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Ask Slashdot: How To Teach IT To Senior Management?

Max Romantschuk Don't look at the software yet. (159 comments)

Your first priority should be to interview people about their needs. Try to get one-on-one face time, and talk about what kind of challenges your company faces. By going to the end users you'll be better equipped to both help management select a suitable package, and motivat people to use it by being able to say: "Remember that problem we were talking about? You can use this software to solve it now, let me show you how."

Another very important thing is to do regular follow-up on how people are using the software. A common mistake is to provide the tool only to realize months later people aren't using it.

Far too much in IT is techology-centric. Techology should be people-centric. By going users first I can practically guarantee you'll have a greater chance of success.

about a year and a half ago
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You Can Navigate Between Any Two Websites In 19 Clicks Or Fewer

Max Romantschuk Pages (185 comments)

Why does the summary claim "sites" when the TFA clearly says any two pages? Oh well...

about a year ago
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David Cameron 'Orders New Curbs On Internet Porn'

Max Romantschuk Re:As a father (345 comments)

Amusingly I would seldom make a mistake like that, but the kids succesfully distracted me, it seems. Must have been thinking in Finnish for an instant there.

more than 2 years ago
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David Cameron 'Orders New Curbs On Internet Porn'

Max Romantschuk As a father (345 comments)

I really really hope my kids rather watch porn than all the violent entertainment which for whatever twisted reason seems to be OK accoriding to society.

I simply don't undertand how consentual sex could possibly do more harm than violence.

The best advice about porn that I got as an adolescent was really simple: Watch all the porn you want, don't just confuse it with real life. (99% of all porn is rather unrealistic fantasy, after all.)

more than 2 years ago
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Wired Proclaims the Death of the Game Console

Max Romantschuk Social gaming (368 comments)

I find that the reasons that I favor consoles in our family is simply that it get's us in the same room around the same screen doing something that is important to human beings: Interacting socially.

Just today my kids were playing New Super Mario Bros on the Wii. Are tha graphics great? No. Is it a cutting edge and super innovative game? No. But do they get along better than one of them hogging the Android tablet and shoving the others away? Hell yes.

Do I think phones/tablets will replace consoles? Definitely. But only once we can (hopefully wirelessly) connect them to the TV and the controllers. Playing alone sucks.

more than 2 years ago
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As Gas Prices Soar So Does City Biking

Max Romantschuk Winter Biking? (342 comments)

I live in the Helsinki area in Finland, and while for the most part Bike access is OK it seems the winters are almost impossible to solve. I used to bike all year round, and while it's quite enjoyable with the right equipment I kept running into the problem that the roads were plowed first and the bike lanes much later in the day, or sometimes not at all.

Does anyone live in a city where the winter biking thing actually works? (One with snowfall, that is.) Just curious, really.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Often Do You Push To Production?

Max Romantschuk Re:Several times a day (182 comments)

Why? Mostly because it causes little damage and shortens our feedback cycle, which is a significant benefit. Of course, the fact that our system is internal is a major factor. It's not really a software product in the traditional sense.

We do have a no-deployment window after 2pm and friday-sunday. That makes sure any new code is in production a couple of hours before our team is no longer on site. Deploying and leaving immidiately is not allowed.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Often Do You Push To Production?

Max Romantschuk Several times a day (182 comments)

At Verkkokauppa.com we deploy several times a day. Our team is fortunate enough to work on our own system, so for small features or bug fixes the turnaround can be as little as minutes.

For us the most important tool is Git. We have a logging mechanism in our deployments scripts whish logs who deployed which version of the code base (SHA1 hash) and when. If we do manage to break something we simply immediately return to the last known good version by checking it out and deploying it. Then we have a lockout policy that prevents futher deployment until the bug is fixed.

On rare occations we have had to do reverts, but only a couple of times over the course of several years.

