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Ubuntu's Mir Gets Delayed Again

pijokela Re:tablet and phone (241 comments)

Do you mean that Mir is already on a phone? Or Wayland?

I already have Wayland in my Jolla phone running Sailfish OS, so Wayland is just as ready in the mobile world. That is a working device that I bought.

about a month ago

White House: Get ACA Insurance Coverage, Launch Start-Ups

pijokela Re:I went back to corporate America because Obamac (578 comments)

How on earth will a doctor find a tumor in my ear for $50? With that money, they could at most spend 20 minutes with me and probably only about 10 with the rest for reporting the findings to a computer. With so much to cover in a human, they could only find the tumor if a said that I think there is something in my ear... and if I was suspecting something then I would go see a doctor anyway?

Now, I agree with the point you were making: yearly check-ups are worth it. But I find the example pretty hard to swallow.

about a month ago

Girl's Facebook Post Costs Her Dad $80,000

pijokela Re:Teenagers will do stupid things? (387 comments)

Then they screwed up already by signing the agreement. I don't think it's realistic to have this kind of stuff happening in your family and then not telling you teenage kid the end result. I mean, after a year of mom and dad being nervous and stressed about the thing you will - not say a word to your kid? WTF kind of parenting is that? So they should not have taken an agreement that had that kind of a clause in the first place.

about a month and a half ago

Nokia Announces Nokia X Android Smartphone

pijokela Re:Sounds like a Niche, not a future (105 comments)

Is there anything stopping people from downloading Amazon app store and installing it themselves?

Play store is not available as a download from Google (you can get it though), but Amazon is. So this phone should have that and many other third party android app stores.

about 2 months ago

Jolla Announces Sailfish OS 1.0

pijokela Re: Another mobile operating system (75 comments)

I just opened the terminal, typed ssh, hit return and got the ssh synopsis. So, ssh client is installed with the terminal by selecting developer mode in the settings.

More importantly for me the phone has a ssh server that's a really nice way to move stuff to and from it.

about 2 months ago

Jolla Announces Sailfish OS 1.0

pijokela Re:Another mobile operating system (75 comments)

It's company of about 100 people. They said already last year that they only need to sell hundreds of thousands of phones to make it a feasible business. They don't need to replace anyone.

And besides, I've been using the Jolla phone for three months now and I love it! So clearly, for me and the other customers, they make a difference.

about 2 months ago

At my current workplace, I've outlasted ...

pijokela Re:Golden handcuffs (177 comments)

When you use the word climbing, do you mean getting in to management or somehow getting more difficult techical stuff?

about 2 months ago

Finnish Police Board Wants Justification For Wikipedia's Fundraising Campaign

pijokela Re:Tyranny (252 comments)

Well, the point is that you fill an application and get the permit to raise funds. All kinds of non-profit organizations get them all the time. If wikipedia had done that the Finnish police would be quite happy. The problem is that Wikimedia is registered in California and they obviously do not care about Finnish law and I have no idea of how the police think they can force a US organization to comply with the rules if all the servers and staff are outside Finland.

The issue with the kickstarted texkbook was different because it was not a non-profit organisation. In Finland you need to crowdsourcing very carefully so that it is clear that you are selling a product and not raising money. Jolla did it with their phone so it can be done, but just using kickstarter as it is is illegal, because it is too much like charity for funding a regular company.

about 2 months ago

Edward Snowden Nominated For Nobel Peace Prize

pijokela Nobel peace prize has little to do with safety of (343 comments)

It doesn't matter if people in the US feel less safe now. I, as a non-USian, feel a lot more empowered and at peace with the world now. I definately believe that his actions did help world peace overall even if they did hurt US interests. Hypocrisy was running too rampant and it is a good thing that it was slapped down a bit.

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Life After N900?

pijokela Re:If you can live without keyboard, get a Jolla (303 comments)

So? The Nexus 5 has nothing to do with what made n900 great. Jolla has a pretty similar OS, community and development environment. Neither phone has a hardware keyboard. Either you are willing to pay for the better OS or you are not... I agree that Android hardware is the most cost effective hardware on the planet.

(Part of the Jolla price is 24% sales tax to Finland - it would be nice if they had a separate export price for people outside EU without the tax. Hopefully soon.)

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Life After N900?

pijokela If you can live without keyboard, get a Jolla (303 comments)

I got one from preordering and I really like it a lot. If the thing you like in n900 is the community and the hackability, you will like Jolla too. Most importantly, I'm able to use it as my work phone already, so it's not just a plaything. So far there has been a steady stream of updates and apps. If you are in US, getting one is probably not very easy, but maybe you can get one from ebay or something? (Check the frequencies etc. first.)


about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Life After N900

pijokela If you can live without a keyboard, get a Jolla (2 comments)

I got one from preordering and I really like it a lot. Most importantly, I'm able to use it as my work phone already now and so far there has been a steady stream of updates and apps. If you are in US, getting one is probably not very easy, but maybe you can get one from ebay?

about 3 months ago

Counterpoint: Why Edward Snowden May Not Deserve Clemency

pijokela Re:Kaplan makes some excellent points (573 comments)

No. It was a shame on all European countries that when he was still at the airport we were declining planes from flying over our countries. All because of a remote chance that Snowden was sneaking to South America. We would not have given him acylum. Sad indeed.

about 3 months ago

Tech Startup Buffer Publishes Every Employee's Salary, Right Up To the CEO

pijokela Re:Norway (229 comments)

It's my business to pay attention to myself, and not my business to pry into other people's matters. Life should not be a competition.

