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Comment: Re:which turns transport into a monopoly... (Score 1) 271

by CptPicard (#47715147) Attached to: Helsinki Aims To Obviate Private Cars

You wanting to reserve space for the big numbers of the large, personal things called cars, both in terms of parking space and having to cover half of the city in asphalt, with the subsequent growth in distances between points (because of lower density), makes the city less accessible by anything other than a car and deprives others of their ability to just walk or bike their way around, is less aesthetic and causes air pollution... and besides, you couldn't just rebuild the central Helsinki area (which is quite fine as it is) for cars for everyone (in particular building the underground parking caves is hideously expensive).

Outside of the city, you can go driving all you want, there's a lot of road in the woods in Finland. Personally I live in one of Helsinki's exurb towns which is your typical place of single-family houses with big yards... I guess you'd like it here. I have the pleasure of driving to work every morning and I'm not all that certain it's such a great sign of my freedom -- I just get to operate the controls in a certain fixed sequence twice a day. The place also has this distinct sleepy sense of nothing ever happening, so I find myself heading to the city whenever I want to actually get some action.

Comment: Re:Higher SAT scores, etc (Score 1) 529

by CptPicard (#46506115) Attached to: The Poor Neglected Gifted Child

At least here in Finland the experience in educating everyone in an integrated setting has provided pretty good results. It does not seem necessary to segregate the special needs ones.

I was one of the gifted pupils back in the day, and I guess school might have been a bit boring at times, but then again the time I did not need to spend studying was well-spent educating myself on my own time...

Comment: Re:Runner up? (Score 1) 79

by CptPicard (#46440747) Attached to: The Brief Rise and Long Fall of Russia's Robot Tank

It's a somewhat vague label; even some Finns who have a very "Nordist" political inclination insist that we should be called "Scandinavian" even though even the Scandinavians themselves have never done that. The more appropriate geopolitical term is "Nordic".

But, as we might share a lot historically and culturally, the Winter War we definitely don't :-)

Comment: Re:Runner up? (Score 2) 79

by CptPicard (#46440305) Attached to: The Brief Rise and Long Fall of Russia's Robot Tank

As a side note, that war explains why Biathlon is so culturally significant to the Scandinavian countries...

Well, I am Finnish and I'd like to point out that the Winter War is historically and culturally very much specifically a Finnish thing. The Scandinavians (Nordic countries west of Finland) had nothing to do with it, they don't consider it "their" war and they do not remember it as a substantial part of their history. The cultural image of "skiing and shooting" is equally as much Finnish.

Comment: Re:Sure, why not (Score 1) 430

by CptPicard (#45874389) Attached to: Cairo 2D Graphics May Become Part of ISO C++

Not even assembly is no longer a real representation of "what is really going on". While I have a pretty good sense in general what goes on in the emulation of a x86 processor that runs there in the hardware, I've never really thought of it as contributing that much to the way I approach programming in higher-level languages. Exposure to things like Lisp have been much more instructive in that regard.

Comment: Re:Uhmm...BlewBerry? (Score 1) 278

by CptPicard (#45000571) Attached to: How BlackBerry Blew It

I was wondering about that as well. I am pretty sure that almost all the time after the iPhone's launch to the after-effects of the burning platform memo, the actual smartphone world leader was Nokia. The E-series was the business phone of choice at least here in Europe, and I still have never seen a Blackberry in my life.

I never understood why BB was so popular in the US with their weird infrastructure choices. Nokia's phones integrated straight into your corporate networking infrastructure via VPNs and did proper email without there being any middleman servers. I guess the US phone network infrastructure was just simply so bad back in the day that special solutions were required?

Comment: Re:It's true; Finland outperforms the USA (Score 1) 1255

by CptPicard (#44736675) Attached to: Why One Woman Says Sending Your Kid To Private School Is Evil

Actually, looks like the Swedish economy is growing at quite a nice clip. Finland has a problem with the eurozone which causes issues with competitiveness due to too strong a currency; and there's a bit of a demographic challenge as well. But I wouldn't say that it's the fault of the Nordic welfare state.

Comment: Re:Basis for discrimination (Score 1) 684

I really can't say I agree; if the application is accessed through the web, this introduces all kinds of particular technological issues to be handled. It's a bit like a having a GUI library that is quite opinionated about how you need to be architecting your application -- of course depending on what kind of a separation you want there to be between the layers. But if you're web-programming, you'll have to take these things into account. It really is not just HTML...

Comment: Re:Basis for discrimination (Score 1) 684

"Web programming" does not mean restricting yourself simply just creating HTML documents, which, I'd have to agree, is not programming.

The web part really is just what faces the user, and even that is these days often a small application. The stuff I "web-program" currently is 95% in the back-end though, and that stuff has its own challenges.

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