* Posts by Handy Andy

25 publicly visible posts • joined 1 Aug 2011

Control Altman delete: OpenAI fires CEO, chairman quits

Handy Andy

upvote for baw-bag.

would up vote classic title too.

still waiting to hear what he did that was not 'candd' enough for board

JavaScript, GitHub, AWS crowned winners in massive survey of 32,000 developers

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Developer age

I'm one of the apparently rare 'not young' developers.

I am pretty confident I never saw an invite to fill in the questionnaire. Maybe they should have puts ads in Sage magazine?

...or do you have to be active on twatter and faceache to be a dev these days?

Microsoft flips request to port Visual Studio Tools for Office to .NET Core from 'Sure, we'll take a look' to 'No'

Handy Andy

They found all 3 VSTO developers???

Surprise! Developers' days ruined by interruptions and meetings, GitHub finds

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Well scum(TM) micro McManagement meetings certainly ruin my days

File this next to Mars bars under 'things that should not be deep-fried': Marks & Spencer's Colin the Caterpillar

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Re: Deep Fried *

Jam fritter sounds excellent, will try it next time I clean the oil to do mars bars, which by the way for those that haven't tried them, are very very nice.

How not to apply for a new job: Apply for it on a job site

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'the call of the tame'


made me laugh

signed another 20+ years contracting old fart

The kids aren't all right: Fall in GCSE compsci students is bad news for employers and Britain's future growth plans

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They keep yapping on about skills shortage, but the rates never reflect a shortage. More of a shortage of people willing to work onshore for offshore rates...

IR35 blame game: Barclays to halt off-payroll contractors, goes directly to PAYE

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Re: IR35 idiocy

The UK EU deal is not relevant for non EU countries like CH and soon to be UK, although it can't be signed prior. But you remoan there mate.

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Re: IR35 idiocy

One cant work though a UK Ltd co, but a Swiss Sarl is totally possible, but a hassle which is what I said

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Re: IR35 idiocy

Switzerland is ace.

And post brexit reciprocal right to work/live already sorted.

You'll probably end up contracting as an employee of the agency (watch out for how they quote gross rates - from which they take 20% employer deductions before passing you your 'gross')

You should end up keeping about 75% of your gross income, so limited incentive to invest 20k and pay 4k costs to set up a Swiss ltd co. Also plenty of English language jobs.

Android devs prepare to hit pause on ads amid Google GDPR chaos

Handy Andy

Replace adMob with crypto mining - job done.

Probably earn more too...

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AdMob Trojan Horse

From a dev POV...

Isnt the admob (or other ad framework) thing just a trojan?

Dev includes it in App, some pixies elsewhere decide what ads to show and how they will decide.

For the dev, surely the whole consent thing is a SEP? (Someone Elses Problem, the pixies problem in fact).

How can the dev know what intrusive privacy busting mischief the pixies are up to?

Are we heading back to nagware and crippleware (instead of nosey spamware)?

Microsoft programming chief to devs: Tell us where Windows hurt you

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Microsofts amnesia hurts all of us.

They need some more grey-hairs to stop them skipping round like a puppy on steroids.

WileyFox disentangles itself from Cyanogen

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Don't do it

I carelessly let the 7.1.1 update install on my Swift (what was I thinking??)

Now I can barely use it for all the modal dialogs warning of limited service, do I want to initiate a network search?

no I fookin don't, just like the last time it interrupted me 20 seconds ago to ask.

Dunno if its Wileyfox or Nougat, but the devs, well testers (if there were any!) clearly lived in a great coverage area, away from roaming borders so they could leave network on automatic mode. The phone is now not really usable in manual network mode.

Getting your tongue around foreign tech-talk is easier than you think

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Re: Destination

Not many parts of France are warmer AND cheaper than Switzerland, that would be Spain.

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Dunno if you are after staying in the EU or just leaving Blighty, but I can recommend the French speaking part of Switzerland as a destination if its the latter.

Languages are a pretty relaxed notion here so any attempt at any of the 3 main national languages is welcomed.

Climate is good, weather and commercial.

Polish developer hacks Android rewards app for free beer

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I used to work for a brewery, we used to go 'testing' (on expenses) on a dinner time. then sit in the office giggling all afternoon. And we got beer allowance each month...

What Brexit means for you as a motorist

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what a pointless 'article'.

The biggest impact of brexit so far is the gold rush to produce these utterly vacuous articles on how any chosen subject will, sorry MAY become worse. In every case the exact opposite (positive) outcome is just as plausible.

And the huge waste of time anyone looking for actual facts is suffering

Lester Haines: RIP

Handy Andy

How sad. RIP Lester, Top Bloke.

British Airways slaps 'at risk' sticker on nearly half its app delivery dept

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Re: 424 people?!

423 managers and 1 developer

£2.3m ZANO nano-drone crowdfunded project crashes and burns

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I think people are mislead into thinking they are not gambling because the upside is so poor.

Best case: you get your trinket a bit early and 5-10% less than proposed eventual retail.

Worst case: you lose the lot.

If the upside was double your money or get something for 20-30% of retail, then people would be more aware they are taking a risk.

There have been a few projects now I have almost backed that have turned to shit, TriggerTrap was another. Now I realise the risk reward profile, I'll keep my money and just pay retail when/if the product arrives.

'To read this page, please turn off your ad blocker...'

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Has no one realised how dysfunctional these current ads and ad servers are, if so many of your target audience turn them off?

Web advertising is broken, it needs fixing, its too intrusive, too irrelevant, too ... just shit.

(telly advertising is no better, and playing the ads louder just gets the sound muted - idiots)

Put interesting, engaging, relevant ads on and things might turn around.

£280k Kickstarter camera trigger campaign crashes and burns

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Re: The evils of having too much money

Their version 1 was Arduino based.

but they removed it to encourage uptake of v2 ADA.

Maybe they will bring it back, it looked good. And it was real as opposed to vapourware.

Erik Meijer: AGILE must be destroyed, once and for all

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Coders v the world

Seems to me most people who actually type program code as a living agree that in their experience Agile is pants.

All the hangers on, BA's, PM's, architects and other work dodgers love it because they can't code but they can all talk none stop bollocks in a meeting.

If you have ever spent hours getting into deep concentration to deal with a complex issue only to be interrupted for a pointless meeting to hear what irrelevant bobbins your teamies are up to, you would hate meetings too. And scum with its daily scum master led micro-Mc-miss-management is the worst. The task switch cost is enormous, the opportunity cost massive. I hate to imagine the number of errors introduced on resuming coding after the daily scum concentration killer.

Seriously which other professionals are required to report in daily on what they have done and what they plan to do. Daily?? The number of projects where that level of coordination is regularly required is truly minuscule, and yet we are all forced to stand up and give praise to the great master of all scum. Ridiculous. I got them removed the last two places by pointing out the staggering productivity cost, replaced with a proper useful weekly update report and team building discussion, often in the pub.

If your team need a stand up meeting to coordinate and communicate you are doomed anyway.

Maybe fantasy Agile is a joy to behold and guarantees superb progress visibility, excellent risk management, exponentially high quality, early delivery, low cost epic software, but real world agile is shit.

Are you slaving away on the wrong projects?

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This meta project management is a clear sign IT is completely and irrecoverably disconnected from the real business. And rapidly on their way up their own chuff.

All this time prioritising the portfolio is pure waste, better to risk doing the odd non critical project and just get on with solving business issues. If IT really doesn't know what is important then they should be outsourced or sacked.

Places that do this also do waterfall project management, and have more managers than workers, and deliver very little, ever. Good opportunity for consultants and contractors, and snake oil salesmen, easy to shine.