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Comment Open Source portfolio (Score 4, Insightful) 306

I would recommend (not knowing if you already do this) becoming active with open source projects. I don't necessarily mean become an Apache commiter, but participate in projects in a minor way (bug testing, mailing lists, forums) , create some of your own pet projects however small they may be and share them on github/bitbucket, answer questions on Stack Overflow/Server Fault, etc. That way you establish an online portfolio of who and what you do.

I often refer to people's online presence as a differentiator when I evaluate CVs and interviews. Someone with an active Github account would indicate someone willing to learn and share and would fit in very well in my team. Someone unknown online, would raise a few question marks, and with enough alternative CVs...


Submission + - Valve Hiring Hardware developers (

Canazza writes: "PC games giant Valve wants to “invent whole new gaming experiences” and is looking for people to help create new hardware, the Washington studio has confirmed.

Off the back of a wave of speculation that the studio is building its own games console – a rumour which Valve has not specifically denied – the company now appears to be increasing capacity of its hardware development division."

Is Valve designing a new Console? or is this an expansion of it's Biometric controls research? Either way, something big is going down at Valve.


Submission + - Goldman Sachs blasted by regulators over staff monitoring IT (

DMandPenfold writes: Investment bank Goldman Sachs has been hit with a $22 million fine by regulators over its failure to monitor analyst communications and its trading, with any proper or effective technology.

Banking industry regulator FINRA issued an $11m fine as it said Goldman Sachs had failed to supervise equity analyst communications and monitor trading in advance of published research changes.

The other $11m fine came from the SEC, the US Securities and Exchange Commission, which said that "higher-risk trading and business strategies require higher-order controls", something the bank had failed to deliver.

Brad Bennett, FINRA executive VP, said Goldman's trading huddles – in which analysts met traders to share ideas – "created an environment of heightened risk in which material non-public information concerning analysts' published research could be disclosed to its clients".

He added that Goldman Sachs "did not have an adequate system in place to monitor client trading in advance of changes in its published research".

Comment Re:I just got back from a job fair today (Score 1) 948

Which is why some politicians, unions, researchers and even some companies are promoting the 6 hours a day workday.

Be well rested, happy and then work more effectively for shorter time produces better end result than less effective work over longer time. Apparently. Maybe more applicable for office / knowledge workers, not so much for tollbooth attendants, truck drivers, shop keepers. But you could say a happy rested waiter gets more tips than a tired snappy one...

Although the 6h day has also been discredited by other researchers.

Personally I think 6 hours is not the solution. It takes a while before I find my flow, my coding happy zone, and 6 hours would mean most of day is wasted on meetings, lunch, and other interruptions. 40 hours seems a good balance.

Having just had 21 fully paid weeks off last year due to 14 weeks paternity leave and the rest as holiday I shouldn't complain about Norwegian vacation laws. :)

Comment Manager's manager (Score 1) 275

Your manager and team mates are not the problem. They will know and appreciate the work you contribute and daily interaction irrespective of location.

It is your manager's manager (and above) that is the problem. To him you are only a number, he has no idea or interest in what you do. He likes to see bums on seat to match the cost of the department salaries. If you are not in the office for some "facetime" at your desk, canteen or in the corridor, he has no qualms in overriding your manager when praise, promotion, lay offs, or new project members are to be selected.

Hopefully you have a strong manager or similar that can fight your battle. Many wont.

Comment Re:Oh, it's clear something has to change! (Score 2) 284

Agree, something should change. I blogged about the ubuntu release issues earlier this year:

Currently features that should mature more are released as default to everyone. They are stable but not enough themes, documentation, support tools etc for it to be of mature/professional enough for the average non fanboy user.

Bleeding edge but stable features should be in monthly releases so that hardcore fans can develop an community of tools, help etc around the feature so that when a more publicised LTS or quarterly release are pushed on joe average Ubuntu seems more polished. Monthly relases will mean less delta and quicker responses.

Also in my blog I state that Ubuntu should not push the latest release on Joe Average, but instead the more hardended LTS version. And never the initial 10.04 LTS but only when 10.04.01 was released for example.

Comment Ec2+ubuntu+postfix+roundcube (Score 1) 554

I would suggest running an Ubuntu server on Amazon ec2 with postfix and roundcube as mention many times above.

It does mean you have to keep the server updated yourself, which is easy with apt-get. And you need to tie down via ssh keys, SASL authentication, TLS encryption, ip ranges etc. And every Ubuntu LTS release it is probably a good idea to create a new server and migrate the data instead of upgrading but not a requirement.

I wrote a howto on how to install postfix++ on ubuntu:
And some ec2 tips as well:

Some continuous sysadmin will be needed, but it is manageable.

