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U.S. Threatened Massive Fine To Force Yahoo To Release Data

pijokela Re:and yahoo is not done paying yet (223 comments)

I work on business software projects in Finland. We'd like to use AWS on many of our projects, because it's very convenient and a lot of PaaS and other tools are provided on there. However, I have not met a single client that would allow us to use AWS or some other US based service for storing data. So we use the local clouds that only offer IaaS servers and not much else.

And this has changed a lot in just a couple of years.

about a week ago
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Scala Designer Martin Odersky On Next Steps

pijokela Re:I see a train wreck ahead! (94 comments)

Yes, in scala there are binary incompatibilities between major versions.

My reply was that with Java 8 and byte code enhancement there are binary incompatibilities in Java too. You cannot just avoid Scala to avoid binary incompatibility problems.

about two weeks ago
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Scala Designer Martin Odersky On Next Steps

pijokela Re:I see a train wreck ahead! (94 comments)

In other words, don't bother with Scala just yet since we haven't made up our minds about the syntax and will probably start all over.

One of the links actually lists the changes they are thinking of. To me they all make sense and they won't change the language too much while making the life of the compiler easier - and the result more predictable to humans.

Let me know when you get that binary compatibility between versions of Scala figured out.

Just a few months ago I saw a project at work that could not migrate to Java 8 because some of the libraries in the project do not work with Java 8 libs. The problem is that the lib in question wants to do bytecode enhancement and fails with the new lib format. Scala is more complex, no question about it, but I don't need aspects or bytecode enhancement or reflection and all that reduces complexity quite nicely.

about two weeks ago
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Scala Designer Martin Odersky On Next Steps

pijokela Re:Simple is good (94 comments)

I've been using scala for two years now and I think there is a simple trick to avoiding the problems you mention:

1. Many of the language features are best left to library designers so that application code is easy to understand. This is not a problem unless you make it one.
2. Carefully choose what libraries to use. Specifically avoid using all the esoteric stuff in github. Especially if the library is very "functional" and has lots of "operators". Just don't use them. Using Play and Akka and the stuff that typesafe uses I haven't really had too much trouble with migrations or code that is impossible to understand.

And, coming from 10 years of Java, I am loving Scala development. :-)

about two weeks ago
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Study: Dinosaurs "Shrank" Regularly To Become Birds

pijokela Re:Makes Perfect Sense (138 comments)

There was a lot more oxygen in the air back then. It wasn't just hotter. With the lower oxygen levels the huge dinos wouldn't do so well because they didn't have muscles for breathing like we do.

about a month and a half ago
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Girls Take All In $50 Million Google Learn-to-Code Initiative

pijokela Re:Want to code? (548 comments)

They will become your next project manager. Then they can stop learning, because in management roles that is not required. (It would be useful though.)

At least around here, we have a reasonable amount of "women in IT." They're just not coding. There are a lot of women in management, testing, QA, UX - anything that does not mean actually writing software. Some of them have a university degree that prepared them for writing software, but most escape that role very quickly after graduation. I'm pretty sure they could do it at least as well as the men can - they just don't want to.

about 2 months ago
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Norwegian Infectious Disease Specialists Have New Theory On HIV In Africa

pijokela Re:Overpopulation (118 comments)

Having more people dying will not stop population growth. Even in Africa AIDS treatment works enough that they can just have more children to compensate for the people dying with AIDS. We need children to stay alive so that people will not want more then two children in their family. This has happened in Asia and it can happen in Africa.

And Africa will have 4 billion people. There are already so many kids there that it will happen and nothing - especially AIDS - can stop it.

Look at the presentations of this guy for more info:
http://www.ted.com/talks/hans_...

about 4 months ago
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Gaining On the US: Most Europeans To Be Overweight By 2030

pijokela Re:BMI is 2d but people are 3d (329 comments)

Yes, a better way of measuring would be nice.

My point was that in addition to the other problems that BMI has it also has a problem of making tall people overweight. And as populations get taller and taller on average, this measurement problem increases the percentage of overweight people. For this simple problem it would be enough to just create a new formula using height and weight or even just use something above 25 as the overweight limit for taller people.

about 4 months ago
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Gaining On the US: Most Europeans To Be Overweight By 2030

pijokela BMI is 2d but people are 3d (329 comments)

The formula for BMI is weight(kg) / heigth(m) * height(m). This formula only has two terms for height, but in reality I'm a 3d person. What I mean with this is that it is easier for a short person to be "normal weigth" in BMI. As people on average get taller and taller more and more people are going to be overweight. On the other hand many of my male friends are lifting weights and they are all "overweight" while clearly they are not fat.

So, while the problem is probably real and severe, I'd like to see a better way of measuring this stuff.

about 4 months ago
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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 6 months ago
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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 6 months ago
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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 7 months ago
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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 7 months ago
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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 7 months ago
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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 7 months ago
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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 7 months ago
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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 7 months ago
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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 8 months ago
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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 8 months ago
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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.)

http://jolla.com/

about 8 months ago

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