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Ask Slashdot: Finding Work Over 60?

flurdy Open Source portfolio (306 comments)

I would recommend (not knowing if you already do this) becoming active with open source projects. I don't necessarily mean become an Apache commiter, but participate in projects in a minor way (bug testing, mailing lists, forums) , create some of your own pet projects however small they may be and share them on github/bitbucket, answer questions on Stack Overflow/Server Fault, etc. That way you establish an online portfolio of who and what you do.

I often refer to people's online presence as a differentiator when I evaluate CVs and interviews. Someone with an active Github account would indicate someone willing to learn and share and would fit in very well in my team. Someone unknown online, would raise a few question marks, and with enough alternative CVs...

about 2 years ago
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US Unhappy With Australians Storing Data On Australian Shores

flurdy Toys - Pram (386 comments)

Is that really them throwing their toys out of the pram?!

"How dare the Aussies deny us from intercepting data and shutting down sites by Australian companies and citizens"

more than 2 years ago
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Do Companies Punish Workers Who Take Vacations?

flurdy Re:I just got back from a job fair today (948 comments)

Which is why some politicians, unions, researchers and even some companies are promoting the 6 hours a day workday.
http://www.6hourday.org/ http://www.informationweek.com/news/6502155 http://www.petitiononline.com/6hourday/petition.html http://dollarsandsense.org/archives/2001/0901mutari.html

Be well rested, happy and then work more effectively for shorter time produces better end result than less effective work over longer time. Apparently. Maybe more applicable for office / knowledge workers, not so much for tollbooth attendants, truck drivers, shop keepers. But you could say a happy rested waiter gets more tips than a tired snappy one...

Although the 6h day has also been discredited by other researchers. http://www.thelocal.se/2238/20051007/

Personally I think 6 hours is not the solution. It takes a while before I find my flow, my coding happy zone, http://memeagora.blogspot.com/2008/10/code-forrest-code.html and 6 hours would mean most of day is wasted on meetings, lunch, and other interruptions. 40 hours seems a good balance.

Having just had 21 fully paid weeks off last year due to 14 weeks paternity leave and the rest as holiday I shouldn't complain about Norwegian vacation laws. :)

more than 2 years ago
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Does Telecommuting Make You Invisible?

flurdy Manager's manager (275 comments)

Your manager and team mates are not the problem. They will know and appreciate the work you contribute and daily interaction irrespective of location.

It is your manager's manager (and above) that is the problem. To him you are only a number, he has no idea or interest in what you do. He likes to see bums on seat to match the cost of the department salaries. If you are not in the office for some "facetime" at your desk, canteen or in the corridor, he has no qualms in overriding your manager when praise, promotion, lay offs, or new project members are to be selected.

Hopefully you have a strong manager or similar that can fight your battle. Many wont.

more than 2 years ago
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Monthly Ubuntu Releases Proposed

flurdy Re:Oh, it's clear something has to change! (284 comments)

Agree, something should change. I blogged about the ubuntu release issues earlier this year: http://blog.flurdy.com/2011/05/ubuntu-releases.html

Currently features that should mature more are released as default to everyone. They are stable but not enough themes, documentation, support tools etc for it to be of mature/professional enough for the average non fanboy user.

Bleeding edge but stable features should be in monthly releases so that hardcore fans can develop an community of tools, help etc around the feature so that when a more publicised LTS or quarterly release are pushed on joe average Ubuntu seems more polished. Monthly relases will mean less delta and quicker responses.

Also in my blog I state that Ubuntu should not push the latest release on Joe Average, but instead the more hardended LTS version. And never the initial 10.04 LTS but only when 10.04.01 was released for example.

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Self-Hosted Gmail Alternatives?

flurdy Ec2+ubuntu+postfix+roundcube (554 comments)

I would suggest running an Ubuntu server on Amazon ec2 with postfix and roundcube as mention many times above.

It does mean you have to keep the server updated yourself, which is easy with apt-get. And you need to tie down via ssh keys, SASL authentication, TLS encryption, ip ranges etc. And every Ubuntu LTS release it is probably a good idea to create a new server and migrate the data instead of upgrading but not a requirement.

