Jul 28, 2014 at 00:09:44
“Patents are getting ridiculous. Compete with your brand and quality. Imagine if the tire manufacturers played this game. You can't have a round rubber device for conveying an automobile, I patented that!!!”
Jul 6, 2014 at 18:27:32
“CANCON producers should stop fighting the future and start embracing it. Netflix pays for the rights to show the content it does on it's service.
Start negotiating with Netflix to have your stuff included. Start to make a name for yourself based on the great work you do. Try to negotiate a marketing plan with Netflix (maybe Netflix Canada has a Canadian Content stream like they do for "new shows" or "Comedy", etc.
If Netflix starts to see Canadian Content bringing more subscribers to their service (they can very easily see what viewers are watching and what is popular), then they will embrace it more wholeheartedly. This way the cream rises to the top and gets funded, while the useless stuff that doesn't deserve to get funded dies like it should.”
kiddub on Jul 7, 2014 at 09:16:39
“I think you just made an argument for a succesful strategy for the CBC, but they won't listen.
"Just make sure there's a horse, a prairie, a mountain, or a fishing boat in every shot, and we've got a production deal."”
Charles the Great on Jul 6, 2014 at 19:15:19
“They even think VPN's are a threat since it allows people to watch Hulu and Canadian Content on there. They won't, since it is a threat to their monopoly”
Jul 4, 2014 at 14:09:38
“I am one of the people lucky enough to be doing well despite a lot of foreign competition in my sector of work. I like to pay it forward to other Canadians (and other North Americans for that matter).
Where possible, I will purchase locally made goods and food. I will pay more for it if the quality is the same or better because I know that money continues to circulate in the North American economy where we have high standards of worker safety and good work practices won by our forefathers (and mothers in some cases).
The problem I have is two-fold:
1 - Finding goods manufactured in North America or Canada is increasingly hard. In some cases there is no alternative, or the alternative is so niche it is near impossible for someone not in that industry to find.
2 - The lack of local owned shops in the urban and sub-urban centres. I WANT to go to a specialty store that competes with quality products and selection. But they seem to all get crushed by the big-box stores. This is also why you can't use the death of shopping malls as a patriotic measure. Whenever I go into malls they are loud hives of foreign owned companies hawking me their wares from every portion of the globe.”
Jun 19, 2014 at 16:52:38
“I think part of this and it will speak volumes is that a lot of the CEOs that have worked their way up in the corporation will be seeking less compensation than a CEO that is coming in from somewhere else with a flashy name.
The CEO that worked their way up would know much more about how the business runs and how to grow the business sustainably than the CEO who drops in and needs to get up to speed. Or more worryingly tries to apply some 'one-size-fits-all' solution like outsourcing and slashing costs without understanding them.”
Punned It on Jun 20, 2014 at 01:12:42
“There is another theory I've heard recently that might have a part in this. When you are hired as a CEO, typically a big chunk of your pay package is stock options; companies believe that by paying you in stock you will be more motivated to improve the company's performance. Here's how you cash in on that if you're smart.
The first thing you do is tell everyone that the company is on the wrong track and in order to fix things there must be big changes. You tell them it's going to be rough in the short term, but it will pay off in the long term. You can let almost anything happen in that first year or so because it doesn't matter. Stock value tumbles and that's what you want when you pick up your options at the end of the first year.
Then you get to work putting the company on the right track (or basically, just putting it back the way it was). Stock value rises. You cash in those options and make a big profit.
Jun 10, 2014 at 12:46:52
“So you can add a preamble to something and make something that is legal illegal. That is quite the trick. I agree with the article. If they want to make prostitution illegal then they should send a single law bill before the parliament to be voted on. None of this political trickery with preambles.”
May 23, 2014 at 17:45:14
“Isn't it a shame an oil producing country paying so much for petroleum.
I think what a lot of people miss is that it isn't the government pulling the oil out of the ground. It is private companies from all over the world that pay for the right.
Those companies are the ones getting rich on the natural resources of Canada. China is buying up Canadian oil companies and leases like crazy. Even companies with names like Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. are majority foreign owned.
Too late now. Lets not make the same mistake when water becomes more valuable than oil.”
May 23, 2014 at 17:31:45
“They need to stop competing with themselves. Pick a brand and go with it - or have one go upscale and one go downscale to compete with the others. I will refer to the chain as BBFS (Best Buy Future Shop) for the rest of my post.
BBFS needs to modernize it's sales methods. I see them starting to do that with pickups and shipping. To have me buy from them online they need to expand their website offering to be more intuitive.
Instore I find them far too cramped every little section with big wide aisles between. Especially the computer tech isles. If they were to have someone come in and modernize their shelves to be full of items but not feel carved off from the rest of the store it would help the experience. They also need to address the booming coming from the A/V portion of the store. Put some sound deadening around that area.
I enjoy shopping at BBFS. I like the ability to look at something and see what else is on the shelf next to it. I enjoy the fact that the folks at BB are non-commission. Makes a big difference over FS.
If they were to modernize instead of just race to the bottom then I would buy more from them as they have some roots in Canada and provide jobs for folks.”
“I have a pair of these. I use them for swimming so that I don't cut my feet on rocks or shells. I like them, they are great for what i need. I didn't buy them due to the claims despite buying them during the timeframe indicated.
How do I tell the court that I don't want my refund and I want the company to keep the money for a product I bought and enjoy wearing?”
