327 posts • joined Thursday 5th May 2011 07:41 GMT
You could think about trying a decent left handed gaming mouse - I use the left handed version of the Razer Death Adder and find it very comfortable. OK they aren't as cheap as some because of the added functionality, but a small price to pay to not get RSI.
They are also comparatively large, which is another plus point for me as with a very small mouse movements are more cramped & again more likely to cause problems like RSI
Re: What does this have to do with anything?
"It would be harder for a man to do what she is doing also as women help each other out but won't help out a man in the same situation"
Makes me wonder how you've behaved towards the women you work with to make them unwilling to help you out. Also, do men never help people out (whether male or female?).
"I am a woman in IT, a super woman if you will. I work those 18-35 hour days, with little complaint. I did not have brats, and I am unmarried, and basically single.. "
Missing the point of the article here aren't you. You are single, no children, the author is telling us what it's like if you DO have a family including children at home. The superwoman thing was all about being the perfect high performing employee (or even boss) and at the same time being the perfect partner and mother. As someone who doesn't have a family at home you won't have experienced the expectations that it's the mother who attends sports days & school plays, or the parents evening. And even if someone does have a decent arrangement with their partner on sharing parenting duties, that share still takes up a fair amount of time.
I'm in the same situation as you - single and no children. But I am able to appreciate the problems that others face when they have to try to juggle multiple commitments.
The majority of employers expect you to be able to comply with their data security policy, so demanding you give them a personal password thereby proving that you can't be trusted with secure data seems stupid.
Then again, I went to one interview where I was required to sign an NDA before being even let past the reception desk yet they expected me to bring live examples of work I'd done for previous employers!
Re: Honest politicians are rare
"True, he may be a bit lax about following procedures from time to time, but his aims are clear"
I'm afraid that if someone has the aim of running an entire independent country, then not just is following procedures a major requirement of the job, but being seen to follow them is almost as important. He may genuinely believe that Scotland will be better off separated from the rest of the UK, but that is no excuse for failing to even get the advice that would prove his point.
If he believes that devolution will have major benefits for Scotland, then why has he failed to get the proof he needs to support his argument and in fact tried to hide that he didn't. If he was the CEO of some big computer company the automatic reaction from most ElReg commentards would be that he knew the answer would harm his cause.
Disclaimer: I don't really care either way about Scottish independence. Someone not playing by the rules however usually suggests to me that they can't get what they want without cheating.
Re: It's a good start. @AC 07:55
Oh dear AC, you really don't seem to understand that not even mentioning god - or a list of approved acceptable gods - doesn't IMPOSE anything on anyone. Whether someone believes in a god or gods or not, shouldn't be relevant to their membership of an organisation like the scouts or guides. If you do believe in a god, not having to mention them every time you make a vow or promise isn't imposing anything on you. If you don't happen to believe in any gods then making that person choose from a list chosen by someone else IS imposing a view on them.
Please answer one question - WHY should there be any mention of god in the vow that scouts give? What has someone's personal belief got to do with it?
Re: It's a good start. @AC 07:55
Apart from your incorrect "facts" (Nazi Germany was most definitely NOT atheist), you are accusing us of not tolerating anyone's view that's different from ours. Aren't you doing exactly that - insisting that scouts MUST believe in one of a specified list of gods.
You're also being rather selective with your evidence. The Crusades - thousands of deaths supposedly in the name of religion. The various church clampdowns on anyone who belonged to a slightly different sect of the SAME religion (not just Christian here). The burning & drowning of witches. All these are examples of either religion as an excuse to invade another country, or to get rid of anyone who wasn't controlled by the church.
Re: Nice to see them catch up with the girls
"...the Guides have gone for a policy where the minority imposes its will upon the majority, the Scouts have been truly inclusive"
Try looking at it from a different direction. Not referencing any god at all isn't imposing their will on others, it just means they don't care what god (if any) you believe in. I can virtually guarantee that however many different versions of the scout vow there may be, someone somewhere will be excluded as they will have missed some minor religious sect. And who decides what the "valid" religions are that they will have a version of the vow for?
Re: Children in supermarkets.
"Also, I live in a small enough place that we run a high chance of bumping into friends at the shops, which is nice."
