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Comment No, it's a political commentary (Score 1) 1

As far as I know, the song was written exactly as a political commentary. It was quite popular when I was young. I'm from The Netherlands, and it was a German band that wrote it originally in German, 99 Luftballons:
Here's the original: Youtube
She later covered herself with a weird overly poppy version.

Comment Stay out of the sun, or wear clothing (Score 2) 111


Mark Saltzman, who falls into the last category, was so concerned by the time his third child was born that he wanted to engineer a better sunblock.

Little children don't belong in the sun, in my opinion. I dress my two year old such that only her face, hands and feet are exposed by clothing. Every hour or so, I apply sunscreen. During summer, we'll be outside of course but if possible in some sort of shaded place. I've seen small children burned red by the sun, and I'm amazed at the carelessness. Better your child is hot than burned, right?

That was my pet peeve. Besides that, I applaud this research.

Comment Re:No, if you don't suck at your job (Score 1) 100

I have to say, it sounds extremely appealing to me. It's just that I haven't succeeded with these sites so far. They'd say stuff like: "amazing opportunity, huge budget", and the budget would actually be 5 or 10 K. I'm looking for the 30-60 K range, at the very least.

And yes, it's not all about the money. Especially being able to pick up my daughter somewhat earlier from daycare would be a huge boon. In any case, you're saying that WeWorkRemotely and Remotive are the places to find good clients?

Comment Re:Low rates (Score 1) 100

I totally agree, and the cost of living in a city offsets the decent rate I mentioned.

My best time in the last couple of years was when I took a $300/month internship at a small startup on Bali, with housing included. Office hours between 11 AM and 4 PM, swimming pool at the back of the office, and the office basically consisted of two large tables under a giant gazebo, with two fibers coming in.

I actually had to cry when I got on the plane back to Europe, but my SO was pregnant and did not (still does not) want to move.

Comment Low rates (Score 3, Informative) 100

I'm a freelance iOS developer and from what I've seen, the rates for remote work are always significantly lower than when I report for duty at the client's office. Right now I'm billing a minimum of 70 euros per hour. I won't get that remotely.

This will be no different. The kind of client that hires remote workers, doesn't want to pay a good rate.

Comment Waiting for a MacBook Pro update (Score 2) 29

Although I've got Linux on my servers, I'm using Apple on the desktop (app development). The last MacBook Pro update was... lackluster, without a CPU update. I'm really hoping for Skylake and its integrated graphics, because I want the fastest laptop but without discrete graphics. The repeated disasters in the past with the discrete graphics basically melting off the motherboards, left me waiting for something like this.

Comment Re:Here's how you make money (Score 1) 56

I've found the secret, you have other people pay you to make their apps for them. I've been making a pretty good living from that going 5 years now.

Exactly. I've started last year, and like any on-site contractor, you get paid pretty well and there's an amount of freedom in picking a client.

Comment Desktop versus server, big difference (Score 1) 319

There's a big difference between how you treat your desktops and your servers.

I wanted a change of pace and moved from embedded stuff on Linux to iOS development. So my desktop is basically always the latest OS X version.

I still have Linux servers running for OwnCloud and my personal website, and that's all Debian Stable. But given that it's Stable, I always update to the latest.

The life of a repo man is always intense.