Other valuable assets that keep us agile deployment-wise is having the whole team physically in one place, and most of our stakeholders in the same building. We also use Jabber internally to make it even easier to communicate on those occations when face-to-face is not possible.

We also use Scrum, but this is a rather recent development, and we did mange the same deployment policy before we switched to Scrum. A continuous integration environment is in use, and does help keep things in order. But for minor features and tweaks with few stakeholders it's not entierly uncommon to simply deploy and communicate with the users directly to check if everything works as expected.

The fact that there is one installation of the system is a major asset. We really never have to deal with versioning. The current version is simply the HEAD commit on the master branch.

more than 2 years ago
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Expenditure Report Reveals Germany Monitors Skype, Google Mail, Facebook Chat

Max Romantschuk "gone a bit too far"? (89 comments)

I personally would like to know and hold my government responsible for things like this. In theory one might argue that given a sutable warrant it might be perfectly reasonable to monitor someone. The German people have a right to know what their government is doing IMHO.

I guess the culture in Europe vs. the U.S. is probably quite different... But no matter what the reasons transparency is almost always better than the opposite.

more than 2 years ago
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What Developers Can Learn From Anonymous

Max Romantschuk Vision (120 comments)

Often telling people what to do is worse than having a well defined vision and inspiring a self-organising team to work towards it.

But there are no silver bullets in software development. The hard stuff is still what it is, hard.

more than 2 years ago
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Samsung Admonished For Releasing Rejected Evidence

Max Romantschuk How do we, as consumers, benefit from all this? (354 comments)

I don't really care that much how the trial pans out... But I do care about the fact that it seems like this trial is hurting my choices as a consumer. I like choice. From what I can see Apple is trying reeeeally hard to show that they should own a bunch of really nice UI ideas. Or that a touchscreen filling most of the user facing side of the phone is their idea? Frankly, the whole thing seems ridiculous.

Recently I've been looking at buying an IP67-grade Android phone. AFAIK Apple has no plans to make the iPhone waterproof and dustproof. So if Apple has it's way either I buy a UI-crippled phone, or an iPhone which doesn't fit my requirements?

Legislation should exist to benefit society, not to maximize profits for a select few corporate entities.

more than 2 years ago
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12 Dead, 50 Injured at The Dark Knight Rises Showing In Colorado

Max Romantschuk The price of freedom (1706 comments)

As much as it would be great to be able to prevent horrible events like this, it is important to remember that at some point we have to accept that a certain amount of evil has to be tolerated if we want to live in a free society. A locked down police state would likely not be a state worth living in.

Regardless, I offer my condoleances to the families affected by this horrible attack.

about 2 years ago
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Preparing For Life After the PC

Max Romantschuk Re:We're gonna lose a lot. (636 comments)

You could have bothered to even skim TFA.

The argument being made is that the PC is going to be replaced with a mobile device, that can connect wirelessly to any keyboard, mouse, screen(s) at hand. This makes perfect sense. If I can essentially carry a PC in my pocket and wield all that power both while on the move (on the device itself) and through wireless docking, why not?

Granted, there are a lot of obstacles to overcome. But I don't have a need for a huge box under my desk if it fits in my pocket and does the same thing.

more than 2 years ago
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Are We Failing To Prepare Children For Leadership In the US?

Max Romantschuk Is it really that bad? (754 comments)

The description of the Swiss mentality sounds quite normal to me as a Finn. Is the US really as bad as the article implies?

If so, what happened? Is it the insane damages you can sue for in the US that caused a climate of fear?

My kids have played with hammers saws and knives too, obviously being guided how to use those tools first. Just today my 5-year-old son was chopping carrots while we were preparing food. Had to stop him once when his big brother went WOW in front of the TV and he was about to run and check with the blade pointing in front of him. Now he probably remembers to put down the knife the next time. :)

more than 2 years ago
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Game of Thrones The Most Pirated TV Show of the Season

Max Romantschuk My options (312 comments)

Wait until next spring for Season II to start on YLE, or pirate. (I'm not prepared to get a cable package for one show.)