Ah so YOU are one of the self centred prats I come across regularly chatting to your neighbour/friend/sibling in the middle of the aisles at the supermarket, trolleys scattered casually nearby at awkward angles, children running riot around you while you are oblivious to the total blockage you are causing right by some staple product almost everyone wants to buy (like milk or bread). And when your ill-mannered child runs headlong into someone patiently waiting to get to the aforementioned staple product, giving them a dirty look for not getting out of the way of your precious darling.
I'm not a tech person, just someone who would like occasionally to be able to shop without coming across what appears to be a town hall meeting blocking a passage or having a small child run straight into my bad leg.
Re: Over here
"Ironically, self-checkout is also the only time you bag your own stuff."
I NEVER trust other people to bag my supermarket shopping. Too many incidents in the past of eggs, cakes, bread etc being packed under heavy items, or the times where some moron has assumed that a typical supermarket flimsy bag can take 3 x 2 litre bottles of soft drinks - yes they do fit in, but then try to carry the bag without the handles first sawing through your fingers then breaking spilling the bottles down the steps you've just struggled up. Even with the new "bags for life" there's a limit to the weight they can take, so some idiot packing them to the brim with all heavy items isn't to be recommended.
Re: Seemed sensible to me
The problem in this specific case was that the recycling bins were overflowing when the papers were added, which means it didn't take a major exercise to see the papers just someone glancing down at the ones that had fallen out.
I would consider my bank account details and signature as "sensitive" information, especially when combined with name, address, date of birth and possibly NINO.
Sensitive in this context doesn't mean information that could affect sensibilities, e.g. embarrassing or intimate; it means data that can compromise the security of important things - in this case, the bank accounts of the people who's data was carelessly discarded.
Re: BYOD - A dead end street
"In ours, if employees CHOOSE to go down the BYOD route (they don't have to, if not they're given laptops), then they get an additional monthly payment into their salary"
In yours maybe - but I've worked in companies who require you to supply your own device at your own cost. This includes mobile phones (no desk phones supplied) with an expectation that you will also pay for all your own calls, data etc. including company calls & data.
@ AC 00:42
"Don't like the conditions and the pay, find a new job like everyone else. I bet it won't take much to replace every single one of those workers"
I'm not so sure about the "replace every single one of those workers" bit - maybe the support staff but the technical roles are quite specialised and I doubt they would be that easily replaced. Especially once word got out about just how bad the working conditions really are there.
I don't get it
What are they saying to do that isn't part of current best practice anyway? All their recommendations are things that have been done to more or less a degree on any half decently run project for an awfully long time.
I suspect ICAC have cast their eye over PUBLIC SECTOR IT projects rather than the sector as a whole to come up with this conclusion
Re: Lies, damned lies and recruitment agencies.
There may be a few jobs at the GCHQ place, or in local government, but the pay will be shite (average 20-40% below market rates in my field)
No of adverts =/= no of vacancies
I do hope they aren't doing the usual assumption that the number of adverts is any indication of the number of jobs out there.
Apart from the points above about fishing expeditions to get CVs in, most jobs seem to be advertised multiple times e.g. I've seen at least 6 adverts in the last few days for one specific job, some from different agencies and some repeats. It seems that most jobs are now advertised by at least 4-5 agencies, and most of those advertise it 2-4 times so potentially 8 - 20 adverts for the one job.
The insurance company could probably have another cause for refusing to pay out - trading virtual WOW items/gold for real life money is against the T&Cs for WOW
Argh - new week in summary page
My starting point in El Reg is always the Week In Summary page.
Nice simple list of all the articles over the last few days, plenty enough to a page so I can scan them to pivck & choose what I read first, and clearly separated into today, yesterday, day before etc going down the page.
Just went to the page to be faced with a bloody great picture - or symbol, or grey blob depending on what you could drag up at the time - making each of what used to be one or two lines fill up a comparatively huge amount of screen. Imagine my further dismay to find that the only way to check which day a post was made was to read the miniscule little words under the topic detail.
Give me back my old weekly summary paqge :(
Then again your kid gets the new teeth, bears the scars (and maybe worse) for the rest of his/her life, and still cowers in fear because they remember what happened the last time they tried standing up to a bully.
Contradiction or what?
"Frankly we've lost too many deals on price where we've loaded too much cost in… That's down to a lot of poor leadership but nonetheless we have solutioned badly and that's not just the salesman's job. We have overspent in some cases by as much as 100 per cent against the original budget that was put together for a job of work for a client and usually that also means we're late and we take penalties"
So - they lost deals because they asked for too much up front or they lost money because they DIDN'T ask for enough money up front?
