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Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

tantrum pretty close to cashless over here (753 comments)

The last number I saw published here in Norway said that cash only accounted for about 5% of the daily transaction volume, debit cards are used in 80% of purchases. Published statistics also say that cash is more expensive to handle than electronic transactions.

I can't remember using cash a single time during the last few months.

about 4 months ago
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Slashdot Asks: How Do You Pay Your Taxes?

tantrum Norway (386 comments)

Here in Norway, the company you work for pays your taxes for you based on a personal tax card. The personal tax-card is distributed electronically from the government to every citizen based on last years income.

When we get our tax return forms, all debts, interests, banksavings, stocks and property is already filled out. Most people only have to make small changes.

Everything you need to change in the forms, are available online.

If you own taxes or you've paid too much through the year, the final balace must be cleared by june.

Seems like the system you guys got over the pond is vastly overcomplicated.

about 7 months ago
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Students Hack School-Issued iPads Within One Week

tantrum Re:"They were bound to fail" (375 comments)

agreed.

While I think that giving out tablets for school use seems like a daft idea, this is the best possible result. Lots of kids doing their own research into how they can make a device suit their needs.

Might even se some kids learning programming as well... The one item that had the most influence on my careerchoice was probably my HP48 that I spent a great deal of time programming and generally tinkering with.

about a year ago
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Time For a Hobbyist Smartphone?

tantrum Re:N900 forever (207 comments)

Ditto.

I have two working N900s and one nonworking for spare parts. Not going to swap it out before something better hits the market, if something better comes to market that is.

With the CSSU and some overclocking, it is not _that_ slow compared to other phones/tablets

about a year ago
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Promising Vaccine Candidate Could Lead To a Definitive Cure For HIV

tantrum phase 1 trials (185 comments)

Several companies are starting their phase 3 trials about now. I've invested in one of them. If they are successfull I'll retire, but I mostly invested just to make sure someone is working on it.

It takes time to move from "killing viruses in a jar" to actually making something that removes the viruses from people without killing them at the same time.

about a year ago
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Despite Global Release, Breaking Bad Heavily Pirated

tantrum Didn't even know it started (443 comments)

I didn't even know that the show had started up again, before I noticed a new episode automatically downloaded from a RSS feed.

I have access to the show through my cable subscription, but I rarely use my tv for watching stuff. Afterall my computer has a 30" screen, surround speakers and a darker room. I sometimes use my PVR to record stuff from tv, but I rarely turn it on to watch whatever I've recorded.

When you have practically unlimited storage space at home, you sort of like to keep whatever you download as well, just in the rare chance you'll ever want to see it again (or share it with someone).

Torrents are much better than streaming, and the selection of things to watch is MUCH greater than any online service I've found. It's not about the money for me, much more so about the convenience.

about a year ago
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Last Forking Warning For Bitcoin

tantrum Re:ASDFnz is a liar (334 comments)

2 moths ago, price was 240. Now it's 120. That's half the size it used to be. I think the trouble is you have trouble seeing the screen with your head up your ass. Enjoy your nerdcoins.

2 months ago bitcoin was at 46, now it is 118 :)

The was a sharp in this period, but overall it has been growing steadily so far.

about a year and a half ago
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Defense Distributed Has 3D-Printed an Entire Gun

tantrum weird (712 comments)

To me (a person outside the us) this guy just seems crazy.

If I met this guy I wouldn't trust him for a second. He might be a decent guy, but it really really does not seem like it to me.

Americas relationship with guns simply seems CRAZY to me.

about a year and a half ago
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ISP Trying Free (But Limited) Home Broadband Plan

tantrum Re:24 - 28GB per month? (213 comments)

well, I seem to have downloaded 308gb and uploaded 368gb during february. No wonder I have to keep buying new drives.

Didn't even download a single movie during february.

about a year and a half ago
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Current favorite still-image camera type:

tantrum Re:"35mm DSLR" (316 comments)

Now you have a Full Frame camera, you should do all your shooting in RAW mode. Memory is cheap and you can always scale downward with Photoshop at home.

