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Re: So hypothetically
Off topic -- PLEASE do not use 'fx' as an abbreviation for For Example.
A long time ago ...
... my mentor and first manager in IT Consultancy (after I left academia) ... told me that the point of an interview was often misunderstood - it was social, rather than technical. According to him you
1) select CVs that match well (use technical people to read them)
2) interview to find the people you LIKE, and feel you could get on with in a team. His interviews appeared to be no more than a relaxed chat, but you'd be amazed how many loons could rule themselves out with ill-chosen statements or strange behaviour.
3) mention that you have a 1 month probationary period; the last 3 guys got the chop during that period, and that you are really glad to meet someone who does have the skills they claim to have and who can stay the distance. if they are still interested you give them the job.
4) if they are rubbish, you sack them very quickly and call the people you politely rejected last time.
You *cannot* find out what someone knows in an interview for any remotely technical role, and you can't solve this with harder or longer (5 days!) interviews. You can find people you LIKE, and if you find their abilities do not match what they claimed, you can sack them. Because you used step (1) you can sack them on the grounds they lied on their CV, which is pretty much a humdinger, and no tribunals result. It's much harder to sack people because they don't get on with the team - although these people cause a lot of damage, even where they are individually capable.
I don't like generalizations ...
... or people called Bernard.
+1, but you forgot to mention that it appears to have been an armed assault on his residence
Re: couple of years late
You should have bought it and given it back to the owner!
Re: My solution
I beg to differ: there is absolutely no way that 1920x1080 is acceptable for an 14-15" screen. We don't want to watch movies, we want to do work - without getting migraines. In my opinion, we need to be north of 200 dpi, in order to do this properly.
Re: Just what the world needs …
Wanted to upvote 2x, 1 for clear info and 2 for amusing idiom.
Re: Sounds legit
"wasn't allowed due to unhelpful landlords"
As an ex private landlord, I'm pretty sure 'no pets' carries no legal weight whatsoever. It's less hassle to have a clause that says "pets welcome" and to put in a provision for reparations, and it makes you look better too.
Passphrase vs Masking
One of the problems about using a passphrase instead of a password is that once you have become aware you have mistyped, you often have to start again from the beginning. My favoured solution is a a check-to-unmask*, but I was wondering what you guys would think of a compromise where spaces show up as spaces and everything else shows up as * or the standard password blob.
*actually I prefer it to also default to be unmasked.
"a cache of 2,500 rolls of the stuff"
Wow is that even a container full? Wouldn't keep my family of 5 going for more than a couple of weeks. What the hell do teenagers do with toilet roll? And, funnily enough, I recall my dad asking the same question about 30 years ago.
... I find all that 3D stuff gives me a headache (props to xkcd, of course).
Re: People forget: Icons should be iconic!
Found a 3.5" floppy in the back of a drawer the other day and showed it to my kids. OH! they said, THAT'S why the save icon is that weird little shape!
Re: Can anyone explain ...
Isn't iRadio going to be what Jango already is? I don't understand.
+1. Arithmetic should be completely mastered by age 11 at the latest: there is no place at all for arithmetic in secondary education.
1TB = 1000GB, 1TiB=1024GiB. Unless you are measuring memory, where the context strongly suggests a power of two, there is no reason to assume anything other than a power of 10 is meant by an SI prefix.
Re: Non-problem? Hardly.
The privileges are not granular enough. You don't have the option of installing an app with some privileges, so you either accept full access to SD card, or you do without the app -- No option to chroot an app to subfolder on the SD card, You either accept access to the camera or you do without the app -- no option for "ask me each time". This would also be useful with "services that cost money"
There is also, afaik, no log of which app invoked which privilege and when, so there is no auditing. So, in my experience, although I don't like it, the accept permissions step of most apps I'm interested in is pretty much just one more click you have to make.
Re: heads need to roll
Halfmad: "I wonder how many private firms are involved in running it"
That, in itself, is usually not the problem ... it's who those firms have outsourced it to that is usually the issue.
Re: @ribosome @Chris Miller
Wouldn't Pluto would have to be pretty damn large to perturb the orbit of Venus?
Re: Peril Sensitive Sunglasses? ala HHGTTG
Did you miss the Guardian's April Fools joke this year? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EceOlpgJk_c. 100 seconds in.
