Ah, the old 'tax haven' meme. The Isle of Man may have a lower tax regime than your locality, but according to the OECD (amongst others) it actually it is one of the most well regulated financial jurisdictions in the world, and it has tax transparency agreements with virtually all the mainstream (and a lot of less mainstream) countries too. And certainly better than that dirty little secret : the 'corporate and tax haven' that is Delaware. (Have you any idea just how easy it is to create a blind trust in Delaware, or any other type of misty corporate structure?)
The US, UK and most other large nations should look very carefully into their own tax regimes before criticising the openess and transparency of the Isle of Man.
(obviously, I live on the IOM, otherwise I a) wouldn't be so annoyed about the 'tax haven' meme, and b) would be barely aware that the place exists!)
Also: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-7n1DcFBOE - the Colbert report on the day when it was revealed that the IOM has a better international credit rating than the USA!
Excalibur Almaz is NOT a UK company. It is an Isle of Man (or Manx) company. It's been said for a few years that the Isle of Man is the fifth most likely country to be next to put a man on the moon. I guess this project is part of that.
You're not married, are you?
Successful, long term marriages are partnerships.
Of course it's a different problem.
The first is a prediction from a known initial state, the second is an exercise in analytical approximation that just means you have to get your hands to reach the same position in space and time as the ball, based upon a continuous stream of information of ever-increasing accuracy about the relationship between said hands and the ball over time.
Wildly different exercises.
Basically, this is someone else's laptop.
If you've been loaned a machine for a specific purpose, why would you expect to be able to use for a bunch of entirely unrelated stuff?
Travel with two laptops if you must, or get a slim tablet (I hesitate to specify a brand for so many reasons) if weight is a bother.
"A movie star was in charge of California for several years, I am pretty sure we had a professional wrestler as the govenor of another state in the last 15 years."
I'm pretty sure you had an ACTOR run the whole sodding COUNTRY for a couple of years
The guy even said "I have a bachelor of science degree, two masters degrees, and 15 credit hours toward a doctorate."
May be you need to be like me, with a BSc, (no masters), and an actual PhD and 16 years as a professional programmer and mentor of others to be able to do the quiz.
You will sell yourself short, get crappy office tasks, not real training. It doesn't look good on a CV/resume
There are plenty of proper paid jobs out there, including short term summer jobs.
Living in a European country, I was totally shocked to discover unpaid internships were showing up over here. Why on earth would I work for free ANYWHERE? Who on earth can actually AFFORD to work for free? Oh, yeah, the rich buggers who probably don't need to work anyway, or for whom Daddy will always be able to find easy, well paid work with one of their chums anyway.
Unpaid internships is a) exploitative bull-hockey, b) a mug's game.
Not quite 30 years pro-time, but (bugger me!) it nearly is! And I too have interviewed hundreds of programmers, all on telephone, and some subsequently face-to-face. It's usually obvious who's capable and who's bullshitting. The one guy my boss hired who turned out like the scenario in the OP (yes, that scenario really can happen) was hired before I was senior enough to be involved in the process, and he left to work in a 'Coffee' Bar in Amsterdam. The one guy *I* hired who turned out like the scenario in the OP isn't working here any more - and I'm not sure even now whether he couldn't code, or whether he simply couldn't do it working on his own, offsite.
Paraphrasing both Joel S and Marc G : Do you do everything my way, just 'cos I (
Of course I sodding don't: my company writes for it's conditions and requirements, and not yours.
If I choose to use SVN or GIT or even PVCS, what's it got to do with you?
If the personal dynamics in the team are slightly competitive rather than perfectly "A: let's do it your, way. B: No your way. A: no, insist - your way.
Software development isn't about one process or another, it's about meeting the sodding customer's requirements, so they can get on with THEIR business, and most of the time they couldn't give a flying duck what methodology you use, as long as the software does what it says on the tin, doesn't cost too much, and isn't a pain in the ass to use every other day!
In the run-up to 2000, I was consulting for a large international pharma company. My area of concern was in making sure that the software that monitored the maintenance schedules of all the expensive (and in-expensive-but-dangerous) plant didn't suffer from date-difference errors. For example, when does that 500 gallon pressure vessel next need a scheduled maintenance cycle? One-hundred years ago? WHAT? QUICK... EMERGENCY! Shutdown the production line of that drug, the FDA will castrate management for un-auditable maintenance logs!!
So, as others have said, the problems were real, but it was the idiot journalists who couldn't understand the real problem. Afterall, if they were real experts, why the hell are they writing for a newspaper instead of doing it for real?
How about one of the Crown Dependencies of the UK... like the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands.
Both are natively English-speaking, have laws *based upon* but not direct copies of UK law. Personal taxes are lower than the UK, but the health care system is free at the point of delivery, like the NHS.
And it's quite convenient to get back to the UK to see your less adventurous relations.
The only down side is that at least the Isle of Man requires you to get a work permit for the first five years, and I think some of the Channel Islands still have minimum income/assets requirements for residency.
They're even nice places to live.