As I suggested to my colleagues, 'Supercruise'
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If anyone is curious about this but doesn't want to spend £££ on a course, I recommend this book by Chris Hadnagy (@humanhacker):
Ever seen the TV series Lie To Me? The main character is loosely based off a real person, Dr Paul Ekman. Hadnagy learned the ropes from Dr Ekman, who also advised on the book. Good read.
"I've long maintained that right to vote should be subject TO TAKING A FUCKING EXAM. You know, to prove that you have any idea of what's actually what. Sadly, so far, no "democracies" seem to be interested in the concept... :("
Whilst it's wonderful to imagine that this could improve the system, what would in fact happen would be that the people in charge of examinations would exercise their control to manipulate the voting demographics. In spite of feeling a mixture of anger, pity, contempt, and loathing at the people who voted to leave, to do this would fundamentally compromise the integrity of our democracy. It is thoroughly and entirely wrong, just as limiting parenthood on the basis of IQ is.
Indeed, it was enough of a thing that I remember when I was a kid often seeing the lights dim a bit in the evenings - it didn't mean a great deal to me at the time because we didn't have TV, but I learned later that it was due to this exact phenomenon. It gradually disappeared from my consciousness as I grew up, probably because the country's infrastructure was being modernised and techniques improved.
Speaking of which, I've experienced two genuine hold audio instances which were very nearly as bad.
The first was the first few bars of The Beatles' "Help", on repeat. Now, this doesn't sound too bad, but I guarantee you that if you have to wait through it for 40 minutes because you have something critical that the company is providing, your brain will be liquefied in short order.
The second was an American company that have those peppy messages extolling the virtues of their product and support offerings interspersed with the hold music. It used to be that they would play the music for about 10-15 seconds, then give you a 10-second advert/message. Recently, they've changed it so it's more like 20 seconds of message separated by one second of music. And this company provides our core product, which breaks often.
My manager bought me pizza the last time I had to deal with that. He's gonna have to up the ante if it happens again.
I used to work in a phone forensics lab. Nobody ever wanted the 'bumphone' jobs. There weren't that many, but there were enough to make it worth having a solid supply of latex gloves.
Best part was, the report didn't always state in detail where the police had gotten the phone from. Sometimes the first you knew was a nasty smell, or seeing through the evidence bag that it was... less than clean.
You already can subscribe to a service where you get a feed of domain names like your company's. If you're a big company with concerns about people spoofing your domains, you should be doing this already. If you aren't, start right the hell now.
For example, DomainTools brand monitor.
(I am not affiliated with DomainTools)
"It's the same old story. They try to ambush you into an HR intervention by slapping a meeting in your diary with an ambiguous title - only, knowing this was coming, I've booked back-to-back meetings for the next three weeks, made them all private so that no-one but me knows what they are and set my calendar to reject meeting proposals that clash."
Slick operator right there. Good one Simon, and right on time too!
Terrible article, giving the impression that an increase in surface coverage is an indication that the global trend towards warming may have been changed and that we don't need to worry. All because of one cool summer. Newsflash: the reason global warming is a problem is because it's a long term trend. One cool summer does not a trend make. Cherry picking this most certainly is, along with supporting the side of those with an absurd and frankly dangerous level of denial.
El Reg, please can we get someone on these articles who isn't drinking the kool-aid?
If they were from 500 million years ago, they are not "nearly as distant" from the dinosaurs as the dinosaurs are from us, they are far more distant. Not only that, they're more distant from the dinosaurs than the most distant dinosaurs are from us.
Most recent dinosaurs: 65mya.
Most distant dinosaurs from us: 234-234mya
Distance between these and earliest dinosaurs: at least 266 million years.
Maths editor asleep tonight?
Supposing that the observable universe is, as has been theorised, a computer simulation inside a laboratory (which may itself be in another computer simulated universe), the best explanation is that one of the lab technicians messed with the starting conditions and said "ha, this'll mess with their heads".
"In some ways, using 'booth babes' actually demeans men as much as women."
Absolutely! As you noted it's not that men are objectified so much as that we are stereotyped as immature, grunting savages completely at the mercy of primal urges. Yes it's okay for a man to look at a woman and think of sex. And the people staring at them are less at fault than the people hiring them. But I'm not going to keep my mouth shut when someone implies it's okay to ogle and forget the negative effects.
As far as tact goes, a large part of the problem is that the culture of stereotyping men and demeaning women is built into our language habits. It's subtle, it's habitual, and kids learn it long before they see anything like porn or booth babes. If I get labelled a feminazi for trying to get people to be aware of this, then bring it on. Language shapes our thoughts and in many ways defines the thoughts we are capable of having. For that reason I'm not sorry for having addressed it in a way that looked like linguistic pedantry.
And what about all the women who start to have an interest in working in tech? After slogging their way through the barrage of comments from colleagues doubting their ability because of their genitalia, the interviewers who drop blatant hints about sexual favours, and the desperate lack of role models, they finally land their first visit to a tech conference, and the weight of evidence is telling them that their gender is best suited to advertising via cleavage?
Here's a tip, talk to a few women who have been in tech for a while and get their perspective before merrily raising your flag for the status quo.