“I like how his wife Renata got it first, while Andrei was still in shock. Imagine the discussions they had for the next few days - two physicists who just heard their work was right.”
metalborg on Mar 19, 2014 at 00:14:12
“Although, if she's anything like my mother( who's husband, my father, is a physicist), she's hugging him because she'll never have to hear him go on and on about whether they'll ever prove the theory!”
carderoaerie on Mar 18, 2014 at 12:36:23
“Thank you for mentioning Renata, I wondered whether she was also a physicist. A very nice way to inform him/them!”
“Pretty hard to do when you are off duty and rushing to an off-duty job.
Call-outs and whatnot are now computerized. Even if they are dispatched by radio, the dispatchers assign the unit to the call in the dispatch system.
I don't like the over-scrutinization of police that we see nowadays that makes it tougher for the good ones to do their job. Problem is the bad ones that abuse their authority and trust given to them by the public are getting more known and we now need to watch everyone to pick out the bad apples.
Sounds kinda like the NSA could do the job for us?”
“This is one of the funniest things I have read on HuffPo in a long time. Danica is nowhere near the talent level needed to race in F1. Also, all of her promotion work would cut into the work needed to stay at the top, like it does in the lower level series like Indy and Nascar.”
sfurr on Feb 11, 2014 at 11:34:59
“I don't think you have any idea. The switch from open wheel's top echelons to NASCAR hasn't been easy of late. Danica Patrick's consistent placement in Formula Atlantic and IndyCar didn't put her at the top of the series, but amongst the top 6, she would certainly have been worthy of consideration for an F1 seat (no guarantee she would've got one):
"As female star Danica Patrick works on the transition from Indy to NASCAR—she will start 40th in the 43-car Coca-Cola 600 field—only three-time Cup champion Tony Stewart has been successful on a consistent basis after making the switch.
Former open-wheel stars Juan Pablo Montoya, Sam Hornish Jr., AJ Allmendinger and Robby Gordon all have made the transition with limited success.
Indy and Formula One stars Dario Franchitti, Jacques Villeneuve and Patrick Carpentier didn’t have much success at all. Even Formula One’s Kimi Raikkonen tried it last year, but postponed his NASCAR experiment after just a few races."
To my mind F1 racers Montoya and Villeneuve are better drivers than Tony Stewart, but neither of them could make a success of NASCAR. Even to be successful in the transition now takes a few years. She's just started. She may or may not get there, but she is a good racer.”
Jan 28, 2014 at 18:41:05
“I understand how bitcoin works... But I have a fundamental problem with it...
What is the value backed by? Every other currency in the world has some sort of backing to it - even fiat currencies. They have tangible assets and a workforce that for all intents and purposes back the value of the currency. Stocks and bonds have the value of the assets and inventory of a company.
Bitcoin has no value. The computer cycles and electricity used to mine them is gone. The only reason it is worth any money is because people SAY it is.
Congratulations to Mr. Dominguez and others who have seen their 'value' increase. But this is going to end with a lot of tears for a lot of people.”
Jan 15, 2014 at 22:26:26
“Outsourcing customer services to IBM and offshoring. There is a recipe for disaster. The IBM these days is far from the big, smart company of old.
IBM and Offshoring. Looks like Sears is circling the drain. I know I will never set foot in one of their stores again. But then again their service is terrible and their prices are too high. Goodbye Sears. Won't miss you.
How many of those people in the Philippines and Europe shop at Sears Canadian stores? None, oh that makes a lot of sense.
Sorry to hear about the folks losing their jobs. Seems more companies don't know how to do business anymore.”
Jan 10, 2014 at 16:19:51
“One of the things I like to do is think about how many jobs for things being delivered to Canada or the USA is being done in India or China or other less expensive economies. If so many jobs weren't being added offshore, would the domestic jobs reports look better?
Additionally, how many of those dollars that go offshore come back into the economy as local spending. I would hazard a guess to say very few.
Western economies need to start realizing that they are causing the issues themselves. When a Chinese IT worker needs to get groceries, does he go to a Canadian store? Nope, guess we need less Canadian grocery stores and therefore less employees for them. When his car breaks down, does he go to a Canadian mechanic? What about when he goes to the doctor or dentist? Are his kids' teachers employed in Canada? What about their Daycare... That is being done here right? Guess not. That is a lot of jobs that spiral out from one job being offshored.”
rolor on Jan 10, 2014 at 19:41:53
“Multinational organizations have leveraged the hard earned worth of developed economies to profit from a global pool of labour in a way which divorces them from responsibility to the communities they operate within. We empower them and this process with practically every purchase we make and we do so without demanding oversight of, accountability for, or responsibility to those communities.”
“Are they that way because of the pot, or do they do pot because they are that way. I can show you many high functioning pot smokers. Some very famous and very successful that would seem to indicate the causation is not pot, but perhaps another issue altogether.”
Jun 11, 2013 at 23:51:20
“Went with some friends to try out the new pizzas. The butter chicken is very good, the maple bacon is amazing. The poutine pizza was not very good at all. Didn't try the Asian chicken pizza but it looks very good too.”
Jan 14, 2013 at 15:28:16
“We are trained to spend more than we have. When you get home exhausted from being milked all day by your employers in your veal stall you call an office, you plunk down in front of the modern version of bread and circuses called the TV. Then you get to sit through an inordinate amount of commercials as they tell you why the widget you bought from them last year is no good and you need widget 2.0.
Look at the amount of time commercials take out of prime time television and it will show how much more indoctrinated we are becoming.
I am lucky to not have any debt, but this is affecting me too. My savings cannot keep up with inflation, so it forces me to take my money and put it into the casino that the stock market has become.
If you think governments are keeping interest rates low for the common people then you really need to give your head a shake.”