That said, while I do run my own mail servers for me and friends & family, my main mail accounts are on Google Apps.....
(routed via my servers so at least I have some recovery options)

Comment Change & Costs : Whip & Carrot (Score 1) 2288

People dont like change. So if there is not a great reason for them personally to change then they wont.

Local fruit and veg sellers here still cling on to ounces and pounds, refusing the change. Especially if they are of a more senior generation. Ignoring the fact that everyone under 40 have been taught metric since school.

Whip: The government could force a conversion but they will not get re-elected.
Carrot: You can gradually introduce it in schools, science, consumer products which is what is happening. Until people have grown accustom to metric and then to the last whipping change.

Cost: Secondly the whip will be unpopular even if converting to metric would mean more exports, more efficient manufacturing and engineering. That benefit is too long away and not personal enough for average Joe. He only cares if foxnews or equivalent will shout that the budget cost for this immediate conversion is X Billions. Irrespective of much large gains after X years.

As a person born and initially raised in an SI metric country but also lived the past 15 years in a imperial measurements country, I wish the last whipping change happens soon. I still convert miles into km (or roughly 2/3 or 50% more depending on which way). I still have no idea if im 5'8" or 5'11" but I know I am 1.75m tall. I know I am 95kg heavy, but never remember exactly how many stones or pounds that is.

Maybe that is metric snobbery but as a scientist I just don't see the point of imperial. It is frustrating to see the inefficiency and nonsense of it. Which usually means confusing conversations with my inlaws which are too old to have been taught metric in school and still refer to fahrenheit, ounces and feet for everything. Mentioning I need 2dl of milk or 1.5 hectograms of flour perplexes my mother in law :)

Comment Battery swapping (Score 1) 369

A claim whose figure was from Tesla's staff. Should be interesting court.

Top Gear was spot on about the real world implications - refueling time is one area electrics need to improve to be viable replacements, as opposed to short trip around town, vehicles.

Which is why ideas like Better place have come about. They suggest you have battery swap stations instead.

Unfortunately that requires a lot of new stations and standardised batteries. Tesla would no doubt always require high performance batteries, which may never be available at all these stations...

Comment Re:Lighter Later (Score 1) 554

The Lighter Later lists a whole bunch of benefits with detailed research references. Such as less drastic 447,000 tonnes less CO2, save 100 lives, new jobs, cheaper NHS.

Not too discredit the findings from those switched in the US, but there may be many external reasons for their increased electricity use. Such as electricity use increases in general irrespective of DST switches or not. Maybe the increase would just be less with a DST switch, or perhaps not. Or.. if it is lighter later, there may be more barbecues etc.. Actually that would be charcoal / gas increase....

Comment Re:Less prozac needed? (Score 1) 554

The current non adjusted BST time makes it unpleasent to leave work at 5pm in the dark for the larger population during the middle of winter.

An extra hour adjusted would eg change the sunset from 4pm to 5pm in the London area on 1st of January.

After February or earlier than November would this extra hour mean a more "happy" population with that extra light for their own personal/family time? Would the NHS dispense less Prozac?

Comment Lighter Later (Score 1) 554

This was suggested by the Lighter Later campaign of last year. Basically by having brighter evenings the country saves a lot on electricity and heating etc.

While being on the same timezone as the rest of western europe would simplify business and tourism, the main benefits is for the population to enjoy their post work / school hours in a better, lighter way...

As for it being dark in the morning, I don't really care. My alarm clock wakes my body up but my mind is not working untill lunchtime anyway, when the caffeine really kicks in. In the summer it is light at 5am or earlier which makes no sense to the general population.

Comment Re:Don't need it, have enough speed. (Score 1) 180

Like 640Kb, its not enough: With SuperHD (UHDTV) in 3D simultaneously streaming to my lounge, kitchen, both kids' bedroom, my 10 tuner PVR, and neighbourhood CCTv then 10Gbps is not enough. With one UHDTV stream in 2D already at 600Mbps then the 10Gbps bandwidth will soon be flooded.

Add my 6x2m live 3D streaming view over the Amalfi coast then I really need that 1TB bandwidth. (a never-going-to-happen idea I once had with

Considering the time this super Fibre network's research, commercialisation/productation(is that a word) an final rollout of required fibre and routers, it is going to be years before this becomes a reality. Probably in time for when we actually will have consumer UHDTV available....

(A BBC video on SuperHD.)

(I replied to this once already, but I wasn't logged in, and cant find it so perhaps it was not posted correctly and anyway someone has already made the same comment I said that someone once said 640Kb was enough. )

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