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You're Driving All Wrong, Says NHTSA

weicco Re:Proper position (756 comments)

I usually drive by steering with my legs while surfing these girl jpegs you are talking about.

more than 2 years ago

U.S. Missile Defense Against Iran Makes China/Russia Mad, Might Not Even Work

weicco Re:Quite the opposite (408 comments)

I don't get it. How a missile defense system placed in eastern Europe can block Russia's missiles? Defense system should be placed here in Finland because if I'm not totally incorrect, ballistic missiles would travel over us on their way to the US from Russia, not over where they are planning to install the system. And besides, Russia has Kalingrad which is on the other/wrong side of the defense system. Also they could launch the missiles from their east coast over the Pacific, as China could too.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How Do You Deal With Priorities Inflation In IT Projects?

weicco Re:Learn to say no (304 comments)

I was in a brief seminar some time ago where a consultant came to tell us (among other things) about time management. What strike me first funny, then rather interesting, was that his first sentences was "Time management is a stupid concept. You can't manage time.". The simple idea was that you have X amount of time in your calendar and that X doesn't change, ever. How you fill that X is other question. The thing is, just like you say, to learn to say no. If you need to start prioritize your tasks, you are already failing, because you need to fill in a spot in your calendar when you prioritize your tasks, which takes time off of the actual work. It's a vicious circle. You are simply doing too much because you didn't say no.

Now, of course, every person is not his own boss so taking this idea of doing-too-much upwards in a corporate ladder is hard. But analysis says (can't remember which analysis) that people who doesn't have to think about prioritizing work tasks all the time tend to be happier at work and happier worker means more effective work.

Currently I'm curiously observing how and if these consultant's ideas work. He had some interesting ideas other than time managing also.

more than 2 years ago

How Does a Self-Taught Computer Geek Get Hired?

weicco Re:I'm a self-taught programmer (523 comments)

I'm also a self-taught programmer. I can't remember how old I was when I got my hands on Commodore 64 and later Commodore 128 and their Basic. It must've been somewhere 1982-1985 so I was under 10 back then (I've born in 1977). I've never learned programming at school. In fact I went to business school and was allowed to skip all the computer classes :)

To put it short, the thing is you need to know your strengths and weaknesses. For example I can't write 3D stuff or anything that takes complex mathematics but I sure heck can write a full blown CRM app for you. And I'm quite fine with that as long as the paycheck comes every month.

more than 2 years ago

MS To Build Antivirus Into Win8: Boon Or Monopoly?

weicco Re:Anti-competitive? (748 comments)

Time and time again I need to explain this in Slashdot. Operating System does not know, does not care, if executable is malicious or not. It happily executes it when user doubleclicks nude_pics.exe. It's up to AV software to keep track which executables are considered evil and which not and protect user from his/her own stupidity.

more than 2 years ago

Anonymous Hacks Finland

weicco Re:Discuss their evildoing (129 comments)

Yes, anonymous = nimetÃn. Anomuumi is not actually a word at all. It can be a mix of the word "anonymous" and "muumi" where "muumi" means Moomin but I'm not sure about this. Basically it's just common nickname which a lot of people use. In fact, I used it some years ago at Helsingin Sanomat forum but I'm not the Anomuumi in question here.

And what comes to the incident, my knowledge is that Anonymous has already denied that they had anything to do with this.

more than 2 years ago

Outlining a World Where Software Makers Are Liable For Flaws

weicco Re:Sure (508 comments)

Analogy still stands. Too big truck on bridge -> crash, too big input on input field -> crash. In the first case truck's weight exceeds the maximum capacity of the bridge, in the second case input's length exceeds the maximum capacity of the buffer. I find this analogy rather hilarious.

more than 2 years ago

The Coming Energy Turnaround In Germany

weicco Re:Backup and fill-in (394 comments)

Well, yes it is if there's high enough mountains where you can pump the water using solar. Finland doesn't have but Sweden and Norway do. But then again, you need solar. I'm not sure about southern parts of Sweden if there's enough sun all through the year. Finland definitely doesn't have.

about 3 years ago

The Coming Energy Turnaround In Germany

weicco Re:Backup and fill-in (394 comments)

So what would you suggest? It's 8:40 am and it pretty dark out there and not a single leaf is moving in trees so there's no wind. And I'm living in southern part of Finland, at Tampere to be precise.