Re: Internet, video games, movies, music, all just a little bit of history repeating..
Peter Jones 2: "do your damn job."
As a parent and step-parent, I can hardly express how much I endorse this. The main thing that kids need to avoid is - having kids. Parenthood is intensely rewarding but frustrating, onerous and serious. *THAT* is what children need to be taught. By teaching them that sharp things cut; hot things burn; that all drugs - from weed to crack - are (implicitly equally) dangerous; you are really teaching them that it is the school's place to teach this --- and that, years later, school will also shoulder the burden of it when *they* become parents.
Re: Out lawing porn
The story of King Cnut is applicable in either case: either the informal version where a stupid king cannot stop the tide, or the probably more correct version where a wise king demonstrated to obsequious courtiers that even he could not stop the tide. The point is simply that no-one can stop the tide.
Cnut, ironically, appears one of the names likely to be filtered ...
A "mere" 3 million years? The Himalayas were not around until the dinosaurs weren't: Everest is probably only about 60MY old (~20 times older than this) and it is now over 8.8km above sea level (~250 times more movement). Almost all human development has happened in the last 10% of this time, so just because you can say it quickly, don't forget to really think about how long it is.
Re: We're building a volume knob on your radio...
It is not useful to say that there is no such thing as analogue simply because things are, or may be, discrete at the Planck level.
In your example, there is such a scale difference between water as a stream of drops and a stream of molecules (which may have different masseses, due to having different isotopes of H or O), that the fact that the reality may be digital at the very smallest level is essentially irrelevant.
Might be in a tiny minority here, but (despite loathing Murdoch) I've never had a problem with SKY. Broadband often a bit sluggish in peak periods, but never any problem with Customer Service or the Engineers. That may be in part because the house has 3 boxes and everything-but-the-porn subscription, so my monthly bill is substantial, or perhaps I've just been very lucky. I just wish it wasn't part of the Evil Empire.
Just leaving this here for the few who haven't experienced it ...
We might need these weapons...
... to threaten the Caymans, Bermuda etc.
... you foresee uses in healthcare?
@I think so I am? - Is this your Dad?
Mystic Megabyte: "Big Bang" should always be followed by the word "hypothesis".
"Doctoral Course" ?
As I understand it (from doing a PhD back when Noah was a lad), a PhD is not a "course". I was explaining to my kids the other day why, in in general, only felons and weirdos have more than one PhD. Once you have one you have established yourself as someone who can do research - there would be no need to do another one, you could just do another 3 years post-doctoral study, doing research, attending conferences, publishing papers, and maybe teaching students, without writing another thesis (quite often the least valuable form of academic writing). Of course there are honourable exceptions ...
If this were a postgraduate course, I would be sorely tempted. I have always wanted to work in this area, but my career seems to have wanted to go in a different direction.
Re: At last @TheOtherHobbes
I think @TheOtherHobbes might be right: the most effective stock picks are random, then psychics (slightly less random), then bankers (much less random). If the claim had been that the psychics could beat random, then I would absolutely agree with you that the claim is rubbish, but I can see a mechanism where the more people think they know about stocks, the worse they do (because they exercise the least randomness when choosing).
What is this? Some kind of one-handed shorthand? Or are we talking about SteGAno-pornography?
Re: No network = No Work
Great Bu: "Wait - people go on here from home ? Really ? Wow."
Erm, this is 2013. We *work* from home :-)
Without minimizing the tragic consequential loss of life ...
... I'm just amazed that these were in use without people realizing they were divining rods. Not only in the swinging action of the rod but in the extravagant claims (they could detect *anything*; they worked from the air; they worked on tiny amounts; they worked at enormous range; they worked through shielding and deep underground. Indeed, the only missing claims that a standard dowser would make is that worked even over maps).
No purchaser can have bought them without knowing either that (a) they knew enough science themselves to see it was bogus or that or (b) they knew so little science they needed to consult with someone who could do (a). Buyers were, at the very best, criminally negligent, and at worst, part of the conspiracy.
Further (though not that far) down the chain of command it is clear that many people knew these 'detectors' were total bullshit (I believe that was the word used by an Iraqi Lt) and yet more blame must lie with all those who ignored the shouts that the emperor was in fact naked, whether involved in the purchase or not.