I absolutely agree that life should not be a competition. But - I assume you are from the U.S. - I'm pretty sure that overall life here is less a competition then it is over there, so clearly public tax information is not driving the competition the way you assume it would.

The way I see it is that it gives you more information to make important desicions about your life. Like how big a mortgage can you actually pay back? Or is your employer really valueing you highly like they say they are doing? And that is a very good thing. Most other information sources, like banks or surveys only give you very averaged and aggregated data that is difficult to use this way.

In a similar way, we built a house 7 years ago and I've been trying to tell all interested how much the project cost. People around here often do not share that kind of information. Prospective house builders have to work with very inaccurate information about the real cost of building a house. People bragging about how clever they were and how much they saved etc. I think this kind of thing is a really big problem in our society and we need more public economical information - not less.

about 4 months ago

Tech Startup Buffer Publishes Every Employee's Salary, Right Up To the CEO

pijokela Re:Norway (229 comments)

Well, certainly the people earning a lot of money think we have a culture of envy. But I'm not at all convinced that we actually have one outside of the top 10% earners envying each other. Now, of course the people making less money envy the rich in the sense that they would like to make more money - but isn't that what market capitalism is all about? What I mean is that most people are not consumed by this envy and they do not suffer from it in any significant way. Nor do people regularly harass each other about their money.

I dunno, maybe it is different in Norway, but your original comment really sounded like the comments I hear around here and I don't see any hard evidence to back them up.

And finally: if the tax information was not available, it would not stop this. People would probably think the rich are earning even more then they really are and envy them even more. Out of sight - out of mind, does not really work when you can see people using their big income in luxury boats, big houses and expensive cars.

about 4 months ago

Tech Startup Buffer Publishes Every Employee's Salary, Right Up To the CEO

pijokela Re:No respect for employee privacy (229 comments)

The idea is to get the information for the negotiations, and offers from other companies suffer from the same problem. I.e. if you don't know what you are worth, how do you get good offers from other companies? Also .. getting an offer from another company seems to take some days in my experience: maybe two interviews and some kind of pair coding thing. How many of those am I supposed to go through to get a general feel?

I don't know what you do for a living, but I sure as hell know how good the other members of my dev team are at their work. I would like to add that I know it much better then our managers.

And yes, we do also share this kind of information between coworkers. Sometimes with numbers, sometimes without them.

After all above: public salary info would IMHO make everything easier and ... more transparent. If someone feels they should get more pay, they are free to leave. I just don't see the problem.

about 4 months ago

Tech Startup Buffer Publishes Every Employee's Salary, Right Up To the CEO

pijokela Re:Norway (229 comments)

Fighting wealth equality should happen in policies, not publicly shaming those who work hard and actually contributes to the society.

It is hard to explain to foreigners often, but there is a deep rooted culture of envy that historically have been strong where someone standing out in a positive way is pulled down as hard as possible.

I live in Finland and we also have publis tax information. I think the rationale for having that information public is to make hiding income harder... if you have no taxable income and your neighbour sees you buying new cars every year, that may cause him to go and talk to someone at the tax office. I'm not sure if there actually is someone you can report a suspected tax evader, but that's the general idea. The shaming is bad, but that is mostly done by the press here and AFAICT there is no shame if you have some reason for the large income. E.g. people owning companies are treated more like heroes.

But, anyway, what I really wanted to say was that the "culture of envy" is a myth. We have the same myth here too. The envy is mostly inside the head of people earning a lot of money. The people earning less generally do not care.

Personally I am very much in favor of public tax information. I usually check the income of some of my coworkers every couple of years. Usually their wages are very much what I expect, but once I noticed that my previous employer valued writing design documents over creating working software - and after learning that I decided to change to another job. I did not start raving and frothing at mouth.

Usually, what you imagine without the information is much worse then the reality.

Compared to what Google and NSA are doing, I find the public tax information to not be a problem.

about 4 months ago

Why One Woman Says Sending Your Kid To Private School Is Evil

pijokela Re:It's true; Finland outperforms the USA (1255 comments)

I don't think the schools here in Finland have degrading for decades. The buildings are getting old because many of them where built after WW2 and they have certainly degraded, but the other stuff is just about a just as it has ever been. You still get a free meal, good books and professional teachers.

The reason we are running out of money is that we now have a lot of old people not working anymore and their healthcare may well be the end of the nordic welllfare state. But the public school system is still doing just fine.

about 7 months ago

Measles Outbreak Tied To Texas Megachurch

pijokela Re:As usual. (622 comments)

How does an identical twin raised apart inherit poor education? By being adopted inside US so all schools are equally bad?

A btter critique for these twin studies is that the children "reared apart" are probably mostly reared in a relativety similar environment. Meaning that if you sent identical twins e.g. from the most poor areas of Africa to a good place in US you might get more environment effect then 20%. But still IQ is partly hereditary and the hereditary part about half or more.

about 8 months ago

US States Banned From Exporting Trash To China Are Drowning In Plastic

pijokela Re:Incinerators (427 comments)

12V * 100Ah = 1200Wh = 1,2kWh. If I have a closet full of those that's, maybe 50kWh of energy. It's not enough. A winter night is 16 hours and my house can use 150kWh of energy during that time. (And the solar panels would not work under snow.)

But I'm not in Michigan. Maybe there it would be enough?

about 8 months ago


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