I wrote a howto on how to install postfix++ on ubuntu: http://flurdy.com/docs/postfix/
And some ec2 tips as well: http://flurdy.com/docs/ec2/

Some continuous sysadmin will be needed, but it is manageable.

That said, while I do run my own mail servers for me and friends & family, my main mail accounts are on Google Apps.....
(routed via my servers so at least I have some recovery options)

more than 3 years ago
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Why Does the US Cling To Imperial Measurements?

flurdy Change & Costs : Whip & Carrot (2288 comments)

People dont like change. So if there is not a great reason for them personally to change then they wont.

Local fruit and veg sellers here still cling on to ounces and pounds, refusing the change. Especially if they are of a more senior generation. Ignoring the fact that everyone under 40 have been taught metric since school.

Whip: The government could force a conversion but they will not get re-elected.
Carrot: You can gradually introduce it in schools, science, consumer products which is what is happening. Until people have grown accustom to metric and then to the last whipping change.

Cost: Secondly the whip will be unpopular even if converting to metric would mean more exports, more efficient manufacturing and engineering. That benefit is too long away and not personal enough for average Joe. He only cares if foxnews or equivalent will shout that the budget cost for this immediate conversion is X Billions. Irrespective of much large gains after X years.

As a person born and initially raised in an SI metric country but also lived the past 15 years in a imperial measurements country, I wish the last whipping change happens soon. I still convert miles into km (or roughly 2/3 or 50% more depending on which way). I still have no idea if im 5'8" or 5'11" but I know I am 1.75m tall. I know I am 95kg heavy, but never remember exactly how many stones or pounds that is.

Maybe that is metric snobbery but as a scientist I just don't see the point of imperial. It is frustrating to see the inefficiency and nonsense of it. Which usually means confusing conversations with my inlaws which are too old to have been taught metric in school and still refer to fahrenheit, ounces and feet for everything. Mentioning I need 2dl of milk or 1.5 hectograms of flour perplexes my mother in law :)

more than 3 years ago
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Top Gear Fights Back At Tesla

flurdy Battery swapping (369 comments)

A claim whose figure was from Tesla's staff. Should be interesting court.

Top Gear was spot on about the real world implications - refueling time is one area electrics need to improve to be viable replacements, as opposed to short trip around town, vehicles.

Which is why ideas like Better place have come about. They suggest you have battery swap stations instead.

Unfortunately that requires a lot of new stations and standardised batteries. Tesla would no doubt always require high performance batteries, which may never be available at all these stations...

more than 3 years ago
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UK Government Wants to Spring Ahead Two Hours

flurdy Re:Lighter Later (554 comments)

The Lighter Later lists a whole bunch of benefits http://www.lighterlater.org/benefits.html with detailed research references. Such as less drastic 447,000 tonnes less CO2, save 100 lives, new jobs, cheaper NHS.

Not too discredit the findings from those switched in the US, but there may be many external reasons for their increased electricity use. Such as electricity use increases in general irrespective of DST switches or not. Maybe the increase would just be less with a DST switch, or perhaps not. Or.. if it is lighter later, there may be more barbecues etc.. Actually that would be charcoal / gas increase....

more than 3 years ago
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UK Government Wants to Spring Ahead Two Hours

flurdy Re:Less prozac needed? (554 comments)

The current non adjusted BST time makes it unpleasent to leave work at 5pm in the dark for the larger population during the middle of winter.

An extra hour adjusted would eg change the sunset from 4pm to 5pm in the London area on 1st of January.

After February or earlier than November would this extra hour mean a more "happy" population with that extra light for their own personal/family time? Would the NHS dispense less Prozac?

more than 3 years ago
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UK Government Wants to Spring Ahead Two Hours

flurdy Lighter Later (554 comments)

This was suggested by the Lighter Later campaign of last year. Basically by having brighter evenings the country saves a lot on electricity and heating etc.

While being on the same timezone as the rest of western europe would simplify business and tourism, the main benefits is for the population to enjoy their post work / school hours in a better, lighter way...