Can't have it both ways guys, either your bids are too expensive for a client to stomach or they are too cheap for you to make a profit.
Re: That's why they put WEEE recycling symbols on them
"And pen plotters. They were amazing.
Still got one - very deliberately preserved."
Ooh I can still remember the joy of watching my A0 pen plotter drawing out project plans. i think every project in the building suddenly discovered a need to print A0 versions of plans, diagrams etc, just so they could play with the shiney toy
Re: How about
I've had similar, the scenario of "you've tried everything, and I mean everything, and it's failed. What do you do?". An impossible question to answer correctly, because whatever you can think of has been cancelled out by them saying it's been tried & failed.
I'm an awkward bitch sometimes, and as this is a can't win situation whatever I'd probably end up saying that I wouldn't BE in the office at 3am trying to fix an insoluble problem to some arbitrary deadline. If the deadline isn't arbitrary, then the problem should have been escalated much earlier.
I probably wouldn't be offered the job after saying that, but at least I would have had the satisfaction of pointing out how pointless their stupid question was.
Reasons for reporting abuse
I had reason recently to report a post for something that in my view was taking just that one step too far in the direction of abuse. This was the first time I've done that here, I'm not one to be easily offended and I'm happy to get the gloves off & argue my point, or just ignore it when I think someone has been ridiculous.
But this one post I decided I needed to report as IMO it crossed one particular line; and I was very surprised that when I did so I wasn't offered the chance to say WHY I felt the post was abusive. Obviously the mods need the ability to make judgement calls on whether something really is abusive rather than a personal vendetta or just someone disagreeing with a particular post, so surely giving the person who reported the post the opportunity to say why they felt it was abusive could help this?
Re: @Matt Bryant
The bit that gave it away for me was his constant comments about all the money being spent on "booze and fags" - and always that terminology being used never "alcohol" or even "beer", and never "cigarettes" or "smoking".
I didn't realise that smoking cigarettes & drinking alcohol seem to be a direct result of being out of work, and that every single person out of work partakes of them.
Re: As pointless as a lib dem manifesto
The Tories are full of something that has the same colour & consistency of pitch - black & very nearly almost solid? Dunno about politicians, but if cattle had that same colour & consistency I'd be getting the vet out - it's supposed to be greenish brown & pour easily.
Re: Corinne dogged @Irongut
There clearly speaks someone who's not had to survive on benefits in recent years - have you ever done the maths on what it costs to actually live in this modern age? And do you know what basic benefits are for someone who is single with no dependants?
Benefits are currently a little over £70 per week. Out of that has to come lighting, heating (was a bad winter last year if you didn't notice), water, house & contents insurance. Those between them in a small house take up over half the benefits without even thinking, maybe more depending on things like house insulation. If you run a car depends on health & location whether that classes as a luxury) there are tax, insurance & fuel; without a car you need to factor in public transport fares. A telephone, whether a mobile or land line, is a must. Internet access is also absolutely critical these days for job hunting; and going to a public library for all that costs fares, plus you can't just cancel the contract with your ISP & stop paying at a days' notice. By now the unemployed person is below £20 a week often less, and out of that has to come all food, cleaning products, household "luxuries" like loo roll, deodorant, toothpaste, non-prescription medication. Woe betide the unemployed single person if they need new shoes or clothing for any reason, or if their washing machine breaks down, or they need a plumber!
Yes basic rent or the mortgage interest are paid, but mortgage interest relief only kicks in after 3 months so that has to be found for a while. And nowadays a portion of council tax still has to be found "as an incentive to find work", so that's another couple of quid every week.
So no, unemployed single people in the UK aren't so badly off as those in 2nd & 3rd world countries who actually die, but stop making it sound like it's a life of leisure & pleasure. It may not be unmitigated horror but it's not really any more than surviving. Suggesting an extra fiver a week is minimal & insignificant just means not that your heartless, but that you believe the FUD in the papers & have never actually researched the subject properly or been in that situation.
Oh and would you have called a MALE commenter "dear"?
Re: dogged David Pollard Hospital and prison telephones
Matt until recently most patient phones in hospitals cost 26p a minute. If you want to call that patient on the phone in their room, it will cost you 49p per minute. At the same time some hospitals are banning the patients from using mobile phones.
