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Comment SF - CPH (Score 1) 654

I moved from San Francisco area (Sonoma) to Copenhagen, Denmark, last year. In SF I never used public transport, there were only buses near where I lived and they were pretty sparse.

In Copenhagen I don't even own a car. I still live in the suburbs. There's a bus stop 3 minute walk from our house, or I can cycle 15 minutes to train station. While PT is a pain at times, it seems that there's nowhere here you cannot get to on it.

For kids and buying big stuff we've a cargo bike. For everything else, online shopping.

Comment Re:Copenhagen system (Score 1) 37

Was free. That system was abolished in 2012 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C...

They have the white bikes now, which I've used but they're quite pricey, and there's no bum replacement service. They do have electric motors and GPS, so I guess they're more aimed towards tourists than casual use.

Comment Re:Don't forget Firefox Hello! (Score 1) 147

skype (that requires installing a closed source binary from the evil empire), FaceTime (that only works on Apple hardware), Hangouts (that requires a Google account, and yes there are still people on the planet...) Other technologies exist but those are the most Grandma-friendly.

free.gotomeeting.com. I work with the guys who make it. It's more grandma friendly than any of the above, share a link, straight into the meeting.

Comment Re:No overlap for mindshare (Score 1) 319

Your post makes a lot of sense, but anecdotally is incorrect. I work for a large software company with a lot of Java developers. I know that many of them are entrenched, but it also seems that the majority (of the ones I've spoken to, pinch of salt) have tried out both Ruby and Node.js. The preference has been Node.js, and the term "right tool for the job" has even been used. i.e. Java backends with various small frontend services running on Node.

There is no battle though, that's just headline eyeball grabbing. I personally prefer working on Ruby projects, but nodejs is fine for some things.

Comment outdated (Score 1) 323

Even still, in web development world, deep in-depth knowledge in anything will be outdated in few years' time as new technologies roll out

This just is not true. What new technologies are you expecting? Yes there is a lot of noise about Javascript frameworks, but they're all just Javascript (20 years old). Server side languages haven't shifted much. Most websites are database driven, so in depth knowledge of databases and SQL is unlikely to ever be outdated. Many of the problems to solve server side are concurrency related, hardly new.

Comment Re:Productivity is in the eye of the beholder (Score 3, Interesting) 365

Yes. My wife does a more important job than I do. I could write software for any company, and I could be replaced by any software engineer. Only she can be the stay at home mother to our children, any replacement would be different and probably detrimental.

My father died recently of a heart attack. He was mid-sixties and, apart from smoking, very healthy and active. Of course, nobody can say for sure it was the smoking that caused the heart attack, but it doesn't seem unlikely. His retirement years were his most happy and I'm sure he'd have swapped smoking for 10 more years of that. Not that I think he could have been able to stop, he tried to kick it in so many times, and the only thing that worked for him were the new drugs that became available year before he died.

It seems to me that the working years of your life are the least productive for many people. You're a replaceable cog in a replaceable money machine. Childhood, study and retirement are where it's at.

Comment Re:Productivity is in the eye of the beholder (Score 5, Insightful) 365

And what is productivity? Are you productive if you work in an office selling insurance? Or writing software used by people in other offices to support people in yet further offices? When we talk about leading a productive life we don't tend to think of that in terms of worker productivity. I don't know how that relates to the above posts, but it doesn't make me feel that happy.

Comment 100% (Score 1) 809

We're all crap at it, with varying degrees of crapness in our specialized areas. I'm a terrible developer, the only upside to that is so are all my peers. I was just thinking today, I've got all these ideas on getting our internal test and deploy systems into a top notch state, but it took me all day to fix one problem with the search, I'll never get around to the other stuff, and when I do it'll be rubbish, hit a multitude of problems, take longer, be slower than expected, and then I'll have to maintain it.

I envy junior developers. They're twice as crap, but ignorant of that fact.

Comment Re:Still useful research (Score 2) 224

Yes the bog standard chocolate in America is really bad. But you can get pretty good stuff too, most Whole Foods have more upmarket chocolate bars, some of which are pretty good. And there are independent places, in SF and Portland there were some pretty good ones. There was a Hotel Chocolat shop in Boston, but they were closing down when we visited, so I guess the market for really good stuff just isn't there... not the same way as in Europe, where the bog standard chocolate is pretty acceptable, and the good stuff better than the best in the USA. At least for my tastes.

Comment Re:Lesson: don't use root AWS API keys (Score 2) 119

And I recently found out about their IAM roles, which means that an EC2 instance can have it's own keys, that are automatically rotated, and available to any AWS-SDK you're running on the machine (or fetchable on a local IP). This is safer than passing keys, root or IAM user ones.

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