If you have a fullframe dslr and don't already shoot in raw, your pictures probably isn't worth shooting in raw anyways..

about 2 years ago
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Crucial M500 SSD Promises 960GB For $600

tantrum Re:Still a ways to go (144 comments)

I'm already using striped SSD's in my gaming/photo/video rig. It is a bit overkill, but I'll never go back to use spinning disks for anything besides "long term storage".

about 2 years ago
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Nokia N9: the World's Most Underrated Smartphone?

tantrum Re:Damn Microsoft (176 comments)

I forgot, was the the camera where the ads used "simulated images" or something? It was so good that they dare not show it on TV?

If you knew anything whatsover about cameras, you'd notice that Nokia wasn't the first (or last) company to use professional cameras instead of the crappychips in cellphones for their advertising.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Do You Test Your New Hard Drives?

tantrum Re:Anyone actually does this? (348 comments)

If you can retrieve whatever is on them, they are not broken!

Yawn.. please try to keep a disk with a bad motor. You might get it to spin up, you'll get your data - but the disk is still broken.

Looking at one of the shelves here in my home office, I spot 3x1tb, 4x500gb and 2x3tb disks that I can pop in if something breaks. The 3tb disks are spares for my FS.

I'm using the 1tb disks for backups(3x3x1tb) and haven't thrown out the 500gb ones as I don't think they're quite old enough for the trash just yet.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Do You Test Your New Hard Drives?

tantrum Re:Anyone actually does this? (348 comments)

Yeah I looked at the data from google when they published it and it makes sense. I don't really worry about it though.

At home I take backups of the stuff I care about (sourcecode, pictures, video). I've had quite a few disks breaking on me through the years, but haven't lost any data I care about due to a disk that breaks down.

At work we have redundant backups both of data and vms. Backups are on disk inhouse, on disk in a second location and on tape in a second location.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Do You Test Your New Hard Drives?

tantrum Re:Anyone actually does this? (348 comments)

nah, not running _that_ many at home anymore. Still I don't think I need more of them

2 laptops, two desktops, a mediabox and a fileserver. Only the Fileserver has more than a couple of tb of disks.

Fileserver uses raid 5, just in case. Desktops are striped SSD's, laptops uses single SSDs and my mediabox boots from an SD card.

I've got neither the time or interrest in testing my disks besides replacing them if they break.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Do You Test Your New Hard Drives?

tantrum Re:Anyone actually does this? (348 comments)

I didn't really think I had to mention that I kept backups of my important stuff. Thought that was pretty much what everyone on slashdot did. As a hobby photographer I have monthly backups in 2+1 locations, one of my backups is even in another country :)

I'm ok with loosing my porn and pirated movie collection, though

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Do You Test Your New Hard Drives?

tantrum Anyone actually does this? (348 comments)

I havn't even considered testing my personal harddrives. If they break I try to retrieve whatever is on them, but I just buy new drives instead of spending any amount of time fixing them, never returned a disk - I just buy a couple of new ones whenever I need more space.

At work we're using properly configured SANs with 24x7 support, so I couldn't be arsed to test disks there either. We don't have multiple racks of disks, so I don't see any good reason to test everything.

If you're testing new diskdrives you must be really bored or very broke.

about 2 years ago
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Stay Home When You're Sick!

tantrum Re:12 days a year, 100% pay (670 comments)

The payment is split between the company you work for and the public benefits we have here. I think my employer pays for the first week and after that it is split up depending on how long you've been sick. I think it works in much the same way as with the maternity/paternity leave.

I pay about 28% direct tax which I don't think is too bad considering what I get in return for it. My health insurance is ofcourse included in the taxes.

Although some people (not too many) abuse the system, it is widely considered to be a good thing.

about 2 years ago
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Stay Home When You're Sick!

tantrum Re:12 days a year, 100% pay (670 comments)

Also forgot to mention the fact that my employer would be pretty pissed off if I showed up at work while sick, risking the health of everybody else.

about 2 years ago

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