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Submission + - Professor Hans Rosling has passed away (

Flu writes: Professor and philantrope Hans Rosling passed away today after a year of cancer. The last 10 years, he has spent working for Gapminder to spread the word of importance to rely on fact and statistic evidence of the world, by collecting, combining and publishing statistics from all over the world, making it available to everyone for free.

Up-to-date statistics show that recent global progress is 'the greatest story of our time – possibly the greatest story in all of human history'. The UN goal to "eradicate extreme poverty for all people everywhere, already by 2030", seems 'unrealistic to many highly educated people because their worldview is lagging 60 years behind reality.'

Comment Couldn't have said it better (Score 1) 489

What totally makes no sense, is that every UI since Windows 95/NT4/AmigaOS 3/Mac whatever, had a very distinct and standardized way to emphasize controls using 3d-effects, shading, etc., including obvious keyboard shortcuts. But, with the advent of HTML 5, all those good things were thrown out of the window, making a step back to pre-Norton Commander in DOS (minus keyboard controls).

Also, for a couple of years ago, websites were desktop-oriented, making browsing on mobile devices hard if not impossible, which now have turned 180 degrees; "Modern" websites are mobile-optimized, but more or less idiotically designed for desktop use.

A, well.

I guess the pendulum will swing back to a reasonable "good enough" middle-state within a year or two or so ...

Comment Nuts! (Score 1) 1052

Sweden's tried allowing people to retain up to 80% of their income for an indefinite time when unemployed or long-term sick, in reality makeing it cheaper to remain non-working, than to work. Not surprisingly, both unemployment and sick-leave dropped rapidly as the taxes were lowered on work (but not on unemployment or sick-leave benefits), hence giving a better economic incitement to find a suitable job. Basic income - without any requirements - are, to put it simply, poisonous to the welfare of the people!

Comment ZX Spectrum, C=64 and lots of books (Score 2) 515

Before I got myself a computer, I spent a lot of time with my friends', typing in programs from computer magazines. I read a lot of books on computers and programming, and tried to understand their example programs.

Learned assembler on the ZX Spectrum, got fluent in Basic on the C=, learned Modula 2 on Amiga and finally C on Amiga and some Sun workstations. I did take some classes on Pascal programming in high-school, and in the Uni, we were taught Java and C++, but I consider myself self-taught.

Comment RAID+removable harddrive stored in the basement (Score 1) 229

My data drive is on a networked UPS-protected RAID-drive. Every year or so, I take a full backup to a removable harddrive and stash it into the basement. Thus, any potential fire in my or any other condo won't destroy it, and I also have it in a sealed back to protect it from flooding or the firedepartment's unevitable waterdamages in case of a fire. I feel very safe.

Submission + - Swedish government sizes control of Pirate Bay domain names ( 1

Flu writes: The Swedish government sizes control of the and domain names, according to a sentence in the Svea Court of Appeal, establishing a prior ruling in the District Court. The ruling implies that IIS, the entity managing the .se domains, is required to block the address.

It is not the first time the government has seized control of domain names. But, in previous cases, the domain names have subsequently simply been cancelled and released for public purchase again. This is the first ruling that a domain name is blocked in total.

The ruling is based on a an old law allowing the government to confiscate assets obtained through, or used in, illegal activities.

Submission + - Unprecedented DDOS attack at Swedish government, media outlets (

Flu writes: Yesterday, at 19:30 CET, an unprecedented DDOS attack shut down both Swedish government sites and all major news outlets, including,,,, and others.

The attack was announced in advanced in a tweet stating "The following days attacks against the Swedish government and media spreading false propaganda will be targeted".

A large amount of traffic was detected from Russia.

Tension between Russia and Sweden has slowly but steadily intensified during the latest years, causing Swedish relocation of military forces to strategic location and increased cooperation with NATO.

Submission + - Tesla catches fire during quickcharging (

Flu writes: The owner had parked the car at a quickcharging station in Brokelandsheia, Norway. Shortly after leaving, the car caught fire, and became totally destroyed. Luckily, noone got hurt. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the local police and the charging station is temporarily closed.

Comment I didn't loose (Score 1) 467

I had a - what probably counts as - preliminary hearing, in a custody battle this morning, Friday 13th. And my daugther didn't loose. Her mother did, though - all of the mother's claims were dismissed, while all of mine were accepted. I just read through my statement (which, BTW, I wrote myself, my laywer just pointed out the important differences between my and my dautgher's mother's statements) to the court, and I (still) conclude the same thing - chance, good luck, or faith, doesn't make a difference. Good preparation does.

Comment Samsung Nexus official specs (Score 1) 309

Samsung Sweden today issued a pressrelease with the Samsung Nexus and Android 4.0 specifications:

4,65" hd super-amoled display, 1280x720 pixels
1,2 gigahertz dual-core
HSPA+ 21Mbps DL; HSUPA 5.76Mbps UL
Size: 135,5 x 67,94 x 8,94 millimeter, 135 gram
16GB internal memory
Front cam 1,3 mipxel for videoconf
Back cam 5 mpixel
NFC, Bluethooth 3.0, wifi 802.11 a/b/g/n, usb 2.0

More information at


Submission + - Rocket amateurs attempts single-seat rocket launch (

Flu writes: Tomorrow, Danish rocket amateurs attemts a launch of a single-seated (or actually — single-standing) rocket launch. The goal is to prove that a rocket launch doesn't have to have costs of astronomical sizes.

The rocket is a full-scale test, (hopefully) proving a method capable of lauching a single passenger into space for less than 0,02% of the cost of a normal NASA launch. Rocket amateurs Kristian von Bengtson and Peter Madsen have spent approximately €50.000 ($65.000), using commonly available parts, rather than specially designed ones.

The article is google translated from Swedish to Enlish.

Comment Let the team decide! (Score 1) 520

Just buy furniture that can be arranged any configuration. The best seating arrangement is best decided by the individuals. Some people get really bothered if someone can peek over their shoulders, while others couldn't care less. Similarly, some might be very distracted by any movement that is visisble for them in the edge of their line-of-sight, and such people would actually prefer to work faceing directly into a wall. Also, the team might change in the future, with people entering and leaving.

After Learning Java Syntax, What Next? 293

Niris writes "I'm currently taking a course called Advanced Java Programming, which is using the text book Absolute Java, 4th edition, by Walter Savitch. As I work at night as a security guard in the middle of nowhere, I've had enough time to read through the entire course part of the book, finish all eleven chapter quizzes, and do all of the assignments within a month, so all that's left is a group assignment that won't be ready until late April. I'm trying to figure out what else to read that's Java related aside from the usual 'This is how to create a tree. This is recursion. This is how to implement an interface and make an anonymous object,' and wanted to see what Slashdotters have to suggest. So far I'm looking at reading Beginning Algorithms, by Simon Harris and James Ross."

The Murky Origins of Zork's Name 70

mjn writes "Computational media researcher Nick Montfort traces the murky origins of Zork's name. It's well known that the word was used in MIT hacker jargon around that time, but how did it get there? Candidates are the term 'zorch' from late 1950s DIY electronics slang, the use of the term as a placeholder in some early 1970s textbooks, the typo a QWERTY user would get if he typed 'work' on an AZERTY keyboard, and several uses in obscure sci-fi. No solid answers so far, though, as there are problems with many of the possible explanations that would have made MIT hackers unlikely to have run across them at the right time."

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