This by the way is the3 same company who supplies basic TV services - at a cost of around £3.00 per day to the patient.
Re: dogged @Irongut
LIes, damned lies, and statistics strikes again!
Averaging it all out and it seems like not a lot, as you say. But for one unemployed person a half an hour on hold at 17p per minute is an awful lot out of their weekly income - that fiver could well be their entire food budget for the next 2-3 of days. Have to do that a couple of times & it really is out of the reach of some people to make these calls.
Yes Matt we understand that in your view anyone who is unlucky enough to be dumped out of their job & not find another one right away (because there are so many more decent jobs than unemployed people around at the mo aren't there) deserves nothing at all to help them with food, shelter, heating etc.. But actually profitting from them?
Re: God exists!
Must resist the urge to feed the troll!
Then again, it's breakfast time so he's probably hungry right now.....
This so reminds me of the cheap adverts at the back of Fortean Times, advertising books that will bring enlightenment by following some path that's been derived from one of the popular "mystical" groups from the past. Always it's some new interpretation of an ancient manuscript or belief system, which somehow has been mis-interpreted for however many thousands of yesrs until the one true prophet finally appears.
Re: Working notice
Sounds more than bad - sounds illegal to me unless you're a contractor on a zero notice period, or they've offered to pay off your notice period. If you're a permie then it's a case for an industrial tribunal
Re: Tripartite IT departments
On the other hand, I've been copied in on the email that informs IT support that a new staff member is starting on a given date (2 weeks away) with the form filled in correctly defining the exact requirements e.g. yes they need MS Project & Visio, no they don't need full developer tools.
IT Support then chased with 1 week to go, and a courtesy call given the Thursday before (Monday start date). New starter turns up on Monday - no laptop, not even an account set up or email so they can use the emergency desktop. On Wednesday a clapped out excuse for a luggable turns up with Word, Excel & that's it, and the account is set up with access to NONE of the drives & parts of sharepoint specified in the spec sent 2.5 weeks previously. It then takes another week to get them set up on the relevant drives etc. They can't have MS Project & Visio installed, because the clapped out luggable can't take the pressure & dies when they try.
It took 3 MONTHS from a new project manager starting before he had useable kit, the software he needed & access to everywhere he needed.
Re: Tripartite IT departments @ Squander Two
Ah I see you are referring to the departments that look on SLAs as a rough target rather than the absolute maximum time anything should take. "What do you mean, 4 days is too slow to do a password reset - the SLA is 5 days for non business critical tasks so you're lucky you had the reset done early".
Re: I didn't think I could hate Lewis Page even more!
"How can El Reg allow this behaviour to continue?"
Could be something to do with Lewis being the editor of The Register according to the contact page?
"I'd love to know from others what they look for when they review CV's"
Where do I start? You have to bear in mind that I've tended to be sifting for the more "soft skills" side of IT - BAs, PMs, PMOs so I have slightly different priorities to someone looking to fill a technical role e.g. spelling and grammar are more important to me. Saying that, you can all spend some time ripping my own spelling and grammar apart now!
Like you with whether it's easy to read - no 8 point squiggly font, use of bullet points rather than walls of text in long paragraphs, key skills listed at the front. Consistency in layout for things like headings, line spacing, use of bullets.
Not just can this person use a spell checker, but do they also check the context of the words (there, their, they're). Can they use punctuation properly, and do they know more than full stops and exclamation marks (bonus points for using colons and semi-colons correctly).
Are the key skills for the role included in the candidates key skills section on the front page? If I'm sifting a big pile of CVs I don't want to have to read through the details of every job someone has done to find out if they have ever planned a project using the mandated tool.
Unlike many I'm not so fussed about gaps of a few months here and there especially for contractors; there's a serious amount oif contention for roles in this side of IT and I know some really excellent people who've been out many months through no fault of their own. I may ask for an explanation via the agency, but I won't reject a person simply because they haven't been snapped up in days every time a contract ends.
Likewise for contractors I don't insist on every contract lasting years and years depending on what they were working on; many contracts are just for the hump period of a major project. However I DO look for lots of short term permenent roles - someone who moves permanent jobs every 9-12 months tends to be bad news.
Is the candidate trying just too hard? You know the kind of thing; in a junior role they were apparently single handedly responsible for saving a massive programme, in at least 3 different companies.
Re: ...to 11 storeys...