I'm waiting actually, mostly because I have very little free time. I suspect a lot of people are less patient here, a lot of my friends seem to be.

more than 2 years ago
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Buttons That Morph Out of Your Touchscreen

Max Romantschuk Re:Oh great... (134 comments)

Now this means when I break my phone I can't use the cracked screen anymore.

Talk about whining for the sake of whining...

According to TFA the top layer is flexible, so for all we know these screens might be a more durable alternative in the future? It's too early to tell for sure, but something like this is more or less the holy grail of dynamically configurable user interfaces. I hope they make it work.

more than 2 years ago
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China Secretly Clones Austrian Village

Max Romantschuk Why? (329 comments)

The Chinese have an incredibly rich tousands of years old culture. I seriously don't get why they don't draw their inspiration from there?

more than 2 years ago
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UN Takeover of Internet Must Be Stopped, US Warns

Max Romantschuk Re:US not great, UN would be worse (454 comments)

Then it isn't truly free speech. If your thoughts are extreme, but extreme ideas are censored, then in Europe, you are not free to express yourself, thus there is not really free speech.

My point is that free speech is a different concept in parts of Europe. Just as the word God will be interpreted differently depending on context, the same applies for any other word. I'm not trying to say what is right or wrong. But a lot of people in Europe do view the US as more oppressive than our own governments desipte the "lack" of free speech.

more than 2 years ago
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UN Takeover of Internet Must Be Stopped, US Warns

Max Romantschuk Re:US not great, UN would be worse (454 comments)

The UN contains many countries with little conception of free speech. Even allies of the US like Canada and Britain have substantially less free speech than the US does. In the case of Britain libel although being reformed is still very much a danger. In Canada, speech which specifically targets minorities or criticizes religions can be labeled as hate speech with fines given. And most of the world, is much much worse.

While it is completely true that there are many countries in the UN that definitely don't have proper free speech your comment highlights a major difference in the European and American interpretation of the term "free speech". In most of Europe free speech means the freedom to express your thoughts and opinions. Free speech is not considered the freedom to say anything you please.

For example if I were to set up a web site proclaiming that all black people are simply not human and that black women should be raped at will on the streets because they deserve it it would not be considered to be protected under free speech in (most of) Europe. A site like that would be taken down and I would be fined at least.

Frankly I'm not sure how a web site like that would fare in the US. Anyone care to enlighten me?

more than 2 years ago

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Amazon wipes Kindle account of Norwegian customer and refuses to tell why

Max Romantschuk Max Romantschuk writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Max Romantschuk writes "Martin Bekkelund writes about his friend Linn, who had her Kindle wiped and account closed by Amazon, with Amazon refusing to say why. The only thing Amazon is saying seems to be that 'We have found your account is directly related to another which has been previously closed for abuse of our policies. As such, your Amazon.co.uk account has been closed and any open orders have been cancelled.' According to the blog post, Linn has only ever had a single Amazon account and has no idea how she could have done somethwing wrong.

Can we really trust corporations to wield this much power, while providing no transparency at all?"

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Revolutionary MF-401 Auto De-tune fixes music

Max Romantschuk Max Romantschuk writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Max Romantschuk writes "Moog Music has released the MF-401 Auto De-tune, a revolutionary new DSP-device that promises to undo the clinical results of Auto-Tune. According to Moog Music, "even a T-Pain vocal can be restored to its complete original character, scrubbing the pitch correction and leaving the untreated vocal in all its wavering sharp or flat glory." I for one welcome the return of our imperfect out-of-pitch-singing overlords."
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Apple gives out user's ID without verification

Max Romantschuk Max Romantschuk writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Max Romantschuk writes "Marko Karppinen just had his Apple ID password stolen (Coral Cache link), by someone who sent a ridiculously poorly crafted social engineering attack to Apple saying:

am forget my password of mac,did you give me password on new email marko.[redacted]@yahoo.com

