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French Cabbies Say They'll Block Paris Roads On Monday Over Uber

Keruo Re:So basically.. (295 comments)

I have this great APP!
It allows everyone to be a doctor and you can order an operation with simple click of a button and even pay for the surgery with it!
Who cares if that person is certified doctor, that's just bad government regulation! BOO!

The problem I see with Uber is taxes and fees. As the financial side is completely handled via the app, how can I be sure that the company running Uber actually covers the mandatory employee fees for the driver and pays the taxes required by the local government?

4 days ago

French Cabbies Say They'll Block Paris Roads On Monday Over Uber

Keruo Re:Why are taxi drivers all so horrible? (295 comments)

NYC, , Paris, Berlin, , LA, , Rome, , Chicago, San Francisco.

Why is it that, in any major Western city,..that they can't speak a fucking word of English?

I narrowed your list down but in most of the cities you list, English isn't actually the official language, it's spoken by convenience by majority of people, not because it's government mandated.

4 days ago

French Cabbies Say They'll Block Paris Roads On Monday Over Uber

Keruo Re:So basically.. (295 comments)

No, the taxi drivers are arguing they can be the only ones to drive people to their destination and charge them for the ride.

4 days ago

Ask Slashdot: Convincing My Company To Stop Using Passwords?

Keruo Write it down (247 comments)

I would encourage users to write down their password on a piece of paper.
That paper should contain only the password, no hint to what it belongs to.
The paper will then be stored inside the persons wallet, and looked at when neccessary, but not taken out.
If that person manages to loose their wallet, they have bigger problems than the company password.

about two weeks ago

The Students Who Feel They Have the Right To Cheat

Keruo Exams are bullshit (438 comments)

Exams generally try to determine how you have memorized some subject, not how you can adapt what you've learned.
By cheating on exams you're basically fooling yourself.
The point of education is to give you some stepping stone to each subject and something for you to go on when you need to research the subject further yourself.

about a month ago

Microsoft Works On Windows For ARM-Based Servers

Keruo Re:Great (113 comments)

>there is also AD which is Windows exclusive
Except it isn't. Samba4 runs AD just fine on the OS of your choosing.

about 1 month ago

'Microsoft Lumia' Will Replace the Nokia Brand

Keruo Lumia translated (150 comments)

The branding people at Nokia probably guessed what's going to happen with windows phone and made the product name to a subtle joke.
Lumia in Finnish translates as plural of snow in past tense.
If you use it in a sentence: "Menneen talven lumia" (common anecdote) it translates as "Thing of the past"

about 2 months ago

NASA Cancels "Sunjammer" Solar Sail Demonstration Mission

Keruo Re: Units hurt the brain (74 comments)

Ahem.. Baseball is pretty much the national sport next to ice hockey in Finland. Although it's the local version of the game. Pitching is vertical instead of horizontal(US baseball) and the field is shaped like a upside down triangle with a rectangle on top rather than diamond(US)

about 2 months ago

Former Infosys Recruiter Says He Was Told Not To Hire US Workers

Keruo Re:Harley-Davidson laid off 125 Americans. (293 comments)

Two guys walk out of a bar, one has vest with Harley Davidson written on it, the other has almost identical one except his says Tata.. Guess which one got his ass whopped?

about 2 months ago

New Study Projects World Population of 11B by 2100

Keruo Super-plagues et al. (326 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.

about 3 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 5 months ago

Actual Results of Crimean Secession Vote Leaked

Keruo well (557 comments)

But who's counting..

about 7 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 8 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 8 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 10 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 10 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

1 year,4 days


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