Ontario’s $15 minimum wage is going to kill more than just jobs

Canadian policy is currently being dictated by emotion (or more accurately, postmodernism) and the lack of objective analysis in some of the new bills and laws being passed will have dire consequences in the future.

In Ontario, the decision by the Wynne Liberal government to raise minimum wage to $14 by 2018 (about a 30% increase) and $15 by 2019 was made desp… Read more

Two-factor authentication fails to address the bigger problems

Lately there has a been a surge in services providing two-factor authentication (2FA).  Google, Apple, many financial institutions and e-mail vendors have started to offer two-factor authentication to its users.

Multi-factor authentication assumes that a password is not enough to log in to an account. A device that needs to be physically held by the … Read more

The recency effect and how the media can make you forgetful

Watch this clip of David Blaine showing you the recency effect:

With all the tragic events that have unfolded in the past day, it’s important to not fall victim to the recency effect.

  1. IS claims fatal stabbings of 2 women at French train station
  2. ‘Lone wolf’ suspected in Canada terror attack, police chase
  3. At least 50 killed as gunman opens fire at Las V
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The truth about SEO and ASO — Part 2: is SEO a BS industry?

Let’s analyze Quora’s most upvoted answer on the question: “To what extent is SEO a bullshit industry?

NON-Bullshit practice of “SEO” is about;

  • adding value to the web
  • creating unique and engaging content
  • improving traffic and conversions (not just rankings)
  • understanding web-site technology (html/css, pro
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The truth about SEO and ASO

Prior to the rise of social media, the popular way to get your product noticed online was through SEO (Search Engine Optimization).

Despite all the self-proclaimed experts saying SEO is not “gaming the system”, optimizing is by definition reverse engineering and exploiting through pattern recognition. It is a cycle of subtle changes, meas… Read more

Polarized politics has infected EVERYTHING: Part 2 – NPMJS (node package manager)

I work a lot with JavaScript nowadays, specifically Node.js for backend applications.  Despite its unusual single-threaded, asynchronous programming paradigms, JavaScript’s wide adoption and extensibility are the main reasons I choose it over other languages.  The possibilities are endless as JavaScript evolves with current technolog… Read more

The solution to polarized politics that has infected EVERYTHING

There’s nowhere you can escape from politics (this blog article included).

Your workplace is infected, starting with human resource departments and mandatory sensitivity training. Coffee break talk probably revolves around politics.

Silicon Valley is infected. All your tech toys and social media now have political leanings. New features rev… Read more

5 UNUSUAL FORCES DRIVING OUR CLICKBAIT SOCIETY

  1. Social media encourages hyperbole to attract superficial “likes”. Everyone on Facebook is eternally in high school and every day is a popularity contest.
  2. Facebook statuses and Twitter messages allow only a couple of sentences to get a message across. Forget meaningful content, well-thought out proofs or expositions. Instead, use witty p
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Fake News Calculator

To what degree is a YouTube channel espousing fake news?

Generally speaking, when a video contains false or highly disputed information, it cannot withstand public scrutiny. To save face, the uploader will either disable the comments section or only allow approved comments.

A somewhat reliable indicator of “fake news” is the number of vide… Read more

CBC’s The National has something to hide

Following up from yesterday’s blog post: if news outlets from big media are the supposed purveyors of truth, then what do they have to hide by disabling their comments section in their YouTube videos?

The truth should be able to stand up on its own in an open marketplace of ideas.

CBC’s The National managed to shut down the comments sections on mos… Read more