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Comment: Re:I don't know about the android store, but (Score 1) 321

by hraponssi (#46474419) Attached to: Google Sued Over Children's In-App Android Purchases

you can do this with android as well, with google play "gift cards". they are not available in many countries at this time though.

i give the kids a small amount of cash a week if they have done their part. they can then save this up and buy an itunes or google play gift card. after that, they can put that on their ipad/android store and use it as they wish. i still need to enter the password for them and look at what they are spending it and ask if they really are sure about buying those 5 items for $10 of some in app purchase for some garbage i am sure they will never look at again in a week. their choice though, and not possible to overspend.

but certainly i can see many parents in a hurry just slapping the CC there and telling the kids to sit quietly..

 

Comment: poopoo (Score 2) 876

by hraponssi (#46192561) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Are We Still Writing Text-Based Code?

It's because you can create useful domain specific languages for very narrow domains and have people draw their little programs with that. Works great. But when you need anything outside that very little narrow domain, you need a general purpose programming language to do it. The less you narrow your domain the closer you get to the general purpose stuff and then it is pointless any more. And fancy graphics just get in the way at that point.

Comment: Re:I don't think so, Marc... (Score 1) 332

by hraponssi (#46038273) Attached to: Marc Andreessen On Why Bitcoin Matters (And A Critique)

1. The assertions about no charge or low charges for transactions. Glenn's seems correct when he says this can't continue. Right now, people justify their computing expenses "keeping the books" by mining, but that will end as we approach the end of bitcoins in the mine. For them to continue providing their service, they have to get some value, and that will come from fees. (Did you see what people are paying to set up powerful enough computers these days? http://dealbook.nytimes.com/20... ) So the nirvana of incredibly low transactions fees vanishes (sale ends soon so act fast -- supplies are limited!)

I find bitcoins interesting but this is one of the things I don't quite understand. If the miners are the ones doing the transactions or whatnot, and if you need some huge expensive custom HW these days to do any of this.. Why would people continue to do it once it gets that expensive? Then what happens to all the transaction?

Comment: Re:Polar "Vortex" AKA Alberta clipper (Score 1) 684

by hraponssi (#45880045) Attached to: Polar Vortex Sends Life-Threatening Freeze To US

Where I live in Finland, when we get around to -40, like we did few years back for some 3 months, I just drag my sorry ass to the office as usual and wonder why would any sane person ever move to, or want to live in, such an area. Luckily you Canadians thought of us and sent the holy Elop to save us from working in the cold. Cheers.

Comment: Re:Fail, but idea has possibilities (Score 1) 237

by hraponssi (#45859205) Attached to: There's Kanye West-Themed Crypto-Currency On the Way

i like the idea. we could also have jesus coins and whatever your favourite deity coints. show your faith, the more you have the more faithful you are. then the zealots buy them from each other to show their devotion and the size of their jesus wallet. finally you donate them to church who sells them back to others for some real currency or can use them to buy services from the next door zealots. have faith, thats what the cryptocurrencies are about right?

Comment: Re:About to complete my PhD (Score 1) 168

by hraponssi (#45572083) Attached to: Why Competing For Tenure Is Like Trying To Become a Drug Lord

I am facing the dilemma of whether to go (back) to the industry, where I was working before starting my PhD, or continue in academia as a researcher. On one had you have the job security and better salary offered in industry. On the other hand you have the thrill of scientific work and fewer (albeit not 0) corporate psychopaths.

I decided on Friday that I'll go for academia. My health is failing, I think I have 10 to 15 years if I'm lucky, and life is too precious to waste it on doing something I don't like all that much, just because of money.

So what do you like? Writing grant proposals, rubbing some theoretical corner of a small theoretical problem area for the next 10-15 years with very little practical impact? Just sayin' there are many sides to it all... But if you really feel that is your thing, I would absolutely recommend doing what you like.

Comment: Re:So, Like any Tournament Model (Score 1) 168

by hraponssi (#45572067) Attached to: Why Competing For Tenure Is Like Trying To Become a Drug Lord

I don't think I understand your point. How is anybody being denied "academic freedom?" Who is stopping these PhDs from studying whatever they want? Or by academic freedom do you mean "the freedom to make somebody else pay them for their studies?"

He/She who pays the bills? As a postdoc your freedom is to do what the professor bids you to do or so.. Of course nothing necessarily wrong with that since they do pay the bills from the grants etc. But I wouldn't call it much of an academic freedom.

This isn't a dig, I really feel like I'm missing a piece of the puzzle because I just don't get the outrage, particularly with this statement: "The idea of academic freedom being available only to those who have already made their most significant contribution (and therefore get tenure which is supposed to provide academic freedom) is an idea that needs to be discussed. It is a problem." If I only have a small pool of money to pay tenured professors, why wouldn't I want to select the ones that have proven themselves?

Of course you would. But before you get there do you have academic freedom? You have to be politically correct, suck up to everyone, pick topics that lead to gaming the best metrics to get there etc. I don't have a better system but I wouldn't call that academic freedom either.. Maybe to some different degrees or so.

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