* Posts by adam 40

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What is your greatest weakness? The definitive list of the many kinds of interviewer you will meet in Hell

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One of my strangest interviews

I went for an interview at Voice Systems International in Cambridge many years ago. The software director, let's call him "John M", asks me a bout my previous (first) job and my degree etc.

Abut half way through the interview, before I had had a chance to ask more detailed questions about the role and the company, he holds out his hand and says "welcome on board!".

Well, that had me wrong-footed for sure. I think I asked sheepishly whether I could think it over!

Long and short though, I did join VSI and enjoyed every minute of it...

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Re: A couple of funny ones I can remember hearing from mates

Are you certain about that?

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It was more to find out what you knew.

Some of the TLA's turned out to be ambiguous, so you could discern the 'technical bent' of the applicant.

But -it was bizarre, and hopefully never to be repeated!

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An A4 sheet of 50 TLA's and explain each one.

That was memorable for being excruciating, after the first 20 it's tough, at 40 it's mind-bending.

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Name and shame!

I think we should be told....

Will it bend? That is the question: Arm boffins boast of first flexible 32-bit chip

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If it's an 800nm process then it's > 20x the size in each direction. So it HAS to flex, with 20x more 'bend' for a given curvature.

You're better off with the non-flexi chip which is much smaller, stick it on something rigid, and surround it with something flexible.

Hubble in another first: Water vapor spotted in atmosphere of Jupiter’s Ganymede

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Re: The Dept. of Redundancy department would like a word spelt correctly FFS


Subcontractors working on CityFibre's £45m Derby rollout threaten to 'rip up tarmac' in dispute over payments

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Re: Rip it up and start again.

I have just given notice to Virgin. You have to "go all the way" with Virgin and give notice.

And then they phone you up and offer a better price, first coming down to around £40 from current £55, and then eventually down to £24 a month, matching Now.

It seems they must be bleeding customers.

Trouts on a plane: Utah drops fish into lakes from aircraft and circa 95% survive

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Not efishient (I said it for the halibut)

That lhake isn't a brill plaice to drop trout. I would rather see bass at tur bottom.

Besides, if Cod wanted fish to fly, He'd have given them wings!

BT to phase out 3G in UK by 2023 for EE, Plusnet, BT Mobile subscribers

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2G until 2030!!! :-)

Yay! 2G beats 3G! I told you so....

Report: 83% of UK software engineers suffer burnout, COVID-19 made it worse

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A Waterfall is more soothing.

You ever sat next to a waterfall, or even a weir? Quite soothing and relaxing. Even Kaieteur falls.

Waterfall _has_ to be less stressful than Agile, the planning is done up front, and you know where you are with the timescales, deliverables, milestones etc.

With a straight face, Putin agrees to do something about ransomware coming out of Russia, apparently

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да конечно нет

Reminds me - downloading Russian language pack now, to ward off malware attacks.

As Europe hopes to double its share of global chip production, Intel comes along with $20bn, plans for fabs

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Re: gimme gimme gimme UK

Huawei is coming to the UK - and building a semiconductor Fab too.

Only 2 miles from my home.

Jeff Bezos names the fourth person for the first New Shepard flight: Wally Funk

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She who smelt it dealt it

Is it just me, of is the idea of having a Funk lingering in an enclosed space capsule a bit challenging?

At least they won't be up there for long!

US offers Julian Assange time in Australian prison instead of American supermax if he loses London extradition fight

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Well it's been a while, but yeah, let's revive the old ways of sending our convicts down to Australia...

2021: A Bork Odyssey. Is it remake of Disney's The Black Hole or explorer.exe being shown the door?

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I've seen "Terminator"

... and Terminator 2.

But Terminator 4248, well that's more sequels than Fast and Furious! Perhaps it came back through time...

Kepler spots four rogue Earth-mass exoplanets floating in space, unbound to any star

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Re: "reason to expect that they did"

We started with speculation, and now we have an accumulation of hard evidence ;-)

The James Webb Space Telescope, a project dating back to the late 1900s, may launch this very century

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Re: Please Please Please go to (latest) plan.

Doesn't it have any spectral filtering available at all? For example red, near infrared, far infrared?

If so, some form of false-colour could be applied automatically.

New mystery AWS product 'Infinidash' goes viral — despite being entirely fictional

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Deffo going on mine.

And with 3 years 'experience' I'll be ahead of the game!

Microsoft tells US lawmakers cloud has changed the game on data privacy, gets 10 info demands a day from cops

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Commercial and not in Confidence

If micro$haft can read all this data in the clear, what's stopping them from reading commercial data also stored in their cloud infrastructure, for example sensitive technical data, computer programs etc etc?

Go to L: A man of the cloth faces keyboard conundrum

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Re: Ilona

Spray that again?

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Re: Ah. Well, ahem...!

Re choosing passwords, I find it amusing that the companies that ban you using parts of your own name or login ID, don't ban their own company name. Which makes the password easy to remember: company name plus check digit plus shift check digit.

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Re: Calling upon a higher power

I find it quite amusing that Cod is semantically equivalent to God.

Makes the miracle of the loaves and fishes problematic though, for the holy trinity.

Battery recycling boosted by dentist-style ultrasonics, if manufacturers can cooperate

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Why is this a thing?

If we are mining the Li ore here (sometime soon if not already), why not just chuck the used batteries in with the ore and let the refining process do the whole thing?

Hubble telescope in another tight spot: Between astrophysicists sparring over a 'dark matter deficient' galaxy

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Re: Produce the particle or move off the pot

THanks Brewster, that link* has taken me down a rabbit hole from which I may never emerge!