You can forget solar in Finland. It only works on small scale and is really unreliable. What comes to wind, I've read that there are couple of places which probably would have enough wind. But the problem is, who wants to have wind farms at the ocean shore or floating in the ocean? I don't. Other places it is said to be windy enough are hill tops at northern part of Finland. There isn't population much up there so maybe the NIMBY effect would be low but it would most likely kill tourism because it would kill the scenery. Besides the regulations about construction is so strict that you can't even expand a single hotel up there without years of fight with the government.

Hydro perhaps. Unfortunately every one of our rivers are being already used. There's some plans to build artificial lakes up in north but environment regulations prevents that.

So what's left... Burning leftovers from forest industry and turf. Those won't really resolve anything. They are just big cash machines to some few, at least what I've read. Importing energy from neighboring countries. We are currently importing one nuclear plant's worth of electricity from Russia. Sweden and Norway has hydro but they are running their power schemes with Denmark (buying wind cheap, selling hydro not-so-cheap).

If anyone has answer to our problem I'd say many of our politicians and every one of our industry owners would jump through the roof with joy!

about 3 years ago

TSA Groper Files Suit Against Blogger

weicco Re:If I ever take my family overseas (699 comments)

Every time I start to think "maybe I'll travel to the US - my kid's never been to Disneyland"

about 3 years ago

Limits On Growth of Energy Use and Economies

weicco Re:Endless growth is impossible (482 comments)

Growth can be also making things more efficiently. Lower production cost, growth for the company.

more than 3 years ago

The Internet's Age of Rage

weicco Re:The obvious point that no one ever talks about (315 comments)

And all these shitheads (see how I'm filled with rage!?) forget one little thing. We are humans and we do have emotions, including hatred and rage from time to time. Everyone's not a Gandhi FFS!

more than 3 years ago

3D Hurts Your Eyes

weicco Re:Really? (244 comments)

I didn't get headache or anything like that but I couldn't see the movie! I couldn't read subtitles, they were all blurred (luckily I understand spoken English). If the 3D effects was in the middle of the screen I couldn't see them clearly but if they were on the sides I could make something out of them. So I missed half of the movie (Thor) and have to go see it in old fashion 2D. Glasses were working fine and my date sitting next to me could see the movie just fine so it must be something with my eyes. If you have problems with eye vision (distortion, squint) like I do, I don't recommend 3D at all.

more than 3 years ago

Linux 3.0 Release Delayed

weicco Re:Fair Enough (187 comments)

Why bother. End user does QA anyway.

[x] post humorously

more than 3 years ago

Microsoft Releases Mobile Data Collection Source Code

weicco Re:How much proof do you need? (69 comments)

I don't have time to compile fricking source codes! I have better things to do, like actually use the software. Besides, Microsoft already compiled it for me.

more than 3 years ago

E-Voting Reform In an Out Year?

weicco Re:Closed source irrelevant, paper ballot not (218 comments)

It would be great to be able to link vote to the voter! I could finally make sure that my family members voted correctly and take appropriate measures if they didn't ;)

more than 3 years ago

The Longhorn Dream Reborn

weicco Re:Fire and Motion (254 comments)

I don't get it. Why should I write platform independent software? If I'm writing stuff at home I write it for myself. I have only Windows boxes at home so why should I bother making software portable? And when I'm writing stuff at work it's the customer that defines the requirements. In my 10+ year career I've never seen a requirement that the software must be (easily) portable to another platform. So why should I bother when customer doesn't pay for portability?

more than 3 years ago

How To Succeed In IT Without Really Trying

weicco Re:contractor / consultant (283 comments)

I've been a consultant too. The job didn't much differ from my current job which is writing code for customer projects at our own office. I did (and do) my job and was rather proud of it.

But what was bugging in consulting bisnes was that many times the customer wasn't up for the task. They thought that I come in and magically fix everything without even a single sheet of specifications about the system. It just doesn't work that way. I had to spend days without doing nothing when I was waiting for Someone in Somewhere to produce the specs for me. At one place I spent whole months sitting idle because customer didn't give me any tasks! They just liked me hanging around in case of something bad happens.

So one should not always blame the consultant for every bad thing in a world :)

more than 3 years ago


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