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Does Coding Style Matter?

SuurMyy Re:Style is Substance (479 comments)

Right. What of us who program in several languages very often? Your idea would make it very hard to write different languages and would work as a road block in learning a new language. So it's not a perfect plan, unless you really think that the corporations are right when they force people to use languages that are ill suited for a given programming purpose. So, no thanks.

about 2 years ago
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They Work Long Hours, But What About Results?

SuurMyy Re:But if you're a lawyer... (285 comments)

Why not just go home or take care of your own business after solving the client's issue in 10 minutes? Don't take the billable hour too seriously.

about 2 years ago
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Are you better off than you were four years ago?

SuurMyy Re:Graduated College (524 comments)

Drugs are just for the high. There's nothing wrong w/that, but it's just that, nothing more. And whenever you get high, you'll have a hangover later on. That's just how our brains work. Children aren't just for kicks or amusement. They're more like a calling. That's why it's more fulfilling to have children than to get high: calling >>> kicks.

Also, you love your children so much. It's probably the greatest emotional high there is.

about 2 years ago
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China's Yangtze River Turns Red

SuurMyy Re:Red? (272 comments)

Thanks.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Ambitious Yet Ethical Software Jobs?

SuurMyy Complex (559 comments)

It very hard not to be part of the problem. I struggle with this myself. It might be better to work for a co-operative or a non-profit, but they are often low-pay. If that's not an option, perhaps you can start a company or a co-operative yourself. Not wanting to go there, it's probably better to work for a small company than a large one, because the larger they get the more corrupt and less innovative they often are.

How about medical devices? Things that help and monitor old people and of that kind? Or some inventions to help traffic flows or some other kind of streamlining that actually make things better? You could also consider competing with existing companies that are taking a cut from something and just making it better and taking a smaller cut. That would leave more money for the consumers or governments or whoever is paying for the cut.

Small companies and startups often work on new innovative things and not all of their inventions are evil. They are often better working places in other ways as well. However, it's almost impossible to find a company that can only do good things. The economy is interconnected and there is almost no way of escaping the things that many do and it's quite likely that your company needs to work w/companies that aren't as high-minded as you might be.

There are many variables to this thing and nothing is perfect. When considering the environmental impact, human/labour/animal rights and not ripping off your customers and actually creating something of social value it gets so complicated that you cannot expect to find anything that would be completely satisfactory. Try to look for a lesser evil, a local maximum, if you will and then work to try to make it just a bit better.

And finally, it would actually help if you moved into a country that spends its taxes to build a better society rather than its military. Get a job in Scandinavia, for example. Just doing that would address many of things mentioned above, because we actually have useful laws up here, a working democracy where environmental issues are addressed and labour rights are honoured.

People should vote w/their feet and this doesn't only go for companies, it goes for countries, as well. I dunno if you have a family, but we actually have free schools and universities up here as well as free health care and so forth, but naturally you have to pay taxes to pay for them. However, your overall quality of life is much better this way and the societies are much better because of lower income disparity. How does a 37.5 hour work week sound to you like and actually getting paid for overtime? How about a 5 week vacation? The list goes on and on. I doubt making a few dollars more actually makes the equation more profitable, overall.

If you further consider that I belong to a union and I'm a member of a red/green left alliance party and this makes me no less valued at my workplace you should come to see how different things can be. It is normal to belong to a labour union up here.

more than 2 years ago
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Scientists Say People Aren't Smart Enough For Democracy To Flourish

SuurMyy True only in the US of A, sorry. (1276 comments)

"Studies on the Dunning–Kruger effect tend to focus on American test subjects. Similar studies on European subjects show marked muting of the effect;[citation needed] studies on some East Asian subjects suggest that something like the opposite of the Dunning–Kruger effect operates on self-assessment and motivation to improve: Regardless of how pervasive the phenomenon is, it is clear from Dunning's and others' work that many Americans, at least sometimes and under some conditions, have a tendency to inflate their worth. It is interesting, therefore, to see the phenomenon's mirror opposite in another culture. In research comparing North American and East Asian self-assessments, Heine of the University of British Columbia finds that East Asians tend to underestimate their abilities, with an aim toward improving the self and getting along with others.[10]" => http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunning%E2%80%93Kruger_effect#Cross-cultural_variation

more than 2 years ago
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Open Ministry Crowdsources Laws In Finland

SuurMyy Re:All land between the lines on roads world wide (181 comments)

We seem to agree on multiple issues here. :-) Yes, us Finns really see the US of A as a sad, sad place. USA is beginning to look so much like Russia and China that it isn't even funny anymore. Just downright mournful. The things you guys are doing to your education system will ensure your eventual downfall.

more than 2 years ago
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Russian Websites Critical of Elections Targeted In DDoS Attack

SuurMyy Not so fast (156 comments)

According to Miriam Elder, the Moscow correspondent for The Guardian it seems that United Russia may get less than 50% of the votes, but this might not mean that they get less than 50% of seats in the parliament because of the 7% threshold for the smaller parties.

more than 2 years ago
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China To Cancel College Majors That Don't Pay

SuurMyy Re:US should dump a lot of filler classes (463 comments)

Not saying this applies to your specific case, but the more specific the skill-set you are looking for the more likely it is that it won't be available. So you might have to do as you did and buy it from somewhere or you have to train your own. As a side-note, a very specific skill-set can be a liability for an employee. If your exotic skills suddenly are obsoleted, you may be in trouble.

more than 2 years ago
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China To Cancel College Majors That Don't Pay