Facebook's policy might look inconsistent to us, and it may be internally inconsistent, but it is entirely consistent with Hollywood mores.
Re: Keep current or become unemployable
Daniel Voyce: "... use tools to increase my productivity (such as MVC Frameworks) ..."
What is MVC in this context, Model-View-Controller? As written about extensively in Smalltalk-80 about thirty years ago? Despite what the recruiters and the managers think, most of the abilities one needs to be a good developer, and to stay up to date with new trends, would have been familiar to the Ancient Greeks: mathematics, logical reasoning, and a life dedicated to continuous learning and intellectual development.
No offence, Dominic, but ...
... isn't this sort of keyword matching recruitment part of the problem?
Maybe if recruiters (not just the agents, but the employers themselves) used people who actually had some technical nouse to decide who gets to do what, we would solve not only the recruitment problem but the software crisis, where we are drowning in absolute rubbish.
But I never submit my CV to recruiting agents, simply because I have never found one that can apply the simple filter of never asking me to do a job whose salary is less than my current one.
"Reader, Flash and Air are - alongside Oracle's Java browser plugin - the screen door through which the raw unfiltered sewage of the internet oozes into the homes of netizens. These products are awful, the security is worse and the management of them over the years beggars belief."
I have never seen this sentiment better expressed.
I only lost my car once ...
Wife dictated a shopping list of 11 items whilst I was hands free on mobile. I stopped at the shop - it's only a walk from the house but it was on the way home. Bought 11 items. Was sure I'd forgotten something but wife went through shopping and confirmed that my memory was indeed excellent. About 2 hours later I looked out of the window and wondered where the f*** the car was. Had to walk back to the shop so I could drive it home.
Re: Did you really need the political commentary?
sabroni: "I find it's valuable to read things written by people who's politics I disagree with"
+1. I greatly enjoy reading the output of AO, LP and TW on these pages, although I doubt we share much political common ground.
jai: "i guess, perhaps this does explain why we haven't been wiped out by an alien invasion force yet. maybe we're not alone in the universe, but there's just absolutely no way to get to the next door neighbours to say hi."
A similar argument applies to Time Travel - if it were possible, they'd already have visited.
Re: Stupid question
There are no stupid questions :-) But this might be a stupid answer...
Compress your thought experiment back down to a hundred meters ... You hold one end and tap it - I hold the other and listen. What you are doing is (slightly) moving the rod and transmitting a wave - this travels at the speed of sound (albeit in metal - I think that's around 10x faster than in air) but it's a lot slower than light, never mind instantaneous.
Re: Galaxy SII was superb! But I covet a pure Linux phone Stack!
Eadon "I am a master (literally) of physics, mathematics and software engineering"
Does the use of "literally" mean you have a master's degree? Or that you really are a master of all these things? If the latter, who is writing most of your El Reg comments?
Re: Moore's Law and the Fermi Paradox.
Apologies - I intended to be rude about the paper, which is worthless, rather than to yourself.
Firstly. I think it needs to be made clear that Arxiv.org does not have any automatic status. Things that appear here may be e-prints of articles that have appeared in reputable refereed journals, or they may be nothing more than blog posts. And some of those are distinctively cranky - you can easily find proofs of the Riemann Hypothesis or the Goldbach conjecture here.
Secondly, the paper takes an observation (that some trend is near-enough exponential) and applies it to another field as if it were a 'law' - Moore's Law is a misnomer in this regard. Of course, very many natural and artificial processes are logarithmic in nature. But there is no evidence of a mechanism that genetic complexity would increase in a strictly exponential manner. So the evidence is quite weak.
Thirdly the claim is a very strong one. It is one thing to do a little thought experiment and come up with an interesting conclusion (wow, if genetic complexity progression were strictly exponential, there isn't enough time for life to evolve). But the sensible conclusion is that genetic complexity is very unlikely to have progressed in this way - not that life must have come from outer space. They might as well have said that this gives them evidence that the earth is a lot older than they we thought!
Perhaps I was overly irritated because I miss being a scientist (unfortunately other life circumstances ejected me from a world I loved and always wanted to be a part of) and I now spend my time looking at very poor code developed by offshore coders and being told by my managers that it is now too late to do things properly. I can only offer this as an explanation rather than an excuse, but my rudeness was meant to be directed mainly towards the paper, somewhat towards the authors, and not at all towards you.