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New Study Projects World Population of 11B by 2100

Keruo Super-plagues et al. (323 comments)

The article mentions it vaguely but I predict this growth will be limited more by major outbreak of some disease or diseases.
Possibly some form of influenza or other nasty bug like airborne ebola should wipe medium portion of the population at some point in the future.
Alternatively, or should I say additionally rising pollution levels at highly populated areas will cause health problems at increasing rate.

4 days ago

Helsinki Aims To Obviate Private Cars

Keruo Re:Another blow to Uber (276 comments)

How is this blow against Uber?
Uber is illegal in Finland as taxis here need a license to operate and they have service obligation.
Uber would allow the drivers to bypass the service obligation by rating the user with note like "user is in wheelchair" and that would give the driver the option to skip the ride which would be discriminating towards the user ordering the service(although not necessarily directly obvious) and thus bypassing the service obligation.

about a month ago

Digia Spinning Off Qt Division Into New Company

Keruo New name needed then? (59 comments)

How about something like:
Trolltech 2.0
aQt Synergies

about a month and a half ago

Poetry For Sysadmins: Shall I Compare Thee To a Lumbering Bear?

Keruo Anonymous jewels (31 comments)

I find this comment very suiting, too bad he said Mordor rather than Redmond..

about 2 months ago

Actual Results of Crimean Secession Vote Leaked

Keruo well (557 comments)

But who's counting..

about 5 months ago

C++ and the STL 12 Years Later: What Do You Think Now?

Keruo Re:Feels Dated (435 comments)

Go and have a look at one then.
First one that came up with search results.

about 5 months ago

Nokia Officially Ends up in Microsoft's Deep Pockets

Keruo So.. (2 comments)

The former Nokia X series is still being produced and continues to be sold under Microsoft according to Elop.
As the merger is now complete and Microsoft owns and operates the former Nokia mobile operations, Microsoft actually became a Linux vendor.

Microsoft now has a consumer product for sale which is running Linux as its primary OS kernel.

The game is over. Torvalds won.

about 5 months ago

Ask Slashdot: When Is a Better Career Opportunity Worth a Pay Cut?

Keruo Do you work for work, or work for a living? (263 comments)

Going after a startup for innovative work might me interesting and rewarding but it might not neccessarily pay your mortgage.
There are many benefits in working with well established platform and performing maintenance coding.

Personally, I would never accept pay cut for "I'm bored with my current job".
You can always find more rewarding job with higher salary if you really want to.
Just remember you don't have to rush out, and don't let the door hit you in the ass when you leave.
World is actually annoyingly small place and you will end up bumping into your old colleagues and it's much better if you are in good terms with them.

I actually did this kind of move just recently.
I left my old job for a position in a much smaller company with old, almost ancient infrastructure.
One of the main reasons for leaving was the salary, the small company does not have capital/revenue of even /10 of the old company but they pay proper salary nevertheless.
I didn't double my salary by switching but taking into account the layoffs which were foreseeable in the old position, I'd might aswell say I did double up.

about 7 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Local Sync Options For Android Mobile To PC?

Keruo Duh? (146 comments)

Isn't it obvious to use rsync+ssh for syncing unix to unix?
I don't use that one myself, just first result from google which is free.

about 7 months ago

Surge In Litecoin Mining Leads To Graphics Card Shortage

Keruo Re:An Honest Question (213 comments)

Problem with bitcoin and other virtual currencies is pretty much same as real currencies as well.
It accumulates to certain individuals who instead of keeping the cash flowing and market running hoard it like Scrooge McDuck.
The imagined lack of availability with increased interest drives the price point up for those who participate at the market and this creates valuation bubble.
Bitcointalk has nice estimates of the distribution in this thread

about 9 months ago

Do Is Done

Keruo Do? (51 comments)

I never used Do, but for social project management/tasks I'd give asana a try.
I've been using their free version for few personal projects and it's great.

about a year ago

BlackBerry Founders May Try To Take Over the Company

Keruo Re:Bail Out (118 comments)

why not just let it go and retire

Not everything in life is about money, atleast when you have enough not to worry if you can pay the rent or maybe buy food tomorrow.
Having extra time and nothing to do can be really dulling and boring in numerous ways.
The company is their baby. They built it and they want to see it succeed.
Sometimes it's good to scale back and rethink the direction.

about a year ago

Official: Microsoft To Acquire Nokia Devices and Services Business

Keruo Re:Suddenly, the money is in hardware. (535 comments)

a solid hardware manufacturer in their back pocket. Next up?

Well, if you look what happened with Palm deal and Windows Mobile, it's not hard to guess what happens next..

1 year,20 days

Stop Fixing All Security Vulnerabilities, Say B-Sides Security Presenters

Keruo Re:djbdns (88 comments)

DNS is something which should be easy to document by providing bunch of examples.
There isn't that many ways to configure it if you consider the variations you can do.
For some reason djbdns does not do this, it gives vague hints and makes you read 50 man pages followed by 100 blog post and 200 websites with obsolete/slightly relevant info on what you're trying to accomplish and if the position of the moon is decent, your tinkering will eventually work.
When you reach the "oh it works" phase, you follow "if it works, don't f**king touch it!" mantra and you're good.

I've tried going through the djbdns code to implement some changes and it's really well written in the sense that you can get grasp of what's going on in there quite fast.
The code is simple in a way which reminds me of some early cisco code I've seen for stuff like switches and routers.
Maybe the "competition" is so bad at doing the same thing because over-engineering?

If the documentation of djbdns would be in par with the code quality, I'd call it superb software. Now it's "I need the features it provides so I deal with the issues and use it"

about a year ago

New Android App Encourages Users To Throw Device As High As Possible

Keruo Re:Desktop version? Pshaw. (156 comments)

We used to arrange throwing contests with Nokia 3310 and 3110s.
Best lengths were 30-40 meters and the phone broke into 3 pieces on landing, but worked fine once you put them back together.
Better not try that with modern phones, I don't think the build quality today would allow such abuse and still allow them to function.

about a year ago

Radical New Icebreaker Will Travel Through the Ice Sideways

Keruo Re:Waste of Time (62 comments)

Coming soon to the Far North: cruise ships.

I think you mean going? Largest cruise ships are built in Finland but it's not where they sail at.

about a year ago

Microsoft Will Have To Rename SkyDrive

Keruo Skype (274 comments)

What about Skype?
It's old and established name for a product but it's run by Microsoft now, are they forced to rebrand it too?

about a year ago

Generic TLDs Threaten Name Collisions and Information Leakage

Keruo Why not use real domains instead? (115 comments)

Why use some random .local when you can use subdomain for the internal lan.
It's much better to use a real domain which you actually own and will remember to renew.

about a year ago
top, New Encrypted Messaging Service From Brokep of the Pirate Bay

Keruo OS backdoors (144 comments)

What good will this do if they've backdoored your device and are reading the keyboard input and taking screenshots?

about a year ago


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