SuurMyy Re:US should dump a lot of filler classes (463 comments)

The businesses complain, because they want cheap labour. Therefore they will complain until there is an excess of people for a given field and they lower salaries, etc. So listening to their complaints is questionable.

more than 2 years ago
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More Schools Go To 4-Day Week To Cut Costs

SuurMyy Finland (614 comments)

I don't know about other countries, but in Finland all teachers graduate from university. In addition, there are comparatively very few immigrants in Finnish schools, so it is a lot easier to teach and to learn than in many other countries. Both children and teachers have like 10 weeks of summer vacation and a couple of weeks off during the school season.

about 3 years ago
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Why the New Guy Can't Code

SuurMyy Re:Experienced only? (948 comments)

If you work hard, it's actually probably best to give your brain a break during your free time, especially in regards to actual programming. I think it could be okay to try out some new things and read about new techniques and what not, but I don't think I'd be on fire at work if I spent my free time programming even more. I sometimes write proof-of-concept programs at home when I really feel like it, but rarely anything more. If I have to program at home it means that I sit too much in meetings at work and my need to express myself through code is unfulfilled. That, then, means that it's time for a new job where I get to actually write programs.

more than 3 years ago
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Feds To Remotely Uninstall Bot From Some PCs

SuurMyy Why not just report the issue to the user? (211 comments)

It would be better to report the issue to the user and provide links to well known antivirus companies. This way the user would be able to trust that the Feds aren't installing anything on their box while they may or may not remove what they tell the user... ;-)

more than 3 years ago
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Canonical To Divert Money From GNOME

SuurMyy Re:mplayer (374 comments)

I'm the same. GUI:s drive me crazy. You can't search them. I used Windows XP (company policy >_) in my previous job for two years and never learned the icons on the lower right corner. I had to take the mouse cursor over them every time to get the balloon help which tells you what that icon means. Running Linux on XP saved my sanity.

more than 3 years ago
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Google Wants To Take Away Your Capslock Key

SuurMyy Re:Should be a modifier (968 comments)

I get äöøåøæðüÐ, etc using caps lock as an extra modifier key. Consult the nearest xmodmap-file near to you..

more than 3 years ago
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Anxiety and IT?

SuurMyy Re:Yeah but you got to let go (347 comments)

Caffeine promotes anxiety. When getting stressed out, it's best to avoid caffeine altogether.

more than 3 years ago
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Anxiety and IT?

SuurMyy Re:Look at other people's work (347 comments)

Good advice, but hard to follow after you've been laid off a couple of times even if you're very, very good.

more than 3 years ago

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Wall Street Media Blackout

SuurMyy SuurMyy writes  |  about 3 years ago

SuurMyy (1003853) writes ""I was thinking about that this week, during the extra time I had on my hands because I wasn't reading in the pages of the New York Times or the Washington Post about the Wall Street protests that have been going on now for four days.""
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Wikipedia maintenance not going as planned

SuurMyy SuurMyy writes  |  more than 5 years ago

SuurMyy (1003853) writes "Wikipedia was scheduled to go down for one hour, tops, on 12:00 UTC. It seems now that there are some problems, as the site is down both in the US and in the EU.

The original plan was this: 'One of the line cards in the router failed earlier this week. A replacement has arrived, but does not boot up correctly after hot plugging. Because we want to upgrade the firmware anyway, we will reboot the entire box.'

However, after the reboot things aren't yet working as expected.

Find more info in the #wikipedia channel on the Freenode IRC network."
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Conserving our intellectual inheritage ?

SuurMyy SuurMyy writes  |  more than 6 years ago

SuurMyy writes "Have you ever wondered how we could conserve the most important things we have learned as a species ? It's quite possible that sooner or later there will be a major natural disaster, and a Mad Max like scenario is far from impossible. How should we store our knowledge, how should it be put together so that our descendants (or any intelligent creatures that happen to be around) w/little knowledge could get up to speed quickly ?"
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Experience w/(Evidence Based) Scheduling in R&

SuurMyy SuurMyy writes  |  more than 6 years ago

SuurMyy (1003853) writes "As we all know, R&D projects are notorious in slipping behind all and any schedules. Do you have any good experiences and practices you could share ? Maybe a book you could recommend ? I'm trying to figure out what would be a way to create better schedules that would give a better estimate of the future. One good text is of course Joel's, what do you folks think about that ? Personally, my first impression is that taking the time to make an hourly schedule should be scheduled itself, but then again I do like the idea behind evidence based scheduling very much ! Do you have any experiences w/that ?"
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Polar cap almost half gone in less than a decade

SuurMyy SuurMyy writes  |  about 7 years ago

SuurMyy writes "Finnish newspaper "Helsingin Sanomat" reports that Danish scientists from their University of Technology have found out from satellite pictures that polar cap has diminished 40 to 45 % after years 1997-2000. If melting goes on at this rate, which is partly caused by sea currents, the polar ice will be gone in 15 — 20 years — very much in the life-time of most of the Slashdot readers.

I'm sure there will be other non-Finnish references shortly, but this was the only one that I was able to find at this very moment."

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GUI - A developers nightmare

SuurMyy SuurMyy writes  |  about 7 years ago

SuurMyy writes "GUI:s can be a systems developers nightmare, offering a horrible input interface, and no output other than a device or a system just working — or as is more often the case — useless. GUI — based configurators also all too often make you completely blind towards the inner states of the system, making you debug the system completely in the dark. A Unix shell helps a lot, but having a configuration tool that works in a sequential way in solving each sub-problem is something that is most oft completely missing."
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