* http://backreaction.blogspot.com/2021/05/dark-matter-situation-has-changed.html

Richard Branson plans to trump Jeff Bezos by 9 days in billionaires' space race

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What goes up, must come down...

But not necessarily in one piece!

Android devs prepare to hand over app-signing keys to Google from August

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Re: Customer Unification and Networking Team at it again

Either way. they'll have to get it past the department in between those two, the Product Evaluation Resource Integration and Network Engineering Upgrade Middleware team?

This always-on culture we're in is awful. How do we stop it? Oh, sorry, hold on – just had another notification

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Maximum weekly working hours

We already have a regulation: https://www.gov.uk/maximum-weekly-working-hours

Based on the EWTD but we have kept it going since Brexit.

What's wrong with invoking that?

New Yorkers react to strikingly indifferent statue of Elon Musk with cheerful hostility

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Another Slaver gets a Statue

Well, at least NY is keeping with tradition.

Hungover Brits declare full English breakfast the solution to all their ills

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Or you can drink beer, which has the optional water build in already.

Kills two birds with one stone and makes you look more attractive to the opposite sex (and the same sex probably).

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Re: Monopolisnt

Eh? There is no monopoly because a number of different companies make it, in competition with each other.

Secondly, you can home brew if you want.

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Ketchup on Egg?

That's just disgusting - the article photo looks like the eggs are fertilised. Bleurgh!!!

Beans must be kept away from egg, too.

EU court rules in Telenet copyright case: ISPs can be forced to hand over some customer data use details

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Re: IP address is a bit meaningless

Same here, but I'm NOT in a rural setting, so people passing the house can use it any time.

Another thing worth pointing out is if you use bittorrent for copyrighted material, turn off the upload option for those files. If you need to build up 'points' then share stuff like open source software only.

THat was you can't even be (rightly) accused of sharing the copyrighted stuff.

Petition instructs Jeff Bezos to buy, eat world's most famous painting

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Re: Forbidden Fruit

Furthermore I would have thought the Mona Lisa would be fairly toxic, as the paint pigments would contain lead oxide, and quite possibly mercury.

Don't do it Jeff!

New York congressman puts forward federal right-to-repair bill

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Re: Good, but more

On top of that there are companies that use open source software, which they (grudgingly) publish.

But you can't recompile it yourself and run it on the device - oh no!

As the device bootloader is signed and the key is blown into fuses on the CPU, and the application must be signed too for the bootloader to run it.

So - you can build the app, but you can't sign it (with the manufacturer key) and therefore you can't run it.

None of which of course is in the spirit of the open source license the company is taking advantage of!

Racist malware blocks The Pirate Bay by tampering with victims' Windows hosts file

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Also, Andrew Brandt is white, so he's appropriating another culture's racial offendedness.

Roger Waters tells Facebook CEO to Zuck off after 'huge' song rights request

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Re: Mooseman

If I have to go to the toilet, I always applaud at the end of a movement!

Anyhow, once I went to see Kraftwerk, and their supporting band U2, at GMEX. Probably the Stop Sellafield gig.

When U2 came on, we sat down, and were berated by some Manc mank behind us who exhorted us to get up and dance along. He was most put out by our lack of enthusiasm for the Edge.

A hotline to His Billness? Or a guard having a bit of a giggle?

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Just a grunt

A while back I was contracting at TTPCom-Motorola, and this is the complete opposite of Allesandro's story.

Motorola had installed their corporate HR web-clickable database on the internal network, so you could click around and see who worked for whom.

So out of interest I clicked on my boss, then his boss, etc etc until I reached Ed Zander at the top.

It took 11 clicks - so that's 12 levels in the organisation, from the top, down to me, who did the actual work! It wasn't hard to see where this was heading.....

George Clooney of IT: Dribbling disaster and damp disk warnings scare the life out of innocent user

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Re: The modern version ....

We were messing that in BT Lion House and left random noises running overnight across various brand new sparcstations.

The cleaners almost quit that night - they thought the building was haunted!

How we laughed...

Realizing this is getting out of hand, Coq mulls new name for programming language

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Re: Vag

Why not go the whole hog and call it "Coq au Vag"

That way, both sexes are equally represented, and there can be no complaints from female programmers.

Japan assembles superteam of aircraft component manufacturers to build supersonic passenger plane

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Re: What baffles me about Concorde

It took me four solid evenings to read that PPRune thread - it's awesome!

Excuse me, what just happened? Resilience is tough when your failure is due to a 'sequence of events that was almost impossible to foresee'

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Ross 154

Is around 9.6 light years away from Earth, so the return-trip time would put its timezone about 20 years ago...

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Re: The

Is that one of those "write only" tapes that IT people keep in safes?

I don't know how many times over the years I've asked for a deleted directory to be restored from tape, to get "sorry, the restore failed".

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Re: Partial Failures

Then you could optimise the code to return your constant - win-win!

FBI paid renegade developer $180k for backdoored AN0M chat app that brought down drug underworld

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Can you guess who it is yet?

Worth a read,


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Re: Huh?

Interestingly there was a reference to canyouguess67 on the wikipedia page about this, but it got deleted. You can still read it in the wikipedia page history though.

So it seems that the redacting is still going on.

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Re: Just think and consider for a moment ...

That seems to be untrue, as stated above, a security researcher analysed a device and found the bcc'ing.

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Re: A job well done

I agree, when the UK cracked ENIGMA in WWII, we didn't blab until 1976 or something.

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... or the crims will "do it properly" from now on.

So it could end up being counter-productive.

'Vast majority of people' are onside with a data grab they know next to nothing about, reckons UK health secretary

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And for that reason... I'm Out!

I did it 2 ways, with the pdf form emailed in to gov.uk, and with the online web page.

I now have two separate confirmations.

So - I should be safe.



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