As for it being dark in the morning, I don't really care. My alarm clock wakes my body up but my mind is not working untill lunchtime anyway, when the caffeine really kicks in. In the summer it is light at 5am or earlier which makes no sense to the general population.

more than 3 years ago
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UK Research Aims For 100x Speedup In Fiber-Based Broadband

flurdy Re:Don't need it, have enough speed. (180 comments)

Like 640Kb, its not enough: With SuperHD (UHDTV) in 3D simultaneously streaming to my lounge, kitchen, both kids' bedroom, my 10 tuner PVR, and neighbourhood CCTv then 10Gbps is not enough. With one UHDTV stream in 2D already at 600Mbps then the 10Gbps bandwidth will soon be flooded.

Add my 6x2m live 3D streaming view over the Amalfi coast then I really need that 1TB bandwidth. (a never-going-to-happen idea I once had with http://anyview.org/

Considering the time this super Fibre network's research, commercialisation/productation(is that a word) an final rollout of required fibre and routers, it is going to be years before this becomes a reality. Probably in time for when we actually will have consumer UHDTV available....

(A BBC video on SuperHD.)

(I replied to this once already, but I wasn't logged in, and cant find it so perhaps it was not posted correctly and anyway someone has already made the same comment I said that someone once said 640Kb was enough. )

more than 3 years ago
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Slashdot Launches Re-Design

flurdy Avoid Anon by accident (2254 comments)

More warning that you are about to post as anon (ie forgotten to log in) would be good. I just realised that I was not logged in about 2s after I pressed submit...

more than 3 years ago
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Ubuntu May Move To Rolling Releases

flurdy Re:They already do! (246 comments)

"changes land on a daily basis".

Excuse me, but they already do. What the heck is update manager, but a means for updates to land when needed?

Normal updates are just for fixes.
However the optional backports are for introducing new versions so they already partially do this.

about 4 years ago
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Austria Converts Phone Booths To EV Chargers

flurdy Not Vehicles, gadgets is more ideal (161 comments)

I would prefer that we convert the phone booths to mobile phone, iPod, etc ie gadget charging stations.

May need to offer some lockable lockers with chargers similar to what they offer at music festivals. But not sure terror / vandal paranoid people would accept that.

I have to admit I still use phone booths, but only as a quiet place to talk on my mobile...

more than 4 years ago
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Google Rejects Australian Censorship Proposal

flurdy Re:Rating every YouTube video? (197 comments)

When the current reviewer gets promoted to rating PornTube

more than 4 years ago
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Google Rejects Australian Censorship Proposal

flurdy First? (197 comments)

First post?

more than 4 years ago
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Of the following online annoyances, I most despise ...

flurdy If I knew what Interstitial was I might pick it (507 comments)

Since I voted before I googled the meaning of "Interstitial" my vote is now probably still correct as I hate hovering ads.

But voting is biased due to over engineering the voting options! Simple english: More accurate voting as catering for non native English speakers which probably outnumber the readers from the UK and former colonies.. :)

more than 4 years ago
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UK Wants To Phase Out Checks By 2018

flurdy Re:Small Businesses Will Take a Hit (796 comments)

Nope, small businesses just require people to transfer money directly into their account. Either pre-, before whatever it is, so they can verify it, or post- (invoice) if they can trust them.

Thats how small sports teams, private instructors, charities etc do it over here(Norway).

Since transfers are free and nowadays pretty instant or at worst a few hours delayed this is quick and easy.
And these days people now can transfer money via their mobiles so this is now even easier.

When I first moved to the UK in the 90s I was surprised they still used cheques, and now nearly into 2010s it is quite bizarre. Since the rest of Europe has been fine without cheques for 20+ years I don't really think they need to worry!

more than 4 years ago

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Nokia buying Trolltech

flurdy flurdy writes  |  more than 6 years ago

flurdy writes "Trolltech, a Norwegian company, are soon to be Finnish.

Nokia is in the process of buying Trolltech for about 150 million USD. NA24.no, a Norwegian business paper has more details. Cnn Money are also running the story. 66% of the shareholders have accepted the bid, including the founders, former co-CEO Eirik Chambe-Eng and present CEO Haavard Nord.

Trolltech are the makers of Qt for KDE, the development framework of choice for KDE applications. Another Trolltech product, and perhaps why Nokia is interesed, is Qtopia, a framework for mobile linux handsets

A press conference is scheduled for 13:00 CET."

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