Depends very much on what part of London you're building on, how close to the river, underlying soil types etc.
Rumour has it that one largish government building that went up in the 60's in the Westminster area had it's planned height drastically reduced at one end part way through construction, as the end nearer the river was showing signs of sinking. So this building ended up one end around 11-12 stories high, the other end 6.
To build higher in London, with the clay subsoil especially, you have to dig much deeper foundations than for a lower building. This has impacts beyond the costs of digging the hole and building the foundations as anywhere in London that a new building goes up there has to be an archaeological survey done of the area - and the deeper you go the more chance that you'll come across something interesting from the past. This leads to everything being held up for months or even years while the archaeologists do their thing.
Don't forget that the 1% is going "into local communities". That doesn't mean all the local residents get to share that 1%, it means the local council/charity of the month/favourite quango get it to spend on what THEY feel like. So rather than a nice little boost to local incomes, it will be grants to a street dance company, twinning with somewhere you've never heard of & can't pronounce (with the incorporated costs of the entire council visiting there every year) and if you're really lucky a reduction in the excessive costs of getting garden waste disposed of
"So while those ancient horses were probably bigger, stronger, tougher, etc,"
You've got that a bit wrong - they were significantly smaller than nearly all modern horses, can't remember exactly but maybe the size of a large-ish dog. They weren't any tougher either as their main form of defence was running away, and they had multi-toed feet rather than single hooves. Over time as they turned running away into an art form, they spent more & more time up on their toes and eventually the middle toe only - which evolved into the hoof as we know it today. They still have vestigal toes which stop about half way down their lower leg, and the current hoof is really an evolved toe nail.
Re: underarm bowling legit in 1981
Not sure whether it's an urban myth, but I was taught that bowling used to always be underarm. Then women wanted to play, and big skirts like as not with a mass of hoops and/or petticoats were seriously in the way so overarm bowling was invented to overcome that.
Apps is short for application software, i.e. the software that does the work of the business as opposed to the system software such as the OS. So they aren't running apps rather than programs, they are just different terms for the same thing.
Apps has become the trendy term for software that does stuff the user wants, and tends to be used more often for modern small computing devices because that's what most non-IT people see and use.
Re: Civil Service Commission
Some government departments still do this (yes Home Office, I'm looking at you among others). It doesn't matter how good you are, how long you've been doing your job, everyone has to go to a "selection event" which consists of hours of prep beforehand around a scenario, a verbal grilling around ther scenario, and a written exam. The written exam may or may not be relevant to the role you are going for, as it's generic to grades within a wide area e.g. everyone in the non-technical (e.g. PMs, PMOs, BAs) areas going for HEO or SEO grade appointments does the same exam.
You, Spartacus, are an EVIL twisted man - I like it!
My mother (long passed sadly) looked for a good swear word that would have power but not be crude; she finally settled on the word "fardles" which would SOUND offensive to people, but actually just means a burden
Re: No need for publically funded sledge-hammers
"If the offensive message is defamatory or offensive to the person concerned..." There's a big difference between defamation and being offensive.
Defamation can destroy someone's life in extreme cases e.g. lose them their job and any chance of finding another one, or having their spouse leave them. Whether someone finds something offensive or not can be down to personal views; what's offensive to people of one religion isn't to those of another or none, a remark that a man may think is casual could be deeply offensive to the woman he made it to.
Your point about public interest raises the question of when do deeply offensive comments (to some people) or defamation (about a group of people) change from being personal and therefore to be dealt with in a private lawsuit, and when does it become racial hatred or incitement?
Re: HTC on the radar? @ James Hughes 1
It may be a perfectly LEGAL thing to do, but it isn't a commercially sensible thing to do. I doubt very much that Nokia would be selling off it's valuable IP to MS if anyone but Elop was chairman.
Re: What's to stop you renting out your owned house and renting another in a different area?
That's fine if (like me) you're single, but not much use if you're a dual income household or have children at school.
And that's apart from the point given further up this thread that you are taxed on what you rent your property for, but can't claim tax back on the property you are living in.
Re: Another reason to go
Ah I worked for one of those, the only difference being it was a software house and it was the developers who were on no pay rises & less funding, and kept in the shabby old back street offices while the sales drones etc went to the shiny glass fronted HQ building
Your word against theirs, and if you get really sticky there's alway compromise agreements in their armoury
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