre-builds from System76, no? Is it something replaceable?

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  20. Comment on Megathread for news/updates/discussion of Russian invasion of Ukraine - April 4-5 in ~news

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    I think impossible is the wrong word. Europe is certainly capable of meeting some level of energy needs without Russian oil and gas, but that would likely require a fair amount of sacrifice and...

    I think impossible is the wrong word.

    Europe is certainly capable of meeting some level of energy needs without Russian oil and gas, but that would likely require a fair amount of sacrifice and hardship on behalf of Europeans relative to today. Whether that’s realistic is really a question for them to answer, but I wouldn’t write it off so easily — I think we have yet to see the worst of this.

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