I flew from Manchester to Auckland (via Dubai and Brisbane) on an Emirates A380 a couple of years ago and despite it being the longest trip I've ever had (is there a longer one?), it was the most pleasant economy class experience I've ever had. Airbus planes seem to be quieter and smoother than their Boeing counterparts from my (limited) experience.
17 posts • joined 11 Dec 2017
As a developer for over 30 years....
If you've been dying to run some math on a dinky toy quantum computer, IBM may have something for you
To be fair to Microsoft, the whole VSTS/Azure DevOps package is a compelling solution when compared to trying to graft together a pipeline of several disparate tools. My last contract was using VSTS and found the whole pipeline slick and powerful. My current contract uses an unholy mix of GitHub, JIRA, TeamCity, CircleCI, Heroku and Cloud Foundry. There's really no comparison and it feels like going back to the dark ages.
It's a lot better than the English model...
The English model of each trust using whatever half-arsed system they can acquire is an utter shambles. E.g. Rotherham were using some US system that required Radiology to raise an invoice to A & E for every X-Ray/Image taken and a lot of manual work cancelling and writing off these invoices periodically. This system is of course entirely incompatible with Leeds or Sheffield who run entirely different systems that can barely share basic information between each other.
I contracted as a senior dev at NWIS for almost 2 years. They have a standard system for hospital PAS (Myrddin), Cancer (the mentioned CANISC), Radiology (RADIS) and all these systems feed information into the Welsh Clinical Portal to provide a single view of a patient's full medical history for healthcare professionals.
Whilst some of the platforms they use are old (.NET 2.0, Delphi), they do a pretty decent job under pretty tight budgetary constraints.
Nothing Else Matters...apart from cash
Metallica's credibility as a band has been zero for a long time. Their reputation is now at it's very nadir with me as I found out the CHEAPEST tickets for the Manchester Arena gig next year is £105!!!! Yes, you read that right - over £100! Surprised they've not signed a sponsorship deal with Oracle with those prices.
Re: let me guess
I don't have a degree (got a job whilst studying for my HNC) but I've 30 years worth of industry experience. I've occasionally used the term Software Engineer to describe my job title IF the work I've been doing warrants it (e.g. writing my own scripting language as part of a project I was working on). If I'm just doing boring Line Of Business apps then I'm a developer.