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    I have lunch at the local Costa but wonder how...

    I have lunch at the local Costa but wonder how others can work from there. Not the environment, more the restriction of a single 15 or 17" screen.
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    The re-registraton was a bit poor but worked...

    The re-registraton was a bit poor but worked eventually. One stumbling block was having to set a new user name. It said "if you are an existing customer you can continue to use your old user name"....
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    It depends what you want to do with them, but...

    It depends what you want to do with them, but Linux (if that is your platform) will have no trouble storing 4 million json files in a single directory. Better to break them into multiple directories...
  4. A few years ago I was at a certain bank when they...

    A few years ago I was at a certain bank when they announced a 10% rate cut for all contractors. To implement, they served a "variation" notice, effectively ending everybody's contract on a certain...
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    I believe Led Zeppelin and AC/DC have also made...

    I believe Led Zeppelin and AC/DC have also made some music.
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    Rush

    Rush
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    Cater Allen: this weekend's upgrade has been...

    Cater Allen: this weekend's upgrade has been postponed

    I rather like the CA web portal. It's efficient and feels grown-up with no cutesey nonsense.
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    Cater Allen undergoing a major upgrade this...

    Cater Allen undergoing a major upgrade this weekend, including faster payments and a new web portal.

    Personally, I would recommend CA. Not sure about phone banking though.



    You are keeping...
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    How are the viewing angles on your new LG...

    How are the viewing angles on your new LG 43UN81006LB ?

    Getting on okay with webOS ?
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    My mistake. LG 43UN81006LB isn't OLED. Been a...

    My mistake. LG 43UN81006LB isn't OLED. Been a long day.

    ...thanks, please do.
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    Looks really good. How are you finding it ? I'm...

    Looks really good. How are you finding it ? I'm in the market for something similar, but "smaller" screens are hard to find. TV functions will come from a Raspberry Pi running OSMC, so really a new...
  12. In your place I would do what you are doing,...

    In your place I would do what you are doing, probably with similar misgivings. However:

    - Regards taking a lower paid permie job in dire need - well done.

    - Regards "possible message it sends...
  13. Much too pessimistic. A free market continues to...

    Much too pessimistic. A free market continues to operate, and it will find a way to give people what they want. Clients want freelancers, badly. Contractors want to provide the service. HMRC...
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    *Cough* My Google for "trump disinfectant" -...

    *Cough*

    My Google for "trump disinfectant" - 353 million results
    My Google for "uighur muslims" - 6.3 million results

    My Google for "trump disinfectant site:bbc.co.uk" - 134000 results
    My...
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    Great thread. There are indeed 1000 variables,...

    Great thread. There are indeed 1000 variables, but it seems there must be more WFH in future, where appropriate. It just makes sense.

    In my experience, tech companies seem to be the most...
  16. This. The food is so you don't have to go to the...

    This. The food is so you don't have to go to the shops and risk bringing the virus back into your vulnerable household (?).
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    Now isn't the time for a new business venture. ...

    Now isn't the time for a new business venture. Now is the time for wearing a tin hat and crouching under the desk. Check again in a couple of months, it might all be different. In the meantime, if...
  18. For the record, no purchase is needed to join a...

    For the record, no purchase is needed to join a Skype for Business meeting from Linux. I ran a virtual windows 10 machine and within that, opened up the invitation email in Firefox->Outlook.com. ...
  19. Interview next week. Hooray! I am expecting the...

    Interview next week. Hooray! I am expecting the familiar "it will be on Skype", meaning Skype for business.

    Now I have Skype personal, and Zoom. But my heart sinks when they say "Skype for...
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    Dead this week too, even the permy posts have...

    Dead this week too, even the permy posts have gone awol.

    Phone interview lined up with a major bank just down the road. No show from their end, and no explanation forthcoming. Other leads have...
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    Well done for finding 9 articles over 3 months on...

    Well done for finding 9 articles over 3 months on this very grave subject. Now compare with the full spectrum coverage of President trump being rude to someone in a press conference. Meanwhile WHO...
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    Good on the Grauniad for reporting that, even...

    Good on the Grauniad for reporting that, even just one story a month ago. *Generally* it is still true that the Western media gives China a free pass. As well as helping us ignore the horrors of the...
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    Cabin fever rant incoming... In return for...

    Cabin fever rant incoming...

    In return for cheap manufacturing, the West has so far "overlooked" China being a horrible dictatorship. The PRC has, reportedly, 2 million Muslims in camps, terrible...
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    Certain countries, eg Iran and Italy, have been...

    Certain countries, eg Iran and Italy, have been hit much harder than others. It isn't clear why (population movements, aged population?) but there isn't any reason to think the UK will follow the...
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    Update. Talk Radio has been quite calm and...

    Update. Talk Radio has been quite calm and interesting this morning. Perhaps they are getting with the program.
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    Radio 2 and others

    In the current depressing atmosphere I can thoroughly recommend Radio 2.

