* Posts by Timjl

27 posts • joined 27 Jan 2010

So you want to be a contractor? Well, here's how it works


Women Contractors

I would guess they are less common due to the problems of combining any type of freelance work with childcare - there are very few options that are flexible enough to fit around periods of working/not working. And as women still do most of the child care...

Can you judge a man by his Twitter followers?


Working for someone who doesn't

understand that people can have different opinions about stuff is going to be a bigger problem in the long run.

Boffin's blog blast births boycott of publisher Elsevier


What level of effort?

I don't think one was specified.

A PRICE that Elsevier charge was mentioned. I don't think the price is justified. There is still work to be done that somebody, somewhere in the process needs to do.


Maybe mathemeticians do

Congolese doctors working on public health projects don't.

There is more to journal publishing than primary research in hard sciences.


Because otherwise

Sky and Virgin couldn't do it.


If you think the authors get shafted

you should see what happens to the journal staff.


There seems to be a general view

here that the journals do not contribute anything and are just extracting profit for doing nothing. While not to defend Elsevier, and their generally high prices and low standards this is to understimate the work that DOES go into them from the publishing industry.

They ARE edited and copy-edited - and this can be quite extensive, especially in the case of non-native english speakers. Not all journals are primary research only. Reviews journals activley comission content, and can play a part in trying to focus debate etc. Conversly, editors reject papers with no merit before someone has to go the trouble of peer reviewing it. Peer reviewing requires a more input from those organising it than an outline of the process would suggest.

Whatever model you use, these things need to be done. Who by and where in the process is another question.

Ten reasons why you shouldn't buy an iPhone 5


11 . It encourages Apple

to continue with their vile smug marketing.

12. Someone might think you are the kind of person that LIKES Apples vile , smug marketing.

You know, like drinking WKD marks you out as someone who wants people to think of them as a complete twat.

Gaps in the apps mean shops miss out on sales


I don't understand why anyone would ever go to a supermarket unless forced to. Horrible places. The saving in terms of time, effort and not having to go to a supermarket of online grocery shopping outweighs a marginal increase in cost.

Why modern music sounds rubbish


This covers it in more depth


Would you be seen dead with a shopping computer?


This covers it in more depth


Southampton Uni shows way to a truly open web


PDF is great

for things that need to be printed out, and the processes you need to follow to produce them.

If you are using them for anything else you should be killed.

European parliament loves the Tobin tax


What does living in another country

have to do with the efficacy of a tax on financial transactions?

Windows Phone 7 gets 'goodie' update



"Windows Phone 7 Connector" is a better name than Zune.

Government defends need for census


So if we don't

want policy based on the best data available what do we want it based on?

How are questions on religious views intrusive?

Rather than striving for a notion of privacy that doesn't exist anymore we should be promoting accuracy and equality of access to data.

Nike and TomTom display watch with marathon capabilities


If you are runnig for any length of time

you probably already have your phone with you so just use an app on that. Runkeeper works on Android and iOS and does everything I need it to.

WTF is... up with e-book pricing?



There isn't going to be a 20% increase in VAT. It's increasing TO 20%.

Android rebellion: How to tame your stupid smartphone


Just to say

I've got an android phone and haven't had any of these problems.

NHS spunks £7.5k on porn room


On the one occasion

when I have been required to provide a sample there was no stimulating material of any type provided. UCH cost efficiency there.

Facebook tops half-billion users, wants your innermost thoughts


If you don't want to use it

don't use it.

Image recognition – defense against a Lampard replay?



Is one or two orders of magnitude out from the level of accuracy needed for applying this in sport.

And as the article pointed out - the problem here is the interference from the players/stadium etc. Not a boat where you will have a direct line of sight to all satellites at all time.

Amazon Kindle flunked by college students


XML in a nutshell

"You put the name of the data item in the tags around the data item. "

I'm sure I could put that on a piece of paper that weighs less than a Kindle.

OFT won't block BBC's über set top box



As far as I'm concerned the function of Sky and Virgin is to apply pressure to the BBC to innovate and improve. I certainly don't want them to get to anything like an equal footing.

Apple building its own Flash, says rogue Tweeter


Why would you

doubt that Steve Jobs was lying? Is he somehow more honest than other CEOs?

Freecom Network Media Centre


Re: gigabit network

<puts hand up> - I've got one too.

Sci-fi and fantasy authors wade into Amazon spat


I like


Verified by Visa bitchslapped by Cambridge researchers

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I don't want more security

I want the bank to reimburse me if I do get defrauded. This is what I pay them for either in interest or by lending them my money.

Where there is security it would be nice if it was actually secure.

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