While Marko was able to regain control of his account using his security question, all information stored in his account has now been compromised. Apple seems to be doing OK financially these days, so can't they afford even basic training to their support staff? Apple has yet to respond."
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Why Vladimir Putin is Time's Person of the Year

Max Romantschuk Max Romantschuk writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Max Romantschuk writes "When I first heard that Time had chosen Vladimir Putin as their Person of the Year 2007 I was rather surprised. OK, let's face it, I thought the editors at Time were smoking crack. It seems Time anticipated such a reaction, and put up a rather compelling argument explaining: Why We Chose Putin. And despite the fact that Russian democracy is beginning to look very different from what we would label as democracy in the west, I'm surprised to find myself siding with Time. Maybe choosing order over freedom really makes sense some times?"
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Paper-thin Carbon Nanotube Battery on the Horizon

Max Romantschuk Max Romantschuk writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Max Romantschuk writes "As reported by the Inquirer: "Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have nanoengineered a flexible paper thin battery. According to Physorg, the battery is lightweight, ultra thin and completely bendy." This should have interesting applications... I already want to wrap it around my bicycle frame to power my lighting setup. Or how about combining it with flexible electronics and e-paper? As mentioned, there's more on the nano-paper battery at Physorg."
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Max Romantschuk Max Romantschuk writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Max Romantschuk writes "A new touch screen technology from QSI corporation called InfiniTouch looks like it could have real potential. Labeled as "force panel technology", it employs simple force sensors attached to the corners of any rigid surface. By calculating the force difference amongst the sensors the origin of the touch input can be determined, on both the X, Y and Z axis. There's a neat video demonstration showing the tech in action, including a touch sensitive panel with water running over it. Note: The site unfortunately requires Flash."
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Max Romantschuk Max Romantschuk writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Max Romantschuk writes "In the wake of the recent EU stance on digital music and consumer lock-in, political pressure finally seems to be building up against DRM. Steve Jobs even claimed that he prefers DRM-free music. The EFF's DefectiveByDesign.org campaign has written an open letter to Steve Jobs. This excerpt pretty much sums it up: "It has been three weeks now since you published your pledge to drop DRM, and there have been many responses from commentators who have outlined actions you could take to back up your words. The fact that you have not taken any action leads us to ask the question: How genuine is your pledge?"

Help the EFF fight DRM. Sign the letter and let Mr Reality Distortion Field know that you care about DRM-free music."
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Max Romantschuk Max Romantschuk writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Max Romantschuk writes "Parallelization of code is a very tricky thing. We've all heard of the challeges with Cell, and with dual and quad core pocessors this is becoming an ever more important issue to deal with. The Inquirer writes about a new auto-parallelizing compiler called Sieve from Codeplay: What Sieve is is a C++ compiler that will take a section of code and parallelize it for you with a minimum hassle. All you really need to do is take the code you want to run across multiple CPUs and put beginning and end tags on the parts you want to run in parallel.

Is this the Silver Bullet of parallelization? There's more info on Sieve on Codeplay's site."
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Max Romantschuk Max Romantschuk writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Max Romantschuk writes "NVIDIA has apparently confirmed they are working on an x86 CPU with integrated graphics. The target market seems to be OEM:s, but what other prospects could a solution like this have? Given recent development with projects like Folding@Home's GPU client it can't help but make you wonder about the possibilities of a CPU with an integrated GPU. Things like video encoding and decoding, audio processing and other applications could benefit a lot from a low latency CPU+GPU combo. What if you could put multiple chips like these in one machine? With AMD+ATI and Intel's own integrated graphics, will basic GPU functionality be integrated in all CPU's eventually? Will dedicated graphics cards become a niche product for enthusiasts and pros, like audio cards already largely have?"

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