    I have switched away from LBC/Talk Radio because their output was 100% virus. Virus discussion can't fill the hours, so...
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    Also, the 6%, if it is 6%, might well find no...

    Also, the 6%, if it is 6%, might well find no ventilators available. Assume the best, but prepare for the worst (so that it might be less "worst"). Personally I care more about keeping myself and...
  28. Thread: worth a read

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    Agreed. Keeping a steady nerve is very...

    Agreed. Keeping a steady nerve is very important. Fear can easily make people irrational, even the coolest of us, and it is more contagious than any virus. The panic buyers must be stopped,...
  29. Not particularly helpful to the OP right now, but...

    Not particularly helpful to the OP right now, but I feel the current chaos will be temporary. Sooner or later, market forces will resume and profitable business will continue. The difficulty is in...
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    A fascinating observation.

    A fascinating observation.
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    I said it was unusual, not wrong. With most...

    I said it was unusual, not wrong. With most agencies, you can call and get through to the advertising agent, or at least leave a message. If their number isn't in the ad you can Google it and call...
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    What do you think the words "...won't take...

    What do you think the words "...won't take calls..." denoted ? Go stick your head in spittoon, troll.
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    Solutionize Global

    Anyone dealt with the above agency? A search here returns nothing.

    Unusual in that they don't publish phone numbers in their job ads and won't take calls from applicants. Hmmmm.
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    Market was dead in January, started to pick up...

    Market was dead in January, started to pick up rapidly early feb, was hot for a fortnight but since then - nothing. Tumbleweed for the last 10 days. The dreaded virus, perhaps.
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    Yes the adverts on the BBC are a major turn off. ...

    Yes the adverts on the BBC are a major turn off. I don't want to just bash the Beeb, and Question time was good this week, and iPlayer is great, but the endless adverts and self-aggrandizing...
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    You misunderstand?. Let me rephrase my last...

    You misunderstand?. Let me rephrase my last post;


    *Cough* Many great ideas had been tried before and failed every time, until they at last succeeded. For example: powered flight.
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    One of the biggest advantages the BBC has over...

    One of the biggest advantages the BBC has over other channels is the ability to broadcast movies. Without breaks every 15 minutes and in HD.

    Do they take advantage of that ? Of course not. In...
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    It's alright lads. We're going to be quids-in...

    It's alright lads. We're going to be quids-in with all these bods leaving the market.
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    *Cough* Many great ideas had been tried before...

    *Cough* Many great ideas had been tried before and failed every time.
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    Modern cars with GPS record data of course, but...

    Modern cars with GPS record data of course, but how do they transmit it back to Ford or whoever, assuming they aren't cellular enabled?

    Perhaps covertly, when you connect a phone?
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    Well, yes of course frameworks have been...

    Well, yes of course frameworks have been considered before. None have materialised as yet. Doesn't mean its a bad idea though.



    I don't think BAU work is a signifier of disguised employment. ...
  42. Calm down dears. "Inside IR35 but rates to...

    Calm down dears. "Inside IR35 but rates to accommodate"


    DevOps Architect, Openshift, Kubernetes Specialist, to GBP1200 day, North East England - Newcastle Tyne & Wear - February-21-2020...
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    It is odd. At Sunderland Polytechnic in the late...

    It is odd. At Sunderland Polytechnic in the late 80s, I was learning assembler on a 6809. Even then it was seen as more modern than a Z80. But the Z80 goes on. ICs appear to be like that - eg....
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    The only nostalgic thing about this is the "256 x...

    The only nostalgic thing about this is the "256 x 192" resolution.

    Also the max resolution of my Dragon 32.
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    NREs are not politically sustainable in the UK...

    NREs are not politically sustainable in the UK because voters will not accept it. The USA is a different place. Furthermore, NREs are so attractive to employers that they might prefer to engage all...
  46. The financial corporations are frightened of the...

    The financial corporations are frightened of the government, ever since the bank bailouts and the string of IT and security scandals that followed. Their overreaction isn't price fixing, they are...
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    Worry gives a small thing a large shadow, so they...

    Worry gives a small thing a large shadow, so they say. Everyone is uncertain at the moment - contractors, clients, agents, accountants. Nobody is sure about the right way to react to the new rules,...
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    Not exactly. I had already attempted an IP...

    Not exactly. I had already attempted an IP address change by rebooting the router. But Plusnet gave me back the very same external IP.
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    Seems I am listed on dnsbl.spfbl.net, for having...

    Seems I am listed on dnsbl.spfbl.net, for having "misconfigured email". Cheeky so-and-sos.


    IP Address Blacklist Check
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    Fixed it by changing my Internet facing IP...

    Fixed it by changing my Internet facing IP address. Pulled network cable out of PC and got online by tethering to a mobile phone instead. My IP address, as far as Jobserve is concerned, changed...
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